The Bible And Prayer
- THE TOPIC IS PRAYER AND THE SOURCE OF INFORMATION
ABOUT IT IS THE BIBLE.
- Prayer is talking to God.
- Prayer is like a "river by whose bank
many come and die of thirst while others kneel and
- The source of all that we have regarding
prayer comes from Gods Word the Bible.
- BUT WHAT IS PRAYER?
- The word we know as "prayer"
comes from the Latin word "PREX" and means:
"A petition, a request, or an entreaty".
- Man is dependent upon God and prayer is
that means by which he is able to have access Him in behalf
of Divine assistance. We are told in , Acts
17:28 = "For in him we live, and move,
and have our being;
- Thanksgiving (a part of prayer) comes forth
from a deep appreciation of that which God has done for us;
Is doing for us; And has promised to do for us.
- Prayer is an earnest desire of the heart
expressed to God. Paul said in Romans
10:1 = "Brethren, my hearts desire
and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved."
- LET US TURN TO GODS INSPIRED WORD FOR
A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF PRAYER.
- WHO CAN PRAY?
question is often asked, Is prayer something everyone can do,
or is it limited to certain ones? This is a difficult question
for many to answer but Gods word does:
- God does not hear an alien sinner.
- Prayer and its answer is a spiritual
blessing, and all spiritual blessings are in Christ.
1:3 = "Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with
all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"
- If we are to enjoy spiritual blessings
we must first get into Christ, and the only way is to be baptized
3:5 = "Jesus answered, verily, verily,
I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and
of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
6:3 = "Know ye not, that so many of us
as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized
into his death?"
- When we are born into the family of God;,
we become children of God, having a right to go to
God the Father in prayer for favors. Paul said in, Galatians
3:26-27 = "For ye are all the children
of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have
been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."
- We are told in I
Peter 3:12 = "For the eyes of the Lord
are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto
their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them
that do evil."
- The Bible sums all of this up in one
verse of scripture and in it states the guidelines of what God
uses in regards to His hearing prayers. John
9:31 = "Now we know that God heareth not
sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and
doeth his will, him he heareth."
NOTE The two qualifiers:
- Is the one praying a worshipper of
- Is the one praying a doer of His will?
- God does hear the Christian
child of God.
- Christ taught His disciples to pray,
6:9-13]. In verse 9, Christ began with: "After
this manner therefore pray ye:
- Paul said in writing to the Ephesians.
3:8-12 = "Unto me, who am less than the least
of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach
among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and
to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,
which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God,
who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent
that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly
places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom
of God. According to the eternal purpose which he purposed
in Christ Jesus sour Lord: in whom we have boldness
and access with the confidence by the faith of him."
Comment: "Access" = means "having an
approach unto; A way of means of going unto
- The prayers and supplications only being
done in the Spirit:
6:18 = "Praying always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto
with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."
20 = "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves
on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit."
4:16 =- "Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and
find grace to help in time of need."
- Paul said in his letter to the Thessalonians.
Thessalonians 5:17-18 = "Pray without
ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the
will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
5:16 = "
The effectual fervent
prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
- Paul said to the Philippian brethren.
4:6 = "Be careful for nothing; but in
every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God."
- EXAMPLES OF PRAYERS ANSWERED:
people have wondered and asked : Does prayer really work? The
answer is a
simple "YES". The Scriptures give us several examples
of answered prayers:
- Old Testament Examples:
- Elijah: James
5:17-18 = "Elias was a man subject to
like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that
it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the
space of three years and six months. And he prayed
again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought
forth her fruit." [See I
Kings 17 and I
- Elijah prayed that it not rain = It
did not rain for 3 ½ years.
- When Elijah prayed for rain = It started
to rain again.
- Hezekiah prayed and God sent His angel
and destroyed 185,000 soldiers in the Assyrian camp.
Kings 19:1-37]. [Parallel passage in II
Kings 19:15) = "And Hezekiah prayed before
the Lord, and said, O Lord God of
Kings 19:20) = "Then Isaiah the son
of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, thus saith the
Lord God of Israel, that which thou hast prayed to me
against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard."
Kings 19:34-35) = "For I will defend
this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant
Davids sake. And it came to pass that night,
that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in
the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five
thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold,
they were all dead corpses."
- Daniel prayed unto God and God gave him
power to interpret the Kings dream and to be raised
to high honor in the Babylonian empire. Daniel
2:17-23 = "Then Daniel went to his house,
and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
his companions: that they would desire mercies of the God
of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows
should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then
Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and
said, blessed the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom
and might are his: and he changed the times and the seasons:
he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth
wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know
understanding: he revealeth the deep and secret things:
he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth
with him. I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God
of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast
made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for
thou hast now made known unto us the kings matter."
- New Testament Examples:
- Jesus prayed in Gethsemane and an angel
came and strengthened Him.
22:39-43 = "And he came out, and went,
as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples
also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said
unto them pray that ye enter not into temptation. And
he was withdrawn from them about a stones cast,
and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be
willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not
my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an
angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him."
- The church prayed for Peter, who had
been cast into prison following the killing of James the
brother of John with the sword of Herod, and an angel was
sent to deliver him.
12:5 = "Peter therefore was kept in prison:
but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto
God for Him." Acts
12:7 = "And, behold, the angel of the
Lord came upon him, and alight shined in the prison:
and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up,
saying, arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his
- Paul and Silas prayed while in prison
and God rocked the prison with an earthquake and their bands
and the prison doors were opened. [Acts
- Yes, prayers are answered.
- However, we must pray acceptably unto
- This is the greatest reason why prayers
are not answered.
- Consider with me what the Bible says
is acceptable prayer?
- GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS IF:
- We ask in faith:
11:6 = "But without faith it is impossible
to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe
that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently
1:6 = "But let him ask in faith, nothing
wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the
sea driven with the wind and tossed."
21:22 = "And all things, whatsoever ye
shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
- We ask in humility:
4:10 = "Humble yourselves in the sight
of the Lord, and he shall life you up."
18:10-14 = There was no humility on the part of
the of the Pharisee, but was on the part
of the publican.
- Pharisee: "I thank thee,
that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust,
adulterers, or even as this publican" (Luke
- Publican: "would not life
up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his
breast, saying, god be merciful to me a sinner"
- The Lord said, concerning the Publican:
"I tell you, this man went down to his house
justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth
himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself
shall be exalted" (Luke
- We are submissive to Gods Will:
John 3:22 = "And whatsoever we ask, we
receive of him, because we keep his
commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his
John 5:14-15 = "And this is the confidence
that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according
to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear
us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions
that we desired of him."
- We have the right motive:
4:3 = "Ye ask, and receive not, because
ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your
- We abide in Christ: John
15:7 = "If ye abide in me, and my words
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall
be done unto you."
- We ask in the name of the Christ:
14:13-14 = "And whatsoever ye shall ask
in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be
glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name,
I will do it."
4:11-12 = "This is the stone which was
set at nought of you builders, which is become the
head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name under heaven given among
men, whereby we must be saved."
- IT IS VERY EVIDENT:
- That prayer is a privilege God grants to
- That prayer is to be made according to
the conditions of God if it is to be receive; or done in
submission to His will.
- THE FAITHFUL AND OBEDIENT WILL HAVE THEIR
- WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE THREE
POSSIBLE ANSWERS TO EVERY
- Wait, or not now!
- IN DETERMINING WHAT YOUR ANSWER WILL BE FROM
GOD; WHAT WILL YOUR
ANSWER TO BE TO HIM?
- Sing: "What Shall
It Be?" Or "What Will Your Answer Be?"
Dear Lord, I thank Thee for the
privilege of prayer,
And the comfort to know Thou art ever there;
Be it in time of plenty or in great need,
That when I pray Thou wilt give heed.
I study the Bible Thy message
For in it is contained salvations plea.
In prayer I place my petition before Thee,
That which rests upon my heart so heavily.
There is so much for which I am
And how Thou has blest us all so bountiful;
May I ever be mindful of Thy love for man,
And that we need to show our love to Thee as a Christian.
I pray not for myself alone, but
for all of mankind,
And would that they all would one day be Thine.
I Thank Thee for Thy kingdom and in it being a citizen,
And pray that all I do will be genuine.
Prayer brings me closer to God
And the closer I am, the more difficult to be pulled away.
Prayer helps keep my mind on an even keel,
And only before Thee, O Lord, will I be found to kneel.
We are so thankful, dear God, for
Thy Son on the cross,
For without His sacrifice, wed miss heaven, such a loss;
Christ is our only access to Thee,
Its through Him we must go, if in heaven we want to be.
J.H. Blackman, Jr
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