Pray Like a Warrior

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The way of prayer is truly the way of life! God's Word reveals to us why we pray, and Jesus modeled prayer for us when He walked this earth.

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God’s Word reveals why we pray.

  • God ultimately wants us:

    • to bring our concerns, joys and triumphs to Him. (Jeremiah 33:3, James 4:8)

    • to acknowledge who He is, what He has done and what He will do. (Psalm 145)

    • to express our gratitude and all that He provides. (1 Chronicles 16:34, Psalm 9:1)

    • to confess and repent of our sin. (Psalm 32:5)

    • to submit, giving Him our allegiance. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

    • to acknowledge He alone is in control of our lives. (1 Chronicles 29:11)

  • God delights to hear and answer our prayers. (John 16:23-24)

 

Jesus modeled prayer when He walked this earth.

  • Regularly (Luke 11:1, 24:30-31)

  • Privately (Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16)

  • Publicly (John 17:6-19, 20-26)

  • Sincerely (Matthew‬ 6:5-6)

  • Gratefully (John 11:41-42)

  • Submissively (Hebrews‬ 5:7)‬‬‬

  • Confidently (Matthew‬ 7:7-8‬‬‬‬)

  • Persistently (Luke‬ 18:1)‬‬‬

 

Personal impact of prayer

  • Prayer allows me to know God personally and to have a relationship with Him.

  • Praise, confess, repent, surrender, petition, thank, listen.

  • Pray A-Z names and attributes of God.

 

Sharing the importance of one’s prayer life with another

  • We want to tell God how much we love Him, why, and thank Him.

  • We need to say “I’m sorry and forgive me” for specific actions or attitudes.

  • We want to submit our will to God.

  • We want to bring a concern about our life or someone in our life to God and invite Him to help.

  • Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. (Matthew 6:5-15)

    • Begin with praise. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,

    • Pray for God’s will. In prayer, we use our will to come into agreement with God’s will when we pray, “Let your kingdom come.” Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

    • Tell God your needs. Give us this day our daily bread.

    • Ask for forgiveness. And forgive us our debts

    • Pray for relationships and reconciliation. As we forgive our debtors.

    • Appeal for protection and deliverance. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

    • Close your prayer with praise and edification. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

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By: Jonie Buckley‬‬

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Hebrews 4:16