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OPEN SKIES MESSAGE TITLE. Prayer. What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer. .

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What a friend we have in Jesus,

all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear,

all because we do not carry

everything to God in prayer.


The privilege of prayer
The Privilege of Prayer

A thought: If Obama gave you a private line for all your needs would you consider that a burden or a privilege ?

Prayer is: Conversing, communicating with God


The base of the privilege
The Base of the Privilege

What gave us the right to speak to the Creator of the Universe, the God of all creation?

Romans 8:15 (NIV)

15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."


Ephesians 1:4-6 (NIV)

4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will--

6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.


The “how” of Prayer

  • We pray to the Father

    Luke 11:1-2 (NKJV)

    1 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.” 2 So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.


The “how” of Prayer

  • We pray through Jesus Christ

    1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, (NKJV)

    That God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Christ Jesus, himself man, is between them to bring them together, 6 by giving his life for all mankind. (TLB)


The “how” of Prayer

3. We pray by the Holy Spirit

  • In Luke 11:1 Jesus’ disciples come to him and they ask him this question, “Jesus, Lord, will you please teach us to pray?” Jesus teaches and then in verse 13 he says, “If you ask God, the Father, he will give you the Holy Spirit.” The question was, how do we pray? The answer is, by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will teach you to pray.


Prayer is:

to the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit.


Effective prayers are:

Unceasing

Faith filled

In His Name

Fervent


Unceasing
Unceasing

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17

  • pray without ceasing, (NKJV)

  • Never stop praying. (NLT)


Faith filled
Faith filled

  • Matthew 21:22 (NIV) 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

  • Mark 11:23-24 (NIV) 23 "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

  • James 1:6-7 (NIV) 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, ... 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;


In his name
In His Name

  • John 16:23 (NIV) 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

  • John 15:7 (NIV) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.


Fervent
Fervent

  • Luke 18:1-8 (NIV)

  • 1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4 "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men,


  • 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!'” 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"


The “what” of Prayer

Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

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


Where do i start
Where do I start?

  • Start with “thankful prayers”

  • Psalm 100:4 (NIV)

  • 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

  • Philippians 4:6 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.



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