8 Teachings of Jesus on Prayer – Teaching #2

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  Jesus taught that prayer must be with persistence—not losing heart (from Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:5-10, and Luke 18:1-8)

 

Jesus taught this lesson of persistence in prayer from two different stories, on two different occasions.  One of His stories, recorded in Luke 11:5-10, is about a man who needed bread and who goes to his friend at midnight and begs for it until his friend gives him the bread.  The other story, in Luke 18:1-18, similarly, is about a widow who goes before an unjust judge and pleads for justice from her adversary; and she continues to come to him, begging for justice, until he finally gives it to her.   

We will not go into all the details of the stories (you can read the stories yourself).  However, I want to emphasize the central teaching: that when we pray we must pray with persistence and not lose heart

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8 Teachings of Jesus on Prayer – Teaching # 1

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 In this post and in the following eight posts our discussion will be drawn strictly from what Jesus taught us about prayer in the gospels. 

In my study, I found fourteen different passages in the gospels where Jesus taught on prayer.  I have organized them into eight different categories.  This is an excerpt from my book Principles of Prayer.

  

#1.  Jesus taught that prayer is not to be directed to others or self but to God alone; therefore, it must not in any way be a show or an effort of good works, but rather to be as a humble cry to God for help (from Matthew 6:5-8 and Luke 18:9-14).

 

 We will outline this section in three parts.  First, from Mathew 6:5…

 1. Prayer must not be a show of good works.  Jesus said, “And when you pray, you shall not be like the…

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3 Things to Pray That the Holy Spirit Will Do For Us

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Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will do these three things for us and in us:

1.  Bring us into communion with God

Since we know that God is spirit and that He is omnipresent, we can be sure that He is always with us and in us.  The Bible tells us that we cannot escape from His presence (Ps. 139:7-12).  We also know that since He is a person, we can relate to Him as a person.  For these reasons, it is possible to have a great and lasting relationship with Him.

The only problem is that our sinful flesh often gets in the way, and therefore, we often reject Him.  But our flesh need not be a problem.  Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and so, we can simply confess our sins, repent, and come back into fellowship with Him.  And the Holy Spirit is…

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Let My Prayers Be as Incense To God

Psalm 141:2

Let my prayer be set before You as incense,

The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

I don’t always think of my prayer as pleasing God. But if we are His children and our prayers are genuine and with love, He will be pleased, and our prayers will be as incense to Him. Let that be our prayer and our motivation to pray.

And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints (Revelation 5:8).

How We Can Pray For the World: Three Areas of Prayer

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Just before Jesus ascended to heaven He told His disciples that as soon as He arrived He would send the Holy Spirit back to them.  Then He said, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged” (Jn. 16:8-11).

What does this all mean?  Well, let’s break it down.  Since Jesus has left, we know that the Holy Spirit has come.  And by this passage we know that He is now working to convict (or to convince) the people of this world of three things: of sin, righteousness, and of judgment.

SIN

He works to convict them of sin, Jesus said, “Because they do not believe in…

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8 Ways the Holy Spirit Helps Us Pray

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There are so many different ways the Holy Spirit helps us to pray.  Here are eight ways:

 

1.  He brings to us the Spirit of the Father.  Since the Holy Spirit has the same Spirit of the Father, and since He resides in us, He will convey to us that Spirit, which will help us in prayer. 

Andrew Murray views this Sprit of the Father as a gift given to us by the Father in order that we (His children) may reproduce all the things He brings to us by His Spirit.  He says,

The best gift a good and wise earthly father can bestow on a child is his own spirit.  This is the object of a father in education—to reproduce in his child his own disposition and character.  If the child is to know and understand his father, if he is to enter into all…

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

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As we can see from His name Holy Spirit…

He is holy.  He is holy simply because He is God.  He is the holy spirit of God and we call Him Holy Spirit.  Thus, being God, we know that He is holy.  As 1 John 1:5 indicates, God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.           

We also see in His name that…

 He is spirit.  Being spirit He is never visible and we can not touch Him.  But He does communicate and commune with us, from His spirit to ours, as we attempt to live in His spirit.  The more we put away the deeds of the flesh and walk in the Spirit, the more we will be able to commune with Him and sense in our spirit and in our mind (which I believe has a connection to the spirit) that He is present…

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7 Things to Practice for Holiness

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1.  Practice consecration with prayer.  Consecration is the act of giving ourselves completely to God through prayer for His will and service, recognizing that our life and all that we have is His. E.M. Bounds has said: “Prayer enters into every phase of a consecrated life…Consecration is really the setting apart of one’s self to a life of prayer.”

 And how does all this affect holiness? If affects it directly and in every aspect. We cannot be holy without it.  Why?  Because consecration is that which prepares the heart for holiness.  It is the act of giving ourselves to God by bringing our desires in line with His, thus by making our attitude right before him.  Moreover, by consecration we both prepare ourselves for holiness and we enter into that holy life.  A holy life in every phase is a life of consecration with prayer.

 2.  Practice…

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How to Be Holy: The Process of Holiness

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 Holiness is a process, which means that it takes time and continual effort.  It doesn’t happen all at once.  It is a process of transformation by renewal (Rom. 12:2).  Renewal starts with the mind and then works into the character.  The objective of renewal is always to renew the whole person: spirit, mind and body (complete renewal, however, will come after this life on earth; read 1 Cor. 15:51).

 Have you ever seen an old building being renovated?  All the old rotten material is removed and new material is put in its place.  Sometimes it is found that the entire building must come down and be replaced.  And so it would be a process of starting over.  That is the picture of what renewal is.  It is a renovation process.  The old comes out and the new is put in its place.  Hence, with us, all uncleanness and…

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