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Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Prayer Power Bible study on the power of persistent prayer. We'll be looking into that and all aspects of the Christian Walk. This SON-derful study brings forth understanding and peace within.


Welcome to our Cool Confidential Christian Counseling study program. This is our Prayer Power Bible study on Persistent Prayer in the Bible story and how it affects your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk.







Welcome back to ...


Psalms 130:5
I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in His Word do I hope.

I trust you're choosing to take only one step a day,
which shows your heartfelt desire to solve your problem.

Welcome back my friend ...

The sincerity of your prayer is more important than the procedure of it, and you have been increasing your sincerity with every step you take. So, let's discuss ...


It matters not if you have recently become a Christian or you are a seasoned Christian. We all want our PRAYER to be more effective as to enhance our communication with God. In this step, youíll discover that EFFECTIVE PRAYER is simple and with just a little insight from the Bible, you can improve your PRAYER life dramatically.

Before we start, there are a few misinterpretations about prayer, and habits that you may have formed that need to be looked at before you can expect positive improvement in your prayers, so letís talk for a moment about what prayer is NOT.

Donít be offended if one or more of these things describe a pattern that you follow in prayer. But instead, rejoice that after learning more from the Bible about prayer in the next few minutes, youíll be on your way to a closer relationship with the Lord.


Prayer is not ... A daily rattling off of your list of complaints to God. Most of the things we complain to God about can be changed by our own choices. Always remember, we are Godís servants, He is not ours. God is compassionate about our complaints, but that isn't all he wants to hear from us.

Prayer is not ... Something we do because we feel obligated. Our Father wants us to spend time with Him because of a sincere desire to, not because we need to have our prayer time card punched.

Prayer is not . . . A one sided conversation, itís two. Youíre not the only one present and participating. This will be elaborated on later in our study.

Prayer is not . . . Better because of how long a time you spend doing it.

Prayer is not . . . Reciting the same words over and over and over again, most of the time with no emotion, or even with your mind concentrating on something completely different while the words drone in your mind. When Jesus spoke the Lordís prayer, He said that this was the manner in which we should pray, not the only prayer we should offer. A heartfelt prayer is not repetition.

If any of these things have become your habits, get ready for a totally new attitude about prayer. The first thing you need to do is relax. Your prayer is as unique as you are. No two people pray alike. Only you can decide how you pray.


Letís get started by answering:


An important thing to know about prayer is understanding who you are praying to.

Get to know who the Lord is.

God, Jesus and the Holy spirit are one entity (see the Trinity study), and youíll find that building relationships in prayer with and knowing WHO to go THROUGH to reach God's ears and heart, will enhance your prayer life and help you to grow in Faith.

Though the three are ONE, itís important to know the different ďpersonalitiesĒ of the three divine persons of God. Just as you have a body, soul and spirit, and are still only one person, and we are created in Godís image - God has three parts as well.

The soul --- God

The flesh --- Jesus

The Spirit --- The Holy Spirit


God is your Heavenly Father. He created you. He knows everything about you. Everything! Every need, want, and emotion, every quality and quirk. And He loves you more than any human has the ability to love. Though your sins can never extend further than His GRACE, He is a jealous and peculiar God and wants your complete and unwavering devotion. He will discipline you out of love and you should welcome that discipline with an attitude of yearning to always seek, return and remain in His good graces. God is love. Talk to God as your Father, because He indeed is.


Because the world saw Him in the flesh, some people find it easiest to relate to Jesus. He is FORGIVENESS. If you feel that the Lord is upset with you, Jesus will intercede to God if you ask Him sincerely. He understands our human nature, having lived in flesh and blood Himself. He understands temptation, disappointment, physical and mental agony, trial and tribulation and every human emotion that exists.

Jesus is your friend ...

John 15:14
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

How many of your friends have died so that you can be forgiven of all your sins and live forever? Talk to Jesus like He is your best friend.


The Holy Spirit is your Comforter. He is TRUTH. Jesus sent Him to guide us because He would no longer be here in the flesh, and He understands how tough it is to live a godly life in an ungodly world. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will not enter your heart if Heís not invited. Heís your Helper. If you donít know what to do or say about something, the Holy Spirit will lead you, if you only ask. He is the Spirit of God and Jesus. He waits for you to commune with Him. He is your companion, your Spiritual intuition . . . The Holy Spirit is the voice inside of you that encourages you to always do the right thing. Talk to the Holy Spirit like He is your mentor.

Because He is ...


As your prayer life expands, youíll get a better feeling of which person of God to pray to in different circumstances and your relationship will deepen with each of them as time goes on. Just as you want God to love all of you - mind (soul), body, and spirit, He also wants you to love and pray to all of Him.

Proverbs 15:8
Prayer of the upright is a delight to the Lord.


What is prayer? Prayer is the way that Christians communicate with God. But do you feel like youíre at a loss for words when you pray? What on earth are you supposed to talk about when you pray, anyway?

If youíre new to prayer and youíre having trouble getting started, maybe this will help. Pretend that someone just introduced you to Jesus for the first time, and left you alone together to talk.

Get to know Him. How do you do that?


What would you tell Him? What would you ask? You may feel a bit silly, being that He already knows you better than you do, but tell Him all about you. You may learn things about yourself that you didnít know, because many times we donít discover things about ourselves until we talk about them.

Are there questions that youíve always wondered about Him? ASK! Are there things about yourself that youíve never told anyone? TELL HIM your secrets. It will bring you closer to Him and your friendship will begin to flourish. TRUST HIM! Share your successes, your failures, your dreams, your disappointments, your happiness, your sadness . . . EVERYTHING!

He IS your best friend.

Sometimes you may just feel like spending time with the Lord, without speaking. Just knowing His presence is with you, is very fulfilling. Sometimes you just canít put your thoughts into words when you want to pray, but not to worry, because God knows your heart.

The Apostle Paul explains:

Romans 8:26
Our Spirit groans during prayer, the Holy Spirit searches the heart and mind of your Spirit and tells God.

Ephesians 6:20
Pray in the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:16
Know ye that the Holy Spirit dwells in you.


There is no designated time to pray.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are available whenever you want or need to talk to them. They long to hear from you. The feeling should be mutual ...

You donít have to make an appointment, call ahead of time or save up your prayers for Sunday morning. Just invite them into your heart.

Jeremiah 33:3
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.

Psalms 55:17
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.

James 5:16
Fervent prayer availeth much.

When you first wake up, say "Good Morning" to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Hide and watch whether the times you remember to do this, your day goes better.

Put something on your nightstand, or your bathroom mirror that will remind you that He is waiting for you to talk to Him.

Attach a "post it" note to your kitchen cabinet, on the refrigerator, or anywhere and everywhere to remind you to greet Him throughout the day. If your child woke up and didn't say good morning to you, you would be hurt or think he was mad at you.

Don't ignore God . . . You are His child.


Jesus taught us that we should pray in private.

Matthew 6:6
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

This doesnít mean that youíre confined to your room when you pray. You can pray anywhere, anytime, just as long as itís only between you and God.

This brings up some questions. What about blessing meals or praying in church?

Certainly our Father wants the church to pray together, but community prayer is quite different from personal prayer. If everyone present is praying in unity, remember what Jesus said:

Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

If youíre giving thanks for a meal, and everyone present is in agreement to give thanks, likewise, you are glorifying God together, if youíre not seeking edification because of your prayer.

Saying a little ďGod bless Grandma and GrandpaĒ

with Junior before bed?


We do have to teach the children.

But now letís look at some different scenarios.

Matthew 6:5
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Ahhhhhhh, we have just been warned by our Lord ...

In a chat room, letís say someone opens up the floor for prayer for something or someone. Everyone begins to put their petitions up on the board.

THIS is where you must be careful ...

In many cases ... Some souls carefully choose their most eloquent words to post, clearly for self edification. Some continue, trying to outdo the others present. Theyíre not speaking to God, theyíre speaking FOR the other people in the room.

If someone wants to be prayed for, your silent prayer speaks volumes to God, compared to revealing your intimate conversation with Him in an open forum.

Now this does NOT apply to those who are praying for others and are truly led by the SPIRIT of God.

It is not WHAT you do but WHY.

In addition ... If there is godly conversation in the room and youíre Spiritually moved by it, an enthusiastic ďAmenĒ or something similar is quite different.

Nobody wants to quench your passion, but there is a time and a place for everything. In prayer, the time is anytime, and the place for personal prayer is in the privacy of your mind, with God.

Matthew 6:6
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.


There are myriads of reasons WHY to pray.
Most of them fall into about five categories.






Psalms 150:6
Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

1 John 1:9
Confess your sins.

John 15:7
Abide in Jesus, His words in you, and ask
what you will.

Philippians 4:6
In everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving, let your request be known to God.

Psalms 62:8
Trust in Him at all times; ye people,
pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Do you ever pray with thanksgiving? That means do you thank God in advance for the things you ask Him for? When you do this, youíre showing the strength of your Faith and your lack of doubt.

James 1:5-7
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in Faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

Make sure youíre not being presumptuous by doing this, youíre showing praise.

Hereís an example:

Dear Father,

In the name of Christ Jesus,

At one with the Holy Spirit,

If it be according to your will,

Make your request here

I believe that with you, all things are possible.

Thank you for answering my prayer.

Glory and praise to you, my Almighty Father.

I love you.



Your Father probably wants you to do it voluntarily, not out of a feeling of obligation, or in a repetitive manner.

Praying for others is such a wonderful gift.

In praying for someone else, you could be releasing miracles for them.

You just never know the power of prayer.

As seen in 2 Corinthians 1:11
Prayer of others can cause miracles.

As seen in Acts 12:5-10
Prayer by the Church can cause miracles.


As you learned at the very beginning of this study, everybody prays differently. Sometimes you may pray for hours at a time, and sometimes you may just whisper one word (like Alleluia or Thanks or Amen). How you pray is entirely up to you. Just remember, there are no limitations on prayer, small or large. Your Father judges your heart, and the only thing He wants from you, is sincerity. You need not be eloquent in prayer. Verbal gymnastics are not a requirement in prayer. God doesn't care how you pray, just that you DO pray. You are not getting graded on your prayer. You are just showing love to your creator.

With that in mind, there are things in the Bible about prayer that you may find helpful to know.


ALWAYS Ask in Jesusí name.

John 14:13-14
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

The Bible is very clear that JESUS is the mediator between us and God and that NOBODY gets through to the Father without going through JESUS.

John 10:9
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

You MUST enter in the JESUS door to get to God.

John 16:23-26
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you.


Hereís a very important thing that the Apostle John wrote about prayer: Ask according to Godís will.

1 John 5:14-15
If we ask according to His will
, God hears us, and if we know He hears us, we know it will come to pass.

This is especially important when youíre praying for others. Consider this. What if someone asks you to pray for a specific reason for them, or what if you, in the goodness of your heart, take it upon yourself to pray for something that someone didnít ask for, but you believe it would be a blessing for them.

Innocently, you pray for them, but unbeknownst to you, the wish is not Godís will for them. The prayer is not answered in the way hoped for, and questions arise about believing to receive, and asking in Jesusí name, and innumerable other doubts.

This, my friend, can be harmful to their Faith, and yours. Not only this, but if the prayer does come to pass, if it wasnít Godís will, this can be devastating in unimaginable ways. When you pray for someone else, always be certain, that youíre praying for Godís will to be done.


God answers all prayers. His answers are, Yes, No, and Not now.

Praying for Godís will to be done in our lives may be a little hard to grasp at first, because the human creature is naturally a selfish being. We want what we want, when we want it.

But, what about what God wants?

He is our Creator, after all. He owns the remote control of our lives. He created a plan for us, but sometimes we think weíre the ones in control. What does that mean, anyway . . . According to His will? It means that youíre putting your life in Godís hands . . . Giving Him back the controls.

Many are the plans in a manís heart, but it is the Lordís purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21
There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

The world and itís desires pass away, But the man who does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2:17
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Many things the world offers look exciting, but we donít see what lies behind itís deceptive promises. God does. He wants our prayers and plans to be His plans. We often make our own plans and think weíre headed in the right direction, but if we donít involve God in the planning, weíll probably end up on the wrong path.


Donít get this wrong now, God loves you so much that He wants to give you the desire of your heart, and He wants your plans to succeed and your dreams to come true, so when we pray for something that is not His will, He patiently leads us in the right direction.

May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalms 20:4
Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

He finds ways to fulfill our hopes while still conforming to His will. At first it may seem like your prayer is not answered, but if we follow the direction that He points us in, weíll find what we were looking for, without disappointment. Many times youíll realize that what you were praying for, was something you really didnít want. Praise God for His infinite wisdom!

So, how do you avoid going in the wrong direction in the first place?

Commit (trust) your prayers and plans to Him, and Heíll show you the right thing to do.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

The more you grow in Him by following His plans, the more you become like Him. You will take on His character and His thoughts will become your thoughts, because He lives through you, guiding you and conforming you to His image. The more you become like Him, the closer youíll be to the center of HIS will and your selfishness will vanish.

Jeremiah 29:12-13
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Donít forget to listen when you pray. Listen with your heart. Ask Him what He wants to say from His heart, and then listen. Youíre having a conversation with the Lord, so give Him a chance to talk. Give Him time to answer. Donít forget that God is a Spirit (John 4:24), so His answers may not be in the form you expect. You never know how He may answer you . . . wind, thunder, or perhaps a still small voice as Elijah described, (1 Kings 19:12).

These next passages show the different ways that people EFFECTIVELY prayed in the Bible.

Psalms 5:3
In the morning I direct my prayer to God and look up

Psalms 95:6
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

Daniel 6:10
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

1 Kings 8:54
And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to Heaven.

1 Timothy 2:8
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Luke 22:41
And He (Jesus) was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed.

Acts 9:40
But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed.

Below are some of the words of Jesus concerning prayer.
Ask and you shall receive.

Matthew 7:7
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Believe to receive.

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

You must desire, believe, forgive all when you pray.

Mark 11:22-25
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have Faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

LOVE is also a VERY important part of prayer.

To avoid prayer being hindered you must love all.

Must be at peace and forgive all ...

1 Peter 3:7
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Matthew 5:43-48
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?



You may have heard before that the Bible is the Lordís love letter to you. How about writing down your prayers to Him? Itís also a great way to see the progress of your prayer life and your walk of Faith.

David did this in his Psalms and was the APPLE of God's eye.


Think about when we discussed praying for Godís will a few moments ago, and remember that Godís perspective is eternity. Our temporal outlook on our lives, sometimes cause us to limit our perspective and we canít see the potential of the blessings that He bestows on us.

You may pray for the opportunity to serve God better, and His answer to your prayer may not be the same plan as yours. Keep your heart open to the doors He opens in your life. There may be sacrifices that are necessary in order to fulfill His will. The means by which His will is accomplished may seem extreme to us, but donít forget, Heís in control, and He knows whatís best. Things that seem tragic to us, are sometimes a blessing from our Father.

For example: Sometimes the only way to make time in some peoples lives to serve Him is to remove us from things that we hold most important to us, because we put those things above Him. That may even mean things that we love. A child may move away, you may lose your job, a loved one may even die. These things seem extreme at first, but if you pray for the wisdom to understand Godís plan, youíll find the blessing that He intends.

John 15:2
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Jesus explains this, that God purges, or prunes our lives, so that we can produce more fruit for Him. Often times we have false expectations that blessings mean more (family, friends, possessions, prestige, etc.) in our lives. My friend, in serving the Lord, less IS more!


Remember that little saying about Godís answers to prayer being, Yes, No, and Not now?


Letís talk about when the answer is, Not now.

Sometimes we must be patient in waiting for our prayers to be answered. Godís timing isnít always our timing. We tend to want things to happen NOW, we donít want to wait. But, again, we donít see the full picture. From eternity, the things we think are important donít amount to much, but God created us with a specific purpose in mind, and His timing is perfect!

So, when we think things are moving too slow in our life, we need to wait, because God is moving everything into its proper place. Jesus told a parable to His disciples about this, that people should always pray, and not to lose heart.

Luke 18:2-8
...There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily ...

Donít lose heart!

Donít be impatient for the Lord to act.
Travel steadily along His path.

Psalms 37:34
Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

And know that the Holy Ghost communes with our spirit and shares with God what we pray for.

Romans 8:26-27
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the Saints according to the will of God.

God bless you, and may your prayer life prosper with every passing moment!


We all make mistakes. We fall. Sin gets in our way. Temptation surrounds us and we don't always resist. But that is exactly why God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to give us the FREE gift of GRACE! He wants you to ask forgiveness and keep fighting the good fight of faith. When you find yourself struggling with feelings of failure, unworthiness, fear, weakness or shame, just remember that God loves you so very much and He wants you to get back up when you stumble. PERSEVERE! NEVER GIVE UP! If you have a bad day, this study will help you understand more about the liberating GRACE that our Father wants each and every one of us to enjoy.



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This stepping stone is EFFECTIVE Prayer.

Our next STEPPING STONE is just as exciting and important as all the rest. Until then, ponder on prayer!

Have you weeded today?

A weeding a day keeps bad thoughts away.

Continuing in EACH step daily is so very important.

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You may go back over each completed step as often as you like as to be sure you have not missed anything.




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