No one wants to waste time or energy. How can we pray so that our prayers are effective and not wasted?
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1.0 Components of prayer:
1.1 Adoration or Worship
Psalm 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
1.2 Confession and Consecration
Matthew 6:12; 1 John 1:9; Psalms 19:12 James 5:16
1.4 Supplication or Requests
1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
2.0 The Basis of Prayer
2.1 God __________.
2.2 Prayer ___________.
Exodus 32:14 So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.
Jonah 3:10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.
2 Sam 24:16 When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people, “It is enough! Now relax your hand!”
Jeremiah 15:6 You who have forsaken Me,” declares the LORD, “You keep going backward. So I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you; I am tired of relenting!
2.3 Prayer is something we ___________.
The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” Luke 11:1
3.0 Effective prayer
3.1 _______________ others
Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Acts 13:2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
James 5:16-17 The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.
Hebrews 5:7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.
Psalms 66:18 If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear
1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil;
1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; Ephesians 4:26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.
3.5 ___________ Prayer
3.6 According to God’s will