Purpose of Prayer - Feb 17 & 18

OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT WITH
VISION, PRAYER AND COURAGE.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 KJV

HOW SHOULD I PRAY WHEN I HEAR DISCOURAGING NEWS?

NEHEMIAH’S PATTERN OF PRAYER

“… Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” Nehemiah 1:2-3 NKJV

1)    ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO AWAKEN YOUR HEART

“So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah 1:4 NKJV 

2)    BASE YOUR PRAYER ON GOD’S CHARACTER

“Then I said, “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands… !” Nehemiah 1:5 NLT 

3)    CONFESS BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE SIN

“Listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses.” Nehemiah 1:6-7 NLT

4)    CLAIM GOD’S PROMISES IN PRAYER

“Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’”  Nehemiah 1:8-9 NIV

5)    BE VERY SPECIFIC WITH WHAT YOU WANT IN PRAYER

““O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.” In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.” Nehemiah 1:11 NLT 

“The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”” Nehemiah 2:4-5 NIV