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PRAYER AS WORSHIP TO GOD. Jesus taught his disciples to pray Matt 6:5-13. The early disciples continued in prayer so it is self evident prayer is worship to God Acts 2:42 One of the outstanding duties, privileges, and joys of the Christian's life is prayer to God.

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prayer as worship to god
PRAYER AS WORSHIP TO GOD
  • Jesus taught his disciples to pray Matt 6:5-13. The early disciples continued in prayer so it is self evident prayer is worship to God Acts 2:42
  • One of the outstanding duties, privileges, and joys of the Christian's life is prayer to God.
  • It is the Father's will that his children pray to Him 1Thess 5:17; Heb 4:16
  • Prayer of a righteous man availeth much Jas 5:16
  • Just because a person directs words to God does not necessarily mean they are worshipping God. They may indeed be vain words.
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PRAYER AS WORSHIP TO GOD
  • JESUS PRAYED MUCH
    • Jesus worshipped by praying and is our example 1Pet 2:21; Lk 3:21; 6:12; Matt 14:23; Mk 1:35; Jhn 17; Matt 26:36-46; Lk 23:34-46
    • Surely no prayer less person can be a follower of Him who prayed so much
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PRAYER AS WORSHIP TO GOD
  • THE EARLY CHURCH WORSHIPPED BY PRAYING AND GIVING THANKS Acts 2:42
    • Church prayed for Peter in prison Acts 12:5
    • Christians are admonished to pray Rom 12:12; Eph 6:18; Col 4:2 ; 1Thess 5:17,18
      • Supplications (a wanting, a need - an asking, entreaty), prayers (talking to God), intercessions (seeking the presence and healing of God on behalf of others), and giving of thanks (gratitude) be made for all men; 1Tim 2:1
    • Many of the above passages show:
      • The close inter-relation of prayer and thanksgiving
      • That God is the giver all good and perfect gifts Jas 1:17
      • Receiving God’s blessings without giving thanks is living like pigs eating acorns under trees never looking to see where they come from
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PRAYER AS WORSHIP TO GOD
  • PROMISE TO ANSWER PRAYER IS CONDITIONAL
    • May pray and not be heard (answered) Jas 4:3; Jhn 9:31
    • Conditions of acceptable prayer to God
      • Be righteous 1Pet 3:12;
      • Be obedient 1Jhn 3:22;
      • Ask in faith Matt 21:22;
      • Have forgiving spirit Matt 6:15
      • Have the right motive in prayer Jas 4:3
      • Pray in harmony with God's will 1Jhn 5:14
      • Pray in Jesus name Jhn 14:13
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PRAYER AS WORSHIP TO GOD
  • PROMISE TO ANSWER PRAYER IS CONDITIONAL
    • All these conditions must be adhered to for our prayers to be acceptable to God
    • Posture is not a condition of acceptable prayer accept as it indicates humility and submission 1Ki 8:22; Psa 95:6; Acts 20:36; Matt 26:39; 1Tim 2:8
    • Any posture that one might think appropriate for the occasion would be expedient as long as it is decent and in order 1Cor 14:40
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PRAYER AS WORSHIP TO GOD
  • THINGS FOR WHICH A CHRISTIAN SHOULD PRAY
    • Forgiveness of sins Acts 8:22
    • That we enter not into temptation Matt 26:41
    • Daily necessities of life Matt 6:11
    • Earthly rulers 1Tim 2:1,2
    • Sick; Jas 5:14; Enemies Matt 5:44
    • Laborers to enter the harvest Matt 9:38
    • Preachers and for Lord's word to be glorified 2Thess 3:1
    • All children of God Phil 1:9-11
    • God's will to be done Matt 6:10
    • Kingdom to increase, not to come, its here Col 1:1
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PRAYER AS WORSHIP TO GOD
  • Jesus model prayer gives insight into prayer Matt 6:9-13 (1) Addressed to God; (2) Adoration to God, (3) Supplication for Kingdom; (4) Petition for daily sustenance; (5) Ask forgiveness; (6) Deliverance from evil one; (7) Ascription of glory to God
  • Prayer is not only the expression of gratitude and of need, the supply of which is sought of God, but is a high and beautiful expression of trust, submission, and union with God.
  • If you are a child of God you have the privilege of prayer to God as your Father. If you are not a child of God then you can't address God as your Father and expect him to hear (answer) your prayer.