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April 1, 2023
Prayer in Its Purest Form Is Simply
“Talking with God and Speaking for God”
Jesus Taught Against Prayer
As Much As He Taught On Prayer
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
3 Misconceptions About Prayer
Jesus Is Not Our Adversary
He Is Our Advocate
He Is For You
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Don’t Pray Old Testament Prayers
Pray Like New Testament Believers
“Lord Send Your Spirit”
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
“Lord, Take Not your Holy Spirit from Me”
Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
“Lord Forgive Us, As We Forgive Them”
2 Corinthians 5:19
that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
It’s Not God Moving
It’s Man Responding
Never Pray From Defeat
We Always Pray From Victory
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
You Must Use Your Authority
“Lord, make the devil leave me alone!”
God Will Not Do For You What He Has Empowered You To Do For Yourself
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
We Pray the Solution, Not the Problem
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Praying is Different Than Complaining
We Must Pray in Faith Believing
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray,
believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
When You Pray, You Must “Say!”
This Is Our Agreement With Heaven
The Lord makes me the head and not the tail, above and not beneath.
I will always be at the top, never below.
I will not be sad or depressed because the joy of the LORD is my strength.
I am blessed coming in and going out.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
2 Timothy 1:7
God has not given me a spirit of fear and timidity. I have a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.
I will not fear, because My God is with me.
My God strengthens me and helps me.
1 Peter 2:24
By His stripes, I am healed.
2 Peter 1:3
I have all things pertaining to life and godliness!
I am the light of the world.
Declaration (For The Lost)
Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, And gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, And My daughters from the ends of the earth — Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”