A definitive book on prayer from author Dr. Allen Smith—springing from Dr. Smith’s life-long study and personal application on the subject.
Have you ever considered what it means to talk to God? Is it really possible to communicate with the Creator of the universe and be able to understand His plans and purposes for your life?
In addition to the answers to these questions, you will discover insight and understanding that will help you cultivate a new life as one of God’s prayer warriors. With help from this seasoned veteran, you can begin praying more confidently and effectively, starting today.
Perhaps there are questions you desperately need to be answered. Maybe you are facing a trial that is too large or difficult to face on your own and you yearn for divine direction. Or it could be you are simply curious about what He would say to you.
In Life-Changing Prayer Manual, which is based on a lifetime of walking with the Father and fifty-three years of ministry founded on prayer, Dr. Allen Smith not only teaches the disciplines of intercession but also explains how to fight life’s battles through intimate communion with the Lord. Dr. Smith discusses how to truly know God through communication with Him
Targeted Age Group:: Teen to Adult
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Chapter 1 What Is Prayer?
Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV) 6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
In this chapter, we will be going through several things that actually make up what prayer is. In doing so, we need to remember, if something is important to us, it is also important to God. We should never fail to bring our most cherished and private thoughts to Him in prayer.
Even though I was raised in the home of an alcoholic, and I did not get saved until I was 12 years of age; I remember when I was a child I had a plaque on the wall of my bedroom. That plaque was my first introduction to prayer. The words on that plaque said, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” I do not remember the first time I read those words, but they were my first introduction to prayer.
If there is anything the Bible clearly and plainly teaches, it is prayer and the fact that God answers prayer. But, did you know it is actually possible to pray a prayer that is heard by people around you, but it is not heard in Heaven? Prayer is also one of the most self-revealing acts of a human being. It is simply communion with God.
Prayer is spiritual communication between man and God, a two-way relationship in which man should not only talk to God but also listen to Him. It is not simply asking God for something. It is two-way communication between you and your Heavenly Father. It is a two-way relationship. Man should not only talk to God, but he should also listen to what God has to say! There are different ways to listen to Him. God will speak to us with a still small voice in our hearts, and He also speaks to us as we read and study His Word.
As we pray, we should keep our spiritual ear open, so we can have that direct communion with God that we need. Prayer to God is like a child’s conversation with his father. It is natural for a child to ask his father for the things he needs. God wants a better conversation from us than just that. Prayer is communion with God. It is the closest, most intimate relationship with the Creator you any of us can have, and God wants us to have it!
Luke 18:1 (KJV) 1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
It is very clear there, Jesus said, “Men ought always to pray.” Now, always means “all the time”. But, what do the two words “not faint” mean? They mean, “do not lose heart, believe and keep praying!”
Luke 18:2-7 (KJV) 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
This little woman kept bringing her petition to this judge. He kept turning her down, but she kept coming back. She was persistent, she would not stop. She did not lose heart. She kept coming back. She had faith that he would grant her request someday. Finally, she started wearing him down, and it wasn’t long until he granted her petition. God wants us to be like this little woman. He wants us to continue bringing our requests to Him until He provides the answer. We need to be persistent with our prayers! Sometimes our prayers are not answered the first day. Sometimes they are not answered the first week or even the first year. Why is this? I do not have the answer to that except sometimes God wants us to keep praying about a particular matter.
Jesus Himself advocated prayer, but WHAT DID HE MEAN? When all is said and done, WHAT IS PRAYER? What does the word mean? If we are to understand the secrets of PRAYER, we must first understand what PRAYER is.
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