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Jesus Help My Prayers? Teach Me!
by Clifford Tate 
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Luke 11:1-13

Dear Lord Jesus I am certain that my communion with You in my times of prayer are woefully inadequate, at least I feel that way many times after my morning talks with You. Help me Dear Lord to be swift to hear You and slower to speak each time I endeavor to enter into Your presence. I struggle every day with my desire to pray and with the use of words. I often speak Your words from Scripture back to You in all of the areas concerning my daily life. I want to know Your heart on matters that trouble me, trials, and test I encounter so that I may walk or live down here (as You keep me on the earth) in a manner worthy of the high calling that I have in You Dear Lord Jesus.

Colossians 1:9-12 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. NJKV

Dear Lord as I read this 11th Chapter of Luke’s gospel, I felt Your tug upon my heart to focus in on this matter of my personal prayer time with You and my desire is for You to give me illumination on this passage of Scripture (after You finished praying) where You gave instruction to the first disciples on how they should pray. Dear Lord Jesus the first thing You instructed them to say then and You tell me to do likewise today is to give full, fervent, and fiery reverence, awe, and glory to our Father’s holy name. I am to be in such awe and wonder at Your name like the Jews did not even feel worthy to speak the name YAHWEH they held it in such high esteem. I Dear Lord am to recognize my complete sinfulness in light of Your supreme holiness, majesty, and purity. I Dear Lord should always feel a twinge in my heart and soul when I hear someone in any forum uses Your name flippantly, with vulgarity, and in any other way blasphemously.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in Heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. NKJV

I am Dear Lord to desire from my heart (my inner man; the real me) to see Your eternal Kingdom come right now at every moment I speak to You in prayer. I Dear Lord should ask every day and trust completely that You will provide for me the daily substance I need as long as You keep me here on the earth to serve and glorify You. I want to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness and You will add all earthly things to me. Dear Lord You taught them and You are teaching me to ask for sins to be forgiven every day and for the strength to forgive those that have sinned against me. Dear Lord I don’t have to tell You what You already know but that is what my prayer to You on every occasion is anyway, but I really need much grace in this area of forgiveness and I am now learning through Your word that this maybe the reason some of my intercessory prayers for salvation of others have not come to pass yet. Dear Lord I want my heart opened up fully naked before You that You may perform surgery and cleanse and heal by Your balm of grace (Divine influence upon my heart that changes the way I live down here).

Psalms 50:15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me. NKJV

Dear Lord You finally taught them and You’re teaching me to always pray for deliverance from the evil one. As the Apostle Paul would write latter in the Book of Romans Chapter 7 when he said, “I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.” Dear Lord Jesus it is by Your grace alone that I am sanctified and kept from sins tempting power in my life daily. I know Dear Lord that You have defeated the evil one, but keep teaching me as You prompt my spirit from Your word how to gain daily victory over the evil one every single day as I sojourn down here. Dear Lord Jesus this is just an outline or a guide You give to me to follow as I place my own daily struggles and stresses of this life before Your Throne of grace to receive Your guidance for my daily living. The story You tell the disciples about the friend coming at midnight (in the natural a profane hour) is used for me to see that with You Dear Father there is no time, no need, or no cry from me Your son that You will not hear and answer. You are teaching me bull dog, steadfast, and never quit persistence as I lay hold to You and Your word and the promises in Your word trusting that You will respond to me Your son. You Dear Lord are showing me that though I cannot see as You see, I can confidently trust what You have promised in Your word and keep coming before Your Throne.

Psalms 25:17-20 The troubles of my heart have enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses! Look on my affliction and my pain, And forgive all my sins. Consider my enemies, for they are many; And they hate me with cruel hatred. Keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus help me by Your grace to serve You in much prayer and fasting for the souls of men, women, boys, and girls I am praying for to be saved and also my continual prayer for a spiritual awakening or revival that will sweep many into Your Kingdom. Help me Dear Lord be like Anna the true Prophetess who served You in the temple with prayer and fasting day and night even as she was 84 years old. Dear Lord Jesus give me the heart to persevere in prevailing prayer with You seeking Your glory in the eternal destinies changed by Your grace through faith of those who come to You in repentance and faith for You are enormously rich in mercy to all who call out to You for deliverance. Help me Dear Lord Jesus to give myself to constant and continual prayer as David’s heart was so inclined to do because of the many trials, test, and traps he found himself in with Saul and others the enemy used to pursue him. It is Your will for me Dear Lord Jesus to ask and keep asking, to seek and keep seeking, and to knock and keep knocking whether I see the salvation (the new birth) of those in this life or not until I am in Heaven with You Dear Precious Lord Jesus, therefore, give me grace to continue in doing just such for Your Glory. Help me to hide Your word in my heart that I may think Your thoughts after You Dear Lord Amen!

Psalms 26:2-3 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. For Your loving-kindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth. NKJV

Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. NKJV

“Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude - an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.”
“Real prayer is communion with God, so that there will be common thoughts between His mind and ours. What is needed is for Him to fill our hearts with His thoughts, and then His desires will become our desires flowing back to Him.” A. W. Pink

“The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish.” Dr. Adrian Rogers

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to @#!*% over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and un-prayed for.” “If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ.” “I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer.” Charles H. Spurgeon

“I’d rather be able to pray than to be a great preacher; Jesus Christ never taught His disciples how to preach, but only how to pray.” “Every one of our children will be brought into the ark, if we pray and work earnestly for them.” “Careful for nothing, prayerful for everything, thankful for anything.” D. L. Moody

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...

Sincerely in Christ,

Clifford D. Tate, Sr.

Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…


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