PRAYER STUDY: Spimple “Rules” About Prayer

“I Love the LORD because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. ….O LORD, I am your servant; yes, I am your servant, born into your household; you have freed me from my chains.” (: 1, 16 NLT)

When I say there are rules, I say it lightly but there are attitudes about prayer that should reflect your prayer life. Simple facts that make your prayers more effective and heartfelt.
“Gaze upon God.” God is the most important thing about prayer. Let your complete focus be on who you are talking to. Whatever you are p[raying about takes second p[lace to who you are talking to. We tell God what we want done or what we need in our lives but still He is the one who makes the choices for us. We are to focus completely on HIM! We are at His mercy and kindness. If we think more of what we are praying for rather than who we are praying to, then our attention is divides. When you talk to someone face to face, you make sure you have the attention of the person you are talking to or you wouldn’t bother continuing to talk. The Same goes for God. He wants your undivided attention when you talk with Him.
“First Choice.” To often we pray as a last resort. This also slights God, although not intentionally. There is a possibility that I may have to have surgery soon. Do I wait until the day before to pray? No, I pray as soon as I find out about the very possibility. Before I talk to the doctors, before I even make the first appointment. Why? Because God is the first one to talk to about it, not the last. His will, His heart is the one that matters the most. This is an issue me about entering the “temple”, the house of Prayer and Worship. It is not a place to chatter and gossip, it is a place to talk with God. Before you enter into His House, pray. When in His House, PRAY! Talk afterwards, in church it is your tike with HIM!
Pray with conviction rather than crisis. Look at the big rather than the small. Your issues may be minor in comparison to others. While praying for our nation, think rather on the needs of places in greater need. When praying for your children with today’s problems, pray for their future. When asking about the choices of today, ask for solutions for problems you have yet to face. Be convicted that God will respond with the best solutions if you can listen.
Fill your prayers with praise. “And we know that God cause all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His Purpose.” ( NAS) A good psalm to read to see the reason to praise God at all times is . In the worst of times and in the best of times, praise God.
Pray “retail” not wholesale. Make your prayers to the point. relate every reason for your prayer in detail. You don’t go into a store without a plan on what you want to buy. the same should be with your prayers, Ask for thank for, praise for each item of your heart. Even when praying for your children name them each, name all the requests for each, leave nothing out. Make your prayer complete and not generic.
Pray in the Spirit and by the Spirit. James says (paraphrasing) Pray for what you mean, mean what you pray. I am listing a group of verses for you to look up, so grab your bibles and read each one of them.
; Roma. 8:26,27; ; ; .
Bless you all this day and pray well.


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116:1 I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest;
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.

10 I believed, even when [1] I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted”;
11 I said in my alarm,
“All mankind are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the Lord
for all his benefits to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord,
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord! (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 116:10 Or believed, indeed; Septuagint believed, therefore


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28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, [1] for those who are called according to his purpose. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 8:28 Some manuscripts God works all things together for good, or God works in all things for the good


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107:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble [1]
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
prisoners in affliction and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,
and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
they fell down, with none to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and burst their bonds apart.
15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
16 For he shatters the doors of bronze
and cuts in two the bars of iron.

17 Some were fools through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
18 they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22 And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the great waters;
24 they saw the deeds of the Lord,
his wondrous works in the deep.
25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their evil plight;
27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men
and were at their wits’ end. [2]
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad that the waters [3] were quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turns rivers into a desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35 He turns a desert into pools of water,
a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there he lets the hungry dwell,
and they establish a city to live in;
37 they sow fields and plant vineyards
and get a fruitful yield.
38 By his blessing they multiply greatly,
and he does not let their livestock diminish.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
40 he pours contempt on princes
and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41 but he raises up the needy out of affliction
and makes their families like flocks.
42 The upright see it and are glad,
and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 107:2 Or from the hand of the foe
[2] 107:27 Hebrew and all their wisdom was swallowed up
[3] 107:30 Hebrew they


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18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, (ESV)


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14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.

1 Corinthians 14:15 (Listen

14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.

1 Corinthians 14:15 (Listen)

15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. (ESV)


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20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, (ESV)


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10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

1 Peter 4:11 (Listen

10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

1 Peter 4:11 (Listen)

11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

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