Home Church (Prayer)
Church (Greek, ecclesia) is a gathering of people, but for a Christians it is a gathering of “called out ones.” Cf. Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28-32; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 2:20-22; Colossians 1:18
The church has adapted, but the church is those who are called out for a purpose to worship, establish community, and be on mission.
Prayer — is the basic definition of prayer is “talking to God.” Prayer is not meditation or passive reflection; it is direct address to God.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Pray in faith, according to His will.
Cf. Romans 8:26-28; James 1:6; 4:3, 13-15; 5:15; 1 John 5:13-16
Some Scriptural Examples of Paul’s Prayer You Can Pray:
Romans 15:5-6, 13, 30-33
1 Corinthians 1:4-9
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, 16-17
1 Timothy 1:12
2 Timothy 1:3-7
Pray in the name of Jesus.
Cf. John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 4:14-16; 9:15
Praying in the name of Jesus is not some magical formula. It’s recognizing the relationship between us and our Savior.
In the Old Testament the need for a mediator in prayer was necessary (Abraham, Moses, David, Samuel, Amos, Solomon, Hezekiah, Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel). In the New Testament Jesus becomes the ultimate intercessor. Now all Christian prayer becomes intercession since it is presented through and by Jesus to God because of the gospel.
Types of Prayer.
Though prayer also includes adoration (Cf. Psalms 144-150; Luke 1:46-55), confession (Cf. Psalm 51; Luke 18:13; James 5:16), and thanksgiving (Cf. Psalm 75; 1 Thessalonians 1:2), Christian prayer has always been essentially petitionary/supplication (Cf. Psalm 55:22; Ephesians 6:18-20; Philippians 4:6-7; Ephesians 6:18-20).
Things to consider when you gather with others to pray.
Corporate Prayer was something done consistently in the church. Cf. Acts 1:14; 2:42; 12:5-18; 2 Corinthians 1:11; Galatians 6:2; 1 Timothy 2:8; James 5:16
Corporate Prayer teaches us about prayer.
…helps us carry each other’s burdens.
…keeps us accountability.
Discussion Questions For Later:
• Describe your daily conversations with God. What types of things do you regularly pray for? Is it more thanksgiving, adoration, confession, intercession, or requests? • What prayers in my life has God answered or not answered? Why do you think that is? See notes below to help.
If God is to be thought of as a personal being with whom one wrestles in prayer, it is not surprising to find that sometimes prayers are not "heard" or "answered”. God cannot be bound by human wishes nor induced to carry out the petitioner's will just because the prayer is long or eloquent or the pray-er is pious, so there are no automatic guarantees that God will hear our prayers.
There is certainly an expressed confidence that God will answer prayer (Cf. Psalm 3:4; 6:9; 17:6; 138:3; Matthew 7:7-11). But God sometimes seems far off or silent (Cf. Psalm 10:1; 13:1-2; 77:5-9; 89:46). In fact, there are times when God does not answer or hear prayer. There is no formal treatment of this phenomenon in the Bible, though recurrent episodes suggest reasons why God does not hear some prayers. Such reasons include broken taboos (Cf. 1 Samuel 14:36-42), divine displeasure with a people's behavior (Cf. Deuteronomy 3:23-27), sins of various sorts (Cf. Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 1:15; 59:1-3), selfish ends (Cf. James 4:3), and so forth. At times, the silence of God is simply a mystery (the book of Job).