Learning to Pray
Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
All believers hunger to pray
We do not know how to pray and want to know Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
I want to pray better and the only way I know to learn is examine the Scripture
We are commanded to pray Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Without ceasing I Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
We are to pray and not get discouraged Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Paul called on all to pray I Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. I Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
We are to pray and not to worry Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
God is a prayer hearing God Psalm 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, Unto thee shall all flesh come.
God has chosen to have the Holy Spirit write and give Him this title, He that hears prayer
That is unlike every other god
Other gods may demand our God wants to hear our petitions
As the Holy Spirit the story of God He shows us how He answers prayer
God answered Abraham and saved Lot when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah
God answered Elijah when He sent fire from heaven on the altar
God answered Daniel when he asked God to understand Nebuchadnezzar’s dream
God answered the lost man Cornelius prayer and sent Peter with the gospel
God answered the blind man and gave Him sight
We can approach God with confidence Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
His ears are open to our prayers I Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
He wanted the temple called a house of prayer Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, And make them joyful in my house of prayer: Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; For mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
He wants us to believe that He will reward us when we seek Him Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
God is not an idol, not man made, but a living true God that is I Kings 18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
Not some false man made god Isaiah 44:19 And none considereth in his heart, Neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; Yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: And shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? Shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
They can’t answer prayers Psalm 115:2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? 3 But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but they speak not: Eyes have they, but they see not: 6 They have ears, but they hear not: Noses have they, but they smell not: 7 They have hands, but they handle not: Feet have they, but they walk not: Neither speak they through their throat. 8 They that make them are like unto them; So is every one that trusteth in them.
God is able to answer prayer and do what He chooses
He is the Creator
He is in control
God loves us and wants to answer prayer, rewarder of them that diligently seek Him
God gives good gifts James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Jesus instructed us about prayer
We are not to pray to be seen or get man’s approval Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
We are to have a private place to pray Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
We are to pray in secret Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
We pray to God, our Father Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
We need a relationship with Him
We believe Him for salvation and become part of the family
We pray knowing that He loves us like a Father
We don’t pray form prayers, vain repetitions Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
We are not to think that by praying over and over it will make it happen Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
We understand that God is and God knows Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
As a personal Father He doesn’t need to be convinced
We are expected to pray Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
We are expected to pray because He said when not if
He says when but doesn't tell us when
God’s people prayed at many different times.
They had scheduled times in the morning, noon, and evening
They prayed when they were in great need
Jesus prayed as He gave out food
Jesus prayed all night
The church met and prayed till Peter was released from prison
God’s people want to be in communication with Him
The first decision you will make today is that you will develop the habit of praying
Pray from your heart
Pray believing and trusting God
Pray seeking His will
So you are going to pray. The time isn't important. The attitude is important
You know that you are talking to God. You know that He is able to meet your needs Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Don’t repeat a prayer just for saying a prayer
The Hindus, the Muslims, Catholics and many of you have learned to repeat prayers and think that God hears them
Believing that by saying those things that God will hear
The Lord’s prayer, the model prayer, as you think of it was never meant for repeating
Do not think that you have to say a lot to get God to do what you are asking Him to do
Do not try to say lots of pretty things to get God to hear
Realize that you do not have to yell for God to hear you
Decide now that you will learn to pray from your heart.
You will not use repeated prayers but express what is in your heart
You will not try to use a lot of words to get Him to listen to you
You will not believe that He is a God that needs to be convinced
You will pray believing and expecting Him to answer
Know that God already knows what you are praying about Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.