A Study on Prayer

By January 22, 2013 Sermon Notes

GOD REVEALS HIMSELF TO US THROUGH PRAYER.
“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit
lead me forward on a firm footing” (Psalm 143:10, NLT).
We learn more and more about His character and how His perfect will is working
itself out in our own life. Deepening our understanding of God also deepens our
faith and desire to worship.

GOD INVITES US TO BRING OUR BURDENS AND NEEDS TO HIM IN
PRAYER.
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will
give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NLT).
We have a Heavenly Father who is more than able to bring victory to any
challenge we face. God is a spiritual and physical healer. Like any healthy
relationship, we must keep a line of communication open.

GOD RESPONDS TO THE PRAYERS OF HIS PEOPLE.
“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful
results” (James 5:16b, NLT).
It is through prayer, that His work is accomplished on earth. The apostle Paul
continually asked for prayer in his missionary endeavors, and saw prayer as vital
to his success.

GOD IMPARTS WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING THROUGH PRAYER.
“If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask
Him, and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking” (James 1:5,
NLT).
As we become increasingly aware of our limitations, we can rest in the
knowledge that our God is omniscient. Availing ourselves of God’s counsel is a
blessing of prayer.

GOD EXERCISES HIS AUTHORITY AND ABILITY TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE
THROUGH THE PRAYERS OF HIS PEOPLE.
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matthew
21:22, NLT).
Our hearts pound with great confidence as we take mighty tasks to our
exceedingly mighty Lord.

GOD EXTENDS HIS POWER TO US THROUGH PRAYER SO THAT WE MAY
RESIST TEMPTATION.
“Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though
the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!” (Matthew 26:41, NLT)

With prayer, you always have a proven shield of protection available. Just say
the word.