When my husband asked me to speak on a Wednesday night, my first reaction was to tell him “no” and that was just because in this season of my life I felt as though I was too busy to study and prepare. The Juice Bar keeps me hopping just to keep up with book work and ordering supplies. I felt like a “plan B” instead of honored. I am just being real and transparent. I had several things going on that week and three days to study was cram time.
Although I am quite capable of retrieving in my head the knowledge of years of study, I am still Choleric and its hard for someone to ‘tell’ me what to do, not my convenience and yet still the topic of prayer. Prayer… boring to me was not a good juicy topic even though it is a much needed subject because I have people who come to me and ask me how they should pray or directions on how to do it. So I put on my creative hat and stayed up late to pull it all together. Below is my sermon notes and the youtube clip. Hope you enjoy! WATCH HERE
PRAYER: DIRECT COMMUNICATION a spiritual communion with God, in fellowship, interchange or sharing of thoughts or emotions; the act of sharing, holding in common; participation.
TO FORM A RELATIONSHIP OF LOVE, CHARACTER, ACTIONS (partner with someone dependence, alliance,)
In a relationship: We want authentic – truth – loyalty & protection – love – security – acceptance as well as identity. Prayer forms all these things in our human behavior when we connect with God.
If you look at prayer as a duty or works, you will feel guilty because you are not doing it. We all have been told maybe “how to pray” “what to say” “when to pray” “where to pray” based on how others either got results, picked a prayer from the bible etc…
We must look at prayer as a spiritual oneness with God, our mind, body, spirit, or very soul melting into His heart to guide us, show us and love us as we are as we conform to His ways & will and not necessarily our own. A bond that will not separate. The glue that holds us together.
The Lord God Almighty can do all things; there is nothing impossible for Him (Luke 1:37).
The Lord God Almighty hears the prayers of His children. He commands us to pray, and He promises to listen when we do. “In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” (Psalm 18:6).
He answers prayer. “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me” (Psalm 17:6).
“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).
I know as a parent you can tune your kids out sometimes…. But we still HEAR THEM!
JAMES 4:2 Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.
Everything we do in life, there is always an asking., and relationship is always involved – time, awareness, thoughtfulness and sacrifice – communication and asking
Child to parent…. Relationship – ASKING IS A PART
Dating…. Relationship ASKING IS A PART
Friendship…. Relationship – ASKING IS A PART
Marriage…. Relationship – ASKING IS A PART
We go throughout life with Relationships/communication and asking
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it
There’s an undeniable, unknowable, invisible mystery to the power of prayer.
We may dismiss it, downplay it, or even devalue its critical importance.
We may think it is a good idea in theory—if only it would actually make a difference.
Oftentimes people become disappointed and disillusioned when they pray to God to grant a specific outcome or desire and their “prayer” is not answered.
Many people think a miracle has happened when just such a prayer results in God’s bringing about the desired outcome.
Despite what we may or may not understand about prayer, God has deliberately chosen this particular vehicle to commune with his people. It is His way to partner in the fulfilling of his will. Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth.
THOUSANDS OF BOOKS ON PRAYER:
The Prayer of Jabez –
How to pray in one hour: Praise, Repetition, Reading of the Word, Meditation, Thanksgiving, and Praise
MY Prayer Sheet
- Plead the blood of Jesus – blood on the door post
- People to receive, be drawn by His Spirit – no hindrances, no walls to prevent – open to hear
- Put people in place for divine intervention – put angels around them in protection
- Rebuke diseases, spirits, cast them out bind to them a spirit of love and healing
- Praise for results to manifest
Boys: Prayer bedtime – around the table (form a tradition)
Prayer lines at church –
According to the Internet 4,200 religions
Jewish Law: pray three times daily: in the morning, in the afternoon and at nightfall the people who remain standing on their feet after making three steps forward. This is made to get closer to God. The Jews have the special prayers for each situation in their lives. . Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Abraham introduced prayer in the morning, Isaac—in the afternoon, and Jacob added one at night.
King David, for example, declared that he prayed three times daily,6 and Daniel (in Babylon) prayed three times daily facing in the direction of Jerusalem.
For Muslims, the five daily prayer times (called salat) They also serve as a reminder of the connection that Muslims the world over share through their faith and shared rituals. Islamic teaching requires Muslims to engage in ritualistic washing of the hands, feet, arms, and legs. Prayers are on a rug and facing the sun.
Buddhists don’t pray to a Creator God, but they do have devotional meditation practices which could be compared to praying. Radiating loving-kindness to all living beings is a practice where one dedicates the goodness of one’s life to the benefit of all living beings as well as praying for a particular person.
Church of Satan worldwide has set aside the 6 p.m. hour every day to pray for the demise of the Christian church, and most specifically for its pastors. Surprisingly, most card-carrying satanists do not worship Satan or any other form of the devil — they are actually atheists. The Church of Satan, founded in the mid-1960s: “Satan to us is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of highest personal potential. They do not believe in Satan as a being or person.”
The Church of Satan puts the individual at the center of the universe “a-theist” to an “I-theist.”
Jehovah Witness 90% followed by Mormon 85% pray daily followed by us Christians at 79%
Pew Research Center:
55% of Americans say they pray. As well as believe you should attend church once a week and read the bible once weekly. But 85% believe in God as certain.
The same survey found that 63% of Christians in the U.S. say praying regularly is an essential part of their Christian identity.
Women (59%) are more likely than men (41%) to pray every day. Ages 30-49 pray daily more than any other age group.
Education: HS or less followed by some college vs. those who had college/graduate degree.
For those who make less than $30,000 a year prayed daily followed by the 50-90 thousand (those who made 30-50 thousand prayed less) followed by those who made over 100 grand
Married people prayed more followed by those who never married vs. partners rarely prayed as widows.
Pray in Faith
Another popular idea is that the amount of faith we have determines whether or not God will answer our prayers. However, sometimes the Lord answers our prayers in spite of our own lack of faith. In Acts 12, the church prays for Peter’s release from prison (v. 5), and God answers their prayer (vv. 7-11). Peter goes to the door of the prayer meeting and knocks, but those who are praying refuse at first to believe that it is really Peter. They prayed he would be released, but they failed to expect an answer to their prayers.
Acts : Rise up and walk!
James 5:14-16 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Always & With Thanksgiving
Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God calls us to be modern-day watchmen. The Bible speaks of “watches,” which are specific times of the day or night. There are basically eight watches covering 24 hours. Every prayer watch has a purpose.
Today more than ever, it is important that we pray and seek the mind of the Lord: “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Major decisions we are confronted with require us to know God’s individual will for our lives.
FIRST WATCH: 6-9PM
- Meditation and self-evaluation. Jewish tradition it is the end of the old day and the beginning of the new day.
- A time of humbling yourself and allowing the Lord to search your heart.
- A time of repentance and realigning your heart with His purpose.
- A time to be strengthened, a time to quiet your soul and ask the Lord to remove any distractions from your heart.
- After the business of the day is a time to release anxieties to the Lord before going to sleep.
- This is a time to meditate on God’s Word. Meditation quiets our emotions, realigns our mind, and frees our will to do the will of God. What we could not hear clearly earlier in the day, we begin to hear during this time. During this watch, ask God to give you clear directions for the next day and about His call on your life.
- Jesus used this time to Jesus also healed many sick people during this time (Mark 1:32; Luke 4:40). This watch is usually for those who have a strong apostolic calling and anointing to break strongholds and walls.
- This watch is for seasoned Christians who are determined to do mighty things with boldness in the Lord.
- Focus on your future; pray for your future and blessings.
SECOND WATCH: 9-MIDNIGHT
- Release a canopy of praise and worship over your life. (Paul and Silias gave thanks – angels released on our behalf, a time of visitation and supernatural happenings of God.
- It was at the midnight hour that God struck down the first-born of Egypt, which resulted in His people being released from captivity and set free to worship Him. This watch is a time when God deals with the enemies that are trying to keep us from entering into His perfect plan for our lives.
THIRD WATCH : MIDNIGHT – 3AM
- This time is known as the witching hour where witches try to control and take advantage.
- This watch is a time for disciplined Christians to intercede and take back from the enemy the authority that he has attempted to steal.
- This is the period to pray for God’s provision to be released (Luke 11:5-13; Acts 16:3).
- It is also time for miracles and for applying the Blood of Jesus.
- Often, we are awakened during this time with dreams God has given to us. God uses dreams and visions to bring instruction and counsel to us as we sleep. He also reveals areas where we need to concentrate our prayers and intercession. “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instructions.” (Job 33:15).
- The devil can also attack you in dreams (nightmares), so always pray before you go to sleep and ask God to keep you from the enemy’s devices.
FOURTH WATCH: 3AM – 6AM
- Jesus walked on water. This is the time of the morning when the Israelites were delivered from slavery in Egypt
- When we can see divine intervention in our lives.
- Declare the mercies of the Lord over you life and those in your sphere of influence.
- This is the time the Lord will give you faith and courage to step out and follow Him in the face of adversity.
- Declare the newness of God in your life, new mercies, new favor and new grace, wisdom, revelation. Speak to the storms in your life (death and life in power of tongue)
- Declare promises of the Lord!
- This is the time for all of the enemy’s plans and strategies to fail. This watch is for gaining territory, establishing the spirit of prosperity and stopping the devil from hijacking blessings and favor.
- This prayer watch sets our day before it begins.
- This is an opportunity to set things in place before the devil and his demons have a chance to ruin it. Accidents, deaths, thefts, job loss, and any other acts of the devil can be stopped during this watch when intercessors obey the voice of the Lord and fill the morning with powerful prayers.
FIFTH WATCH 6- 9 AM
- The first watch of the day, consecrate yourself to the will of God for the day.
- During this watch, pray for such issues as healing in your body, relationships, family, government, and the economy.
- Time for the Holy Spirit to prepare us for service (2 Corinthians 9:30; Ephesians 4:12)
- Acts 2:15 says it was the “third hour of the day” (or 9:00 A.M.) when the Holy Spirit descended in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost to equip the 120 disciples for service.
- Regular work schedules usually begin between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. As you step out, ask the Holy Spirit to equip you for the day.
SIXTH WATCH 9-NOON
- Holy Spirit poured out upon disciples –
- #9 represents gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
- The Israelites used this as a time for corporate prayer. Daily prayer and instruction at the temple. We should use this for the power and character of the Holy Spirit to be released in the church – revival and spiritual awakening.
- This is a time to watch for the Word of the Lord to be fulfilled in your life.
- This is also the time to receive the supply of all resources needed for every project God has assigned you to fulfill (Exodus 12:35-36).
- This was the time that the Israelites got everything that they had to use to build the Tabernacle in the wilderness.
- Pray for the provision to accomplish whatever God wants you to do.
- We must take up our cross and commit ourselves to Jesus Christ.
SEVENTH WATCH : NOON – 3PM
Jesus died on Cross.
Pray God would redeem the time, restore the years, pray for wisdom and revelation.
Rebuke spirits, decree the path of your destiny
The midday is the beginning of the sixth hour (12:00 P.M.)
This is the time when the sun is at its fullest and brightest. Pray that your life would be bright.
This is also the time to pray to not be led into any temptation, trap or snare of the enemy.
EIGHTH WATCH: 3-6PM
Jesus Christ died on the cross during this watch. (3:00 P.M.)
This is when Peter and John entered the temple and healed the lame man .
Pray for healing to be released upon those who have been captive to sickness and disease, miracles be released on the earth, miracles would glorify God.
The power of prayer does not flow from us; it is not special words we say or the special way we say them or even how often we say them.
We cannot access powerful prayer by using “magic formulas.”
The power of prayer is not based on a certain direction we face or a certain position of our bodies. The power of prayer does not come from the use of artifacts or icons or candles or beads.
The power of prayer comes from the omnipotent One who hears our prayers and answers them.
Prayer places us in contact with Almighty God, and we should expect almighty results, whether or not He chooses to grant our petitions or deny our requests. Whatever the answer to our prayers, the God to whom we pray is the source of the power of prayer, and He can and will answer us, according to His perfect will and timing.
- Power Of Prayer – How do I tap into it?
The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather, the power resides in the God who is being prayed to.1 John 5:14-15 tells us, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”
- No matter the person praying, the passion behind the prayer, or the purpose of the prayer – God answers prayers that are in agreement with His will. His answers are not always yes, but are always in our best interest. When our desires line up with His will, we will come to understand that in time. When we pray passionately and purposefully, according to God’s will, God responds powerfully!
What Happens to your body when you pray?
2014 Injected with Dye – Brain Scan
“We see not only changes in the activity levels, but in different neurotransmitters, the chemicals in our brain.”
Because the brain basic body functions like heart rate, blood pressure, and the immune system, there’s evidence to show that by doing these practices, you can cause a lot of different changes all the way throughout the body, which could have a healing effect.” Dr Andrew Newburg
“The more you focus on something — whether that’s math or auto racing or football or God — the more that becomes your reality, the more it becomes written into the neural connections of your brain,” Newberg says.
Brain reacts in the frontal lobe as just as you were talking to a friend and that atheist had no brain activity.
Scientifically, we know this is true. It takes 21 days of focused thinking about one thought to form that neural pathway. It takes 63 days of thinking about that thought everyday to permanently wire that belief or thought in and to get it to become what naturally drives us without having to think.
As is the conclusion to everything, if we do what the Bible says, our brain and life will be shaped to have success, peace, happiness, and passion. That includes:
- Memorizing scripture daily
- reading the Bible daily
- taking each thought captive and replacing it with truth
- thinking on what is pure and eternal.
- Be in constant prayer and conversations with the Holy Spirit to have him lead your day and every decision.
Do not be overwhelmed- this is a practice, a life long journey. The more you do it, the easier and completely natural it becomes!
WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR BODY
At such times, the body’s metabolism decreases, the heart rate slows, blood pressure goes down, and our breath becomes calmer and more regular.
This physiological state is correlated with slower brain waves, and feelings of control, tranquil alertness and peace of mind.
This is significant because Benson estimates that over half of all doctor visits in the U.S. today are prompted by illnesses, like depression, high blood pressure, ulcers and migraine headaches, that are caused at least in part by elevated levels of stress and anxiety.
Individuals who prayed daily were shown to be 40 percent less likely to have high blood pressure than those without a regular prayer practice.
I don’t believe that our prayer changes God’s mind or improves God’s disposition. God will do what God will do. Our basic prayer is: God, be God. Be the God you have shown yourself to be.
Would God be something else if we didn’t pray? No.
Would God hate if we didn’t beg God to love? No.
Would God ignore a cancer or marriage unless we remembered to pray and did so fervently? No.
It is God’s nature to love, to show mercy, to forgive, and to redeem. Our prayers don’t modify God’s nature.
What, then, do our prayers do? At one level, they are like a child’s cry for a parent’s help. They just burst forth. We see a need, and we cry to God. We feel a pain, and we cry to God. Our prayers don’t always cause events to change, rather they recognize God’s presence in and through the events.
Our prayers align us with God.
It brings God close to us so we can listen.
He suggests—we ask—we thank—we listen.
We must look at prayer as a spiritual oneness with God, our mind, body, spirit, or very soul melting into His heart to guide us, show us and love us as we are as we conform to His ways & will and not necessarily our own. A bond that will not separate. The glue that holds us together in relationship and that he will never leave nor forsake us as we live this life on earth knowing one day we will see him..