Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
To intervene, to interpose, to pray - to commune, to intercede
The past two issues looked at Prayer in the first covenant and then in the covenant with Yeshua (Jesus). Now let us look at some model examples of prayer from the Scriptures.
Never underestimate the power of prayer - we all have access to the power given Elijah to call fire from heaven to reignite faith in the hearts of mankind. Our words spoken on behalf of those in need can bring a spirit of light to their path. Do not hesitate to call on the Highest power in the spiritual realm to help in the time of need, not only for ourselves but also for those around us.
What about drought, famine and pestilence?
2Chr 7:13If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
A Humble spirit
Lu 18:13But the tax-gatherer, standing some distance away…'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!'
Mt 5:44(NAS unless indicated) "But I say to you… pray for those who persecute you,
Mt 6:9 "Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen .'
Matt 7:7"Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.
Yeshua’s Prayer for us [read in its entirety in Chapter 17]
John 17:1These things Jesus spoke; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son, that the Son may glorify Thee, 2 even as Thou gavest Him authority over all mankind, that to all whom Thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.
John 17:9"I ask on their behalf…
John 17:11"… Holy Father, keep them in Thy name, the name which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are.
John 17:15"I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. 6 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.
John 17:20"I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
John 17:26and I have made Thy name known to them, and will make it known; that the love wherewith Thou didst love Me may be in them, and I in them."
Disciples Recharged after the Pentecost experience
Acts 4:31And when they had prayed… they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
Ac 8:15…and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
Praying for others
Ac 12:5So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.
2Co 13:7Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; …
2Co 13:9… we also pray for, that you be made complete.
The Apostle Paul about Praying
Ac 16:25But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;
Ro 8:26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning’s too deep for words;
1Co 14:15What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also…
To be enlightened
Eph 1:18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Php 1:9And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
Col 1:9… to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
James speaks of the need for prayer
Jas 5:13Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray…
Moses intercedes for Israel because of the golden calf incident
Exod 32:11Then Moses entreated the LORD his God, and said, "O LORD, why doth Thine anger burn against Thy people whom Thou hast brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, 'With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Thy burning anger and change Thy mind about doing harm to Thy people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Thy servants to whom Thou didst swear by Thyself, and didst say to them, 'I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'"
Exod 32:14So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.
Jas 5:17Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.
Amos speaks to the Almighty
Amos 7:2… I said, "Lord God, please pardon! How can Jacob stand, For he is small?" 3 The LORD changed His mind about this. "It shall not be," said the LORD. 4 Thus the Lord God showed me, and behold, the Lord God was calling to contend with them by fire, and it consumed the great deep and began to consume the farm land. 5 Then I said, "Lord God, please stop! How can Jacob stand, for he is small?" 6 The LORD changed His mind about this. "This too shall not be," said the Lord God.
Again, and again we are admonished to pray
1Ti 2:1First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
Lu 21:36"… praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."
Lu 18:1…that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
Php 4:6… let your requests be made known to God.
1Pe 3:12"…AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER…"
Matt 26:41"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Mark 13:33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.
Phil 1:9And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
2Thess 1:11Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power,
1Tim 2:8I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
With John we pray
3John 1:2Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
Yeshua prayed and told us to pray - the Apostles prayed and told us to pray and to pray for one another.
Pray for Insight
Proverbs 2:1My son, if you will receive my sayings, And treasure my commandments within you, 2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; 3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD, And discover the knowledge of God.
"My child, I am the Lord Who gives strength in the day of trouble. Come to Me when all is not well with you. Your tardiness in turning to prayer is the greatest obstacle to heavenly consolation, for before you pray earnestly to Me you first seek many comforts and take pleasure in outward things. Thus, all things are of little profit to you until you realize that I am the one Who saves those who trust in Me, and that outside of Me there is no worth-while help, or any useful counsel or lasting remedy." ― Thomas ΰ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
Matthew 26:40And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping… 41 Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
"May you never sacrifice the many blessings God has for you for temporary pleasure. I pray you have divine wisdom, always able to discern the forces of darkness that wage war against your soul. May you live with strong conviction by the power of God, knowing you are set apart for His divine purpose. I pray you will rest in His everlasting love and see all His promises come to pass in your life because of your obedience. Amen
Matt 25:21 NLTThe master was full of praise. 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!'
I pray you will be faithful in all you do. No matter how small a task, may you do it in excellence, because your heavenly Father is watching. He wants you to be faithful with the little things so you can be prepared for the big ones. I pray you will be blessed for your faithfulness with what little you have and be given much more as a reward. May you truly be called a good and faithful servant of the Lord.
Abraham pleads for Lot and the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah
Gen 18:17And the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18 since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? 19 For I have chosen him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice; in order that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him."
Gen 18:20And the LORD said, "The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21 I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know."
Gen 18:22Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the LORD. 23 And Abraham came near and said, "Wilt Thou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far be it from Thee to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from Thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?"
Gen 18:26So the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account."
Gen 18:27And Abraham answered and said, "Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes. 28 Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, wilt Thou destroy the whole city because of five?" And He said, "I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there." 29 And he spoke to Him yet again and said, "Suppose forty are found there?" And He said, "I will not do it on account of the forty." 30 Then he said, "Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; suppose thirty are found there?" And He said, "I will not do it if I find thirty there." 31 And he said, "Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord; suppose twenty are found there?" And He said, "I will not destroy it on account of the twenty." 32 Then he said, "Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are found there?" And He said, "I will not destroy it on account of the ten."
Can we pray as Abraham? What faith, what trusting, what willingness to go the extra mile for others.
Most all the Psalms are some sort of prayer / praise. They are a trusting vocalization of heart felt communing with YHVH (The LORD). Reading thru the Psalms gives one a sense of a loving relation we can have with our Creator - a way of casting our burdens, woes and concerns upon the One that will hear and respond.
Examples from some of the Psalms:
Ps 139:23Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Ps 10:17O LORD, Thou hast heard the desire of the humble; Thou wilt strengthen their heart, Thou wilt incline Thine ear 18 To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed…
Ps 143:1Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! Answer me in Thy faithfulness, in Thy righteousness!
Ps 143:2And do not enter into judgment with Thy servant, For in Thy sight no man living is righteous.
Ps 143:6I stretch out my hands to Thee; My soul longs for Thee, as a parched land. Selah.
Ps 143:7Answer me quickly, O LORD, my spirit fails; Do not hide Thy face from me, Lest I become like those who go down to the pit.
Ps 143:8Let me hear Thy lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in Thee; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to Thee I lift up my soul.
Ps 143:9Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; I take refuge in Thee.
Ps 143:10Teach me to do Thy will, For Thou art my God; Let Thy good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Ps 143:11For the sake of Thy name, O LORD, revive me. In Thy righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.
Ps 145:8The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. 9 The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works. 10 All Thy works shall give thanks to Thee, O LORD, And Thy godly ones shall bless Thee. 11 They shall speak of the glory of Thy kingdom, And talk of Thy power; 12 To make known to the sons of men Thy mighty acts, And the glory of the majesty of Thy kingdom.
Need for Prayer
A study conducted by Swansea University for the British group Faith Matters has found that UK citizens are increasingly interested in Islam, with the number of converts to Islam nearly doubling in 10 years. An estimated total of 100,000 have converted to Islam, 5,200 of them in 2010.
Father, we pray that Your Spirit will permeate our culture. We ask that Your followers take the time to lift up their neighbor, their community, their cities, their nation - that all may turn to You for the truth, for forgiveness, for peace, for life. May Your grace, Your love, Your Spirit be with us that we will be a light to others; to show forth the hope of eternal life in Jesus (Yeshua). Amen
How much of yourself do you engage when you pray? For God’s Word tells you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. For it is possible to pray without being fully engaged. Do you want your prayers to be effective? His Word says that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Fervent prayers are not offered while you are distracted. They occur when you are intently focused and involve your mind, will, and emotions, even the position of your body. This is a demanding task, but you have His promise that if you are fully engaged in prayer, your prayers will be effective.
(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
Why Pray? Because He Hears!
Ps 55:16As for me, I will call upon God, And the LORD shall save me. 17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice. 18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, For there were many against me.
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
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