Lesson 9: "PRAYER"
Prayer is one of the most significant subjects for a Babe in Christ. The development of good prayer habits, are vital early on. Just as air is vital to our life, payer is the very breath of a Christian. This is the attitude that the Apostle Paul teaches we all should have concerning prayer, just as we never cease from breathing, we should never cease from prayer.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “pray without ceasing”
Three easy words to remember; but they carry the significance and weight of something as important as breath.
Jesus taught His disciples to pray prior to the coming of the kingdom (Matthew 6:5-15; Luke 11:1-13), and although the Spirit teaches Christians how we should pray, there are many things we can learn from the teaching of the Savior:
• God is to be glorified in Name in our prayers (Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2).• God is to be glorified in the coming of the kingdom ( here now – Colossians 1:1; Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2).• God is to be glorified as the only source and power to overcome evil (Matthew 6:13; Luke 11:4).• God is to be asked only for the necessities of life (Matthew 6:11; Luke 11:3).• We are to forgive trespasses prior to evoking God to forgive our own (Matthew 6:12; Luke 11:4).• We are not to pray to be seen of men (Matthew 6:5-6).• We are not to use vain repetitions or meaningless verbiage (Matthew 6:7).• Our prayers are to be persistent, diligent, and without obstacle in the practice thereof (Luke 11:9-13).
Additionally, the Spirit through the word has instructed that:
• All prayer is to be made through Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:18 “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”
1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus”
1 Peter 2:5 “you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
• All prayer is to be offered with an obedient spirit.
1 John 3:22 “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”
This additionally teaches us that all we request must be according to His will!
• All prayer is to be offered in faith and confidence. Faith as according to His will knowing our submission is necessary; and confidence knowing He hears our prayers (James 1:5-8).
• All prayer is to be submissive to the will of God (1 John 5:14-15).
• We must confess our sins to God through Christ.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
This is given with the understanding that we also cannot continue to walk in them if we hope to have fellowship with God (1 John 1:5-8). Remember, when guided by the word, we no longer serve sin!
Romans 6:17-18 "But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
• We must pray for all men, kings, and all who are in authority (1 Timothy 2:17), which should include a knowledge of the Gospel, as Paul mentions he was an Apostle for (Vs.7).• We are to pray for the needs of brethren; illness, trespasses, to turn a wanderer back to the Lord (James 5:13-20).• We pray that we may achieve the characteristics and graces that Christians are to exhibit in their lives (Colossians 3:12-17).• We pray for doors to be opened in the hearts of men for the Gospel (Colossians 4:2-4).
In time, as the word guides and educates; we all expand this list according to the will of God. However, the key to good prayer habits are born from our attitude toward God as our true Father. His love for us has been displayed in the life giving instruction He has commanded us to follow (1 John 5:3), which includes consistent prayer. He has promised to hear the prayers of the faithful (James 5:16) and provide for our needs (especially the spiritual ones). Remember:
Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”