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Calm Prayer in Troubled Times

Summary: Prayer is, quite simply, communication with God. However, that communication is a vital part of your relationship with Him. How does your prayer grow and change as your relationship with God deepens? What does it say about your relationship if your prayers never really change as you go through troubled times?


Key Scripture (Habakkuk 3:2):

O Lord, I have heard the report of you,

    and your work, O Lord, do I fear.

In the midst of the years revive it;

    in the midst of the years make it known;

    in wrath remember mercy.

 

True Prayer Arises from Humility

Habakkuk 3:2 - O Lord, I have heard the report of you,

     and your work, O Lord, do I fear.

  • Luke 18:10-14 - “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Prayer Leads to - and Includes - Adoration

  • Habakkuk 3:2 - O Lord, I have heard the report of you,

     and your work, O Lord, do I fear.

Isaiah 6:1-3 -  In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory!”.

Revelation 4:9-11 - And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,

    to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

    and by your will they existed and were created.”

Adoration Re-focuses Your Petitions

  • Habakkuk 3:2 -

In the midst of the years revive it;

    in the midst of the years make it known;

    in wrath remember mercy. .

  • Psalm 55:22 -  Cast your burden on the Lord,

    and he will sustain you;

he will never permit

    the righteous to be moved.