June 9, 2024

How to Pray

Speaker: Jason Whitley Series: Sermons by Jason Whitley Topic: Prayer

How to Pray

Romans 12:12

 . . . be constant in prayer

 What does a Spirit-filled church look like?  As we've covered in Ephesians chapter 5, we've seen Paul talk about the effects of the filling of the Spirit and we saw three of those in our worship service so far today. 

** Singing  **  Giving Thanks ** Submitting to One Another

But the question I want to answer this morning because I could do a whole series on prayer is how do we pray? Let's be practical about it. What does scripture tell us about praying itself? We need all the help we can get when it comes to prayer. I'm sure if I interviewed every one of you, none of you would say, "Oh, I'm doing great in my prayer life. I have really arrived." I don't think I've ever heard a Christian say that. Even if you are praying a lot, it still doesn't seem like it's a lot. There's always more. It's never enough. There's always someone more to pray for. 

Here are 10 Directions for Praying

   - Pray Respectfully (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2)

   - Pray Dependently (James 4:10)

   - Pray Privately (Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35)

   - Pray Boldly (Hebrews 4:14-16)

   - Pray Specifically (Jeremiah 33:3)

   - Pray Passionately (Luke 22:44, Colossians 4:12)

   - Pray Continually (Acts 2:42, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)

   - Pray Persistently (Matthew 7:7, Luke 18)

   - Pray Thankfully (Philippians 4:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:18)

   - Pray Biblically (Psalm 23)

 Let me close with the words of George Müller. George Müller was known to be a man of prayer. 

Before this time, my practice had been, at least for 10 years previously, as a habitual thing to give myself to prayer after having dressed myself in the morning. Now I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the word of God and to meditate on it. That thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed, and that thus, by means of the word of God, while meditating on it, my heart might be brought into experimental communion with the Lord. I begin, therefore, to meditate on the New Testament from the beginning. Early in the morning, the first thing I did after having asked in a few words the Lord's blessing upon His precious word, was to begin to meditate on the word of God, searching as it were, into every verse to get blessings out of it, not for the sake of the public ministry of the word, not for the sake of preaching what I had meditated upon, but for the sake of obtaining food for my own soul. The result I have found to be almost invariably this: that after a few minutes my soul had been led to confession, or to thanksgiving, or to intercession, or to supplication, so that, though I did not, as it were, give myself to prayer, but to meditation, yet it turned almost immediately, more or less into prayer. When thus I had been for a while, making confession or intercession or supplication, or had given thanks, I go on to the next words or verse, turning all as I go on into prayer for myself or others, as the word may lead to it, but still continually keeping before me that food for my own soul. And the object of my meditation. The result that this is that there is always a good deal of confession, thanksgiving, supplication, or intercession mingled with my meditation, and that my inner man almost invariably is even sensibly nourished and strengthened, and that by breakfast time, with rare exceptions, I am in a peaceful if not happy state of heart.

 

 

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