Let’s make a fresh commitment to pray and act:
- Pray for things that are beyond your ability to make it happen, yet not bigger than your ability to believe.
- Pray with specific detail. If you are not specific enough you will not know what action you are supposed to take and you will not know when God has answered. It’s okay to pray prayers that have a timeline, or come to pass quickly. At times we pray these big specific requests in team and at times we pray them solo, but it’s helpful to write them.
- Commit to activate your faith by taking action.
- Commit to approach God with boldness based on His goodness (past provision and promises).
- Commit to ask for the impossible.
- Commit to advance toward your answer.
- Commit to give God the glory.
Reminder: John 14:12-14, 15:7, 16, 16:23-24 Luke 19:26 Matthew 25:21 Exodus 33:12,15,18 & 34
- God loves you, time with you, and conversation with you. Prayer is for everyone.
- We can learn how to pray from Jesus’ words. This brings us into an active personal connection with God.
- “Trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8
- “Prayer not only teaches & strengthens one for work, work teaches & strengthens for prayer.” Andrew Murray
- “Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid.” E.M. Bounds
Types of prayer:
- Conversation – constant running dialogue (much of first 20 Psalms)
- Repent – confess and turn away from your own sin Psalm 51
- Devotional – daily with pattern , “Lord’s Prayer” Luke 11, Prayer of Jabez, Psalms
- Make Him Big – talking through all the ways He’s good Psalm 8,9,18
- Pray the Bible – using verses to communicate
- Remote Request – asking for others: intercession Acts 12:5-7 Peter jail release
- Healing – at times “face to face” with touch “laying on hands” Luke 13:10-13
- Community Change – ask God for change you want: Luke 13:34-35
Luke 11 “Lord’s Prayer” gives us a few patterns:
Learning to pray with Jesus’ words brings you into a relationship with God where you know that He hears you and answers you.
- Praise – prayer that lifts up God and describes Him
- Intercession – prayer that asks for Kingdom of God in our world
- Submission – prayer that puts His will above ours every day
- Daily request – prayer that recognizes Him as our daily source, making request
- Repentance – prayer that confesses sin, asking for grace and mercy
- Forgiveness – prayer that asks for help in forgiving others
- Protection – prayer that asks for help in avoiding temptation
- Deliverance – prayer that asks for protection from evil
- Priorities – prayer that declares “It’s not about me. It’s all about You God!”
We believe that prayer is for everyone. Talking with God and listening to God are vital to the Christian life. We want people to taste the real power of prayer.