His Power, My Prayer: Introduction

 

 

Goals of class:

  • To understand prayer and how it works in our lives.
  • To create a more meaningful and beneficial prayer life.
  • To focus our prayer life and our ability to pray.

Schedule of class:

  • We will open with prayer (including all submitted prayer requests)
  • The lesson will be given
  • A prayer assignment will be given
  • Materials will be posted online

Introduction

  • Why do we pray?
    • Prayer is required for our benefit (Philippians 4:6-7) do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
      • there are rules laid out when we drive to keep us and others safe
      • raising children requires rules (yes sir, chores, wake up, do homework, boundaries, etc.) (Proverbs 22:6) Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
    • Prayer lets us have a relationship with God (1 Peter 3:12) 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
      • when we love someone, we want to stay in communication with them (one-sided conversation vs open communications)
      • don’t worry about how we say it just talk to him. Let the Holy Spirit work for us (Romans 8:26)26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
        • child’s prayer ‘a, b, c, d, …
      • When you love someone, you want stay in communication with them
        • our some Michael
    • Persistence pays off (Matthew 7:7-11) “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
      • the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8) 18 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
  • When do we pray? (I Thes. 5:16-18) 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
    • What does “without ceasing” mean?
      • be in a prayerful state (discipline your mind spiritually like an athlete disciplines their body)
      • a way of life
    • during all “times”
      • we must give thanks during the good times (James 1:17-18) 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
        • we were made special so that we could understand what God has done for us and we could be thankful
      • we must give thanks during the bad times (1 Peter 5:7) casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
        • prayer provides us with comfort that we cannot get from ourselves (James 5:13-15) 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 
    • we are creatures of time, so set a time to pray
      • from Art Williams
        • a set a time every day (mind over mattress)
          • morning coffee
          • drive into work
          • lunch time
          • drive home after work
          • quit time before dinner
          • just before you go to bed
        • a set plan
          • Ben Franklin had a set schedule for every hour of his day.
  • Where do we pray?
    • a set a place to pray (Matthew 6:6) But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
    • Do you have a War Room?
      • Movie about Ms. Clara who has a designated room, called a ‘war room’ where she does battle with the devil through prayer
    • A set plan (chronological, theme, etc.)

Homework

  • Ma’ Ingalls, in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book “Little House in the Big Woods,” had set, daily chores
  1. Wash on Monday
  2. Iron on Tuesday
  3. Mend on Wednesday
  4. Churn on Thursday
  5. Clean on Friday
  6. Bake on Saturday
  7. Rest on Sunday
  • Your prayer chores this week are to pray for:
  1. Motivation on Monday
  2. Trust in God on Tuesday
  3. Wisdom on Wednesday
  4. Thirst for God’s truth on Thursday
  5. Faith on Friday
  6. Souls to save on Saturday
  7. Salvation on Sunday

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