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UNDERSTANDING PRAYER

WHY TALK ABOUT PRAYER? Because..."The secret of all failure is the failure to pray in secret" (The Kneeling Christian)
“To get nations on their feet, we must first get on our knees.” Billy Graham
"Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying" – Paul E. Billheimer
"Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still" – EM bounds
I'de rather teach 1 man to pray than 10 men to preach "No man – I don’t care how colossal his intellect Charles Spurgeon
No man is greater than his prayer life." – Leonard Ravenhill

WHAT IS PRAYER?

Communication with God.... You talk to God and he listens... God talks to you and you listen. Through: Talking, Singing, Worshiping, Listening..
5 TYPES OF PRAYER

5 TYPES OF PRAYER

1. Praying in truth
2. Praying in the spirit
3. Prayer of agreement
4. Prayer of intercession
5. Prayer of Worship
1 Cor 14:15  Praying with your mind or in truth.
1 Corinthians 14:15 NIV - Anglicised
So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.
Eph 6:18  Praying in the Spirit (Tongues)
Ephesians 6:18 NIV - Anglicised
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Mt 18:19  Prayer of agreement (Where two or three agree)
Matthew 18:19 NIV - Anglicised
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
1 Tim 2:1   Prayer of intersession (Petition for something or someone)
1 Timothy 2:1 NIV - Anglicised
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—
Ps 27:4   Prayer of Worship
Psalm 27:4 NIV - Anglicised
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
If you want something you've never had, You must do something you've never done..... Successful people do daily what unsuccessful people do occasionally..
"The value of persistent prayer is not that he will hear us that we will finally hear him"
WHY SHOULD WE PRAY?  PART 1

WHY SHOULD WE PRAY?  PART 1

There are more than 400 Verses in the Bible that speak of prayer
NEXT: BECAUSE IT IS RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

BECAUSE IT IS RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Php 3:1-11  I want to know Christ and the power
Philippians 3:1–11 NIV - Anglicised
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless. But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
"ginosko" Jewish idiom for intercourse between man and woman
"Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But, it doesn’t pull God down to us: It pulls us up to Him." - Billy Graham -

"Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But, it doesn’t pull God down to us: It pulls us up to Him." - Billy Graham -

Ps 63:3 Because your love is better than life my lips will glorify you.
Psalm 63:3 NIV - Anglicised
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
"You can ask God for what you want, but you cannot ask if you are not asking for a right thing. When you draw near to God, you cease from asking for things."Your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him." Then, why ask? That you may get to know Him." Oswald Chambers
"At the profoundest depths in life, men talk not about God but with Him." C. H. Spurgeon "If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ." Elton Trueblood (Quaker Philosopher)
C. H. Spurgeon "If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ."
" Prayer is the breath of a newborn soul, and there can be no Christian life without it. (Rowland Hill (preacher))

" Prayer is the breath of a newborn soul, and there can be no Christian life without it. (Rowland Hill (preacher))

Prayer and the desire to pray is evidence that one has been born again

Prayer and the desire to pray is evidence that one has been born again

1Pet 2:2 As newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word  
1 Peter 2:2 NIV - Anglicised
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
"Prayer is the voice of faith." – DR. Horne
Luke 18:8 When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?
Luke 18:8 NIV - Anglicised
I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
"A Christian without prayer is no more possible than being alive without breathing." - Martin Luther King Jr.
"A man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by men." – Leonard Ravenhill
"God never ceases to speak to us, but the noise of the world without and the tumult of our passions within bewilder us and prevent us from listening to him (Francois Fenelon, French mystical theologian).
Mk 4:18-19 Worries, Cares, deceitfulness of wealth choke word
Mark 4:18–19 NIV - Anglicised
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
"A man may study because his brain is hungry for knowledge, even Bible knowledge. But he prays because his soul is hungry for God." – Leonard Ravenhill
PRAYER BRINGS JOY

PRAYER BRINGS JOY

Ps 21:6 Made him glad with the joy of your presence
Psalm 21:6 NIV - Anglicised
Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
"Prayer is naught but a rising desire of the heart into God by withdrawing of the heart from all earthly thoughts." – Walter Hilton
"He who has learned to pray has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life." – William Law, Anglican author.
"There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God." – Brother Lawrence
"God does nothing except in answer to Prayer." John Wesley
"if the devil can get the church to withdraw from prayer by believing reasonable excuses, the church is under his dominion." E.M. Bounds
"God does nothing except in answer to Prayer." John Wesley
"To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world." Carl Barth
"Every time I have had a breakthrough in my life, it has been because of Prayer" John Maxwell
"History belongs to the intercessors" Walter Wink
"Prayer meetings are the most difficult meetings to sustain because they are the most spiritual meetings of the church." Charles Finney
Dale Carnegie was asked, "what is the secret of your life?" Dale Carnegie replied, "Every day I pray. I yield myself to God, the tensions and anxieties go out of me and peace and power come in.

"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" – Corrie Ten Boom -

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