#924 June 21, 1992 p.m.
(transcribed from tape)
FROM THE HEART
I never have preached while taking up the offering, but I guess that's a pretty
good thing to do. I know you're looking forward to hearing Mrs. McLauren sing
tonight. She's one of our great, great, fabulous soloists. But I've got to go
to a beach retreat. We've 500-600 kids down at Padre Island, so I'm going to
leave in a minute and catch an airplane and go down there and be with them and
get some rest. I only speak twice a day down there, to them, so, you know,
that's really like retirement for me.
Open your Bibles if you would tonight to the book of the gospel of Luke, chapter
number 11. And we're just going to walk through this 11th chapter together. And
the theme of the 11th chapter is prayer. In fact, I think you'll find in this
11th chapter, a veritable School of Prayer. If you're serious about praying,
this is a School of Prayer. It just walks us through the basic steps of getting
with God. The last sermon that was delivered at this convention I just returned
from was by Dr. Charles Stanley. He used a magnificent illustration of prayer.
He used the relationship with a man with his wife, and a wife with her husband,
and said that what your mate desires is intimacy. That's what every man, every
woman desires in marriage is genuine intimacy. Soul to soul; mind to mind; heart
to heart; joys and fears; victories and defeats - intimacy! And just as our
mates desire intimacy with us and we desire intimacy with our mates, so also does
God desire to be intimate with you and intimate with me. That's God's desire.
And the reason we do not allow Him to be intimate with us in prayer is because
there are some things in our lives, perhaps, we do not want God to get a hold of
and be a part of. It's those unsurrendered areas, those unconfessed areas, those
unyielded areas. And, therefore, we hold back on being intimate with Him.
Open your Bibles, if you would, and let's look at this school of prayer. I'm
going to take you through 4 grades. We're going through grade school. We're
going through high school. We're going through college. And I'm going to give
everybody here a graduate degree. We're even going through graduate school.
Now the first arade we go through, we find in this chapter 11 of Luke's gospel,
we find it in the first verse. In the first grade we learn just one thing, all
the way through grade school, just one basic thing. We must pray! That's the
first thing you learn. Look at it;
"And it came about that while he was praying in a certain place, after he
had finished, one of his disciples said to Him, 'Lord, teach us to pray
just as John also taught his disciples."'
Now we don't know which disciple this was. Many people have speculated it must
have been John and that's a pretty good guess, but we really don't know. But he
said, "Teach us to pray." Let me tell you something, if you are to be a
Christian, you have to pray, I ha ...
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