Power of Prayer
How does one properly pray to God? There are examples in
God's Word which give us specific examples which teach us
how to pray effectively, and with reverence to our Lord.
We begin in John 15:16
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,
and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth
fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that
whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may
give it you." John 15:16
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God and the Father by him." Col
pray to the Father, asking in the name of the Son.
In what manner are we to pray?
"And when thou prayest, thou shalt
not be as the hypocrites are: for they love
to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of
the streets, that they may be seen of men.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter
into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy
door, pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee
openly". Matt 6:6
simple! The Lord tells us, to "pray to thy
Father which is in secret", and to "not
be as the hypocrites are" who pray before men.
there any reason God would not hear our prayers?
"If I regard iniquity in my heart,
the Lord will not hear me:" Ps 66:18
"He that turneth away his ear from
hearing the law, even his prayer shall be
abomination." Prov 28:9
"But your iniquities
have separated between you and your God, and your
sins have hid his face from you, that he
will not hear." Isa 59:2
"Ye ask, and receive not, because ye
ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your
lusts." James 4:3
we learn that unconfessed sin can cause God not to hear
our prayers. Repentance is necessary if we want our
prayers to be answered.
It is also important to have a forgiving heart when we
"And when ye stand praying,
forgive, if ye have ought
against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may
forgive you your trespasses." Mark 11:25
often should we pray? As often as we need it:
"For this cause we also, since the
day we heard it, do not cease to
pray for you, and to desire that ye might be
filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and
spiritual understanding..." Col
"Seven times a day do I praise thee because
of thy righteous judgments." Ps 119:164
we ask for spiritual gifts? Yes! This is such a wonderful
"If ye then, being evil, know how to
give good gifts unto your children: how much
more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to
them that ask him? Matt 7:11
else does the power of prayer benefit us? It strengthens
the inner man, it brings with it the Holy Spirit.
"That he would grant you,
according to the riches of his glory, to be
strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man..."
soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD:
and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple."
when they had prayed, the place was shaken
where they were assembled together; and they were all filled
with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word
of God with boldness." Acts 4:31
about praise? Is that part of prayer? Yes!
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God."
him for his mighty acts: praise
him according to his excellent greatness."
"In every thing give thanks: for
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
is intercessory prayer? Who interceeds for who?
Intercession means to "entreat", "confer
with", "deal with" (from Strongs #'s 1783
& 1793 is "enteuxis")
we can interceed for our brethren/sisters:
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all,
supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks, be made for all men..."
1 Tim 2:1
the greatest intercessor of all, is Christ himself:
Christ interceeded for Peter as it is written in Luke
Chapter 22: (and the disciples in John 17)
" But I have prayed for thee,
that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted,
strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am
ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death."
also interceeds for all. He gave the most selfless
intercession of all when He petitioned God on behalf of
those who crucified Him:
" Then said Jesus, Father, forgive
them; for they know not what they do. And
they parted his raiment, and cast lots." Luke
Christian, because of their unique relationship to God,
through Christ, can intercede for all people through Him:
" I exhort therefore, that, first of all,
supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of
thanks, be made for all men..."
1 Tim 2:1
"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our
infirmities: for we know not what we should
pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh
intercession for us with groanings which
cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts
knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh
intercession for the saints according to the will of God."
hope this study helped you understand the power of prayer
in a Christian's life through the simple words of God's
letter to us.
Scripture for this study was taken from the King James
Bible. Word studies were done with the Strong's
Concordance. The author is "Shamrock", and the
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