Summary: Prayer gets God’s work done! This sermon will help us learn to pray God’s way!
Part 3 of the series; Getting in spiritual shape: No prayer, No Life; Know Prayer, Know Life
Prayer- Most people associate prayer with trouble and hardship or when something is needed.
I often had the idea that prayer was just that but throughout the years I have learned that prayer is more than asking for things or seeking a way out of our troubles! It is the one thing that kept me in the relationship that I have right now!!!
That relationship is with God the father! Prayer is our means of talking with someone we know every time we have the chance to. Ben Patterson in his book “Deepening Your Conversation with God” said that prayer is a discipline before it becomes a joy, and it remains a discipline even after it becomes a joy”
Today I want to talk about developing a consistent prayer life in part 3 of the series “Getting in spiritual Shape” No prayer, No Life; Know prayer, Know Life!
Ephesians 6:18(NLT); Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.
Pray everywhere and pray with persistence; to many times we pray for something or someone for some time but we get tired and give in to discouragement. If we continue to pray, God will grant us the power to continue to do so!
James 4:8 (NLT); Draw close to God and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites.
Intimacy with God starts with a pure heart; a pure heart does not necessarily mean that our hearts must free of guilt or evil….we must come to him with an honest heart and realize that he sees everything within our hearts. Relationships are developed through constant communication. An open book policy should be the norm.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (NKJV)
17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Don’t stop praying until God Answers your request! There is an acronym for the letters that spell out the word “P.U.S.H”; it stands for Pray Until Something Happens!!!
God is not trying to fool with your heart when he doesn’t answer our prayer the way we expect Him too! Sometimes God wants us to learn something about Him and our spiritual development! Thanksgiving is essential in our prayer time! Ungrateful people don’t get anywhere in life!
Matthew 6:6 (New Living Translation) Find a secret place:
6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.
There is something special about finding a secret place for alone time with God, it gives us the opportunity to say things we don’t normally say to anyone or everyone! The best part is…..God is our audience!! He is so ready and eager to hear our prayers. God is the one who blesses us in our public life when we pray in secret to the Father!!!
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.