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Praying

PRAYING

Prayer unleashes God's power so that he is able to work on our behalf. Prayer opens the channels of God's blessing. Prayer is how God accomplishes the things that he wants to see happen in our lives, and in the lives of others. Prayer opens new doors of opportunity for God to move in. A relationship with God is developed through a life of prayer.

In Philippians 4:6 it says, Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God.

    Basically prayer is simply talking to God just like you would talk to your very best friend.

God cares deeply about each and every one of our problems and is just waiting for us to come to him with those problems. The Bible tells us over and over to constantly bring our problems to our Heavenly Father. Prayer is not to inform God of something which He may not be aware of or to try to convince Him to love us more. He already knows our needs and He has certainly shown his love. Prayer's purpose is to assist us in building our relationship with God.

Psalm 55:22 Throw every burden upon God.


Psalm 68:19 Blessed be Our God who daily carries the load for us.


Psalm 56:9 This I well know, that God is for me.

There are four basic steps involved in the proper way to pray.

1--Bring the problem to God's attention immediately. But always keep the problem God centered and not problem centered.
2--Supplication. The definition of supplication is---a very honest and clear confession that tells God that you need his help.
3--Then focus on God and not on the problem. Keep in mind that our prayers are always to be God centered.
4--Thanksgiving. You are thankful because you know the following about our great and mighty and glorious God.

  • That you can come to the Father with your problems anytime
  • That he is concerned about you
  • That he loves you
  • That he said that he would help you
  • That he will see you through this problem
  • That he has the power to solve this problem
  • That you trust him completely.

God wants you to talk to him, He is waiting just for those few brief moments when you acknowledge him, think about him, and show him some love and respect. Yes, your God is just waiting for you to talk to him and he desperately wants to talk to you, not in words, but through your mind and your heart. God is going to bypass the vocal cords and the ear and instead your heart will feel that gentle tugging, that urging, that pulling. Your heart and mind will know exactly what God is trying to tell you.

God speaks to your heart and mind to your sense of moral righteousness and fairness. He speaks to your  sense of what is right and Godly, and those methods of communication that God uses are extremely loud and clear. The person that has found Jesus and who has Jesus Christ dwelling within them, is listening to Our Lord talk constantly to their heart, conscience, soul, and spirit. The true child of God can hear God speak just as clearly as if God was standing right along side of them verbally talking to them. But before God can begin to talk to you, something must happen, you have to be receptive to God's word and you have to begin to communicate with God and listen for God to speak. You have to get your heart in the right condition.

 

Joh 16:23 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.

Joh 16:24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

 

We can ask wrongly and we don’t receive what we ask.

 

 Jas 4:3  You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

The Bible talks about thanking and praising God as the following verses indicate.

Psalms 95:2 "Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with praise."

Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always, for all things, to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ".

1 Thessalonians 5:18 "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus".

Psalms 100:4 "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name".

Hebrews 13:15 "Therefore, let us continually offer to God the sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."

Psalms 97:12 "Rejoice in the Lord, And give thanks".

Is God interested in answering your prayer?

Luk_11:11  What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;

 Luk 11:12  or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

Luk 11:13  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

Do not hesitate to come before God in prayer yourself, you have an advocate with the Father. His name is Jesus

Rom_8:34  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--more than that, who was raised--who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

1Jn_2:1  My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.        1Jn 2:2  He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

1Jn 2:3  And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.

Never think you are too insignificant, not good enough, unimportant to come to God in prayer, that is a lie the devil feeds you. God wants to hear your voice talking to Him today.

Lessons on intercession from Daniel

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and awesome God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments [Dan. 9:3–4].

Fasting, sackcloth and ashes? Well we may have fasted at times, but we don't know what it is to adorn sackcloth and ashes do we? The veil has been torn in two but I have to ask myself have I lost sight of the holiness of my God because of over familiarity, we know Him as " daddy" as Abba which is so wonderful, for we have been adopted into His family but do we really see Him as the Holy God He is, that we might fall down at His feet and worship Him. We need not adorn dirty rags because praise be to God we are washed clean by the blood of the Lamb, we are new creations, hallelujah! Daniel demonstrated to us a purposeful persistence in prayer. Even Jacob in his prayer cried, “… I will not let thee go, except thou bless me” (Gen. 32:26).
How we need to learn that persistence.

Daniel acknowledges that God keeps His covenantal promises and shows mercy to them that love Him. He will keep His promises to us.

Dan 9:5 we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.
Dan 9:6 Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land.


At the IHOP Scotland conference last weekend we were crying out to God for our nation, acknowledging that our nation has strayed so far from the Lord, and asking God to forgive this nation, to break through the darkness that has blinded so many, this used to be known as Bible loving Scotland the blood of the covenanters was spilt on this land. Today there are Mosques popping up everywhere, the small town in which I live now has a Mosque and a Sikh Temple - would this have happened like this if we the people of God were really seeking the Lord in intercessory prayer as we should? The fear of terrorism has meant that in the name of political correctness the Government and local authorities in this land have bent over backwards for a Muslim minority (now fastly growing in numbers) and the Christian voice has not been listened to or is not allowed full freedom.
Daniel named a whole list of sins and He included himself in this prayer, we can learn so much about intercession from his prayer.

Dan 9:7 O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You.


Here we see again just how Daniel recognised the character of God, he knew that his God was righteous and we need to recognise that in and of ourselves we have no righteousness except that which we have that has been granted to us by God, we are made rghteous in His sight and our lives are being transformed because the blood of Jesus washed our sins away.


Dan 9:8 “O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
Dan 9:9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.
Dan 9:10 We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets.
Dan 9:11 Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him.
Dan 9:12 And He has confirmed His words, which He spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster; for under the whole heaven such has never been done as what has been done to Jerusalem.



Israel had been unfaithful to the God who had done so much for them, they had forgotten all that He had done in the midst of them- let that never be said of us. Yet I have to ask myself am I obedient in all my ways- oh wretched woman that I am, I fall short. Praise the Lord for His mercies are new every morning. He has forgiven us much.

It's the last days and the Lord has been pouring His mercies, His love on us His sons and daughters - but He is looking for a strong faithful bride who will stand in the gap for our nations, who will be obedient to Him- let that be us.

Dan 9:13 “As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth.
Dan 9:14 Therefore the LORD has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice.
Dan 9:15 And now, O Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and made Yourself a name, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have done wickedly!


God is good all the time, He is righteous but even today I believe He will allow things to come against us to get our attention. Sometimes we can be so busy doing things, even things we think are for Him and He stops us mid track and asks us "Did I ask you to do that? " We need to get better at listening to Him and following Him. I need to get better at that. "I want to be obedient to you Lord, help me to be obedient in all my ways."


Dan 9:16 “O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us.
Dan 9:17 Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate.
Dan 9:18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies.
Dan 9:19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”



Daniel remembers how God led Israel out of Egypt. God did it because of His righteousness, because of His love for Israel, not because of their righteousness. He recognises that God is merciful - He believes God will answer His prayers and supplications on behalf of the people, therefore He cries out "O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

I have known a number of people to start on their walk with the Lord and seem to be doing well and then something traumatic has happened in their lives and they have walked away and the Lord says to you and I today "Will you persist in intercession for those sheep of mine who have wandered away and got lost, will you reach out to them and help them find the way back, I will show you who to intercede for, do not believe that all are lost causes?"

God is merciful and can restore all the years that the locusts have taken.

WILL WE STAND IN THE GAP?
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Prayer - Communing with God


 

 Isa 56:6 "Also the sons of the foreigner

        Who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him,

        And to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants--

        Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,

        And holds fast My covenant--

Isa 56:7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,

        And make them joyful in My house of prayer.

        Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices

        Will be accepted on My altar;

        For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations."

 

Prayer is living communion with God.

 

Jam 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

 

 

Luk 18:1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

 

Prayer is not talking to other people over God’s shoulder.

 

Prayer is not yelling at the devil.

 

Joh 16:23 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.

Joh 16:24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

 

 

Jam 5:13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.

Jam 5:14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.

Jam 5:15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.

Jam 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Jam 5:17 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

Jam 5:18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

Jam 5:19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back,

Jam 5:20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

 

 

Mat 6:5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

Mat 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Mat 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

Mat 6:8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Mat 6:9 "This, then, is how you should pray:

   " 'Our Father in heaven,

   hallowed be your name,

Mat 6:10 your kingdom come,

   your will be done

       on earth as it is in heaven.

Mat 6:11 Give us today our daily bread.

Mat 6:12 Forgive us our debts,

       as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation,

   but deliver us from the evil one.[1] '

Mat 6:14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Mat 6:15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

 

Mat 18:18 "I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Mat 18:19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.

Mat 18:20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

 

Jam 4:2 You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.

Jam 4:3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

 

 

 

Prayer is vital for us

PRAYER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1Th 5:16 Rejoice always,

     1Th 5:17 pray without ceasing,

     1Th 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 

Persevere and persist in prayer

Resist the devil and he will flee

Access the throne room of heaven,

You must decrease, and He must increase  (Irene McGough 2005)

 

Our greatest need is for us to continually study God's Word. Meditate upon the Bible day and night (Joshua 1:8) to put on the whole armor of God that you and I might be able to effectively overcome the forces of evil (Ephesians 6:10-18). Jesus answered Satan with the Word of God (Luke 4:1-13). We can do the same and pray without ceasing.

As we pray

We should consistently honour God with thanksgiving and praise. As we give Him first place in our thoughts and actions, Satan and his demons will have no place in our lives.

Prayer is made up of:

Petition

Reverence

Adoration

Yearning

Expectation

Requests

 

Acts stands for Acts of the Apostles but here is another Acrostic

Adoration of God

Confession of sins to God

Thanksgiving to God

Supplication or asking for things in prayer

CORPORATE PRAYER


Mat 18:19  Again I say to you that if two of you shall agree on earth as regarding anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by My Father in Heaven.
Mat
18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst.

 

When we pray in unity with our brothers and sisters God is listening. God answers prayer. If we pray with our brothers and sisters we are together coming before the throne of grace. God here's our individual prayers, but when we pray in unison God is really pleased.

Act
4:31  And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.



Wow, this verse is really powerful, our prayers are immediately heard , the Holy Spirit gets to work, The very foundations of a building can be shaken. Do we realise what power is available to us in prayer and that God answers prayer?
So let's pray together for one another, for backsliders, for those who are sick, for unbelievers, for our families and friends who are unsaved, for believers in other countries going about God's work, for the work of the ministry here and for our home churches.
If we unite in a prayer for anything
God is therre in the midst of us

God hears our prayers, we have access to the throne of God and when we join in unity we are God's powerhouse.

1Co 5:4  in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, with my spirit; also, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ;



 So let it be said of us that we are a people of prayer, when we pray as a body of the church and tap into the power of the Holy Spirit, souls will be saved, people will be healed, all kinds of prayers will be answered. So, let's pray

 

Joh 14:13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Joh 14:14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.


Joh
16:24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

ASK, RECEIVE, JOY. When we are praying we are praying in Jesus Name

Mat
18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."

What does it mean to be united in prayer? Why is it that so often when people gather together in prayer the prayers go unanswered?

Jesus is there when we meet with one accord in one spirit in His Name.The word "accord".should be viewed with the depth and degree which God wold attribute to it, Jesus is in the midst "wherever two or three are gathered.." not just assembled?? NO!! The disciples and others were assembled in "one accord.." Jesus Christ IS there. Without that, He will NOT be there. Why? Because "where envy and strife are there is every evil work.." Jesus wants us to be of one accord... "Father I pray that they ALL may be one as we are one, that the world may believe that you have sent me. And my glory have I given them that they may be one as we are..."

Acts 1:14
"These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren."

Phi 2:2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Rom 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,


There should be no division in the body of Christ. When we are united not only in what we are praying for, but in all aspects of our fellowship one with another, and when we stand on the same grounding doctrinally, when we share the same goals a total unity of the body and we all have our focus on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith then we can be said to be of one accord.If as Christians, we are not, " with one accord" then the blessing is bound to tarry!

We need to get our own hearts right before we approach the throne of God.

1. humble ourselves....
Confessing to each other before God and publicly before man that we are not what we claim to be.

2 pray...
Praying toward God's throne of grace, asking forgiveness,

3. seek My face....
Seeking His face is not the same thing as prayer. Prayer is communication to God. Seeking His face is searching for Him to look upon you. Seeking His grace, seeking first His kingdom and his righteousness.

2Ch 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

If we are truly praying of one accord and one mind, giving ourselves totally over to the Holy Spirit's prompting, God will move mountains, souls will be saved, miracles will happen and God will movwe through this ministry by the power of His Spirit.

The early church was guided by the Word of God waited at the Throne of God and were dependent on the Spirit of God to accomplish that which had been commanded by the Lord.

 

PRIVATE PRAYER

Psa 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God! I will be praised among the nations, I will be praised in the earth.


Hush, be still God is here. We need to learn to be quiet, to allow God to speak to us, before reading our Bibles we should ask God to speak to us through His word. At the start of a new day ask God's blessing on it..    Prayer is the excitement of encountering God, prayer is the Christian's vital breath.
How does God speak to us? It's not always in the same way, we are all individuals, sometimes it will be in a forceful way, sometimes through a prophetic revelation, sometimes through dreams and sometimes through a still small voice, sometimes He speaks to us through an appreciation of Nature around us, His glorious creation.

God likes to hear our prayers.

1Pe
3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears open to their prayers. But the Lord's face is against those who do evil.


Job 33:26 he shall pray to God, and He will be gracious to him; and he shall see His face with joy, for He will restore to man his righteousness.


God promises to hear our prayers.

2Ch 7:14 if My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2Ch
7:15 Now My eyes shall be open, and My ears shall be open to the prayer of this place.

Does God always answer prayer?

Joh 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you.

Luk 11:9 And I say to you, Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you.

Psa 91:14 Because He has set His love on Me, therefore I will deliver Him; I will set Him on high, because He has known My name.
Psa 91:15 He shall call on Me, and I will answer Him; I will be with Him in trouble; I will deliver Him, and honor Him.
Psa 91:16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.


Sometimes God's answer is no, or not at the moment. but, he will always answer our prayers in some way.

2Co 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord three times, that it might depart from me.
2Co 12:9 And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may overshadow me.


How to pray.

Mat 6:5 And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your room. And shutting your door, pray to your Father in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.
Mat 6:7 But when you pray, do not babble vain words, as the nations. For they think that in their much speaking they shall be heard.
Mat 6:8 Therefore do not be like them, for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask Him.
Mat 6:9 Therefore pray in this way: Our Father, who is in Heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Mat
6:10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Mat
6:11 Give us this day our daily bread;
Mat
6:12 and forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors.
Mat
6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

The Greek word Jesus uses for ‘Father’ in the Lords prayer is ‘pater’

When He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane He prayed ‘Abba pater’

We as believers are adopted into God’s family. We too can say Abba Father for we are sons and heirs. Abba is the Eastern word for Daddy.

We have the privilege of coming before God and praying “our father in heaven”

Hallowed-  most holy, glorious, wonderful is your name oh God –this is worship when we recognize this in our spirit man and pray to Him with adoration.

We desire to see the glory of the Kingdom of our God manifest among us and we should seek in the Word or in  prayer to know the will of God where it can be known and pray accordingly.

Our Lord has promised to provide for our needs and when we seek His help He says “Ask and it will be given to you.”

We must forgive others as Overcomers has taught us if we expect God to forgive us, we can’t harbour grudges.

We should ask the  Father to protect us from falling into temptation, May we be delivered from the fiery darts of the evil one.

God’s is the Kingdom , the power and the glory so give Him all the praise and all the honour.

 Eph 6:10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

 

Psa 145:10 All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your loving ones shall bless You [affectionately and gratefully shall Your saints confess and praise You]!

Psa 145:11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power,

Psa 145:12 To make known to the sons of men God's mighty deeds and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.

Psa 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

 

1Ch 29:11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and Yours it is to be exalted as Head over all.

 

Pro 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong. (AMP)

 

1Ch 16:9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them!

 

 


Joining with others in prayer.

Mat 18:19 Again I say to you that if two of you shall agree on earth as regarding anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by My Father in Heaven.


We are commanded to pray and give thanks to God

1Th
5:17 Pray without ceasing.
1Th
5:18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


We have the Holy Spirit to help us pray.

Gal 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.


Prayers should be offered up:

IN THE SPIRIT

Eph
6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

1Co 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

1Co 14:15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.



IN ASSURANCE OF FAITH

Heb
10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies having been washed with pure water.

WITH THE HEART

Jer 29:13 And you shall seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.


Psa 119:58 I looked for Your favor with all my heart; be merciful to me according to Your Word.

WITH CONFIDENCE THAT GOD WILL HEAR OUR PRAYERS

Jo
5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
1Jo
5:15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.


WITH BOLDNESS

Heb
4:16 Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

So, Let's go boldly before the throne of Grace in our time of prayer. Prayer is also about worship and praise.

 

Pray thanking God for all His many blessings. Thank Him , praise him , give Him all the glory for He alone in worthy of our praise.

 

Declaring the Word in prayer over troubles.



Heb 2:3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

Isa 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their righteousness is from Me,"
Says the LORD.

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Jer 33:3 "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'

Jos 1:5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.

Psa 91:10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

Psa 91:16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation."

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Psa 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

Psa 103:20 Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
Psa 103:21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.

Mar 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.


Father.
I declare that I will not neglect such a wonderful great salvation. I declare that I am protected and preserved,that I have a sound mind, healing, deliverance and the ministry of angels." I will not fear. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. Every tongue that rises up against me, is condemned, for it is my heritage.

Thank You, Lord, for being my help in times of trouble. When I call, You answer me. You are always with me. You deliver and honor me. No evil need ever come near my dwelling. With a long and prosperous life You will show me Your salvation.
I am established in Your Word. I declare that I am preserved from trouble. I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. I am established in righteousness through Jesus. As the redeemed of the Lord, I declare this to be so right now.
In Jesus' name, I command Your angels to go forth now and bring this confession to pass in my life. I believe and I have received the manifestation of these promises


In Jesus Name,
Amen

Praying through scriptures

I'm not sure if you are all used to doing this but this has certainly helped my prayer life.

Psa 29:1 Ascribe to the LORD , O mighty ones,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Psa 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
Psa 29:3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
Psa 29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.
Psa 29:5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
Psa 29:6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
Psa 29:7 The voice of the LORD strikes
with flashes of lightning.
Psa 29:8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;
the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
Psa 29:9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"
Psa 29:10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
Psa 29:11 The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Father, You are my strong tower, I praise your name. all the power and all the glory be unto you. Lord you are awesome and majestic in splendour, You are my King and you are the glorious one, who sits enthroned in heaven forever. Your praise oh Lord will forever be on my lips.
All nature responds to Your commands, You speak and the storms billow, you speak and the thunder comes that can break apart the cedars of Lebanon..You speak and the earth shakes. Through this you desire all men to see that You have spoken and desire all men to recognise just who you are, for you are Almighty God and I will stand amongst Your people And cry "Glory" - "Glory" " All glory, praise and Majesty to You my Lord, my God, the Glorious One, Splendid in Majesty.Thank you Lord for you give me strength. Thank You that you are my peace. Thank you that you strengthen all those who belong to You and bless us with Your wonderful Peace. Thank you my Father.

In Jesus Name,
Amen
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Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[3] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Eph 6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
Eph 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints--
Eph 6:19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Father,
Our prayer is that we be strong in the Lord and in the might of Your Spirit. Gird us fully with our armour - our helmets of salvation, our breastplates of righteousness, our belts of truth, our shoes in firmly-footed stability,promptness, and readiness produced by the good news of the Gospel of peace, our shields of faith and swords of the Spirit that we might be able to stand up against the fiery darts and wiles of the evil one.Help us to pray at all times, on every occasion, in every season in the Spirit,praying earnestly, enduring in prayer, making supplication for our brothers and sisters. Keep us alert and watching purposefully with perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints, that we along with our brothers and sisters might freely and boldly proclaim the truth of Christ Jesus in this world we live in, that we will not be held back from speaking out for our Lord and Saviour by fear of men, but that we should realise that the Holy Spirit Himself is empowering us to speak boldly for the sake of the gospel.

In Jesus Name,
Amen.
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Isa 61:1 THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,

Father,
We want to thank you that your precious Holy Spirit is upon us, because the Lord has anointed and qualified us to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent us all through the great commision to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,

Thank you Father,
In Jesus Precious Name,
Amen

The power of prayer section 1

Exo 17:8 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

Exo 17:9 And Moses said to Joshua, "Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand."

Exo 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

Exo 17:11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

Exo 17:12 But Moses' hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

Exo 17:13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

Exo 17:14 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven."

Exo 17:15 And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-LORD-Is-My-Banner,

Exo 17:16 for he said, "Because the LORD has sworn: the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation."

 

The Amalekites attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites started winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on  either side of him —so that his hands were heald steady until sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Moses was faced with a crisis. An enemy army has just arrived near Israel’s desert camp intent on wiping out Israel.

Moses calls in  Joshua and he announces the approach they will take. “Joshua,’’ he says, “tomorrow you take the best fighting men we have; lead them out on the plains to meet the enemy; and fight with courage. I am going to take two men with me, climb the hill that overlooks the plains and raise my hands toward heaven. I’m going to pray that God will give supernatural protection on our troops and complete victory. Then I will watch and see what God does.”

 

   Notice too how Joshua agrees with Moses for he too believes in the power of prayer. Moses stretches his arms toward heaven again and brings the matter to the Lord. Immediately the battle’s momentum shifts back to Joshua and the Israelites, and once again they are driving the enemy back. And then it strikes Moses. He must keep his arms stretched toward heaven in prayer if he wants to open the door for God’s supernatural intervention on the battlefield.

 

Moses must keep his arms stretched toward heaven in prayer if he wants to open the door for God’s supernatural intervention on the battlefield.

Moses discovered that day that God’s power is released through prayer. God’s prevailing power is released in the lives of people who pray with expectancy, believing by faith that God is going to give the victory over the situation they are praying about.

 

In verses 15 and following we see that Moses is intent in giving the glory to God, for it was God who gave the victory, just as it is God who will give us the victory today . Moses built an altar – Jehovah Nissi (Heb) “The Lord my banner”which might refer to the lifting up of the rod as a banner  to God. The presence and power of God was the banner under which they enlisted, by which they were given strength and might and unity, so they erected this altar to God  in this day of their triumph. In the name of our God we must always lift up our banners, expect great things from God because He is God and He will give us the victory over adversity  and give Him all the praise and all the glory for answered prayer.

Praying with Stormie Omartian Part 1 AND 2

Stormie Omartian: Mighty in Prayer

Gordon Robertsons Teaching on Intercessory Prayer

Bring It On: Praying Silently or Out Loud

Operation World Intercessors prayer links

Name Website/E-mail Address Focus
24-7 Prayer www.24-7prayer.com Youth specific; global 24 hour a day prayer
Charisma News Email www.charismanews.com
Circle of Prayer www.circleofprayer.com
Generals of Intercession www.generals.org
<generals@generals.org>
Spiritual Warfare
Global Harvest Ministries www.globalharvest.org
<info@globalharvest.org>
40/70 Window/Spiritual Warfare
International House of Prayer www.ihop.org
24 Hour a Day Intercessory Worship
Joel News International www.joelnews.org
<mvdwoude@xs4all.nl>
National Pastor's Prayer Network www.nppn.org
<Updates@nppn.org>
Pastor's prayer groups; global
National Prayer www.nationalprayer.org
<natlpray@aol.com>
USA and World
NUPSA www.nupsa.co.za
<nupsa@global.co.za>
Africa
Pray! magazine (Navigators) www.navpress.com/praymag.asp
PrayerWave Asia <PrayerWaveAsia@pacific.net.sg>
U.S. Prayer Center www.usprayercenter.org
<usprayercenter@cs.com>
Discipling the nations in prayer
WEF's Religious Liberty www.WorldEvangelical.org E-mail Conference

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