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Real prayer doesn t happen until you really pray. Lack of teaching on prayer is not the problem. Lack of implementation is. We may be assured of this: the secret of all failure is our failure in secret prayer. (The Kneeling Christian, p. 14).

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You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed. A. J. Gordon The first lesson to be taught the workers in our institutions is the lesson of total dependence upon God. Before they can attain success in any line, they must, each for himself, accept the truth contained in the words of Christ: Without Me ye can do nothing. 7T 194.1

or knowledge. we lack the presence. diverting you from the study of God's word or from earnest prayer. 8T 53 Prayer is not part of the work. absorb your mind and affections. training.Prayer Seminar Let nothing. . We don t lack money. Watch unto prayer. however dear. prayer is the work.

2 Chronicles 7:14 Zechariah 4:6 John 15:1-5 John 17 Acts 1:8.14. 5. 6. 3. 2:42 Luke 11:1-13 . 2.Prayer Seminar The importance of prayer: 1. 4.

.Prayer Seminar Primary Church People devoted to prayer.

Prayer Seminar (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) About prayer What prayer is / is not Characteristics of prayer Hindrances to prayer Types of prayer The power of prayer Action points Bibliography .

The Bible invites you to pray (Job 22:27. James 4:2. 2:1) 5. The Bible promises answered prayers (Ps. Matt. Acts 2:21.3) 4. The Bible reveals the dynamic of prayer (2 Chron. John 16:24) . Joel 2:17. 4:6. 29:13. 450 Bible prayer answers out of 650 (69%) 2. Prov. Phil. 7:14. Jer.1 Tim.Prayer Seminar Facts about prayer: 1. 55:17. 8:17) 3. Luke 11:9. 6:9-13. 50:15. Ps. The Bible explains how to pray (Joel 2:32.

Prayer Seminar Prayers in the Bible with same characteristics: 1. 5. 6. 7. Lord s prayer Moses prayer Solomon s prayer Jehoshaphat s prayer Daniel s prayer Isaiah s prayer Abraham s prayer David s prayer . 3. 4. 2. 8.

. The function of prayer is relationship. The goal of prayer is His presence. His glory.Prayer Seminar About prayer: The center of prayer is God.

4} . (My Life Today. We should be extremely careful in all our prayers to speak the wants of the heart and to say only what we mean. is formal prayer. 19. customary phrases when the heart feels no need of God. . The most eloquent prayers are but vain repetitions if they do not express the true sentiments of the heart. .Prayer Seminar About prayer: 1. All the flowery words at our command are not equivalent to one holy desire.) {Pr 265. Real prayer (prayer of faith) The repetition of set. Superficial prayer (prayer of form) 2.

3. a monolog a repetition of same words a shopping list an instrument to get what you want to make God in your image . 2.Prayer Seminar About prayer: What prayer is NOT: 1. 5. 4.

It is the secret of spiritual power. the Fountain of wisdom. and happiness Pr 272 . the Source of strength.Prayer Seminar About prayer: What prayer IS: ‡ Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend SC 93 ‡ the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven s storehouse. where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence SC 93 95 ‡ Prayer is the breath of the soul. and peace. GW 254 ‡ communion with God.

Prayer without meaning 6.Prayer Seminar About prayer: Superficial prayer (of cold forms) : 1. Prayer lukewarm 5. Prayer poetry 2. Fake/false prayers pretense The repetition of set.4} . 19. Prayer of beggar/consumerism 4. (My Life Today. is formal prayer. customary phrases when the heart feels no need of God. Prayer that doesn t go through the ceiling 3.) {Pr 265.

My Life Today. perseverant 4. 19. that centers on God s glory and his plan The prayer that comes from an earnest heart. {Pr 265. desperate 2. expecting that it would be granted this is the prayer of faith.4} . determined 3. consistent. with power.Prayer Seminar About prayer: Real prayer (prayer of faith): 1. genuine. that changes us 5. when the simple wants of the soul are expressed.

Happens when we respond to God s call to bear and possess his Name and reflect his character 2. Changes you.Prayer Seminar About prayer: Real prayer: 1. and the world 4. the church. Places us where we belong 3. Brings us joy Real prayer doesn t happen until you really pray! . Makes you sensitive to God s voice and plans 5. Makes us available for God s service 6.

59:1. 5:16-18) Earth-barriers block solutions (Isa. 1 John 5:14. 65:24) We thank and praise God (1 Thess. 18:19) . 8:27) God s solutions now have access to our lives (2 Chron.Prayer Seminar Prayer cycle: God foresees your need & provides a solution for it (Isa. 33:3.15) Holy Spirit draws prayers from us (Rom.2) The God-man Prayer Partnership Prayers are answered (Jer. 16:9) Our agreement with heaven removes earth-barriers to God s solutions (Matt.

2. 3. 5. {PaM180. His merits. 6. is genuine.2} . prompted by the actual wants of the soul. 4. and His power Jesus taught His disciples that only that prayer which arises from unfeigned lips. His character.Prayer Seminar Characteristics of prayer: 1. and will bring heaven's blessing to the petitioner. centered on God genuine purposeful specific promise-claiming revival-seeking based on faith in His word. 7.

2. 6. 5. and changed To allow Him to use us in intercession and service for others (mission) 8. to reflect His character 9. cleansed.Prayer Seminar The purpose of prayer: 1. 3. 4. 7. To know God To live in His presence To experience Him and trust Him Discover His plan To allow Him to work for us To be forgiven. Outpouring of the Holy Spirit/Revival . To be victorious.

Prayer in group 3.Prayer Seminar Forms of prayer: 1. Corporate / public prayer . Secret / private prayer 2.

total dependence We may pray in secret. reformation ‡ fruits of the Holy Spirit ‡ spiritual growth ‡ hear God s voice.2} . walk with him.Prayer Seminar Forms of prayer: 1. and will reward us openly {Pr 216. change. Secret / private prayer ‡ life-sustaining ‡ repentance ‡ revival. and He who sees in secret will hear.

Prayer Seminar Forms of prayer: 2. Prayer in group ‡ two or three ‡ effectual ‡ build each other ‡ accountability .

Solomon. Corporate/public prayer ‡ short. simple language ‡ in unity. disciples (11+120) . direction Ex. distinct. simplicity. earnest ‡ slow. and trusting faith ‡ glorifying God ‡ blessing for hearers ‡ Revival.Prayer Seminar Forms of prayer: 3. dedication.

Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Bible-based hindrances to prayer: 1.The great outside hindrances .Hindrances that delay results 3.Hindrances that break connection between man and God 2.

Criticism (Matt. 5:23. Worshiping the wrong God (Matt. Double-mindedness (James 1:7. 6:24. 6:915. Asking amiss (Jam.24. 4:3) d. Lack of forgiveness (Matt. Gal. 5:22. 6:1) g. 18:19-35. 66:18) b. Hindrances that break connection to God a.8) f. Eze. Not asking (Jam.Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Bible-based hindrances to prayer: 1. 4:2) c. Matt. Cherished iniquity (Ps. Matt. 9:6-12) . Mark 11:26.27) e.

Impatient prayers (Hab. Matt. Lack of faith (Matt. 17:20.Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Bible-based hindrances to prayer: 2.14. 2:13. 3:14-20) .24) f.8:26) e. Division (Mal. 9:24. Self-righteousness/Self-confidence (Luke 18:10-14. Acts 1:4-8. Prov. Mk. 26:39) c. Matt.1 John 2:20-27) b. Lack of training and ignorance (Jam. 4:2. Fiery tongues (James 3:8-12) g. 5:23. Rev.14. 21:9.3. Prov. 2:2) d. 6:19. Hindrances that delay results a. Un-yielded will (Matt.

Matt. 6:16) e. 13:22) b. Eph. Luke 6:38. Col. 2:8) .Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Bible-based hindrances to prayer: 3. 2 Cor. 6:10-18.5.10. 10:3-5) c. 2 Tim. A Withholding Spirit (Mal. 3:10.24. 25:31-46. Acts 10:4) d. The Martha Syndrome (Luke 10:38-42) f. Opposition from God's Enemy (Daniel 9. The great outside hindrances a. The Lion's Roar (1 Pet. Fiery Arrows (Eph. 3:1-7. 24:4. 5:8) g. The World Environment (Matt. Spiritual Deception (Matt.

worries 3. Possessions 2. Relationships .Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Three things that keep us busy (Luke 14:18-20): Keep us from having relationship with God 1. Work.

1:12. Matt. Asking God to do or act contrary to His will (Heb. 20) 2. 22:37-40. relationship. Asking Him to do something that would force or coerce the will and right to choose of yourself or others. prove harmful to you or others. Asking God to do something He has already done or to provide something He has already supplied in the Plan of Redemption. in His wisdom. (James 1:17) 4. Ps. (Col. 138:2. 24:15) 5. 6:18. (Josh. Ex. Asking Him to do or provide something for you (or others) that will. (James 4:2) . Asking God for something out of selfish reason / consumerism vs.Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Useless or invalid prayer: 1. 13) 3.

Want our way of answer. (Is. Focus on our person and needs vs.8) 8. in our time. Asking Him to do something He has already told you in His Word to do it yourself. The taking-God-for-granted prayer Refraining from asking because He already knows the need and you expect Him to automatically grant it. . (James 4:7. 9. (James 4:1) 7. Give God our plans/agenda. instead of waiting/receiving His plans.Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Useless or invalid prayer: 6. God s glory.50:4) 10. make Him servant.

not giving up control 7. Un-willingness to serve 4. Based on un-forgiveness. postpone change 5. false repentance. self confidence. Doubtful. avoid confession.Prayer Seminar Barriers to answered prayers Usual characteristics of regular prayers in our daily life: 1. Focus on problems/sin vs. focusing on Jesus . Self pride. grace 2. lack of faith 6. duplicity. No vision/limit God 3. Expect to deserve/to pay a little vs.

In hurry vs.Talking and not listening. God s glory 14.Give God own agenda vs. not contemplating 10. praising little / meaningless 9.Nurtured sin 11. specific 12.Focusing on our person vs.Prayer Seminar Barriers to answered prayers Usual characteristics of regular prayers in our daily life: 8. receive His plans . quality time for study and contemplation 13.Too generic vs.Asking much.

waiting .Honest. meaningful 8.Centered on God. listening. repentance 7. sacrifice) 5.Selfless (ready for service.Prayer Seminar Barriers to answered prayers Usual characteristics of Bible prayers: 1.Exercising faith 3.Dialog. specific 6.Passionate. His plan 4. His Glory.Based on God s grace and character 2.Confession. open.

7.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: 1. 4. 8. 5. Contemplation . 6. 2. 3. Worshipping Thanksgiving / Praise Relationship Repentance / Forgiveness Petition Intercession Availability / Service Receive God s Gifts / Jesus / Holy Spirit / Revival 9.

Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Worshiping ‡ worshiping. exalting and adoring God for who He is GOD GOD YOU GOD GOD .

Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Worshiping and thanksgiving: 1. David (Psalms) 2. Moses (Exod. 15) .

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Types of prayer: Thanksgiving ‡ thanking God for something He has done for your or for others
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Types of prayer: Relationship Ex.: David - PS 63; 27

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Types of prayer: Confession / Forgiveness / Repentance 1. definite, to the point 2. specific, particular sins If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Express desire for expulsion d. Sorrow c. Cleansing process a. Revulsion b. Ask for forgiveness c. Consciousness of sin 2. Confession of sin a. Believe He already forgave you 5.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Forgiveness: 1. Repentance 4. Total dependence on Him/walk with Him . Conviction of sin 3. Admit you have sinned b. Confrontation of sin a.

No forgiveness implies no cleansing and no renunciation! . 3. 4. They have not learned how to take hold of the forgiveness-gift God has given them and made it real and personal in their lives.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Complete forgiveness: 1. 2. Submit the sin-condition to God a choice to confess Release the sin into His hands an act-of-will Accept His forgiveness a choice to accept Receive that forgiveness personally an act-of-will Many Christians are earnestly trying to live complete spiritual lives with incomplete forgiveness transactions.

Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Petition ‡ asking God for something for yourself or others GOD GOD YOU GOD GOD .

in God s service 3. personal and concrete . physical and spiritual dependence on God 2.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Petition: 1.

Realize that Jesus is your intercessor 2. Possess your position as priest and king .Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Intercession ‡ The channel through His power is to be received and distributed ‡ One of the untouched dimensions of supernatural power 1. Ask someone to be your prayer partner 4. Just thank Him for He will be bringing water to your spiritual desert 3.

33:17-34:10) . The integrity of God s word (Ex. 32:12) 3. Resting in the atonement (Ex. 32:13-14) 4. 32:29-34) 6. 32:7-11) 2. Confrontation with sin (Ex. The appeal to grace (submission) (Ex. 32:19-28) 5. The God-Perspective (Ex.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Intercession (7 phases) ‡ Moses model 1. 33:1-17) 7. The presence imperative (Ex. Establishing the relationship (Ex.

Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Service / mission Isaiah Rom. . 12 Neh.

Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Asking for God s gifts 1. will freely give us with Him all things (Rom. it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven (Matt 18:19) 2. If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask. 8:32) .

‡ Justification 2. cleansing.John 3:15 forgiveness. Jesus .Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Asking for God s gifts 1. Holy Spirit Helper/Comforter: change of the character ‡ Sanctification ‡ And in Jesus all other things .

3:12. being evil.33. know how to give good gifts to your children. 8:10. how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13) 2. 6:8.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Asking for God s gifts 1. If you then. His work and His presence are visible (Acts 1:8. 5:12. 4:31.19) .

A. W. 95% of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. Tozer ‡ . ‡ If the Holy spirit had been withdrawn from the new Testament church 95% of what they did would stop and everybody would know the difference.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: The power of Holy Spirit: If the Holy spirit was withdrawn from the church today.

but by My Spirit . nor by power. Zechariah 4:6 . says the LORD Almighty.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Asking for God s gifts Jesus Christ John 3:16 The Holy Spirit This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: not by might.

Take Time to receive the answer 4.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Meditation / contemplation 1. Take Time for spiritual growth ( contemplating ) 5. Without hurry 3. Planed and spontaneous. Focused on God 7. continue and natural 2. Take Time to understand (set understanding goals) 6. Focused on His Word and His Law .

3. 6. Be still Contemplate God s character and works Contemplate His Word and Law Repeat the verse. 7. memorize it Repeat God s promises back to Him Ask questions Contemplate throughout prayer and study .Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Meditation methods 1. 2. 4. 5.

Absence of young people 6. Formality. Squelching change 5. cold 2. No relevance 3.Prayer Seminar A prayerless life Symptoms of a prayerless life: 1. Lack of growth/unhealthy 7. Concerns for forms without content . Devouring pastors and church members 4. Unhealthy isolation 8.

Prayer Seminar A prayerless life Symptoms of a prayerless life: 9. 12. 11. 13. 10. 14. Lack of love Lack of unity / divisions Lack of joy and peace Lack of life Lack of faith Lack of power God of the past (satisfied with our situation) . 15.

Lack of love 4. traditions. 17:21.Prayer Seminar A prayerless life Worse that could happen: 1. but no one moved ) . and religious forms 6. Tired of criticism. and parochial attitudes 5. Weary of irrelevant squabbles 3. cultural Christianity. Defeated Christians know all but (1 Sam.11 dressed/lined up for battle. We box God with our preferences. We stay just as we are 2. faultfinding.

and it will often exceed his expectations.4} Our heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessings. and the one that sends up the petition will have the blessing when he needs it most.Prayer Seminar God wants to answer our prayer! John 16:23-24 I saw that every fervent prayer which is sent up in faith from an honest heart will be heard of God and answered.1} . It is our privilege to drink largely at the fountain of boundless love. Not a prayer of a true saint is lost if sent up in faith from an honest heart. {Pr 34. {SC 94.

250) {Pr 37.) {Pr 260.Prayer Seminar Answered prayer ‡ To every sincere prayer an answer will come. (Messages to Young People. we are to cling to the promise. (Steps to Christ. 96. for the time of answering will surely come. or at the time you look for it. It may not come just as you desire.2} ‡ When our prayers seem not to be answered. but it will come in the way and at the time that will best meet your need.4} . and we shall receive the blessing we need most.

We shall not gain the victory through numbers.Prayer Seminar The power of prayer Powerful prayer: The Lord is willing to do great things for us. We are to go forward in His strength. John Wesley . SDG 279 God can do more with one man who is 100% committed to Him than a whole army of men who are 99% committed to Him. but through the full surrender of the soul to Jesus. trusting in the mighty God of Israel.

and seek My face 4. humble themselves 2. . and turn from their wicked ways.Prayer Seminar The power of prayer Conditions: If My people who are called by My name will 1. and pray 3.

I will hear/answer from heaven.Prayer Seminar The power of prayer Results: then 1. . 2. and I will heal their land. I will forgive their sin 3.

Whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.Prayer Seminar The power of prayer 1. God changes our heart 4. God answers to private prayer publically 3. His work brings visible and unimaginable results . John 16:23 2.

that you may receive the blessings for which you pray. And be sure to bring your lives into harmony with your petitions. it is a science that everyone who would make his lifework a success must understand. Let not your faith weaken. believe that ye receive them. for the blessings received are proportionate to the faith exercised (Testimonies for the Church. and they need to be studied together.Prayer Seminar ‡ Pray in faith. vol.) {Pr 216. (Mark 11:24) {Pr 318. and ye shall have them. In the prayer of faith there is a divine science.4} ‡ Prayer and faith are closely allied.3} . Christ says. What things so ever ye desire. 274. 7. when ye pray.

4} . 1. and it will often exceed his expectations. and the one that sent up the petition will have the blessing when he needs it most.) {Pr 34. Not a prayer of a true saint is lost if sent up in faith from an honest heart.Prayer Seminar ‡ Every prayer which is sent up in faith from an honest heart will be heard of God and answered. 121. (Testimonies for the Church. vol.

be still. Pray intentionally. Pray whenever you think about it anytime. wait for God 7. don t be afraid of silence. Have a specific place of prayer 5. Pray without words. Pray about a variety of things 6. Pray without ceasing 3. Separate your prayer and your time of study .Prayer Seminar Action points: 1. with anyone. scheduled time for prayer 2. anywhere. in whatever you do 4.

Pray throughout your study 9. be creative. through neighborhood. => Pray!!! . use email prayer. be consistent. Pray a blessing on your family be sure your life supports your words 11. Be real. Pray for your spouse 10. Pray through newspaper.Prayer Seminar Action points: 8. telephone prayer 12.

Record your Word resource list on audiotape 6. Collect Bible verses and passages 4. Pray His Word back to Him 3.Prayer Seminar Action points: Return God s word to Him: 1. Read the Word aloud 2. Memorize Bible verses and repeat them throughout the day 5. Record or journal all His miracles and works . Apply a Bible text/passage to different situations 7.

for us personally and for His people ‡ on God's character. and scientific prognosis ‡ against the areas of satanic attack against us and in our life situation ‡ with our eyes focused on Jesus only ‡ intensely expecting God s answer (manifestation of God's restoring and upholding power) .Prayer Seminar After prayer we stand on: ‡ on what God has done in the past. His mercy and His grace ‡ on His Word. especially on His promises ‡ positively. logic (that contradicts God's Word). feelings. regardless of our senses.

obtained promises. {PaM 183. 7} Prayer. February 3. quenched the violence of fire. stopped the mouths of lions. wrought righteousness. faithful earnest prayer will move the arm that moves the world.1} . Prayer has subdued kingdoms.Prayer Seminar Powerful prayer: Prayer brings power. 1904 par. turned to flight the armies of the aliens. {ST.

If you abide in me and my words abide in you.Prayer Seminar If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways. I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land. . then I will hear / answer from heaven. you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.

2. The taste of new wine.G. Andrew Murray Answers to prayer. Randy Maxwell Passionate prayer.Prayer Seminar Books Recommended books: 1. 6. White . Charles Swindoll If my people pray. 4. Keith Miller Waiting on God. 3. Brenda Walsh Communion with God. 7. 5. E. George Mueller Flying closer to the flame. a devotional guide for the school of prayer.

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My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods. my lips will glorify you. and in your name I will lift up my hands. Because your love is better than life. I earnestly seek you. I will praise you as long as I live. . in a dry and weary land where there is no water. On my bed I remember you. my body longs for you. My soul clings to you. I meditate to you through the watches of the night. with singing lips my mouth will praise you. I sing in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 63:1 A Psalm of David when he was in the Desert of Judah. Because you are my help. my soul thirsts for you.Prayer Seminar O God. you are my God. your right hand upholds me. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.Prayer Seminar One thing I ask of the LORD. Psalm 27:4 I have made you known to them. this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life. John 17:26 . to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple.

for ever and ever. to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations.that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 17. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. Amen! Eph. And I pray that you. being rooted and established in love. 16. 18. together with all the saints.Prayer Seminar 14. 20. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-.For this reason I kneel before the Father. may have power.3:14-21 . 21. according to his power that is at work within us. 15. so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. 19.

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