5 Motivational Passages on Prayer
1. Watch & Pray:
And He cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? (41) Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak. – Matthew 26:40-41
Colossians 4:2- Continue in prayer and watch in the same with thanksgiving
Mark 14:38-Watch and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
Be Ready- 2 Timothy 4:2 says, Preach the Word; be instant in season, out season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Not only should we be ready to preach the Word but also to pray the Word.
When you know the Word of God prayer will become as fluent to you as an everyday conversation.
2. Teach us to Pray:
Luke 11:1-And it came to pass, that, as He was praying at a certain place, when He ceased, one of his disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples to pray.
We must be willing to wait
When we pray we learn to:
Supplicate- Personal: to make a humble entreaty: especially: to pray to God
Intercession-Petition: prayer, or entreaty in favor of another.
3. Continue in Prayer
Acts 1:14-These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Matthew 6:6-14-But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (7) But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking (8) Be not ye therefor like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. (9) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (10) Thy kingdom, come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (11) Give us this day our daily bread. (12) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (13) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever. Amen
What keeps us praying?
When we follow the pattern that Jesus teaches prayer will come naturally to us….
This teaches us a pattern or a discipline and when we have discipline we will have continuance in prayer.
Our Father-It reminds us of our personal relationship to our Heavenly Father.
A relationship calls for constant communication
Which art in heaven-Our Father, is above all and over all. He sees us from a different view than we can see ourselves.
When we realize that our Heavenly Father is looking down, we have the security of knowing that He is watching over us.
Hallowed (Holy) be thy Name-His name is Holy-His character is Holy- His nature is Holy, His Love is Holy-
If our first thought when we pray is the holiness of God and His name, this alone should draw us to prayer.
Thy kingdom come thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven-Our submission to God’s will.
If we will submit our life to doing the work of the Lord, looking toward Heaven, doing His will becomes the our driving force here on earth
Give us this day our daily bread- We are to be acutely aware of our need to ask and not take for granted the daily needs that He meets in our lives.
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors-This reminds us that we all have unfulfilled duties and a duty unfulfilled is a debt. If we expect God to forgive us when we have unfulfilled duties toward God and man, then we should forgive those that are in debt to us.
God never fails to listen, to reveal the truth on our behalf, to look beyond our faults and failures and see and meet our need., yet each day we walk away from someone in need…
*A friend that just needs a listening ear-God is always there to listen
*We fail to speak up when we know the truth on a matter, because it easier and less complicated for us to be quite.
* We get angry and many times write someone off because the have hurt us or because they have not responded to us the way we want them to, when in fact, we probably haven’t responded to them any better.
Forgiveness is powerful both when we are on the receiving end and when we are on the giving end.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil-The Greek word here for temptation actually represents two different thoughts in the English.
The first is the obvious translation of allurements on the side of pleasure that leads us to do evil.
The second is sufferings and tests, or trials that may try our faith.
But our trials of another kind, persecution, spiritual conflicts, agony of body or of spirit, these come to us as a test or a discipline…. When these occur in our lives we are tempted to shrink from them.
An ideal faith or perfect faith would say, “No, let us accept them, and leave them in the hands of our Father.”
But those of us who are conscious of our weakness cannot shake of the thought that we might fail in the conflict and the cry of that conscious weakness is, “Lead us not into such trials.”…. For my faith might fail.
We are taught here not to think of temptation as when lust meets opportunity.
James 1:13-14- Let no man say when he is tempted, say I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man, (14) But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. (15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (16) Do not err, my beloved brethren. (17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
We must have a prayer life in order to be able to turn away and not to err, and to be in a place where God can give and trust us with His good and perfect gifts.
“Deliver us from evil”-Christ is actually referring to the “evil one”.
The prayer against temptation would not have been complete without Jesus reference to His own experience in dealing personally to the “Tempter”
Matthew 4:1-11, is where Jesus is in the wilderness and satan tries to tempt him
How does the “evil one” affect our prayer life?
When we fail to understand the Word…Matthew 13:19-When one hearth the _____ of the kingdom, and ________________ it not, then cometh the wicked one, and __________ away that which was sown in the __________. This is he which received seed by the way side.
The more we study and understand the Word, the stronger we become in defending ourselves against the “evil one.”
Hebrews 4:12- For the Word of God is _______, and ___________, and sharper than ____ two-edged sword, ________ even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the _________ and __________ of the heart.
Romans 12:9- Let love be without _____________________. Abhor what is evil; _________ to what is good.
Dissimulation- hypocrisy, undisguised
Deliver us from the power of him who is our enemy and God’s
We are delivered from temptation when we learn to resist temptation….
We resist temptation when we learn to recognize when God is working:
Isaiah 41:20-That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
We resist temptation when we remember that we are God’s witnesses & servants:
Isaiah 43:10-Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am He: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
We resist temptation when we remember who Jesus is:
John 13:19-Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am He.
“For thine in the kingdom, the power and the glory”-We must remember, God controls it all, He owns it all and He is to get glory for it all.
We can claim nothing, we can control nothing and we are to get no glory for nothing…
It is all God’s.
4. Prayer is the Path to Peace
Philippians 4:4-7-Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. (5) Let ly our moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. (6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds, through Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:16-19-Rejoice evermore, (17) Pray without ceasing, (18) In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (19) Quench not the Spirit.
5. Most failures in the Christian life can be traced back to a failure to pray.
Luke 18:1-And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.
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