Prayer is not a religious act; it establishes a relationship with Almighty God. While in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus wanted His disciples to watch and pray with Him for one hour, but they fell asleep while on their prayer watch. Today, the Body of Christ must guard against neglecting consistent prayer. When we pray for a significant amount of time, and honor and praise the names of God, we can expect a supernatural breakthrough.

  1. Jesus expected His disciples to pray with Him for one hour (Matthew 26:38-41).
    1. Jesus wanted the disciples to stay awake and pray so they would not succumb to temptation.
      1. He soon discovered they could not stay awake.
      2. Today, Jesus is still praying, yet in many ways the Church is asleep.
      3. Something supernatural happens when we pray for one hour.
    2. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1).
      1. In the first century, the Rabbis would list topics of truth and then provide a complete outline.
      2. The Lord's Prayer is a model prayer with six topics; Jesus said we should pray in this manner.
      3. Take your time with each topic until you have the peace of God.
    3. What should be your course of action if you just do not feel like praying?
      1. Begin your prayer by singing songs of praise to the Lord.
      2. God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3)
      3. Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3).
      4. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence singing (Psalm 100:2).
      5. Sing a song and God will move on your behalf (Isaiah 30:29, 30).
      6. Remember that you are not racing against the clock or praying according to a particular formula.
      7. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you.

  2. Topic #1: Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.
    1. We are sons and daughters adopted into the family of God (Galatians 4:4-7, AMP).
      1. We are in covenant with God through the blood of Jesus.
      2. Form a mental picture of Christ dying on the cross for you, and thank God for what the blood of Jesus has accomplished.
    2. Hallow means to adore, sanctify, and praise.
      1. The declaration of God's names is a sacred act.
      2. Each of His names specifies a particular aspect of His character.
      3. When you declare His name, you are declaring the purpose it represents.
      4. There are eight descriptive names of God.
        1. Jehovah Tsidkenu, Our Righteousness.
        2. Jehovah M'Kaddesh, Our Sanctifier. iii. Jehovah Shalom, Our Peace.
        3. Jehovah Shammah, The Ever-Present One.
      5. Jehovah Rophe, Our Healer.
      6. Jehovah Jireh, His Provision Shall Be Seen. vii. Jehovah Nissi, Our Banner. viii. Jehovah Ro'i, Our Shepherd.

  3. The covenant promise God made to Abraham, Jacob and Isaac in the Old Testament transfers to the New Testament (Exodus 6:3, 4).
    1. There are five promises God made under the new covenant:
      1. We now have the right to be forgiven of our sins.
      2. We have the fullness of the Holy Spirit available to us.
      3. We have the promise of health and healing.
      4. We can be successful in life because we have freedom from the curse.
      5. We have been set free from the fear of death and hell.
      6. We have a blood-bought right to have success in every area of our lives.

  4. Benefit #1: Forgiveness of Sin: How can sinful people be in right standing with God?
    1. Before Jesus died on the cross, mankind was in sin, completely separated from God.
    2. Because of Jesus' sacrifice, we have been brought back into right standing with God. He now sees us through the blood of Jesus.
      1. We are saved through Jesus' blood.
    3. Jesus was the substitutionary sacrifice made for us.
      1. He was made sin so we could be made the righteousness of God.

Scripture References:

  • Matthew 26:38-41
  • Luke 11:1
  • Psalm 22:3
  • Isaiah 61:3
  • Psalm 100:2
  • Isaiah 30:29, 30
  • Galatians 4:4-7, AMP
  • Exodus 6:3, 4