Pray With What You've Got

51 min


If we’re really honest with ourselves, prayer is a struggle. When we’re worried about the outcome, we have bad motives and we don’t know who God really is, prayer isn’t effective. In this message, Pastor Jon Tyson explores that struggle and gives us a solution to strengthen our prayer lives.

Categories: Prayer

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Teach Us to Pray is a multi-part series from Church of the City NYC on prayer.

Teach Us To Pray | Part 7

We all struggle with seeking the approval of others, but prayer can help us overcome that desire.

Teach Us To Pray | Part 4

Find out what the glory of God looks like, why we need it and how we should respond to it.

Teach Us To Pray | Part 3

Instead of only praying to receive the gift, we should be praying for an encounter with the giver.

Teach Us To Pray | Part 2

Learn how distraction affects your spiritual life and how to redirect your attention towards God.


More on Prayer

Keep learning more about prayer by picking from the sermons below.

Prayer Is Our Source

In want to grow closer to God and see miracles happen in our lives, we need to be people who pray.

miracle prayer

The Miracle in Motion | Part 3

Persistence produces miracles, and when we learn that sometimes “no” is just part of the process.

The Prescription

Learn how Philippians 4 prescribes prayer as the most effective way to deal with our anxiety.

Passion and Position

Learn what James 5 can teach us about how we can increase the effectiveness of our prayers.

Awakened to Prayer

Discover the power of prayer and unpack the tools that will help you build an effective prayer life.

A Tale of Two Tests

In an age where we're told to embrace our desires, fasting is the discipline that strengthens our no.


More from Church of the City New York

Loved this message? Continue watching more from Pastor Jon and Church of the City NYC.

Teach Us To Pray | Part 7

We all struggle with seeking the approval of others, but prayer can help us overcome that desire.

Missional Angst

How can we overcome the cultural hostility towards church to gain confidence in sharing our faith?

Teach Us To Pray | Part 4

Find out what the glory of God looks like, why we need it and how we should respond to it.

I AM | Part 2

While we gravitate towards darkness, Jesus shines a light on our most hidden places to bring healing.

I AM | Part 4

Sharing our faith nowadays can be overwhelming. Learn 7 different evangelism styles that we can use.

I AM | Part 6

Dive deeper into Jesus' claim in John 13, in which he says he is the way, the truth and the life.


About this Pastor & Church

Jon Tyson is lead pastor at Church of the City NYC, a diverse community, with an ambition to see the fame and deeds of God renewed in our time, and to practice a powerful faith that brings renewal to our relationships, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

Located In: New York City

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