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Does Prayer Matter?

Key Scripture (2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT):

'Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.'


Summary: Does prayer matter? This questions alone tells us that we may have tried praying at some point, but we have yet to experience the results of praying that we’ve expected. From the very beginning, God’s heart has always been that we would learn how to intimately connect and grow with Him. Through prayer, we have the opportunity to examine how and what our lives are aligned with, as well as, embrace God’s call for his people to: be humble, pray without ceasing, seek His face and confidently know that He hears us and promises to bring healing.

Lesson One: In order for any of us to grow deeper in our relationship with God; then we must increase the designated time we spend with God.


Every loving relationship requires meaningful communication. Our relationship with God is NO DIFFERENT.


Next Step: This week take a moment to really examine how you start and finish your day. Is there a specific designated time that you’ve committed to spend with God?

Lesson Two: Often we are quick to act and slow to pray; when it ought to be that we are quick to pray, so that our activity is directed by the clarity and understanding we receive when God aligns our hearts with His.


God wants to share both his heart & his wisdom in every area of our lives. This is why we have been gifted with the beautiful gift of prayer. Prayer can do so many things to help us intimately connect with the heart of God.


Next Step: What is your routine that influences your process of making decisions? What role does prayer have in influencing your decisions and process of making decisions? This week practice praying through certain scriptures to help influence how you make certain decisions.

Lesson Three: Alignment is intregal to the life of the believer.


Prayer is about aligning our hearts preferences with God’s will for our lives. Therefore, what you pray about reflects what you believe about God.


Next Step: How important is prayer in your life? When people look at your life (especially in matters of faith & prayer), will it reveal that God is ESSENTIAL or OPTIONAL?

Conclusion:

'Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)


Remember, what we pray about matters to God, just as much as it matter to us. Therefore, He desires to have influence in our lives when it comes to prayer. As Christians, we must learn to stop making prayer the last resort and seek to make it our starting point. Make room for God to intimately reveal Himself to you through prayer.