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Steps to Effective Prayer: Step 11 — READ YOUR BIBLE!

Ps 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. NIV Job 23:12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. NIV Jer 15:16 When your words came, I ate them; they were...

Steps to Effective Prayer: Step 10 — FORGIVE THOSE WHO HURT YOU!

Matt 6:12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. NIV Matt 6:14-15 Or if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. NIV...

Steps to Effective Prayer: Step 8 — DON’T BE FILLED WITH ANGER!

1 Tim 2:8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. NIV Eph 4:26-27 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. NIV Eph 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness,...

Steps to Effective Prayer: Step 5 — BE THANKFUL!

Col 3:15-16 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. NIV Col 4:2-3 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. NIV Heb 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that...

Steps to Effective Prayer: Step 4 — PRAY DAILY!

Col 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. NIV Phil 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. NIV Rom 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,...

Steps to Effective Prayer: Step 3 — ASK FOR GOD’S WILL!

Matt 26:39 "Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." NIV 1 Cor 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the...

Steps to Effective Prayer: Step 2 — Love!

Matt 22:37-39 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' NIV Phil 1:9 And this is my prayer: that...

Steps to Effective Prayer: Step 1 — BELIEVE!

James 1:6-7 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; NIV James 5:15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the...

Why Not ME Lord?

We need to be aware that human impossibilities are God's opportunities. Nothing is impossible to God, not even to heal the most impossible disease! Jer 32:17 "Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing...

HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER, Part 14: Lack of Prayer and Fasting

Mark 9:29 "And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting." KJV Matt 6:7-8 "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your...

HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER, Part 13: Not building Up Your Faith

Rom 10:17 "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." NIV If you do not build your faith up, you are heading for a painful disaster. How can you build your faith up? By reading and meditating God's Word,...

HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER, Part 12: Impatience

2 Peter 3:15 "Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation." NIV We as humans tend to be so impatient! "Me impatient! Never! I am patient! Where are my papers? I need them NOW!" Technology seems to have brought us into a more hectic stressed-out world where...

HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER, Part 11: Disregarding Your Body

1 Cor 6:19-20 "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." NIV We are responsible for the earth suit that God...

HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER, Part 10: Our Time on Earth Is Over

2 Kings 13:14 "Now Elisha was suffering from the illness from which he died." NIV Elisha was a mighty prophet of God who had received a double portion of the Spirit that was in Elijah. He was loved by God and had served God in his ministry for over 60 years. However...

HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER, PART 7: Fear

Job 3:25 "What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me." NIVWe discovered here that although Job was wealthy and had everything he wanted, he had fears. Fear is the opposite of faith. Fear is really worrying about tomorrow, instead of keeping our...

HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER, PART 6: Unforgiveness

Mark 11:25-26 "And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." NIV Jesus is clear about this, if we cannot forgive the sins of others, God cannot forgive us. If we cannot forgive...

HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER, PART 4: Sinning Against God

1 Cor 5:1, 4-5 "It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father's wife… When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our...

HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER, Part 1: Testing God’s Ability

Luke 23:8 "When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform some miracle." NIV Matt 27:42 "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's...

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY! Conclusion

If prayer is necessary and natural, and if prayer gives us victory over self-sufficiency, then why do we struggle? Why are we always "busy" when a prayer meeting is coming up? Why do we reserve prayer for the occasional emergency, and for the few, quick words before...

THE LORD’S PRAYER, Summary

Jesus has given us an ideal model of prayer, which advises us to: 1) be aware that God is our loving daddy who desires that we pursue a relationship with Him; 2) long for God’s Kingdom to come; 3) recognize our need of God in every aspect of our lives, and rely on him...

THE LORD’S PRAYER, Part 6: Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Finally, Jesus wants us to be aware of how easily we fall into temptation. We often forget that Satan is the "prince of this world", though Jesus repeatedly referred to him as such (see John 12:31; 14:30-31; 16:11). The apostle Paul warned that: "our struggle is not...

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY! Part 3: Prayer Is Perfectly Natural!

Prayer was never an act of self-discipline or duty for Jesus. Nobody had to force Him to prayer, and because He saw prayer as a necessity, it came perfectly natural for Him. The following texts give a few examples of how natural it was for Jesus to give thanks through...

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY! PART 2: Prayer Is Necessary!

Prayer, for Jesus, wasn’t a few memorized words that He said before he went to bed. No. For Jesus, prayer was a necessity. It was an attitude. It was the very air he breathed. One day, a boy stood watching a holy man praying on the banks of a river in India. When the...

THE LORD’S PRAYER, Part 4: Give Us Each Day Our Daily Bread

When Jesus uses the word "bread", he is referring to everything we need for our earthly existence. Our prayers should show our understanding and belief that God is our master provider, and that He cares about even our smallest daily needs. We need to be conscious of...

THE LORD’S PRAYER, Part 3: Your Kingdom Come

Our prayers should show that we long for the second coming of our Lord. At the time Jesus said these words, very few people acknowledged Him as the King of Kings. They weren’t looking for someone to liberate them from sin; but from the Roman oppression! Of...

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY! introduction

"One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." (Luke 11:1)Why would anyone say: "Lord, teach us to pray"? Aren’t prayers easy to say? You recite them in...

THE LORD’S PRAYER, Part 2: Father, Hallowed Be Your Name

First and most importantly, our prayers must be directed to our Heavenly Father. It is interesting to note that the Israelites generally addressed God formally, using words such as these: "Ali" (my Father), or "Abinue" (our Father). In contrast,...

THE LORD’S PRAYER, Introduction

He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: "Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation."’" (Luke 11:2-4) "Lord, teach us to...

Why Are My Prayers Not Answered?

I remember one of the first times when I went to Happy Ralphs, a beautiful park for migratory birds flying over our Niagara Peninsula. As I was walking down the hill with my family, I noticed a beautiful small river and was attracted to the beauty on the other side. I...

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Prayer — The Old Way!

What if your children were to come to you and ask, “Please daddy, can you please give us our meals today? Can you also please give us some water to drink today? Don’t forget also to please give us a hug…” How would you feel? Would you think “Wow! What great kids I...