Father, help me to be effective in prayers.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
‘The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. James 5:16b
According to the scriptures, the power of prayer is simply the power of God who hears and answers prayers. In order to pray effectively, we need to understand the nitty-gritty of prayer. This is spelt out in the teaching of the Lord Jesus on prayer and by His practical life of prayer. Luke 18:1-8.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: DEFINITION AND REASONS FOR PRAYER.
1. Prayer is the soul of man talking to God.
2. Worship addressed to God the father, in the name of God the son, through the power of the Holy Spirit. John 14:13.
B. COMPOSITION OF AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER
I.It comprises adoration i.e praise and worship of God for everything he is .Psalms 95:6
ii. It comprises Thanksgiving for all he has done. Phil 4:6
iii. Confession and repentance from every known sin. Psalms 32:5
iv. Supplication, intercession. Petitions, request and desires. 1 Tim.2:1
C. REASONS WHY WE PRAY
b. Prayer is a way of serving God and obeying him. Luke 2:36-38
c. Prayer offers solutions to our challenges/problems
d. Prayer enables us to take right and appropriate decision. Luke 6:12-13
e. Prayer removes demonic barriers to access God’s presence. Matthew 17:14-21
f. Prayer enables labourers to harvest souls for the kingdom of God. Luke 10:2
g. Through prayers, believers overcome temptations. Matthew 26:41
h. Prayers strengthens believers spiritually. Eph 6:18-19.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: WHERE AND WHEN CAN WE PRAY?
Private/personal of family or congregation or public prayers can be prayed on any of the places identified:
i. Everywhere. 1 Tim 2:8
iii. In the closet. Matthew 6:6
iv. In the church. Luke 18:10
v. In a designated place.
vi. In the congregation
B. WHERE CAN WE PRAY?
Individual or group can pray in any of the times outlined below:
a. Morning time. Psalms 5:3
b. Noon and evening. Psalms
c. Day or night. Psalms 88:1
d. Daily. Psalms 86:3
e. Always. Luke 18:1
f. At the office, road, work or while relaxing
g. When singing, teaching, preaching, etc
h. Without ceasing.1 Thess. 5:17
SUMMARY: Pray, pray and pray at all times.
Jesus prayed and his followers are expected to pray [Luke 6:12]. Let us, therefore, act now and present all our petitions to God in the name of Jesus Christ. It is certain that he will answer according to his perfect will for us.
a. Father, thank you for journey mercy, protection and provision at all time.
b. Father let me pray until I see you in glory.
c. Father open a new level for me in high places, in the name of Jesus
d. Father of love open a new door for people looking up to you
e. Power of failure at the edge of my breakthrough, Oh God arise and consume them, in the name of Jesus.
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