Alicia Bailey Ministries
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The Power of Prayer

How often do you pray? Prayer is an essential part of life for every believer. Do you begin and end your day with prayer to God? Prayer is the connecting life-line between the Christian believer and God. Prayer connects us spiritually with our Heavenly Father. It is the best way to communicate with Him. This daily communication of prayer is vital to our relationship with God. But the question is “Why?” Why is prayer so important?  Prayer gives us an opportunity to share our lives with God. It gives us the chance to express our gratitude and thanksgiving for the things He provides for us in life. Prayer provides the platform for us to confess our sin and ask for help in overcoming sin. Prayer is an act of praise, worship, and obedience. In fact, prayer gives us a way to acknowledge that God is in control of our lives. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 teaches us to rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ. In other words, we should pray every day about everything because God is in control of our lives.

How do should we pray? Jesus gave His disciples the Lord's Prayer as an example of how we should pray. We have the choice to recite the Lord's prayer with its exact words or we can use our own words, by remembering the different parts of the prayer that Jesus wants us to include. The Lord’s Prayer reads as follows:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Humbleness)

 Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses (Repentance),

as we forgive those who trespass against us (Forgiving),

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Righteousness).

 For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever (Honor).

Amen.

—Matthew 6:9-13

By following the example of the Lord’s Prayer in our own words, we'll learn to honor God in our prayers.

The Lord’s Prayer reminds us that when we pray we should make ourselves humble and forgiving. We should repent and honor God for all He has done. Remember that a forgiving man who asks God’s forgiveness is forgiven, a generous man who asks blessing from God will be blessed, and a merciful man who asks God’s mercy will be given God’s mercy. Therefore, before we pray, we must make ourselves pleasing to God by forgiving others, humbling ourselves, and repent of sin.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

When we speak to God our speech does not need to be complicated or eloquent just a simple “God I need you (humbleness) and God have mercy or God forgive me (repentance)” will suffice. Often times  in prayer we want to say exactly the right things but God is not looking for perfection. He is looking for humility. Don’t get caught up in fancy wording just simply talk to God and He will hear. Be confident that He knows everything about you and everything you need. Even when we don’t know what to say in prayer the Holy Spirit knows what we need.

Romans 8:26 (NIV)

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

 

When we pray we should be confident that God knows about every situation that we encounter in life. In fact, He equips with the word of God in scripture to help us through every situation in life. When we are in prayer for a specific situation in our lives we can ask God for what you need then meditate on a scripture of reference. This helps us to stay focused on the promises of God and in agreement with His word.

 

Joshua 1:8 (NLT)

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

 

Below you will find scriptures of reference for prayer in your life.

 Prayer for Healing                       Prayer for Peace                           Prayer for Finances
 Reference Scriptures                   Reference Scriptures                    Reference Scriptures

Exodus 23:25                                • Isaiah 26:3                                 II Corinthians 9:8
Galatians 3:13                               II Timothy 1:7                               John 8:26
Deuteronomy 28:60                      Isaiah 54:14-15                             III John 2
Joshua 21:45 Psalm 4:8 Isaiah 1:19
Psalm 119:89 Isaiah 54:10 Psalm 35:27
Psalm 91:3,6 Philippians 4:6-7 I John 5:14-15
Psalm 103:3,5 I Peter 5:7 Philippians 4:19
Psalm 107:20 Luke 10:19 Proverbs 3:9
Proverbs 4:22 Psalm 55:16-17 Malachi 3:10-12
Proverbs 18:21 Genesis 28:15 Galatians 3:13-14
Deuteronomy 30:19 Joshua 1:9 Psalm 23:6
Isaiah 53:5 Proverbs 3:24 Proverbs 24:3-4

Prayer for your Husbands          Prayer for your Wives   Prayer for Children
Reference Scriptures                  Reference Scriptures                    Reference Scriptures

Ephesians 1:17 Psalm 72:15 Lamination 2:19
Philippians 1:9 Colossians 1:9 Deuteronomy 28:13
Colossians 1:9 Galatians 5:16 Deuteronomy 6:5
II Timothy 1:9 Galatians 5:22 Psalm 40:8
Proverbs 19:21 Proverbs 11:16 Ephesians 6:1
Joshua 24:15 I Corinthians 11:7 3 John 2
Psalm 101:2 Ephesians 5:25, 28-29 Psalm 91:7
Proverbs 6:22 Genesis 2:18 Psalm 91:11
Ephesians 5:25 Proverbs 5:18-19 Ephesians 4:32



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