Teach Us to Pray

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“Teach Us to Pray: Five Keys to Unlocking the Power of Prayer” : 

“Teach Us to Pray: Five Keys to Unlocking the Power of Prayer”

Key #1: Recognizing the Need for Prayer March 8Key #2: Understanding the Nature of Prayer March 15Key #3: Learning the Practice of Prayer March 22Key #4: Extending the Reach of Prayer March 29Key #5: Organizing Teams of Prayer April 5 : 

Key #1: Recognizing the Need for Prayer March 8Key #2: Understanding the Nature of Prayer March 15Key #3: Learning the Practice of Prayer March 22Key #4: Extending the Reach of Prayer March 29Key #5: Organizing Teams of Prayer April 5

Key #1: Recognizing the Need for Prayer : 

Key #1: Recognizing the Need for Prayer

Prayer is a Personal Matter : 

Prayer is a Personal Matter


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1. Why the need for prayer? : 

1. Why the need for prayer?


1. Why the need for prayer? : 

1. Why the need for prayer? List three reasons why prayer is needed Because we need God God desires communication and intimacy “Prayer as production” Christian growth and ministry









Overcomes 3 Barriers To Spiritual Wholeness : 

Overcomes 3 Barriers To Spiritual Wholeness The failure to gain self-acceptance The failure to forgive others The failure to receive forgiveness to oneself

2. Taking Inventory : 

2. Taking Inventory Are we a “prayer-driven” church? The example of the early church?

“They all joined together constantly in prayer.” Acts 1:14 : 

“They all joined together constantly in prayer.” Acts 1:14

“They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 : 

“They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.” Acts 4:31 : 

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.” Acts 4:31

“And we will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:4 : 

“And we will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:4

“Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.” Acts 28:8 : 

“Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.” Acts 28:8

Taking Inventory : 

Taking Inventory

Activity #1: Rate the priority given to prayer in your life and church : 

Activity #1: Rate the priority given to prayer in your life and church

Activity #2: Rate your (church’s) dependence on God : 

Activity #2: Rate your (church’s) dependence on God

“Prayer-driven lives/churches are those that depend on God.” : 

“Prayer-driven lives/churches are those that depend on God.”

You are the air I breatheYou are the air I breatheYour holy presence living in me : 

You are the air I breatheYou are the air I breatheYour holy presence living in me

And I, I'm desperate for YouAnd I, I'm lost without You : 

And I, I'm desperate for YouAnd I, I'm lost without You

You are my daily breadYou are my daily breadYour very word spoken to me : 

You are my daily breadYou are my daily breadYour very word spoken to me

And I I'm desperate for YouAnd I I'm lost without You : 

And I I'm desperate for YouAnd I I'm lost without You

I need Thee every hourMost gracious LordNo tender voice like ThineCan peace afford : 

I need Thee every hourMost gracious LordNo tender voice like ThineCan peace afford

I need Thee O I need TheeEvery hour I need TheeO bless me now my SaviorI come to Thee : 

I need Thee O I need TheeEvery hour I need TheeO bless me now my SaviorI come to Thee

I need Thee every hourStay close and near byTemptations lose their powerWhen You are close by : 

I need Thee every hourStay close and near byTemptations lose their powerWhen You are close by

I need Thee O I need TheeEvery hour I need TheeO bless me now my SaviorI come to Thee : 

I need Thee O I need TheeEvery hour I need TheeO bless me now my SaviorI come to Thee

Activity #3: Mark the statement(s) below that best describe(s) how you see yourself or your church. : 

Activity #3: Mark the statement(s) below that best describe(s) how you see yourself or your church. ____ 1. I (we) talk about prayer, but I’m not sure we really believe that prayer is effective ____ 2. Without question, I believe that prayer makes a difference

____ 3. I (we) say that prayer makes a difference, but still pray too little ____ 4. I (we) turn to prayer before doing anything else ____ 5. I (we) don’t give enough attention to praising God for answered prayer : 

____ 3. I (we) say that prayer makes a difference, but still pray too little ____ 4. I (we) turn to prayer before doing anything else ____ 5. I (we) don’t give enough attention to praising God for answered prayer

3. Prayer Exercise: Meditating Upon the Rooms of Our Lives : 

3. Prayer Exercise: Meditating Upon the Rooms of Our Lives

Exercising our Spiritual Muscles : 

Exercising our Spiritual Muscles

Floor plan: each room represents an area of our lives : 

Floor plan: each room represents an area of our lives

Praying through Psalm 84 : 

Praying through Psalm 84

4. The Need for Prayer Journals : 

4. The Need for Prayer Journals Practical tips: Private vs. “open” journal Use a binder Use dividers for the various sections: Word, Praise & Thanksgiving, Intercession, Petition, Repentance & Forgiveness

A Model for Daily Prayer : 

A Model for Daily Prayer 1. Word – listening to God through His written word 2. Praise & Thanksgiving – “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” 3. Intercession – “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

4. Petition – “Give us this day our daily bread.” 5. Repentance & Forgiveness – “And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” 6. Committing ourselves and our day to God – “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” 7. Listening Prayer

“See You Next Week!” : 

“See You Next Week!”

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