Summary: This sermon is designed to assist those who wants to learn how to pray and to believe for answers.
How to Pray
By: Dr Perry Edison Newton Sr
Word of Faith Tabernacle
Word of Faith Church
Prayer is one of the powerful weapons that God has entrusted to the believer. Prayer is a means by which natural beings contact the Supernatural Creator of the universe. Prayer is the means by which man pours out his soul to the Almighty God and expects to be heard and answered. The purpose of this series is to allow you to know and under stand prayer; why should we pray; where should we pray; to whom should we pray and how should we pray.
In the context of Christianity, Prayer is said to be a monologue, a series of statements, requests, petitions, thanksgivings, giving of praises to the almighty God, seeking his help, his favour and showing gratitude for his blessings on our behalf.
When I say prayer is a monologue I say so because by means of prayer man tells God what is in his heart or how he feels. We may make a prayer request on behalf of someone else, but we cannot pray for a person. No one knows what is in the heart of another person, therefore no one can say exactly what a person needs are; we may only stand in agreement with them based on what they reveal to us. Often people do not say every thing that they feel or are experiencing. They tell it to Jesus alone.
Prayer is of such vital importance to the believer that in every generation mankind was encouraged to pray. Paul tells us that "a man should always pray and not faint;" he also admonishes us "to Pray without ceasing," so it is evident that prayer is important to the believer. Let us now examine prayer in a deeper way.
In the eleventh chapter of St Luke’s we are told that Jesus’ disciples came to him and asked him to teach them how to pray as John also taught his disciples. This is rather strange that the Disciples of Christ would want to emulate the things which John’s disciples were doing seeing that Jesus was greater than John. I could come up with no explanation other than to say that John’s prayer no doubt was effectual and that John’s disciples seemed to be quite disciplined in their prayer life.
In respect to this request by his disciples, Jesus did not offer any explanation as to why they should or should not pray; he did not feel slighted or of less importance because his disciples referred to John.
It seems that this desire to be taught how to pray on behalf of his disciples was met very favorably by Jesus; and without hesitation, he gave them an out-line for effective prayer.
In presenting the model for prayer Jesus, began by acknowledging our Heavenly Father. He is here stating that all prayer must begin, with an acknowledgement of God even to the extent of reverencing his name. Here is what Christ says as he began the prayer: “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”(Lk 11:2)It is important to note that Jesus places God as being in Heaven and states that all prayer must contain an element of praying for God’s kingdom to come and his will be done on this earth the same way it is done in heaven.