Lessons on Prayer

An Examination of Our Lord's Model Prayer

Pray as the Lord Prayed — Luke 11:1-4

The "Model Prayer" was given by our Lord in response to the request by the disciples, who had not been taught to pray independently. There are many lessons in this model prayer including&ldots;

Pray in the Spirit — Jude 20

Jude tells us that we are to pray in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit especially assists in prayer, so we are to pray in the Spirit. That is, we are to be guided and controlled by the One who dwells within us. We cannot do this if we regard iniquity in our hearts, retaining any known and unconfessed sin (Psalms 66:18). In Romans 8:26-27, we find these benefits of praying in the Holy Spirit:

Pray According to God's Will — 1 John 5:14-15

God's will for the Christian is good, acceptable, and perfect (Romans 12:2).

Pray Without Ceasing — 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

Paul closed his letter to the Christians at Thessalonica with a series of brief exhortations (vv. 14-22). Among these we find the words Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks (vv. 17-18). Here are some life—long lessons for the believer regarding his prayer life:

Pray Believing — Matthew 21:21-22

Faith is based on the knowledge that the Bible is God's inspired, infallible Word (2 Timothy 3:16). We believe in God's almighty ability and desire to answer our prayers from the evidence and testimony of the Scriptures. We must pray with the understanding that all things were created, and therefore can be controlled, by the spoken Word of God (Hebrews 11:1-3).

It is possible to pray insincerely, too casually, irreverently, or even flippantly, just as a person can say words that he or she doesn't really mean (Matthew 6:5-8). Such a prayer is a false prayer, because it shows no interest in God's power or purpose.

By contrast, true prayer, according the Scripture, includes faith in God's power and will to accomplish what we ask. If we ask God for anything, but do not think it is His will, or do not believer He is able to perform it, in a sense we are not praying. We must be confident in what we know of God's will, and have faith in His almighty power, before we can ask and receive the answer. For whatever is not from faith is sin (Romans 14:23).

Copyright © 2002, by John E. LeHew, Sr.
Bible text is from The Holy Bible, New King James Version.

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