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Prayer Warrior 101 (Session 3 Prayer) January 25- 31, 2010

TODAY OUR FOCUS IS ON PRAYING…AND PRAYING FOR OTHERS.     

First…let me ask you…do you have a prayer life?  Please write in and let me know.  If not, it is time whether you intend to be a prayer warrior or not.  This is so.

You may have found praying to be pretty comfortable.  That may be because your prayers are mostly directed towards your needs and those that are close to you.  But,  with that same heart; you must embark upon a path…to do the same for other people.   For some people this comes naturally…for others it takes longer and still others may take even longer. I’ve often wondered (but not long) how the name Prayer Warrior came about.  It is an earned title that represents the fact, that someone will “war” or fight for you in prayer.  There is a belief that this person can get a word into God and get answer.  There is a belief that this person always gets what is asked for.  That isn’t true.  Sometimes the person you are praying for may change their mind.  This has happened many times.  It’s complicated.


No person is God and no person can get God to do anything that He doesn’t want done. The power is not in the person.  The power is God backed and it increases as a reward for your sacrifice, your diligence, your love for God and your thankfulness.

You must start praying for other people individually and that is where you will find your greatest challenge!  Have the person present.  I started by writing prayers based on perceived prayer requests that I might receive.  Then I would pray with people that I knew over the telephone.  I went to people’s houses, stopped people in the stores.  I literally prayed with anyone that the Holy Spirit told me to pray for.

Let me tell you that God won’t take you along your destined course any faster than you want to go. But your Prayer journey will involve your spending time with God everyday for the rest of your life, it will not only be easy; but will become second nature.

Warning

The enemy knows just how good at this you will be.  He will provide distractions and discord.  Enough to make you think that maybe it is not for you.  But, if you will trust God…He will make a way.

Our only compass can never be a person; it must be the bible.  Let’s see what it tells us to do:

We are God’s “set apart”
“Mark this well: The Lord has set apart the redeemed for Himself. Therefore He will listen to me and answer when I call to Him.” Psalms 4:3, TLB

God always answers
“And because You answer prayer, all mankind will come to You with their requests.” Psalm 65:2, TLB

He wants to Bless us!
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11, NIV

Ask, Seek and Find….
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.Matthew 7:7-8, NIV

God knows better than us…
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 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; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” James 1:5-8, NIV

Sin can hinder your prayers
“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.” Psalm 66:18-19, NIV

How To Pray
“You can ask for anything, using My name, and I will do it, for this will bring praise to the Father because of what I, the Son, will do for you. Yes, ask anything, using My name, and I will do it.John 14:13-14, TLB

ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS GIVE THANKS
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.” Philippians 4:6, TLB

When To Pray
“Pray all the time. Ask God for anything in line with the Holy Spirit’s wishes. Plead with Him, reminding Him of your needs, and keep praying earnestly for all Christians everywhere.” Ephesians 6:18, TLB

He answers before we ask!.
“I will answer them before they even call to Me. While they are still talking to Me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” Isaiah 65:24, TLB

When God says No
“Three different times I begged God to make me well again. Each time He said, ‘No. But I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people.'” II Corinthians 12:8-9, TLB

Waiting….
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7, NIV

The Holy Spirit helps
“And in the same way—by our faith—the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how to pray as we should; but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows, of course, what the Spirit is saying as He pleads for us in harmony with God’s own will.” Romans 8:26-27, TLB

You must believe
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Why you know He’ll answer
“This is the assurance we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hear us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” I John 5:14-15, NIV

How you should pray
“This is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-11, NIV
Prayers are not magic.
“Don’t recite the same prayer over and over as the heathen do, who think prayers are answered only by repeating them again and again. Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him!” Matthew 6:7-8, TLB5


IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PRAYER WARRIOR:

Start a prayer group.  Hopefully from your church friends, but if not….invite your friends and family and neighbors.  All of my neighbors came to the first few meetings but only a few continued on.  None of my family members came early on.    This whole endeavor will teach you a whole lot in a little bit of time and God will honor your earnest effort.    A few things to remember:

1.  Keep the focus on prayer.

2.  Have order; start on time and end on time.  2 hours is quite reasonable.

3. Prepare an agenda.

4.  Ask people to bring their bibles.

5. Ask people to bring a dish to pass.

6.  Consider taking communion.

Thank you for taking the time today.

Questions:
How many people have you prayed for recently within the last week or two?

Why do you believe that you are drawn to pray?

How often do you read your bible?

Challenge:

Write a general prayer for your family and friends and mail out 25 letters.

References:

Prayer Warrior 101 (Session One)

Prayer Warrior 101 (Session Two)

Prayer Warrior 101 (Session Four-Healing)


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6 Good Prayer Scriptures To Live By by Elaine Davenport (Monday, December 29, 2008

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Most  people who need prayer don’t know where to begin. God desires a personal relationship with you.  So find a quiet place for starters…where you can be alone. We enter into His courts with praise and into His (God’s) gates with thanksgiving.  That ushers in the presence of God.

1. Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. Philippians 4: 6

2.Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Isaiah 55: 6(NKJV)

3. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8(NKJV)

4. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man. Luke 21: 36(NKJV)

5. Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).
Ephesians 6: 18

6. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they prosper who love you [the Holy City]!
Psalm 122:6

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