40 Days of study

A human being lives, but he is given life.

A Spirit-given Desire to Pray

When we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, a deep, an inner desire will begin to develop within us to be more in prayer to our heavenly Father. (Zech. 12:10) Christians have known the importance of prayer, but many times we have made efforts to take time in prayer, but those special seasons of prayer were motivated by some crisis and don not continue very long. Our problem is that we have become very self-sufficient in meeting our own needs and the needs of the church. We have been taught our whole lives to rely on our own efforts, but to do the work of God we need to rely on Him.

Our God is an amazing God and if we put our trust in Him we will see our lives blossom in ways we never thought our lives could. We can either yield to this God-given desire, or ignore it. However, if we want to experience to deep things of God and the fullness of Christ in our lives, we must yield to this desire to pray. Only then will our plans be Gods plans, and our activities be God’s activities.

Jesus said in (John 10:30) “I and my father are one” everything Jesus did He did under the direction of the Father”. (John 14:10) “Do you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the father who dwells in me does the works”. The question is how did Jesus get such an oneness with the
Father? The answer is through prayer, through the daily communion with the Father.

This 40 day study is designed to do just that in your life, during these 40 days you will experience empowerment to be victorious over Satan and the strength to witness for Christ.

 

Supporting Scripture; (John 14:14), (John 17:11)

 

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. What do people tend to rely on more than prayer?
  2. What kind of prayer life do you have?
  3. What kind of prayer life do you think Jesus wants you to have?
  4. How will the Holy Spirit affect your prayer life?
  5. What kind of prayer life did Jesus have?
  6. How did it affect His relationship with the Father?

 

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Contact the people on your prayer list and let them know you are still praying for them.
  3. Pray with then and ask for the following;
    • For God to continue to fill you and the people you are praying for with the Holy Spirit.
    • For God to give you a deeper desire to pray.
    • For the individuals on your pray list.
    • That we continue to seek the Holy Spirit
  4. For today use the following Bible Verse in your prayer (2 Chron. 7:14)

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

7 comments on “A Spirit-given Desire to Pray

  1. Amalia
    July 9, 2011

    I like that saying: “God doesn’t force” and so we really must ask. Prayer is an intimate experience, like one we may have with a friend talking about our problems, joys and wishes…but instead this friend (God) understands us and is willing and able to really help us always. What closer friend can we ever have! But, I know, like everything else religious, it could easily also become dry and routine at times; not that it should, but that we tend to make it into that if we’re not careful to stay connected and aware.

    This is a area that I try, and am still trying, not to let it become ridged. I love praying/talking/thinking to God all day long and I do seen it’s become a very beautiful personal experience between God and myself. I feel the Bible encourages praying without ceasing (1 Thes. 5:17), but notice the verse before and after is “rejoice evermore” and “in everything give thanks.”

    I believe that has to be key in our relationship…being happy in Him and seeing His good works in and for us. It’s so easy, especially if we’ve been taught a certain way from early on, to feel we have to pray certain words and in a certain way for it to be offical prayer; but I’m learning it’s really more about connecting with God, staying connected and intervening for others to get connected. I guess prayer is more like our life line, and if we’re connected we could swing over and try to help others who are not.

    • bobh6
      July 9, 2011

      When we talk about prayer I always think about Matthew 6 and when people talk about how that person did not pray very long during church service I think about Matthew 6. It’s not the number of times or the length of the prayer, it’s about praying with a honest heart.

  2. Amalia
    July 9, 2011

    I think this has helped me see things in perceptive. I guess I was putting an over whelming pressure on prayer as being proof of my christian walk. In reality it now seems that praise comes in higher priority. At the end of it all, my prayer life is really my conversations with God; and a good conversation is one that is sincere and not overly structured and formal and should definetly be something enjoyable or altleast that leaves us with peace that we’re connected and in good hands. Is that the Allstate promise?! They can’t always keep that promise, while God on the other hand really can.

    • bobh6
      July 9, 2011

      When you look at it as a duty we start to fall in to legalism and then we are not praying to have a better relationship whit Him we are praying so we can be saved. The bible talks about a group of people the do the right things but they well not know Him. Pray for and from your heart and christ will find you. And you will know him

    • bobh6
      July 9, 2011

      When you look at it as a duty we start to fall in to legalism and then we are not praying to have a better relationship whit Him we are praying so we can be saved. The bible talks about a group of people the do the right things but they well not know Him. Pray for and from your heart and christ will find you. And you will know him

  3. Rosi
    July 9, 2011

    Unfortunately, I am one of the worlds worst about taking control and doing it myself. I have always only had me to depend on . Since I have come to know my Lord and Saviour, that is no longer true. My prayer life is so much better, not good enough but better. My faith is stronger, not strong enough, just stronger. Through prayer, mine and others praying for me, I am learning to let God lead. How wonderful it is. So, hard yes, we need to all call upon the Holy Spirit and give up our independence and begin to live more like Jesus.

    • bobh6
      July 9, 2011

      welcome back Rosie, I like you feedback keep up the good work.

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