Prayer (1)

Course:  The Importance of Effective Prayer

Lesson 2

Title:  The Importance of Prayer


Text:  1 Timothy 2:1-4,  ‘I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.’ 


Introduction:   Prayer is the means God has provided for the church to live victoriously.     

·        Prayer is essential to the Christian life because of our dependency upon the Lord.  Our methods and activities will be useless without prayer.   Jesus said ‘ I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing’, John 15:5. Much money and time is spent in activities but without prayer they will accomplish little.

·        The importance of prayer means it is important to be diligent in all forms of prayer (1 Timothy 2:1) ‘supplications, prayers, intercessions, giving of thanks…’(see Prayer course 2).  We should be seeking to be skilful in prayer.


Introductory illustration:  



Main Points:

The importance of prayer is shown in scripture because of…


1.      The great value of the blood.  The price that was paid for us to be able to pray was great.  This privilege was bought for us by the death of the Son of God on the cross.  We value things by their cost or by what the item means to us personally.  Prayer should be highly valued by every believer because it was bought for us at great cost. A private audience with a king is something most people can only dream about but pray brings us into intimate relationship with the Lord.


The blood opens up the way for us to draw near to God.     Hebrews 10:19  ‘Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,  By a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;  And having an high priest over the house of God;  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.’ 

Unbelief will stop us from approaching God with boldness.  It is the power of the blood that gives us access.  Denying the power of the blood is not humility it is unbelief.


There is nothing more costly than what He has already provided for us.  Romans 8:32  ‘He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?’

Answered prayer is our inheritance in Christ through the blood.  We are joint heirs with Christ,  (Romans 8:17)  ‘And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint–heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.’  All things are ours in Christ  (1 Corinthians 3:22-23)  ‘Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;  And you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.



1.       The great provision that is ours through prayer.  1 John 5:14 ‘if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us’.






2.      The great spiritual warfare.  Every person in the body of Christ should be actively involved in standing against the powers of darkness.  Prayer is essential for the church to overcome the enemy, Ephesians 6:18. 





3.      Prayer is given great priority in the ministry of Jesus and of the Apostles. 





If it was necessary for Jesus to pray then how much more necessary is it for us to be committed to prayer.                                                                                                                                                                  



We know that prayer is important because:

1)     This privilege was bought at great cost and we must recognise the great value of prayer

2)     Prayer is the means God has provided for us to ask and we must recognise that God will meet our needs in answer to prayer.

3)     Prayer is necessary in spiritual warfare and we must recognise the need for prayer to defeat the enemy.

4)     Prayer is given great importance in the ministry of Jesus and of the Apostles and we must recognise that we will not be able to accomplish anything without prayer. 



Course: Prayer (1) The Importance of Effective Prayer


Textbook reading: R A Torrey, ‘How To Pray’ Chapter One The Importance of Prayer.


Textbook: Chapter One (Outline)