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HOW TO PRAY

1. Standing like Solomon 1 Kings 8:22 says And Solomon stood before the
altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel and spread forth
his hands to ward heaven.

2. Sitting down with God like King David 1 Chronicles 17:16 says And
David the King came and sat before the Lord and said who am I, O Lord God and
what is mine house that thou hast brought me he thereto.

3. Kneeling down like Ezra- Ezra 9:5 says And at the evening sacrifice I
arose up from my heaviness and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell
upon my knees and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God.

4. Lying on the bed like King David- Psalm 63:6 says When I remember thee
upon my bed and meditate on thee in the night watches.

5. Lifting up your hands like paul - 1 Timothy 2:8 says I will therefore want
men pray every where lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting.

6. Lying on the ground like David 2 Samuel 12:16 says David the king
therefore besought God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all
night upon the earth.

7. Bowing down your head like Moses- Exodus 34:8 says And Moses made
haste and bowed his head toward the earth and worshipped.

8. Falling down on the ground like Moses: and Aaron went from the presence
of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation and they
(Moses and Aaron) fell upon their faces and the glory of the Lord appeared unto
them.

SOME KINDS OF PRAYER

1. Adoration prayer
2. Acidic prayer
3. Agreement prayer
4. Aggressive prayer
5. Asking prayer
6. Assurance prayer
7. Apostolic prayer
8. Arrow sending prayer
9. Authority prayer
10. Binding prayer
11. Back to sender prayer
12. Pleading prayer
13. Breakthrough prayer
14. Consecration prayer
15. Cursing prayer
16. Decree prayer
17. Congregational prayer
18. Defence prayer
19. Desperate prayer
20. Dedication prayer
21. Forgiveness prayer
22. Enquiring prayer
23. Open heaven prayer
24. Loosing prayer
25. Deliverance prayer
26. Lamentation prayer
27. Intercessory prayer

THINGS THAT ARE NOT INVOLVE IN PRAYER


1. Burning of different kinds and colours of candles.
2. Bathing in the river, stream or beach.
3. Sleeping in the cemetery, grave yard.
4. Use of special incent for prayer
5. Wearing of a particular garment for prayer
6. Counting of beads while praying
7. Burning of spices with fire
8. Use of books other than the Holy Bible

IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER

CHAPTER TWO

Prayer is the most difficult, most intensive and most important of all spiritual
duties of Christians. It is not only spiritual warfare but warfare of its own. Prayer
is the key to power and it gives us authority over Satan and his agents. Prayer
generally is said in words, by word God created most things we also are justified
by our words. By not praying we can loose almost all our entitlements from God
including prosperity, health, peace, protection and even salvation.
Prayer is so important that a child of God, disciples, followers and the Apostles of
Jesus Christ know it and they asked Jesus Christ to teach the how to pray
Luke 11:1 prayer is the ultimate force available to Christians specifically and
human beings at large.

Life on earth is full of challenges. Every human being is seeking for solutions to
lifes problems and challenges. To a good extent, some solutions have been
found but only temporarily. The ultimate solution has not been achieved by man
in his own power scientific discoveries have been helpful but have never been all
curative.

The only permanent solution to mans situation on earth is God; the only way to
God is by prayers through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:13 14.

There is yet to be seen such challenges in this world that prayer cannot solve,
that is why the Holy Spirit instructed believers in Christ to pray without ceasing.

Without prayer, we cannot communicate with God Psalm 65:2 says O


thou that hearest prayer unto thee shall all flesh come.

We need prayer when we are weak spiritually Isaiah 40:31 when you go
to the almighty in prayer; He will take away your weakness and give you
His strength.

We need prayer when we are strong

When you do not know what to do Psalm 62:11

We need the power of prayer to wrestle against the forces of darkness


Ephesians 6:12

Without prayer the Kingdom of God cannot be established on earth


Matthew 6:10

Without prayer, we can easily fall into temptation Matthew 26:41

So that one will not go to hell fire Luke 21:34

We receive the fullness of joy through prayer. Psalm 16:11

Tremedous power is released through prayer James 5:16


Through prayer we receive salvation Romans 10:9-10

We can enforce prophecy through prayer 1 Timothy 1:18

We obtain mercy through prayer Hebrews 4:16

We activate angelic intervention through prayer Act 12:5, 11

Prayer brings deliverance to the captives Psalm 107:19, 20

Through prayer a strong heart can be melted.

Great revelation comes through prayer Jeremiah 33:3

We are sanctified by prayer 1 Timothy 4:5

We enter into His presence through prayer Psalm 100 :4-5

We receive boldness to preach the gospel through prayer Ephesians


3:12

We are transformed through prayer Psalm 34:5

We move the hand of God through prayer to change unpleasant situations


to conducive conditions - Number 16:16

Prayer brings peace in times of trouble Psalm 3:1-8, Isaiah 26:3

Prayer is our (Christians) greatest weapon against the enemy (Satan and
his cohort) 2 Corinthians 10:4, Ephesians 6:12

Gods promises can only be achieved, received, obtained and fulfilled


through prayer John 14:14, Isaiah 41:17

We can control.

FOUR MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY OF A PRAYING DISCIPLE, FOLLOWER,


AND BELIEVER OF GOD THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
PRAYER
We must read the Bible every day meditate on the word of God regularly and
inculcate it into our spirits, souls and body Matthew 4:4

BIBLE STUDY
The second major responsibility given to us by God is studying and
understanding the word of God Joshua 1:8, 2 Timothy 2:15.

SERVICE THE THIRD INSTRUMENT OF PRAYER


We are saved to serve, everyone of us must do something for God all of us
without exception must voluntarily release ourselves for service within the body
of Christ. Galatians 5:13, Hebrews 10:25

SOUL WINNING THE FOURTH RESPONSIBILITY OF A PRAYING


CHRISTIAN:
As a Song writer says in his song; I made to understand that the Hymn MUST I
GO AN EMPTY HANDED this is the only hymn written by the writer, he wrote
this hymn when he got converted on his sick bed, when he was about to die, the
words of the Hymn, whenever I sings this hymn I often broke down. The hymn
goes thus Must I go an empty handed must I meet Saviour so not one soul with
which to greet must I empty handed go. Let us labour for the Lord. Is a
command and responsibility that goes with prayer to accomplish. Mark 16:15,
Mathew 28:19 20.

STEPS TO PRAYER
Be alone with God Matthew 6:6
Worship God and adore Him, Tell God you love Him. Revelation 4:11
Prays for Gods mercy upon you Proverbs 28:13
Be genuinely sanctified John 17:17
Receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit Act 1:8
Feed on the word of God John 15:9
Obey God willingly and promptly Isaiah 1:19
Remind God of His promises to answer all our prayer Jeremiah 33:3
Note sinners prayers are not answer except the prayer of forgiveness and
salvation. John 9:31
Believe that with God nothing shall be impossible Luke 1:37,Mark 23:2
Be assure that God is the possessor, provider and the true owner of
everything in Heaven and Earth Haggai 2:8
Rejoice and give thanks for answered prayers Mark 11:24, 1
Thessalonians 5:16 18

PRAYER MOTIVATORS OR BOOSTERS


1. Fasting
2. Holy ghost baptism
3. Revival
4. Persecution
5. Divine Warning
6. Praying in the Spirit
7. Divine revelation
8. Personal testimonies
9. Danger
10. Oppression
11. Household strongman

CHAPTER THREE

PRAYER HINDRANCES
Prayer is necessary in the life of a Saints, the word of God admonishes you and I
as becoming saints that men ought always to pray and not to faint Luke 18:1.
This is the will of God as stated by our Lord Jesus Christ. Moreso Paul
emphasized that we are to pray without ceasing- 1 thess. 5:17 But David
lamented, saying behold, I was shappen in iniquity and in sin did my mother
conceive me Psalm 51:5. This opens the disability; lack of power, frailty and
the moral weakness found in man known as HINDRANCES This natural and
spiritual hindrances found in the flesh of man and other hindrances affecting the
prayer life of the saints. To look at this topic, we will be examining the following
subheadings:

- TWO KINDS OF PRAYER HINDRANCES


- PRODUCTS OF PRAYER HINDRANCES
- PRODUCERS OF PRAYER HINDRANCES
- PURPOSE OF PRAYER HINDRANCES
- PRAYER AGAINST PRAYER HINDRANCES

WHAT IS PRAYER HINDRANCES


Whatsoever that prevent you from prayinging or preventing you to pray, it could
be natural, physical, forces, and spiritual. They are hindrances to ones pray or
prayer life, these make a Christian to be inactive. Inability to pray at all.
Inability to pray for a long time
Inability to pray with concentration, distractions at the altar of prayer.
Inability to pray in the Spirit
Inability to pray at night or keep vigil Luke 6:12
Sleeping at the altar of prayer Matt 26:40
Praying amiss at the altar of prayer
Praying only in the Church. Matt 6:6
Praying under the Spirit of slumber. Romans 11:8
The prayer life being Zero.

Prayer Hindrances prevent you from praying and prevent your prayers from
being answered by God, not receiving from God no results. What are the
ingredients or products of prayer hindrances.

PRODUCTS OF PRAYER HINDRANCES


- Hypocritical prayers Matthew 6:5-6 praying for public display, praying with
motive of public recognition.
- Dishonouring prayers, praying by men head covered, praying by women
with head uncovered 1 Corinthians 11:4, 5
- Pretentious prayers. Praying with pretention to cover up; praying with
pretention to substain position Matt. 23:14
- Watch less prayers praying without watching against flesh. Praying
without watching against Satanic attacks 1 Peter 4:7
- Powerless prayers praying without power from above, praying without
ability to pray in the Spirit, prayer that lack fire from on high. Act 4:31,
Luke 24:49
- Faithless prayer, praying in unbelief prayers that lack faith in God James
5:15

PURPOSE OF PRAYER HINDRANCE JOHN 10:10


To stagnate and padlock destines of the children of God, Church, and the
Gospel of Jesus Christ.
When you pray you are offending the Devil and his cohort, the Devil is not
happy seeing and hearing you praying, praising, reading the word of God.
So he wants to hinder you from being praying and praising God. That
leads us to know some of the dangers in hinderances to prayers.

1. To stagnate and padlock destinate of Gods people.


2. To convert devoted souls to destitute on earth
3. To turn believers away from God
4. To hinder progress of diligent Christian
5. To cause backsliding of the Christian
6. To cage and enslave Gods people
7. To promote Satanic activities in the Church and the lives of the
people.
8. To hinder spiritual sanctity
9. To send people to hell and reduce the candidates of Heaven.
10. To empower household strongman
11. To steal, kill and destroy heavenly blessings
12. To boost the flesh and the work of the flesh
13. To multiply sorrow, poverty, and wretchedness
14. To make Gods people to remain prayerless and powerless.
15. To hinder the progress of the Gospel of the kingdom of God.

MOTIVATORS OF PRAYER HINDRANCES


1. Generational power, household strongmen and women
2. Unforgiven Spirit
3 Negative thoughts
4. Secret Sins
5. Worldliness too much love for the things of the world
6. Unbelief
7. Lack of discipline and self control
8. Wrong companions, evil communication corrupt good manners.

HOW TO BREAK OUT OF PRAYER HINDRANCES


1. Deliverance from foundational powers curse, household strongmen and
women
2. Deal with know and unknow sin
3. Decide to walk in righteousness, holiness and purity of heart.
4. Feed on the word of God daily
5. Depend on the word of God and His promises
6. Depend on the Holy Spirit
7. Discipline your flesh
8. Resist the devil

CHAPTER FOUR

JESUS THE EXAMPLE OF PRAYER


And it came to pass, that as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased
one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray as John also taught his
disciples Luke 11:1

In other words the disciples know that Jesus is the only one who can teach them
how to pray aright, he is an example for us the believers, we ought to follow His
foot steps.

Therefore to teach means to impart knowledge to somebody or group of people.


To impart skill by instruction or example, to show, to exaplain, to equip with or to
inculcate someone with some knowledge or information
Christ our example of prayer as He also demonstrated in the garden of:
- Gensemene, He demonstrated His prayer life in so any occasions with
different situation and circumstances.
- When Jesus Christ was with the disciples during His earthly ministry when
the disciples gather to eat and break bread, He will pray the prayer of
thanksgiving.
- When He was by the scepulcal of Lazarus the brother of Mary and Martha
He offer a prayer of request.
- When He was in the Garden of Gensemene He prayed the prayer of
Agonising prayers. Weeping to God in prayers, Warfare prayer.
- When He was on the cross He pray the prayer of adoration and exaltation,
pray a forgiven prayer for His persecutors and the world at large.

OUR LORDS PRAYER LUKE 11:1-4


In this special prayer, popularly called Our Lords prayer, our Lord Jesus
Christ set for us a method that we can always make use of when we approach
God in prayer.

i. Our father which art in heaven Recognizing the fatherhood of God


overall things and all creation.
ii. Hallowed be thy name This means holy sanctified blessed,
concecrated, sacred respected it means that the name of our God is
highly set apart, we must demonstrate this attitude to Almighty God in
prayers.
iii. Thy kingdom come this is saying about the perfect will of God for
mankind that the kingdom of God be established on earth, the joy,
peace, fellowship blissfulness in His Kingdom should come to man.
iv. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. This is the kingdom of
Gods will be in our hearts to fulfillment of the coming kingdom of God.
v. Give us day by day our daily bread This implies that we request from
God our daily needs God has promised to supply all our needs daily.
As he supplies for each day we must know and believe that He shall
provide for us tomorrow.
vi. And forgive us our sins for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to
us This means that we cultivate the holy habit of forgiving our offers.
This shall ensure that when we ask God for forgiveness we shall get
our positive prayer answer.
vii. And lead us not into temptation. This means that we must pray daily
for deliverance from temptations from the powers and forces of
darkness and wicked human beings, who have evil intensions and use
prayer to ward them off.
viii. But deliver us from evil. This means we need to pray against evil, pray
our life out of evil that we have inherited from our foundation evil we
have cause by ourselves through sins, and against the evil programme
and master minided against us.

This is where deliverance prayers come in. This must be done in all its details.
This world is full of evil and there is much need for prayers now.

RESULTS OF FOLLOWING EXAMPLE OF JESUS IN PRAYER


You will make it to Heaven
Your joy will be full
You will get quick answers to your prayers
Your faith will develop and grow
The peace of God shall saturate your life.
You will become a profitable instrument in the hand of God
Your confidence in God shall grow.

CHAPTER FIVE

IMPORTUNATE PRAYER

There is no doubt about it, it is certain it is an absolute promise made by the Son
of God Himself speaking with the fullness and authority of His Father.

When we talk about importunate prayer we refer to the book of Matthew 7:7

ASKING, SEEKING AND KNOCKING


Here we see three faces of prayers. Asking is normal prayer of requesting from
God.
Seeking is prayer with a mindset to know or receive a particular answer.
Knocking is intense prayer.

These three (3) words emphasized that we are to show persistence,


perseverance and importunity.

These three words connote that we must bring to God an undiscouraged life of
prayer which tells our rightness of the things we ask for and also test our sincerity
in asking for them.

Asking, seeking and knocking do not just mean that if we ask for anything we
like, we got it.

The word anything does not mean any thing bad or anything harmful to us or to
others it simply means anything that will be good for us in line with the will of God
that will promote the Kingdom of God.

If you ask any of the things that are good for your salvation of your soul, anything
that brings you nearer to God and ehance your life for good He will give it to you.