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Tuning Up our Prayer Life (1 of 6)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Luke 11.1-4; Matthew 6.5-13
Now with our Bibles opened to Luke 11... I want to ask you a question: How is your prayer life? I mean... if you could grade your prayer life on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest... what score would you get?
I came across an interesting statement this week made by Jesus in John 5.19, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself..."
No wonder prayer was a priority for Jesus for "the Son can do nothing of Himself."
We're talking about the Son of God! God in the flesh! And prayer was First in the life of Jesus. Jesus didn't do anything without first praying about it!
John 5.19, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself..." That's the Son of God talking! He could do nothing of Himself! Not something... but nothing! And do you know what "nothing" is? It's a zero with the edges cut off!
Everything Jesus accomplished was a result of a consistent... continuous prayer life!
Martin Luther said, "As it is the business of tailors to make clothes, and as it is the business of cobblers to mend shoes, it is the business of Christians to pray." How we need to learn that there is no substitute for prayer! Not preaching... not giving... not serving... not singing... not miracles... not programs... not education! Nothing!! There's no substitute for prayer and here's why:
To us... prayer is a weapon! Psm 56.9, "When I cry to You, Then my enemies will turn back." In fact... you won't have victory over sin, Satan or self without prayer power!
To Satan... prayer is a barrier! Prayer ties up the Devil's hands. That's why we need better praying and more of it.
So... to us: prayer is a weapon. To Satan... prayer is a barrier.
To God... prayer is a fragrance! Our prayers are never forgotten in Heaven. Do you realize tonight that you are what you tonight because of yesteryear's prayers?
You men that ...
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