Faith Filled Praying (5 of 8) by Rick White

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Faith Filled Praying (5 of 8)
Learning To Pray: 101
Rick White
Matthew 21:18-22, Hebrews 11:6
10/02/98

Message Truth: Our understanding and commitment to prayer will be in direct proportion to our understanding of who God is and what He desires for us.

(See Matt 21:18-22 NIV)
(See Heb 11:6 NIV)

Introduction: What Is Prayer?
1. One little girl said it is messages sent up at night and on Sunday when the rates are low.
2. Most times our prayers involve bailing us out of some mess-like the student who prayed, "God, either make Boston the capital of Vermont or lose my test paper."
3. After a long and very difficult marriage, a woman told her husband, "I am praying God will help us by taking one of us to heaven. After He answers my prayer, I'm going to live with my sister." (Charles Lowery SBC Life)
4. Prayer is not wishes, hopes, or personal aspirations.
5. Prayer is not trying to persuade God to do what you want.
6. Prayer is telling God you want to be a partner in what He wants to do.

LESSONS LEARNED UNDER A FIG TREE
(Mat 21:18-20 NIV) Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. {19} Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered. {20} When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" they asked.

Fig trees were common in Palestine and much prized. It was not uncommon for them to grow to a height of twenty feet and equally as wide, making them an excellent shade tree. When Jesus called him to discipleship, Nathanael was sitting under a fig tree, probably in his own yard (John 1:48). Before the Jews had entered the Promised Land, the Lord described it to them as "a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey" (Deut. 8:8). Through Zechariah the Lord promised His people that at Messiah's second comin ...


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