I. Some Old Testament Teachings on Prayer
Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.2 Chronicles 7:12–18 (NKJV)
- Prayer in Litany
- Available God
- Healing of the Land
For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.Jeremiah 29:10–14 (NKJV)
- Prayer for the Presence of God
- The Visitation of God
- Covenant Keeping God
- Hopeful God
- Available God
II. Jesus’ Emphasis on the Need for Prayer
Matthew 26:41 (NKJV) Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
- Prayer is Strength
- The Need for Diligent Observation
- Protection from Temptation
- Strength to Fight the Enemy
- Power Over the Flesh
III. Some of Paul’s Teachings on Prayer
Romans 12:12 (NKJV) rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (NKJV) Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Timothy 2:8 (NKJV) I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
- Three Things Present in These Passages
- Rejoicing Without Fear or Doubt
- Thankfulness and Patience in Spite of Circumstances
- Praying at All Times and Everywhere
IV. James’s Classic Teaching on Prayer
James 5:13–18 (NKJV) Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
- Relief from Suffering
- Joy in Victory
- Healing from Sickness
- Forgiveness of Sins
- Power in Prayer
V. Thoughts on the Importance of Prayer
- Prayer is Worship
- Prayer is Communication with God
- Prayer is Listening
- Prayer is Healing
- Prayer is Saving
- Prayer is Delivering
- Parents who do not pray rule by preference and circumstance.
Parents who pray rule by Godly principles and the guidance of the Holy Spirit
- Husbands who do not pray treat their wives as second place, and waver in faithfulness and commitment
Husbands who pray treat their wives as equals and love them selflessly, committed for life!
- Wives who do not pray are constantly dissatisfied, nag incessantly, and feel unsettled or restless
Wives who pray walk as partners with their husbands, encouraging and building up
- Children that do not pray lean toward rebellion and disrespect
Children that truly pray are respectful and helpful and hunger for the things of God.
- Employees who do not pray complain and look for personal injustices against which to rail
Employees who pray work hard—not to please men—to glorify God
- Political leaders who do not pray lobby for their own opinionated views and lean toward corruption and greed
Political leaders who pray seek God’s wisdom and stand for principal over politics.
- Teachers and Preachers who do not pray only have opinions and conjecture to offer their audience.
Teachers and Preachers who pray bring a word from the Lord!
- Special Prayer Emphases Today
- Prayer for an end to the pandemic of COVID-19, the Corona Virus
- Prayer for our upcoming elections
- Prayer for Revival and a Great Awakening in Our Country and Our World
- Prayer for an End to Abortions worldwide
- Prayer for Salvation of Loved Ones and Friends
- Prayer for a Worldwide Emphasis on Evangelism that Will Win the Large Last-Days Harvest