What get’s you praying ?
Why pray ?
- It builds my Relationship with Jesus
It Is crucial in determining God’s will
It Helps Us overcome Temptation
It Accomplishes God’s Work
It is a weapon of Spiritual Warfare
It shows that you put your trust in God
It changes things in the world
It changes me
Prayer is the indescribable gift from God
A solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or another deity. E arnest hope or wish.
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:13-16 NIV -http://bible.com/111/jas.5.13-16.niv
A family who prays together stays together
“Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”
James 5:17-18 NIV – http://bible.com/111/jas.5.17-18.niv
Nothing is impossible for God
Learn to be humble – Get on ur knees
How is ur prayer life ? Make it my greatest strength.
Am I God’s tool to be used.
Pray before I read.
Prayer is not a byproduct but a neccesity
““Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.”
Acts 20:25-38 NIV
“When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray.”
Acts 21:5 NIV – http://bible.com/111/act.21.5.niv
It was Paul’s custom to pray
You are the prayer answered for people
“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?”
Deuteronomy 4:7 NIV – http://bible.com/111/deu.4.7.niv
Our God is near us when we pray
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV – http://bible.com/111/jer.29.11-12.niv
Prayer is not an asking channel
Prayer is a connection to God
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”
Colossians 4:2-4 NIV – http://bible.com/111/col.4.2-4.niv
What am I being watchful about ? Thankful about ?
Pray for an open door for God’s message
Pray for a clear message
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV – http://bible.com/111/1th.5.16-18.niv
Prayer should not be my struggle but be continuous
Give thanks in all circumstances
Prayer is humility in action, prayer for God to do the impossible which He does best.
God is waiting to work through you and your prayers
We are only going to be as good as we are praying together
Do I innitiate prayer time ?
God has put us here for a reason