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1250 Heritage Lake Blvd.

Knoxville, TN 37922

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Prayer Guide

The Commands and the Promises

  1. Jesus taught his disciples to pray
    • Luke 18:1 - And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.
    • Luke 11:1-13
  2. Prayer increases our joy
    • John 16:24 - Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
  3. Prayer is a great gift; an awesome privilege
    • James 4:2 - You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
    • 1 John 5:14-15
    • Prayer causes things to happen that don’t happen if the prayers don’t happen. Nothing never happens when we pray
  4. Prayer glorifies God
    • Psalm 50:15 - …call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
    • John 14:13 - Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    • Prayer is the most tangible expression of trusting God

How to Pray

  1. Confession of Need
    • Prayer is an acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty and of our dependence on him to act on our behalf. He is infinite; eternal; self-sufficient. I am finite; limited; mortal.
    • “Our want and poverty are so great, our imperfection presses us so hard on every side and so burdens us that we must all, even the most godly, have cause at ever hour to lament and sigh to God and to call upon him in all humility.” - John Calvin
    • Isaiah 40:28 – He does not faint or grow weary
    • Psalm 63:1-8

       

  2. Confession of Faith in the Gospel 
    • Review the Gospel
      • Galatians 2:20–21 - I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
      • Philippians 3:8-9
      • 2 Corinthians 5:21- For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  
    • Receive grace by faith
      • Ephesians 2:18 - For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
        • We cannot come directly to God. We must always come through the blood of Jesus Christ. God not only allows us to come – He invites us to come.
      • Hebrews 10:19-22 – …let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.
        • As we appropriate the gospel it gives us the confidence to come into the very presence of God to have communion with Him. We need to learn to live by the gospel every day.
    • Take possession of grace every day 
    • Preach the gospel to yourself
      • Colossians 1:12–14 - giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
        • God wants us to come in to Him daily seeing ourselves clothed in the righteousness of Christ; counted righteous because of Christ
  3. Praise
    • Praise God for who He is
      • Psalm 145:2-3 - Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.
      • All his attributes are “transcendent”; all-surpassing
      • Knowledge (all-knowing); power (all-powerful); majesty; glory; sovereignty; mercy; goodness; grace; love; wisdom
      • Intrinsic worthiness; infinite majesty; “the infinite perfections of his character”
  4. Thanksgiving
    • Give thanks to God for His gifts and acts
      • Psalm 8:3–5 - When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
      • 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 - Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 
  5. Confession of Sin
    • Psalm 32:5 - I acknowledge my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
    • 1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  6. Petition
    • Cast your anxieties on the Lord
      • 1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
      • Psalm 55:22 - Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
      • Mark 11:24 - Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
      • Isaiah 40:27 – Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”?
  7. Confession of Trust; Thanksgiving
    • Give thanks in advance
      • “Once we have told the Lord of our pressing need, we have every cause to be at peace, for we know that nothing of our plight is hidden from him whose goodwill to us is assured, and whose power to assist us is unquestioned.” - John Calvin 
      • Romans 8:32 – He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
      • Psalm 27:13-14 - I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!