Teach Us To Pray [PART 2]

Teach Us To Pray [PART 2]

Topic: Teach Us To Pray 2

Subtopic: The Art of Prayer

Bible Text: Luke11:1-10

In the first part of this topic we talked about the heart of prayer which deals with the Nature, State and Motive of the heart . We proceed to the Art of Prayer now.

The Art of Prayer is the informational and revelational knowledge of prayer via teaching and experience in the Word of God.

“And  it came to pass, that, as he was PRAYING in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples SAID unto him, Lord, TEACH US TO PRAY, as John also TAUGHT his disciples”{Luke11:1}.

It is important to have Knowledge about Prayer, in other words refers to as Technical Know How. Having Knowledge about Prayer helps our Prayer Life to be effective and productive . From the Knowledge Jesus gave to His disciples, the following kinds of Prayer can be deduced as it is Written in Luke11:2-10.

1. Thanksgiving/Adoration Prayer

2. Prevailing Prayer

3. Intercession Prayer

4. Supplication/Petition Prayer

5. Forgiveness Prayer

6. Warfare Prayer

7. Agreement/Cooperate Prayer

We are going to be dwelling on the Thanksgiving/Adoration Prayer in this part as the Holy Spirit gives utterance.

THANKSGIVING /ADORATION PRAYER.

“And he said unto them, When ye PRAY, say, Our FATHER which art in HEAVEN, HALLOWED be thy NAME”{Luke11:2a}

This is the King of Prayer. It helps us build more intimacy with the Trinity. We Praise, Worship and Thank God in His Majesty. Every Prayer must start and end with it.{ Matt6:9,13b}

Constituents of Thanksgiving/Adoration Prayer.

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1) Praise of His Holy Name: We can thank God by Praising Him for who He is, What He has done and What He will do by Eulogizing His Name. Some of such Biblical Names include:

*Jehovah El-Shaddai- God that is more than enough

*Jehovah Tsidkenu – God our Righteousness.

* Jehovah Nkadesh- The Lord that Sanctifies.

* Jehovah Shalom- The Lord our Peace

* Jehovah Shammah- The Lord who is ever present

*Jehovah Rapha- The Lord that Healeth, the great Physician

*Jehovah Raah- The Lord My Shepherd

*Jehovah Jireh- The Lord that Provides

* Jehovah Nissi- God our Banner

* Jehovah Sabaoth- The Lord of Host

 Praising God in this manner shows you Know Him intimately and acknowledge Him as the doer of all wonders in your life. No son does this and won’t see more of the Father{ Jn6:11, Matt14:19-20, 15:34-37}.

2. Counting your Blessings: This is the deliberate thanking of God by mentioning what He has done in words. You outline what He has done for you one by one. { Psalm100:3-4, 103:1-2, Eph5:20}.

3. Singing and Dancing: We can also thank God by Singing and Dancing.{Psalm100:2, 149:3, 150:2-4, Eph5:18-19}.

4. Solemn Worship: We can also express our gratitude to God through Solemn Worship of His Holy Majesty.{ Psalm5:7, 95:6,  Rev4:10-11}.

5. Rejoicing in the Lord: Expressing the Joy of the Lord at all times is also an act of Thanksgiving and Adoration to the Lord.{ Deut26:11, Psalm5:11, Neh8:10, Isa12:2-3, Phil4:4}.

6. Testimony: Testifying to the goodness of  God amidst the brethren, congregation and the whole world is also an act of Thanksgiving and Adoration to God.{ Matt8:2-4, Mark5:18-19, Luke17:15-19}.

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These aforementioned act of Thanksgiving and Adoration Prayer can be done in Understanding, at the same time in Spirit not negating the Word of God.

“What is it then? I will PRAY with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will SING with the SPIRIT, and I will sing with the UNDERSTANDING also.{ 1Cor14:15}

Verse of the  Day:

“PRAY without CEASING. In EVERY THING give THANKS: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

Action Point: Praise and Thank God in ALL things, For ALL things, Every Time and Every Where.{ Psalm103:1-22}.

Shalom!

© Oyekunle Sunday

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