The Basics of Prayer

BECOMING A PRAYER WARRIOR

Week1: Basics of Prayer

WHAT IS PRAYER?

  • Prayer is COMMUNION with God
  • “Prayer is an ongoing relationship with God – not formal or liturgical – but personal, one on one.” Anonymous

WHY PRAY?

  • Because God’s Word COMMANDS it
    • Isaiah 55:6
    • Luke 18:1
    •  Ephesians 6:18
    •  1 Timothy 2:1, 8
  • Because we NEED to:
    1.  Prayer was important & remains important to JESUS
      • Mark 1:35
      • Luke 5:16; 6:12
      • John 17
      • Romans 8:34
      • Hebrews 7:25
    2.  There is an ENEMY called the devil
      • Ephesians 6:12
      • “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying.  He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless works and prayerless religion.  He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”– Samuel Chadwick
    3. Prayer is God’s appointed way for His children to obtain THINGS
      • Matthew 7:7-12
      • James 4:2
      • 1 John 5:14 
    4. Prayer is the means God has appointed for our receiving MERCY & GRACE
      • Hebrews 4:16
    5. Prayer is the means God has appointed for us to obtain freedom from WORRY & ANXIETY
      • Philippians 4:6-7
    6. Prayer is the means God has appointed for us to find strength against TEMPTATION
      • Mark 14:38
      • Luke 21:34-36
    7. Prayer promotes SPIRITUAL growth
      • Colossians 1:9-12
      • Psalm 139:23-24
      • 1 John 1:9
    8. Prayer brings power into our FAITH adventure
      • James 5:16
      • “Prayer is the highest intelligence, the profoundest wisdom, the most vital, the most joyous, the most efficacious, the most powerful of all vocations” E.M. Bounds
    9. Prayer brings BLESSING to the church
      • Acts 2:42, 46
      • Acts 4:31
    10. Prayer asks and invites God to SAVE others
      • 2 Thessalonians 3:1
      • 1 Timothy 2:1-4
      • “A man is what he is on his knees before God, and nothing more.”                                            – Robert Murray M’Cheyne

“Prayer is the key that unlocks all the storehouses of God’s infinite grace and power.  All that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer.  But we must use the key. Prayer can do anything God can do, and, since God can do anything, prayer is omnipotent.”– R.A. Torrey