The authority of prayer
Praying for all men is acceptable from God
2 Peter 3:8-9
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
We never know who we will affect when we pray, whether it is for fellow believers or the lost. Prayer does matter
Paul uses 4 of the 7 New Testament terms for prayer
1) Supplication – Praying specifically
We are making a specific request in order to meet specific needs
We are in supplication toward the mercies of God
The verb from which the noun “supplication” is derived has the idea of petition
2) Prayers – Praying worshipfully
This term is always directed toward God with reverence and worship. We should respect just Who we have come before!!!
This carries with it
A) Getting a promise from God
B) Understanding the context of the promise from God
C) Meeting the requirements of the context of the promise
D) Claiming the promise from God
3) Intercession – Praying confidently
Approaching the throne of grace with confidence
This suggests free access to God
This describes when we bring someone else’s burdens before God. When we are concerned with others before ourselves
4) Praise – Praying thankfully
The giving of thanks
An attitude of gratitude
The act of praising God for what He has done for you and the act of giving thanks for how He will answer your prayers
Every day – every where – in every situation
19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
I Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.