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Learn to Pray

Prayer is very important in the life of a Christian. Prayer means to ask from God (Matthew 7:7). Prayer is praise and thankfulness to God (Psalms 100:4). A Christian should be thankful to a great God who has given so much. Prayer is fellowship with God. A Christian should seek a time to fellowship with God. As it is good to fellowship with friends and family, it is also good to fellowship with God. When a Christian prays, it is not just words into the air. God in Heaven hears and He cares. In the Bible there are many different ways to pray. But all prayer is unto God. Remember, the greatest enemy of prayer is silence. You have not because you ask not.

Bible Examples of Prayer

  1. Private Prayer – There are times to pray alone to God. It is good for the Christian to have a personal time with the Lord (Matthew 6:6).
  2. Public Prayer – Praying before others – church or classroom (Luke 18:10).
  3. Family Prayer – Praying at home with the family. This is also called family devotions or family altar (Acts 1:14).
  4. Pray Everywhere – You can pray to God from any place or any time (I Timothy 2:8). The Lord never sleeps. His ears never close.

Hindrances to Prayer – Prayer should become a daily habit. God will answer prayers but there are some things that hinder or stop prayers.

  1. Never Asking – Some Christians do not pray. “…ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2). You must ask before He will give.
  2. An Unforgiving Spirit will hinder prayer (Mark 11:25-26).
  3. Sin – Sin will separate a Christian from fellowship with God. Sin must first be confessed then God will hear (Psalm 66:18).
  4. Asking With Selfish Motives – Prayer should be to glorify God and His work. God will not answer prayers for selfish reasons (James 4:3).
  5. Strife and Divisions. A Christian needs to be in good fellowship with others before he can have fellowship with God (Matthew 5:22-25).
  6. Family Problems – Problems in the home will hinder prayers. It is important that husbands & wives, parents & children be right with God (I Peter 3:7).
  7. Selfish With What You Have – God wants to bless his people so that they can be a blessing to others. God uses his people but the Christian who keeps all to himself will stop receiving from God (Luke 6:38).

Bible Praying

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7). Notice the following words: Ask: Keep on asking. Seek: Keep on looking. Knock: Keep on knocking. Ask – Seek – Knock (ASK). We have not because we ask not. Pray daily and learn to ask for things from God. Start a prayer list. “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). The Christian needs to learn to pray.

The Christian should pray: Everywhere (I Timothy 2:8); In Secret (Matthew 6:6); In Church (Luke 18:10); Always (Luke 18:1); In the Morning (Psalm 5:3); Noon and Evening (Psalm 55:17); Day and Night (Psalm 88:1); Daily (Psalm 86:3).

Illustration: John R. Rice told the story of a man who went to Heaven. He was shown many gifts with his name on them. He asked, “Why didn’t you give me these gifts?” The angel said, “You did not ask.”


I Corinthians 12:1-31

The Right Person in the Right Place – God has a ministry and a place for every Christian (vs. 7). Not everyone is called to preach, but God can use everyone. The Lord uses Christians as He wills (vs.11). He puts them into a place of service as it pleases Him (vs.18). A servant does not have the right to choose his place or position. Christians need to accept the place that pleases the Lord. The Christian’s attitude should be “Lord, here am I, use me. I will do what you want. I will do what pleases you.” God has a special place for you, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body (ministry), as it hath pleased him” (vs.18). Notice, it does not say it pleases you but as it pleases Him. It is important that you accept the place God has for you.

Volunteers Wanted – “Present (volunteer) your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God” (Romans 12:1). The Lord does not force any Christian to serve Him. There should come a time after salvation when Christians volunteer to be used of God. A Christian should then present himself for service. The Lord will prepare him for the ministry. Not everyone is called to preach but all can volunteer to serve. The Lord will use you according to your different skills and abilities. Once Christians volunteer they should be willing to accept any job that is offered. If it is a small job, do it well. It is important to accept anything you can do and then do the best you can. God will use you.

Christian Service – Every can be used in serving the Lord. Everyone has different abilities and gifts. Not everyone is called to preach, but all can serve. All are important and all are needed. In the body of the Lord All members are needed (I Corinthians 12:18-27). The goal of Christian service is to serve the Lord and to please Him (Ephesians 6:5). Everyone has a place and all can be used.

You Can Qualify – In Christian service there are many different needs. Naturally, it would not be right for a fifteen-year-old boy to become a deacon or bus driver. It is important that the right person be in the right place. Churches and ministries have standards for those who wish to serve (II Timothy 2:21). The Lord only wants you to do what you can, He does not expect you to do what you cannot do (II Corinthians 8:12).

Illustration: One woman testified, “For many years I felt I was a failure because I did nothing in church but now I understand His will. I have four children and God wants me to be a godly mother and wife.” (…continue next page)

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