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1.      Prayer is something we learn to do.  We are not born knowing how to pray.  We are not even born again knowing how to prayer.  We like the disciples, must learn to pray.” (page 539)


2.      Paul lets us know Prayer is a choice of will I Cor. 14: 15b “I will pray with the understanding also.”


3.      Pray with Thanksgiving Phil 4:6 “Be careful for nothing


4.      Pray without ceasing I Thessalonians 5:18-17 “Rejoice evermore”…


5.      Prayer is a state of Mind Isa 26:3 “Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee”…


6.      Prayer is necessary to do the will of God.  We do not pray (fast) to change God’s mind we pray (fast) to get the mind of God.”


The Lord’s Prayer: Luke 11: 1-4 (KJV)


“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord,   

  teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.      

  Thy will be done, as in Heaven, so in Earth.

Give us day by day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver   

  us from evil.”


Compare Matthew 6:9 -13 (KJV)

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

   forever. Amen.


Prayer is the prequel to Fasting (Matthew 6:16) and is one of the acts

Our Lord instructs us to do privately for godly spiritual enhancement.


Act 1: Prayer

Matthew 6:5 …”the hypocrites are, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men” …


Act 2: Fasting

Matthew 6:16 … “when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast” …


Act 3: Giving

Matthew 6:2 …”do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites di in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have their reward.” He that giveth, let him do it with simplicity (Romans 12:8b).

These acts should be done in simplicity and when possible in private, people should not do these things for the admiration and respect of peers but for the Glory of God.  However, there are times when the church or the nation calls corporate fasting, prayer or giving.  Praise does not fall in this category! 


Discussion Question


Why isn’t Praise in the category previously mentioned (give reference)?

vocabulary: Prayer:  It is a spirit of not giving up until the answer comes from Heaven.

 1.      Importunity: im·por·tu·ni·ty (m pôr-t n-t, -ty-) n. pl. im·por·tun·i·ties. 1. An importunate request; an insistent or pressing demand. 2. persistence in prayer.  3. persistence in solicitation. 2. importunities, importunate solicitations or demands (


“I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth” (Luke 11:8).


2.      Confidence: con·fi·dence (kon-fi-duhns) n, full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing, belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: His lack of confidence defeated him. (


“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.”

(I John 5:14)




God’s Will (Matthew 6:9-10, James 1:5)

a.       God promises to listen if we pray his will (importunity)

b.        He promises we already possess what we ask for (Seed Principal/ “My Own Natural Energy Yield” IyanaVan Zant).

c.       He promises that we know that we have the petitions we desire (confidence).


Discussion Question 2


Do we pray once concerning a matter?


Your answer_________________________________________________________________


3) Confident petition accompanied by corresponding action yields much fruit.  God hear the prayer of the righteous whether it’s a whisper or a desperate cry no matter what the volume!


·         POV (Point of View)

God answers prayers in one of four ways (Page 541)


1. Yes

2. No

3. Wait

4. My grace is sufficient (2Corinthian 12:8-9)


For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.   And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me(2 Cor. 12:8-9).


“My Grace is Sufficient” can be a combination of three; Read last sentence pg.542- 543, 1st paragraph.


   PROS & CONS of Prayer


PROS (Benefits)            NAME                           MEANING


SOVEREIGN                                           Jehovah Tsidkenu                                    Jehovah our righteousness

                                                           Jehovah M Kaddesh                                Jehovah who sanctifies


SPIRIT                                                    Jehovah Shalom                                      Jehovah is peace

                                                            Jehovah Shammah                                  Jehovah is there


SOUNDNESS                                         Jehovah Rophe                                        Jehovah heals


SUCCESS                                               Jehovah Jireh                                          Jehovah provisions shall be seen           


SECURITY                                              Jehovah Nissi                                          Jehovah my banner

                                                            Jehovah Rohi                                           Jehovah my shephard                            



CONS (Hindrances)

a.      Doubt and unbelief

b.      Lack of knowledge of our right standing with God

c.      Ignorance of our right to use the name of Jesus

d.      Unforgiveness and strife

e.      Lack of knowledge of fellowship with God

f.       Obeying the flesh

g.      The Devil.  He there to hinder



Prayer Arsenal

                                                                                The Word of God

The Name of Jesus

The Holy Spirit


At the onset of His public ministry, a praying Messiah triumphed over the evil one!

Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: Prayer pg. 538
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: Prayer pg. 538

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