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Prayer Developing Out Relationship With God A Faithful Relationship is a Prayerful Relationship What is Faithfulness? “1. a firm conviction…full acknowledgement of God’s revealed truth; 2. personal surrender to Him; 3. a conduct inspired by such surrender” (Vine’s).

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Prayer

Developing Out Relationship With God

a faithful relationship is a prayerful relationship
A Faithful Relationship is aPrayerful Relationship
  • What is Faithfulness? “1. a firm conviction…full acknowledgement of God’s revealed truth; 2. personal surrender to Him; 3. a conduct inspired by such surrender” (Vine’s).
  • Christian life not simply motions or actions—not robots who march to services every Sunday.
  • It is a life of conviction, of surrender and devotion to the Almighty God!
  • What does this have to do with prayer?
a faithful relationship is a prayerful relationship3
A Faithful Relationship is aPrayerful Relationship
  • Such faithfulness is what gives prayer its meaning and power.
  • To the Faithful…
    • Prayer is more that a way to help us feel better.
    • It is more that a way to help us think things through.
  • Prayer is our communication with our heavenly Father!
  • When coupled with faithfulness, prayer becomes the means through which we draw near to God.
a faithful relationship is a prayerful relationship4
A Faithful Relationship is aPrayerful Relationship
  • True Christian life is about drawing near to God as our Father:
    • Rom 8:15: “…but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’” (See also Gal. 4:6)
    • John 3:1: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God.”
    • James 4:8: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
  • Humble obedience and heartfelt prayer are the means through which we draw near to our heavenly Father.
  • For this reason Prayer has always played an important role in the lives of God’s people.
god s faithful have always been devoted to prayer
God’s Faithful Have Always Been Devoted to Prayer
  • Abraham: Called “the friend of God” (Js. 2:23).
    • His communication with God was frequent and personal.
    • Gen. 12:1ff; 18:22
  • David: “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22).
    • From the time of his youth he wrote psalms, many of which were prayers to God.
    • He is noted for his constant devotion to God: in times of peace and prosperity, times of turmoil, and in repentance (Ps. 51).
    • By the same faith with which he conquered Goliath he constanly offered prayers to God.
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God’s Faithful Have Always Been Devoted to Prayer
  • Jesus: The Son of God—who is God.
    • While in heaven He had constant communication with the Father (Phil. 2:6)
    • It was no different when He was on the earth, for He continually prayed to the Father!
    • He is our example: Luke 6:12; 5:16; 1 John 2:6
    • He first called the Father “Abba” (Mk. 14:36): through Him we too draw near as children; through prayer we draw near with our hearts.
  • Paul: Acquainted with great turmoil, but filled with the peace of God because of prayer: Phil. 4:6-7; 2 Tim. 1:3
are you one of god s faithful
Are You One of God’s Faithful
  • The example of God’s faithful is set for us to follow:
    • 1 Thess. 5:16-18: Pray without ceasing
    • Phil. 4:6-7: In everything by prayer and supplication
    • Rom. 12:12: Continue steadfastly in prayer
    • Eph. 6:18: Praying always
    • Col. 4:2: Continue earnestly in prayer
    • 1 Pet. 4:7: Watchful in your prayers.
  • Such prayers were characteristic of the New Testament church: Acts 1:14; 2:42; 4:23-30; 12:5
  • Where does prayer fit into your life?
conclusion
Conclusion
  • This lesson is not for teaching us how to pray, but to put in us the DESIRE to learn.
  • Effective fervent prayers require faith and conviction.
  • God’s faithful continually prayed to Him, and we see that their prayers were heard.
  • We are God’s children. It takes time to learn how to talk to Him, but as our Father He will listen if we will learn.