Living Under The Influence Of--prayer (4 Of 17) by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"Living Under The Influence Of--Prayer"
Exodus 32:7-14

Sunday, 2/5/95, 9:30 a.m. Service

It was the bottom of the ninth inning, two were out, the Yankees
were one run ahead. Yogi Berra was the catcher -- all star, all
professional and a great guy. The batter came to the plate with
hopes of making a difference in the game. Being a pious man,
when he came to the plate he took his bat and made a sign of the
cross on the plate. Yogi Berra is a Catholic and he took his
glove and rubbed off the plate and said, "Hey, why don't we just
let God watch this one?"

You know, the theology was right on that. God, I don't think,
takes sides, but the thing about prayer was certainly important--
praying at the right time for the right people, the right person,
the right events. Praying is important. Sometimes we neglect
it, sometimes we do it, sometimes we don't feel good about how we
do it. Sometimes we wonder if we pray enough, if we don't pray
right; sometimes we wonder if it makes any difference if we
connect. So, I think we need to take a look at living under the
influence of prayer.

Moses--for all the things he was, (and the Bible calls him
several things: a friend of God, a great prophet, the most humble
man of his generation, a servant of God--was revered through the
ages. Yet when you look at Moses' life you see something that
begins to come out through that life that I had never observed
before. That was that Moses was a man of prayer. He went
through some stages that I think most of us do and we want to
talk about it this morning. Would you bow your heads as we pray?

Father, we thank You that we can talk to You and You talk to us
in prayer. We thank You that You speak clearly through Your Word
and when we humble ourselves and seek Your wisdom it gives You
pleasure to lead and g ...


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