Welcome to Prayer University! Whatever your discovery level in the power and practice of prayer, the teachings offered are here to help.
PRAYER 101 - Teaches the basic that prayer is more than the necessary daily conversation with God – it is the recognition of His very presence with you in every circumstance. As your prayer life expands, you discover prayer is worship, getting our lives aligned with His will, making us aware of His provision and adding to our personal development.
EMPOWERED THROUGH PRAYER - Go further and deeper than ever in your practice of effective, persistent prayer through Prayer University, with lessons created especially to empower you to pray for America and her leaders during this vital time in the nation’s history.
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Reviewing The Basics
The five “W’s” of prayer
By Holly L. Meade
“I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.” – Charles Spurgeon
As a professor, I have had the privilege of instructing future journalists in the art of writing and reporting factual and compelling stories. I always teach these students that the foundation of their stories should include researching and presenting the Five W’s: Who, What, When, Where and Why. And likewise, when it comes to prayer, this model can also a helpful tool you can use to uncover some of the basics of communicating with God.
S. D. Gordon wrote more than 25 devotional books, most of which included the phrase “Quiet Talks” in the title. Gordon wrote, “The great people of the earth today are the people who pray! I do not mean those who talk about prayer; or those who say they believe in prayer; or those who explain prayer; but I mean those who actually take the time to pray.”
Prayer is a privilege reserved for the children of God. This intimate communication is only for those who can say with Jesus, “Our Father…” When someone is a new creation – through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – prayer is as essential as breathing.
“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’” This verse in Luke 11:1 demonstrates that prayer is a learned discipline. Jesus answered the disciples’ request by teaching them “The Lord’s Prayer.” However, He also said, “Pray, then, in this way. When you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition.” (Matthew 6:7,9) Jesus was modeling for the disciples that prayer was not a religious monologue but instead a collection of brief sentences.
Prayer is a relationship where you communicate, worship and seek God knowing that He loves you and hears you. It often includes confession, praise, adoration, supplication and intercession.
The Bible says, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The Greek translation means “pray without intermission;” not allowing prayer less gaps to intervene between times of prayer. It is not a regimented matter of delegating prayer to the morning, afternoon or evening, but rather exercising frequent and regular prayers for a consistent prayer life.
Obviously, you cannot spend all your time on your knees. Yet, it is possible to have a continuously prayerful attitude in addition to regular times of intercession.
God called King David “a man after My heart” (Acts 13:22). To earn that kind of reputation David frequently spent time alone in God’s presence, communicating with the Lord from the depths of his heart, asking Him questions and listening quietly for His answers.
Of course, you can pray anywhere…even during your daily routine when others are unaware. However, there is great value in spending time alone with God —in a place without distractions or interruptions for a period where you can focus completely upon the Father and His Word and wait to receive His directives or words of comfort.
As author, teacher and pastor Andrew Murray wrote, “Shut the world out, withdraw from all worldly thoughts and occupations, and shut yourself in alone with God, to pray to Him in secret. Let this be your chief object in prayer, to realize the presence of your heavenly Father.”
Scientific studies have revealed that praying helps people stay in control of their emotions and their behavior. Researchers say that people turn to prayer as a coping response to the high demands of life and are rewarded with increased strength and self-control. Praying has been specifically associated with reduced levels of infidelity and alcohol consumption. From a scriptural perspective, there are a variety of reasons to pray. Prayer is a form of serving God (Luke 2:36-38) and obeying Him. God also commands His children to pray. (Philippians 4:6-7) In the New Testament prayer is often exemplified by Christ as His critical communication line to remain in the Father’s will.
So now you have discovered many of the basics regarding the Five W’s of prayer. Yet, most important, remember this: prayer should flow from your heart. It is the avenue through which you can experience friendship and intimacy with Your Heavenly Father, the Creator of the universe, the One who loves you unconditionally and desires for you to know His love more each day and each moment.
Holly Meade is a communications specialist, writer, speaker and teacher with a master’s degree in mass communication. She has extensive experience in creating and producing content for radio, television and the Internet.
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PRAYER 101 LESSONS
Motivate Yourself to Pray
Four things you need to know to motivate yourself to pray:
Lesson 1 – Prayer is loving communication with God
Lesson 2 – You Speak; He Speaks
Lesson 3 – God listens and responds
Lesson 4 – Lack of prayer causes problems
Sovereignty of God in Prayers
Five-part series examining the sovereignty of God and how it relates to your prayers for the nation and its leaders.
Lesson 1 – The Sovereignty of God defined
Lesson 2 – How Prayer connects Earth and Heaven
Lesson 3 – Your Prayer help wage the battle
Lesson 4 – Praying for the lost
Lesson 5 – Praying for the salvation of others
Understanding Who God Is:
Four Characteristics of God Related to Prayer
Lesson 1 – His omnipotence – He is all-powerful
Lesson 2 - His omniscience – He is all-knowing
Lesson 3 – His omnipresence – He is all-present
Lesson 4 – He is love – all the time
The ACTS Model of Prayer
Helpful tool of the ACTS model of prayer (adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication):
Lesson 1 – Adoration
Lesson 2 – Confession
Lesson 3 – Thanksgiving
Lesson 4 – Supplication
What Jesus Revealed Concerning Prayer
Five important concepts Jesus’ actions and teachings reveal concerning prayer and the Christian’s relationship with God:
Lesson 1 – What Christ says about prayer
Lesson 2 – How the Holy Spirit guides and comforts you
Lesson 3 – Why and How Jesus Prayed
Lesson 4 – The power of confession and forgiveness
Lesson 5 – Lessons and benefits of the Lord’s prayer
Creative Ways to Pray as a Family
Lesson 1 - Kids Included
Lesson 2 - Dynamic Duo
Worship in Prayer
Lesson 1 - Worship defined – and how it motivates prayer
Lesson 2 - Meeting With Your Creator – Prayer changes you more than you know