Day: 10 December 2018
Ask God for help
Psalms 40:13 Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me.
God does not hear our prayers if we are purposely sinning
Micah 3:4 “You beg the Lord for help in times of trouble! Do you really expect Him to answer? After all the evil you have done, He won’t even look at you!”
Prayer should not be a show
Matthew 6:6 When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Jesus taught his disciples how to pray
Matthew 6:9-13 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may Your name be kept holy. May Your Kingdom come soon. May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Pray with an attitude of humility
Luke 18:9-14 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank You, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give You a tenth of my income.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Pray in Jesus’ name
John 16:23-24 You will ask the Father directly, and He will grant your request because you use My name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using My name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.
Pray all the time
Ephesians 6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
Pray without doubting
James 1:6 Be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.
Pray with the right motives
James 4:3 When you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
Pray according to God’s will
1 John 5:14-15 We are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.
Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
A scientific study in the Journal of American Medical Association claims hospitalised heart patients had fewer complications and needed fewer drugs when supported by praying people. The same study noted patients who were unable or unwilling to accept prayer support were distictlt disadvantaged.
Prayer group participation provides valued support to those who gather and share in them. It would benefit us all in the process of recovery to gather a small group of friends, or fellow fighters in our battle against addiction, compulsion and the problems of life for the purpose of regular prayer and support.
Jesus promises in Matthew 18:20 “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” His words should be enough to prompt us to action. Herin lies tremendous possibilty for helping each other.
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.