The Bible records some remarkable prayers. However, the people who prayed them weren’t really all that remarkable. And as they prayed they sure didn’t think their prayers were all that remarkable either. But God heard them anyway. Their prayers spoken to God in faith touched his heart and sometimes resulted in miracles happening. Lives were changed. History was altered. Hope was restored. Hearts were opened. In every case, prayers were heard by a gracious God!
So why did God choose to have these prayers recorded for us in the Bible? So that we could learn from them the privilege and blessings of talking to God in prayer ourselves. That’s why in this series we’re going to look at some of these prayers spoken by ordinary people to see that we too can pray powerfully. We too can touch the heart of God. We too can impact hearts, lives, and even history itself. And in every case, no matter what, we can be confident that our prayers offered in faith are heard by our gracious and loving God for Jesus’ sake.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
still to come:
July 2: Negotiating With God (4th of July)
Abraham intercedes for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah that God would spare the righteous. (3rd Petition)
Scriptures: Psalm 33 (Bible), Luke 18:1-8
Sermon Text: Genesis 18:20-33
July 9: When God Gives a Blank Check
When God told King Solomon he could ask for anything he wanted, Solomon choose wisdom—the ability to discern between right and wrong (4th Petition)
Scriptures: James 1:5-7; 17,18; Matthew 6:25-34
Sermon Text: 1 Kings 3:5-10
July 16: Have Mercy On Me, A Sinner
After King David blew it bigtime, he learned that the only way to find peace again was to come completely clean before God. When he did, David discovered that God would not cast him away, but rather God longed to restore him through full and free forgiveness received by faith.
Scriptures: Ephesians 4:29-32; Matthew 18:35
Sermon Text: Psalm 51
July 23: Listen to These Insults!
When the Assyrian army threatened Israel, King Hezekiah took their letter full of insults straight to God in prayer. (6th Petition)
Scriptures: Romans 12:9-21; Mark 9:14-29
Sermon Text: 2 Kings 19:14-19
July 30: Out of the Depths
We may wonder if it’s worth the time and effort to memorize Scripture, but when we’re all alone in the darkness, it’s right then that we need God’s Word most! (7th Petition)
Scriptures: Ephesians 6:10-18; Matthew 26:36-46
Sermon Text: Jonah 2
August 6: Answered Prayer Leads to Praise
After God blessed Hannah with the child she asked for, Hannah responded with a beautiful prayer giving thanks and praise to God. How often do we remember to thank and praise God for answered prayer? (Doxology)
Scriptures: Jude 24,25, Luke 17:11-19
Sermon Text: 1 Samuel 1:9-20, 2:1-10
August 13: God Prays to God for Us
That prayer is powerful can be seen as Jesus chooses to pray to his Father for us. If we feel that our prayer life falls short, we have one who intercedes for us and who was perfect in his prayer life to the very end.
Scriptures: James 5:13-20; John 17
Sermon Text: John 17:13-26