River Church NOLA
Wednesday Jan 12 Prayer
  • Beautiful One
  • Love Came Down
  • Breathe
  • Build My Life
  • Creating a Lifestyle of Prayer

    Mark 1:35 NIV84
    35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
    Prayer is most effective when it isn’t something, we do every now and then, but when it’s a lifestyle we cultivate. To understand how to have a lifestyle of prayer, we can look at the example Jesus gave during His life on earth.
    Here is what we need to do.

    Make a certain time

    Jesus got up early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. Make a daily appointment with God — whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunch, or in the evening — and faithfully keep it.

    Have a certain place

    Jesus had a specific place He went to pray. Having a designated place to pray helps us remove distractions and frees us to worship and pray out loud.

    Have a certain plan

    When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave them a prayer outline. We call it “The Lord’s Prayer.

    Praying the Lord’s Prayer

    The Lord’s Prayer is often recited in churches, as I did growing up, or at religious events, but there’s so much more to this prayer. Jesus provided this model as an outline to teach us how to pray in a way that connects us to God, aligns our priorities with His, and helps us live dependently on Him.
    This model takes us through each part of The Lord’s Prayer, showing us how to pray the way Jesus instructed.
    Matthew 6:9–13 NKJV
    9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your 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 forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

    1. Connect with God relationally

    Our Father in heaven...
    God isn’t interested in us practicing religion; instead, He desires a relationship with us. God has adopted us as His children and loves for us to call Him our Father. Starting our prayer time acknowledging our relationship with God is powerful for us and delights Him as well.
    Romans 8:15 NLT
    15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
    Declare your intimate relationship with God, addressing Him lovingly as your Father and thanking Him that you are His child.
    pray this together
    Prayer - “Father, I come to You in prayer today thankful that I am Your child. I know I am a sinner, but You have forgiven me and adopted me as Your own, and I am so grateful to call You my Father. Thank You for loving me. I love You.”

    2. Worship His Name

    Hallowed be Your Name...
    God loves when we worship Him, and there is power in His name. Here is a list of some of His names to help us worship Him specifically and personally.
    God is righteousness -
    He makes us clean
    God is sanctifier -
    He has called us and set us apart
    God is healer -
    He heals all our diseases.
    God is Banner of Victory -
    He defeated our enemies.
    God is peace -
    He is our peace in every storm.
    God is provider -
    He supplies all of our needs
    Proverbs 18:10 NLT
    10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
    Speak God’s names out loud. When we proclaim who He is, we not only worship Him, but we also remind ourselves how powerful and great our God is.
    God, I am in awe of You. Your name is a strong tower, a place of protection and safety for me. I praise You as my Healer, my Shepherd, and my Banner of Victory. You are my Peace, my Provider, my Righteousness, and my Sanctifier. Your name is great, and I worship You.

    3. Pray His agenda first

    Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    Part of being a child of God is caring about what He cares about and loving who He loves. We know His will is perfect, and we acknowledge His wisdom and sovereignty when we pray His agenda first.
    Luke 12:31 The Living Bible
    31 He will always give you all you need from day to day if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

    Spend time focusing on what God is focused on. His priorities include:

    Saving the lost
    Wisdom and guidance for those in authority— spiritual, governmental, work-related
    Caring for the poor and marginalized
    Unity and love
    Life for the unborn, the living and the elderly
    Freedom for those in bondage.
    Accomplishing His purpose in our lives
    “God, I recognize there is no better plan on earth than Yours, and I pray for Your will to be done in our world and in my life (name the areas of your life where you need more of God’s presence today). This world is lost and needs You desperately, and I pray for every person to know You as their personal Lord and Savior. I pray for the leaders in my life (pray specifically over parents, spiritual leaders, governmental leaders, employers, and any other leaders in your life), that You would show them Your will and give them supernatural wisdom and discernment as they lead. God, I pray that Your heart for justice and unity would be seen in our world; that those who are in bondage will be set free; that the needs of the poor and marginalized will be met. Show me what my role is in seeing the realities of heaven come to earth. Make Your priorities my priorities. Help me love who You love and see value in all people. I give my life to You again today; have Your way in me. Please give me wisdom and clarity as You show me my next steps.”

    4. Depend on Him for everything

    Give us our day our daily bread
    God promises to supply all our needs, and He wants us to come to Him with our problems, needs, and desires and to trust Him to provide.
    Psalm 121:1–2 NLT
    1 I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
    Ask God for what you need today. It may help to write down the concerns weighing on your mind or the desires of your heart. Bring them to God and trust Him enough to hand them over to Him fully. It may help to open your hands before God to physically show your surrender to Him. Problems can either be ours or God’s; they can’t be both.
    “Father, I acknowledge that everything I need today will come from You. You made the heavens and the earth; You are more than capable of handling any situation I’m dealing with, so I give it to You completely (specifically talk to God about what is on your mind and heart right now and give it to Him). I look to You to help me, sustain me, and give me Your.

    5. Forgive and be forgiven

    Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…
    God has offered us complete forgiveness, and we can receive it at any time. When we turn away from our sins and receive His forgiveness, our hearts are more prepared to forgive others as well.
    1 John 1:9 NLT
    9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
    Ask God to check your heart and life and show you areas where you might need to ask for forgiveness from Him.
    Then, it is your turn to forgive those who have offended you. We can even choose to forgive people in advance. Ask God to forgive you and to help you forgive others.
    “God, thank You so much for offering me the gift of forgiveness. Show me any areas in my life that I need to bring before You in order to receive forgiveness and healing. I confess that I have been struggling with sin (talk to God about any areas of sin in your life), and I know that You want me to be clean again. Please forgive me for my sin. Thank You for showing me unfailing grace. As You have so freely forgiven me, I also want to freely forgive others. Help me let go of the things that have offended me and acknowledge when I have offended others. I release to You those who have hurt me, and I trust You to handle those situations according to Your perfect will.”

    6. Engage in spiritual warfare

    And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one
    Spiritual warfare can seem difficult to understand, but the Bible makes it very clear that we have an enemy who is trying to steal from us, kill us, and destroy us. As we pray, we take our stand against the enemy and fight from a place of victory through Jesus as we’re empowered by His Holy Spirit. There is power in God’s Word, and every lie the enemy has told us can be replaced with God’s truth.
    Ephesians 6:12 NLT
    12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
    By recognizing that the enemy wants to destroy you, you can shed light on his lies and claim God’s truth over your life. Ask God to show you any lies you’re believing or areas of warfare happening in your life.
    Ask Him to expose the enemy and to help you understand and receive His truth. Simply speaking the name of Jesus has great power in the spiritual realm. The Bible tells us in James 4:7 that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us. Through prayer, we can resist him and walk forward in freedom.
    “God, I recognize that my struggles today aren’t against the people or circumstances around me, but against the enemy. Please help me to see how the enemy is lying to me. Help me to recognize his lies, take them captive, and make all of my thoughts obedient to the truth of Your Word (list out any specific areas God shows you where you have believed a lie that needs to be replaced with His truth). While the enemy wants to destroy me, I know that You came to give me life to the fullest. I speak the name of Jesus over my life and declare that no weapon formed against me will prosper. I don’t have to fear the enemy because the One who is in me is greater than the one who is in the world.”

    7. Express faith in God’s ability

    For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever
    God is more than able to move in every situation, and ending our prayer time claiming His authority and power focuses our minds on the truth and hope of who He is and what He can do.
    Jeremiah 32:17 NLT
    17 “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!

    Remind yourself of God’s limitless power and then return to praising Him and declaring your faith in Him:

    “Yours is the Kingdom” – all authority belongs to You
    “Yours is the Power” – all mightiness flows from You
    “Yours is the Glory” – Your victory will be complete
    “Father God, nothing is too hard for You! Through Your great power, all things are possible. All authority is Yours, all might is Yours, and I know that Your victory will be complete. You are amazing, and I worship You. I praise You for Your power and presence in my life. You are my God, and You are worthy of all praise.”
      • Mark 1:35NIV

      • Matthew 6:9–13NIV

      • Romans 8:15NIV

      • Proverbs 18:10NIV

      • Luke 12:31NIV

      • Psalm 121:1–2NIV

      • 1 John 1:9NIV

      • Ephesians 6:12NIV

      • Jeremiah 32:17NIV

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