Lesson Theme: We need to understand essential truths about God’s nature and His purposes for mankind that lead to the necessity of prayer. The biblical account of the creation of humanity reveals these truths.
Lesson Theme: We need to remain in a state of preparedness for prayer by living out the 10 steps to entering God's presence. God is a God of holiness, and we aren't to approach Him in an offhand or careless ways. It is important that we learn what it means to honor the Lord and to reflect His nature and character in our lives. We must always remember that Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to fulfill each of these steps of preparation for prayer.
God, I offer myself to Thee — to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!
There is no other name by which we should make our requests to God the Father but the name of the Jesus. We must use what He has provided for us when we ask the Father to manifest His power in our lives and in the lives of others: the ability to make our requests based on God’s nature and attributes', and the authority to pray in Jesus’ name.
The power of prayer is the inheritance of the believer, and it is meant to be one of the most exciting aspects of a life of faith. Prayer transforms lives, changes circumstance, gives peace and perseverance in the midst of trail, alters the course of nations, and wins the world for Christ.
This evening, I want to examine another reason why our prayers may fail to work. It may be because we often have the wrong kind of faith. I didn't say that we lack faith. I said that we have the wrong kind of faith. Understanding the different kinds of faith, and how faith functions, are key preparations for prayer.
The Word of God is a tremendous gift to us. It gives us the power to know and do the will of God, the power to pray with certainty and boldness, and the power to know that God hears and answers us when we pray according to His will.
God originally gave humanity the right to pray by virtue of man’s relationship with Him and his purpose of exercising dominion over the earth. Yet our relationship with our Creator was broken, and our dominion authority was forfeited, by our first ancestors. The result was that Satan, rather than man, became “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4). What now gives us the right to pray? Becoming sure of the answer to that question in your own heart and mind is essential if you are to have an effective prayer life.
Jesus wants us to operate in the way He operated: much time in communion and love with the Father, and much accomplished for the kingdom. The entire book of Acts describes how the disciples continued the ministry of Jesus through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit. They learned the secret to Jesus’ effectiveness in ministry. Now that you have learned the same secret, what will you do with it?
Recognizing and overcoming hurdles to answered prayer will protect your potential and give you the right motivation and perspective for prayer. Clearing out hindrances in our lives will enable us to live in harmony with God and others and to have confidence in prayer.