The Power Of Prayer

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THE POWER OF FAITH AND PRAYER

About 2700 years ago, a powerful Assyrian  king named  Sennacherib was determine to expand his kingdom.  After a number of victories in battle he set his sites on conquering Israel—the jewel of Israel was the city of Jerusalem.  In the city of Jerusalem lived king Hezekiah. Though the city was well fortified, when Hezekiah and the citizens heard that Sennacherib had amassed an army of more than 180,000 and had recently overran  46 walled cities and taken 210,000 captives, their hearts sank.  It was not long before Sennacherib’s troops  surrounded Jerusalem. The arrogant Assyrian king sent a letter to the Hezekiah. The letter was not a demand to surrender—it was a threat of annihilation. ‘Tomorrow,’ Sennacherib wrote, ‘you and your people will be dead’ (my paraphrase).  Many began to panic. Hezekiah and his people were surrounded, outnumbered and outgunned. It was a desperate situation. What does one do in a desperate situation? Pray.
In a brilliant move, king Hezekiah gathered his people together, and asked them to pray—not hide, or run, or fight—just pray.  And that night, as the people prayed, confessed and worshiped God, one angel was sent from heaven to take care of the matter. By the morning the enemy army was no more.
From this Old Testament story we are reminded that God is great, there is always hope, and that one of the great (and largely untapped) resources available to God’s people is prayer. In this teaching (and the study notes below), I share what Jesus said about prayer.  Using The Lord’s Prayer  in Matthew 6  as a guide, I share what I believe to be ten specific components of a powerful prayer life. My prayer is that this teaching will encourage, inspire and inform.

Have faith, pray often, pray for others, pray with others, and remember: God is always just one prayer away.

Here is a link to the teaching: A GUIDE FOR HOW TO PRAY

 

THE POWER OF PRAYER

A Study in Matthew 6

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.   Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.     Matthew 6:9 (KJV)

TEN COMPONENTS OF A POWERFUL PRAYER

 Begin with a recognition of who God is (V.9)

  • “After this manner therefore pray ye:
  • “Our Father…”
  • “which art in heaven…”
  • “Hallowed be thy name.” (V.9)

                                                                                                                     

Acknowledge God’s sovereign will (V.10a)

  • “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done…”
  • Proverbs 19:21

                                                                                                   

Yield to/embrace God’s sovereign will in your life (V.10b)

  • “…Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
  • “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”  Luke 22:4
  • “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”   Psalm 40:8
  • “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.”  1 John 2:3
  • “Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”    1 John 3:24
  • “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his  commands are not burdensome…”    1 John 5:3

 

 Pray with the right perspective (V.11)

  • “Give us this day…

 

 Pray humbly… (V.11)

  • “…our daily bread.”
  • Matthew 4:4
  • “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  (1 Peter 5:5b,  James 5:6b)

 

Ask for forgiveness (V.12a)

  • “And forgive us our debts…”
  • “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive     us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9
  • James 5:16

 

Forgive others (V.12b)

  • “…as we forgive our debtors.”
  • “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  6:14-15

                                                                             

 Pray that you will not enter into temptation (V.13a)

  • “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…”   
  • “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit  is willing, but the body is weak.”  26:41
  • “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.”  1 John 1:6

 

Pray that you will be delivered from the evil one.   (V.13b)

  • “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…”   
  • “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit  is willing, but the body is weak.”  26:41

 

Give God glory (V.13c)

  • “…For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”    
  • “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31

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