"He will call upon me, and I will answer him.and show him my salvation" Psalm 91:15-16.The time we spend with the Lord in prayer can release the most dynamic, history-changing power this world has ever known. The Bible describes many different kinds of prayer. But the most important kind starts in the hidden place of our homes.
"But when you pray, go into your most private room, and closing the door, pray to your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you in the open" Matthew 6:6 (Amp.)We have been invited into intimate prayer by none other than the Lord Himself. This kind of "secret" prayer presupposes:
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests" Ephesians 6:18.As we express our feelings and burdens in conversation with God, it can be in the form of adoration (Psalm 34:1-4), confession (1 John 1:9), request (Matthew 7:7), thanksgiving (Ephesians 5:4,20) or intercession (1 Timothy 2:1).
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit" James 5:16-18 (KJV).Elijah's prayer was:
Effective: Based on God's word (Deuteronomy 11:13-17; 1 Kings 18:36).
Fervent: Based on God's character (1 Kings 18:36-46; Matthew 15:21-28).
Righteous: Based on relationship with God, not on his own worthiness (James 5:17; Proverbs 15:8,29).
"As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning, and noon, will I pray and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice" Psalm 55:16-17 (KJV) (see also Daniel 6:10).The best example of a daily pattern of regular, whole-hearted prayer can be found in the Lord Jesus Himself:
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express" Romans 8:26.Part of the Holy Spirit's purpose is to teach us (Luke 12:12), guide us in prayer (Romans 8:27), and to help us in our faith (Ephesians 3:16-17). The Holy Spirit will sometimes anoint a believer's prayer in a special way, and this is called "praying in the Holy Spirit" (Jude 20; Ephesians 6:18). To help us in prayer, the Holy Spirit has also provided a special gift to the believer: the gift of tongues - speaking in an unknown language to the Lord in prayer (see 1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
"Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven" Matthew 18:19 (KJV) (see also Eccl.4:12).If there is tremendous power when two people pray, what about the whole assembly of God's people praying in one accord?
"...they raised their voices together in prayer to God. 'Sovereign Lord,' they said, '...consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus." After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly" Acts 4:24-31.
"...Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?" Matt.26:40.
[UP] [PREVIOUS] [NEXT] [HOME] [WORLDSCOPE] [FEEDBACK] [POST OFFICE] [RANDOM] [SEARCH]
Unless otherwise stated, all scriptures quoted in these studies are from the New International Version of the Bible, & copy; New York International Bible Society, used by permission. Other versions referred to are: KJV (King James Version), NKJB (New King James Bible), TLB (The Living Bible), Amp (The Amplified Bible) and The Message. All versions used by permission.
These studies are "graceware" - distributed freely and without obligation. If you would like to help financially in the continuation of this ministry, you can send your gift to:
P.O. Box 1033
For more information on Bible studies available, visit the Churchlink site on the World Wide Web at http://www.churchlink.com.au/churchlink. Enquiries to: [email protected]