Old and New Testament patterns: Supplications: based on perceived or real need and God-dependence Prayers: based on desire for knowledge, wisdom from God Intercessions: based on relationship and desire to draw nearer to God Interjections: based on awe toward God, a given circumstance, emotion Communication With the Divine God!!
Part Two: How to Pray, When to pray, What to Pray for
How should we Pray? Matthew 6:5-8 Primarily, alone [v. 6] simply communication w/Father Not with vain repetitions [v. 7] how would you speak to friend? informal, personal This does not mean we should not pray repeatedly Lk. 18:1-8; 2 Cor. 12:8; Jesus speaking w/Father, God of ALL! God desires, enables our prayer!
How should we Pray? Matthew 6:5-8 Boldly [v. 16] Bold doesnt mean demanding; it means confident [vs. 14-15] Hebrews 4:14-16 cp. Jm 1:5-8; 4:6-10; 5:16b-18 cp. Luke 11:11-13 Anything we do constantly or repeatedly is done because we consider some value in it – we are confident of outcome; let prayer be this way with us!
When should we Pray? 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 without ceasing [v. 17] Because we formalize prayer, this seems impossible! prayer is just communication we communicate with the people of our household without ceasing in everything give thanks these are general rules – for specifics, we examine the lives of those who are our examples
When should we Pray? 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Mk. 1:35; Ps. 5:3 – early morning Can be alone, concentrate Prayer in life of Jesus, disciples Lk. 6:12-13 – all night Can be alone; before making a major decision Ex. 2:23; 3:7; 14:10; Ps. 81:7 When afflicted, for comfort Ex. 15; Luke 2:25-32 When joyous, in thanksgiving Matt. 14:19; Acts 27:35; 1 Tim. 4 Before meals; etc. … Make Time for Prayer – Schedule it in, if needed
What should we Pray for? Colossians 3:17 giving thanks [v. 17] As in 1 Thess. 5:18; first order cp. Rom. 1:18-21; unthankful! 1 Timothy 2:1-4 -- for all men Esp. those in authority, in order to promote peace, godliness, reverence [v. 2] End desire of prayer is salvation of the lost [v. 4; cp. Jn. 17:17ff] We need truly understand who God is; pray for His will
Do YOU have reason to rejoice, pray, and give thanks? 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks In Jesus Christ YOU can have reason for all three this very day!