Prayer -- Communication with God

Prayer is not trying to get God's attention (Heb. 4:12-16).

Prayer is not trying to get God to do something (Heb. 4:3, 6:12, 10:35).

Prayer is communication with God--believing and receiving what He has already provided for us in Christ Jesus.

Prayer is the main theme of Luke -- Lk 11:1.

To pray and work is a theme of Nehemiah -- Neh 4:9.

  1. What is prayer?
    1. Calling on the name of the Lord -- Ge 4:26; Ge 12:8; Zep 3:9
    2. Calling to God -- Ps 4:1,3; Ps 17:6
    3. Seeking God's face -- 2 Ch 7:14; Ps 27:8
    4. Seeking the Lord -- Ps 34:4; Isa 55:6
    5. Crying out to God -- Ps 3:4; Ps 66:1
    6. Lifting up the soul to God -- Ps 25:1; Ps 86:4
    7. Lifting up one's hands to God -- Ps 28:2; Ps 141:2
    8. Approaching God's throne of grace -- Heb 4:16
    9. Drawing near to God -- Heb 10:22
  2. To whom should we pray?
    1. To God -- 2 Ch 20:5-6; Ezra 9:6; Ac 4:24
    2. To the Father -- Eph 1: 17; Eph 3:14; Col 1:3
    3. To the Lord -- 2 Ch 20:5-6; Ac 4:24; 2 Co 12:8
    4. To Jesus -- Lk 23:42; Ac 7:59
  3. What are the elements of prayer?
    1. Praise -- Ps 150; Mt 11:25-26 See Praise
    2. Thanksgiving -- Ps 136; Phil. 4:6 See Thanksgiving
    3. Confession -- Ps 51; Mt 6:12 See Confession
    4. Intercession -- Ps 122:6-9; Jn 17:7-12 See Intercession
    5. Petition -- Ps 27:7-12; Mt 26:39,42 See Petition
  4. How should we pray?
    1. Divine elements
      1. Through Jesus Christ -- Rom 1:8; Col 3:17
      2. In the name of Jesus Christ -- Jn 14:13-14; Eph 5:20
      3. In the Holy Spirit -- Eph 6:18; Jude 20 See Praying in the Spirit
    2. Human elements
      1. In the fear of the Lord -- Ps 145:19; Pr 1:28-29
      2. In faith -- Mk 11:24; James 1:6; 5:15
      3. In humility -- 2 Ch 7:14; 33:12-13
      4. In repentance -- 2 Ch 6:37; Acts 3:19
      5. With all our heart -- Dt 29:13; Jer 29:13
      6. With a heart free from sin -- Ps 66:18-19; Isa 1:15-16; Jn 9:31
      7. With a life free from selfishness -- Lk 18:9-14; James 4:3
      8. With a heart free from doubt -- Mt 21:21; James 1:5-7
      9. With a forgiving spirit -- Mt 6:14-15; Mk 11:25
      10. With confidence -- Eph 3:12; Heb 10:19,35; 1 Jn 3.21-22
      11. With persistence -- Lk 11:5-10; Lk 18:1-7; 1 Th 5:17