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How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life

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How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life

    The Biblical Path to Holiness and Relationship with God

    by

    Dr. Gregory Frizzell

    Study Guide

    Compiled by

    Joanne Chappell

    Sandra Burrow

    Table of Contents

    Introduction …………………………………………………………. 3

    Powerful Prayer is for Every Believer Book page 1

    Chapter One …………………………………………………………. 7

    Understanding the Three Foundations of a Powerful Prayer Life Book page 13

    Chapter Two…………………………………………………………. 17

    Understanding the Five Basic Prayer Types Book page 29

    Chapter Three……………………………………………………….. 24

    Beginning Guidelines for a Powerful Prayer Life Book page 41

    Chapter Four………………………………………………………… 31

    Phase One: Approaching God through Daily Praise and Worship Book page 49

    Chapter Five…………………………………………………………. 35

    Phase two: Getting Clean Before God ―The Path to Holiness‖ – Book page 53

    Chapter Six…………………………………………………………... 45

    Phase Three: How to Pray Dynamic Prayers of Petition Book page 71

    Chapter Seven……………………………………………………….. 51

    Phase Four: Powerful Intercession Book page 81

    Chapter Eight……………………………………………………….. 53

    Phase Five: Hearing God‘s Voice Through Meditation – Book page 91

    Fasting………………………………………………………………. 57

    A Brief Word about Fasting Book page 97

    Chapter Nine……………………………………………………….. 58

    A Practical Prayer Guide Book page 101

    Conclusion………………………………………………………….. 63

    Prayer Guide Bookmarks………………………………………….. 65

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    How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life

    Study Guide

    INTRODUCTION

WELCOME to this study guide for my book, How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life.

    Prayer is the heart and soul of every successful relationship with God. It is God‘s will for every believer to experience a powerful prayer life. The book is designed to show you how to experience the mighty fullness of God through daily prayer. Its purpose is to help every Christian fully understand and experience a dynamic prayer life. Throughout this guide, major points from the book will be used to help you learn essential steps to a God-focused personal prayer life. It is necessary, however, that you read the chapters and use your book, along with this guide in order to fully gain the most from it. The main emphasis will be on time alone with God and what He wants you to gain through effective prayer.

    If you are ready to let God lead you into a more effective prayer life, pray this prayer now.

    Dear Lord Jesus, Give me both the desire and ability to move out of the shallows and into the

    glorious depths of relationship with You.

Study Goals. Upon completion of this study you will

gain a clear understanding of prayer from God‘s perspective and purpose.

     discover a full biblical understanding of what constitutes a powerful prayer life. learn how to let Christ become the very source and power of your prayer life. experience new motivation and confidence to develop a dynamic prayer life. embrace a practical biblical pattern for developing powerful prayer and a dynamic personal relationship with Christ.

    LEARNING TO VIEW PRAYER FROM GOD’S PERSPECTIVE

We will never fully understand prayer until we grasp God’s primary purposes for prayer.

     Far more than just meeting needs, prayer is God‘s primary means of our coming to

    know Him, worship Him and experience transformation through the indwelling Christ. Prayer is not primarily about what we can get out of God, but what He purposes to do in and through us for His own pleasure.

     Prayer is the major way we learn to communicate with God and hear His voice. Through prayer, we abide in Him and allow Him to live through us.

     Prayer is how Christ purifies His Bride and builds His Kingdom.

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     The great secret of prayer is to align ourselves to God‘s purposes rather than seeking to align Him to ours.

Until you are totally convinced of the importance of a lifestyle of prayer, you are not

    likely to take steps to achieve one.

    WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO GAIN THROUGH EFFECTIVE PRAYER

Carefully consider Eight God-ordained Results of a powerful prayer life.

1. Your relationship with Him will become much more real and personal. (Matthew 22:37,

    John 17:3)

    2. You will experience ever-deepening holiness and life transforming discipleship. 3. Your ability to clearly hear God‘s voice will rise dramatically (James 1:5; Jeremiah

    3). 29:1

    4. The spiritual power of your life and ministry will increase greatly (John 14:12-14; Acts 1:8).

    5. You will experience a dramatic increase in answered prayer (John 15:7).

    6. You will experience far greater power to withstand trials, temptations, and spiritual

    attacks (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

    7. As you learn to effectively pray for the lost, you will see many people saved. 8. You will discover how to pray effectively for revival and spiritual awakening in your

    church, city, and nation (Ezekiel 22:30).

    Look up and study each scripture reference given. See through Scripture what God declares will be

    the result of a powerful prayer life.

    Though there are many other benefits of prayer, these eight are some of the most important.

    TESTIMONY OF GOD’S GRACE THROUGH PRAYER

Read through my testimony on page 6. I share it for one reason, to show God’s

    transforming power through simple relational prayer. God took a quiet, unsure young

    man and began to change me. He led me to research the lives of powerful preachers and missionaries, and the great revivals and spiritual awakenings of history. He revealed the following truths to me.

     There was a distinct common denominator in the lives of all great saints and in every Great Awakening. It was the practice of spending much time in daily prayer and

    Bible reading!

     God uses even the weakest believers who spend serious time in fervent daily prayer

    (Read 2 Corinthians 1:26)

     Everything revolves around a close prayer relationship with Jesus Christ.

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    I asked God how I could ever become an effective minister. God spoke so clearly that I have never been the same. ―If you will spend much time with me in close relationship and prayer, you will never lack for my mighty presence and miraculous power.‖

    God used John 15:5 and 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 to drive this truth deep into my heart. (Read these

    scriptures.)

    By God‘s grace, I committed to make significant daily prayer my top priority. The results:

     Prayer became the major pattern of my life.

     Hundreds of miracles have sprung directly from my simple prayer time. God has initiated a nationwide ministry solely through prayer.

    No matter how big or little your task, no matter how devastating your problems, significant daily prayer is the absolute key to a miraculous new walk with Christ!

    ; KEY POINTS: The Biblical Path to Powerful Daily Prayer

    ; Significant daily prayer is the absolute key for building a dynamic, intimate personal

    relationship with God.

    ; Prayer is not primarily about what we can get out of God, but what He purposes to do

    in and through us for His pleasure.

    ; Above everything else, God desires a close personal relationship with each of His

    children. Through prayer, God purposes to establish and deepen your relationship

    with Him.

; No one‘s relationship with Christ will ever rise above the level of his or her praying.

    ; If your prayer life is inconsistent and weak, so will be your relationship with God!

    ; It is only through the constant cleansing and filling of God‘s Spirit that our prayers

    have mountain-moving power.

    ; Prayer is the primary way we put on the whole armor of God. The more consistently

    one prays, the greater will be his ability to overcome the world, the flesh, and the

    devil.

    ; When your prayers become biblical and specific, they take on far greater power.

; When you learn to walk in powerful daily prayer, God will transform your entire life.

; Powerful prayer is God’s will for every believer! You can develop a dynamic

    prayer life!

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    NOTE: At the end of the introduction and each chapter in the book, you will find study questions and prayers for daily growth. Please look up and study each scripture reference, answer the study questions and pray the prayers. Above all, spend time talking to God

    about the things He reveals in each chapter. Remember friend, you will not learn to pray by merely ―reading‖ about prayer. You will learn to pray by ―praying‖ about the things you read.

    After you have read the introduction, please turn to page 10, look up the scriptures, answer the

    study questions, and pray the prayers for daily growth on page 11.

    Before you read any further, please pause and ask God to revolutionize your walk with Him.

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    CHAPTER ONE

    Understanding the Three Foundations of a Powerful,

    Biblically Balanced, God-Focused Prayer Life

    A SOLID PRAYER FOUNDATION

    No building can be stronger than the foundation upon which it is built. The same is true of our prayer life and relationship with God.

In the title of this chapter we note three words of crucial importance.

     Powerful God intends every believer to have a dynamic prayer life with awesome supernatural results. (Read John 14:12-14)

    What are some powerful forces you have witnessed or learned about? ___________________

    _____________________________________________________________________

    What elements describe a powerful force? ______________________________________

    How do these forces compare to the power one has in prayer?

     _____________________________________________________________________

     Biblically Balanced No prayer life is powerful unless it is scripture centered and balanced in the various prayer types.

     God-Focused No prayer life is powerful if primarily focused on personal desires rather than God‘s eternal purpose and perspective.

    If you are to experience a powerful prayer life, you must first establish a solid prayer foundation.

    Before you begin to study the Three Prayer Foundations, pause and ask God to help you honestly

    evaluate your daily level of prayer.

    On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest) where do you rate your level of prayer power?

    __________________ Why? ____________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________________

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    FOUNDATION ONE

     PRAYER TIME MUST BE VIEWED AS THE ESSENCE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP

    WITH GOD AND NOT MERELY SOME DUTY OR RITUAL

    We must view prayer as a daily love relationship. From God‘s perspective, prayer is the expression of that which He desires mostyour personal relationship of love, surrender

    and trust.

     Prayer must be viewed as your commitment to spend meaningful time in personal relationship with the living God.

     Above all He wants our heartfelt personal love. (Read Matthew 22:37)

     Sacrifice and service are meaningless if they do not proceed from a genuine love relationship. (Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

     If you truly love God, time with Him is your greatest joy. Remember actions speak louder than words.

     We must relearn the crucial lesson of Luke 10:38-43 (Read). This story of Mary and

    Martha contains a truth of enormous importance! We need to spend much time with God before we attempt work for God. Jesus is clearly saying that our first priority is to spend much time with Him. It is this love relationship that He desires far above all the serving and tithing in the world.

     This genuine love relationship must be two-way, requiring talking and listening. It requires far more than merely bringing our lists of wants and desires to God.

In many ways, prayer is your relationship with God. (Read John 17:3)

    Prayer is the primary way we:

     express our praise and worship.

     experience cleansing, repentance and sanctification.

     share needs and desires.

     intercede and perform ministry.

     hear God through meditative listening.

    Is your prayer time a chore or legalistic requirement or is it a relationship with God?

     _____________________________________________________________________

    FOUNDATION TWO

    YOU MUST MAKE AN ABSOLUTE COMMITMENT TO

    CONSISTENTLY SPEND SIGNIFICANT TIME ALONE WITH

    GOD IN UNINTERRUPTED PRAYER

    Why is this foundation so crucial? Until you make the serious commitment to a significant daily prayer time, you will never become powerful in prayer.

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    When you view the prayer practices of Jesus and New Testament believers, it is clear they regularly spent much time alone in fervent prayer.

     The example of Jesus (Read Mark 1:33-35; Luke 6:12; 9:18)

    When you study the lives of people mightily used of God, you find one great common denominator, they spent much time in fervent daily prayer!

     The example of the early church (Read Acts 1:12-14; 2: 41-42; 12:1-5; Romans 1:9)

     The example of history‘s great saints (George Mueller, John Hyde, Charles Finney, George Whitfield, Evan Roberts

     The command of Jesus (Read John 15:1-8)

    If Jesus and the early church spent much time in prayer, what makes us think we can do less? God‘s requirements have not changed and they never will! This is a foundational requirement and a changeless spiritual principle. Friend, until you personally settle this issue and commit to consistent time with God, you will never go to the fullest depths of prayer or spiritual maturity.

    What can you do to make your prayer life more powerful? ___________________________

     ____________________________________________________________________

    LET US ANALYZE FOUNDATION TWO - PHRASE BY PHRASE

…ABSOLUTE COMMITMENT…

Three Crucial Reasons why your Commitment must be Absolute

First Reason for Absolute Commitment

    Satan fears intercession more than anything else and fights prayer like no other area of your life. He does so for the following reasons.-

     Prayer is an essential piece of your arsenal of spiritual warfare. It is through prayer that all other weapons are used. (Read 2 Corinthians 10:7)

    What does Paul mean when he says, ―You are looking only on the surface of things?

    ____________________________________________________________________

    Is it possible for us to look deeper than the surface of things?

     ____________________________________________________________________

     ____________________________________________________________________

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     Prayer is crucial to putting on the whole armor of God. (Read Ephesians 6:10-17)

What reasons does Paul give for putting on the whole armor of God?

     ___________________________________________________________________

    According to Ephesians 6:10-17 after we put on the armor of God what should we do?

    ____________________________________________________________________

    The armor of God is for ___________________________________against Satan, but it is

___________________________________________ God’s power that makes us strong.

     Prayer is the primary way we exert spiritual authority and wage effective spiritual warfare. (Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, ―…they (weapons) have divine power to demolish strongholds.

    We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.‖ What does the word demolish mean?

    ____________________________________________________________________

Why do you think Paul chose to use the word ―demolish‖?

    ____________________________________________________________________

What are some strongholds that need to be demolished in your life?

    ____________________________________________________________________

According to Paul how are you able to demolish these strongholds?

    ____________________________________________________________________

    What does Paul mean by we demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ?

    ____________________________________________________________________

    What arguments, pretensions, and thoughts need to be demolished or taken captive in your life?

    ____________________________________________________________________

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