Biblical prayer beliefs help churches understand to whom they are praying and why they need to be holy people of prayer with biblical prayer priorities, focus, motives and expectations.
The Bible reveals a proper prayer relationship with the triune God. Biblical prayer beliefs anchor a church to the triune God in relationship and intimacy. Thus, a church prays to the holy-other, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God of the Bible who is Father and the great initiator of prayer (see Mt. 6:9; Isa. 45:5; Ps. 27:8; Jn. 15:16).
The Bible also reveals the need to pray through Jesus and in His name (see Jn. 16:23-24). Praying in Jesus’ name keeps a church praying in God’s character, will, intimacy and desires. This allows for the experience and promotion of the glory of God’s name as churches pray. Through Jesus, believers and churches experience communion and fellowship with the God of the universe and they fulfill their role as priests in His kingdom (see 1 Pet. 2:1-9; Rev. 1:6). This means they have confident access into His presence and eternal advocacy through Jesus’ blood to ask with boldness and confidence (Heb. 7:25; 10:19-24).
Bible-based church prayer also involves Spirit-controlled and Spirit-aided prayer (see Eph. 6:18; Jude 20; Eph. 5:18). Prayer in God the Spirit allows for a life of prayer that is focused, filtered and fashioned by the Holy Spirit (see Rom. 8:26-27). This ensures Spirit-led and empowered church prayer that is God-centered and accomplishes God’s agenda.
Father, please teach me to pray! Show the Body of Christ how to seek Your face as we learn how to develop a praying lifestyle based upon Your powerful, inerrant Word! May the power of Your Holy Spirit invade our hearts and draw us close to the purposes of Your heart. In the Name of Jesus, we ask that You would deepen our longing to know You more fully as we center our intercession upon the agenda of Your kingdom!
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 41, The Bible and Church Prayer by J. Chris Schofield). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God for choosing you “before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Eph. 1:4). Thank him for choosing the poor in the world’s eyes to be rich in faith (Jas. 2:5). Confess the times when you have felt apathetic toward God’s lordship. Commit yourself to living in his promises as revealed in the Word. Ask God to help you live a holy and blameless life.
Ask God to prosper the work of world missionaries which your church supports. Pray for them and their families by name.
“It is in private prayer that we most easily get in touch with our spiritual selves.” —Anonymous
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