Effective Prayer: Prayer Basics
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Bob & Julie Petersen
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January 6, 2016
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Effective Prayer - Class 1: Prayer Basics

Some don't pray because they believe prayer is above their spiritual position or knowledge. 

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Do you have to be fully mature or knowledgeable to affect in prayer?

Is there a value to maturity or knowledge or faith in prayer?

What is the purpose of laboring in prayer?

Is it to appease the deity?

Praying through

1 Thessalonians 5:17 NAS pray without ceasing

Different types and uses of prayer:

  • Asking of God. We administrate the spiritual realm. We command. We listen.

James 5:13-18New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, [a]anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer[b]offered in faith will [c]restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, [d]they will be forgiven him. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective [e]prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed [f]earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then heprayed again, and the [g]sky [h]poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.

We must believe that God hears us.

1 John 5:13-15New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence which we have [a]before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears usin whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

Matthew 7:7-9New American Standard Bible (NASB)

[a]Ask, and it will be given to you; [b]seek, and you will find; [c]knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you [d]who, when his son asks for a loaf, [e]will give him a stone?

What does it mean to say "In Jesus name" at the end of a prayer?

John 14:13-14New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

If healing happened immediately with Jesus, why doesn't it with me?

Some situations that look like people need healing might be being caused unforgiveness or a demon and until the spiritual is dealt with the physcal will not change.

Why do some prayers get answered quickly or obviously?

Why do some seem to take forever?

Steps of prayer:

1. Verify in the word that what you're asking is Biblical.

     a. Not only Biblical, but the Father's will for you

2. Ask and believe that you receive by faith

     a. Do not look at the natural to determine if you've received

3. If there is no manifestation pray to examine if there is a hindrance to your prayer.

     a. Hindrances can be: demonic, unforgiveness, lack of faith or not fully convinced,

     b. Digging out hindrances is a huge catalyst of spiritual growth in faith and knowledge

     c. Do not let no manifestation convince you that God has not answered your prayer

4. Supplement your prayer with any newly gained knowledge

5. If at any time you fall out of faith, repent for unbelief and go back to step 1