3 facts about prayer
1. We are wired by God for prayer!
2. We’re not very good at prayer.
26 We don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. Romans 8:26 NLT
1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of the disciples said "Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1 NLT
3. We don’t really understand prayer very well.
7 When you pray DO NOT use meaningless repetition thinking that you will be heard for your many words. Matthew 6:7 NASB
3 FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS ABOUT GOD
1. GOD’S LOVE IS PERFECT.
16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. 1 John 4:16 NIV
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV
13 Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones 14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” 15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:13-16 NIV
2. GOD’S CHARACTER IS 100% GOOD.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who reverence him. Psalms 103:13 NLT
14 We can be confident in approaching God, knowing that he listens to us whenever we ask him for anything according to his will. 15 And since we know that he hears us when we make our requests, then we can be sure that he will answer us. 1 John 5:14-15
11 I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future. 12 Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11-12 NCV
3. GOD’S POWER IS UNLIMITED.
-He knows everything, and he wants to share His wisdom.
3 Call to me and I will answer you. I will show you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own. Jeremiah 33:3 MSG
-He owns everything, and he wants to share His wealth.
11 If you, being imperfect and sinful parents know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him? Matthew 7:11 NLT
-He can do anything, and he wants to share His power.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV
8 Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you! James 4:8a NLT