Pray a lot…

Jesus Prays

Though Jesus is God, He too prayed to His Father.  Here is an example of Jesus praying when His friend died.

John 11:41-44  41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me.42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.”43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!”44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in grave clothes, his face wrapped in a head cloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

  • What confidence does Jesus have that His Father will hear Him?
  • How much does Jesus seem to pray?

God encourages prayerprayer components

Since prayer does not come naturally, the Lord encourages us with the results He gives to us.  Have a look at Matthew 7,

Matthew 7:9-11   9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

  • With what attitude does God give His gifts?
  • What is the condition to the promise?
  • What good things could you pray for, and keep praying for from now?

Perseverance in prayer

Prayer can be very perplexing.  There are times when we pray and there is an immediate response; at other times it seems that there is no response.  Have a look at Matthew 7

Matthew 7:7-8  7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

  • With what attitude does God invite prayer?
  • Over what variety of needs should we pray?
  • Consider your circumstances.  For what could you be praying?

Condition to prayer

Prayer is a part of a relationship of trust with God.  If that relationship is broken, then it is clearly going to have an impact on the Father’s attitude to our prayers.

Psalm 66: 18 18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,  the Lord would not have listened.

Matthew 6:14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins

  • What do the writers say would hinder prayer?
  • How do these conditions affect intimate relationships generally?
  • What else could affect our relationship with God?

Additional Resources:

the most valuable addition that we have found is the “prayer partner” app from both the Apple and Android stores. It was built here in London by Andy Geers, and you can get a lot of support at his site: wwww.geeero.net

 

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