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Sunday, March 20, 2011

TEACH ME TO PRAY 4

To be successful in prayer you first need to know the rules that govern prayer.

We could say, first the concept of prayer and then the precept (A precept is a commandment, instruction, or order intended as an authoritative rule of action). Follow the rules and then you will have good success.

Mark 11:24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you've received it, it will be yours.

There is more doubting exercised when praying than at any other time. Part of this is because we pray the wrong way for the wrong thing and two wrongs don’t make a right.

Then of course it follows that we then question GOD, and in the extreme we question His existence and confuse ourselves.

Let me refer back to my former lesson where I emphasized the indwelling Holy Spirit and try to change a concept and then make it a ruling precept in your life.

The shortest word and the most used word in our language is the word “I.” Our thinking is based upon I and me, but the truth for the Christian it is WE and US. The indwelling Spirit is involved in every action we take; sometimes He is an unwilling participant in what you do yet He is involved.

Jesus declared Him to be a helper John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.

When you pray allow the Spirit of GOD to be actively involved in the process;

Romans 8:26 At the same time the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we don't know how to pray for what we need. But the Spirit intercedes along with our groans that cannot be expressed in words.

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead it is said that he groaned in the spirit. To me this means He felt the need the help from the Holy Spirit to accomplish the resurrection of Lazarus.

If the prayer you make is not a product of your spirit and just a mental exercise then it is no more than words being uttered, and will accomplish nothing. When the Holy Spirit helps you pray it becomes a prayer of expectancy. Expectant prayer is believing prayer.

2 Corinthians 4:13 It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken."

With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, believing precedes, speaking. Oft times we pray and then try to believe when we should get reinforced by the Word and the Spirit, and then make our petition known to GOD.

To be Continued.

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