NEW TESTAMENT PRAYERS
We are so glad you are joining us for these daily prayer posts. Over the next few weeks we are going to listen to the prayers we find in the Bible, and some of God’s most faithful saints and servants. Through their prayers, we will learn better how to pray and connect with our heavenly Father.
Each devotion will take less than ten minutes of your time.
- We will look at an insight from those who know something important about prayer.
- We will listen to the prayers of people in the Bible—people just like us. And to people who gained a deep measure of spiritual intimacy with God because they prayed.
- We will reflect, asking the same four questions each day that invites us to look and listen with intent.
- And we will pray, for it is in praying that we learn to pray. And it is in praying that the Spirit changes our hearts.
We want to encourage you to grab a journal or a notebook – something to write on as you walk through each prayer guide. Yes, it will add a few minutes to the time it takes to do the devotion, and it will also deepen your experience and shape your walk with God for years to come. This journal or notebook will be a keepsake to remind you of God’s faithfulness during this challenging season for all of us.
“In the New Testament, name frequently stands for nature. When we pray in the name of Jesus, the answers are in accordance with His nature, and if we think our prayers are unanswered it is because we are not interpreting the answer along this line.” – Oswald Chambers in He Shall Glorify Me
Jesus shares with us the key to receiving answers to our requests is tied to asking in His name. How imperative it is that we understand the importance and nature of His name.
“Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”
1. Having read the Word, sit silently for a minute and give God’s Word a moment to settle within you.
2. Re-read the verses slowly and write down some thoughts that resonate with you.
3. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment regarding your prayer life (for example: “Holy Spirit, am I truly coming to the Father with what I know will honor the name of His Son or am I . . . ? Listen with faith-stretching attention.
4. What thoughts come to mind when you contemplate asking from God?
Jesus wants us to be effective in our prayer life. What is even more powerful is that He wants His Father to be glorified through Himself. Therefore when we discern the right way to pray so that His name is respected we are actually glorifying God in the process! Let Him know how much you love His name! Thank Him for giving you the ability to know that by correctly asking you have the assurance of His answer.
These devotionals are adapted from various sources, including The Holy Bible, The Book of Common Prayer, The Seeking Heart by Fenelon, Fellowship Bible Church Nashville, Handbook to Prayer by Kenneth Boa and others.