Promises Regarding Prayer

  1. The role of the Spirit (Romans 8:26 – 27, 1 John 5:14, Jude 20)
    1. The Spirit brings our prayers up to God’s standards
    2. The Spirit modifies our prayer to conform to the will of God
    3. If it is according to His will, He hears
    4. Praying in the Holy Spirit
  2. Appropriate occasions (James 5:13 – 18, 1:5 – 8, 1 Timothy 2:1 – 2, Philippians 4:6 – 7, Ephesians 6:18)
    1. Relief from affliction
    2. Recovery from illness
    3. Forgiveness for me and for others
    4. Adjustments to nature to get the attention of unbelievers
    5. Ask for wisdom
    6. For world leaders that we live in peace
    7. Relief from anxiety
    8. With thanksgiving
    9. For all the saints
  3. Cautions about prayer (James 4:1 – 2, 1 Corinthians 14:15, 1 John 3:22, 1 Timothy 2:8, 1 Peter 4:7)
    1. Failing to ask
    2. Asking with poor motives
    3. Pray with understanding
    4. Whatever we ask we receive because we keep His commandments (v23: the commandments are faith and love)
    5. Without wrath or doubting
    6. Be serious and watchful in your prayers
  4. Attitudes of prayer (Hebrews 4:16, Ephesians 3:12, 1 John 4:15, Philippians 4:7)
    1. Boldly
    2. Confidently
    3. We know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him
    4. The peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds