Prayer

How has God invited us to communicate?
James 4:8 "Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you."
Matthew 7:7,8 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

As a follower of Jesus it is essential to start your day with prayer. As you pray you will open your thoughts to his influence and guidance and he will transform you and bring you joy and peace. Giving him access to your hopes, fears needs and desires allows Jesus to work in your life.

What are we assured of when we pray to God?
Psalm 65:2 " O thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come."

What is the attitude of those who do not know God?
Job 21:15 "What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto Him?

To whom do many in ignorance pray to?
Isaiah 45:20 "They have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save."

How did David respond in the psalms, to God's invitation to communicate?
Psalm 27:8 "When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek."

Listen to how David felt concerning the privilege of prayer.
Psalm 73:28 "It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Thy works."
Prayer opens the mind and exposes you to the promptings of God and provides protection from the influences of the world.

How is God consistent with all those who seek him?
Romans 10:12 "There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him."

How is God's willingness to hear and answer prayers compare to earthly parents?
Matthew 7:11 "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?

Is God ever grudging in His answers to our prayers?
James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

To what extent will he satisfy the desire of our hearts?
1 John 5:14,15 "This is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him."

Is there a limit to what God will accept?
Ephesians 3:20 "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us."

David's personal experience concerning his pray life.
Psalm 34:4-6 "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears...This poor man cried, and the Lorde heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles."

On occasions, how immediate is the Lord's response to prayers?
Isaiah 65:24 "It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer and while they are yet speaking, I will hear."

Sometimes we feel like our prayers don't go above the ceiling, listen to how David thought this and than later his change in thought.
Psalm 22:2 "O my God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearst not; and in the night season, and am not silent."
Psalm 31:22 "I said in my haste, I am cut off from before Thine eyes: nevertheless Thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto Thee."

What had he learned to do?
Psalm 40:1 "I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and hear my cry."

Of what may we be confident of concerning God's help?
Hebrews 4:16 "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

What response will I have when God answers my prayers?
LOVE - Psalm 116:1 "I love the Lord, because He hath heard my voice and my supplications."
PRAISE - Psalm 118:21 "I will praise Thee: for Thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation."

What may we cry out to God?
Psalm 54:2 "Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth."

What was David's burden in his prayer?
Psalm 86:5 "Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech Thee, deliver my soul."
Psalm 119:125 "I am Thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know Thy testimonies."

What other spiritual blessings did Paul desire for believers?
LOVE - Philippians 1:9 "This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and it all judgement."
SPIRITUAL STRENGTH - Ephesians 3:16 "That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man."
PATIENCE - 2 Thessalonians 5:23 "The Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ."
SANCTIFICATION - 1 Thessalonians 5:23 " The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Peter 5:10 "The God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."

For what should we also have courage to pray?
Jeremiah 10:24 "O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in Thine anger, lest Thou bring me to nothing."

Even our daily needs
Matthew 6:11 "Give us this day our daily bread."

Is there anything so small God isn't interested in?
Philippians 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let you requests be made know unto God."

What is an essential preparation for effectual service?
Luke 24:49 "Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."

What does God urge us to do in time of trouble?
Psalm 50:15 "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me."

How much is God willing to take from us?
1 Peter 5:7 "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you."

Though God may not always grant us immediate relief, what does He promise?
2 Corinthians 12:8,9 "For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness."

In what attitude should all our prayers be made?
Matthew 26, 39 "He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will. but as Thou wilt."

What can we plea we can make to God?
Psalm 125:4 "Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts."