Step Towards Transformation
Prayer is not a somber serious event that one does in formal clothing, but it is for me my communication with my father in heaven who is God. I do this both in known languages and in unknown tongues. It gets me access to and makes available to my life the very power that created heaven and earth.
“He will call upon me, and I will answer him… and show him my salvation” (Ps 91:15,16). The time we spend with the Lord in prayer can release the most dynamic, history-changing power this world has ever shown.
The Bible describes many different operations of prayer, but in this lesson we are going to look at prayer as an individual first. Our prayer as a Body together can only be as strong as our personal time with the Lord.
A. THE SECRET PLACE
“But when you pray, go into your most private room, and closing the door, pray to your Father who is secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you in the open” (Matt 6:6 amp).
We have been invited into intimate prayer by none other than the Lord Himself. This kind of “secret” prayer presupposes and ensures:
B. FIVE COMMANDS RELATED TO PRAYER
C. WHEN TO PRAY
The Bible gives many examples of people who prayed (1 Chr 4:10). Many of the heroes of faith can be observed to have had regular times of the day set aside specifically for prayer, often three set periods a day – at morning, noon and evening.
The best example of a daily pattern of regular, whole-hearted prayer – prayer that avoided meaningless religious ritual – can be found in the Lord Jesus Himself:
D. WHAT TO PRAY
E. HELP IN PRAYER
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Rom 8:26).
The Holy Spirit will sometimes anoint a believer’s prayer in a special way, and this is called “praying in the Holy spirit” (Jude 20; Eph 6:18).
To help us in prayer, the Holy spirit has also provided a special gift to the believer:
The Gift of Tongues – speaking in another language to the Lord in prayer. See 1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
“… the prayer of the upright is his delight … He heareth the prayer of the righteous” (Prov 15:8,29 kjv).
Two joining together in prayer provides some very real advantages: “Again I say unto you. That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt 18:19 kjv).
G. THE CHURCH PRAYING
If there is tremendous power when two people pray, what about the whole assembly of God’s people? See Acts 4:24.
Today God is calling His people to prayer! The Church’s mission is to change individual lives, families, communities, cities and nations through prayer!
Through this study I realize the wonderful opportunities of prayer – not only in my relationship with God, but also the supernatural results that follow. I commit myself to make prayer always a priority in my life.