Many are confused about what a prayer is. Even preachers think reporting to God is prayer. Some preachers even preach to God when they pray. Prayer is not reporting to God, for God knows everything and He does not need anyone to report to Him what is happening in the world. Preachers should not use prayer as a sermon, preaching to God and men. Preachers should not pray long prayers during Sunday service as if long prayers were indicative of their devotion. Old people are unable to stand up for long prayers. Do not confuse public prayers with private prayers. Preachers may pray all night alone by themselves in their own homes.
Say this prayer when you go to bed at night:
My Heavenly Father, as I lay me down to sleep, I commit my spirit for You to keep.
If I should die tonight, please receive my spirit with You into Paradise.
If I should live, help me to live for the Will of God.
I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Luk 6:12, “It was at this time that He (Christ) went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.”
When the Lord taught His disciples to pray, the prayer was not long. Pastors should not pray long prayers in public and let old people stand a long time. Some preachers mistake long prayers for devotion. Preachers and believers can pray long prayers in their own rooms alone.
See Mat 6:9-13. Basically, praying is asking God, asking God for favor or mercy. The following Scriptures teach us what prayer is.
PRAYER IS ASKING GOD TO HELP YOU, PRAYER IS NOT TELLING GOD WHAT TO DO.
PRAYER IS ASKING GOD FOR A FAVOR THAT YOU DO NOT DESERVE.
CHRISTIANS COME TO THE THRONE OF GOD IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
YOU CANNOT DEMAND GOD TO DO ANYTHING FOR YOU.
YOU HAVE TO OBEY GOD'S COMMAND.
1. Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You.
2Sa 7:27, “For You, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant, saying: I will build you a house; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You.”
Note: Prayer is Hebrew is tĕphillah which means supplication, entreaty, request. To pray in Hebrew is palal meaning to intercede, intervene, interpose. When you pray for someone, in fact you intervene because you supplicate and ask God on his behalf. Through Jesus Christ, sinners may find courage to pray to God.
2. The Lord was moved by prayer.
2Sa 24:25, “David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.”
Note: This Scripture provides us reason to pray, because the Lord can be moved by prayer. If you pray earnestly in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord can be moved.
3. Have regard to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplication.
1Ki 8:28, “Yet have regard to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You today.”
Note: The Scripture defines prayer as supplication or cry. Supplication in Hebrew is tĕchinnah which means asking for favor, the cry for mercy. Cf. 1Ki 8:38, 1Ki 8:45, 1Ki 8:49, 1Ki 8:54, 1Ki 9:3, 2Ch 6:19, 2Ch 6:29, 2Ch 6:35, 2Ch 6:39, Psa 6:9, Psa 86:6, Psa 143:1, Dan 9:3, Dan 9:17.
4. I pray, let Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to the prayer.
Note: The Temple of God was the house of prayer.
Isa 56:7, “Even those I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” Cf. Mat 21:13
5. Their prayer came to His holy dwelling place.
2Ch 30:27, “Then the Levitical priests arose and blessed the people; and their voice was heard and their prayer came to His (God’s) holy dwelling place, to heaven.”
Note: Heaven is God’s holy dwelling place. Heaven is a real place, not a place of imagination.
6. O God…be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
Psa 4:1, “Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.”
Note: It is of great importance to study the Book of Psalms because it teaches us how to pray.
7. O Lord…give ear to my prayer.
Psa 17:1, “Hear a just cause, O Lord, give heed to my cry; give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips.”
Note: God will not hear a prayer from deceitful lips.
8. Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry.
Psa 39:12, “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; do not be silent at my tears; for I am a stranger with You, a sojourner like all my fathers.”
Note: The sooner a man realizes he is a sojourner the better he knows the world is passing away and he must seek a better country which is eternal.
9. O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.
Psa 65:2,“O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.”
Note: Flesh in Hebrew is basar which means mankind, all men, people, all living things, all living creatures, the whole human race; - it occurs 269 times in the Old Testament. The fact that God hears prayers, the whole human race will come to Him. It is foolish not to come to God who hears our prayers. From Abel to the last saint can testify that God answers prayers. This is not superstition. This is a proven experience. I have passed through many crises, dangers and difficulties in my life. God says to His children,
Psa 50:15,“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will glorify Me.” In my days of trouble, I always claimed this promise and God rescued me and I glorified Him. This is just a little story to illustrate how wonderfully God answered my prayer. I went to a supermarket in the morning; there would be a box of fresh fruit delivered to my house that day. I prayed to God that the fruit would be delivered after I returned from the supermarket. The escalator of the stupid supermarket was out of order, and so I was delayed. I kept on praying. When I arrived home before I changed my street clothe, the door bell rang. The fruit box arrived. How wonderful! You say it was a coincidence. If ten times happened that God answered my prayers, do you still call them coincidences? How about 1,000 times, 100,000 times, a million times? God answered my prayers countless times. I will keep on praying and praising the Lord God Almighty who answers prayers.
This is the basis and reason why we should pray and come to God because He hears prayers.
Psa 102:17, “He has regarded the prayer of the destitute and has not despised their prayer.”
All who are destitute and poor and miserable may come to the throne of grace in Jesus’ name. The reason to come to God is because God hears prayers.
10. May my prayer be counted as incense before You.
Psa 141:2, “May my prayer be counted as incense before You; the lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.”
Note: Rev 8:4, “And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand.” Both the Old and New Testaments count prayers of the saints as incense before God. Those who burn incense for idols pollute the air and the environment.
11. My prayer is against their wicked deeds.
Psa 141:5, “Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; it is oil upon the head; do not let my head refuse it, for still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.”
Note: Your prayer cannot be for wicked deeds. Your prayer must be against wicked deeds. Pray against wicked deeds of warmongers, capitalists, imperialists, militarists, hegemonists and terrorists.
12. The prayer of the upright is His delight.
Pro 15:8, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”
Note: Have you noticed those who got rich through crooked means invariably become philanthropists and set up foundations to do charity work. The charity of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, not to say they get tax free benefits. The prayer of the upright is God’s delight. Believers must learn it is a delight to talk to the Father and the Lord. You can tell the Lord the deep secrets in your heart which you cannot share with others. It is not long prayer that God is pleased, it is the prayer of the upright which is His delight.
13. The Lord…hears the prayer of the righteous.
Pro 15:29, “The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.”
Note: The Lord is far from the wicked, and the wicked is far from the Lord. Let the righteous come near to God for help and mercy; for God hears the prayer of the righteous. If God never hears your prayer, that proves you are not a child of God. God hears the prayers of His children in the name of Jesus Christ.
14. Even his prayer is an abomination.
Pro 28:9, “He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, even his prayer is an abomination.”
Note: He who does not listen to the Word of God, his prayer is an abomination. If you do not listen to God, God will not listen to you.
15. All things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
Mat 21:22, “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
Note: Jesus Christ confirms prayer is asking. Ask, and it will be given to you.
16. These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer.
Act 1:14, “These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
Note: To devote in Greek is proskartereō which means to give constant attention to, to be steadfastly attentive to, to give unremitting care to. All believers with one mind must devote themselves to prayer, praying that God will open the door of the Gospel in many desperate places.
17. They were continually devoting themselves to…the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Act 2:42, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Note: A living church is devoting to the apostles’ teaching. The apostles’ teaching is written in the New Testament, subject to the teaching of Christ. Fellowship is the sharing of believers. The breaking of bread is to remember the death of Christ. Prayer is seeking God’s will and asking for help and mercy.
18. The hour of prayer.
Act 3:1, “Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer.”
Note: You can pray at any time. It seemed the apostles had the habit of praying at specific time. The ninth hour corresponds to our 3 o'clock in the afternoon. The Bible does not set the rule to pray at certain hour. Believers can pray at any time. Every hour can be the hour of prayer. It is fine if you want to set the time to pray. It is not when you pray but how you pray that matters.
19. We will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.
Act 6:4, “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Note: To devote oneself to prayer and to the ministry of the Word are exactly what a servant of Christ should do. However, the preachers of prosperity gospel devote themselves to money, raising money and making money which is contrary to the teaching of the Bible. The servants of Christ must not devote themselves to fundraising, politicking, charity, etc. The servants of God must devote themselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word; to prayer
20. Your payer has been heard.
Act 10:31, “And he (angel) said: Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God.”
Note: Every child of God knows the joy of answered prayers. God hears prayers of His children. God remembers your every good deed done for Jesus’ sake.
21. Prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.
Act 12:5, “So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.”
Note: “Fervently” in Greek is ektenōs which means earnestly, intensely. The best way to pray is to pray earnestly.
22. My heart’s desire and my prayer to God.
Rom 10:1, “Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.”
Note: Desire in Greek is eudokia which means delight in anything which intensely produces a longing for it. Not all your heart’s desires are prayers; your heart’s desire can be your prayer. Prayers are made to God, not to Mary, not to apostles or any saints dead or alive. You can pray for your heart’s desire. Not all your heart’s desires are according to the will of God.
23. Continuing steadfastly in prayer.
Rom 12:12, “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.”
Note: Prayer is a continuing act and it must be performed steadfastly.
24. So that you may devote yourselves to prayer.
1Cr 7:5, “Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
Note: To devote in Greek is scholazō which means to give oneself to a thing. Devoting to prayer for a specific cause is giving yourself to it. Devoting to prayer is so important that Christian couples may agree to suspend making love for a time temporarily.
25. By prayer on your behalf.
2Cr 9:14, “While they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you.”
Note: You can pray to God on behalf of anyone, far or near.
26. With all prayer and supplication.
Eph 6:18, “Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”
Note: Prayer is supplication. To pray is to make supplication. To pray at all times in the Spirit does not require bowing your head, closing your eyes, and saying your prayer audibly. It is making your heart’s wish in the Spirit to the Lord at all times. Let your spirit get in touch with the Spirit of God with sighing and supplicating.
27. Always offering prayer with joy.
Phl 1:4, “Always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all.”
Note: To pray with joy is to pray with delight. It is a joy that believers can pray to God about anything at any time.
28. In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.
Phl 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Note: To pray with thanksgiving is to pray with gratitude. To pray is to make known your requests to God. Christians ought to be anxious for nothing, be prayerful in everything, and be thankful for everything.
29. Continue steadfastly in prayer.
Col 4:2, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.”
Note: Prayer is not a one time performance. We need to continue steadfastly in prayer.
30. It is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer.
1Ti 4:5, “For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”
Note: The word of God can sanctify our lives, and by prayer God can cleanse the food we eat.
31. The prayer of faith will save the sick.
Jam 5:15, “And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
Note: God heals the sick in Christ. The prayer of faith will save the sick. The error of Pentecostalism is that it teaches God always heals the sick. It is not God’s will to always heal the sick. Paul asked the Lord thrice, but the Lord did not heal him.
2Cr 12:9, “And He (Christ) has said to me: My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
32. The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power.
Jam 5:16, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power.”
Note: This Scripture is attested by prophets like Elijah and apostles. Do you know, the earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power?
33. His ears are attentive to their prayer.
1Pe 3:12, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Note: True, God loved the world. Also true, the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. God does not hear the prayer of those who do evil.
34. Watchful in your prayer.
1Pe 4:7, “The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound mind and watchful in your prayer.”
Note: To be watchful is to keep alert. Why is it necessary to be watchful in your prayer? The end of all things is near. We live in perilous times. The coming of the Lord is near.
35. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Act 2:21, “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Note: To call upon God is to make appeal to God, to pray to God. Prayers are addressed to God. When you call on the name of the Lord and ask Him to save you, you will be saved. Salvation is simply for asking, it is free because it is the grace of God to whoever repents and believes in Jesus Christ. The rich may call, the poor can also call.
Rom 10:13, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Whoever means anybody and everybody, there is no distinction, and there is no discrimination.
2Pe 3:9, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
The Lord is not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. If you do not repent and perish, that is your responsibility.
Jesus Christ says,
Mar 1:15, “And saying: The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.”
The Gospel is the good news that sinners who turn to God and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior can be saved and have eternal life.
Prayer is a privilege and a right that God has granted to His children to ask Him for help in Jesus' name anytime and anywhere. Unless you are a child of God, you do not know how wonderful that God answers prayers. You can have the same privilege if only you repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. No matter who you are and where you are, you can come and do it now; for now is the day of salvation.
This is the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Do you want to be saved? Call now on the name of the Lord and you will be saved. Pray this way:
Lord Jesus, I am a sinner who cannot save myself, and I come to you and accept You as my Lord and Savior. Please let your Holy Spirit enter my heart and give me a new life, the eternal life. Thank You, Lord.
JANUARY 25, 2017
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