Great Prayers of the Bible

Great Prayers of the Bible

Our life with God is shaped by the way we pray. Prayer is that basic communication with God in speaking and listening that is as essential as air, food and water to our biological life. Prayer is simple in the sense that every human being feels the pull to communicate with the divine, often whispering or shouting prayers unbidden. At the same time, prayer is complicated because we sometimes don’t know how to approach God or whether praying will make a difference.

During our church services in September and October 2018 we will be looking at some of the examples of great prayers found  throughout the Bible. As we do this, our prayer is that we would be inspired, encouraged and energised in the way we pray, both on our own and as a church.   

Sunday 16th Sept: Prayer that intercedes : Moses.   The ongoing rebellion of God’s people after the Exodus appears to have worn God out. Judgment will come upon them for their disobedience, yet Moses intercedes with the Lord on behalf of His people. What can we learn about interceding for God’s people from Moses in Numbers 14:1-24.  

Sunday 23rd Sept: Prayer for our needs: Hannah.  In the midst of her barrenness, Hannah calls out to God. She finds that God answers her in relation to her deepest desires for a child. Hannah helps us learn how to pray our desires in the presence of God in 1 Samuel 1:9-20; 2:1-10.

Sunday 30th Sept: Prayer that listens: Elijah. Elijah’s wonderful victory over the prophets of Baal turns into a fearful flight for his life. Running to the mountain of God, Elijah has a powerful encounter with God that transforms him. He speaks and listens, and is sent out by God renewed in 1 Kings 19:1-18.

Sunday 7th Oct: Prayers for deliverence: Hezekiah. King Hezekiah faces tremendous threats at the hands of the Assyrian armies. In this dire situation, Hezekiah turns to God with a prayer for deliverance in 2 Kings 19:14-20; 20:1-7. When we face pressures, how might Hezekiah’s example help us, whether individually or corporately, turn to God for deliverance?

Sunday 14th Oct: Prayer of surrender: Mary. Mary’s prayer stands out as one of the strongest expressions of faith in the entire Bible. She is humble yet bold, meek yet strong. Her words become a model for all of us on how to live a life surrendered to God. Luke 1:26-38; 46-55.

Sunday 21st Oct: Prayer as mission: The Early Church. The early church spent a lot of time in prayer. Prayer was the fuel and guide for their outward mission in Jerusalem, Judea, and the further parts of the known world. Looking at their examples of prayer throughout Acts, we can learn how to let prayer shape our life on mission as a church. Acts 2:42-47; 3:1-6; 4:23-31.