Declaring a Year of Prayer - Dec 30 & 31

DECLARING A YEAR OF PRAYER

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NKJV

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

I) THERE ARE THINGS GOD WANTS TO DO BUT WILL NOT DO WITHOUT PRAYER

“You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:2b NIV

·      WE DON’T ASK

“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24 NKJV

·      WE ASK WIYH WRONG MOTIVES

·      YOU WANT WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOU

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights,” James 1:17a NKJV

 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

II) WHEN WE COMMIT TO PRAYER GOD PROMISES TO BLESS

“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.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

3 PURPOSES OF PRAYER

“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 NIV

1)    THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER IS PRACTICING DEPENDANCE

“So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”” Zechariah 4:6 NIV

“‘You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD All-Powerful.”  Zechariah 4:6 NCV

2)    THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER IS COMMUNICATING WITH GOD

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6 NKJV

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalms 37:4 NLT

3)    THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER IS TO  COOPERATE WITH GOD

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10 NKJV