The definition of word is:
*a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, that functions as a principal carrier of meaning.
* speech or talk: to express one’s emotion in words
* the text or lyrics of a song
Words are powerful. They communicate thoughts, transform, deliver information, teach, and express feelings. Positive words inspire others in a positive way. Words were essential in creation and redemption. Our words display the work of God in our lives, our relationship with God, and what’s in our heart. God looks at our heart, but he listens to our lips.
Our words are like seeds. We speak them and they will bear fruit – yield a harvest.
Words tell what is really in the heart.
Matthew 12:33-37 NKJV
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
A good man out of the good treasure of the his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Words At Creation
Genesis 1:3-32 NKJV
“Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day. Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So the evening and the morning were the fifth day. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Psalm 33:6-9 NKJV
“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea together s a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.”
In the beginning everything was created by a word. God spoke words in the spiritual realm to make things happen or come about in the physical world. God formed us in His image and therefore, just like Him, our words have power.
Words That Ushered In Our Redemption
John 19:29-30 NKJV
“Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”
The words “It is finished” are important words in the redemption story. When Jesus said those words, He was declaring the debt for our sins was wiped away completely and forever.
B. Words Are Words
Words are words no matter if they are spoken, written or sung.
Written words are just as important as spoken words.
Deuteronomy 6:9 NKJV
“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
God commanded the Israelites to write His Word (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) on a small scroll and attach it to the door post of their homes.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NKJV
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
C. Words Have Power
Research shows that words have emotional, physical and spiritual impact. Words effect everything – animals, plants, people, situations….
Your words are negative or positive. The words you speak have the power to wound or heal, discourage or encourage, tear down or build up, bless or curse. Words are binding.
Your words effect you, your home, your church, your country…Our words will either bless a situation or curse it.
James 3:10 NKJV
“Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.”
With words, Jesus cursed the fig tree and it died. Jesus spoke commanding words and those words caused the tree to die.
Mark 11:12-25 NKJV
“Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.
And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.
So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple.
Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.” And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.
When evening had come, He went out of the city.
Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”
Words Can Steal
Speaking negative words can steal things from you. The story of Moses sending the twelve men out to spy out the land is a good example of how you can allow words to steal something from you.
Joshua and Caleb gave a good report, but the other ten men gave a bad report.
Numbers 13:25-33 NKJV
“And they returned from spying out the land after forty days. Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Don’t talk yourself out of God’s promises and victory by your words.
Negative words can cause you to miss out on the promises of God.
Words Can Keep You In A Desert Place
Negative words can keep you in a dry, place, wandering around instead of entering into the promises of God.
In Exodus and Numbers we read where the people complained and it kept them out of the promised land. God has given us promises by His Word. We must be careful not to mess things up by our words. Sometimes we just need to be quiet.
Number 16:26-35 NKJV
“And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness. According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. I the Lord have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’”
Words Can Build Up – Edify
The story of Gideon is an example of how the right words can build a person up and help them to see themselves as God does.
Judges 6:12 NKJV
“And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
The children of Israel had done evil in God’s sight, so God allowed the Midianites to oppress them for seven years. Afraid of their enemies, the Israelites hid. The Midianites continually stole animals and ruined the crops, leaving the Israelites to starve. Impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord. As fearful Gideon hid from the Minianites threshing wheat in a winepress, the Angel of the Lord appeared and said, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Gideon was fearful when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him.
Words Can Mean The Difference Between Life And Death
Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
The Shunammite woman is an example of being careful with our words. Sometimes when we experience a devastating event we can be prone to speak negatively. No matter what we see with our eyes or what people say to us concerning our situation, we must be careful to guard our words.
2 Kings 4:18-33 NKJV
“And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers, And he said to his father, ‘My head, my head!’ So he said to a servant, ‘Carry him to his mother.’ When he had taken him and brought him
to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. Then she called to her husband, and said, ‘Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.’ So he said, ‘Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath?’ And she said, ‘It is well.’ When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord.”
The son that the woman was promised now lay dead in her arms. If she had looked at things through her natural eyes she would have accepted the death of her child. But she knew that God had promised her a son. The woman was careful with the words that she spoke over her son. There is life and death in our words. Every word that comes out of our mouth either brings life or it bring death.
Proverbs 13:3 NKJV
“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
By guarding our lips (our words) we actually guard our lives.
D. The Words You Sing
Some people wouldn’t be caught dead saying certain words or talking in a certain way but they have no problem singing a song with the same words or phrases in it.
Listening to songs with negative words and phrases are just as bad as singing them.
Knowing that words have power, we must be just as careful with what we sing (and listen to) as we are with what we say.
God hears us singing. Are the words that we are singing positive, do they encourage, build up, or bless?
Words Are Important In Our Worship
Worship ushers in the presence of God – wither it is spoken or sung. Worship songs can help welcome the Holy Spirit into your presence. The Holy Spirit can use songs as one means of preparing our hearts to hear from God.
God is enthroned in our praises. Praise leads to worship and worship leads to the manifest presence of God. Wherever and whenever God’s people come together to worship Him in spirit and truth, they become a habitation for His manifest presence.
Everyone and anyone can praise God however, not everyone can truly worship God. Worship is ascribing value to something or someone. You cannot worship what you don’t honestly value or see as precious.
Praise to God and worship unto Him are both important.
But there is a difference between praise and worship.
Praise centers around acts (things done or given you) and worship centers around the person (their character, who they are, your love and reverence for them…)
In a husband and wife relationship, during times of intimacy (as they are entwined in each other‘s arms), which do you think the husband would rather hear from his wife: In a regular voice, “Thank-you for being a good provider to me.” or in a sweet whisper, “I love you so much.” ?
Which do you think a wife would rather hear from her husband: in a regular voice, “Thank-you for keeping the house clean.” or in a hushed whisper, “You mean everything to me.”?
Jesus is our bridegroom and He longs for us to draw close to us in worship.
In a parent child relationship (when they were small) which do you think the parent would rather heard from them, “Thanks for the new ball,” as they ran out the door or “I love you,” as they curled up in their lap?
God is our Father and He longs for us to seek His face and not just His hand.
Words Can Change Your Praise Into Worship
Sometimes in a service the congregation may be singing a praise song about God, but in your spirit you may feel a longing to draw closer to God in worship. You can change your praise into worship. Make the song personal to God just by changing a few words – remember words have power. When you do, you will be ministered to ( blessed, encouraged, refreshed…) even if no one else is.
Do They Truly Edify?
Not all Christian songs and hymns edify. There are some songs we would be better off not singing. How do songs that declare that you are weary, lonely and so forth edify?
E. Words Last Forever
Words are so important that we will be held accountable for them. Once spoken words cannot be retracted. Our words have long term effects. and one day our words will be judged.
Matthew 12:36-37 NKJV
“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
An example of the lasting effect of words is found in Joshua 6:26.After the Lord God gave the city of Jericho into the hands of Joshua and the people of Israel, Joshua pronounced a curse on the city.
Joshua 6:20-27 NKJV
“So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword. But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, “Go into the harlot’s house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her.”
And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel. But they burned the city and all that was in it with fire. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had. So she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. Then Joshua charged them at that time, saying, “Cursed be the man before the Lord who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest he shall set up its gates.” So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country.”
Joshua’s curse did come true many centuries later, during the time of King Ahab, when Hiel of Bethel laid its foundation and rebuilt its gates at the expense of his two sons.
1 Kings 16:34 NKJV
“In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation with Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, according to the word of the Lord, which He had spoken through Joshua the son of Nun.”
Joshua did not promise Jericho would never be rebuilt. He said the person who rebuilt it would be judged by the loss of his firstborn son and youngest son. At the laying of the foundation Heil’s first son died. At the hanging of the gates, the youngest son died.
F. God’s Word Is Powerful
Great things can be accomplished when we quote (speak) the Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”
The Word of God is powerful and effective.
Isaiah 55:11 NKJV
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Ezekiel 12:25 NKJV
“For I am the Lord. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it,” says the Lord GOD.’”
Hebrews 4:12:13 NKJV
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
A. What Is Prayer
Prayer is talking and listening to God. In 1 Peter we read that God hears the prayers of the righteous. God sees the righteous and He hears their prayers. Righteous can be described as right standing with God. When we are in right standing with God we know that God will hear and answer our prayers.
1 Peter 3:12 NKJV
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against
those who do evil”
Psalm 66:18 NKJV
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”
Proverbs 15:29 NKJV
“The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.”
Proverbs 15:8 NKJV
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.”
Prayer can be described as communicating with God. Communication is the exchange of information between people, a spoken or written message, and the communicating of information.
Communication is essential in every part of our lives. Without it we would not achieve much. Relationships between people who do not communicate with each other fall apart. The same is true with our relationship with God. We must talk and listen to God. The dictionary defines prayer as a spoken or unspoken address to God.
There are many types of prayer. Prayer may express praise, thanksgiving, confession, or a request for something such as help or somebody’s well-being.
1. Praise – Praising God for who He is. Praise is an expression of admiration, worship and thanks to God.
2. Thanksgiving- Thanking God for what He has done and for what He is going to do. It is also a public acknowledgment of God’s goodness.
3. Confession – Confessing (telling) God your sins, faults or failures. Confession mean admission of wrongdoing, an open acknowledgment of feelings, an admission of having done something wrong, admission of guilt, and a declaration of sins to God.
4. Requests – Asking God for something. A request is an appeal made to someone who has the power to grant it.
B. Follow Jesus’ Example
Jesus would go off alone to seek God’s direction and to draw closer to God. Should we not do the same? There are times that the Spirit will draw us away from everyone in order to give us strength for what lies ahead.
Spiritual victories are often followed by times where we have been alone seeking the face of God. Also, after a spiritual victory, we need to get alone with God for fresh strength and fresh vision.
A Time Of Prayer
We need to have a time of prayer.
Mark 1:35 NKJV
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”
If you want to grow wither in your personal spiritual life or your church you must have a time of prayer.
In our busy world we must make time to pray. If we do not make time our enemy, will keep us so busy that we don’t have time to.
Jesus (Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:25) , Abraham (Genesis 19:27, 21:14, 22:3), Jacob (Genesis 28:28, Exodus 24:24), Joshua (Joshua 3:1) and David (Psalm 57:8, 63:1, 78:34, 90:14) all rose up early to pray.
A Place Of Prayer
Jesus had a place of prayer. We need a place of prayer
Burdens become a victory in the place of prayer.
Pray Out Loud
Matthew 26:39 NKJV
“He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
God hears our silent, whispered, murmured and loud prayers, however there are many good reasons to pray out loud. A few are:
1. When we pray out loud it zeros in on our thoughts. At any given time we have many thoughts going through our mind so when we pray out loud it helps to single out what we are praying for.
2. Praying out loud together is the pattern set for us by the early church
Acts 1:14 NKJV
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
Acts 2:42 NKJV
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Acts 12:12 NKJV
“So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.”
3. Praying out loud declares your faith.
According to Romans 10:9-10, confession is made with the mouth.
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
By praying out loud, you are declaring, or confessing, your faith.
4. Praying out loud is an encouragement.
When we pray out loud those that hear can be encouraged by our words.
When Jesus prayed for other people He prayed out loud so that those who heard Him could be strengthened in their faith and encouraged.
5. Praying out loud can help stir up faith and prayer in others.
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
.6. Praying out loud help others to pray.
Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. By listening to Jesus pray they gained greater understanding on prayer and how to pray.
7. Praying out loud can speak things into existence.
Our words contain power and they have the ability to speak things into existence.
8. Praying our loud (in a group setting) is a way of sharing our struggles and weaknesses.
It can also be comforting for others to pray out loud for us.
James 5:13-16 NKJV
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
9. Praying out loud helps build your faith.
Your mind thinks it, your mouth says it, your ears hear it and your mind believes it.
Jesus gave us an example of prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. We call it the Lord’s Prayer.
Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV
“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.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
1. Address God.
(Examples: Dear Father, Our Father, Heavenly Father, Abba Father, Father, Lord, Dear Lord)
2. Exalt God for who He is and thank Him for what He has already done.
(Examples: Thank-you for this day, Thank-you for Your love, Thank-you for Your mercy)
3. Pray for others – present their needs to God.
(Examples: heal Your people, save my family, provide for the hungry, thy kingdom come)
4. Pray for yourself.
(Examples: Give me strength to do what is right, Help me to obey You, Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, Forgive me of my sin, Cause me to listen to my parents and teachers, Help me to overcome temptation)
5. Words of praise to God.
(Examples: I praise and worship You, Bless Your name, I praise You, I exalt Your name)
6. End in Jesus’ name. When we end a prayer in Jesus’ name it means “in the authority of Jesus“.
C. Pray Specifically
clears your mind.
emphasizes your dependence on God.
helps you define your needs.
increases your faith.
makes you more alert to answers.
Praying specifically may mean the difference between receiving the good and the best.
Pray for people by name.
Pray for situations and circumstances by name..
When Jesus was going to do something for someone He would ask them, “What did they want?’
Example: Blind Bartimaeus
Mark 10:46-52 NKJV
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
Example: Two Blind Men
Matthew 20:29-33 NKJV
“Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”
So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.”
Pray In The Spirit
Sometimes we don’t know the specifics of a situation or need so we don’t know how to pray effectively for the request. It is during these time that we must allow the Holy Spirit to pray through us.
Romans 8:26-27 NKJV
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
D. Pray From God’s Perspective
We are called to bear one another’s burdens but we must remember that in many cases we can’t change anything, but we know the One who can. Seeking God’s will is important. In our own flesh we may try to fix things for others but, we only make them worse because God may be trying to speak to the other person through their problem.
The same can be true in our prayers. Sometimes what we assume we should pray for isn’t always what God wants us to pray. At times with our natural eye we might pray for one thing, such as deliverance when we should be praying for strength or endurance.
We need the Holy Spirit to guide us so that we can align our prayers up to God’s will. Praying according to the will of God includes asking for wisdom (to know the will of God) and asking in faith (to trust the will of God).
Matthew 6:10 NKJV
“…Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.”
Prayer is not about getting God to do what we want Him to … it is releasing God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.
E. Our Part, God’s Part
God knows what we need before we ask, and He wants to meet our needs. However, He wants us to take an active part in His plans. Our part is to pray. We must leave the results up to God. When praying we must expect God to answer.
God will always answer, however it is not always answered in the way we desire. God says yes, not, and wait. No is an answer that we do not like to hear, however when God tells us no He has a reason for it.
Romans 8:28 NKJV
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
God desires for us to be concerned about others. It is important for us to pray for them, both the saved and the unsaved. Do not take it personally when you pray for someone and your prayer is not answered in the way you thought it would be. Remember when praying for others, our job is to pray and leave the results up to God.
Sometimes a yes answer is not given, not because of your faith or God’s ability, but because the person you prayed with spoke in a negative way about their need.
Example: Praying for a person to get well and then the person says something to the effect of. “I am so sick“, or “I’m never going to get well.”
.You can see examples of this almost every day social media. People claiming a sickness by saying phrases like: my asthma, my heart problem, my diabetes, my depression, my arthritis….
Standing In The Gap
God not only wants to talk to Him about our needs, but He also wants us to take part in His meeting the needs of others.
God is always looking for people to stand in the gap for others through prayer. If we stand in the gap for others, God will hear and answer our prayers.
God wants us to…
be part of His plan.
be involved in what He is doing..
stand in the gap, to go before Him on behalf of those who do not know Him.
be concerned about the welfare of others.
pray for those around us.
In Ezekiel 22 God wanted Ezekiel to stand in the gap for the people in Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”
God told Ezekiel that He is getting ready to pour out His judgment on Jerusalem because of all the wickedness in the city
however, He was looking for someone to pled their case.
Before the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, Abraham was visited by three messengers of God. The Lord told Abraham what would happen to the cities. Abraham interceded for his family and the righteous people that might live there.
Genesis 18:22- 33 NKJV
“Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?” So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.” And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?” So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.”
Abraham went to God on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah – he didn’t just sit back with a negative attitude about the cities.
F. Your Prayers Are Prophetic
Prophesy is speaking for God, not about God.
If you pray according to God’s will you are prophesying to your future or the future of others.
G. Praying God’s Word
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”
The Bible is full of the promises of God. We have been given a promise for every situation , problem and circumstance that we face. God already has the answer even before we know that we have a need.
Deuteronomy 4:29 NKJV
“But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
When you seek something you search for it. You make an honest attempt to look for it.
Psalm 34:10 NKJV
“But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
When you have something that you need to pray about you should find the promise or a similar need in the Bible. It is up to each one of us to search out the promises that God has given us.
1. Find the promise in the Bible
2. Pray the promise back to God out loud.
H. Examples Of Praying God’s Word
Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.”
1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Thank-you for Your report – Your Word tell me that Jesus was wounded for _____________’s transgressions, Jesus was bruised for _____________’s iniquities, the chastisement for ___________’s peace was upon Jesus, and by Jesus’ stripes ____________’s is healed. Victory is given to _______through our Lord Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit may I not look to the right or to the left. Help me to only look into Your face, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Great I Am. You are Abba Father. You are the Great Physician. You are the Holy One. You are the Mighty One. You are our Strong Tower. You are the Rock on which I stand. Thank You Father that all Your promises are yes and amen. I will believe in Your report – Your report says ____________ is healed. Your report says victory.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV
“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”
May You bless and keep my spouse, our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren. May You make Your face shine upon them, and be gracious to each one – smile upon them. May You lift up Your countenance upon my spouse, our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren, and give them peace – show each one Your favor.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Psalm 91 NKJV
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”
As I abide in You, I abide in the secret place of the Most High and under Your shadow. You are my refuge and my fortress. In You I will trust. You deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from perilous pestilence. Under Your wings I take refuge. Your truth is my shield and buckler. I will not be afraid of the terror by night or of the arrow that flies by day. The pestilence that walks in darkness and of the destruction that lays waste at noonday does not have power over me. A thousand may fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand, but it shall not come near me. No evil shall befall me, nor shall any plague come near my dwelling. Thank-you that You give Your angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways. In their hands they will bear me up. When I call upon Your name, You hear me and answer my cry. You satisfy me, and show me Your salvation. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to appreciate each day You give me. May I rejoice and be glad all my days. And may the beauty of the Lord be upon me. No matter what is happening around me help me to always make You my dwelling place.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
You are my shepherd. In You I lack nothing. You supply my every need, and You refresh and restore me. I will not fear when things are dark and uncertain, for You are there with me. You provide relief in my distress and You show me the way. You lead me in the right direction. You have set me apart for a particular purpose, even in the presence of my enemies. Thank-you for all the goodness and mercy that You shower upon me. By the power of the Holy Spirit keep me on Your path. And may I bring glory to You. It is my heart’s desire that I dwell in Your house forever.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Psalm 92:12-15 NKJV
“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
We come before You on behalf of the elderly. We ask that you give them rest and encouragement. May You ease, relieve and refresh their souls, spirits and bodies. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may they cast all their cares, burdens and anxieties upon You. Put a new song in their hearts and on their lips. By the power of the Holy Spirit, cause them to remember and hold on to the promise that You will not permit the righteous to be moved – that You will sustain them in every area and season of their lives. We thank-you that the righteous shall flourish and shall still bear fruit in old age. They shall be fresh and flourishing. You are their Rock and they will declare Your glory.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
Isaiah 59:19 NKJV
“So shall they fear
The name of the Lord from the west,
And His glory from the rising of the sun;
When the enemy comes in like a flood,
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”
Psalm 18:39 NKJV
“For You have armed me with strength for the battle;
You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.”
1 Samuel 17:47 NKJV
“Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands”
Zechariah 4:6b NKJV
“ ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.”
Philippians 4:13 NKJV
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Thank-you for all that You do for us. You truly are the Lord Our Strength. When the enemy comes in like a flood against us, You, O Lord, lift up a standard against him. You will wage war against our enemy and You subdued those who rise up against us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us stand firm in the face of the enemy and arm us with strength for the battle. May we always remember that the battles that we go through do not belong to us. They belong to You, O Lord.
Cause us to keep our eyes on You and not on our enemy and may we never try to fight the battle for You. Fill us full of vigor, strength, force and power for Your glory. Thank-you that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
In Jesus’ name, Amen