How is your prayer life?
Is prayer your first response for all thoughts and encounters in your life? If not why not?
Here are valuable resources for you to personally understand and apply prayer into your spiritual life. These resources on prayer can also be used for teaching material for sermons and Bible Studies.
Prayer Part I How is your prayer life?
Is prayer your first response for all thoughts and encounters in your life? Have you ever thought through why you do not spend more time with God? What aspects of your time and commitment hold you back from prayer? Most of us do not have the kind of prayer life we should have; in my experience, most people give up because either they do not know how to pray or they do not understand the significance of prayer. Others may have prayer lives but they are not godly or effectual prayers; these tend to be the prayers with only the self-interests or personal agendas in mind. We may know about prayer, but...
How to Pray!
Prayer Part II Matthew 6: 5-15; 7: 7-12 How can I pray?
What if I have never been taught how to personally pray or to talk to God? What if I grew up in a church that never had conversational or personal prayer? What if I only know liturgy? What if I offend God? If you think that you do not know how to pray, you need to ask yourself, do I know how to talk and listen? If you know how to talk to another person, then you know how to pray! Prayer is basically our communication with the Great Sovereign God of the Universe who wants the best for us and to hear from us!
The Pursuit of Prayer
Prayer Part III, Do you feel connected to God when you pray?
To pursue a more vibrant prayer life, we have to be willing and able to saturate ourselves with it and in it! Also, we need a desire to move our prayer life from the occasional extracurricular activity to a passionate pursuit, and carry out prayer sincerely, earnestly, and vibrantly with His Spirit and Truth! This means prayer must become more than a just thing we do; rather, it becomes an attitude and a constant pursuit. We grow beyond our regular prayer times; we still have them, but we no longer limit ourselves to pray just at those times. We realize that...
Prayer Guide for your Church and Pastor!
Do you desire to fire your pastor? Perhaps you should fire them up instead! Praying for your church is like filling a balloon with helium, the more it is filled, the more it will soar and not sore! For us to grow not just numerically, but in what is much more important, spiritually and in community to one another, requires our discipline and passion to pursue Christ more and ourselves less. We have to grow in Christ in a cherished, intimate growing relationship with Him as LORD over all and LORD over us. We are called to become purpose driven with His purpose at our helm of leadership and lives so that our trust and intimacy is rooted in Him and not in our...
The Key to God's Door
The key to a successful ministry and church is prayer. There is no way around it. John tells us, "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." (John 14:12-14)
The Praying Church
God calls us to seek His presence, as a body of believers with one mind and voice, so why don't we? "Prayer can do anything that God can do, as God can do anything, prayer is omnipotent." R.A. Torrey, "The Power of Prayer"
Prayer does mighty things. It does not change God's intentions. Although it may change His action by opening the way for His love through our repentance as well as our sincere obedience and faith. Let God say, give and do through us what He wills. Why fight it, He is God and you are not, guess who will win!
Calvin On Prayer
Edited From Institutes of the Christian Religion From the previous part of the work we clearly see how completely destitute man is of all good, how devoid of every means of procuring his own salvation. Hence, if he would obtain succour in his necessity, he must go beyond himself, and procure it in some other quarter. It has farther been shown that the Lord
Praying in Scripture
Often called the Lectio Divina, simply means as we read His Word we can pray too. It is about integrating our prayer and Scripture life for greater spiritual stimulation that leads to greater understanding of our Lord and then greater application of His precepts. As we read God's Word we can and should be praying to our Lord, too.
More Resources on forming a prayer mentality in you and a prayer ministry in your church
IRAQI CRISIS PRAYER GUIDE
These are tumultuous times, and our nation and the world desperately need prayer. This prayer guide is only a suggestion to help guide you as you pray. No matter how you chose to pray, please keep in mind that these desperate times require desperate, heartfelt prayers, which are passionately cried out to the Lord.
EMERGENCY Call to PRAYER for INDIA!
We need you to pray for the Christians and people in India, Sri Lanka and vicinity...
REFLECTIONS ON PRAYER
Various quotes from godly people and sources "The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in." -C.S. Lewis
Suggestions for Effective Group Prayer
We are going before the presence of God, and must do so with glad hearts and a wiliness to be together in unity and love.
Leading the Church to be People of Prayer
A few Key Principles to Jumpstart your Church on the Road to His Path!
Learning to Pray from Old Testament Personalities
Some of the most important examples and principles of prayer can be found in the Old Testament accounts of the relationship between different people and God.
Our Pattern for Prayer
Not as duty but desire, not as law but love, not as demand but delight, not as necessity but privilege, not as ritual but relationship, not "in order to" but "because of."
Prayer as a Battlefield for the Believer
Why is it so hard to pray when it is so rewarding personally and redemptively?
Prayer as Worship!
We "congregate" as a redeemed family to worship God.
PRAYER IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
The meaning and use of the Name of Jesus in Prayer
PRINCIPLES of PRAYER in SCRIPTURE
Man shall not live by- bread alone" The Scriptures is our primary means of knowing God and growing in His grace.
Reflections on Prayer in the Life and Teaching of Jesus
Let the conversation with Christ and the Father continue through the day. Luke 18: 1-8
The Importance of Corporate Prayer
The Importance of Prayer with Others
The Lord's Prayer as a Pattern of Prayer
You have begun the good work. You will complete it for your glory. Amen.
The Preparation for Prayer
Have a desire - Want to seek Christ out!
The Way of Prayer
Prayer is a reality is it yours?
Five Conditions Of Prevailing Prayer
Entire dependence upon the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ, as the only ground of any claim for blessing...
The Priority of Private Prayer
A primary giving of love is self-disclosure. "Only when we are willing to put our true selves on the line, to be taken for better or for worse, to be accepted or rejected, does true interpersonal encounter begin. Martin Luther's first law of successful prayer was, 'Don't lie to God!' We must tell him the truth of our thoughts, desires and feelings, whatever they may be."
A Simple Format for Prayer
Insights from "Teach Me to Pray" by Dr. William E. Sangster.
JESUS ' Model to Know God's Will
Experience of the Father's trustworthiness!
The Sin and Cause of Prayerlessness
What a reproach it is to God.-There is the holy and most glorious God who invites us to come to Him, to hold converse with Him, to ask from Him such things as we need, and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him. He has created us in His own image, and has redeemed us by His own Son, so that in converse with Him we might find our highest glory and salvation...
What True Prayer Is
Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to his Word, for the good of the church, with submission in faith to the will of God.
The Prayer of Jabez
We know very little about Jabez, except that he was more honorable than his brethren, and that he was called Jabez because his mother bare him with sorrow. It will sometimes happen that where there is the most sorrow in the antecedents, there will be the most pleasure in the sequel. As the furious storm gives place to the clear sunshine, so the night of weeping precedes the morning of joy.
In Job's uttermost extremity he cried after the Lord. The longing desire of an afflicted child of God is once more to see his Father's face. His first prayer is not, "Oh that I might be healed of the disease which now festers in every part of my body!" nor even, "Oh that I might see my children restored from the jaws of the grave, and my property once more brought from the hand of the spoiler!"
The Vital Place of the Prayer Meeting
It is said that the weekly prayer meeting is the spiritual barometer for any local church. You can tell with a fair degree of accuracy what the church is like by the demeanor or substance of the weekly prayer meeting. Is there genuine evangelistic concern? If so it will be expressed in the prayers. Is there a heartfelt longing for the conversion of unconverted family members? If so that is sure to...
PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Mark the grand characteristic of true prayer¾"In the Holy Spirit" (Jude 20). The seed of acceptable devotion must come from Heaven's storehouse. Only the prayer which comes from God can go to God. We must shoot the Lord's arrows back to Him. That desire which He writes upon our hearts will move His heart and bring down a blessing, but the desires of the flesh have no power with Him.