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Prayer Pointers

 “…Behold, he prayeth.” Acts 9:11

Saul, just knocked down on the road to Damascus and physically blinded but spiritually alert, did not have to take a course in New Testament praying before he could pray. He is found immediately on Strait Street with his life straightened out and praying.   As you read the Epistles you see that Paul became a great prayer warrior.

In this lesson we want to look at some “Prayer Pointers”that will help strengthen our prayer lives and will help us become effective prayer warriors affecting the world.

Prayer Positions

Sitting: II Samuel 7:18; Acts 2:2
Kneeling: Daniel 6:10; Ezra 9:5; Acts 9:40, 20:36, 21:5
Bowing: Exodus 34:8; Psalm 95:6
Prostrate: II Samuel 12:16; Matthew 26:39
Standing: Mark 11:24
Walking: Genesis 13:17
Lying on Bed: Psalm 63:6

 When To Pray

Early morning: Psalm 63:1; Mark 1:35
Morning:  Psalm 5:3, 88:13; Acts 10:9;
Noon: Acts 10:30
Evening: Psalm 55:17; Matthew 14:23, 26:38-41
Midnight: Acts 16:25
Day and night: I Timothy 5:5; II  Timothy 1:3
All night: Luke 6:12
Multiple times: Psalm 55:17; Daniel 6:10
Unceasingly: I Thesselonians 5:17
Always: Luke 18:1

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:17)

As you develop your prayer life and personal prayer ministry, you should look for prayer opportunities.  When someone mentions a need to you and asks you to pray why not respond, “Yes I will pray about that.  In fact, why don’t we pray about it right now.”  Thetus Tenney says, “an immediate prayer at the time of a confessed need can be very effective.”  Jesus prayed this way.  He met people with needs; asked them “What do you need?”  He then prayed for them and they had their healing or miracle immediately.

Where to Pray

In the church: Mark 11:17; Acts 22:17
In the house:  Daniel 6:10; Acts 9:40, 10:30
In the street: Acts 16:18
Going to church: Acts 3:1
Prayer closet: Matthew 6:6
Housetop: Acts 10:9
Wilderness/forest: Luke 5:16
Garden: Matthew 26:38-41
Solitary place: Mark 1:35; Luke 9:18
Mountain: Matthew 14:23; Mark 6:46; Luke 6:12; 9:28
In jail: Acts 16:25
Riverside: Acts 16:13
Anywhere/everywhere: I Timothy 2:8;  Ephesians 6:18

How To Pray

“Here’s what I want you to do.  Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace. The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.” (The Message, Matthew 6)

Levels of Prayer

Ask: Petition/Requests
Results: “you shall receive”

Seek:  Devotion
Results: “you shall find”

Knock: Intercession
Results: “door will be opened”

Prayer Portions

Rejoice:  Worship and praise
Repent: Confession of sin
Resist:  Battle Satan and forces
Request: Ask and Intercession
Recommit: Yield ourselves to God
Receive: Listen for God to speak

Jesus asked a penetrating question after teaching on the subject of prayer.  He inquired,  “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”  (Luke 18:8)  He was asking, “When I return, will there be faith or won’t there?  Will people still be praying and trusting God in faith? What type of world will I find; a world filled with sin or a world filled with the power of God?  What is going to be happening in your country?” Jesus’ question comes immediately after his parable on prayer that began with “men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”  (Luke 18:1) Lots of us make commitments to pray and it lasts for some time and then we give up.  If we would persist in prayer we could make a difference in our lives and the world that we live in.  The church will not have growth and revival without a large and consistent prayer ministry base.

What was the cause of David winning the battle?  One phrase keeps recurring in David’s life; “and David inquired of the Lord.”  What was the cause of Joshua being deceived by the Gibeonites that came to him dressed like they had come on a long journey?  His failure was because he “asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord.”  (Joshua 9:14)  How will you be successful in the battle?

 “Watch and Pray.”
(Matthew 26:40)