HOW WE RELATE TO GOD IN PRAYER
God has a unique plan for you and me. We all have areas of our lives in which we need God’s help—God’s power and wisdom—to succeed. Prayer puts us in touch with God’s supernatural power.
John 15:4-5 (NIV) Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
If you accomplish all the will of God for your life without being a person of prayer, you’ll be the first to do it!
- Prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.
- Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?
1 Kings 22:5 (MSG) . . . before you do anything, ask GOD for guidance.
“I never pray more than 20 minutes. But I never go more than 20 minutes without praying.” – Smith Wigglesworth
“Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude—an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.”
– Arthur W. Pink
Every Christian knows they should pray, but few make it a lifestyle. This is because they either (1) do not understand the importance of prayer, (2) do not know how to pray, or (3) have the wrong image of God.
To enjoy prayer you need the right image of God:
- God isn’t distant.
- God is very close to you.
- God isn’t too busy to listen.
- God always hears you.
- God isn’t uninvolved.
- God deeply loves you.
2 Corinthians 13:14 (MSG) The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.
God wants you to experience:
- The amazing Grace of Jesus.
- The extravagant love of the Father.
- The intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit.
Understanding the Trinity
Romans 11:36 (NKJV) For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
Who are the three Hims? The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
If we can see “how” God does what He does, then we can see how we are to co-operate with Him to get His will accomplished in this world.
- The Father is the Planner. OF HIM
Mark 13:32 (NIV) About that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
- Jesus is the Initiator. THROUGH HIM
He initiates the Father’s plan through His words and actions.
Genesis 1:1-3 (NKJV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
- The Holy Spirit is the Manifestor. TO HIM
The Holy Spirit is already in position to manifest!
1 John 4:17 (NKJV) . . . as He is, so are we in this world.