"NOTHING is more important than prayer. Prayer is your spiritual oxygen that keeps you alive. Prayerless Christians are like dead sinners, depriving themselves from the love, presence and help of their Heavenly Father. The only way to be restored is to get down on your knees - AND PRAY!"
WHEN WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS
The moment we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, we connect with Father God. And the moment we pray to Father God, we connect to Life, as He is Life, and the Creator of life, (Elohim) When we pray we involve God in our life.
Jesus came not only to save us from the enemy Satan (whose purpose is to kill, steal and destroy), but to introduce us to a loving Heavenly Father. He came and showed us what relationship and fellowship is all about. He came to introduce us into a warm relationship with God the Father through Him. Jesus is our example. Let's follow His teachings and His way of doing and being.
The fear of the Lord will cause us to fall on our knees in order to submit and humble ourselves before the Lord. (The regenerated heart will cause us to fall on our knees before God)
The effect of prayer
We come under the anointing of the Holy Spirit when we pray. We touch our Father when we pray. We are changed when we pray. Lives are saved when we pray. Lives are restored when we pray. Miracles happens when we pray. People are healed when we pray. Evil bow it's knee when we pray. Demons flee when we pray. The enemy is defeated when we pray. The Holy Spirit moves when we pray. The lost are saved when we pray. People are filled with the Spirit when we pray. Angels move on God's command when we pray. The Holy Spirit teaches and guides us when we pray. The Holy Spirit infuses us with power when we pray. The Word is in our heart and on our lips as we pray the Word. Our lives are directed when we pray. The Father is glorified and exalted when we pray. People are exhorted and fed spiritually when we pray. The Holy Spirit fills us with new strength when we pray. We can endure hardships when we pray. We exalt the name of our Lord when we pray. We overcome ttemptations of the flesh when we pray. Revival and the outpouring of the Spirit happens when we pray. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are preotected when we pray etc. Nothing is as important as prayer. Real and intimate relationship with God and revival starts with a heartfelt prayer. PRAYER is the result of a COVENANT with the Living God. (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)
Through the Blood of Christ
"But as it now is, He [Christ] has acquired a [priestly] ministry which is as much superior and MORE EXCLLENT [than the old] as the COVENANT (the agreement) of which He is the Mediator (the Arbiter, Agent) is superior and more excellent, [because] it is enacted and rests upon more important (sublimer, higher, and nobler) promises." Hebrews 8:6 Amplified
PRAYER IS NOT PRAYER WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIIRIT OF GOD
Without the anointing and Spirit filled prayer the Church, the Body of Christ will get rusty and come to a halt.
True prayer is not a mental exercise nor a vocal performance. Your spiritual dimension (1 Thessalonians 5:23, James 2:26) gives you the capacity to connect with God.The function of the Holy Spirit is to teach us how to pray. He will lead and guide us in prayer. Spirit connects with spirit.Therefore Jesus' instruction to be born in Spirit John 3:3)
Note: Being a human we are created above the animal world. Animals do not have a spirit (only a soul and body) therefore they do not have the capacity to connect with God. (Animals were not created in God's image - only man Genesis 1:26)
“Prayer is like a missile that can be fired at any spot on earth, It travels undetected at the speed of thought and it hit its target every time. Don’t just stand there; PRAY!" Ronald Dunn
WE INVOLVE GOD THROUGH PRAYER
“Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. 14th verse: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”-Isa_58:9
IT must never be forgotten that Almighty God rules this world. He is not an absentee God. His band is ever on the throttle of human affairs. He is everywhere present in the concerns of time. “His eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men.” He rules the world just as He rules the Church by prayer. This lesson needs to be emphasized, iterated and reiterated in the ears of men of modern times and brought to bear with cumulative force on the consciences of this generation whose eyes have no vision for the eternal things, whose ears are deaf toward God.
Nothing is more important to God than prayer in dealing with mankind. But it is likewise all-important to man to pray. Failure to pray is failure along the whole line of life. It is failure of duty, service, and spiritual progress. God must help man by prayer. He who does not pray, therefore, robs himself of God’s help and places God where He cannot help man. Man must pray to God if love for God is to exist. Faith and hope, and patience and all the strong, beautiful, vital forces of piety are withered and dead in a prayerless life. The life of the individual believer, his personal salvation, and personal Christian graces have their being, bloom and fruitage in prayer. - E.M Bounds
PRAYER IS BIRTHED THROUGH IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS
By faith we have received imputed righteousness or justification through the Blood of Christ when we received Him as our Savior and Lord.
We do this through placing our faith in Him. (Abraham was declared righteous 400 yrs before the law because of his faith. James 2:23 "And [so] the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed in (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on) God, and this was accounted to him as righteousness (as conformity to God's will in thought and deed), and he was called God's friend." [Gen. 15:6; II Chron. 20:7; Isa. 41:8.]
To be righteous, means to be in right-standing with God. To be at peace and to be right with God. This standing can only be accomplished through faith. We receive this through Jesus' finished works on the cross of Calvary. And because this... of what Jesus had done on Calvary, we can enter the throne of God, with boldness in Jesus' Name. (Hebrews 4:16) The Holy Spirit causes us to cry out Abba Father (Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit - our prayers are dead)
WHEN WE PRAY
1.We have the privilege to go directly to God the Father, -
2.In the Name of Jesus Christ,
3.Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit
(The Holy Spirit is Immanuel, God with us, and IN us.He will lead and teach us in prayer. He knows the MIND, the will of God. See John 16:13,1 John 2:27, 1 Cor 2:14)
*Not even angels have the privilege to come to God the Father, entering His throne in the NAME of Jesus.
It's the NAME given above all names. The only name by which man-kind can be saved.
Phil 2:9,10, Acts 4:12, 1 Tim 2:5
THE LORD'S PRYER
(An Outline Prayer to build on)
Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy Name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and glory. For ever,
Model Prayer - This is how Jesus taught us to pray. (Matt 6:9-13)
IS GOD YOUR FATHER? HAVE YOU MADE PEACE WITH HIM?
PEACE WITH GOD
If you have not made peace with God, pray this prayer 1st before moving on to the other prayers -
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for demonstrating your great love for me through Your Son Jesus who died in my place even while I yet to know Him. I know that I have sinned against you and deserve punishment. But I thank Your for Your Son Jesus Christ who took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven and washed clean with His precious blood.
For I confess now with my lips, that Jesus is Lord, and I believe with all my heart that You Father God have raised Him from death. He is the risen Christ and my Lord. I place now my trust in You for my salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness through Your Son and the precious gift of eternal life.
Thank You Heavenly Father for being now my Abba Father (my Papa), Thank you Jesus for being now my Savior, Lord and King. Thank you for filling me right now with you Holy Spirit. Thank You Holy Spirit for being my guide, for teaching in the Word and for directing my life from this day forward.
Thank you that I can recognize my true value (as a child of God) in You, and in the light of Your love for me. Thank you for being now my hope. Thank You for strengthening, and helping me to forgive those who have wronged or forsaken and hurt me. I forgive them now in Jesus' Name. Thank you that I can now be called the righteousness of God IN Christ.
May your name Father God be glorified in heaven and on earth, in Jesus Name, Amen
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Let's Pray and connect with God
What to follow is some practical examples to connect with the Living God.
Just search the applicable heading regarding your specific circumstances or needs and pray... ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in prayer, this is His function. He is Immanuel God with you and in you.He will teach you as how to pray.
You may start to ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in the following way. Thank you Abba Father that I may enter your presence in Jesus Name. Precious Holy spirit, I ask You to lead, and teach me as I read the Word and pray. Thank you for being my teacher, my friend and my helper in Jesus Name, Amen.
In trouble, need hope, strength and direction
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name above all Names, Jesus Christ. Father God, You are the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You rescued Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace. You rescued your disciples in a fiery storm sent by the enemy. You rescued Daniel in the lion's den. No-one can rescue like You.
You are indeed El-Elyon (the most High God), El-Olam (the everlating God), El-Shaddai (All Powerful God, the more than enough God). No one saves like You. You are my Rock and my and Strength!
Abba Father, I (name) am the apple of your eye. I humble myself before You, as I place my hope and my trust in You.
In this day of trouble, my hope is not in man, nor in myself (Pro 3,4-6), but in YOU. I know you will rescue me out of (name the circumstances) and I (your name), will honor you.(Ps 50:15)
You are Jehovah Shabaoth, the Lord my Warrior, You are my bravery, my strength, my invincible army (Hab 3;19) Thank you for give me clear direction as what to do. Thank you for giving me the capacity to hear and obey.
Thank you Holy Spirit for guiding me into victory. (Ps 32:8). Thank you for breakthrough. I wait on You, my Lord in whom I trust, for You give power to the faint; and to them that have no might You my Lord increase strength.(Isa 40:31)
Thank you Heavenly Father, my faith as child is in YOU. In Jesus Name, Amen.
In His presence
My soul is saying to You, You are my Lord, the God in whom I trust,
I have called upon You, for You will hear me O Lord,
I will pray to no-one else…for You alone are God
Incline Your ear to me and hear my groaning's,
Show Your marvelous loving-kindness to me again,
For You are El Shaddai, the All-Powerful, All-sufficient God,
You are El Elyon, the Most High God,
You are El Olam, the Everlasting God,
O Lord, save my soul, blot–out my shamefull thoughts,
Cleanse me, even my memories, from all unrighteous thoughts,…so that I may enter into Your presence with prayer…
Let my thoughts and meditations be pleasing to you.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Savior and Protector
You O Lord, are my strength, my bravery, my invincible army - who can save like You?
You are Jehovah Shabaoth, the Lord my warrior, my Fortress
You LORD say: "I am the Rock, I know of no other"
For who will stand against You O Lord? I agree, You alone are the Rock. Through my human experience I know of no-one else, no equal to to be found who will measure up with You.
Out of your own mouth comes the Truth, Yes!, ... deliverance truth.
This I know though experience, if You are for me, who will stand against me? My enemies will not prevail, for You the Most High is on my side. I am branded, marked by Your Spirit, I truly belong to You!
As wax melts before fire, so shall my enemies perish before the presence of my Lord, the Most High God,
The Lord God is a searcher of hearts, and He hears the prayer of the righteous.
I shall be saved from my enemies, the Destroyer will not touch me, for I have come under Your Wings O Lord for protection…covered by the blood of the Lamb. Nothing makes my enemy (Satan) run like the blood of Jesus. All the power in heaven and earth belongs to my Lord! (Sela)
You Lord, are my Deliverer, Your equal is not to be found in heaven or earth…Your anointing sets me and my house free from the yoke of bondadg.
I rejoice in You o Lord, may Your Name be magnified on all the earth, may Your Kingdom come!
Lord I need help, and you have promised to infuse me with power from above, Your infinite power through Your Spirit.
To You alone will I pray, You alone are LORD. The Source of all creation.
You are my vital necessity. Without Divine assistance I cannot press on.
Assuredly as I pray I know, you love me.
With your help and strength, I can do whatever You ask of me.
Lord, give me a second wind…..
In Jesus Name ~ Amen
Gracious Heavenly Father,I come to you in the Name of Jesus Christ,
I have to confess that I’m lost and confused, my life doesn’t make sense
Lord, only You know me inside-out. You created me and only You know my heart and thoughts
You are the Shepherd of my soul and the LORD of my life.
Thank you for taking control of my life…thank you for making my darkness into light, and uneven places into a plain.
Thank you for being a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
I know all things will work out just fine, because You are in control. I rejoice greatly in Your love today!
Lord life gave me a hard blow…
My life is in pieces, torn apart by human beings and circumstances beyond my control…my tears beyond numbering.
I am broken, …help me not to quit and give up.
I know,You had not given me a spirit of fear; but a Spirit of power, love,
and a sound mind…
You are indeed a Father, for the fatherless,…
I look to You in trust, …because I know You are faithful.
You Lord, …You give the weiry and the broken-hearted new hope,
My hope is in you Lord…not in people…please heal and restore me…
Thank you for making me whole again…
Thank you Abba Father for giving me strength for today.
Thank you that I can cast all of my concerns, worries, and anxieties upon you - right now. As I cast all of my concerns now upon You Lord - I can feel the weight lifted from my being.
Father, thank you for giving me the grace I need for today. Your grace,... give me the ability, strength, power to face today’s problems.
Even If I shall go through the valley of shadow and death…I know, I’m not alone. You walk me through!
Thank You Lord that I will not fear, because Your Love drives out all fear. My strength is in You Lord,
Lord, thank you that I can trust and rely on You
Lord, thank you for being faithfull…
You faithfulness is great …and consumes my whole being. I am conscious of Your glory that is in my spirit. My life is an expression of your love for me.
Thank you for infusing me with power from above
Thank You,… that even when I’m waiting for a breakthrough, You are blessing me in the “waiting season”
I bow down before You Lord, ..to give thanks, for all you’ve done.
For You O Lord, are the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,…
You are the Covenant God…
The God in whom I trust!
My help comes from the Lord Almighty…the Creator of Heavens and earth, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel,
I confess Lord,…
The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit is the Source and life-giving power of my Life.
The only source of power I need to make it in this world!
Jesus is the Light of the world, and His Light is shining through me!
In Jesus Name, Amen
The Lord my God is my Savior, my redeemer, my advocate, my strength and hope!
He is the Word of God, a lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path.
You Lord, will make a way where there is no way. You open doors that no man can shut. You close doors that no man can open. You are All-Powerful, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
I thank You for Your wisdom, insight, counsel, understanding, might and strength. I hold unto Your instruction and heed to You advice and counsel through Your Word and Spirit. Thank You for giving me the capacity to hear and obey Your voice,
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Father, I’m exhausted,...
I don’t know where to go or what to do…
Please give me the ability, strength and power to face today’s problems
Come and Infuse me with strength from above…so that I can press on.
Come and fill me with Your Life giving water ….
Come and fill me Holy Spirit,…
Give me a second wind…
Thank you for recharging and energising me in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen
Personalize your prayer
You who sit down in the High of God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow, Say this:
"GOD, you're [ incert your name] refuge. I trust in you and I'm safe!"
You Lord rescues [name] from hidden traps, shields [name] from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect [name]-- under them [name] is perfectly safe; his arms fend off all
harm...[name] will fear nothing, not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze [name]
[name] will stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because GOD's [name] refuge, the High God, [name] very own home,
Evil can't get close to [name], harm can't get through the door.
He ordered his angels to guard [name] wherever [name] go.
If [name] stumble, they'll catch [name]; their job is to keep [name] from falling.
[name] will walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
If [name] will hold on to me for dear life," says GOD, "I'll get [name] out of any trouble
I'll give [name] the best of care if [name] will only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I'll answer, be at [name] side in bad times; I'll rescue [name], then throw you a party.
I'll give [name] a long life, give [name] a long drink of salvation!"
The Prayer of agreement [mutual understanding;contract] at least two people praying
Scripture: Matthew 18:19,20
Jesus speaking: "I also tell you this: If two of you agree down here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together because they are mine, I am there among them"
We have to agree - in body, spirit and soul - total being [harmony must be present]
Body: Proverbs 18:21
"Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life"
Spirit: Romans 8:14
"For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God" James 1:5 "seek guidance continually; ask for wisdom from God"
Soul: Thoughts, passions, emotions, directed into the same vision [must be lawfully] The agreement must bear the fruit of the Spirit. Meaning: The conditions must be in line with Gods Word. The fruit of the Spirit is love.
Unity: Galatians 6:22
We worship a God of unity! Jesus says; "My Father and I are One"
John 10:30; John 14:9
Whatever we agree apon on earth, becomes a spiritual law; and the supernatural (spiritual) supersedes the natural. This is a law. God set the terms of this law. It will be done.
The prayer of Petition
[To bring a formal request] Usually one, or more people praying
According to the Pocket Oxford Dictionary petition means the following: Asking; supplication; request; formal written request from one or more persons to sovereign
1 John 5:14,15 (NLT)
"And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests/petitions, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for"
Joh 15:7 "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
Let me explain specific prayer; If I want my wife to buy me a pair sneakers for my birthday I need to tell her exactly what I want. This is a personal request. It's a detailed request. Colour, size, type etc.
Yonggi Cho keeps a prayer journal, with a request date and a receive date… this is faith with expectancy! See James Chapter 1
If you are in a meeting with God, and He asks you "what do you want my child?" You need to be very specific. If you request something from God in prayer, be ready to answer. Remember you brought the request before Him!
Ask in the Name of Jesus.[according to His will, what will glorify His Name] John 14:14 "Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!"
Prayer of Supplication - the humble request
Scripture: Ephesians 6:18
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints"
Scripture: Phillipians 4:6
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God"
Supplication means to make a humble request. You are serious and desperate.
Scripture: Luke 8:41
"And now a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell down at Jesus' feet, begging him to come home with him."
[kneeling; to fell down; face down; keep on repeating yourself; don't except no; begging]
Definite Petitions / Specific petitions
Being Jesus' followers we follow His behavior. See Hebrews 5:7 about Jesus in the day of His flesh... how He prayed... not only what He wanted but needed. And because of the FEAR OF THE LORD HIS PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED.
The fear of the Lord will always ask the question - "What does God say about this?"
When it seems if our prayers are not answered
Reasons might include...
Not the right season yet
A personal test of faith and submission to His will
A test of perseverance
Building of faith
Building of spiritual character
Not in Gods divine will
Wrong motives Jam 4:3
- Protection (God sees what we don't see)