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"Lord, Teach Us To Pray" (Pt. III)
September 5, 1999
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
We're learning these days from Matthew chapter 6 about praying.
More important than preaching, more important than singing, more
important than even witnessing is prayer.
Prayer, you see, adds power to preaching, passion to singing,
purpose to teaching. It ought to be the request of every Christian: "Lord,
teach us to pray."
Now I'm talking to some people this morning and your life is full of
needs. You've got physical needs, spiritual needs, perhaps emotional
needs. And you need help! Listen if you will to Hebrews 4.16, "Let us
therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy
and find grace to help in time of need."
What wonderful news for those in need! I want to tell you that you
can "obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need!" Do you know
what that tells me? That tells me that God can meet you need and that
God will meet your need!
That's what I want to talk to you about this morning! I want to show
you from God's Word how God can meet that need in your life. So look
with me for a few minutes to Matthew chapter 6. Jesus is giving us a
pattern, a guide in teaching us to pray.
I want to begin reading in verse 9 down through verse 13 as we
continue our series of messages under the heading
"Lord, Teach Us To Pray"
Now in teaching us to pray, the first thing we find is
THE PERSON OF PRAYER.
Verse 9, "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name." And I
pray God that you can call All mighty God: Father! Only those who are in
His family can call Him Father. And the way into the family is through
receiving His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ into your life.
And once Jesus steps into your life, never to step out, from that
moment on, His Father becomes your Father!
THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER.
Verse 10, "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on e ...
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