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The Art of Prayer

The Art of Prayer

Oct 28, 2018

Passage:Matthew 6:5-13:58

Preacher: Jim Law

Series: The Art of War

Detail:

Prayer - The Christians Power Source. (Matt 6:5-13, Luke 11:1, 9-10)

 

  • Why is it in the lives of so many believers the last thing we do when things are going good is pray?
  • Prayer is not a priority to many today
  • I want to attempt to answer three crucial questions concerning prayer in our time together

 

I.   What Is Prayer?
 
  • It is the means by which we can know God and His will for our lives
  • It is our means of communication with Him
  • It is the way we receive spiritual power
           
 A. Talking Principles
 
  • confession
  • praise
  • thanksgiving'
  • petition
  • intercession                                                                                                                                                    
B. Listening Principles

  • still and quiet before the Lord
  • don't be In a hurryt
  • spend various seasons of your life with God
II.   Why Don't We Pray More?
 
  • prayer occurs when you depend upon God
  • prayerlessness occurs when you depend upon yourself
  • 4 reasons we don't pray
 
 

 *  Pride - it keeps us from praying b/c it overestimates the power of self

 *  Unbelief - it keeps us from praying b/c it underestimates the power of God

 *  Ignorance - it keeps us from praying b/c it overestimates the difficulty of taking to God

 *  Time - it keeps us from praying b/c it underestimates the value if being with God

III.  Why Is It Important To Pray?

A.  there is a devil

B.  it is God's appointed way for obtaining things

C.  apostles regarded prayer as the most important business of their    lives

D.  It occupied a very prominent place in the earthly life of Jesus

E.  It is a very important part of the present ministry of Jesus

F.  It is the means God has appointed for us to receive mercy and grace in times of need.

G.  It is the way Jesus has appointed for us to receive fullness of joy

H.  It is the means God has appointed for us to obtain freedom from all anxiety 
 
I.  Because of what prayer accomplishes

 

IV.    Guidelines to Making Prayer a Priority 

A.  A special Time

B.  A special place

C.  A special book

D.  A special Plan