Prayer Guidelines

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Prayer is communication with God. Talking with Almighty God is the greatest privilege you have. God desires a growing relationship with you. Communication is essential for a relationship to develop. Involve God in every part of your life: every decision and every action. In that sense you should pray without ceasing — always being in communication with God.However, we need special prayer times focused completely on the Lord. He is worthy of our time and attention — and we require this time with Him to develop spiritually. Remember the instruction given in Psalm 100:4, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” If you seem to run out of words to praise God, use some of the Psalms, or praise and give thanks in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:16-18).

Many use the model prayer our Lord gave in Matthew 6:9-13 as a guideline for their special daily prayer time. Some of the principles taught are:

*You are praying to your Father.

*First worship and honor God.

*Pray that God’s will be done before praying about your own or

others’ needs.

*Ask for God’s forgiveness and help.

*Finish by praising God.

During times of prayer many find it helpful as a memory aid to have a prayer list of people and things to pray for. Also, keeping a journal of your prayer requests and answers is beneficial and will bless you tremendously as the years go by. Always base your prayer on Scripture. Scripture is God’s answer. Receiving from God in prayer involves taking His answer (His Word) to Him and receiving your request by faith.

Also, every believer can and should develop the habit of praying much in tongues. This not only edifies you spiritually (1 Corinthians 14:4, Jude 1:20), but allows you to pray with a wisdom beyond your ability and knowledge (Romans 8:26-27).

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in

all things at all times, having all that you need, you will

abound in every good work.

One way the devil tries to suppress the spread of the Gospel is

by making people believe that messages like this are just to

get money, as if preachers dreamed up the Bible for their own

benefit. No, God planned all this, and He is smart enough to

know that without adequate funding, those whom He has called to

teach and equip His people will be held back, unable to be as

effective as they should be.

When we give to those proclaiming the Word of God on earth, God

considers it giving to Him, and a seed sown.

A farmer does not hate planting his crops. Farmers don’t whine

about having to put their seed in the ground. No, they look

forward with joy to the time of harvest they know is coming,

because they understand how seeds work.

If we believe God’s Word, then we know our giving works exactly

as the seed the farmer plants in the ground.

You don’t have to believe this (or anything God teaches us in

His Word). But surely you can understand that refusing to

believe God’s Word is NOT a way to please Him.

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