August 14, 2011
The Discipline of Prayer
I. Introduction: God’s word says we should be disciplined in prayer.
II. We don’t pray as we should.
A. We don’t want to.
1. We don’t feel like it
2. It’s boring to us.
3. Communication is only one way.
4. We don’t know the meaning or purpose of prayer
B. We should renew our minds when it comes to prayer.
1. Prayer will be new and fresh
2. God can respond to our prayers
3. Our soul will be satisfied with our prayer life
III. How should we pray?
A. We combine meditation with prayer.
1. In meditation, we analyze God’s word, personalize it to meet our needs and memorize it.
2. Combining meditation with prayer will help a Christian’s prayer life.
B. Example of Joseph Scriven.
C. Sarah’s example of how to pray.
1. Psalm 23:1-6
2. Read each verse, meditate on it and pray it back to God.
3. Psalm 31:1-24
4. When you want to pray for others, but don’t know what to pray, Ephesians 1:18 and Ephesians 3:17-19 are good prayers.
5. Seven prayer requests in Colossians 1:9-12.
6. Romans 12:1-2 is another prayer for our families.
IV. What are the benefits of the discipline of prayer?
A. We pray God’s will, not ours.
B. God reminds us of things to pray for other people.
C. God’s word is exalted by reading it – Psalm 138:2
D. We can pray for our distractions.
E. We can pray for atheists – Psalm 14:1
F. Combining meditation with prayer will make a difference in the church – Romans 12:9-21
G. We will finally pray as we should – continually, always and unceasingly.
H. We will have a humble prayer life – Luke 18:10-14
V. How do we connect with God in prayer?
A. We connect by acknowledging our sinfulness and need for a Savior.
B. We do it through Jesus Christ.