Successful Prayers

How can our prayers be simple, successful and effective? How to pray? When do prayers not reach God? How can we listen to God and make prayer a two-way process? What were the pointers Jesus gives to be effective in prayer?

Overview

Passages: Matt 6:5-15, Mark 11:25 Luke 5:16, 11:1-13

Objectives

Prerequisites of prayer

Pre-eminence of God

Petitions to God

Praise to God

Recap

Discussion

OBJECTIVES

To:

  • Prepare for prayer by aligning ourselves to God in a relationship
  • Honour him alone
  • Seek to acquire the big picture and burdens of His heart
  • Demonstrate total dependence

Bible Passage

Matt 6:5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners [d]so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Bible Passage - Cont'd

Matt 6:9 “Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

10 ‘Your kingdom come.

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

11 ‘Give us this day [e]our daily bread.

12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from [f]evil. [g][For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

14 For if you forgive [h]others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive [i]others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Prerequisites of Prayer

Prayer represents:

  • Private communion not for public consumption
  • Meaningful relationship not Meaningless repetition
  • Talking to a God who already knows
  • Listening to Him as well

Pre-eminence of God

When we begin our prayer, we soak these aspects in. Four aspects are covered:

  • Fatherhood
  • Honour
  • Kingdom
  • Will

Fatherhood

We approach a loving father on a higher plane

Who has paid for us a high price

Who knows more than even we do

and loves us more than we ever know

Honour

“Hallowed be Thy Name”

Prayers should honour his Holy Name

Reflect His character

God's Kingdom

“Thy kingdom come”

We invoke his kingdom on earth,

Yeild to His control.

God’s - Will

“Thy kingdom come”

We invoke his kingdom on earth,

Yeild to His control.

Petitions to God -

Daily bread (or daily needs)

Forgiveness of sins

Prevention of temptation

Deliverance from evil

Daily Needs

“Give us this day our daily bread”

Only for today

Daily needs

Physical and spiritual

Forgiveness

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”

Releases from all known and unknown hindrances to relationship..

To the extent God has forgiven

Complete not partial

Prevention of temptation

“Lead us not into temptation”

Guide us away from Satan’s traps and God’s trials wherever possible.

God does not tempt but tests

Deliverence from evil

“but deliver us from evil”

From known and unknown attacks of the evil one

Praise to God

His is the:

  • Kingdom – FOREVER
  • Power – FOREVER
  • Glory – FOREVER

Recap

Prerequisites of prayer

  • Private communion not for public consumption
  • Meaningful relationship not Meaningless repetition

 

Recap (Cont'd)

Pre-eminence of God

  • Fatherhood
  • Honour
  • Kingdom
  • Will

Petitions to God

  • Bread
  • Forgiveness of sins
  • Prevention of temptation
  • Deliverance from evil

Praise to God

  • Kingdom
  • Power
  • Glory

Discussion

1.How do we ensure a meaningful relationship and private communion during prayer?

2.How can we evolve the right attitude to God acknowledging His pre-eminence in prayer?

3.What are our typical petitions like? How can we change that to make it what it should be?

4.How can we transfer the glory we desire to the God who deserves it during prayer?

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