What is Prayer

a. What does Jeremiah encourage us to do? Jeremiah 33:3

b. What did Daniel do in Daniel 6:11?

c. What does the Psalmist ask of the LORD in Psalm 86:6?

d. What does Philippians 4:6,7 encourage us to do? (I Tess 5:16 - 18)

Ways to Pray

a. Follow the prayer of Hanna in I Samuel 1:10, 12, 13 16, 20, 26, 27. What are the points of her prayer?

b. How did King Hezekiah and Isaiah pray in 2 Chronicles 32:20? What do you think they prayed for?

What posture do we use in prayer?

There are many different positions people had in prayer. Some positions are a result what we are saying in our prayer.

a. I Kings 8:22, 2 Chron 6:12

b. I Kings 8:54

c. I Chron 17:16

d. I Tim 2:8

e. Matthew 26:39

f. Lk 22:41, Acts 9:40, Acts 20:36

g. Acts 6:6

Where should we pray?

a. 2 Kings 20:1 - 6; Is 38:2

b. Mt 21:13, Acts 22:17

c. Mt 6:6

d. Mt 14:23

e. Acts 16:1

f. Acts 16:25

What hindrances are there to prayer?

a. Sin or wickedness What are we to turn from? II Chronicles 7:14

b. Before we can expect God to answer where should we check to make sure everything is holy. Psalm 66:18-20, 109:5,7, 139:23, 24

c. Is 1:15

d. Jer 7:16

e. Mark 12:40

f. I Peter 3:12

g. James 1:6, 7

h. What does 1 John 1:9 say we should do if there are hindrances to prayer?

i. What are reasons why we miss much of what God has for us?

James 4:2

j. James 4:3

Conditions for Answered Prayer

God has placed some conditions on effective prayer. We have already seen that in II Chron 7:14 What are other conditions in the following verses?

a. Isaiah 59:1, 2

b. Matthew 21:22

c. I John 3:22

d. I John 5:14, 15

e. I Peter 3:7

Since God knows our needs (Matthew 6:8), why should we bring them before Him?

a. Luke 18:1

b. John 16:24

c. Psalm 62:8

d. Philippians 4:6-7

e. What do you feel Matthew 7:7,8 teaches about prayer?

What / Who do we pray for?

a. 2 Kings 6:17

b. 1 Tim 2: 1 - 3, Ezra 6:10

c. Jer 29:7

d. Lk 22:40

e. Mt 5:44, Lk 6:28

f. Rom 10:1; I Tim 2:3,4

g. Eph 6:19, 20

h. Heb 13:18

i. Philemon 1:6

What does it mean to pray “In Jesus Name?

Prayer in Jesus’ name is taught in John 14:13-14, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” Some misapply this verse, thinking that saying “in Jesus’ name” at the end of a prayer results in God’s always granting what is asked for. This is essentially treating the words “in Jesus’ name” as a magic formula. This is absolutely unbiblical.

Praying in Jesus’ name means praying with His authority and asking God the Father to act upon our prayers because we come in the name of His Son, Jesus. Praying in Jesus' name means the same thing as praying according to the will of God, “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” (1 John 5:14-15). Praying in Jesus’ name is praying for things that will honor and glorify Jesus.

Saying “in Jesus’ name” at the end of a prayer is not a magic formula. If what we ask for or say in prayer is not for God’s glory and according to His will, saying “in Jesus’ name” is meaningless. Genuinely praying in Jesus' name and for His glory is what is important, not attaching certain words to the end of a prayer. It is not the words in the prayer that matter, but the purpose behind the prayer. Praying for things that are in agreement with God’s will is the essence of praying in Jesus’ name. From

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