Prayer –Lesson #7

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 7

PRAYER

 

In believing that God meets us on a one-to-one individual and personal basis, we find the mainspring of our relationship with God is prayer. Prayer is our direct line of communication with God. God hears and knows our prayers. (Psalms 65:2); (Psalms10:17). We can pray verbally or mentally. The important factor is that we come before God with the right attitudes. We must approach Him humbly, sincerely and reverently. We can be free to pour out our hearts to God because He understands our needs. (Psalms 62:8).

(1)       WHAT IS THE MEANING OF PRAYER?

Several words are translated “pray” or “prayer” in both the Hebrew and Greek texts of   the Old and New Testaments. Some of the English words that are associated with        prayer are: “entreaty“, “intercession“, and “Supplication“.

A.    Prayer is a time of communion and fellowship with God. This includes:

1.    Our speaking to the Lord.

2.    The Lord addressing us as well.

“…They called upon the Lord, and he answered                                                                                them. He spake unto them…” (Psalms 99:6).

B.    Prayer is to be a continual relationship                                                                                           (Ephesians 6:18); (I Thessalonians 5:17).

(2)       WHAT ARE SOME BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF PRAYER?

A.    Old Testament:

1.    Gideon (Judges 6:39).

2.    Hannah (I Samuel 1:27).

3.    Samuel (I Samuel 7:9-10).

4.    Solomon (I Kings 9:3).

5.    Elijah (I Kings 18:37).

B.    New Testament:

1.    Jesus (Mark 1:35); (6:46); (Luke 5:15-16); (22:41-42).

2.    Zacharias (Luke 1:13).

3.    Paul (Ephesians 3:14).                                                                                                                4.            The Early Church (Acts 4:31).

(3)       HOW CAN WE PRAY EFFECTIVELY?

By following the example the Lord gave us for prayer. In (Matthew 6:9-13), the Lord       gives us instructions on how to pray. It is important that we realize that mere            memorization of words or phrases is not what the Lord was stressing here. Rather,       He was giving us the manner in which we should pray.

A.    “OUR FATHER“: knits us with others in the body of Christ. Also, acknowledges our position as “sons” (I John 1:12). Only a son has the right or           privilege of using the term of “Father”.

B.    “WHICH ARE IN HEAVEN“: by acknowledging the supremacy of God and His

position, we are brought to a place of meekness and humility.  These are                              necessary attitudes for prayer.

C.    “HALLOWED BE THY NAME“: we are to approach the Lord with  reverence,                       offering praise and worship to His name.

D.    “THY KINGDOM COME“: our main concern is to be the furtherance of the                             Kingdom of God, not the kingdom of self!

 

E.    “THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN“: this is asking that God’s

will be carried out to the degree of perfection in earth as it is in heaven.

F.    “GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD“: here, we see that Jesus does make

provision for us to ask that our immediate physical needs be met.

G.    “AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS“: this              expressed three vital parts of our prayer:

1.    Confession (Psalms 32:5).

2.    Repentance (a turning from sin) (Proverbs 28:13).

3.    Forgiveness – we can only ask for forgiveness from God, in the same

measure that we forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15).

H.    “AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION“: here we see that we are to ask the                    Lord for guidance (Psalms 37:23).

I.      “BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL“: we have the right to petition that God deliver

us – and He has the power to perform that which we ask!

J.     “FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, AND THE POWER, AND THE GLORY, FOREVER”: in this closing line, we are to be ever cautious to realize and                                     acknowledge that all power and all glory is God’s.

(4)       WHAT OTHER PRINCIPLES ARE WE TO FOLLOW WHEN WE PRAY?

A.    Our prayer is to be in accordance with God’s will (I John 5:14-15).

B.    Prayer is directed to God. We are never to pray for the sake of being seen

and/or heard by men (Matthew 6:5-6).

C.    Prayer is not to be mere ritual nor vain repetition (Matthew 6:7).

D.    Prayer should begin with thanksgiving (Psalms 100:4).

E.    Prayer need not be lengthy (Matthew 6:7).

F.    We are to pray in faith with nothing wavering (James 1:6-8).

(5)       ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PRAYER?

Yes. (I Timothy 2:1) states, “I exhort, therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.”

A.    SUPPLICATION – meaning to “beseech, beg, plead, or to appeal to God“.

1.    Daniel made supplication for the nation of Israel (Daniel 9).

2.    We are to make supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:18).

B.    PRAYERS – any type of communication between God and man. It could include                 waiting before God in silence, making petitions of Him, seeking His face, even                calling upon His name.

1.    Our strength is renewed as we wait on the Lord (Isaiah 40:31).

2.    Jabez made requests of the Lord (I Chronicles 4:10).

3.    God prospers those who seek Him (II Chronicles 26:5).

4.    Those that call upon His name shall be saved (Romans 10:13).

C.    INTERCESSIONS – when we argue in favor of a person or cause before God.

1.    Moses interceded for the nation of Israel (Exodus 32:10-14).                                             2.            Abraham for Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:22-33).

3.    Jesus, for those who crucified Him (Luke 23:34).

4.    Jesus, for us (Hebrews 7:25).

D.    GIVING OF THANKS – coming before God with

an “attitude of gratitude”.

1.    “We are to enter His gates with

thanksgiving in our hearts.”

(Psalms 100:4).

2.    “Our requests are to be made known with thanksgiving.”

(Philippians 4:6).

E.    PRAYING IN THE HOLY GHOST – (Jude 20); (Ephesians 6:18); (I Corinthians

14:14-15).

(6)       WHAT THINGS WILL HINDER YOUR PRAYERS?

A.    Undisciplined thoughts – we must bring them into subjection.                                                    (II Corinthians 10:4-5).                                                                                                                        B.        Feeling unworthy (Acts 13:46).                                                                                            C.        Self-deception (Isaiah 58:7).                                                                                      D.        Asking amiss (James 4:1-3).                                                                                             E.        Wrong motives (Matthew 6:5-8).                                                                           F.         Merciless and unforgiving spirit (Matthew 5:7,23-24); (18:21-35).                            G.    Pride (Psalms 138:6).                                                                                                             H.            Sin and Iniquity (Isaiah 59:1-4); (Proverbs 28:13).                                                                   I.            Bitterness (Hebrews 12:15-17).                                                                                        J.         Unbelief (James 1:5-7).                                                                                              K.        Improper relationships (I Peter 3:7).

(7)       WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN PRAYER?

A.    An individual (Matthew 6:5-7).

B.    Two or three (Matthew 18:18-20).

C.    An entire church (Acts 2:42); (4:24).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (Ephesians 6:18):  Use every kind of prayer and entreaty at every opportunity               pray in the Spirit. (Goodspeeds).

Eight ways to pray:

1.    The prayer of faith, the prayer to change things (Mark 11:24).

2.    Prayer of consecration – submission (Luke 22:42).

3.    Prayer of commitment. Casting our cares (I Peter 5:7).

4.    Prayer of worship (Psalms 35:9).

5.    Prayer of intercession (Galatians 4:19).

6.    Prayer of agreement. (Matthew 18:19).

7.    Praying in the Spirit or praying in tongues (Jude 20).

8.    United prayer – or praying together as a body (Hebrews 10:25).

***********

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 7—STUDY SHEET

PRAYER

Please fill in the blanks and return to me next class.

 

1.    ____________________ is a time of communion and fellowship with God.

2.    Prayer is to be a _____________________ relationship.

3.    I Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without __________________________________________.

4.    In all the Biblical examples of prayer listed what was the one common thing shown

in all the examples.  ______________________________________________________        ______________________________________________________________________        ______________________________________________________________________

5.    “WHICH ARE IN HEAVEN“: by acknowledging the ___________________ of God and   His position, we are brought to a place of meekness and humility. These are necessary       attitudes for prayer.

6.    “THY KINGDOM COME“: our main concern is to be the furtherance of the Kingdom of        God, not the kingdom of _________________________________________________!

7.    Matthew 6:14-15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father                 _________________ forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will   your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

8.    “BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL“: We have the _________________ to petition that          God deliver us – and He has the _______________ to perform that which we ask!

9.    Our prayer is to be in accordance with ___________________ will.

10.  Name two different types of prayer.

____________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

11. Name four things that will hinder your prayers. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Advertisements

About drgeorgewatkins

"That the Kingdom of God will rule ,with power, on earth as it rules in Heaven." My life time quest. G.W. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Rev. George Watkins pastored Christian Life World Outreach and Training Center in Mount Vernon, Washington for 29 years. He is director of George Watkins Ministries a.k.a. WORLDNet Ministries and has ministered through radio broadcasting, audio tape ministry, and a correspondence Bible course reaching into many countries of the world. Ministry teams have traveled with him to over twenty nations, working with local missionaries to establish churches, and conduct crusades and pastors’ seminars. George Watkins has authored several books: Women in Today’s Church, a scriptural insight into God’s intentions for both men and women to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Five Key Secrets to Long Life and Divine Health concerning God’s supernatural protection and promises to those who obey Him; and Staying Free, a mini-book used as a guide to maintaining freedom once delivered from the bondages of satan; Ask The Boy: stories through the eyes of those who were healed by the hands of Jesus. The Wisest Man I Have Ever Known: stories and parables teaching the truths of God’s word, as well as other teaching manuals. George Watkins has been active in the ministry for many years. He has a strong ministry to the local church as a seasoned veteran with his rich background as a pastor and evangelist. Many churches draw from his experience and consider him to be an integral part of their own ministries. His ministry is a blend of humor and straight forward teaching based on the belief that God means what He says, that His Word applies to our everyday, practical lives, and that it has power to make us whole in mind, body and soul. Rev. Watkins believes that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are to be used by every believer. He believes that using these spiritual tools will bring freedom to those in bondage. Rev. Watkins believes this is the age of the supernatural and will prove to be the Church’s finest hour. His vision is to equip the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission, making disciples of all nations. He has a unique ability to challenge the hearer to “sell out” to God, by faith, to fulfill God’s personal plan for your destiny. George and Arlis live in Mount Vernon, WA and are the parents of three adult children: Tony, Tiffany and Corbin.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s