Barb Murray – Power of Prayer, How/When to Pray, What to Pray For

Mark 1:35, Jesus rose up a great while before dawn and went out into a solitary place to pray.


We have so much power that we can tap into, but rarely do. The only restrictions on the place of prayer is what we place on it ourselves. Prayer is what sustains life.


* Psalms 107:6, Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble and He delivered them out of their distresses. It was in times of trouble that they cried and the Lord heard. Jesus is always listening when we cry unto Him in trouble.


* Luke 10:21, Jesus prayed, He was thankful for hiding these things from the wise and prudent, but revealed to babes. When we are thankful for the Lord’s revelations, we should pray to show we are thankful.


* Colossians 1:9, Paul said, “We do not cease to pray for you and to desire that you be filled with the knowledge of his will and all spiritual understanding.” We should pray when we want to help others.


* Matthew 6:6, “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father in secret, and thy Father, which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” We need to ‘shut the door’ to everything else, when we pray. It doesn’t say, “Hearest our prayer,” but “He seeth us in prayer, He will respond.”


* Acts 1:13-14, There are times when we pray openly in a meeting and times we pray in secret. Here the disciples were continuing with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren. Praying in a meeting is when we are praying to the Lord and our brethren hear us and can enter into our prayers. When we give our testimonies, we are speaking to our brethren and the Lord hears.


* I Timothy 2:8, “I will that men pray everywhere lifting up holy hands, without wrath or doubting.” There are times during the day when we can’t just drop down on our knees to pray. We can have a silent communication with the Lord anywhere or anytime.


* Hebrews 11:6, “He that cometh to God must believe that He is and a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.” We have to believe there is a God and that He hears our prayers.


* Luke 6:12, “It came to pass in those days that Jesus went out into a mountain to pray,” and continues all night in prayer to God. Long prayers are for the secret place, but short prayers are for meetings. All of Jesus’ public prayers were usually no more than one sentence (Luke 10:21). Meeting prayers should never be more than 2 sentences.


* Matthew 9:38, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” His harvest is souls. We need to pray that the Lord will move on the hearts of young men and women to go into the harvest field.


* Colossians 4:3, “Withall praying for us; that God would open a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ.” We need to pray for those in the ministry that they would keep encouraged for seeking souls.


* James 1:3, “If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally.” We all need the wisdom from above and will never have enough of it, so we need just to ask God. Ask in Faith, knowing that He will give it to us.


* Matthew 5:44, “I say unto you, ‘Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.’” This is probably the hardest thing that we will ever have to do and it can’t be done without the help of the Holy Spirit.


* I Timothy 2:1-3, “Pray for those in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in Godliness and honesty. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.”


* Mark 13:33, “Take ye heed, watch and pray.” We don’t know when the Lord will return. Verse 32, no one knows when this will be, not the angels, not Jesus Himself.


* I John 5:14, this is the confidence we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us. We know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. This is probably the most important thing in praying: that we ask according to His will.


* Luke 18:7-8, God will avenge His own elect who cry unto Him night and day. But when Jesus comes, will He find faith on the earth? Faith in God is absolutely necessary for salvation.


* Romans 8:26, “The Spirit helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us.” How grateful we can be for this help.


* Psalm 66:18, if I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. Iniquity is our own thoughts and will.


* He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law (doctrine of Christ), even his prayer shall be an abomination.


* James 4:3, “Ye ask and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts.” This is a selfish prayer for our own human desires.. we’ll never receive anything this way.


*Psalm 122:6, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (God’s Kingdom) “They shall prosper that love Thee.”


* I Samuel 25:30-31, Abigail gave David some very good advice, “When the Lord has appointed thee ruler over Israel that this be no grief to thee nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hast avenged himself.” This advice was for when David became king over Israel, and he used it.


The power of prayer is without limits and will never be exhausted, and can be used anytime day or night.