If I Pray What Difference Will It Make? (2 of 8) by Rick White

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If I Pray What Difference Will It Make? (2 of 8)
Learning To Pray: 101
Rick White
Luke 18:1-5, 1 Kings 18:1-38, James 4:2

Message Truth: Sometimes we do not pray about the deepest needs of life because we not convinced that prayer will change anything. Today we are going to discover the Biblical truths about the power of prayer.

(James 4:2 NIV) You do not have, because you do not ask God.

Introduction: Two questions:

1. If you could ask God for one miracle in your life, knowing that He would grant your request, what would you ask Him?
* To put your marriage back together?
* To change something about your job?
* To work in the heart of a rebellious child?
* To heal some disease in your body?
* To straighten out your financial situation?
* To bring a loved one to faith in Christ?

2. Do you regularly and diligently pray about this matter and trust God to intervene in your situation?

The truth is that most of us have to admit that we don't pray that often about our deepest needs. We tend to get faint-hearted. Our minds wander and our words are more like empty phrases. We give up thinking that it is better to endure almost any situation than to pray ineffectively. That is when we fall back and try to face life in our own power. Down deep, perhaps at some unconscious level, something has gone wrong. We live with the agonizing question; if I pray will it make any difference? We are really asking two theological questions:
* Is God willing to help me?
* Is God able to help me?

(Luke 18:1-5 NIV) Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. {2} He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. {3} And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' {4} "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care ab ...

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