THE PROMISE OF PRAYER. Lesson 10 for March 10, 2012. TIME AND POWER OF PRAYER. “ Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice ” ( Psalm 55 : 17). Why should we pray so much ?
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THEPROMISE OF PRAYER
Lesson 10 for March 10, 2012
“Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice” (Psalm55: 17)
Why should we pray so much?
Because prayer is powerful. It is the tool God has placed on our hands to open the gates of heaven, so we can contact our Father and receive His promises.
Although we may not understand how it works, prayer changes our lives.
Is it enough to pray three times a day? What can we learn from the next verses about the time for praying?
FAITH AND PRAYER
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews, 11: 6)
What would be the point of calling someone if we didn’t believe that person was real, that that phone number was his/hers and that he/she was able to talk to us?
So is prayer, there’s no point in praying if we don’t believe God exists and He can talk to us. Every prayer is an act of faith.
“It is our privilege to pray with confidence, the Spirit inditing our petitions. With simplicity we should state our needs to the Lord, and claim His promise”
(E.G.W., “God’s Amazing Grace”, March 25)
THEUTILITY OF PRAYER
Besides everything that has been said so far, prayer helps us in:
Opening our heart before God.
Presenting our needs, although when we know that God already knows them.
Strengthen our faith, making it more real and practical.
Connecting with God in a very personal way.
Remembering that we are not ours, but we’ve been bought for a price.
In how other ways does prayer help you in your daily life?
THE RESPONSE TOPRAYER
“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you” (John, 16: 23)
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, 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 the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John, 5: 14-15)
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James, 4: 3)
From experiences, we know that God doesn’t always answer our prayers how and when we want Him to do. Nevertheless, when we pray to God we are sure that:
CONDITIONS OF PRAYER
We cannot expect God to do whatever we want Him to do without being willing to do whatever He asks us to do.
Although we know that God’s acceptances is not based on our merit but on Christ’s merit, we need an attitude of humbleness and surrender to God’s will so He can act in our lives.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”
(2 Chronicles, 7: 14)
“But there are thousands of prayers daily offered that God does not answer. There are faithless prayers… There are selfish prayers, proceeding from a heart that is cherishing idols.... There are petulant, fretful prayers, murmuring because of the burdens and cares of life, instead of humbly seeking grace to lighten them. Those who offer such petitions are not abiding in Christ.
They have not submitted their will to the will of God. They do not comply with the condition of the promise, and it is not fulfilled to them.
They that are abiding in Jesus have the assurance that God will hear them, because they love to do His will”
E.G.W. (Our High Calling, May 21)
JESUS AND PRAYER
In which special occasions did Jesus pray?
JESUS AND PRAYER
Besides praying in special moments, what was Jesus’ habit on prayer?
“Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”” (Luke, 11: 1)
Prayer was a usual habit for Jesus. If He, who was God, needed prayer to communicate with His Father while He lived on this earth, we need prayer much more to talk with our heavenly Father!
“The strength of Christ was in prayer.... Christ retired to the groves or mountains with the world and everything else shut out. He was alone with His Father. With intense earnestness, He poured out His supplications, and put forth all the strength of His soul in grasping the hand of the Infinite. When new and great trials were before Him, He would steal away to the solitude of the mountains, and pass the entire night in prayer to His heavenly Father.
As Christ is our example in all things, if we imitate His example in earnest, importunate prayer to God that we may have strength in His name who never yielded to the temptations of Satan to resist the devices of the wily foe, we shall not be overcome by him”
E.G.W. (Sons and Daughters of God, May 9)