Course on Biblical Prayer
The message of this prayer guide was originally published in my book Prayer is the Answer. In its four chapters as listed below, you’ll be introduced to four principles of prayer as taught by our Lord Jesus.
Please use this message for your own personal prayer life and for the prayer ministry you lead, or as a teaching guide for training others in your local church prayer ministry. If you have any questions along the way, please contact me.
1) Start with Praise
— Jesus taught that prayer begins with the focus of our heart and mind. It begins by changing gears and recognizing that we are approaching our Heavenly Father. It is in contemplating the attributes of God, it is in acknowledging His holy character, and it is in praising Him for His mighty works. Praise is the pause that empowers prayer. Prayer that begins with praise brings divine power to human efforts. Prayer that fixes its sights in praise of God’s character is prayer that moves the arm of the Omnipotent…read more
2) State your Petition
— Having paused in praise, your heart is now prepared to present your petition to your Father God. Like a child who approaches his Dad’s pant legs with a rightful awe and respecting spirit. Prayer is not the art of demanding. It is not to be patterned after a Christmas wish list. Prayer is approaching the throne of God and seeking His glory in your life and the world around you. Prayer is asking with the right spirit, for the right things, and in behalf of the right people…read more
3) Stand on His Promises
— Having laid our petitions before God’s throne, we are now called to claim the very promises of God as assurance of answered prayer. Just as Jesus taught us to pray for forgiveness, He then taught us to rest in His Father’s assurance to deliver us from temptations. We are to stand upon the very promises of God’s word! Standing means to find our foundation in God’s promises, it is to repeat His assurances not to rehearse our ills; it is to pour every ounce of trust into what God says, not into what we fear. Prayer that stands on God’s promises is prayer that empowers our petitions…read more
4) Share in His Power
— Having stood on God’s promises you can move forward in God’s power! Prayer that starts in praise, states a petition, stands on God’s promises, and is a prayer that puts feet to divine power. We do not need to rise from our knees in doubt and wonder when we can proceed in confidence and certainty that our prayers are empowered by the authority of His Spirit…read more