PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING
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.”
2. “Our requests are to be made known with thanksgiving.”
E. PRAYING IN THE HOLY GHOST – (Jude 20); (Ephesians 6:18); (I Corinthians
(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
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. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________