Purpose of Prayer
1. To come to God with your needs and desires
2. To ask God to change things on the Earth.
3. Express Your Love and Gratitude to God
Why Should WE PRAY
1. To communicate with God and develop an intimate relationship with Him. God desires fellowship and intimacy with His children.
2. Prayer accelerates God’s plans and purposes for your life. When you fail to pray, you delay and frustrate the pans and purposes of God. “And I beg of you to pray for us the more earnestly, in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.” (Hebrews 13:19)
3. It is a vehicle that God uses to heal others
And the prayer of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available. (James 5:15-16)
Your prayers can cause God to act on behalf of others through healing, making the person whole through restoration, and forgiving the person.
Your prayers also help you to repent of your wrongdoings through confessing your faults, negative ways (for example, criticizing others), and sins, so that God may forgive you. Confession is the heart of Repentance. You must first confess your wrongdoings and then ask God to forgive you. Once He forgives you, receive His forgiveness by not continuing to have a guilty conscious.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)
The devil likes to reminds us of our past wrongdoings, but if you have confessed them, and God has forgiven you, then there is no need for you to feel guilty. God has put all of your sins into the Sea of Forgetfulness, and you should do the same.
I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. (Philippians 3:13-14)
4. Help others through Intercessory Prayer
Touching others lives by asking for protection, comfort, and transformed hearts and attitudes (I Timothy 2:1-5, Hebrews 7:24-25, Acts 6:4)
If you do not have a set time to pray, you will not pray.”
What makes your prayer powerful?
The Word of God
- God and His Word are One. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was god Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without him was not even one thing made that has come into being.” (John 1:1)
- The Word of God gives us direction. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
- God watches over His Word to fulfill it. The Word has the power to create the desired result. “So shall My word be that goes forth out my mouth it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
- The Word makes your prosperity fruitful (good success). “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but they shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
- The name of “Jesus” makes prayer powerful because:
1. Jesus name is above every name. “Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name. That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” (Philippians 2:9)
2. The blood seals the prayer.
3. Jesus gives us the assurance that every prayer would be answered.
4. Jesus gives me the authority to pray. “. . . All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” (Matthew 28:18)
What are the fruits of prayer?
1. A heart cleansing from sin (Psalm 19:12-13, Psalm 51:2)
2. Knowledge of Self (Romans 7:18)
3. Promotes Wisdom (James 1:5
4. Brings God’s Power into our work (Acts 4:24)
5. Helps to Evangelize the World