Prayer Matters (Basic Training)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

 

Basic Training

 

John 17:1 ~ “When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,…”

 

Luke 11:1 ~ “…Lord, teach us to pray…”

 

We must learn HOW to pray. While praying is as natural to the Christian as breathing is to a mammal, even breathing must be studied and practiced if it is to be correct. Singers and public speakers work on their breathing so that they get the most out of their voice. John 17:1 give us some guidelines to follow for effective praying.

 

  1. Posture is not important
    1. Most people bow their heads and close their eyes
    2. Jesus lifted His head and focused His eyes on heaven
    3. Many people fold their hands when they pray
    4. Jews are accustomed to lifting their hands, open to God, expecting to receive something
    5. Biblical References to some in the Bible:
      1. Some bowed their knees ~ Genesis 24:52; 2 Chronicles 20:18; Ephesians 3:14
      2. Jesus bowed His knees ~ Luke 22:41
      3. Jesus fell on His face ~ Matthew 26:39
      4. Daniel kneeled ~ Daniel 6:10
      5. King David sat ~ 2 Samuel 7:18
      6. Abraham stood ~ Genesis 18:22
    6. The important posture is that of the heart ~ It is much easier to bow the knees that to bow the heart in submission to God.
  2. We pray to the Father
    1. The Bible pattern for prayer is as follows:
      1. Pray to the Father
      2. Pray in the name of the Son
      3. Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit
    2. The Father’s heart reaches out in love to His own, and He longs to share good things with them. And the better we know our Father, the easier it is to pray in His will.
  1. We must be yielded to the Father’s will
    1. Prayer is NOT like a little red box we see in building that is marked USE ONLY IN EMERGENCY.
    2. Unless we do the will of God, our living will negate our praying.
    3. The purpose of pray is NOT to get man’s will done in heaven, but to get God’s will done on earth.
    4. If we want to pray in the will of God, then we must live in the will of God.
    5. Prayer is not something that we do; it is something that we are.
    6. Psalm 37:4 ~ “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
    7. We need never fear the will of God; and if we are in the will of God, we need never fear the answers He gives to our prayers.
  2. We must pray in faith
    1. Suppose we go to God with the attitude maybe God can do this?
    2. Suppose we look at the trials we face through just man’s eyes?
    3. Suppose we look at those around us and see unbelief?
    4. Suppose we look ahead and see the upsets we will face?
    5. HOWEVER, when we pray we must start seeing things from the divine perspective.
    6. Faith enables us to see the invisible and things accomplished that which God will do in the future.
    7. 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~ “For we walk by faith, not by sight”
    8. True prayer is the by-product of our personal relationship with the Father.
 
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Pastor Andy Lambert
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