5 Why Pray?Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
6 Why Pray?1 John 5:3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome…
7 Why Pray? Our prayers honor God Prayer is worshipGod tells us to pray and we want to pray
8 Why Pray?Luke 11:5-105 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’7 “Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
9 Why Pray? Our prayers honor God Prayer is worshipGod tells us to pray and we want to prayGod promises to bless us when we pray
10 Who can pray?John 14:13-1413 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
11 Who can pray? Those who…Pray in Jesus’ nameOnly believers!
12 Who can pray?Matthew 4:1010 Jesus said to [the devil], “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
13 Who can pray? Those who… Pray in Jesus’ name Pray to the true God Father, Son and Holy Spirit
14 Who can pray?Psalm 66:1818 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened…
15 Who can pray?Mark 11:2525 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
16 Who can pray?Isaiah 59:1-2Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
17 Who can pray? Those who… Pray in Jesus’ name Pray to the Triune God Repent and change sinful lives
18 Who can pray?James 4:33 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
19 Who can pray? Those who… Pray in Jesus’ name Pray to the Triune God Repent and change sinful livesPray for a God-pleasing reason
20 Who can pray?James 1:6-76 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord.
21 Who can pray? Those who… Pray in Jesus’ name Pray to the Triune God Repent and change sinful livesPray for a God-pleasing reasonPray trusting that God hears and answers
22 Who can pray?1 John 5:1414 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
23 Who can pray? Those who… Pray in Jesus’ name Pray to the Triune God Repent and change sinful livesPray for a God-pleasing reasonPray trusting that God hears and answersAsk that God’s will be done
24 Prayer Guidelines Posture? Hands folded Eyes closed Kneeling Hands up to heaven
25 Prayer Guidelines Posture? Combine prayer with Bible study A pattern to follow:dorationonfessionhanksgivingupplicationHumble requestPetition (request)Intercession (prayer for someone else)
26 Lord, teach us to pray! Matthew 6:9-13 9 “This, then, is how you should pray:”‘Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name,10 your kingdom come,your will be doneon earth as it is in heaven.11 Give us today our daily bread.12 Forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.’
27 Lord, teach us to pray! Pray like children praying to Father God’s honor, kingdom and will are the most importantSpiritual first, physical secondPraise!End with “Amen”“It shall be so!”