Matthew 7:7-11 and Luke 11:13
The four basic ingredients of prayer are confession, thanksgiving, adoration,and supplication. Dr. Rice said prayer is asking, so if we are going to receive, we must ask. We all want to be around people who get things from God, or at least those who get answers to prayer. How can I be that kind of person?
I. BY PRAYING.
If we are going to ask, according to James 1:1-7, we must ask in faith. Also, see James 5:13-18. We live in a generation that has forgotten to ask. Nehemiah prayed, and the wall was finished. Nehemiah 1:4 was the key to the finishing of the wall. He wept, he mourned, he fasted, and he prayed, then he asked God to be attentive to his prayer.Hannah prayed and had a son by the name of Samuel, whom she dedicated to the Lord’s service for his entire life. Have you dedicatedyour children to the Lord? Zacharias and Elizabeth prayed and got ason by the name of John. Elijah prayed, and it didn’t rain for 3 ½ years; he prayed again, and it did rain. Joshua prayed, and the walls of Jerichocame tumbling down. Moses prayed and led the children of Israelthrough the wilderness (though it took them 40 years). These great men shared one common denominator – prayer. Prayer is asking. Abraham prayed, and God spared Lot and his family. Solomon prayed forwisdom, and God gave him great wisdom – and wealth (2 Chronicles 1:7-13). Remember, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego prayed, and the rest is history. Daniel prayed, and the lion literally gotlockjaw.