Lesson One Summary:
“Prayer is to a Jew – a ladder for Jacob, who seeks dreams. prayer is a window into the soul. It is also a torch for the wanderer who has lost his way.”
“Prayer is a result of G-d’s established authority structure between heaven and earth, as well as a product of His faithfulness to His Word.
When HaShem created man and gave us the mandate to rule over the earth, He established boundaries of His right to legally influence and interfere in the earth realm.”
- Prayer is further defined as HaShem’s eternal, uncompromising commitment to His purpose & plans.
- His purpose is His will and intent, which He Himself will fulfill.
- His commitment to fulfill His purpose will never be at the expense of violating His spoken or written WORD.
This integrity and commitment from HaShem is the essence of Prayer.
Prayer then becomes an earthly license for heavenly interference. Without this license, any spiritual activity on earth is illegal and forced.
Without prayer, HaShem cannot hold out His hand to bless us, to help us, to give grace or to perform miracles because earth is not His dominion. It is Mankind’s dominion because HaShem told us to rule and oversee the earth.
Prayer is therefore not an option of doing, it is a necessity to life- such as water, food and shelter is for our survival- prayer is also mankind’s survival mechanism.
- Prayer is not a one-way communication line to ask for things that you want or need
- Prayer is a legal binding agreement between the person seeking and HaShem obligating Himself to bind.
- Meaningless words are like broken promises; shallow words do not move HaShem
- Prayer is meant to be answered, otherwise HaShem would not have directed us to pray.
Prayer for today:
You have said, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). On the basis of this promise, we call to You and ask You to show us great and unsearchable truths about prayer that You have set forth in Your Word. Forgive us for leaning on our own understanding when it comes to prayer. Heal us from the spiritual and emotional effects that unanswered prayer have worked in us. Give us open minds and hearts to hear your Word and to allow the Ruach HaKodesh to teach us Your purposes and truth. We pray this in Yeshua’s mighty name. Amein.
“The Sacred Art of Prayer & Battling the Yetzer Hara” Syllabus
CMY’s Winter Women’s Bible Study with Rebbetzin Keturah
December 2016-February 2017
LESSON TWO: PREPARING FOR PRAYER
“My Master, teach us to Pray…” – Lukas 11:1
Entering HaShem’s Presence for Prayer
-with the right spirit and a pure heart
-having reverence and respect for G-d
-with holiness and integrity
-separation from sinful nature & the world
-cleanse ourselves with the Word
-worship & praise HaShem
-believe with perfect faith
-give HaShem the glory & give thanks
-live in the anointing
-be righteous and do righteous and good things
-encourage others and help by doing chesed, kindness to others
-learn to tune out distractions in life
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see HaShem (Matt 5:8)
“without holiness, no one will see the L-rd (Hebrews 12:14)
“I am the L-rd your G-d; consecrate yourselves [set apart] and be holy, because I am holy” (Lev. 11:44)
“I am the L-rd, who makes you holy. (Lev 20:8)
“You are to be holy to me because I, the L-rd, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.” (Lev 20:26)
ACTION STEPS TO PRAYER
- Become silent
- Worship and give praise to HaShem
- Make confession- it is not all about sin, it is about confessing about what HaShem says to you and about you. Meaning when the Ruach HaKodesh shows you something about yourself that is not right, you agree with HaShem and say, “Yes Father, yes, that is me. I will change.”
Purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)
- Give Thanks
- Make supplication (intercede, petition and to have deep passion) It means the heart of the matter, weeping in prayer, praying fervently. It is where you feel the heart of HaShem and is the natural outgrowth of thanksgiving when you realize that HaShem has revealed to you what was in His Heart.
- Intentionally request and petition for what you are asking for/about in order to move HaShem into your favor. This is like appealing to the court of law.
- Secure the Promises- HaShem answers specific requests based on His promises.
- Plead the case- does not mean begging and moaning and screaming. Remember prayer is a legal art. It is something done rightfully based on asking for something that HaShem has already promised to you as long as you are in His will. HaShem will then answer when you qualify for it based on your faith and based on His holiness because He always keeps His word.
- Live in Expectation of answered prayer
- Practice Active belief- this is daily lifestyle. Meaning don’t stop after you pray, get up and seek what you asked for. Knock and you will find. Be active and don’t sit around whining and moaning until you get it. Be joyful, be grateful, be full of emunah until your prayer is answered.
Reasons why a prayer is not answered
- Learning about prayer but not practicing what you know
- Mental and emotional imbalance but the heart is not there
- Lack of faith- because you cannot see results right away, you stop believing
- Hearing the Word but not doing the Word- gaining head knowledge but not lifestyle
- Hoping rather than having true faith- wishful thinking
- You are lazy and not praying at all
- You are too focused on the world, jobs, income & other worldly matters where you cannot growth spiritually
- Fear lack
- Pride stops you from asking for help
- Guilt & shame tells you that HaShem cannot hear your prayers because of past sin
- You feel inferior, feel that you are too small for HaShem to notice you
- Doubt that HaShem will answer you
- Bitterness & Un-forgiveness
- Stinginess & you don’t help others or give
- Wrong motives – “When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3) – Are you asking for things that will promote your own ego or selfish purposes or will it help establish HaShem’s kingdom on earth?
Sometimes you think that a prayer is not answered but it really is- just not the answer you wanted or in the time you wanted. Prayer is not our will, but the will of G-d and sometimes we are praying for things that are not good for us or G-d’s will for us. Therefore those prayers do not get answered because HaShem orders our steps and helps guide us when we seek Him. He opens doors and closed those that we need not go through.