James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
All through the Bible you will see that Jesus was always praying. He said I do nothing but what I see the Father do and I say nothing but what I hear the Father say. Jesus knew how important Prayer was. He was always trying to get His disciples to pray. He knew that without prayer God's Word could not go forth.
We will be going to a lot of scriptures of Jesus' ministry of Prayer. The first one we will look at is the Prayer Jesus Prayed before He was ascended to be with the Father.
John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
John 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
John 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
John 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
John 17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
John 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
John 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
John 17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
John 17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
How to pray for protection from the evil one
Check your spiritual condition
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
Pray with confidence in the power of God
Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Put on the whole armor of God through prayer
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Take time to pray through the following scriptures
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
“Help me to recognize the lies of the evil one and those who are in his kingdom.”
Help me to stay alert to the devil’s schemes." with the breastplate of righteousness in place.
“Help me to remember that Christ has made me righteous when the attacks of evil come.
“Help me to walk in the righteousness of Christ, in a way that is right, as determined by His Word when temptation comes.”
“Help me to remember that it is the accuser who brings the past up to me.”
Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Help me to be ready to serve You in every way.”
“I will not let fear or quench my readiness to serve You or speak for You in any way in which You desire.
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
I withstand all the fiery darts of the wicked, because I have my shield of faith on. When I am being tempted, help me believe You and not the lie.”
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
“I am rejoicing in my salvation and realize that no one or
nothing can remove me from Your protective hands Nehemiah 8:10“ the joy of the
LORD is your strength.”
“I wage war using Your Word as Jesus did.”
Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
I pray for other believers who are under attack against the evil one.
Jesus taught us to pray “Lead us not into temptation.” When you intercede for someone in prayer, you are waging warfare with the evil one and his demons to help protect their life. You are heading off the evil one.
By praying in this way, you are taking seriously the provision the Lord has made for your protection and for the protection of others. Parents, pray the spiritual armor on your children. Husbands, pray for your wives. Wives, pray for your husbands. Brothers and sisters, pray for one another.
Prayer and Fasting
Mat 6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat 6:17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
Mat 6:18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
After Jesus had finished His specific instructions on how to pray, He moved immediately to the topic of fasting. It is interesting to find in the Scriptures how often prayer and fasting are linked together. Almost every time fasting is mentioned, it is linked with prayer.
Fasting is going without food for a specific purpose. It is not going without food as a diet or to show that we can do it or to appear spiritual. It is something we do for God not for ourselves or other people. Isa. Chapter 58 is a good place in the word to research fasting. We must not fast just because someone tells us to. We must get directions from the Holy Spirit. He knows our bodies and what they can take. I know a lady that is in a deliverance ministry and she has fasted many times for 20-30 days. She was taking in no food, she was drinking only liquid. She found out later that her thyroids were under active, and because she was fasting so much, it had robbed her body of iodine and that caused her thyroid problem. I am not saying you should not fast, I am saying to make sure you hear from the Holy Spirit, and use the wisdom of God.
Notice that at the beginning of verse 16 Jesus says, When you
fast….. He assumes that we will fast; He just wants us to do it correctly.
Compare these words with His statements about giving to the poor and praying
in the previous passage: Giving to the poor— Matthew 6:2 “So when you give to
Fasting--- Mat 6:16 Moreover when ye fast,
Christians do not tend to doubt that we are to give and to pray, but fasting is, for most of us, a new idea. But is very clear that He expects us to do it.
There are no specific guidelines in the New Testament for There are no specific guidelines in the New Testament for long to fast. All that is stated is that is expected. This gives us clear freedom to seek the Lord’s guidance in this matter. Once again let me caution you that some people, for physical reasons (i.e. diabetes, hypoglycemia, pregnant or nursing mothers), or other medical conditions cannot or should not fast. Please check with your physician first.
Prayer and Faith
A Lesson The Disciples Would Never Forget
In Matthew 21:18-22 Jesus is going to give the disciples a
dramatic example of the power of faith in prayer. This passage takes place
during the last week of Jesus’ life. He had spent the previous day in
Jerusalem, driving the moneychangers out of the Temple and teaching people
there. . At the end of the day He went to Bethany (2 miles from Jerusalem) to
spend the night.
Mat 21:18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
Mat 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
Mat 21:20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
Mat 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
We need to realize there was more going on there than meets the eye. The twelve thought the only item on the agenda was breakfast, but Jesus had more in mind. He was about to use that situation to teach the twelve a lesson in faith and prayer. He was going to make use of a powerful and dramatic demonstration as a lesson He had been trying to teach them throughout His ministry.
20. When there was nothing but leaves on the tree, Jesus said, May you never bear fruit again!” And “immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" They asked.
21 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain (Mount of Olives), 'Go, throw yourself into the sea (Dead Sea?), and it will be done. 22. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
This would definitely get the attention of the twelve. Not
only do they have the visual lesson of seeing the fig tree wither, but also
they are climbing the Mount of Olives and can see the Dead Sea 12 miles away!
They may have actually paused there on the Mount of Olives and looked at the
Dead Sea and imagined the mountain being thrown into the sea. Jesus definitely
had their attention.
Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray prayers that move mountains. His point was that He wanted them to believe in Him, to pray prayers that showed they believed in Him, to pray prayers that would remove any obstacles to serving Him or growing in their faith in Him. And He wants us to do the same.
Do you believe that “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer?" Do you believe that, when you pray in faith, you will be able to move mountains? This is what Jesus wants us to understand! If we have faith as we pray, God will give us whatever we ask— anything!
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.