Purpose: To learn what is basically needed to maintain your walk with the Lord.
Three Major Practices of the Believer: Prayer, Fasting and Study of the Word.
I.Prayer- Your two-way communication with God
A.Commanded to pray- Matthew 6:7, Mark , Luke 11:2,
B.Should be consistent in our prayer life- Luke 18:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:17
C.Should pray according to God’s will (desires) Matthew 6:10, 26:39
D.Should pray in faith (belief ) Mark 11:22-24, Hebrews 11:6
E.Prayer is your personal time with God. Be open and honest with Him- Psalm 51:6
II.Fasting – Should be a regular part of your Christian lifestyle
A.Fasting defined- Literal meaning is ‘nothing in and nothing out (to close the mouth)’. It is also described as afflicting the soul or mourning.
B.Fasting is used to gain power, deliverance, answers to prayer, wisdom etc. – 2 Chronicles 20:3, Ezra 8:21, Jonah 3:5-8
1. As a result, fasting brings you closer to the Lord
C.Fasting should be taken seriously as a way to purify yourself- Joel 1:14
D.Fasting is personal and private (whether the fast is for an individual or corporate body)- Matthew -18
E.Fasting times may vary, however whatever the length of time it should be of “quality and it should be meaningful” to you.
1.fasting should also be done in conjunction with prayer
2.**fasting for extended periods of time consistently (7 days and beyond) should only be considered with the voice of God, and Godly council. (ie your Sr. Pastor or member of the pastoral staff)
F.There are different kinds of fast: Absolute, Liquid, Daniel’s etc. Whatever your denial is, it should be meaning to you.
III.Studying God’s Word
A.Studying makes you familiar with God’s Word
B.God takes note of our studying- 2 Timothy
C.Studying is a key to your success- Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2-3
D.Studying deposits the Word in your heart – Psalm 119:11
How to study- One of the best ways for a believer to study is to take notes in worship services and bible studiesand rehearse them in your private devotion/prayer time. You can also study on your own. You may find it useful to purchase a Strong’s Concordance, a Bible Dictionary. There are many online tools as well. Try: www.blueletterbible.org