01 4a Introduction to Prayer Petitions
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Introduction: Petition Prayer Principle 4A

Tuesday Bible Study Notes

Westside Care Center Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Prayer, Principle 4A. Petition-Intro-key1-2  


Introduction to Principle 4A. PETITION

Now that we have studied in depth three God-Oriented Principles: 1)God’s Name, 2)God’s Kingdom, and 3) God’s Will; we are to begin the last half of the Prayer Jesus offered as an example. It turns from the vertical emphasis to the horizontal emphasis. That is, we are now looking at our mutual relationship "The Created" with "The Creation": Man-Oriented Principles 4)Petition for Needs, 5)Confession of Sins Committed, and 6)Resolution that No Failures Come through Sin.

The Priority of these Principles is important to observe at this point! Until we put priority in our praying on the vertical: (God-ward aspects) we cannot expect much forward progress on the horizontal: (physical and other human needs basis of our originally defective prayer mode.)

Having done this God-focused praying however we are better enabled to know about and pray for our true human and earthly needs. It is time to learn how to petition God for those needs.

Give us this day our daily bread.

PP 4.19; EX 16.16

4A. PETITION – I now ask You to supply my needs for today.

Philip. 4:19

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Exodus 16:16

This is the thing which the LORD has commanded: 'Let every man gather it according to each one's need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.' "

God has made a promise to meet in a timely fashion all our human needs (spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial growth or development). But first I pray for important KEYS to successful living every day, and then for the ELEMENTS of life.

 1B. KEYS FOR SUCCESS – I pray for...

RO 8.6; JN 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:13

 1C. Spirit-Control of my mind.***

Romans 8:6

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

To be spiritually minded = life and peace!

John 14:16-17

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever– [17] the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

John 14:26

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

John 15:26

"But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

John 16:13

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

The Spirit of God is our constant companion since the ascension of Christ. God expects us to listen to His gentle persuasions and follow Him diligently. This gives us guidance we need to live a godly life each day we live. It is the first step in a process called sanctification we are to take. The second vital step is to consider putting to death our sinful nature still abiding and influencing us.

RO 8.13; JN 12.24; EP 4.22; CL 3.8-9

2C. Death to my sinful nature.

It is by the Spirit you can put to death the deeds of the body:

Romans 8:13

For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

John 12:24

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

The sinful body within us is our constant enemy. The Bible teaches that it has been taken out of office (RO 6.6) in it’s power and ability to control our actions, and all we have to do is remember to put off (EP 4.22) its deeds:

Ro 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with [Greek has put out of office ], that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Eph 4:22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,

Col 3:8-9 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds...