Bible Teaching on Prayer
by Shane Montgomery

        Matt 6:5-15, Christ's lesson on prayer (see separate sheet)
- ingredients from Mt 6:  adoration, surrender, supplication, confession, victory, motivation
        Example Prayers 
          - Jesus  Jn 17:1-26
          - David  II Sam 7:18-29
          - Hezekiah  II King 19:14-19
          - Nehemiah  1:4-11
          - Moses  Ex 32:7-14

        We're commanded to pray:
          - God wants it because it is good for "us",  Mt 6:8
          - Lk 18:1, always
          - I Thes 5:17, without ceasing
          - I Chr 16:11, continually
          - Ps 55:17, evening, morning, noon
          - I Tim 2:8, everywhere
          - prayerlessness is sin (disbelief in God)
          
        If we don't pray, God will bring trials to make us pray:
          - Ps 78:34, they returned
          - II Chr 33:1-13, example in Manasseh
          - Ps 119:67, 71, David's affliction brought him back
          - Jonah 2:1, affliction brought Jonah to prayer

        God wants to answer our prayers:
          - Ps 65:2, He hears them
          - Pr 15:8, delights in them
          - Ps 81:10, tells us to open mouth wide
          - Jas 4:2, don't receive because we don't ask

        Elements of Prayer:

          1. Communion - Godward   Mt 6:9-10  (It is a relationship)
             Praise  Act 16:25
             Adoration/Worship  (recognizing God's power)
             Thanksgiving  Phil 4:6; Col 4:2
             Confession  I Jn 1:9

          2. Intercession - Outward (for others)
             Mt 6:12; Jas 5:16; I Tim 2:1
             Christians  Eph 6:18
             Unsaved (known and the world)  Mt 9:37-38

          3. Petition - Inward  Mt 6:11  (based upon promises)
             Material  
             Spiritual  Jas 1:5

        What Prayer Can Do For Us:
          1. Keep us cleansed of sin   I Jn 1:9; Ps 66:18
          2. Give deliverance from temptation  Mt 6:13; 26:41
          3. Strengthen our faith  Mt 7:7; Heb 11:6
          4. Make us more like Christ  Jn 15:7  Give power
          5. Make God more Lord of our lives by daily consulting him 
             about decisions  Jas 1:5; Rom 12:1-2
          6. Avoid worry  Phil 4:6-7; Mt 11:28
          7. Give grace to help in time of need  Heb 4:16
          8. Give joy  Ps 16:11
       
        How to Pray:

          1. Humbly  II Chr 7:14
          2. Reverently  Ps 51:17    In the fear of God  Ps 145:19
          3. Thankfully  Phil 4:6; Col 4:2
          4. Continually  Ps 55:17; I Thes 5:17; Lk 11:5-8; 18:1; 
                          I Chr 16:11; Rom 12:12
          5. Specifically  Jas 4:2   Without repetitions  Mt 6:7
          6. Privately  Mt 6:6
          7. Obediently  I Jn 3:22; Prov 15:8, 29; I Pet 3:12; 
                         Jas 5:16  Delighting in Him  Ps 37:4
          8. Concerned for Souls  Jn 15:16
          9. In faith  Mt 21:22; Heb 11:6; Jas 1:6-7; Mt 7:7-11; 
                       Mk 11:23-24; 9:23; I Tim 2:8 (claiming promises)
          10. Honestly  Ps 145:18
          11. In Jesus' name  Jn 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-26
          12. According to His will  I Jn 5:14
          13. Abiding in Him  Jn 15:7   In the Spirit  Eph 6:18

        Hinderances to Answered Prayer:
          1. Unconfessed Sin  Ps 66:18; Prov 28:13; I Jn 1:9
          2. Unforgiveness/Unrighted wrongs  Mt 5:23-24; Mk 11:25 
          3. Covetousness/Selfishness (idols)  Mal 3:9; Jas 4:3; I Jn 5:14
          4. Rebellion to the Word (sin)  Prov 15:8; Is 59:1-2; I Jn 3:22
          5. Indifference to the Bible  Prov 28:9
          6. Wrong Husband/Wife relationship  I Pet 3:7
          7. Unbelieving  Jas 1:6-7; Heb 11:6; Mt 21:22
          8. Don't Ask  Jas 4:2 

        What we should pray for, from Matt 6 (previous lesson)

Corporate Prayer

God's promise of His presence:  Mt 18:19-20 (context of church discipline?)

God began His lesson on prayer with a warning about public prayer:  Mt 6:5

Corporate Prayer Appears to be in response to a special need:
Lu 24:49, told to tarry until Holy Ghost came (special request):  Ac 1:13-14
- "one accord" - they were unified in their purpose for prayer

In response to persecution:  Ac 4:23-31; 16:25
- "one accord"

Ac 12:5-17, Jas 5:14-15:  praying for a special need

As a farewell:  Ac 20:36; 21:5

Warnings about spreading information:
- Pr 11:13, a talebearer revealeth secrets:  but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the mater
- Pr 16:28, a whisperer separateth friends
- Pr 17:9, he that repeateth a matter, separateth friends
- I Ti 5:11-13, young widows prone to be tattlers and busybodies
- 1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's               matters.