- Prayer is the Christians
avenue of communicating unto God; and the Bible is His way of communicating
unto us. (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
- However, prayer cannot be
substituted by the alien sinner to obeying the gospel of Christ. (Luke
- There are those who doubt
the power of prayer (James 1:5-8).
- We now ask the
question: What can prayer do?
The essential purposes &
blessings of prayer are:
TO PRAISE AND HONOR THE HEAVENLY FATHER.
Jesus taught His disciples how to pray unto the Heavenly Father.
Matt. 6:9, After
this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be
1. The term Hallowed means reverend, holy.
In writing to Timothy, the Apostle Paul expressed genuine praise and
honor to God.
1 Tim. 1:17, Now
unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and
glory forever and ever. Amen.
We honor God by acknowledging that He provides all of our physical and
Eph. 5:20, Giving
thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord
TO GAIN FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS.
There are two avenues of pardon in gaining fellowship with God, one for
those who have not obeyed the gospel of Christ and one for the erring child of
The alien sinner is to obey the gospel by: hearing the
inspired Word of God that produces faith (Rom. 10:17; John 20:30-31),
believing that Christ is the Son of God (Mark 16:16), repenting
of his sins (Acts 17:30-31), confessing Jesus Christ as the Son
of God (Acts 8:37), and being baptized for the remission of sins
The erring child of God must repent (Acts 8:22),
confess our sins (1 John 1:9), and pray to God, asking for
Initially, when we were baptized, our sins were spiritually washed away
by the blood of Christ (Acts 22:16).
Acts 22:16, And
now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins,
calling on the name of the Lord.
Later, as a child of God who has sinned, we are to pray for forgiveness
in order that the blood of Christ will spiritually wash away our sins
Acts 8:22, Repent
therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of
thine heart may be forgiven thee.
1 John 1:9, If
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
TO RECEIVE OUR DAILY BREAD AND THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ taught His disciples to pray unto God
for our daily necessities of life.
Matt. 6:11, Give
us this day our daily bread.
The Heavenly Father is able to provide all our needs.
Phil. 4:19, But
my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ
Daily bread and the necessities of life are provided by our Heavenly
James 1:17, Every
good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Matt. 6:33, But
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things
shall be added unto you.
Psalm 37:25, I
have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,
nor his seed begging bread.
TO SEEK THE LORDS PROVIDENTIAL HELP IN SPREADING THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
The purpose of the Son of God coming into this world was to seek and to
save the lost.
Luke 19:10, For
the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
The reason that Jesus Christ has not returned is because mankind is
being provided adequate time to repent.
2 Pet. 3:9, The
Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance.
1 Tim. 2:1-6,
We should pray for laborers as soul winners.
We should pray that we will have the courage to faithfully proclaim the
gospel and that there will be honest and receptive hearts to hear Gods
Eph. 5:19, And
for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly,
to make known the mystery of the gospel.
PRAYER CAN HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT UPON GOD.
In the book of James, he informs us that prayer can have an effect upon
our Heavenly Father.
James 5:16, Confess
your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Some examples of God responding to prayers.
James 5:17-18, Elias
was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it
might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years
and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth
brought forth her fruit.
1 Kings 18:41-46,
2 Kings 20:1-6,
Let us continue to
trust our Lord to hear and answer our prayers.