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The Classroom of Prayer

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on August 6, 2022

Here’s some honest disclosures of believers relating their “not so perfect” prayer lives: 1) “I feel like something is missing in my prayer time with God.” 2) “I often feel ineffective in reaching up to God, as I want so much for HIM to reach down to me.” 3) “Sometimes I feel that God thinks as I do, that my prayers are a ‘bit cold, and even lifeless.” 4) “Then, at times, I feel that when it comes to prayer, I just don’t know how to pray, and how He would have me to come to him in my quiet time.” If that describes you, as it may speak of many among those who want their prayers to be full of life, then this message is for you. So, let’s enter the classroom of prayer, find our assigned seat, then look to the Head of the class, focusing on the Master Teacher, being ready to listen as HE instructs us in Biblical and Spiritual prayer. Here’s some Scripture to help us all: “And it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray …” (Luke 11:1). May that be our request: “Lord, teach us to pray” as we sit at the feet of the One who can help us to get our prayers to where they need to be: before the throne of God - THEN ANSWERED!

Here’s the lesson that Jesus teaches us on prayer: “After this manner, pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever, Amen” (Matthew 6:9-13). This prayer is SO, all-encompassing, as it addresses the many needs of the child of God, coming to the Father, who wishes to bestow his will upon His family. There is so much to learn in the Lord’s prayer, but one of the most important lessons that our Lord teaches us in this prayer is that we need to come in the SPIRIT OF A CHILD for needs to be met, and HIS will to be done, for HIS glory. Charles Hadden Spurgeon speaks of addressing our Father as Abba (Romans 8:15, a dear name for those in the family, meaning daddy). “This childlike spirit soon perceives the grandeur of the Father in heaven and ascends to devout adoration” - all the while HIS splendor is descending to them in HIS glorious Spirit’s presence. Then, think about it, all the concerns of whether our prayers are reaching up to the throne of God are immediately quelled. The reason: “The Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26). So, with the expectation of Scripture, in the Spirit of prayer, HE brings about the fruition of requests. HE brings those prayers personally for us, before the Father, of which we could not even put to words. So, do pray in the Spirit, with the Spirit of confidence: “My voice SHALT THOU HEAR in the morning, O LORD, in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and will look up” (Psalm 5:3). When it comes to the answers to prayer, remember this: “THOU SHALT HEAR” when HIS SPIRIT is your prayer partner - so, keep looking up, the blessings are sure to be on their way, as to God’s will, as we are “praying in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18).