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PRAYER - Part 1
Prayer is our communication with God, our link with the eternal purpose He
has laid out. The early Church "devoted themselves to prayer"
Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Every believer would readily acknowledge the importance of prayer, but so few
really come to grips with a meaningful prayer life and yet so many WANT it.
Prayer meetings are usually the least attended meetings in the majority of
churches. Something must be wrong. For the average believer there must be a lack
of vision or faulty understanding of what prayer really is. Surely, when we
realize how the Lord delights to answer prayer, we would want to pray more.
Hopefully, this is exactly what this study will do for you.
The early believers "devoted themselves . . . to prayer'' as we saw.
Throughout the Book of Acts, prayer is emphasized again and again as being a key
to their personal lives
Acts 10:9 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the
city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour.
Acts 10:30 So Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this
hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before
me in bright clothing,
Acts 21:5 When we had come to the end of those days, we departed and went
on our way; and they all accompanied us, with wives and children, till we were
out of the city. And we knelt down on the shore and prayed.
Acts 22:17-21 "Now it happened, when I returned to Jerusalem and was
praying in the temple, that I was in a trance and saw Him saying to me, 'Make
haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not receive your testimony
concerning Me.' "So I said, 'Lord, they know that in every synagogue I
imprisoned and beat those who believe on You. 'And when the blood of Your martyr
Stephen was shed, I also was standing by consenting to his death, and guarding
the clothes of those who were killing him.' "Then He said to me, 'Depart, for I
will send you far from here to the Gentiles.'"
Prayer was also their key to ministering to others.
Acts 6:6 whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they
laid hands on them.
Acts 8:14-15 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that
Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who,
when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy
Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And
turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when
she saw Peter she sat up.
Acts 13:3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they
sent them away.
Acts 14:23 So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed
with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Acts 20:36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed
with them all.
Acts 28:8 And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever
and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and
Prayer is also vital to their survival in persecution.
Acts 4:21-31 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go,
finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all
glorified God for what had been done. For the man was over forty years old on
whom this miracle of healing had been performed. And being let go, they went to
their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said
to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord
and said: "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all
that is in them, "who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: 'Why did the
nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their
stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His
Christ.' "For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both
Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were
gathered together "to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before
to be done. "Now, Lord,look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that
with all boldness they may speak Your word, "by stretching out Your hand to
heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy
Servant Jesus." And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled
together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they
spoke the word of God with boldness.
Acts 16:22-26 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the
magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.
And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison,
commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he
put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at
midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners
were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the
foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened
and everyone's chains were loosed.
So, you see that prayer was a vital part of the early church. In their
personal relationship with God, in their ministry to others and in hard times
they always returned to prayer.
Why is prayer so necessary? If God is all-knowing and all-powerful, surely He
would answer our needs without us having to tell Him about them.
Prayer fulfills two vital functions in our relationship with God:
communication, and joining in a purpose.
In any relationship, whether it is between husband and wife, parents and
children, or between friends, there has to be communication. Without it, a
relationship will soon wither. The two people need to share their desires and
frustrations, and find the answers together. It is the same with our
relationship with God. How can we really love Him unless we share our heart with
Him, and how can we begin to think like Him unless we ask Him what He thinks
about the situations we face each day.
He doesn't need you to give him information. That's the point. He WANTS you
to share with Him. He WANTS you to talk to Him. HE WANTS to be included.
Your marriage wouldn't last long if you never spoke. Yet, we expect our
relationship with our Heavenly Father, to grow and grow, and for Him to do and
do for us, without us talking to him very much.
God is BLESSED by our worship and prayer is a form of worship. Prayer isn't just
asking" and we will get to that later in the study. God WANTS you to talk to
him. He wants to hear your voice cry out to Him. Not much to ask from us
considering what He did for us eh?
Prayer, for the believer, is NOT a religious duty. It's part of our
fellowship with a personal God - our Father. The more time we spend with God in
prayer, the closer our relationship will become. God would like to hang out with
you. We spend more time with TV, friends, etc. then we do with our Abba and the
excuses we come up with...Oy vey!
"Come on God, we are doing dishes". I actually HAVE had to do that because I
HATE dishes. So I have to do as if I'm doing them for Him for me to be
motivated. You want God interested in YOUR things? Include Him. You want God
interested in your struggles. Include Him.
How can you "hear" Him if you don't have this time?
I talk to God in the grocery store. "whoohoo thank you Lord this is on sale"
"thanks for the GREAT parking space!" Seriously!! God WANTS to be included in
We whine and complain when we don't "hear from God" ,when usually the reason
is, we aren't praying, we aren't listening. But boy, the minute we want
something we are in prayer.
We are so fickle.
JOINING IN A PURPOSE
We are living in the days when God is going to complete everything He has
purposed since the beginning of time. God's plan is winding up, and though the
world looks bleak, God is still in control.
He has actually gone as far as limiting Himself in His plan and waiting until
As we pray, we join with Him in His purposes and have the thrill of seeing Him
work. The foundation for true prayer is a knowledge of WHO WE Are and of THE
POWER AND AUTHORITY THAT WE'VE BEEN GIVEN.
When we realize that we are sons of God :
Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of
His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"
And heirs of His throne
Romans 8:15-17 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to
fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba,
Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children
of God, and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Galatians 4:7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son,
then an heir of God through Christ.
Who have been brought into rightstanding with Him
1st Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us
wisdom from God; and righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
THEN we can come before the throne without fear or condemnation, and TALK.
Ephesians 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through
faith in Him.
We have even been delegated His name to use in any situation.
John 14:14 "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
In the light of the excitement of prayer - the thrill of sharing personally
with God and seeing Him work His purpose in our lives and in the world - why
don't believers spend more time in prayer? We seem to have a talent for
organizing prayer out of our schedule. The fact that many believers tend to
avoid prayer indicates that something is seriously wrong.
The figures of relative attendance by believers at prayer meetings would
suggest that there is a sad lack of vision and understanding of the miraculous
possibilities of prayer. There are three main causes that usually play a part in
this spiritual maladjustment:
1. A LACK OF BURDEN FOR THE SOULS OF MEN
Psalms 142:4 Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who
acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.
Most people's lives are filled with busy activities, but have you ever
wondered how many, behind all of this, feel that nobody is really concerned for
them? Many believers forget what it is like to be without the Lord and have lost
the understanding of what an eternity without Messiah really means.
When we begin to realize that millions are being swept into a lost eternity
every day, the Lord will place a burden of prayer on our hearts to enter in with
Him in His concern
1st Timothy 2:1-8 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications,
prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and
all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all
godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our
Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the
truth. who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, I desire
therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and
Won't God draw people to him without our help? What does it matter that we
Scripture says "If I Be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me". IF. God will do
this WITH YOU.
YOU are his hands. This is what I mean by joined purposes mentioned above. God
waits on prayer to move. Someone prayed for you or you wouldn't be here.
Sometimes I'll see someone on the side of the street or something. and say
"God...send someone to tell them about you" then get smacked cause I DIDN'T STOP
and tell'em. Just asking someone if you an get them a cuppa coffee sometimes is
He tells us who to talk to? I really believe He doesn't tell you, He puts
them in your life.
OK, sweet sappy story, but I will share it as an example. My 10 year old
doesn't even know what "evangelism is". I was in the doctor's waiting room with
Michael. There were several handicapped people there. One of them kept talking
to Michael. Asking him questions about school, offering to let Michael go before
her etc. ,she was being sweet. He got right up and sat down next to her ,
answered her questions, got her a magazine, fixed her blanket on her chair etc.
and then they called us ,and He hugged her, and said "God really likes you,
thanks for being nice to me today" and walked off. He was scared, so this lady
made him feel better.
Sometimes THAT is evangelism.
Evangelism doesn't mean go shove the word in their face and say "BELIEVE
IT"....it means SHOWING them Yeshua in you. You don't have to street preach to
evangelize. Live it.
2. A FAULTY RELATIONSHIP
It's my opinion that this is the biggest one... A faulty relationship, either
toward God or toward another believer, must be adjusted.
If a believer knows that his prayer life is lacking something of the vitality
that he expects, then his relationship with the Lord must be examined. No person
can fellowship with a holy God if he has feelings of guilt, inferiority and
rejection, or bitterness toward another or himself.
1st John 2:1-2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that
you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not
for ours only but also for the whole world.
Now you understand Yeshua's emphasis on FORGIVE.
3. AN ATTACK OF THE ENEMY
Because prayer is so closely tied with our relationship with the Lord, Satan's
attack often comes in this area. He will try to discourage a believer, and
produce in him feelings of guilt and condemnation. A feeling of unworthiness is
the greatest enemy of prayer. But a believer must learn to distinguish between
the voice of God and the voice of the enemy. Any influence that would seek to
condemn and thus hinder prayer or the reading of God's Word, has to be an attack
of the enemy and our flesh lets it continue.
Revelation 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now
salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ
have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day
and night, has been cast down.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in
Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the
Romans 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore
is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession
John 3:17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the
world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not
believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the
only begotten Son of God.
John 5:24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes
in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but
has passed from death into life.
When we realize the importance that even Satan sees in prayer, we can take a
step of faith, with God's help, and begin to pray regularly. The Holy
Spirit then plays His part and brings the excitement that is generated by being
involved with the eternal purpose of God.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not
know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is,
because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.