Hi Ladies! A friend of mine sent me this and I just found it very helpful. I hope I dont get any violent reactions from those who dont believe...I do and I want to share this to those who do as well. Have a great weekend ladies!
SPEAKING TO GOD – PRAYING
Most people think they don’t know how to pray. They think that prayer is another language that they must learn. The truth is, we were created and designed for fellowship with God, so prayer is a NATURAL thing to do. It only becomes difficult when we complicate it for ourselves.
WHAT IS PRAYER?
Prayer, in its most simple form is you speaking to God in your own words, and communicating with Him. God, your Father, is waiting for you to communicate with Him and make known your feelings, desires and needs. You can go to Him freely with your difficulties and problems, in good times and in bad.
Prayer is not doing something, it is being with SOMEONE. Genesis 3:8 “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day.
Prayer is a continuous awareness of the presence of God
Prayer is fellowshipping with the Father – The God who is more than enough.
Develop your fellowship with the Father through frequent prayer, and not just when you are in trouble!
Prayer is not a ritual; it is the expression of your relationship with God.
PRAY EVERY DAY
Don’t worry about anything; instead go to God in prayer and with a thankful attitude with your problems and needs. He will fill you with His peace. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Every parent waits excitedly for the day when their child will first begin to talk to them. In the same way, God is waiting for you now to talk to Him. He longs to meet your needs, not only in material possessions, but emotionally and spiritually too. Tell God how much you love Him. Tell Him how wonderful you think He is. Express your gratefulness to Him in your own way. (John 15:7)
SIX IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Forgive before you pray.
Pray to the Father in the name of Jesus.
Believe that you receive when you pray.
Depend on the Holy Spirit in prayer.
Pray the prayer of intercession.
Build your spirit man up by praying in the Holy Spirit.
HOW SHOULD I PRAY?
Pray constantly and fervently. (Colossians 4:2,12)
Pray sincerely. (Psalm 17:1)
Pray with faith. (James 5:15-16)
Pray with the help of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:26)
Pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus. (John 16:23,24), since He is the way to the Father. (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5).
Pray according to God’s will. (1 John 5:14; Jeremiah 1:12)
Do not be unsure of what you want from God (double-minded), rather be specific. (James 1:6-8)
WHAT DO I PRAY FOR?
God’s will to be done … in your life, in your family, in your church, in your city, in your nation, in the whole earth.
Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Provision … personal and family needs to be met.
Matthew 6:11 “Give us today our daily bread.”
Forgiveness … receive forgiveness from God and forgive those who have offended you.
Matthew 6:12 “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Victory over temptation … and protection from the devil’s schemes.
Matthew 6:13 “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
DOES GOD REALLY ANSWER PRAYER?
Without a doubt, YES! The more specific your prayers, the more specific the answers will be. The secret is to pray according to God’s WILL. We know His will by knowing His word. Therefore, as we pray according to His word, we know He will answer.
1 John 5:14,15 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us, and if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of Him.”
REMEMBER: There are three ways in which God answers your prayers: Yes
WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT PRAYER
Pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28)
When you pray, don’t pray to be seen, but pray to the Father in secret. (Matthew 6:5-6)
Don’t pray using vain repetitions, expecting to be heard because of the volume of your prayer. (Matthew 6:7)
Pray to the Lord of the harvest, to send for the labourers into His harvest. (Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2)
Watch and pray, so that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh in weak. (Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 22:40,46)
Whatever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive it, and you shall have it. (Mark 11:24)
Pray always, and do not fail (in heart) or become weary. (Luke 18:1)
Do not pray to exalt yourself. (Luke 18:10-14)
We shall pray to the Father in Jesus’ name, and the Father Himself will answer. Jesus will not ask on our behalf. (John 16 26-27)
FOR YOUR PRAYER LIFE TO BE EFFECTIVE
Who God is – Your heavenly Father.
Who you are – righteous in Christ, Children of the Most High God.
Who your enemy is – satan.
How to praise and worship God.
SEVEN STEPS TO ANSWERED PRAYER
Be specific about what you want from God. Find scriptures that clearly promise these things, and write them down. James 1:6-8.
Ask God for the things you want and believe that you have them. Speak the Word into the situation you are facing. Mark 11:23-27; Proverbs 4:20-22.
Let every thought and desire agree (believe) that you have what you ask.
Guard against thoughts and words that are contrary to the Word of God which is relevant to what you are praying for. Philippians 4:8.
Meditate constantly on the scriptures that promise you the answer to your prayer. Joshua 1:1; Proverbs 4:20-22.
Think of the goodness, love and mercy of God. Count your blessings and your faith will grow.
Start praising and thanking God, OUT LOUD, for answering your prayers.