In the teaching below Charles Spurgeon calls prayer a “petition and request” and that is what prayer is. Prayer is not demanding or our to do list that we give to God, prayer is communicating with our father in heaven our petitions and requests with a sincere and pure heart.  Someone has said that “when we pray, we give God our petition in exchange for His will”.

 

God always and every single time sees and hears what comes from the heart not the mouth as Matthew 6: tells us. The Bible also teaches us that unconfessed sin blocks God’s ears from hearing our prayer and He turns His face from us in disgust because He cannot look upon sin “But your iniquities are separating you from your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not listen” Isaiah 59:2  (CSB). Even our worship is a form of prayer and if we have unconfessed sin or are living a life that is not pleasing to Him, our worship meansGalatians 6:7 nothing, and our praise offering is a stink in His nostrils and makes Him vomit. “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16 (CSB)

 

Have you ever talked to someone who was saying nice things to you, asked for your forgiveness or said that they were sorry for hurting you, and you looked at their facial expression or body posture which gave an entirely different message regardless of what they were saying out of their mouth? At that moment you knew that what they were saying was not true because the evidence of what you saw revealed the truth. God sees the heart regardless of what comes out of your mouth and if you think that your play acting can fool God you are deceived “Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap,” Galatians 6:7 (CSB). Prayer must come from a pure and sincere heart and not blocked by sin and polluted by a life that is not obeying and following the Word.

 

I have been learning about prayer as they Holy Spirit teaches me through the Bible and by using other sources on the internet and books. I recently completed a book entitled “WHEN WE SAY FATHER, UNLOCKING THE POWER OF THE LORD’S PRAYER”, by Adrian Rogers and Steve Rogers, I do encourage you to get this book and slowly process what this book teaches, I am currently studying “THE LORD’S PRAYER” in Greek and Hebrew, as well as other sources by Charles Spurgeon, George Muller and others. It is interesting to me that all the sources that the Holy Spirit uses to teach me all confirm what prayer is and what prayer is not. I will be sharing with you what the Holy Spirit teaches and shows me about prayer in the upcoming Today’s Bible Teachings. As you are waiting for those, I would encourage you to read Matthew 6: because it will be the basis of all of the upcoming teaching on prayer.

 

 

 
Can I Pray For You  (Mark Bishop)

I’ve been your friend for a while
I know you’re hiding behind that smile.
And you’re keeping inside tears
That should have been cried.
You’ve been brave through this trial.
You’ve been as strong as a stone
Against the stormy winds that have blown.
But you have friends who care,
More than willing to share.
Don’t face those troubles alone.
Can I pray for you?
Can I mention your name to the Lord?
When I seek His face, can I plead your case?
That’s what praying is for.
I’ll help you carry your cross
And find the way when you’re lost.
If we’ll let Jesus be true,
I know that He’ll see you through.
Can I pray for you?
I know that there’ll come a day
When I have trials and need you to pray.
Just like you’ve done before.
You’ll mention me to the Lord
That’s why I’m here to say,
Let me be there for you,
We’ll divide all your problems by tow.
And very soon there’ll be three,
You and Jesus and me.
That’s what friends are supposed to do.
Repeat (Can I pray for you) Can I pray for you,
(Can I mention your name to the Lord)
Mention your name?
(When i seek His face, can I plead your case? That’s what praying is for)
That’s what praying is for.
(I’ll help you carry your cross)
Help find the way when you’re lost.
If we’ll let Jesus be true
I know that He’ll see you through.
Can I pray for you?
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If we’ll let Jesus be true.
I know that He’ll see you through.
Can I pray for you?
By Charles Spurgeon
 

“Their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.” 2 Chronicles 30:27

 

 

Prayer is the never-failing resort of the Christian in any case, in every plight. When you cannot use your sword you may take to the weapon of all-prayer. Your powder may be damp, your bow-string may be relaxed, but the weapon of all-prayer need never be out of order. Leviathan laughs at the javelin, but he trembles at prayer. Sword and spear need furbishing, but prayer never rusts, and when we think it most blunt it cuts the best. Prayer is an open door which none can shut. Devils may surround you on all sides, but the way upward is always open, and as long as that road is unobstructed, you will not fall into the enemy’s hand. We can never be taken by blockade, escalade, mine, or storm, so long as heavenly succours can come down to us by Jacob’s ladder to relieve us in the time of our necessities. Prayer is never out of season: in summer and in winter its merchandize is precious. Prayer gains audience with heaven in the dead of night, in the midst of business, in the heat of noonday, in the shades of evening. In every condition, whether of poverty, or sickness, or obscurity, or slander, or doubt, your covenant God will welcome your prayer and answer it from His holy place. Nor is prayer ever futile. True prayer is evermore true power. You may not always get what you ask, but you shall always have your real wants supplied. When God does not answer His children according to the letter, He does so according to the spirit. If thou askest for coarse meal, wilt thou be angered because He gives thee the finest flour? If thou seekest bodily health, shouldst thou complain if instead thereof He makes thy sickness turn to the healing of spiritual maladies? Is it not better to have the cross sanctified than removed? This evening, my soul, forget not to offer thy petition and request, for the Lord is ready to grant thee thy desires.