Scripture For Today:
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly, I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
The Most Important Things About Prayer pt 1
I’ve covered several facets of prayer so far during our sessions this year. I just want to a quick review of what I believe to be some of the most important things we can know about prayer. I won’t be able to get them all in today. But we will start and then probably finish tomorrow. Amen.
First, we need to PRAY TO THE FATHER IN JESUS NAME. I’ve talked about this in detail before, so I won’t go into how important this is. But Jesus promised us, in John 16:23-24, that “whatsoever we ask the Father for, in His Name, God would give us.” AMEN! I would consider that to be important, wouldn’t you?
Second, we need to BELIEVE WE RECEIVE WHEN WE PRAY. I covered before that we demonstrate our faith, not when we receive the answer to our prayer in the natural and can see it, no. We demonstrate living by Faith by thanking God for the answer BEFORE we can see it. Living by Faith happens between the AMEN and the “THERE IT IS.” Amen! Don’t shout me down when I’m preaching good!
Third, we need to FORGIVE OTHERS IF YOU HAVE OUGHT AGAINST ANY. Your prayers will not work if you are harboring unforgiveness against someone for something they may have done to you at sometime. Holding a grudge does not harm them in any way. It is only harming you. Amen.
Fourth, we need to learn to DEPEND ON THE HOLY SPIRIT to HELP US in PRAYER. Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our infirmities; for we do not know what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit Himself makes intercession FOR US with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Remember the Holy Spirit will help YOU in your prayer life. Praying with tongues and groaning in the Spirit is not something the Holy Spirit does apart FROM you. No, He does it WITH YOU. Amen!
Fifth, is learning to DEPEND ON THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP US IN TIMES OF INTERCESSION AND SUPPLICATION. As we desire to pray for others, the Holy Spirit will help us, because we do not know exactly what to pray for – but He does.
Number six is to learn to EDIFY YOURSELF BY PRAYING IN TONGUES. Jude 20 says, “..Building yourself up in your most Holy Faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”
And let’s not forget what First Corinthians 14:4 tells us. The Apostle Paul said, “He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself…” Amen.
Number seven, I will just mention this one today. But this deserves it’s own day to elaborate a little bit. So we will do that tomorrow. Amen.
But number seven is “INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES IN YOUR PRIVATE PRAYER LIFE. As we discussed a couple of days ago, we really do not know what we need to be praying about, even in our own life. But the Holy Spirit will help us to pray for those things that are needful and about which we are basically unaware of.
Things that we may not know about or possibly things that are about to happen shortly. Either to us our around us. But if we can begin to recognize His voice and promptings, we will be better prepared to pray against them.
I’ll go more into this one, number seven, tomorrow.
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