Sunday, November 29, 2009

What is Prayer? (Series-Pt.2)

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How to Pray Effectively: First, we must understand that prayer is also a form of reverencing God. So, when we pray, we should give God some glory, honor, and praise before we ask for anything. You would not come up to anybody and just start talking and asking them for things if you don't first acknowledge who they are. God is not any different, he doesn't like us just talking and addressing him any kind of way. David said in the book of Psalms, "Enter into his gates (outer part) with Thanksgiving and into his courts (inner part) with Praise!" During your time of intimacy and prayer, you want to go beyond the Gate and into the Court of God! First, you must offer up some Thanksgiving to God if you are going to pray to God. The first thing that should come out of your mouth in your time of prayer is some Thanks for what God has already done in your life. Give God thanks just for the opportunity to pray and bless his name. This shows God that number one, you are thankful to Him and that you are grateful for Him! Once, you have been at the Gate of Thanks, and then begin to walk in the anointing of Praise. You have something that you can Praise God about. Give God praise just for who he is and what he has done. At this point in Thanksgiving, Praise, and Prayer, you should be seeking the GIVER and NOT THE GIFT…"Seeking the FACE of God not the HAND of God."

 

The beginning of your prayer time is all about God and not about your needs. See if you glorify the GIVER for who He is, then the NEED that you have will already be met before you ask for it. This is where so many of us get messed up in prayer time. We don't first acknowledge God and spend some quality time alone with God. God is not a fast food (McDonald's) drive-thru when it comes to prayer. Prayer time with God is like a good expensive meal that is to be savored. Take your time with God – He is not a Wham-Bam- Thank You- Ma'am kind of God.  He is a Holy God, one that should be appreciated. Take every opportunity to pray (in the car, while washing dishes, while combing your hair, etc). Make an effort to seek God in various ways and at various times. Make it meaningful. If your prayers don't sound like Adoration, Thanksgiving, Confessions, and Supplication to God, then "What do your prayers sound like?"

             

After you have entered into the court with Praise then it is time to Pray. Just before you pray, you should ask for forgiveness and repent for your wrong doings and sin. This part of prayer is a time of cleansing. You should not want to ask God for anything when you have mess in your heart, mind, and spirit. Repent before you Request! "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God" (Philippians 4:6). At this point, you can make your requests known to God. You can begin to ask him for whatever you need. Finally, the model prayer in Matthew 6:6-15 is the format for a child of God to use when we pray. Read it and put your own personal prayer into it and you will be an intercessor that has effective, life changing, and Bible based prayers.

 

"But, 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. 7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matthew 6:6-15).

Prayer is a POWERFUL weapon to use against the attacks of the enemy. He doesn't completely understand the authority of Prayer. See when he throws attacks at you and your family that should make you lose your mind, but instead you begin to fall on your knees and pray, this confuses the enemy. POWER is the effectiveness, strength, influence, and the ability to posses something. Our prayers as Men & Women of God should be ones that have influence, are effective, bring forth strength, and have the ability to posses something through the Power of the Holy Ghost! The power is not in the person, but rather the Prayer itself. We don't have the Power on our own, but it is through the Lord's willingness that we posses the Power through the Holy Ghost. So, tell yourself, "I am a Holy Ghost filled Man or Woman with Powerful Prayers that shake and touch Heaven and change Earth." Powerful prayers carry the weight of the anointing in order to change situations! The reason Powerful Prayers change things is because the person praying them is surrendering to God, who has the Power to manifest through you and touch and change anything you are praying about.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Prayer Series: "What is Prayer?" (Pt.1)

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“Prayer and Faith are avenues in learning how to trust God”


Prayer: “A life centered around God, A God centered life!” One aspect of prayer that is missing is really Listening to God after we have petitioned him in prayer. We often Hear, but we rarely Listen. When you Listen, then you have an intent to do and act upon what it is that you have been told. When you Hear, you just do so to have understanding, but not necessarily the actions to do what you have been told. Spend at least 15-mins quietly in the presence of God to hear from him. We are all called to some aspect of ministry, but one thing is apparently obvious that there is one ministry in which we all have to have and that is Prayer. Prayer is the ministry of Every Believer. “That men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1).

“WHAT IS PRAYER?” Prayer is reverent petitions, supplications, and requests unto God. The first thing that we must understand about Prayer is that it is all about giving something over to God. Not to your co-worker, your sister, boss, cousin, and so on and so on. Many times, we get caught up in who is praying for us rather than who we are praying to. In finding out what prayer is, we first must know that it is a reverence or plea unto to God, no one else. Prayer is the very source of communication with God. If we are going to see things change in our lives, homes, jobs, communities, churches, and relationships, we have to pray fervent prayers daily- individually and collectively.


What Prayer is and What Prayer can do:


· James 5:15-16: "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
· Romans 12:12: "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.”
· Psalm 6:9: "The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.”
· 1Kings 8:28: “Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee today.”
· Psalm 143:1: “Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.”