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TODAY WE ARE LIVING IN DESPERATE TIMES. YET, THE CHURCH IS NOT DESPERATE BEFORE GOD IN PRAYER – Pastor Chuck Smith


Learning How to Pray with Pastor Bob and Gayle Grenier Calvary Chapel Visalia

Prayer Really Does Change Us.

Prayer is the most important activity a born-again Christian can engage in. It should head your list of priorities, for certainly the world around us desperately needs prayer. Prayer will open the door for God to do a glorious work in these last days. Prayer will stem the tide of evil.

Prayer is simply talking to God, it is conversing with Him, and He with you.

This collection of studies on prayer presents you with certain Scriptures, thoughts, and rules. When you put them into practice in your life, they will bring you into a new relationship with God, and help you to experience a more effective and dynamic prayer life in which to do battle against the evil forces in these last days.

We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against spirit powers and principalities, thus the weapons of our warfare cannot be carnal. Prayer is the most potent weapon that we possess in our spiritual arsenal and by it we can pull down the strongholds of the enemy.

  • Does Satan have a strong hold on your city government?
  • Does he have a strong hold on your husband or wife or children?
  • Through this study you will learn how to break down these strong holds.

FACTS ABOUT PRAYER

  1. Most people do not pray.
  2. Most people do not know how to pray.
  3. Most people would like to know how to pray.
  4. Jesus’s disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, and He did by giving them the Lord’s Prayer as a guide and a pattern of things that we can talk to God about.
  5. Most Christians would openly tell you prayer is one of the hardest of the Christian Disciplines to practice.
  6. Prayer is one of the most effective things we can do.
  7. The Devil does not like it when we pray.
  8. Prayer is not a performance, but a dialogue of intimacy with God.
  9. Prayer helps to change us and helps us to find God’s will.
  10. The purpose of prayer is not to get God to our will but rather to find God’s Will.
  11. When people pray according to God’s Word, God promises that He both hears them, and will answer their prayer. In His time.

HELPFUL THOUGHTS ON PRAYER

An Invitation to Pray

As Jesus yielded up His spirit at his death, the veil of temple was rent (Matthew 27:51), signifying that God was opening a way of direct access into His presence. God now invites His children to enjoy this priceless gift and draw near to Him by the “new and living way” He has provided through his Son. (Hebrews 10:19-22).

Jesus’ Instruction

As you respond to God’s call to draw near, desiring to pray in a way which pleases Him, you will benefit greatly from Jesus’ instruction to His disciples. (Matthew 6:9-13). In this passage known as The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us the general areas we need to include a healthy prayer life.

Understanding the Prayer Guide

This prayer guide is a practical tool to help you recognize the specific issues included in the Lord’s Prayer. For example under the heading, Your Kingdom Come-Your Will Be Done, you are reminded to pray for God’s rule and reign over yourself, your family, your Church, and the lost. These words help you remember to pray for areas of vital concern. The inevitable result is that you find yourself running out of time, rather than running out of things to pray about!

The Holy Spirit

Romans 8:26-27 teaches that the Holy Spirit has come to help us pray, “For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought.” Jude 20 tells us, “Building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” Let the Holy Spirit open The Lord’s Prayer up to you as you move through the prayer guide, asking Him to show you specific applications in your life.

Final Exhortation

If you have the desire to pray, only two things are needed; discipline and perserverance! May God richly bless you as you press on to develop a rich prayer life.


THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father in Heaven: Rejoice in Direct Access.

Hallowed Be Your Name: Reflect on all He is to You.

  • Meditate on the Lord and thank Him for the ways He is working in your life as revealed by His names in His Word.
  • Take time to cultivate your intimate relationship through worship. (Psalms 46:10) Jesus said, “I have declared to them Your name.” John 17:26a
  • The Lord My Shepherd, The Lord My Sanctifier, The Lord My Peace, The Lord My Healer, The Lord My Righteousness, The Lord My Present, The Lord My Provider, and The Lord My Banner.

Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done: Rule and Reign of Jesus.

  • To my life;
  • To my family (mate, children, relatives) and friends;
  • To my Church (Pastor, leadership, workers, congregation);
  • To the lost: Jerusalem (own backyard), Judea (state), Samaria (nation), uttermost parts (world).

Give Us This Day: Resources from Heaven.

Forgive Us Our Debts: Receiving and Forgiveness.

As We Forgive Our Debtors: Releasing Others.

  • Forgive and release all those who have sinned against you. (Ephesians 4:30-23, Matthew 18:22)
  • Remember, God does not give suggestions in the Bible, He commands us to forgive. (Matthew 6:14-15)
  • In areas you’ve been offended: Don’t curse it, Don’t nurse it; Don’t rehearse it. Don’t disperse it and God will reverse it!

Deliver Us From The Evil One: Resisting the Devil.


HELPFUL RESOURCES

OUR DAILY PORTION

If you have 20 minutes a day to set aside, you can read through the Bible each day. We have linked the Bible verses in New Living Translation, so whether you are at home, on the go, or have some time to spare, you can now read your Bible anywhere.

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ARE YOU NEW TO CALVARY VISALIA?

If you are new to our Church, you will find this page to be helpful in explaining the fundamentals and distinctives of Calvary Chapel Visalia. This page also provides you with general information about our Church service times, location, and contact information.

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WEEKLY MINISTRIES

Our ministries here at Calvary Visalia center around glorifying God. They are focused on equipping each believer for the work of ministry that God has called you to. God has given each of us at least one spiritual gift and He encourages us to use them in serving Him and others.

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CAN WE PRAY FOR YOU?

The Bible encourages us to cast our cares upon the Lord. Also, prayer is extremely effective. If you need prayer or would like to learn how to pray, please contact Pastor Bob Grenier at pastorbob@calvaryvisalia.org.

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

Calvary Visalia Church has a three-fold vision for ministry. Upward: To worship and glorify God in all that we say and do. Inward: To love and build one another up using our spiritual gifts. Outward: To share the good news of the Gospel with any and all who need salvation.

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