When you look at this picture, what story would you write that would reflect the title of this blog? ” Our Prayer Attitude”. I would really be interested in hearing from readers. There is a poll at the end of this blog.
ATTITUDE EXAMPLES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
Nehemiah 1:4-11 [READ]: Nehemiah’s attitude of prayer.
Neh. 1:6 “Let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to listen to the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You day and night for the Israelites. Your servants, confessing the sins of the Israelites which we have sinned against You. Yes, I and my father’s house have sinned.”
Here is an example of an attitude before, intercessory prayer. Nehemiah was deeply grieved over the condition of Jerusalem. Look closely at Nehemiah’s attitude during his grief; he had confidence in what he was asking. He didn’t just brood about the circumstances; he prayed day and night expecting; expecting God would answer his request.
Lets look at the elements of “pursuing the kingdom of God” in how Nehemiah prayed:
1. There is an attitude of PRAISE FIRST.
2. There is an attitude of THANKSGIVING.
(verse 5) “O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, Who keeps covenant, loving-kindness, and mercy for those who love Him and keep His commandments”.
3. There is an attitude of REPENTANCE.
(verse 7) “We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, statutes, and ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. [Deut. 6:1-9] OBEDIENCE vs. DISOBEDIENCE.
4. There are specific requests.
(verse 9) “BUT if you [or “I” or “we”] return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though your outcasts were in the farthest part of the heavens [the expanse of outer space], yet will I gather them from there and will bring them to the place in which I have chosen to set My Name” [Deut. 30:1-5; 13, 14].
Nehemiah reminds his Lord what He has already established in His Word; Nehemiah quotes God’s Word; he has included Deuteronomy verses inside of his prayer.
I John 3:21-22 “if our consciences (our hearts) do not accuse us [if they do not make us feel guilty and condemn us], we have confidence (complete assurance and boldness) before God. And we receive from Him whatever we ask, because we [watchfully] obey…” AMPLIFIED
5. There is an attitude of OBEDIENCE WITH COMMITMENT.
GUIDELINES IN SCRIPTURE FOR A NEW ATTITUDE OF PRAYER
Genesis 25:21: Don’t be afraid to ask!
Exodus 14:15: Balance prayer with action! “GO FORWARD”
Exodus 32:9-14: Prayers can change attitudes and events.
I Samuel 12:23: Is failing to pray for others a sin? We might disagree, but don’t stop!
2 Chronicles 7:12: Don’t always expect immediate answers.
2 Chronicles 20:6: Leaders especially pay attention to the ingredients of King Jehoshaphat.
Psalm 4:3: God hears everyone!
Psalm 5:1-3: The “secret” to a close relationship!
Mark 9:29: Keys to an effective prayer.
Mark 11:22-24: The disciples ‘how come’ question to Jesus. The conditions of prayer attitude is, “BELIEVE (trust and be confident)” in your asking.
FOUR TYPES OF PRAYER (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
1 Tim. 2:1 “FIRST OF all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men” [including unbelievers].
1 Tim. 2:2 says, we are to pray for our leaders in positions of authority or high responsibility. Watch your attitudes here about our leaders, regardless of your political views. For “such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior.”
NEW IDEALS AND A NEW ATTITUDE
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”
If you find yourself in a wrong attitude about praying, you are not alone. If you don’t want to be “superficial” about your prayer life, you want a new attitude towards prayer, claim this verse in Romans 12:2.
THE EFFECTS OF OUR PRAYER ATTITUDE
Our attitudes toward prayer can always effect;
1. Our WALK in life.
2. Our CONFIDENCE in life.
3. Our POWER in life.
Finally, turn to 2 Chronicles 6:40-42 and read to yourself, Solomon’s prayer. There is confidence and power in his prayer and there should be in ours. The effect shown in Solomon’s attitude of prayer corporately is found in 2 Chronicles 7:1-3.
“When Solomon had finished praying, the fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house [the Shekinah Glory–God’s manifested Presence]. The priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. And when ALL THE PEOPLE of Israel saw hoe the fire came down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed with their faces upon the pavement and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good, for His mercy and loving kindness endure forever.”
Ask God, if you don’t have an attitude of prayer, “What should my life be that is pleasing?” Pray right now! Your attitude, your relationship to be closer and deeper with a divine intimacy. After praying, turn and read aloud, 2 Chronicles 7:15 for God’s answer:
“Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place”.