There is a tradition that James, the half-brother of our
Lord, was known as "old camel knees." They say that James
spent so much time on his knees in prayer that his knees
became callused like a camel's. When you read the book of
James you become aware that indeed he was a man of prayer.
Many times, in the book of James, he has made reference to
prayer. Back in chapter 1:5 he says, if any of you lack
wisdom, let him ask of God. Verse 6, let him ask in
faith, nothing wavering. He talked about prayer again in
the 4th chapter. You have not because you ask not. Now,
in the 5th chapter he has talked in some successive verses
about the importance of prayer. In verse 13, if any
afflicted, let him pray. Is any sick, call for the elders
and let them pray. Verse 15, and the prayer of faith
shall save the sick.
Now again he comes to the subject of prayer and begins the
subject by saying, the effectual, fervent prayer of a
righteous man availeth much. I want to talk to you about
your own prayer life tonight. I don't know of an area that
is more difficult than the area of prayer, nor an area
where we need to be taught by the Lord about how to pray
than this particular area. Do you pray? How much do you
pray? Do you get answers to your prayers?
Jesus, talking about prayer, said, "Ask and it shall be
given unto you. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall
be opened unto you." Those are promises from the Lord
Jesus Christ about the subject of prayer. But you and I
know that many times in the matter of prayer we don't seem
to get answers in prayer. It causes us to raise questions
about the whole area of prayer. There are no PhDs in
prayer. All of us are growing and learning when it comes
to the matter of prayer. I can certainly identify with the
disciples who came to Jesus one time. They didn't say,
Lord, teach us to preach. Th ...
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