The How of Prayer
George W. Truett once took this text for a Sunday message. ‘‘If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.’’ Truett said, ‘‘Do you believe this?’’
A very poor member of the church stood up and said, ‘‘I believe it, pastor, and I want you to claim that promise with me.’’ ‘‘It staggered me,’’ said Truett. ‘‘I knew I did not have the faith to claim the promise, but before I had time to answer, a big, burly blacksmith in the congregation rose to his feet; ‘‘I’ll claim that promise with you, Aintie,’’ he said, and together the two got on their knees and poured their hearts out in prayer for the woman’s husband.
Her husband was a river boat captain and a drunk. He had been at home sleeping off a drunk. But that night he was at church and while the pastor preached the woman and the blacksmith prayed, not for the salvation of her husband, but thanking God that he was going to do it, for she seemed to know it would happen that night. And of course, when the invitation was given, this old foul-mouth captain came to give his heart to the Lord, and he became one of the most dependable and faithful workers in the church.
Do you believe God answers prayer? 1 Samuel 23:4 says, ‘‘David enquired of the lord yet again. And the Lord answered him.’’
Psalm 99:6 ‘‘Moses and Aaron among him priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name they called upon the name of the Lord, and he answered them.’’
God does answer prayer. But how does he do it?
1. HE ANSWERS DIRECTLY.
I am referring to prayer that is answered specifically and speedily. You pray about something and God answers you shortly after you pray it. If you don’t pray specifically, how will you know if God answers you?
1 Kings 18:37 ‘‘Elijah prayed, hear me O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart bac ...
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