We are instructed to pray. (1 Tim 2:1-3; Phil 4:6; Eph 6:18-20)
What do you learn from these scriptures about what should be included in your prayers?
We have the ministry of the Holy Spirit assisting your prayer. Even if we don’t know exactly what to pray, that’s not a problem because the Holy Spirit is interceding for us (Rom 8:26-27).
How does the Holy Spirit help you in your prayers?
We must have right motives when we pray. Your prayers are for the honor and glory of God alone. (Eph 1:6,12,14; 1 Cor 10:31) Your prayers must reflect the spirit of Jesus who prayed to the Father, ‘not my will but your will be done.’ To fulfill Gods will, not ours, should be the center goal of our prayers.
A godly life is essential to an effective prayer life. (Psalm 37:4; John 15:7; 1 John 3:21-22)
Sin is an obstacle to prayers. (Psalm 24:3-4; Psalm 66:16-20; Psalm 37:4; Prov 28:9; Isa 1:15-17)
Jesus Taught Us How to Pray (Luke 11:1-13)
Prayer shouldn’t be something you just recite as a routine. It is communication with God. Prayer is an act of worship in which you are acknowledging your dependence upon the Lord. Jesus reinforces the need to pray by telling the parable of the friend who called at midnight (verses 5-10). These things stick out in this passage:
It was not friendship, but persistency that secured the caller’s request.
Jesus gives us an application: ‘So I say to you.’
Ask, seek and knock literally means that we keep on asking, keep on seeking and keep on knocking. Persistency.
The Lord answers the prayers of those who are persistent.