January 20

The biggest secret to prayer is to just go out and do it. Simply talk to God. Pour out your heart to Him while asking Him to change your heart:

Have Thine Own Way, Lord Hymn by Adelaide Pollard

1 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!

Thou art the potter, I am the clay.

Mold me and make me after thy will,

while I am waiting, yielded and still.

2 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!

Search me and try me, Savior today!

Wash me just now, Lord, wash me just now,

as in thy presence humbly I bow.

3 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!

Wounded and weary, help me I pray!

Power, all power, surely is thine!

Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!

4 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!

Hold o’er my being absolute sway.

Fill with thy Spirit till all shall see

Christ only, always, living in me!

One of the great ways to pray to God is to sing songs to Him such as this. In fact, pray the Psalms to Him as they were the worship hymnbook of Israel. And look at the words of this song (many coming from Scripture)! We are the clay and we are to be at the mercy of our loving Heavenly Father to do with as He pleases.

Again, the key is to just pray.

Yesterday we discussed the framework of prayer from Luke 11. Jesus didn’t tell His disciples to pray that particular prayer, but told them to pray likeit.

  • Praying to our Heavenly Father
  • Exalting His Holy name
  • Seeking His righteous rule to come to earth soon
  • Recognizing His provision to us
  • Seeking His forgiveness while we ourselves forgive others
  • Asking Him to protect us from temptation

And, notice, you cannot pray to Him as your Father if you are not a born-again child of God. Those who are not saved have no right to call Him Father. But, when we are adopted into His Kingdom, then we can come to Him as His children and talk to Him as our Father. Isn’t that beautiful?

So, once we realize that we can just speak to God at any time, or even sing to Him, we need to make it a continual practice in our lives. The benefits to us are immense, and most importantly it brings Him glory.

Remember though, this doesn’t happen by having lessons on prayer, reading books on prayer, or talking about it. It comes when we practice what Jesus did and just seek the Lord continually.

  • Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  1. Looking at this passage in Philippians, break it down into bite-sized chunks:
    1. What’s our mental and emotional state supposed to be in life with regards to any and every thing and situation? _________________________________________________
    2. How many requests are we to bring to God? _________________________________________________
    3. And, what are the three things we are to do with regards to bringing those requests to Him?
  1. ____________________________________________
  2. ____________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________
    1. What is the result when we bring these things to God? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Isn’t this a wonderful and comforting promise from our Father?

  • I. Peter 5:7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
  1. Looking at I. Peter here, how does the complete and loving sovereignty of God protect and secure you? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. How much of life are we to be worried about? ___________________________________________________
  • I. Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
  1. Lastly, please pray today for your leaders: your President, your Congressmen and Senators, your Governor and local leaders. Each person that God has appointed to lead this nation needs salvation, wisdom, and protection. Pray for the firemen and policemen in our community, for the school-teachers, and civic leaders.