Class on Prayer

Some of you may need to know more about prayer as I do, I hope this will help. First when you come to God in prayer you should begin with a clean heart, ( Psalm 51:10-12) “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

Any uconfessed sin will hinder your relationship and connection with God.( Isaiah 59;2)But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. “ Some sins you need to confess only to God. Some sins you need to also confess to others, if you have wronged them or held something in your heart against them especially if they know about it.( Psalm 32: 1,2,5) “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity and in whose spirit there is no guile. I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah “( Matthew 5: 23,24) “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” If you have any bitterness, hatred, jealousy, envying, strife, or anything evil in your heart toward someone else you need to get right with God about that, and right with that person or persons you may have hurt or offend and get that cleared away so you can come into God’s presence with your prayer. Holding bitterness or evil in your heart will choke you out spiritually and even physically.( Hebrews 12:15) “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”

Also if you don’t forgive others it’s like destroying the bridge over which you yourself must cross.(Matthew 6: 14,15) “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” In other words your only going to be forgiven by the way you forgive others. Sometimes it is good to just say a general prayer, asking God to forgive you for all your sins even the ones you don’t know about, things you might have done or said, or even thought that displeased the Lord.(Psalm 40:12) “For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head; therefore my heart faileth me.” ( Jeremiah 17: 9,10) “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it. I the Lord search the heart. I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”( Isaiah 64:6) “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. So you see that really in our hearts there is no end to the badness and evil. So if we tried by our own works to get our hearts right with God it would never end. That is why we need Jesus.( Isaiah 53:6 ) “All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  ( Ephesians 2: 8,9) “For by grace are you saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast.” Remember you can’t keep the birds from flying over your head (the devils evil thoughts) but you can keep them from making a nest in your hair. It is good to have a communion with the Lord and others often, it’s a good time to get our hearts right with the Lord and each other. ( 1 John 1: 7) “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin.” The next important step in prayer after getting our hearts right with the Lord and coming to him with a clean heart is to find a place to pray in private with just you and the Lord.(Matthew 6: 5,6) “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you. They have their reward, 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.” Of course it is not always possible to do this, that is why the Bible says to “pray without ceasing”.  (1Thessalonians 5:17)  You should always be praying no matter what you are doing and taking to the Lord and listening to him and seeking him for his answers. But you should definitely take some private quite time with the Lord in prayer everyday.

The next step in prayer is to come to the Lord with a thankful heart full of praise. ( Psalm 34:1) “I will bless the Lord at all times his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” You have to prime the pump to get the water flowing it is the same with prayer, you need to praise the Lord and even raise your hands, this helps to get the Spirit of God flowing. The Lord dwells in the praises of his people. Speaking in tongues really helps too, it is when your spirit is free to praise and speak to the Lord, ( 1 Corinthians 14:5a) ” I would that ye all spake in tongues.” If you don’t have the gift of tongues just ask God for it, and it shall be given you.

There needs to be some times when you have desperate prayer with strong weeping and tears, crying out to the Lord, or maybe sometimes even on your face, or prostrate yourself. This means laying down your whole body and on your face This can be done privately with just you and the Lord or with others in a group.( James 4:7-10) “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ,ye sinners; and purify your hearts ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord , and he shall lift you up.” Maybe if we got more desperate with the Lord we wouldn’t have so many desperate situations come up. What do you think? ( Isaiah 55:6) “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found,call ye upon him while he is near.” ( Jeremiah 29:13) “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Remember to always have faith when you ask God for anything. ( Hebrews 11:6) “But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” You have to quote the terms of the contract ( The Bible) to the contract maker JESUS. Always pray in the name of JESUS and end your prayers in the name of JESUS . ( John 15:16b) “Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name he may give it you.”

 

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