Understanding the purpose of Posture and Power of Prayer,
By Overseer Jay T. Harrison Sr.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Biblical Foundation: Matt 6:9-13; 1 John 5:14-15; Psalm 107:20. Benefits of Praying Scripture:
I want teach you, if you are willing to hear this prophet today, about the purpose, posture, & power of prayer!
Wait before you rush to conclusion that I know that already! Stay with me, I'm going to enlighten you about somethings as it relates to prayer , that if you know it! You need to be reminded of it, or if you don't then you need to know it!
Prayer is a discipline, a lifestyle, it is not a conference call, a service, a summit or gathering. It is not a small part on
Prayer is a lifestyle! A continual habit performed daily.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
English Standard Version
16 (A)Rejoice always, 17 (B)pray without ceasing, 18 (C)give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
It is the will of God, that we continually communicate with God. And that you maintain a attitude of Thanksgiving in every circumstance you face.
Continual prayer will help us maintain the right attitude in every circumstance.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Everything be done by prayer, with Thanksgiving!
A lifestyle of prayer will influence your attitude towards God.
Prayer is communing with God, You talking to God and God with you.
As I matured in prayer, I've learned that prayer is being in right alignment with God's will concerning you.
Effectual prayer is seeing and saying, what you see the Father is saying.
Prayer, is the Kingdom of Heaven's culture influencing you, Matthew 6;10, thy kingdom come thy will be done, in earth, as it is (written) in heaven.
Prayer is what brings or gives us access to The kingdom of heaven's culture in earth,
Stay with me, faith releases it! (Praying!) To decree, Declaring , Prophecy, Saying
what you see, heaven saying the culture of the Kingdom of God is according to the Will of God.
This is why Jesus said to his disciples, when you pray. Say thy kingdom come.
Heaven is like,
Matthew 22; 1-14,
22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like(B) a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants(C) to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4 “Then he sent some more servants(D) and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers(E) and burned their city.
8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners(F) and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good,(G) and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend(H)?’ The man was speechless.
13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’(I)
14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”(J)
When the Holy Spirit led me to this verse of scripture I wasn't sure how it would be used to relate to this lesson on prayer. But when He revealed to me about prayer being an invitation to us to commune with the King. Who has prepared a banquet celebration for His Son and everything was ready.
1. Prayer is communing with God, (The King of the Kingdom)
In the Jewish culture saying or using the phrase
"The King", is the same as saying God .
2. Prayer is like being invited to a celebration prepared by the king, an atmosphere of
Excitement, and joy!
This is why I believe we must pray with an attitude of Thanksgiving because of the atmosphere of heaven. Is a prepared celebration.
3.When we fail to pray it is like being invited and refusing to come to the dinner. Allowing several personal distraction to keep you from the celebration. In the story about the wedding banquet they all made excuses why they could not come.
In the posture of prayer we should never allow the affairs of life to keep us from the prepared celebration with the King. They not refuse to attend but acted as if there was a possibility of another celebration dinner with the King. We ought not miss out on our time with the God. It's like being invited to the White house to special dinner with the President, and refusing to attend believing you'll make it the next time. When there is no Guarantee that there will be a next time.
4. The posture of prayer is like the guest at the wedding not properly dress who wasn't originally invited. But when the Father saw how he asked how did you get in here?
Have him removed as hand cuffed and thrown into darkness. Because it showed a lack of expectation and gratitude towards the king.
Prayer is accessing the kingdom culture,
To pray, is seeing what heaven is saying! and to communicate it in the earth!
Seeing, & Saying!
The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
John 5;19, Isaiah 55;11,
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself;(A) he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son(B) and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these,(C) so that you will be amazed!
so is my word(A) that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,(B)
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose(C) for which I sent it.
For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father who sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say and what I should speak.
Another point on, to pray is to see,
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Purpose of prayer to put you in right alignment with God's will concerning you! The Kingdom of Heaven's culture, (vision)
The word of God, which is alive! Spirit and life! & Truth!
John 17;17, & John 6;63,
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth
63 The Spirit gives life;(A) the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[a] and life.
The posture of prayer is constantly praying in the spirit all kinds of prayer,
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Traits of the right posture of prayer,
When we understand the purpose of prayer, it will help us understand the importance of having the right posture in prayer.
So we experience the power of prayer!
How we come to the Father is just as important as coming to the Father to ensure your prayers are heard / answered.
31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth,
So the first posture of prayer is repentance. Wait stay with me, because we are going to go a little deeper here. Now I'm not taking about the religious attempt to try appear regretful and shamed for the sins you've committed. And you should be godly sorrow for the Bible teaches it worketh repentance that you do not regret,
2 Corinthians 7;10,
1 Peter 3:12 - For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil
Psalms 66:18 - If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear [me
Proverbs 15:29 - The LORD [is] far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous
There are so many more scriptures that that reveals how important repentance is to our posture in prayer.
Repentance is the activity of reviewing one's actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs, which is accompanied by commitment to and actual actions that show and prove a change for the better,
This is more in line with the Old Testament understanding of repentance,
The New Testament post Calvary which includes us, repentance has a more active meaning,
The Definition of Repentance
Before going further, it’s important that we clearly understand what repentance really means. In the Old Testament, two Hebrew words help us understand repentance. The first is the word nacham, which means to turn around or to change the mind. The second is the word sub. It is used over 600 times in the Old Testament and is translated by such words as “turn,” “return,” “seek,” “restore.” You see it very often in phrases like “to turn to the Lord with all your heart.”
When you come to the New Testament there is one word you need to know — the Greek word metanoia, which literally means “to change the mind.” Repentance fundamentally means to change your mind about something. It has to do with the way you think about something. You’ve been thinking one way, but now you think the opposite way. That’s repentance — the changing of the mind.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee