TEXT: LUKE 11:1-13
INTRODUCTION: Prayer simply means talking to God. It is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks to Him. An act of prayers should not be a monologue but dialogue between a loving Father and His son.
Prayers can be audible or silent, private or formal. Irrespective of the form, however, the objective is for it to achieve or accomplish the purpose for which it was offered.
In order for it to avail, it must be offered in the consciousness of God’s presence, according to His will, in faith believing that He hears us, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Patience and persistence are needed with the offering of thanks in advance for prayers answered while putting our faith to work as a demonstration of our prayers answered.
1) ACCOMPLISHED IN HIS PRESENCE.
Ps100:4; Mt18:20; John14:6; Heb12:14; Is59:1-3; Mt6:6; Gal4:4-6; Eph3:12
We access His presence through praise and worship with thanksgiving, through fellowship with one another in truth and spirit. Holiness is a prerequisite to entering His presence. The privilege of sonship in Christ gives us boldness to approach His presence.
2) SHOULD BE IN LINE WITH HIS WILL.
1Jn5:14-15; John15:7; Jam4:3-4; Ps66:18; Mt17:20-21
We are assured of answered prayers when we ask anything in line with the will of God. His will is revealed in His word and Spirit dwelling in us.
Any prayer offered to God in line with God’s prescription will never return void. Such prayers are full of power. As a child of God, it is His desire to always meet every need you bring to Him.
Jas 5:16 KJV Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
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