This was taken from a message preached in the fall of 2009...
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True prayer is the act of humility. It declares to your God that you are in need of His counsel.
Prayer is an act of Love; it makes time for God, and places Him in your priority. Intimacy cannot be built without time, effort, and communication. Loving God is making time to become intimate with Him. Prayer is where you go out of your way to show God your heart, to praise or weep before Him. Prayer is where your intimacy is developed. We need to be drawn often to prayer.
Pray about everything.
Pray because your Savior has asked and told you to do so. Prayer is an act of obedience.
Strength is drawn from prayer. Praying is an act of faith and without faith it is impossible to please God.
Please your God in prayer. He loves to hear you talk to Him. He loves to hear you ask of Him.
He is a fulfiller of promises, so pray His Word and you will never fall short of His will in prayer.
Remember, in any relationship, you must communicate to keep things fresh. So keep the lines of communication open with Jesus. Speak to Him and listen to Him.
Pray for strength, He always gives it.
Pray for direction, He knows the way.
Pray for Salvation, that’s why He came, died and rose again.
Pray for the impossible, He is God almighty. He is the God of miracles and impossibilities. Believe Him always.
You must pray in faith. And sometimes you must pray desperately for faith. Men have seen revival and what others thought impossible because they sought their God and asked Him for things others only dared to dream of. Stop dreaming and pray to your God who is reality and power and so near to you.
Prayer is where you gain the heart of God for your life and ministry. It is where you come face to face with love and where you are broken, humbled, changed and filled with His Spirit that is power in you.
You don’t have because you don’t ask. Ask! Ask for everything that you need and don’t have. Don’t be timid or shy. Don’t be faithless. Be willing to be wrong for some things that you ask for. We are praying for His will to be done.
Pray like Jesus.
And remember, you only need a mustard seed of faith in order to petition the face of God. If you feel like you don’t even have a mustard seed of faith, than ignore your feelings and ask anyways.
Pray always about everything.
Don’t be paranoid about everything and every decision you make. If you have an active prayer-life, than don’t be scared to walk by faith. Remember that faith is an action word and He is directing your steps. Pray then walk and most of the time, pray while your walking.
Pray for others; right there on the spot. Show others by praying with them that you believe in a God who hears. It will impart faith to them.
And Pray for you.
Prayer will keep you alive. It is impossible to have an active, fruitful private prayer-life and die spiritually. If you want to live more, than pray more. Prayer is the I.V. from heaven; It will keep your heart beating, your blood pulsing, and your Spirit above the clouds. It is an exercise in the spirit and so you must fight against your flesh. Be constant in prayer. Never give up. Pray
Remember ROMANS 12:1