LifeConnect Notes – January 16, 2014

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  • People often do not pray simply because they do not know how to pray. They may understand the general concept of prayer, but they don’t see results when they pray. Because they receive not results, they become discouraged and quit trying.
  • God WANTS us to have results when we pray, just as those in the Bible did.
  • There are four specific examples of prayer we examined in scripture. They included Exodus 32:9-14, Genesis 18:16-33, Acts 4:23-32, and Acts 10:1-7.
  • From these passages, we see that Moses, Abraham, the Apostles and Cornelius demonstrated the following traits when they prayed:

    • Boldness
    • Kingdom-focus
    • Faith
    • Purpose
    • Passion
    • Unity
  • Prayer, at its root, is simply communication with God.
  • Often we find our prayers are not communicating anything. We are either repeating phrases, or saying things we’ve heard others say, or prayer a routine prayer that we’ve prayed many times, etc.
  • Matthew 6:7 shows us that God doesn’t want us to simply repeat sayings, but rather He wants us to truly communicate with Him.
  • As a result, we learn that prayer IS NOT:

    • Redundant
    • Aimless
    • Untrusting
    • Multi-tasking
    • Disconnected
    • Silent
  • Rather, prayer IS:
    • Conversational (Matthew 6:7)
    • Purposeful (James 4:3)
    • Full of faith (James 1:6, Hebrews 11:6)
    • Fervent/Passionate (James 5:16)
    • Spoken (2 Samuel 22:7)

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