Prayer -- Communication with God

Prayer is not trying to get God's attention (Heb. 4:12-16). Prayer is not trying to get God to do something (Heb. 4:3, 6:12, 10:35). Prayer is communication with God--believing and receiving what He has already provided for us in Christ Jesus. Prayer is the main theme of Luke -- Lk 11:1. To pray and work is a theme of Nehemiah -- Neh 4:9.
  1. What is prayer?
    1. Calling on the name of the Lord -- Ge 4:26; Ge 12:8; Zep 3:9
    2. Calling to God -- Ps 4:1,3; Ps 17:6
    3. Seeking God's face -- 2 Ch 7:14; Ps 27:8
    4. Seeking the Lord -- Ps 34:4; Isa 55:6
    5. Crying out to God -- Ps 3:4; Ps 66:1
    6. Lifting up the soul to God -- Ps 25:1; Ps 86:4
    7. Lifting up one's hands to God -- Ps 28:2; Ps 141:2
    8. Approaching God's throne of grace -- Heb 4:16
    9. Drawing near to God -- Heb 10:22
  2. To whom should we pray?
    1. To God -- 2 Ch 20:5-6; Ezra 9:6; Ac 4:24
    2. To the Father -- Eph 1: 17; Eph 3:14; Col 1:3
    3. To the Lord -- 2 Ch 20:5-6; Ac 4:24; 2 Co 12:8
    4. To Jesus -- Lk 23:42; Ac 7:59
  3. What are the elements of prayer?
    1. Praise -- Ps 150; Mt 11:25-26 See Praise
    2. Thanksgiving -- Ps 136; Phil. 4:6 See Thanksgiving
    3. Confession -- Ps 51; Mt 6:12 See Confession
    4. Intercession -- Ps 122:6-9; Jn 17:7-12 See Intercession
    5. Petition -- Ps 27:7-12; Mt 26:39,42 See Petition
  4. How should we pray?
    1. Divine elements
      1. Through Jesus Christ -- Rom 1:8; Col 3:17
      2. In the name of Jesus Christ -- Jn 14:13-14; Eph 5:20
      3. In the Holy Spirit -- Eph 6:18; Jude 20 See Praying in the Spirit
    2. Human elements
      1. In the fear of the Lord -- Ps 145:19; Pr 1:28-29
      2. In faith -- Mk 11:24; James 1:6; 5:15
      3. In humility -- 2 Ch 7:14; 33:12-13
      4. In repentance -- 2 Ch 6:37; Acts 3:19
      5. With all our heart -- Dt 29:13; Jer 29:13
      6. With a heart free from sin -- Ps 66:18-19; Isa 1:15-16; Jn 9:31
      7. With a life free from selfishness -- Lk 18:9-14; James 4:3
      8. With a heart free from doubt -- Mt 21:21; James 1:5-7
      9. With a forgiving spirit -- Mt 6:14-15; Mk 11:25
      10. With confidence -- Eph 3:12; Heb 10:19,35; 1 Jn 3.21-22
      11. With persistence -- Lk 11:5-10; Lk 18:1-7; 1 Th 5:17
      12. With sincerity and simplicity -- Mt 6:5-8; Mk 12:38-40
      13. In accordance with God's will -- Mt 26:42; 1 Jn 5:14
      14. By accompanying prayer with obedience -- 1 Jn 3:22
  5. Does God answer the prayers of his people?
    1. Remarkable answers to prayers
      1. Abraham's servant for a wife for Isaac -- Ge 24:12-27
      2. Moses for the defeat of Amalek -- Ex 17:8-13
      3. Gideon and his fleece -- Jdg 6:36-40
      4. Samson for strength -- Jdg 16:25-30
      5. Hannah for a child -- 1 Sam 1:9-20
      6. Elijah for return to life of a dead boy -- 1 Kings 17:19-23
      7. Elijah for fire from heaven -- 1 Kings 18:30-38
      8. Elijah for rain -- 1 Kings 18:41-45; James 5:17-18
      9. Elisha for return to life of a dead boy -- 2 Kings 4:32-35
      10. Hezekiah for healing -- 2 Kings 20:1-7
      11. Daniel for safety in the lions' den -- Dan 6:10,16-22
      12. Zechariah for a child -- Lk 1:7,11-17
      13. The thief on the cross for salvation -- Lk 23:42-43
      14. Early Christians for Peter in prison -- Acts 12:3-11
      15. Paul and Silas in prison -- Acts 16:25-26
    2. God's promises to answer us
      1. In the Old Testament -- Ps 86:7; Isa 30:19; Isa 58:9
      2. In the words of Jesus -- Mt 7:7-11; Jn 14.13-14
      3. In the New Testament -- James 1:1-8; 1 Jn 5:14-15
    3. The basis of God's answers
      1. God's glory -- Num 14:13-16; Jn 17:1-5
      2. God's grace -- Ex 32:31-32; Num 14:17-19; Isa 30:19; 2 Cor 12:8-9
      3. God's faithfulness to His Word -- Ex 32:12-13; 2 Ch 20:7-9
    4. The manner of God's answers
      1. Sometimes immediately -- Num 14:20; 1 Kings 17:20-21; Lk 23:43
      2. Sometimes after a delay -- Lk 18:1-7
      3. Sometimes more than asked for -- 1 Kings 18:24,36-38; Eph 3:20
      4. Sometimes different from the request -- 1 Kings 19:1-9; 2 Cor 12:7-9
      5. Sometimes "No" -- 2 Sam 12:15-20
      6. God requires action on our part -- Neh 4:9
  6. Various aspects of prayer
    1. Postures of prayer
      1. standing -- 1 Kings 8:22; Neh 9:4-5
      2. sitting -- 1 Ch 17:16; Lk 10:13
      3. Kneeling -- Ezr 9:5; Dan 6:10; Acts 20:36
      4. Bowing down -- Ex 34:8; Ps 5:7; Ps 95:6
      5. Lying on the ground -- 2 Sam 12:16; Mt 26:39
      6. Lifting up hands -- Ps 28:2; Isa 1:15; 1 Tim 2:8
    2. Manner of prayer
      1. Alone, silently -- 1 Sam 1:18
      2. Alone, aloud -- Eze 11:13
      3. With two or three -- Mt 18:19
      4. In a larger group -- Ps 35:18
    3. Time of prayer
      1. In the morning -- Ps 5:1-3; Mk 1:35
      2. In the evening -- Ge 24:63
      3. At fixed times -- Ps 55:17; Dan 6:10
      4. Always -- Lk 18:1; Rom 1:10; 1 Th 5:17
    4. Possible places of prayer
      1. In secret -- Mt 6:6
      2. In bed -- Ps 63:6
      3. In a family setting -- Acts 10:1-2
      4. Out in the open -- Ge 24:11-12
      5. On the battlefield -- Jos 10:12-13
      6. By the riverside -- Acts 16:13
      7. In the temple -- 2 Kings 19:14
      8. In the church gathered together -- Acts 4:23-24, 31
      9. Anywhere -- 1 Tim 2:8

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