The Principles of Prayer
Today, we're going to be talking about the principles of prayer because, Friend, there are principles that are real and valid. God does not, uh, work in prayer according to whim, fancy or caprice. But there are definite laws and rules and principles for getting our prayers answered. And the time will come, if it has not already come, when for God to answer your prayer will mean more to you than anything in this world. For God to answer prayer. So pay attention. Now, James is talking here about prayer.
James, Chapter 4, and we're going to begin reading in Verse 1, and we're going to read right on through to Verse 10. Now, James asked the question: "From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?" That is, if people can't get along with other people, it's because they can't get along with themselves. If they fight outwardly, it's because they're fighting inwardly. "Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not because ye ask not." Now, there's not a star in your Bible right by that statement. There ought to be. "Ye have not because ye ask not." Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that you might consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?" And that word "enmity" means "warfare with God." "Whosoever therefore will be the friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do you think that the scripture saith in vain, 'The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?' But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, 'God resisteth the proud, but givieth grace unto the humble.' Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nightbt you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and wee ...
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