PREPARATION AND PARTICIPATION RESULTS IN POWERFUL PRAYER
Some tell us that POWERFUL PRAYER is based only on PARTICIPATION. Though surely we are to pray from the very onset of our walks with Christ (PARTICIPATION), we see the disciples desiring that Jesus teach them how to pray as John the Baptist had taught his disciples to pray (PREPARATION). Those of us who forego PREPARATION can be susceptible to errors related to that being so. Even if our prayer time (PARTICIPATION) is spent with others who have engaged in PREPARATION we will still lack a personal, biblical foundation ourselves (unless we are taught by those with whom we are participating). Yet even if we are taught by them we can still be subject to any error embraced by those we are praying with. Thus, it is imperative as we seek to engage in POWERFUL PRAYER that we consider and embrace both PREPARATION and PARTICIPATION.
Luke 11:1 (NKJ) – Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
Teach, didasko (de-da-sko); Strong’s #1321: II. to teach one A. to impart instruction B. instill doctrine into one C. the thing taught or enjoined D. to explain or expound a thing E. to teach one something – Thayer’s
Pray, proseuchomai (pros-yu-kho-mi); Strong’s #4336: The word is progressive. Starting with the noun, euche, which is prayer to God that also includes making a vow, the word expands to the verb euchomai, a special term describing an invocation, request or entreaty. Adding pros, “in the direction of” (God), proseucheomai becomes the most frequent word for prayer. – “Word Wealth” from the New Spirit Filled Life Bible
Matthew 6:5-13 (NKJ) – 5 And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites (pretenders). For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
Hypocrites, hypokrites (hu-po-kre-ta’s); Strong’s #5273: in bibl. Grk. a dissembler, pretender, hypocrite – Thayer’s
Be seen, phaino (fi-no); Strong’s #5316: to meet the eyes, strike the sight, become clear or manifest – Thayer’s
By (of) men, anthropos (a’n-thro-pos); Strong’s #444: (the) people – Thayer’s
Reward, misthos (mes-tho’s); Strong’s #3408: of the rewards which God bestows, or will bestow, upon good deeds and endeavors – Thayer’s
6 But you, when you pray (proseuchomai), go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray (proseuchomai) to your Father who is in the secret place, and your Father, who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray (proseuchomai), do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think they will be heard for their many words.
Vain repetitions, battalogeo (bat-ta-lo-ge-o); Strong’s #945: to repeat the same things over and over, to use many and idle words, to babble, prate… Some suppose the word to be derived from Battus, a king of Cyrene, who is said to have stuttered… others from Battus, an author of tedious and wordy poems – Thayer’s
Many words, polylogia (po-lu-ge-a); Strong’s #4180: much speaking – Thayer’s
8 Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Hallowed, hagiazo (ha-ge-a-zo); Strong’s #37: to make…to render or declare sacred or holy, consecrate 1. to render or acknowledge to be venerable, to hallow – Thayer’s
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.
Kingdom, basileia (ba-se-la-a); Strong’s #932: But Jesus employed the phrase kingdom of God or of heaven to indicate that perfect order of things which he was about to establish, in which all those of every nation who should believe in him were to be gathered together in one society, dedicated and intimately united to God, and made partakers of eternal salvation. This kingdom is spoken of as now begun and actually present, inasmuch as its foundations have already been laid by Christ and its benefits realized among men that believe in him… –
Will, thelema (the-la-ma); Strong’s #2307: will, i.e. b… [… the abstract act of willing, the subjective] will, choice – Thayer’s
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Daily, epiousios (e-pe-u-se-os); Strong’s #1967: the bread of necessity, i.e. necessary for us – Thayer’s
Bread, artos (a’r-tos); Strong’s #740: As in Grk. writ., and like the Hebr… food of any kind – Thayer’s
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Forgive, aphiemi (a-fe-a-me); Strong’s #863: to let go, give up, a debt, by not demanding it… i.e. to remit, forgive – Thayer’s
Debts, opheilema (o-fa-la-ma); Strong’s #3783: that which is owed: b. … (which denotes both debt and sin), metaph. Offense, sin… hence, … to remit the penalty of one’s sin’s, to forgive them – Thayer’s
Debtors, opheiletes (o-fa-le-tas); Strong’s #3781: one who has not yet made amends to one whom he has injured – Thayer’s
13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Temptation, peirasmos (pa-ra-smo’s); Strong’s #3986: of a condition of things, or a mental state, by which we are enticed to sin, or to a lapse from faith and holiness – Thayer’s
Deliver, rhyomai (rhu-o-mi); Strong’s #4506: to draw, hence prop. to draw to one’s self, to rescue, to deliver – Thayer’s
John 16:24 (NKJ) – Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
You have asked (have ye asked), aiteo (i-te-o); Strong’s #154: to ask for one’s self, request for one’s self – Thayer’s
“The disciples had been watching Jesus and had come to know that His prayers were always heard; and that the continued source of His power and utter freedom from pride came through answered secret prayer. This created a hunger in them, to know how to pray, so they asked to be taught. Shall we not all enroll in the school of prayer and make Christ our teacher? Shall we not practice faithfully every day the lessons we learn in prayer?” – Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible