foundation truth

Lesson 5 - prayer

The Bible shows the absolute necessity of prayer. II Chronicles 7:14 More than anything else, it is our unbelief that causes us to be so slow to pray.

WHY SHOULD BELIEVERS PRAY?

  • Prayer is not an option. Isaiah 56:7 
  • We are to pray without ceasing. I Thessalonians 5:17; Romans 1:9
  • All men everywhere are to pray. I Timothy 2:8

WHO IS THE GREATEST EXAMPLE OF PRAYER?

The Lord Jesus. Luke 3:21; Luke 5:15-16. If Jesus, the Son of God, needed to pray, how much more do we? Jesus was a man of prayer. Mark 1:35

WHAT IS PRAYER?

  • Prayer is a discipline. It is a bending of the will of man before God to admit man’s need. Matthew 6:9-10
  • Prayer is rendering homage to an all-wise and benevolent heavenly Father. Psalm 108:5
  • Prayer is spending time in conversation with God. The conversation is two-way communication. Spend a portion of your prayer time in quiet meditation to allow God the opportunity to speak to you.

WHAT SHOULD BE OUR ATTITUDE OF PRAYER?

  • We should pray in faith. Hebrews 11:6
  • We should pray without wavering. James 1:6-8; Mark 11:24
  • We should pray according to God’s will. I John 5:14-16. God’s Word is His will, and His will is His Word.
  • We should come to the Father through Jesus Christ, our intercessor. Hebrews 7:25

It is wise to prepare yourself a prayer journal showing your prayer request and the date. Prepare another page showing how God answered your request and the date. A prayer journal is a good faith- building discipline for your prayer life.

WHAT ARE HINDRANCES TO PRAYER?

  • Asking amiss. James 4:1-4
  • Wrong motives. Matthew 6:5-8
  • Pride. Psalm 138:6
  • Iniquity. Isaiah 59:1-3; Proverbs 28:13
  • An unforgiving spirit. Matthew 5:23-24; 18:21-35
  • Bitterness. Hebrews 12:15-17; II Peter 2:21-22
  • Heart idols (covetousness). Ezekiel 14:3
  • Stinginess. Proverbs 21:13
  • Doubts. James 1:5-7
  • Wrong relationships. I Peter 3:7

WHAT ARE VARIOUS TYPES OF PRAYER?

  • Supplication – asking God’s help regarding our problems. I Timothy 2:1-2
  • Intercession – standing before God on the behalf of another. Romans 8:26-27
  • In the Spirit – praying in and through the power and intercession of the Holy Spirit. I Corinthians 14:14; Ephesians 6:18; Jude 20
  • Persevering – refusing to stop praying and believing until we have received our answer from God. Philippians 4:6; Luke 11:5-13
  • Giving thanks – gratitude for God’s goodness to us and faith for His help in the future. I Timothy 2:1-2; Philippians 4:6

foundation truth - lesson 5 bible verse

What is the Prayer of Agreement?

When two or more agree in prayer concerning a specific request. Matthew 18:19-20

WHO CAN BE INVOLVED IN PRAYER?

  • Individuals. Matthew 6:5-7
  • Two or three. Matthew 18:19-20
  • A whole church. Acts 2:42, 4:24. When the church comes together, it encourages us and multiplies the power of our prayers. It is scriptural for all to lift up their voices in one accord in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. Psalms 64:1, 66:19, 18:6; II Chronicles 7:14

WHAT IS A PRAYER OF CONFESSION?

It is agreeing with the Word of God in what it says about us in both sin and righteousness.

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

Dale Yerton