27 Jun How Should I Pray – iConnect Ladies
One thing I have learnt in my short time as a Christian is that seemingly all events involving ladies includes cake, and Thursday was no exception. We were 20 in number, now that may seem few but make no mistake 20 mighty woman of God, eager to listen and learn, are a force to be reckoned with.
Funke spoke with such authority, such Spirit that my own Spirit soared as I listened. We finished by holding hands and praying together, united. Such was the impact I have been asked to arrange more such evenings. Watch this space!
– Cathy Pettingale, iConnect Ladies
The text of Funke’s talk is reproduced below.
What is prayer?
Wikipedia says prayer is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or another deity.
Simply put, Prayer is communication with God. Anybody can have a conversation with God but we communicate with Him because we have a relationship with Him. He is our God and also our Father. We are God’s children and prayer is one of the ways through which we develop our relationship with Him. 1 Corinthians 8:6
God is a Spirit and since we were made in His image we are Spirit. Man is a Spirit, has a soul and lives in a body. 1Thess 5:17 John 4: 23-24, Gen1: 26-27.
Adam’s sin separated man from God but Jesus has reconciled us to God through His shed blood so we can approach God boldly to just have that Father and Child time with Him. 2 Corinth 5: 17-19, 1 Pet 2: 9 &10.
Why do we pray or why should we pray?
- To build our relationship with God. The more time we spend around His word both written and spoken the more intimate we become with Him. Jeremiah 29:12-14.
- To keep us from Temptation. Matthew 26:40-41
- To know the will of God in decision making. Luke 6: 12-16 Jesus prayed before choosing the 12 Apostles. Acts 13: 1&2
- To accomplish God’s work here on earth. Jesus already promised us that we will do much more than He did but this can only be birthed in the place of prayer John14:12-14, Ephesians 6: 18- 19. What works did Jesus do? Reconciled men to God. Healed the sick. Raised the dead. Confronted powers of darkness.
- Prayer is one of our most valuable weapons as Christians. Ephesians 6: 10-18, 2Corinthians 10: 3-6
- Prayer changes things. 2Chron 7: 13-15 Here God made a vow to Solomon about a physical temple but we are now the spiritual temple of God. Hezekiah was sick unto death but he prayed and God added to his years. 2Kings 20:1
- Our prayers are a fragrance of worship unto God. Revelations 5: 8
HOW SHOULD WE PRAY
- Come boldly before God’s throne. Hebrews 4: 16. Hebrews 10: 20
- Start with thanksgiving. Psalm 100: 4
- We should humble ourselves. 2 Chronicles 7:14
- Pray with authority. We are God’s authorized agents, just like the Metropolitan police is an empowered agent of the UK Government. 1 Peter 2: 9, Revelations 1: 6, John 1: 12. We belong to God’s Kingdom and we are authorised to make decrees. Ecclesiastes 8: 4. Ephesians 2: 6, Ephesians 1: 21-23 Luke 10: 19
- Pray with Faith. Hebrews 11: 6, Mark 11: 22- 24, James 1: 6
- Pray the Word. The word of God is eternal Matthew 24:35. It is powerful Hebrews 4: 12. Isaiah 55: 11. It has no margin for failure. It is creative John 6: 63. God spoke the whole world into existence. Psalm 33: 9, Hebrews 11: 3
- Pray with fervency and expect an answer. James 5: 16b Fervent prayers work. Ephesians 3:20-21, God does much more than what we can ask or imagine. We must think the answer. As a man thinks so He is. Acts 12: 12- 16 The Church was praying for Peter’s release from prison but they were not expecting him. Proverbs 23:18.
PRAYER IS A LIFESTYLE
WHO IS GOD AND WHY SHOULD WE PRAY TO HIM?
- Abba Father Galatians 4:6
- Alpha, Omega Revelations 1: 8
- Ancient of days Isaiah46:9-10
- EL Elyon He is Above all; The Most High Col 1:16, Psalms 61:2
- El Olam The Everlasting God, He doesn’t change: Psalm 90: 1, 93:2
- Creator, Lord of hosts, He can wound and heal, kill and make alive.
- He can do all things Omnipotent, nothing is impossible.
How do we know what and how to pray given different situations in life?
- When in anguish. Hannah found herself in a situation of unfruitfulness that brought reproach and bitterness of soul. She prayed like one who was drunk. 1 Samuel : 1-16.
- Dedicating a city/territory to God. Solomon spent several days making declarations over the People of Israel and made supplications to God in dedicating the Temple and rebuilding of the broken cities. 2Chronicles 6-7
- Standing in the gap. Exodus 32: 7-14, Acts 12: 5-12
- Battling in praise and worship to invoke the presence of God in confrontational situations. Psalms 149.
- Daniel 6: Sustaining prayers until the answer manifests
- Jesus prayed and fasted. Matthew 14: 23, Luke 5:16, Luke 6: 12, Luke 9
- Praying in Tongues to build up your spirit