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Prayer

Outline

 

1. Objects of Prayer

2. Answering of Prayer

3. Attributes of a Successful Petitioner

 

A. RIGHT RELATIONSHIP - with both God and man

B. UNSELFISHNESS - Put the interests of God and other first

C. CONFESSION - Acknowledge your own faults

D. FORGIVENESS - Be merciful to others

E. UNITY - Oneness with both God and man

F. HOLINESS - Have a pure life and motives

G. UNPRETENTIOUS - Make no outward show before others

H. HUMILITY - Realize your nothing

I. INSPIRATION - Depend upon the Holy Spirit

J. SPIRITUALITY - Live in the Spirit, Walk in the Spirit

K. PETITION - Make your requests known

L. BOLDNESS - Be free from fear and doubt

M. FAITH - Believe in the certainty of answered prayer

N. CONFIDENCE - Never doubt

O. UNMERITORIOUS - Base the right to an answer upon the work of Christ only, not upon personal merits

P. TRUST - Be anxious about nothing

Q. EARNESTNESS - Be sincere

R. IMPORTUNITY - Press claims before God

S. STUBBORNNESS - Refuse to be denied

T. PERSEVERANCE - Don't lose heart

U.  SACRIFICIAL - Deny personal pleasure and feelings and concentrate upon the answer until it comes

V. ADORATION - Worship God and love all men

W. WHOLE-HEARTEDNESS - Put your whole life into worship

X. CONSECRATION - Be all and all for God

Y. JOY - Be happy that you are going to receive

 

1. Objects of Prayer

 

A. SALVATION: Psalms 85:7 Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.

 

Luke 18:13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’

 

B. SPIRITUAL ESTABLISHMENT:  Psalms 119:5 Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!

 

Psalms 119:133 Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil.

 

C. SPIRITUAL REVIVAL:  Lamentations 5:21 Restore us, O Lord, and bring us back to you again!  Give us back the joys we once had!

 

Habakkuk 3:2 I have heard all about you, Lord.  I am filled with awe by your amazing works.  In this time of our deep need,  help us again as you did in years gone by.   And in your anger, remember your mercy.

 

D. DIVINE VINDICATION:  1 Kings 18:36 At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command.

 

E. PRESERVATION AND SUPPORT:  Psalms 16:1 Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge.

 

Psalms 69:17 Don’t hide from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble!

 

F. PROSPERITY:  Nehemiah 1:11 O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.”

 

Psalms 118:25 Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success.

 

G. FOR THE SINFUL:  Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

 

 2. Answering of Prayer

 

 A. State of the Heart Psalms 66:18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

 

B. Faith Matthew 9:27-29 After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”  28 They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”  “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”  29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.”

 

C. Prayer Accompanied by Works Nehemiah 4:9 But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.

 

3.  Attributes of a Successful Petitioner

 

A. RIGHT RELATIONSHIP - with both God and man

 

Matthew 5:23-24 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

 

1 John 3:20-21 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.  21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence.

 

B. UNSELFISHNESS - Put the interests of God and other first

 

Matthew 6:10 May your Kingdom come soon.  May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

 

C. CONFESSION - Acknowledge your own faults

 

James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

 

D. FORGIVENESS - Be merciful to others

 

Matthew 6:14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.

 

Matthew 18:21-22  Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”  22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!

 

Ephesians 4:32  Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

 

E. UNITY - Oneness with both God and man

 

Matthew 18:18-20 “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.  19 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

 

Acts 2:42-47 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.  43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

 

 

1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.

 

Ephesians 4:1-5 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

 

F. HOLINESS  - Have a pure life and motives

 

Psalms 66:18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,  the Lord would not have listened.

 

G. UNPRETENTIOUS - Make no outward show before others

 

Matthew 6:5-8 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

 

 

H. HUMILITY - Realize your nothing

 

Luke 18:9-14 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

 

Galatians 6:3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

 

 

I. INSPIRATION - Depend upon the Holy Spirit

 

Romans 8:26-27 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

 

J. SPIRITUALITY - Live in the Spirit, Walk in the Spirit

 

Galatians 5:16-26 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.  19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

 

 

K. PETITION - Make your requests known

 

Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

 

1 John 5:14-15 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

 

L. BOLDNESS - Be free from fear and doubt

 

Hebrews 10:19-23 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.   23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

 

 

M. FAITH - Believe in the certainty of answered prayer

 

Hebrews 11:6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

 

Luke 11:9-13 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.   11 “You fathers—if your children ask  for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

 

 

N. CONFIDENCE - Never doubt

 

1 John 3:21-22 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

 

1 John 5:14-15 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

 

O. UNMERITORIOUS - Base the right to an answer upon the work of Christ only, not upon personal merits

 

John 14:12-14 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

 

John 15:7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

 

P. TRUST - Be anxious about nothing

 

Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

 

Philippians 4:7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 

Q. EARNESTNESS - Be sincere

 

1 Thessalonians 3:10 Night and day we pray earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill the gaps in your faith.

 

James 5:17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!

 

R. IMPORTUNITY - Press claims before God

 

Luke 11:5-8 Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6 ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ 7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ 8 But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.

 

S. STUBBORNNESS - Refuse to be denied

 

Luke 18:1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.

 

Matthew 15:21-28 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”  23 But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”  24 Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”  25 But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”   26 Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”  27 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”  28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.

 

 

T. PERSEVERANCE - Don't lose heart

 

Luke 18:1-8 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”  6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”

 

U.  SACRIFICIAL - Deny personal pleasure and feelings and concentrate upon the answer until it comes

 

1 Corinthians 7:5 Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

 

Matthew 4:1-2 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.

 

V. ADORATION - Worship God and love all men

 

Matthew 6:9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

 

Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

 

Hebrews 13:15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.

 

W. WHOLE-HEARTEDNESS - Put your whole life into worship

 

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.

 

X. CONSECRATION - Be all and all for God

 

John 15:7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

 

Y. JOY - Be happy that you are going to receive

 

Luke 24:52-53 So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. 53 And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.

Outline is from the Dixon Analytical Bible

Scripture is from the New Living Bible courtesy of www.biblegateway.com

Arranged and modified by HKM 11/08/2010