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                                              PRAYER                                                          
This is a study lesson on prayer as it is clearly seen in the Bible.  This lesson is written under
the direction of the Holy Spirit to aid those who would like to learn to pray according to the
Word of God.  

There are many different kinds of prayers listed in the Bible that we could cover, but all of
these prayers work toward one goal.  THE WILL OF GOD IN MY LIFE AND THE WORLD!

Even though they are all inspired of God they don’t all have the same rules by which they
work.  For example the Prayer of Faith is a prayer that is only prayed once in faith and not
prayed over and over again.  The Prayer of Commitment, on the other hand, is a prayer that
we should pray often and possible even daily.

One of the reasons that we are not getting the results that we should be getting is because we
are not following the guidelines that God’s Word has given us.

Here are some of the prayers that are in the Bible.
        Prayer of Salvation
        Prayer of Faith
        Prayer of Commitment
        Prayer of Intercession
        Prayer of Supplication
        Prayer of Agreement
        Prayer of Thanksgiving ( which one unknown person said is the highest form of
prayer)  

Here the teacher can give the students an on going assignment and that is to start praying
these prayers three times a day.

Eph 1:16  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
Eph 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the
spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Eph 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the
hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Eph 1:19  And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of his mighty power,
Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his
own right hand in the heavenly [places],
Eph 1:21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that
is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22  And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all
[things] to the church,


Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Eph 3:14  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph 3:15  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
Eph 3:16  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened
with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Eph 3:17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in
love,
Eph 3:18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and
depth, and height;
Eph 3:19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled
with all the fulness of God.
Eph 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or
think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Eph 3:21  Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world
without end. Amen.


And confess to God that praying these prayers over themselves, and receive the results of
these prayers by faith in Jesus name.
We all know that Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, had a successful prayer life.  So lets look at
what Jesus taught His own disciples when they ask Him to teach them to pray according to
Luk 11:1  And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one
of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray...
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Let us look at the model prayer that Jesus gave when the disciples came to Him and asked
Him to teach them to pray and see the components of a successful prayer.

Mat 6:5  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray
standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy
door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward
thee openly.
Mat 6:7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they
shall be heard for their much speaking.
Mat 6:8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have
need of, before ye ask him.
Mat 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy
name.
Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.
Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Mat 6:14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Mat 6:15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
trespasses.


Let us touch on something that is very important to prayer which is listed in verses five and
six.  

Mat 6:5  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray
standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy
door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward
thee openly.

When  Jesus began to teach them on prayer the first thing that He warned them about was the
reason they are to pray and that this is a personal matter between them and God and that it
comes from the heart.   Its purpose is not to be seen but to get the job done.  Jesus is not
telling us not to pray in public, because the bible is full of people who did just that.   He is
telling us that our prayers are to originate from our private times with Him, and if done in
public it is still a private matter between us and Him.

Also, in verses seven and eight Jesus brings out something else important about our prayers.  
That we should not think that if we pray much we will eventually wear Him down to where
He say,” Give it to them so they will leave me alone.  We see that in how He describes
incorrect repetitious prayers.  He describes this as VAIN REPETITIONS.

Webster’s dictionary defines VAIN:  Adj.  1. having too high an opinion of oneself; conceited
[He is vain about his looks.]  2. with little or no result;  not successful [ a vain attempt to
climb the mountain]  3. having no real value or meaning; worthless [[vain promise]  
-in vain 1 without success [ I pleaded in vain for help.]  2 without  the proper respect; in a
profane way[ to use the  name of God in vain]

In the same way as God referred to “the LOVE of money”  He is referring to the VAIN
Repetitions.  The key word is Vain.  It is okay to pray the same prayer more than once.  
Because, based on the definition of the word Vain.  We can actually pray a prayer once and it
can be considered a vain prayer.

Now! Let us look at the prayer itself and gain insight to a prayer that causes God to respond.

The first thing that we find is that Jesus said our prayers should contain an acknowledgement
of who God the Father is.  Number one He is our Father.  You see I am praying to my Dad
this is personal between Him and me.  I am not doing this just to be heard.  No! I am doing it
so He hears what is in my heart.

Second thing Jesus points out is who I am praying to.  I am not talking to just anybody.  No!
Bless God I am talking to God Himself.  Now where Jesus is saying,” Hallowed be thy
name”.  He is describing who God is to Him.   So based on what Jesus is teaching us about
prayer we see that we should always honor God for who He is in our prayers.  Would it then
be wrong for me when I pray to say,” Father, Wonderful is Thy name or God, Mighty is Thy
name, Loving is Thy name.  No, because in each case I am describing God’s character and at
the same time honoring Him.

Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Father we see what the kingdom (authority ) says about this situation.  Now, we want your
authority to rule over this matter and what you desire to come to pass.  I am choosing to
agree with you and not the devil concerning what will happen in this situation.  Refer to Matt
12:28  But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto
you.  


Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.   Every day we should be asking God to guide us
to what He wants us to study and meditate and apply to our lives on a daily bases.  
Many times as we spend time in the Word of God He will be prompting us on what He wants
us to chew on for that day.  One reason is that He sees what is coming and wants to prepare
us for the VICTORY!  We should not waste times of preparations that God sends our ways.  
AMEN!


Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  
Mat 6:12  and forgive us our shortcomings, as we also have forgiven those who have failed in
their duty towards us; Weymouth NT
Refer to Mar 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
Mar 11:23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou
removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that
those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Mar 11:24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe
that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Mar 11:25  And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father
also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Mar 11:26  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your
trespasses

Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Here are other translations on the same verse, which will give us a better look at what Jesus
said.  (ASV)  And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.   

(LITV)  And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil, for Yours is the
kingdom and the power and the glory to the ages. Amen.

(Message Bible)  Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You're in charge! You can do
anything you want! You're ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.

(Webster)  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

(Weymouth New Testament) and bring us not into temptation, but rescue us from the Evil
one.'

(Young’s Literal Translation)  `And mayest Thou not lead us to temptation, but deliver us
from the evil, because Thine is the reign, and the power, and the glory--to the ages. Amen.

(J.B. Phillips New Testament)  Keep us clear of temptation, and save us from evil.

Refer also to: Jam 1:13  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God
cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man,

Psa 139:23  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: Psa 139:
24  And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Rom 8:28  And we have known that to those loving God all things do work together for good,
to those who are called according to purpose;

Isa 59:19  So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the
rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift
up a standard against him.


Even though the King James version says, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory”, it appears that Jesus is telling
them to pray and commit there lives to God and in doing say that Father would use His
authority(which equals kingdom),  His power(dunamis-doo'-nam-is From G1410; force
(literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle
itself): - ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s),
power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.) on their and our behalf which brings
Him glory (G1391-δόξα-doxa-dox'-ah From the base of G1380; glory (as very apparent), in a
wide application (literally or figuratively, objectively or subjectively): - dignity, glory (-ious),
honour, praise, worship.).  

In short God does not lead Christians into temptation, but on the contrary will keep those who
put their trust in Him.

Mat 6:14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Mat 6:15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
trespasses.
Notice out of all the things that Jesus mentioned in this model for effective praying the only
thing that He sought to make sure that we did not miss understand Him on was forgiveness.

The one crucial part to a successful prayer life is that we must pray in the name of Jesus.  
See here in Joh 16:22  And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your
heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
Joh 16:23  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever
ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you.
Joh 16:24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy
may be full.





(Scriptural references Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56 in King James Version of the Holy Bible)

We see that both Jesus and the Woman (which had the issue of blood) spoke only words
that were in total agreement with what Heaven would have said.  Look at the following
verses and see.

        Mar 5:28  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

The verb in the phrase, “for she said”, is imperfect accord to Dr Wuest.  The text should
read, “for she keep saying”, which would have been the proper use of the verb.  Why was it
so important that she keep saying it, whither to her self or everyone she passed by in the
crowd?  Simple!  Every time she said, “I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole”, she
was maintaining a faith zone around her that would not permit doubt or unbelief to creep it.  
Would not saying it one time be enough possibly, but she probably had to keep say it to
refute the repeated thoughts (from her own mind) which may have been saying if the
physicians could not heal this body what can he do!  As well as the repeated statements from
people, who may have known her, in the crowd? For example, “girl don’t you know that you
should not be out here in your condition.  What about this one, “if anyone but me finds out
your out here you could get stoned!


Know lets see how Jesus used words to build a faith zone!  Remember that Jesus was
originally on His way to Jairus’ house to heal his daughter that was very sick.  
And, up to that point He had not said anything concerning the matter, even though He went
immediately went with Jairus.   Now we pick up the story after Jesus trip to Jairus house
was interrupted by the woman, and she is giving her testimony of what happened to her.  As
she is talking Jairus gets some potentially devastating news, “thy daughter is dead”!  There
was no delay in Jesus response to the faith zone destroying word that was spoken

        Mar 5:36  As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler
of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

You see Jesus realized immediately that that word if not refuted would have severely
weakened, if not totally destroyed, Jairus’ faith that he had released, when he said, “come
and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live”.  The swiftness by
which Jesus responded lets us know that not delay our responses of faith when doubt tries
to come in.  By saying what He did Jesus protected Jairus’ faith zone.  It is to note that if
Jairus had at any point said, “thank you Jesus for your concern but it is too late his faith zone
would have crumbled, and his daughter would have remained dead!


Even at the house Jesus had to both do and say something to maintain Jairus’ faith zone.  He
stated that the girl was not dead but asleep giving the understanding that it is not too late to
bring her back, and he had to put the faith zone destroyers out of the house.  I wonder if the
ones that He put out consisted of the other officials from the synagogue and even family of
the parents were there.  Who knows maybe even some of the communities very influential
people were in that group also.  Why is this an important point.  Because, if Jairus or his wife
had not approved of putting the crowd out the miracle would not have happened!  We know
this to be so because Jesus did not release the ultimate faith filled words, “I say unto thee,
arise”.

And what was the result of the Woman, with the issue of blood, and with Jairus’ daughter.  
Just look at the following verses and see.

        Mark 5:34  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in
peace, and be whole of thy plague.
        Mark 5:41  And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi;
which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
        Mark 5:42  And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of
twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.


SCRIPTURES FOR FURTHER MEDITATION ALONG THIS SAME LINES!
•        Proverbs 6:2  Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the
words of thy mouth.
•        Matthew 12:37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt
be condemned.
•        Proverbs 18:21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it
shall eat the fruit thereof.
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