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Beginning Prayer:

Father God its an honor to come to You. I give you praise, glory. Honor is all Yours forever. I will enter Your gates with thanksgiving and into Your courts with praise to You this day and forever more. Your Majesty is Who You are! I will lift up mine eyes to You, our help comes from You always. Lord, You are worthy to be praise. I praise You because You are worthy. I worship You with all my heart, mind, and soul. Bless You with all my heart, bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me, bless Your holy Name, and I want forget none of Your benefits. Your are worthy to be praise, You are worthy of all the glory. You are worthy of all the honor. Father God bless this years’ election for the sake of all who need help in this life. We look to You for help in every area of our life in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Let’ s start with some key points:

KEY POINTS – The Biblical Path to a Powerful Prayer Life

1). If you are serious about learning to pray, you will soon experience the most incredible journey of your life! Use this simple prayer pattern to begin your powerful biblical prayer journey.
2). In your intercession, seek to be as specific as possible. Focus on only two or three categories per day.
3). Daily Bible reading is essential to your prayer life.
4). I suggest you do your Bible reading and journaling before you conduct your main prayer time.
5). I highly recommend that you follow one of today’s excellent schedules for reading through the entire Bible at least once a year.
6). Though an hour is an excellent goal, I am not implying that you must pray a whole hour in order to experience a powerful prayer life. The guiding principle is close sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

SUBJECT: A Practical Daily Prayer Guide

In this final chapter I will outline a practical pattern for daily prayer. However, please understand this pattern is not some legalistic formula. Above all, your prayer time is a relationship and relationships fluctuate from day to day.
A SIMPLE PATTERN FOR DAILY PRAYER

I Begin with a period of praise and thanksgiving (5-10 minutes)
A. Give thanks for past, present, and future blessings.
B. Praise God for who He is (His characteristics and names).
C. Freely worship and adore Him.

II Continue with confession and repentance (at least 5-10 minutes)
1. Ask God to search your thoughts and attitudes.
2. Carefully examine your speech.
3. Ask God to thoroughly search your relationships.
4. Confess any sins of commission and be sure to forsake the sins God reveals.
5. Confess any sins of omission and make a definite commitment to obedience.

Resolve to fully repent of any known sin of thought, word or deed. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Be sure to utilize a thorough biblical tool designed to search all areas of your life with God’s Word.
III Follow with Prayers of Personal Petition (10-15 minutes)
1. Pray for the development of character and holiness (Pray through the specific fruit of the Holy Spirit or other character words).
2. Pray for your ministry and service to God (be very specific in your prayers).
3. Pray for physical, emotional spiritual or financial needs.

IV Continue with Prayers of Intercession (10-20 minutes)
1. Pray for needs of family and friends.
2. Pray for your pastor and church (use specific prayers such as found on pages 84 and following).
3. Pray for specific lost people (use specific prayers such as found on page 83).
4. Pray for missionaries and mission efforts (use guides from the International Mission Board).
5. Pray for revival and spiritual awakening (use guides on page 84)

In your intercession, seek to be as specific as possible. Also remember the value of focusing on only two or three categories per day. If you thoroughly prayed for every category, you could literally pray for hours. Though some may be led to pray for hours, most people will be led to focus on certain categories on certain days. As always, the guiding principle is close sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
V End with Meditation and Assessment.
1. Reflect on key points of your Scripture reading and prayer time.
2. Assess what God has impressed to your heart.
3. Write down key impressions in a daily journal.
4. End your time with thanksgiving for God’s presence

Prayer time is a relationship and relationships fluctuate from day to day.
 The daily prayer pattern that I have outlined is not some legalistic formula.
 By no means are your required to always follow the exact order of this or any other pattern.
 Some days God may lead you to begin with confession and cleansing and actually end with praise and thanksgiving.
 At other times, God will lead you to spend far more time in intercession for others.
 On still other occasions, you may begin with quiet meditation and listening.
 As you are sensitive to God’s Spirit, He will guide you in a variety of patterns.

Friend, if you are serious about learning to pray, you will soon experience the most incredible journey of your life! Let us confidently claim God’s glorious promise of Jeremiah 29:13. “And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.”

I encourage you to become a “doer” and not a “hearer” only. Start tomorrow on your incredible journey using the following simple pattern for prayer. As I have stated throughout the book and this prayer guide, it is important that you practice the biblical principles of prayer that you have just studied about.

Let me say a brief word about practice. We have heard for years the old saying that “practice makes perfect,” but we know it is not just any type of practice that guides one to develop skills correctly, but it is “perfect practice.” What I am saying is that for these principles to become an intricate part of your daily prayer life, you must spend significant time to learn them and apply them in your daily prayers. You will continue to pray on the same level you are now unless you commit to learning and developing a deeper, biblical pattern for prayer. Remember, your intent is to spend time in His presence so He can reveal more of His character to you and, you in turn can become more like Him. So don’t put it off another day. Do not be overwhelmed by the potential depth of your prayer life. God will get you there one step at a time and at your own pace. But in order to learn these principles more rapidly, I ask you to use the following steps. In the book and study guide, under the five prayer types, I list certain categories for prayer. I ask you to now establish a daily plan dividing the subjects from those categories into a seven-day plan. By dividing the categories in each prayer type into seven parts and praying through only one or two categories per day you will be able to pray through them all in one week. This will keep you from feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the total categories you need to pray through. Remember, this is merely an example to help you learn the biblical principles of prayer. It is not some pre-set formula that you must mechanically follow each day. At times God will give you unique promptings. Remember, God is to be in control and we must let Him guide our prayer time. As you read through the following pattern for prayer, be conscious of what materials you will need for your daily prayer time. (your Bible, a prayer journal, lists of God’s names and characteristics, hymns, lists of people and situations which need prayer) List any other materials you will need here.

MAY GOD HELP US SETTLE FOR NOTHING LESS THAN A POWERFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
Ending Prayers:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Week # 9 QUESTIONS:

1). Have you been praying through this study?

2). Is there a change in your prayer life now?

3). Do you spend quality time with God now?

4). Are you praying for others more now?

5). Name each study lessons in this study guide.

6). Explain each study lesson in this study guide.

7). Explain the praise and thanksgiving time to spend with God.

8). What steps are after the praise and thanksgiving time to spend with God.

9). Explain the prayers of personal petition.

10). In this lesson what are the prayers of intercession?

11). What do we end with in this study guide?

12). Read Jeremiah 29:13.

Write down where you will meet with God each day and at what time you will pray. Allow at least an hour for this first time, if possible.
Where? When?


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Week 9 Devotional

Satan’s Strategy to Defeat Us
KEY PASSAGE: Romans 8:5-9
SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES: Matthew 4:1-11 | 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 | Philippians 4:19 | Hebrews 9:27
SUMMARY
Some people who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior have suffered repeated defeat throughout their lives simply because they don’t realize they have a spiritual enemy.
Many today mock the idea of a literal devil, but Scripture clearly states that Satan is real, and his goal is to draw people away from God, to thwart His purposes, and to cause division.
SERMON POINTS
Satan is a liar, and no one is immune to his attempts to deceive. Therefore, to stand firm against his lies, believers in Christ need to understand his strategies.
What is a satanic attack?
It’s a deliberate, willful assault by Satan upon an individual for the purpose of doing harm in the spirit, soul, or body, or all three. These attacks could come at any time or from anywhere. The devil tries to trip us up when we are at our weakest, and he knows exactly who or what to use as a lure. He often tempts us with what we do not need or should not have as he seeks to bring us down.
• Romans 8:5-6 “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” The thoughts of the unsaved are governed by what Paul calls “the flesh,” and the result is death. He is not referring to the physical human body but to an internal drive that opposes God. In contrast, Christ’s Spirit lives within believers, governing their minds and behaviors according to God’s desires and giving them life and peace.
• Romans 8:7-8 “Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Since unbelievers are controlled by the flesh and influenced by Satan, their thoughts are opposed to God. Furthermore, without the Holy Spirit, they have no ability to obey Him or please Him.
• Romans 8:9 “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” The indwelling Holy Spirit—not church attendance, baptism, or good behavior—is the distinguishing mark between Christians and the rest of humanity. Although Satan still deceives and tempts believers to sin, their disobedience does not result in the loss of their salvation.
• 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Satan is always working to mislead and blind people to the truth regarding Christ. The result is a world characterized by sin, conflict, and deception.
Satan’s battleground is the mind.
He infiltrates the world with his lies, and even believers can be deceived. He’s always ready to interject his ideas into our minds and lead us astray by convincing us that there will be no consequences for sin. If we believe his lies and disobey our heavenly Father, we will suffer His loving discipline. But the Holy Spirit also reminds us that we are God’s children whose sins have been forgiven through Christ’s death on the cross, and we can never be separated from our Savior.
Satan’s Strategies
• He directs our attention toward a need or desire. This strategy began in the perfect environment of the Garden of Eden when Satan drew Eve’s attention away from the abundance of God’s provision to the one thing He withheld—the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And the devil has been using this same technique ever since to stir up lust for a particular person, greed for a certain possession, and envy for what belongs to another person. He promises that having the objects of our desires will satisfy us, but nothing outside God’s will ever brings lasting joy but only disaster.
• The devil chooses times when we are the weakest. After Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights, Satan came to Him suggesting that He turn stones into bread to satisfy his hunger. Yet Jesus didn’t come to serve Himself but to obey His heavenly Father. In the same way, the devil comes to us when we are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. Together these form the word HALT, which is exactly what we should do when we are tempted at the point of our vulnerability. We must stop and consider that this is a satanic attack.
• He creates doubt in our minds. Satan’s biggest target is the Word of God. He wants believers to rationalize themselves into disobedience by misinterpreting verses or taking them out of context to support their desired sin. Once the devil gets people to doubt the veracity of any part of the Bible or to declare those parts irrelevant or outdated, he gets a foothold in their lives from which he can promote his lies.
• Satan wants to get us in a debate. Temptations are not to be debated but rejected. When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, He always responded the same way by saying, “It is written,” followed by a passage of Scripture (Matt. 4:1-11). God’s commands are not given to keep us from something good but to protect us from the selfdestruction of sin.
• The devil uses deception as his key weapon. To deceive is to mislead by obscuring truth. Satan does this by making what is evil look good. He wants to create division. He tries to convince young people that the Bible is outdated and that older people lack understanding of reality. His goal is to replace unity in the family, church, and society with strife, distrust, and division. Since the Word of God promotes harmony, peace, and godliness in relationships, he begins by stirring up doubts about its truth.
• Satan’s goal is to destroy us. If he can convince people to doubt a portion of Scripture, he can then persuade them to reject even more of it. In fact, the verses that address the area of their temptation are the first ones they begin to doubt.
Satan is a liar who stands against the truth of God’s Word. Yet for those of us who belong to Christ and believe His Word, it is our greatest protection against the enemy’s lies. When we fill our minds with Scripture and live according to its principles, Satan’s schemes lose their power over us.
RESPONSE
• What kinds of battles is Satan waging in your mind? Have you been listening and considering his ideas? What Scripture passages do you know that refute his lies?
• Do you believe that the Bible is true from Genesis to Revelation? The veracity of your answer is revealed by how you live. Are you living according to God’s revealed truth, or are you ignoring or not practicing what it teaches?


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Week # 9 QUESTIONS/Answers

1). Have you been praying through this study?
I am doing better than I was doing and enjoying the relationship too. I still need to pray more and keep those types of prayers before me each day.

2). Is there a change in your prayer life now?
Yes, and want it to be more time spent with God; I have planned a new daily journal with the five prayer types and the Beatitudes.

3). Do you spend quality time with God now?
Yes, I try to spend an hour each morning when I can. I usually do more when I am not working.

4). Are you praying for others more now?
Yes, I am because I know God want me to do that in this epidemic. This is why I choose to study this lesson more in depth. It’s good for me!
5). Name each study lessons in this study guide.
Week # 1 Understanding the Three Foundations of a Powerful, Biblically Balanced, God-Focused Prayer Life
Week # 2 Understanding the Five Basic Types of Prayer
Week # 3 Beginning Guidelines for a Powerful Prayer Life
Week # 4 Phase One: Approaching God through Daily Praise and Worship
Week # 5 Phase Two: Getting Clean Before God “The Path to Holiness”
Week # 6 Phase Three: How to Pray Dynamic Prayers of Petition
Week # 7 Phase Four: Powerful Intercession
Week # 8 Phase Five: Hearing God’s Voice through Meditation
Week # 9 A Practical Daily Prayer Guide

6). Explain each study lesson in this study guide.
Biblical balanced prayer life has three foundations for us to have a powerful God-focused life with a solid prayer life and a good relationship with God. A powerful prayer life requires the “balanced practice” of all five types of prayer, which is adoration/worship/praise/thanksgiving; confusion/repentance; petition/and supplication; intercession and warfare; and meditation while listen to God’s voice. We must have a beginning guideline for a powerful prayer life. We must remember the regular reading of Scripture is absolutely essential to our prayer life and remember to familiarize ourselves with the basic guideline and biblical principle for a powerful prayer. We must give God time even in our busy day. Communicate and seek God daily is essential in our prayer life. Remember there can be no real relationship unless it is a two way communication.
7). Explain the praise and thanksgiving time to spend with God.
Praise and thanksgiving are the primary ways we give daily adoration and worship to God for Who He is in this whole world.

8). What steps are after the praise and thanksgiving time to spend with God.
There’s the confession and repentance/petition and supplication/Intercession and warfare/meditation and listen to God.
9). Explain the prayers of personal petition.
Personal petition is the type of prayer in which we present our individual needs and desire to God.
10). In this lesson what are the prayers of intercession?
Intercession prayer is the type of prayer that focuses on the needs of others.
11). What do we end with in this study guide?
In this study lesson we end with a practical daily prayer guide. Good to know!
12). Read Jeremiah 29:13.
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Praying continuously to God is seeking His face for all our needs, amen.

Write down where you will meet with God each day and at what time you will pray. Allow at least an hour for this first time, if possible.
Where? When?

I have a chair in my bedroom and at work I have a quiet place from everyone. At time there’s interruption but God grant me peace now, and He gives me peace and the time to continue my time with Him. At work the time is best midst morning. At home morning time is good. Most of the time is an hour with God a day, but it can turn to more hours at home. Thank You Jesus my Lord!


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