2 Why Pray God’s Word1. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.2. Genesis 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.3. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double- edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
3 Why Pray God’s Word4. 1 John 5: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us whatever we ask we know that we have what we asked of him.Clearly God has made some promises to His people. He will honor His Word.
4 Why Should We Believe God Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
5 Why Should We Believe God Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation...James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no fickleness...
6 Why Should We Pray Jesus Himself spent much time alone in prayer. Matthew 14:23 Mark 1:35; 6:46; 14:32-40 Luke 3:21-22; 5:16; 6:12-13; :18, 28-29; 11:1; 22:31-32, ; 23:34 John 6:15 Hebrews 5:7
7 Why Should We PrayThe New Testament epistles reveal an intense devotional life of prayer in the ministry of Paul the apostle.Romans 1:9 "... without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers." 2 Corinthians 12:8 Ephesians 1:16 "Cease not ... making mention of you in my prayers." Philippians 1:3, 4 "Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy."
8 Why Should We PrayThe early church knew the importance of prayer and intercession in behalf of its leaders. Acts 2:42 "And they continued steadfastly . in prayers…." Acts 1:14 "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication ..." Acts 12:5, 12 "... but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him." 2 Corinthians 1:11 "Ye also helping together by prayer for us ..."
9 Why We Should Pray (cont’d) Colossians 1:9 "... since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you ..." Philemon 4 "... making mention of thee always in my prayers.“ 2 Timothy 1:3 "...without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day."