DID GOD REALLY TALK ABOUT PRAYER

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PRAYING

QUALIFICATIONS FOR PRAYER
1. Prayer should be humble. Ps 10:17 Luke 18:13-14
2. Prayer should be bold. 1 John 5:13-15
3. Prayer should be in faith. Heb 11:6
4. Prayer should be sincere. Ps 145:18
5. Prayer should be simple. Matt 6:7
6. Prayer should be persistent. Luke 18:17 Col 4:2
7. Prayer should be definite. Ps 27:4 Acts 12:5
8. Prayer should be in God’s will. 1 John 5:14

REASONS FOR PRAYER
1. God’s repeated command to do so. 1 Sam 12:23 Rom 12:12 Col 4:2 1 Thes 5:17 1 Tim 2:8
2. The example of Christ. Heb 5:7
3. The example of the early church. Acts 1:14 Acts 2:42 Acts 6:4 Acts 12:5
4. The example of Paul. Acts 9:10-11 Acts 16:25 Acts 20:36 Acts 21:5 Rom 10:1
5. Prayer defeats the Devil. Luke 22:32 1 Pet 4:7
6. Prayer saves the sinner. Luke 18:13
7. Prayer restores the backslider. James 5:16
8. Prayer strengthens the saint. Jude 20
9. Prayer sends forth laborers. Matt 9:30 Acts 13:2-3
10. Prayer heals the sick. James 5:13-15
11. Prayer glorifies God’s name. Rev 5:8 Rev 8:2-4
12. Prayer accomplishes the impossible. Matt 21:22 Mark 9:29 Acts 12:5-7 James 5:17-18
13. Prayer gives good things. Ps 102:17 Matt 7:7-11
14. Prayer imparts wisdom. James 1:5
15. Prayer bestows peace. Phil 4:5-7
16. Prayer keeps one from sin. Matt 26:41
17. Prayer reveals the will of God. Luke 11:9-10

HINDRANCES TO PRAYER
1. Unconfessed sin. Ps 66:18
2. Insincerity. Matt 6:5
3. Carnal motives. James 4:3
4. Unbelief. James 1:5-6
5. Satanic activity. Dan 10:10-13
6. Domestic problems. 1 Pet 3:7
7. Pride. Luke 18:10-14
8. Robbing God. Mal 3:8-10
9. Refusing to submit to Biblical teaching. Pr 1:24-28 Pr 28:9 Zech 7:11-14
10. Refusing to forgive or be forgiven. Matt 5:23-24 Matt 6:12 Matt 14
11. Refusing to help the needy. Pr 21:3 1 John 3:16-17

THINGS TO PRAY FOR
1. Ourselves Gen 24:12 Matt 14:30 Luke 23:42
2. One another James 5:16 Rom 1:9
3. Pastors Eph 6:19-20 Col 4:3
4. Sick Believers James 5:14-15
5. Rulers 1 Tim 2:1-3
6. Our enemies. Matt 5:44 Acts 7:59-60
7. Israel. Ps 122:6 Isa 62:6-7
8. All men. 1 Tim 2:1

The author is a retired businessman whose Christian service included director of the singles ministry in a 5,500 member church, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, and director of youth ministry. The author has also been a consultant to various Christian organizations including Christians For Urban Justice, Urban Home Ownership Corporation, and Habitat for Humanity. Civic activity included Director of the Edison Inventor’s Association. The author, now retired, was a principal and CEO of SAVE-ON-A/C, a wholesale distribution company, MARKETING CONCEPTS, a multi-faceted marketing company, and PINE ISLAND LUMBER, a full scale building material dealership. Professional licenses include Land Title Law, Business Insurance Law, Real Estate and Mortgage Law, and Security Law Enforcement.

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