A Matter of Prayer (Part 3) “What should I pray?” (Matthew 7:7-11)
Theme: What to pray for
Introduction: Earlier in His sermon on the mount, Jesus had taught the disciples a model for prayer. Now He encourages them to continuously and persistently pray. When I think of prayer, I am reminded the simple, innocent and honest faith prayers of children. Jesus clearly expressed his love and respect for children (Mk 9:36-37). He used the innocence and openness of children to illustrate the attitude necessary for faith and entering the Kingdom of God (Matt 18:2-3). And, when it comes to prayer we should know, prayer is serious business with God! We are talking to the creator and sustainer of the universe! We are talking to Almighty God who can change anything at anytime according to His will. Jesus encourages us to pray! And so, it’s important to answer this question, “When I am talking to God, “What should I pray?” There are many things we can and should talk to the Lord about when we pray. Today I want to give us a list of things we should pray for daily (this obviously not an all-inclusive list. But these are things we should include in our daily talks with God.
Conclusion: Prayer is serious business with God. It is the most powerful thing we do because we are talking to Almighty God who can change anything at any time according to is will! We should do it with child-like faith. We should do it about everything all day, making everything a matter of prayer! And, we should do it so that God can give to us and do through us and around us what He wills daily!
A Matter of Prayer (2) “The Trouble with Prayer” (Phil. 4:6-7)
Theme: What hinders my prayers
Introduction: Prayers are an important part of our Christian life. It is a part of our worship, our daily conversations with God and where we seek His will and make confession (i.e) keeping ourselves in right fellowship with God. It is for these reasons and many more we don’t want them to be hindered. The truth is sometimes we encounter difficulties when we pray. There are things that can get in the way of us having fervent and effectual prayer lives. So, if we don’t want our prayers hindered, we need to check up on the following things to make sure our lives are clear of them.
Conclusion: The solution to hindered prayers is to continually check up on ourselves to be sure we are not allowing things into our hearts and lives that will hinder our prayer life. Believe the prayer promises of God’s word. I have listed some here (Mk. 11:22-24, Lk. 11:13, Mt. 7:7-11, Jn. 15:7) Seek to live your life within the will and purpose of God (Mt.5:6) Do these three things and you’ll have an unhindered and effective prayer life (1 Thes. 5:16-18)
A Matter of Prayer (Part 1) “Bold Praying” (Heb. 4:16)
Theme: Learning to pray boldly
Introduction: Prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of one who knows how to use it appropriately. The disciples saw this in Jesus life and they asked Him to teach them to pray. The word of God encourages us not just to pray, but to pray boldly! But, I am afraid there is much confusion about “bold praying” in the church today. Over the next few weeks I want to address several aspects of prayer to hopefully help enhance our prayer lives. Beginning with the topic of bold praying, what is bold praying and what does it really mean to pray boldly? So, to better understand bold praying let’s start with…
Conclusion: It’s our spiritual birthright to pray with confidence in our heavenly Father’s ability to intervene in any situation. The Lord wants us to pray with boldness and courage—not because we have it all together, but rather because we are confident that He holds it all together with us in mind.
Let us practice the privilege of bold praying believing it is our Lord’s invitation is to do so and believing, that our God is able to do above and beyond what we ask of Him!