Sermons on Prayer

Sermons on Prayer look at the different types of prayer - adoration, confession, thankfulness and supplications. This sermon looks at prayer from a different perspective - prayer as change!

Sermons on Prayer

Sermons On Prayer

We know that prayer is communication with God—God of the Bible. God communicates with us through His word and we communicate with God through prayer.

And the beauty of prayer is that God hears us. He hears us because He is always present—the theological term we use is omnipresent.

God is the only One who is always present. That’s why when I pray and you pray, God hears us both.

Most of us know that prayer involves adoration, confession, thankfulness and supplication. However, I want to look at prayer from a different prespective - do we know prayer as change?

Someone once said, "To pray is to change!" Do we pray to change?

Praying to change involves...

1. Prayers of Examination (Psalm 139)

Someone said this, “During prayers of examination we invite the Lord to search us out and know us and let us know the outcomes.” Look at Psalm 139!

Why prayers of examination?

A. God knows us better than ourselves

Let's face it - God knows everything about us. We cannot hide things from God!

B. We naturally hide sin (King David)

As Jeremiah said, “The heart is deceitful above all things…”

C. We seek to justify sin (Adam and Eve)

  • I can't forgive because...
  • I can't love because...
  • I can't serve because...
  • I can't give because...
  • I can't trust God because...

What are some prayers of examination?

  • Lord, point out the sin in my life
  • Lord, point out the short comings in my life
  • Lord, do I really love my neigbor more this year than I did last year
  • Lord, am I insensitive, am I prideful, am I self-centered, am I forgiving or am I bitter about something?

Praying to change invovles...

2. Prayers of Relinquishment (Luke 22:42)

Let's look at three examples of prayers of relinquishment.

A. Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:42)

“Not my will but yours be done.” There was a struggle, dialogue with God and finally a choice to be made - Jesus chose to surrender His will. Are you willing to surrender your will to God?

B. Job in his baffling experience (The Book of Job)

Job struggled to understand, he talked to God and finally he made a choice - He chose to surrender all to God regardless. When Job handed all over to God, a transformation took place (Job 42:2, 5-6).

C. Paul and his lack of support (2 Timothy 4:16)

Look at what it says at beginning of verse 16, “At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me.”

When Paul stood before the Roman court to give a defense of the charges against him, no one stood with him and supported him.

Not one Christian in Rome stood beside him to advise him or support him. Why? We don’t know why? Paul doesn’t tell us. Perhaps they were afraid. Perhaps they were too busy. Perhaps they were out of town. Perhaps they just didn’t know about it. We just don’t know.

But what we do know is that Paul was abandoned. Imagine the emotions running through Paul’s mind. Just when he needed some friends, it seems they all abandoned him. That must have really hurt.

But notice Paul’s reaction! Look at the end of verse 16, “May it not be charged against them.” Paul makes a deliberate choice not to become bitter about this.

Sometimes, when we work together with God and each other, people will let us down but we are not to get vindictive. We need to have an understanding spirit like Paul—a spirit that relinquishes hurt and disappointment.

Praying to change involves...

3. Prayers of Rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

What are prayers of rest?

A. Give Yourself to God in Salvation (Come to me...)

B. Give Your Burdens to Jesus (And Jesus will give you rest)

You know, we are a stubborn bunch at times. We want to do it ourselves. But the reality is we can’t. We can’t save ourselves and we can’t carry some burdens.

Finally, praying to change involves...

4. Prayers For Others (Colossians 1:9)

One of the greatest neglects in the church today is corporate prayer. We are so me oriented that we forget the we of corporate prayer. When was the last time you came together with people from the church to pray? You know, the old saying is true: “A church that prays together is a church that stays together.”

“To pray is to change.”

  • Do you pray prayers of examination?
  • Do you pray prayers of relinquishment?
  • Do you pray prayers of rest?
  • Do you pray with others?

Pray to change!

For more on prayer, click on the different types of prayer.


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