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PRAYER

One day, Jesus' disciples heard him pray and were amazed. One of them immediately asked Him to teach them how to pray, like John had taught his disciples.

Praying in the correct way is what makes your prayers victorious. Prayer in itself does not get you anywhere. You must pray only when you wish to obtain the answers to your prayers.

This lesson teaches the formula for prayer - prayer that brings solutions even in seemingly hopeless situations.

There must be a reason why some people pray and receive what they prayed for, and others pray and receive no answer at all. The answer is in the Word of God.

The heroes of faith knew the principles that made their prayers productive and powerful. By putting these principles into practice they conquered kingdoms, practiced justice, obtained promises, closed the mouths of lions, put out fires, escaped from the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, overcame in battles and made armies flee.

May you never experiment defeat in battle after studying this lesson. May you pray and receive your answer. May the Lord continuously lead you in triumph.

In Christ,
Missionary R. R. Soares

 

Prayer is very important in our lives. We draw near to God through prayer to praise Him and thank Him for His benefits. It is also our best resource in difficult times, and all human beings use it at one time or another in their lives.

In spite of all that prayer represents to the believer, there are but a few who really know how to use it. When the disciples realized that Jesus obtained answers to all His prayers, they came to Him and asked Him to teach them how to pray. Because the heroes of faith knew how to pray, they conquered kingdoms, closed the mouths of lions, quenched fires, escaped from the sword, from weakness received strength, overcame in battles and made armies flee. Yes, all this and even more did they obtain, because they knew how to practice what the Lord considers true prayer.

Do you know how to pray in such a way that you will move the hand of the Lord and cause the power of Heaven to operate in your behalf? There is so much in store for you. Learn to pray the prayer of faith and begin to enjoy the best of life.

We are not going to study all the different forms of prayer in this lesson, but concentrate on the formula for prayer that will make us overcome all evil. Does such a formula exist?

Yes. In Isaiah 43:26, it is written: Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your [case], that you may be acquitted. (Isaiah 43:26)

This declaration In Isaiah is the formula for victorious prayer.



NUMBER ONE, PUT ME IN REMEMBRANCE

When we come into the presence of the Lord, we must tell Him that we are there because we are His children, because His word guarantees His blessings, and because we believe that He is able to pour out His grace upon us. If we want our request to be granted, then every time we enter into His presence we must remind Him of everything His Word declares is our rightful possession.

Is God then forgetful? Isn't He omniscient, knowing all things, with no need to be reminded of anything? Didn't Jesus teach us that even before we ask, the Father knows what we need: Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him (Matthew 6:8b).

No, the Lord does not have any problem of forgetfulness, nor are there any contradictions in the Word of God. What the Lord means when He says remind me is that our minds are many times still occupied with the material things that surround us when we start praying. Many times it is almost impossible to concentrate or enter into God's presence. Our prayer is then empty and devoid of faith, power or authority, and will never be answered.

When you begin to pray and start reminding the Lord of His promises, you are actually doing it for your own good, and not really reminding Him. You are "brushing up" your spirit,"polishing" the inner man - the real you. When you remind the Lord of everything you believe and all that you have learned from His Word, you are actually giving ear once more, or perhaps for the first time, to the Word of God. We know that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. So when you do this, you are actually doing it for your own sake.

Those who use this method know that it is true, because God does not need anyone to remind Him of the blessings He has promised us.


NUMBER TWO, LET US ARGUE THE MATTER TOGETHER

Prayer is a trial, a battle, a war. When we start praying, we must remember that our purpose is to solve the situation.

God tells us to argue the case. You do not go to court to argue a case without proper preparation. If you take someone to court, or someone takes you, you must be prepared to battle. Our adversary will definitely use all means possible to obtain victory over us. You do not have to be innocent to win; but you must prove that you are. We therefore need to prepare ourselves for a trial, which takes us back to the first step: bringing God to remembrance.

Once we have brought Him to remembrance, than we should argue the case together with Him. We should not go alone; neither should we ask Him to go for us. He says we must go together. The battle is ours, not the Lord's; He will defend us and He will attack for us.

This is certain victory. Has anybody ever heard of God having lost a single battle? This is something that will simply never happen.

To argue a case together with the Lord is to find a promise or declaration He has made concerning our position in a certain situation and then boldly begin to pray, stating our need - using the Name of Jesus, of course - and launching ourselves against the enemy, commanding him to get out of our lives, our families, or our properties.


NUMBER THREE, PRESENT YOUR CASE

After we have reminded God who we are, and what we know is our right, after arguing the case together with Him, then we must present our reasons. This is what lawyers do when they are defending someone. We must know what our rights according to the Word of God are, and then lift our voice before the supreme court of the Universe, which is the Word itself, and declare that we will accept no verdict other than that which we determine. We must remain very watchful and alert at this moment, for the enemy will try everything within his power to deceive us. At times he will come very softly, as if he were the Lord. He will insinuate that we do not deserve the blessings, as if we could receive anything through our merits. If we are do not know that the blessings of God are received by grace through faith, than he will succeed in convincing us that we really do not deserve anything, and we will lose everything.

The devil wants us to live in ignorance, to be sluggish in spiritual matters, and not learn how to receive what is already ours! Only then can he deceive us with his ragged excuses. Many times he will bring to our memory a sin we committed a long time ago, one that we have already repented of and therefore does not even exist any more in God's sight. But, since we do not really understand the Word, we forget that a confessed sin is a non-existent sin, and begin confessing it all over again, accepting responsibility for something that has ceased to exist.

You see how important it is to know your rights to not become an easy prey to the deceits of the enemy. You will not be able to present your case and consequently will lose the battle. Remember what we studied in Lesson 3: an unclaimed right is a non-existent right. You have a right to God's blessings. The Lord Jesus has overcome the devil for you. He has borne your infirmities so that you would not have bear them. The Bible states that you are more than a conqueror. When we know what the Bible declares about our position before God, and present ourselves in court based on this, then we can be sure of victory.

When we are conscious of our rights - not what we want them to be, but solely what the Word of God states them to be - then we can be sure that we will receive what the Bible declares to be ours. God did not place these declarations in the Bible just for embellishment. They were written so that we would have life, and life abundant.


NUMBER FOUR, TO BE JUSTIFIED

God makes it very clear here that He does not want us to play around with prayer, nor does He want us to be defeated when we pray. The purpose of prayer is our justification, which in Biblical language means: victory in prayer.

Only if you are unaware of your position in Christ and your rights in the presence of God, will you be defeated in your spiritual battles, whether for spiritual, physical or material blessings.

Justification is a legal term that means not only to acquit, but also to declare just, which is to say the person has never done anything wrong in his entire life. Justification includes more than pardon from sin and freedom from condemnation. When God justifies, He makes the offender just. The president of the country can grant pardons to criminals on special occasions, such as Christmas or New Year's, but he does not have the power to place that person in the position of one who has never disobeyed the law.

Without justification through faith, we will never have peace with God. If we do not have peace with Him, then we can forget ever being blessed by Him. But, thanks be to God, it is possible to achieve this. This is what He invites us to receive. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).

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1Q
What resource can we use in our most difficult moments?
(a) Prayer (b) Fasting (c) Lighting candles
2Q
What text contains the formula for prayer?
(a) Isaiah 43:26 (b) Isaiah 9:1-11 (c) John 3:16
3Q
What did Jesus's disciples do when they saw His success in prayer?
(a) They asked to let them stay with Him (b) They asked Him to teach them how to pray (c) They asked Him to sanctify them
4Q
How did the heroes of faith obtain success?
(a) They were chosen by God (b) They walked with Jesus (c) They knew how to pray
5Q
What is the first step in prayer?
(a) To remind God of His promises (b) To ask for the things we need (c) To start praising God
6Q
When we remind God of His promises, we?
(a) Do not allow Him to forget them (b) Confirm our faith (c) Free ourselves from the things that surround us
7Q
What is the second step in prayer?
(a) To kneel (b) To argue our case with God (c) To close our eyes
8Q
What does argue the matter together mean?
(a) To demand from God that which He owes us (b) A battle, a war (c) To wait for His answer
9Q
What else does argue the matter together mean?
(a) To go to battle with God, declaring His promises (b) That God will judge us (c) The trial of our faith
10Q
What should we do to receive all the best?
(a) Be obedient until death (b) Fast and never give up (c) Pray the prayer of faith
11Q
What is the third step in prayer?
(a) Wait patiently (b) Wait confidently (c) Present our case
12Q
What is the fourth step in prayer?
(a) To receive the blessing (b) To be justified (c) To present our needs
13Q
Why must we remind God?
(a) He is not omniscient (b) He does not remember everything (c) We are actually doing it for our own good
14Q
What must we do when we are taken to trial by someone?
(a) Be careful about our looks (b) Avoid strange behavior (c) Prepare ourselves for battle
15Q
Who usually wins a trial?
(a) Whoever doesn't have a guilty conscience (b) Whoever can prove his innocence (c) Whoever bribes the authorities
16Q
Has the Lord ever lost a battle?
(a) Yes (b) No (c) Just Once
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