Understanding the Dynamics of Prayer (7 of 9) by Rick White

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Understanding the Dynamics of Prayer (7 of 9)
Series: The Faith Crisis
Rick White
Genesis 18-19 (selected other scripture)
10-30-94

Introduction: Many of us struggle with the discipline of prayer. This is especially true when our words seem to bounce off ceilings or simply get lost in space.

1. We may feel so self conscious when we pray that we can't conceive of having the kind of relationship with God that Abraham had with Him.

2. Our inadequacies automatically raise a barrier when we are alone with God. Hebrews 4:14, 16 help us in this area;

Hebr. 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as {we are, yet} without sin. 16 Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.

3. Abraham was not a superior human with unique access to God, he simply responded to God's call by faith.

4. People who understand their spiritual roots can stand confidently before the Lord in prayer:

Eph. 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love
Eph. 1:5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
Eph. 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
Eph. 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,
Eph. 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
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I. THE INGREDIENTS OF PRAYER
James 4:2 You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not rece ...


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