Prayer

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Prayer | Matt Chandler

God calls us to be a people of prayer, desperately depending on Him to move and transform hearts and lives. In this series, The Village Church focuses on three prayer topics: racial reconciliation, the sanctity of human life and the nations.  

Shift | Louie Giglio

In this series, we take a close look at this familiar prayer and discover that Jesus was not necessarily teaching us what to pray but instead, how to pray. Prayer has the power to influence not only our relationship with God, but also know we live our lives. "Shift" is about opening our eyes to see the kingdom that Jesus came to establish. By learning to shift how we pray, we will find that our whole perspective on life will also shift and through grace, we'll learn to see things the way Jesus sees them.

Basic Series: Prayer | Francis Chan

Are we doing church the way the Bible instructs us? Are we supposed to gather in a building once a week to sing a few songs and hear someone else talk about God? Is that the church Jesus ask His followers to create? Join Francis Chan in these unique study sessions as he encourages Christians to examine the early church and consider returning to the concept of church described in the Bible.

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Bible Passages

"Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." | James 5:13-16 (NIV) 

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
— 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NLT)

 

"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." | Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) 

"Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!" | Psalm 95:2 (NIV) 


Quotes

“Prayer is not a work that can be allocated to one or another group in the church. It is everybody’s responsibility; it is everybody’s privilege.” | A.W. Tozer

“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.” | John Bunyan

Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.

— Andrew Murray

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” | Martin Luther

“Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.” | J. Hudson Taylor

“Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.” | R. A. Torrey

"Every time we pray our horizon is altered, our attitude to things is altered, not sometimes but every time, and the amazing thing is that we don't pray more." | Oswald Chambers

"It is not the body's posture, but the heart's attitude that counts when we pray." | Billy Graham

"Persistence in prayer for someone whom we don't like, however much it goes against the grain to begin with, brings about a remarkable change in attitude." | F.F. Bruce

“Grant, O Lord my God, that I may never fall away in success or in failure; that I may not be prideful in prosperity nor dejected in adversity. Let me rejoice only in what unites us and sorrow only in what separates us. May I strive to please no one or fear to displease anyone except Yourself. May I see always the things that are eternal and never those that are only temporal. May I shun any joy that is without You and never seek any that is beside You. O Lord, may I delight in any work I do for You and tire of any rest that is apart from You. My God, let me direct my heart towards You, and in my failings, always repent with a purpose of amendment.” | Thomas Aquinas

“Question for God every morning: What is the main event today? What do you want me to focus on today?” | John C. Maxwell "Prayer is the master-weapon.We should be greatly wise if we used it more, and did sowith a more specific purpose." | Charles Spurgeon

"I do not believe that one can earnestly seek and find the priceless treasure of God's call without a devout prayer life. That is where God speaks. The purpose of prayer and of God's call in your life is not to make you number one in the world's eyes, but to make him number one in your life. We must be willing to be outshone while shining for God. We hear very little about being smaller in our own self-estimate." | Ravi Zacharias

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” | John Bunyan

“Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.” | Thomas Aquinas

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all. Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don't want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of 'good time' is seldom in sync with ours.” | Oswald Chambers

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;where there is hatred, let me sow love;when there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;and where there is sadness, joy. Grant that I may not so much seekto be consoled as to console;to be understood, as to understand,to be loved as to love;for it is in giving that we receive,it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,and it is in dying [to ourselves] that we are born to eternal life.” | St. Francis of Assisi