Many, because of their perception of God
as the consummate provider, have a tendency to view prayer as
something to be done only when there is a need. Is this what prayer is
all about, praying just to get? Or is there more to it than meets the
eye? Let us find out from the word of God.
What is prayer?
“Trust in him
at all times; ye people, pour out your ________ before him: God
is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8).
"I poured out my complaint before Him; I shewed before Him my trouble"
NOTE: Prayer is pouring out our souls before the Lord.
Will God hear when you pray?
“I cried unto
the LORD with my voice, and he ________ me out of his holy hill”
(Psalm 3:4). “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me
from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).
3. What types of prayers are not heard?
If you “regard
iniquity in [your] heart.”
“If ye do not
Mark 11:25, 26
If you have “idols
in your hearts.”
If honor isn't
given to the wife.
1 Peter 3:7
How can you have confidence that God will hear your prayers?
“Father, if thou be
willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless _____ my will, but
thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).
type of prayer does God answer?
“Elias was a
man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed _____________ that
it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of
three years and six months” (James 5:17).
should I approach prayer?
“But let him ask in _______, nothing
wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with
the wind and tossed” (James 1:6).
praying in the morning sufficient?
“My voice shalt thou hear in the
_________, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto
thee, and will look up” (Psalm 5:3). “Men ought _________ to pray, and not to
faint.” (Luke 18:1). “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17).
Does God always say yes?
thing I besought the Lord _______, that it might depart from me. And he
said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made
perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Cor. 12:8, 9).
NOTE: More important than having our prayers answered our way,
should be glorifying God in our lives regardless of the answer.
Remember, it is about His will and not ours.
should you do when you run into difficult situations?
“And shall not
God avenge his own elect, which cry day and _______ unto him, though
he bear long with them?” (Luke 18:7).
"And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O lord, holy and
true, doest thou not _________ and _____________ our blood on them
that dwell on the earth? (Rev.
is the purpose of prayer?
they should _______ the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and
find him, though he be not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:27).
“But seek ye first the _________ of God, and his __________” (Matthew
you willing to change you prayer life to be in harmony with the will