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(Colossians 2:6-7 NLT) And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong….
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV) Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
√ Prayer should be our FIRST RESPONSE not our LAST RESORT.
(2 Chronicles 7:13-15 NIV) “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
(Luke 11:1 NLT) Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
(Matthew 6:9-13 NIV) “This, then, is how you should pray: ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Jesus is saying here is what you need to do first……
1. Connect with God RELATIONALLY. “Our Father in Heaven”
(Romans 8:15 NLT) 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.”
2. Worship HIS NAME. “Hallowed be Your Name”
(Proverbs 18:10 NLT) The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
3. Pray HIS AGENDA first. “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
(Matthew 6:33 NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
4. Depend of Him for EVERYTHING. “Give us this day our daily bread”
(Psalm 121:1-2 NIV) A song of ascents. I lift up my eyes to the mountains– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
5. Get your HEART RIGHT with God and people. “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”
(1 John 1:9 NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
6. Engage in SPIRITUAL WARFARE. “And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one”
(Ephesians 6:12 NLT) 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.
7. Express faith in GOD’S ABILITY. “For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever.”
(Jeremiah 32:17 NLT) “O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!
(Revelation 5:13 NLT) And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.”