What Does The Bible Say About Prayer Part 4
This is the final part of our 4 part Bible study series on prayer. What Does The Bible Say About Prayer Part 4 closes out this series by looking into spiritual warfare and the great power and potential of prayer. We also look into how God wants all of His followers to participate in the ministry of praying and interceding for others.
What Does The Bible Say About Prayer Part 4
Prayer Is A Great Privilege For A Sinner To Come Into The Presence Of Almighty & Holy God
We need to always be mindful that we are sinners saved by the grace of God. We do not deserve the privilege of entering into God’s presence and praying to Him. Through God’s Son Jesus Christ we have the freedom and privilege and right to enter into God’s presence.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalm 16:11
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” – James 4:8
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” – Hebrews 10:19-22
Prayer Is A Ministry That We All Are To Participate In – Prayer Is Doing God’s Work
“As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.” – 1 Samuel 12:23
God’s Word shows us that we are to pray for others. The Bible also tells us that our prayers touch God’s heart, and He will respond and work in others’ lives when we call upon Him and intercede for others.
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:19
Prayer Is God’s Way For His Children To Humble Themselves And Ask Him For Things They Need
God wants us to humble ourselves and acknowledge our need for Him. And God wants us to go to Him and rely on Him for the things we need, and even for the things we desire. He wants to be intimately involved in our daily lives. And God wants us to pray and ask Him for the things we need, or share our problems and difficulties with Him. So that we can experience His perfect faithfulness and His goodness in our lives. And to experience His mercy and grace personally. To experience God personally in your life is far better than to just read about God in the Bible.
“Taste and see that God is good.” – Psalm 34:8
” Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” – 1 Peter 5:6
What Does The Bible Say About Prayer Part 4 Continued
Spending Time With God In Prayer Is Where The Spiritual Battles Are Fought And Won
God’s victories and blessings are won in your prayer time with God. You will not be the blessed and strong and fruitful and victorious person that God wants you to be if you do not invest quality time in your relationship with God.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and put on the breastplate of righteousness 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” – Ephesians 6:10-18
We Need The Lord In Order To Be Spiritually Victorious
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
Proverbs 21:30-31 – “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.”
Psalm 33:10-11 – “The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”
Spiritual Warfare And The Keys To Spiritual Victories
2 Chronicles 20 tells of the great victory that God’s people experienced over their great enemy. Various nations combined their massive armies and came to defeat and destroy Israel. King Jehoshaphat and the entire nation of Israel fearfully humbled themselves before God, and cried out to Him for help. The enemy was far too great for them, much like how our spiritual enemy is too great for us. God’s response was for them not to be afraid, and that He would fight the battle for them and destroy their enemy. That is exactly how we need to approach spiritual warfare against our enemy, and doing God’s kingdom work & mission.
2 Chronicles 20:6, 12 – “LORD, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you… Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
2 Chronicles 20:15-16 – “This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
“The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” – Jonathan Edwards
PRAYER IS POWER !
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