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Real prayer doesn t happen until you really pray. Lack of teaching on prayer is not the problem. Lack of implementation is. We may be assured of this: the secret of all failure is our failure in secret prayer. (The Kneeling Christian, p. 14).

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You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed. A. J. Gordon The first lesson to be taught the workers in our institutions is the lesson of total dependence upon God. Before they can attain success in any line, they must, each for himself, accept the truth contained in the words of Christ: Without Me ye can do nothing. 7T 194.1

8T 53 Prayer is not part of the work. prayer is the work. or knowledge. diverting you from the study of God's word or from earnest prayer. however dear. Watch unto prayer. absorb your mind and affections. we lack the presence. . training. We don t lack money.Prayer Seminar Let nothing.

2.14. 4. 2 Chronicles 7:14 Zechariah 4:6 John 15:1-5 John 17 Acts 1:8. 3. 2:42 Luke 11:1-13 . 5.Prayer Seminar The importance of prayer: 1. 6.

.Prayer Seminar Primary Church People devoted to prayer.

Prayer Seminar (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) About prayer What prayer is / is not Characteristics of prayer Hindrances to prayer Types of prayer The power of prayer Action points Bibliography .

Acts 2:21. Luke 11:9. Prov. The Bible invites you to pray (Job 22:27. The Bible promises answered prayers (Ps. 6:9-13. Jer. Matt. The Bible reveals the dynamic of prayer (2 Chron. James 4:2. 4:6. 55:17. 2:1) 5. 7:14.Prayer Seminar Facts about prayer: 1.1 Tim. Phil. The Bible explains how to pray (Joel 2:32.3) 4. John 16:24) . Joel 2:17. 29:13. 8:17) 3. 50:15. 450 Bible prayer answers out of 650 (69%) 2. Ps.

4. 7.Prayer Seminar Prayers in the Bible with same characteristics: 1. 6. 5. Lord s prayer Moses prayer Solomon s prayer Jehoshaphat s prayer Daniel s prayer Isaiah s prayer Abraham s prayer David s prayer . 3. 8. 2.

The goal of prayer is His presence. His glory. . The function of prayer is relationship.Prayer Seminar About prayer: The center of prayer is God.

Real prayer (prayer of faith) The repetition of set. customary phrases when the heart feels no need of God. Superficial prayer (prayer of form) 2. We should be extremely careful in all our prayers to speak the wants of the heart and to say only what we mean. All the flowery words at our command are not equivalent to one holy desire. is formal prayer. The most eloquent prayers are but vain repetitions if they do not express the true sentiments of the heart. (My Life Today. .4} .Prayer Seminar About prayer: 1. . 19.) {Pr 265.

4. 2. 5. 3.Prayer Seminar About prayer: What prayer is NOT: 1. a monolog a repetition of same words a shopping list an instrument to get what you want to make God in your image .

It is the secret of spiritual power. the Fountain of wisdom. and peace.Prayer Seminar About prayer: What prayer IS: ‡ Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend SC 93 ‡ the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven s storehouse. and happiness Pr 272 . where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence SC 93 95 ‡ Prayer is the breath of the soul. the Source of strength. GW 254 ‡ communion with God.

is formal prayer.Prayer Seminar About prayer: Superficial prayer (of cold forms) : 1. Prayer poetry 2.4} . customary phrases when the heart feels no need of God. Prayer without meaning 6. 19. Prayer that doesn t go through the ceiling 3. (My Life Today. Prayer of beggar/consumerism 4. Prayer lukewarm 5. Fake/false prayers pretense The repetition of set.) {Pr 265.

Prayer Seminar About prayer: Real prayer (prayer of faith): 1. when the simple wants of the soul are expressed. genuine. that centers on God s glory and his plan The prayer that comes from an earnest heart. expecting that it would be granted this is the prayer of faith. 19. determined 3. that changes us 5.4} . {Pr 265. My Life Today. desperate 2. consistent. with power. perseverant 4.

and the world 4. the church.Prayer Seminar About prayer: Real prayer: 1. Brings us joy Real prayer doesn t happen until you really pray! . Changes you. Makes you sensitive to God s voice and plans 5. Happens when we respond to God s call to bear and possess his Name and reflect his character 2. Places us where we belong 3. Makes us available for God s service 6.

Prayer Seminar Prayer cycle: God foresees your need & provides a solution for it (Isa. 5:16-18) Earth-barriers block solutions (Isa. 18:19) .15) Holy Spirit draws prayers from us (Rom. 65:24) We thank and praise God (1 Thess. 1 John 5:14. 8:27) God s solutions now have access to our lives (2 Chron. 59:1. 33:3.2) The God-man Prayer Partnership Prayers are answered (Jer. 16:9) Our agreement with heaven removes earth-barriers to God s solutions (Matt.

and will bring heaven's blessing to the petitioner. 4.Prayer Seminar Characteristics of prayer: 1. 7. and His power Jesus taught His disciples that only that prayer which arises from unfeigned lips.2} . 6. prompted by the actual wants of the soul. 3. is genuine. 5. His character. 2. {PaM180. centered on God genuine purposeful specific promise-claiming revival-seeking based on faith in His word. His merits.

To know God To live in His presence To experience Him and trust Him Discover His plan To allow Him to work for us To be forgiven. 2. to reflect His character 9. 6. 3. and changed To allow Him to use us in intercession and service for others (mission) 8. 5.Prayer Seminar The purpose of prayer: 1. To be victorious. 4. Outpouring of the Holy Spirit/Revival . 7. cleansed.

Secret / private prayer 2. Corporate / public prayer .Prayer Seminar Forms of prayer: 1. Prayer in group 3.

total dependence We may pray in secret. and will reward us openly {Pr 216. reformation ‡ fruits of the Holy Spirit ‡ spiritual growth ‡ hear God s voice.2} . change.Prayer Seminar Forms of prayer: 1. and He who sees in secret will hear. walk with him. Secret / private prayer ‡ life-sustaining ‡ repentance ‡ revival.

Prayer in group ‡ two or three ‡ effectual ‡ build each other ‡ accountability .Prayer Seminar Forms of prayer: 2.

simplicity. earnest ‡ slow. Corporate/public prayer ‡ short. dedication.Prayer Seminar Forms of prayer: 3. Solomon. distinct. and trusting faith ‡ glorifying God ‡ blessing for hearers ‡ Revival. disciples (11+120) . simple language ‡ in unity. direction Ex.

The great outside hindrances .Hindrances that break connection between man and God 2.Hindrances that delay results 3.Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Bible-based hindrances to prayer: 1.

66:18) b. 4:2) c. Mark 11:26. Matt. Lack of forgiveness (Matt.24. 6:24.27) e. Not asking (Jam.Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Bible-based hindrances to prayer: 1. Matt. 5:23. 18:19-35. 4:3) d. Cherished iniquity (Ps. 9:6-12) . Criticism (Matt. Asking amiss (Jam. 5:22. 6:1) g. Hindrances that break connection to God a. Eze. 6:915. Double-mindedness (James 1:7. Gal. Worshiping the wrong God (Matt.8) f.

Lack of training and ignorance (Jam.24) f. 26:39) c. 6:19.14. Mk. Lack of faith (Matt. 3:14-20) . 5:23. Self-righteousness/Self-confidence (Luke 18:10-14. 9:24. 2:2) d. 2:13. Prov. Un-yielded will (Matt. 4:2.1 John 2:20-27) b. Rev. Prov. Acts 1:4-8. Impatient prayers (Hab. 17:20.14. Hindrances that delay results a. Matt. 21:9. Division (Mal.Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Bible-based hindrances to prayer: 2.8:26) e. Matt. Fiery tongues (James 3:8-12) g.3.

24. 5:8) g. Spiritual Deception (Matt. 10:3-5) c. 2 Cor. 6:16) e.5. Opposition from God's Enemy (Daniel 9.10. 25:31-46. Fiery Arrows (Eph.Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Bible-based hindrances to prayer: 3. 24:4. Matt. The Lion's Roar (1 Pet. 13:22) b. Col. Luke 6:38. The great outside hindrances a. Acts 10:4) d. 6:10-18. The Martha Syndrome (Luke 10:38-42) f. 3:1-7. 2 Tim. A Withholding Spirit (Mal. The World Environment (Matt. Eph. 2:8) . 3:10.

Possessions 2. Work. Relationships . worries 3.Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Three things that keep us busy (Luke 14:18-20): Keep us from having relationship with God 1.

Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Useless or invalid prayer: 1. Matt. 6:18. Asking God for something out of selfish reason / consumerism vs. relationship. 24:15) 5. Asking Him to do something that would force or coerce the will and right to choose of yourself or others. in His wisdom. prove harmful to you or others. Asking God to do something He has already done or to provide something He has already supplied in the Plan of Redemption. 20) 2. Ex. 138:2. (Josh. (Col. Asking Him to do or provide something for you (or others) that will. 22:37-40. 1:12. (James 4:2) . Ps. (James 1:17) 4. Asking God to do or act contrary to His will (Heb. 13) 3.

Prayer Seminar Hindrances to prayer Useless or invalid prayer: 6. make Him servant. God s glory. Focus on our person and needs vs. in our time. Give God our plans/agenda. (Is. The taking-God-for-granted prayer Refraining from asking because He already knows the need and you expect Him to automatically grant it. Want our way of answer. (James 4:7.50:4) 10.8) 8. 9. instead of waiting/receiving His plans. (James 4:1) 7. Asking Him to do something He has already told you in His Word to do it yourself. .

postpone change 5. Focus on problems/sin vs. grace 2. avoid confession. Un-willingness to serve 4. No vision/limit God 3. not giving up control 7. lack of faith 6. Doubtful. duplicity.Prayer Seminar Barriers to answered prayers Usual characteristics of regular prayers in our daily life: 1. Based on un-forgiveness. self confidence. focusing on Jesus . Expect to deserve/to pay a little vs. Self pride. false repentance.

quality time for study and contemplation 13. specific 12.Focusing on our person vs. receive His plans .Nurtured sin 11.Asking much. praising little / meaningless 9. God s glory 14. not contemplating 10.Prayer Seminar Barriers to answered prayers Usual characteristics of regular prayers in our daily life: 8.Too generic vs.Talking and not listening.Give God own agenda vs.In hurry vs.

Exercising faith 3.Selfless (ready for service. waiting .Passionate.Dialog. open.Honest.Confession.Centered on God. His plan 4.Based on God s grace and character 2.Prayer Seminar Barriers to answered prayers Usual characteristics of Bible prayers: 1. His Glory. meaningful 8. listening. repentance 7. specific 6. sacrifice) 5.

Contemplation .Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: 1. 4. 8. 2. 7. 6. Worshipping Thanksgiving / Praise Relationship Repentance / Forgiveness Petition Intercession Availability / Service Receive God s Gifts / Jesus / Holy Spirit / Revival 9. 3. 5.

exalting and adoring God for who He is GOD GOD YOU GOD GOD .Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Worshiping ‡ worshiping.

Moses (Exod.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Worshiping and thanksgiving: 1. David (Psalms) 2. 15) .

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Types of prayer: Thanksgiving ‡ thanking God for something He has done for your or for others





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Types of prayer: Relationship Ex.: David - PS 63; 27

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Types of prayer: Confession / Forgiveness / Repentance 1. definite, to the point 2. specific, particular sins If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Consciousness of sin 2.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Forgiveness: 1. Admit you have sinned b. Express desire for expulsion d. Conviction of sin 3. Revulsion b. Sorrow c. Believe He already forgave you 5. Ask for forgiveness c. Cleansing process a. Confrontation of sin a. Total dependence on Him/walk with Him . Repentance 4. Confession of sin a.

3. Submit the sin-condition to God a choice to confess Release the sin into His hands an act-of-will Accept His forgiveness a choice to accept Receive that forgiveness personally an act-of-will Many Christians are earnestly trying to live complete spiritual lives with incomplete forgiveness transactions. 2. No forgiveness implies no cleansing and no renunciation! . 4. They have not learned how to take hold of the forgiveness-gift God has given them and made it real and personal in their lives.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Complete forgiveness: 1.

Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Petition ‡ asking God for something for yourself or others GOD GOD YOU GOD GOD .

Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Petition: 1. physical and spiritual dependence on God 2. in God s service 3. personal and concrete .

Realize that Jesus is your intercessor 2. Possess your position as priest and king . Ask someone to be your prayer partner 4.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Intercession ‡ The channel through His power is to be received and distributed ‡ One of the untouched dimensions of supernatural power 1. Just thank Him for He will be bringing water to your spiritual desert 3.

Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Intercession (7 phases) ‡ Moses model 1. Confrontation with sin (Ex. Resting in the atonement (Ex. 33:1-17) 7. Establishing the relationship (Ex. 32:7-11) 2. 33:17-34:10) . The appeal to grace (submission) (Ex. 32:29-34) 6. 32:12) 3. The presence imperative (Ex. The integrity of God s word (Ex. 32:13-14) 4. 32:19-28) 5. The God-Perspective (Ex.

Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Service / mission Isaiah Rom. 12 Neh. .

If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask. 8:32) . it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven (Matt 18:19) 2. will freely give us with Him all things (Rom.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Asking for God s gifts 1.

Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Asking for God s gifts 1. ‡ Justification 2. Holy Spirit Helper/Comforter: change of the character ‡ Sanctification ‡ And in Jesus all other things . cleansing.John 3:15 forgiveness. Jesus .

4:31.33. how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13) 2. know how to give good gifts to your children. being evil. 8:10. His work and His presence are visible (Acts 1:8.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Asking for God s gifts 1. 6:8. 5:12. If you then. 3:12.19) .

A. 95% of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. Tozer ‡ .Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: The power of Holy Spirit: If the Holy spirit was withdrawn from the church today. W. ‡ If the Holy spirit had been withdrawn from the new Testament church 95% of what they did would stop and everybody would know the difference.

but by My Spirit .Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Asking for God s gifts Jesus Christ John 3:16 The Holy Spirit This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: not by might. says the LORD Almighty. nor by power. Zechariah 4:6 .

Focused on His Word and His Law . Take Time to receive the answer 4. Planed and spontaneous. Focused on God 7. Without hurry 3. Take Time to understand (set understanding goals) 6. Take Time for spiritual growth ( contemplating ) 5.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Meditation / contemplation 1. continue and natural 2.

2. 6. 4. Be still Contemplate God s character and works Contemplate His Word and Law Repeat the verse. 5. 7. memorize it Repeat God s promises back to Him Ask questions Contemplate throughout prayer and study . 3.Prayer Seminar Types of prayer: Meditation methods 1.

Concerns for forms without content . Devouring pastors and church members 4. cold 2. Unhealthy isolation 8. Squelching change 5. No relevance 3. Absence of young people 6. Formality. Lack of growth/unhealthy 7.Prayer Seminar A prayerless life Symptoms of a prayerless life: 1.

Lack of love Lack of unity / divisions Lack of joy and peace Lack of life Lack of faith Lack of power God of the past (satisfied with our situation) . 10. 13. 12. 14. 11. 15.Prayer Seminar A prayerless life Symptoms of a prayerless life: 9.

faultfinding. We box God with our preferences. Tired of criticism.Prayer Seminar A prayerless life Worse that could happen: 1. Defeated Christians know all but (1 Sam. 17:21. traditions. and religious forms 6. We stay just as we are 2. cultural Christianity.11 dressed/lined up for battle. but no one moved ) . Weary of irrelevant squabbles 3. and parochial attitudes 5. Lack of love 4.

4} Our heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessings. Not a prayer of a true saint is lost if sent up in faith from an honest heart. and it will often exceed his expectations. and the one that sends up the petition will have the blessing when he needs it most.Prayer Seminar God wants to answer our prayer! John 16:23-24 I saw that every fervent prayer which is sent up in faith from an honest heart will be heard of God and answered. {Pr 34.1} . It is our privilege to drink largely at the fountain of boundless love. {SC 94.

(Steps to Christ. or at the time you look for it.Prayer Seminar Answered prayer ‡ To every sincere prayer an answer will come. for the time of answering will surely come.2} ‡ When our prayers seem not to be answered. 96. and we shall receive the blessing we need most.4} .) {Pr 260. 250) {Pr 37. but it will come in the way and at the time that will best meet your need. we are to cling to the promise. It may not come just as you desire. (Messages to Young People.

John Wesley . trusting in the mighty God of Israel. but through the full surrender of the soul to Jesus.Prayer Seminar The power of prayer Powerful prayer: The Lord is willing to do great things for us. SDG 279 God can do more with one man who is 100% committed to Him than a whole army of men who are 99% committed to Him. We are to go forward in His strength. We shall not gain the victory through numbers.

Prayer Seminar The power of prayer Conditions: If My people who are called by My name will 1. and turn from their wicked ways. . and seek My face 4. humble themselves 2. and pray 3.

. 2. and I will heal their land. I will hear/answer from heaven.Prayer Seminar The power of prayer Results: then 1. I will forgive their sin 3.

His work brings visible and unimaginable results . God changes our heart 4. God answers to private prayer publically 3. John 16:23 2. Whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.Prayer Seminar The power of prayer 1.

7. What things so ever ye desire. And be sure to bring your lives into harmony with your petitions. believe that ye receive them. and they need to be studied together.4} ‡ Prayer and faith are closely allied. it is a science that everyone who would make his lifework a success must understand. and ye shall have them.3} .) {Pr 216. vol. 274. when ye pray. that you may receive the blessings for which you pray. In the prayer of faith there is a divine science. (Mark 11:24) {Pr 318.Prayer Seminar ‡ Pray in faith. Let not your faith weaken. for the blessings received are proportionate to the faith exercised (Testimonies for the Church. Christ says.

Not a prayer of a true saint is lost if sent up in faith from an honest heart. (Testimonies for the Church. and the one that sent up the petition will have the blessing when he needs it most. 1. and it will often exceed his expectations. 121.4} .Prayer Seminar ‡ Every prayer which is sent up in faith from an honest heart will be heard of God and answered. vol.) {Pr 34.

don t be afraid of silence. be still. wait for God 7. Pray without ceasing 3. Have a specific place of prayer 5. Separate your prayer and your time of study . Pray intentionally.Prayer Seminar Action points: 1. Pray whenever you think about it anytime. scheduled time for prayer 2. anywhere. Pray without words. with anyone. Pray about a variety of things 6. in whatever you do 4.

Pray through newspaper. Pray throughout your study 9. Be real. be creative. Pray a blessing on your family be sure your life supports your words 11. be consistent. => Pray!!! . through neighborhood. telephone prayer 12. use email prayer. Pray for your spouse 10.Prayer Seminar Action points: 8.

Collect Bible verses and passages 4. Record your Word resource list on audiotape 6. Apply a Bible text/passage to different situations 7. Memorize Bible verses and repeat them throughout the day 5. Record or journal all His miracles and works .Prayer Seminar Action points: Return God s word to Him: 1. Pray His Word back to Him 3. Read the Word aloud 2.

His mercy and His grace ‡ on His Word. especially on His promises ‡ positively. and scientific prognosis ‡ against the areas of satanic attack against us and in our life situation ‡ with our eyes focused on Jesus only ‡ intensely expecting God s answer (manifestation of God's restoring and upholding power) . logic (that contradicts God's Word). for us personally and for His people ‡ on God's character.Prayer Seminar After prayer we stand on: ‡ on what God has done in the past. feelings. regardless of our senses.

1904 par.Prayer Seminar Powerful prayer: Prayer brings power. quenched the violence of fire. stopped the mouths of lions. {ST. turned to flight the armies of the aliens. February 3. Prayer has subdued kingdoms.1} . obtained promises. faithful earnest prayer will move the arm that moves the world. {PaM 183. wrought righteousness. 7} Prayer.

. then I will hear / answer from heaven.Prayer Seminar If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways. I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land. If you abide in me and my words abide in you. you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.

Andrew Murray Answers to prayer. 5. Charles Swindoll If my people pray. Randy Maxwell Passionate prayer. 7. E. 2. a devotional guide for the school of prayer. George Mueller Flying closer to the flame.G. 3. White . Brenda Walsh Communion with God. Keith Miller Waiting on God.Prayer Seminar Books Recommended books: 1. 4. 6. The taste of new wine.

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in a dry and weary land where there is no water. your right hand upholds me. Because your love is better than life. Psalm 63:1 A Psalm of David when he was in the Desert of Judah. My soul clings to you. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. my body longs for you. Because you are my help. I meditate to you through the watches of the night. On my bed I remember you. . and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will praise you as long as I live. my lips will glorify you. you are my God. my soul thirsts for you. with singing lips my mouth will praise you. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods.Prayer Seminar O God. I sing in the shadow of your wings. I earnestly seek you.

Psalm 27:4 I have made you known to them.Prayer Seminar One thing I ask of the LORD. to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple. and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life. John 17:26 .

15.Prayer Seminar 14. 20. so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 17. and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-. being rooted and established in love. 16. 21. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.For this reason I kneel before the Father. 19. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. may have power. together with all the saints. And I pray that you. to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations. according to his power that is at work within us.3:14-21 . for ever and ever. 18. Amen! Eph.that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

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