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Series: Learning to Pray Effectively (Part 1 of 5)

“Practical Suggestions for Your Prayer Life”

INTRODUCTION

I.  ESTABLISH A DAILY APPOINTMENT TO MEET WITH GOD 

A.  A Definite Time Mk 1:35; Lk 4:42; Ps 57:8; 108:2; 119:147; Lk 6:12; Mt 14:22-23; Mk 6:46-47; Mt 26:26-44; Ps 119:148; Acts 16:25

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up…and went …to a secluded place, and was praying there.” (Mk 1:35 NASB)

Mark 1:35  And rising up quite early in the night, He went out and went away into a deserted place, and He was praying there.

Luke 4:42  And day coming on, going out, He went into a deserted place. And the crowds looked for Him and came to Him, and held Him fast, not to pass away from them.;

Psa 57:8  Wake up, my soul! Wake up, harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn.

Psa 108:2  Awake, harp and lyre; I will awake early.

Psa 119:147  I went before the dawning of the morning and cried; I hoped in Your Word.

Luk 6:12  And it happened in those days that He went out into a mountain to pray, and He was spending the night in prayer to God.

Mat 14:22-23  And immediately Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a boat and to go before Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. 23when evening had come, He was there alone.

Mar 6:46-47  And taking leave of them, He went away to the mountain to pray. 47 And when evening had come, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land.

Mat 26:26-44  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat, this is My body. 27  And He took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink all of it. 28  For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29  But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom. 30  And singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31  Then Jesus said to them, All of you will be offended because of Me this night. For it is written, "I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad." 32  But after I have risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. 33  Peter answered and said to Him, though all shall be offended because of You, I will never be offended. 34  Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you that this night, before the cock crows, you shall deny Me three times. 35  Peter said to Him, though I should die with You, yet I will not deny You. All the disciples also said the same. 36  Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane. And He said to the disciples, Sit here while I go and pray there. 37  And He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with Him, and He began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38  Then He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Wait here and watch with Me. 39  And He went a little further and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will. 40  And He came to the disciples and found them asleep. And He said to Peter, What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41  Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 42  He went away again the second time and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done. 43  And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. 44  And He left them and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same word.

Psa 119:148  My eyes go before the night watches, so that I might think on Your Word.

Act 16:25  And toward midnight Paul and Silas prayed and praised God in a hymn. And the prisoners listened to them.      

B.  The Place Mt 14:13; Mk 1:35; Lk 4:42; 5:16; 6:12-13; 9:28-36; Mt 6:5-8

When you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Mt 6:6 NASB)

Mat 14:13  When Jesus heard, He departed from there by boat into a deserted place apart. And hearing, the crowds followed Him on foot out of the cities.

Mar 1:35  And rising up quite early in the night, He went out and went away into a deserted place, and He was praying there.

Luk 4:42  And day coming on, going out, He went into a deserted place. And the crowds looked for Him and came to Him, and held Him fast, not to pass away from them.

Luk 5:16  But He was drawing back in the wilderness, and praying.

Luk 6:12  And it happened in those days that He went out into a mountain to pray, and He was spending the night in prayer to God. 13  And when it was day, He called His disciples. And He chose twelve of them, whom He also named apostles:

Luk 9:28  And about eight days after these sayings, He took Peter and John and James and went up into a mountain to pray. 29  And as He prayed, the appearance of His countenance was altered, and His clothing was dazzling white. 30  And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, 31  who appeared in glory and spoke of His exodus, which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32  But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep. But fully awakening, they saw His glory, and the two men who stood with Him. 33  And in their parting from Him, it happened that Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here. And let us make three tabernacles, one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah; not knowing what he said. 34  And as he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them. And they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35  And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My Son, the Beloved, hear Him. 36  And when the voice occurred, Jesus was found alone. And they were silent, and told no one in those days anything which they had seen.

Mat 6:5  And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward. 6  But you, when you pray, enter into your room. And shutting your door, pray to your Father in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly. 7  But when you pray, do not babble vain words, as the nations. For they think that in their much speaking they shall be heard. 8  Therefore do not be like them, for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask Him. 

  

C.  Schedule Sufficient Time

      

  

D.  What We Do in Our Meeting with God (Circle of Prayer)

       1. Read, Meditate on, Memorize, and Pray Over Scripture

             

 

       2. Pray Aloud 

             

 

       3. Use Simple Words Mt 6:7-8; Ps 43:2; 73:3, 4, 5, 13; 22:1; Jn 2:24-25

Mat 6:7  But when you pray, do not babble vain words, as the nations. For they think that in their much speaking they shall be heard. 8  Therefore do not be like them, for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask Him.

Psa 43:2  For You are the God of my strength; why do You cast me off? Why do I go mourning under the affliction of the enemy?

Psa 73:3  For I was jealous of the proud, when I saw the peace of the wicked.

Psa 73:4  For there are no bands in their death; but their strength is fat.

Psa 73:5  They are not in trouble like other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

Psa 73:13  Surely I have made my heart pure in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

Psa 22:1  To the Chief Musician, on the deer of the dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have You forsaken me, and are far from my deliverance, and from the words of my groaning?

Joh 2:24  But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all 25  and did not need that anyone should testify of man. For He knew what was in man. 

       4. Be Definite and Specific

 

 

II. PRACTICE THE PRESENCE OF GOD 1 Thes 5:17

Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thes 5:17 NASB)

A.  Learn to Acknowledge God Immediately Upon Rising Ps 17:15; 118:24

This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps 118:24 NASB)

Psa 17:15  As for me, I will behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with Your image.

      

 

 

B.  Develop the Use of Arrow Prayers

      

 

 

C.  Let Your Worries Prompt Your Prayers Phil 4:6-7; 1 Pet 5:7

Php 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7  And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

Cast all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Pet 5:7 NASB)