PRAYER-A NECESSITY-FOR THE PRESENCE AND POWER OF GOD
Jesse M. Hendley
A Necessity if we are to have the Presence and Power
Turn with me to Matthew 6:5, as we study God's Word.
We are living in days of great need and the need is
God and the power of God, and the presence and power
of God will come only through believing prayer. In
Matthew 6:5 Jesus says, "And when thou prayest, thou
shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to
pray standing in the synagogues and the corners of
the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I
say unto you, They have their reward." Verse 6, "But
thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and
when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father
which is in secret: and thy Father which seeth in
secret shall reward thee openly." Verse 7, "But when
ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen
do; for they think that they shall be heard for
their much speaking." Verse 9, "After this manner
therefore pray ye: . . "
Now notice in verse 5, "When thou prayest." Verse 6,
"When thou prayest." Verse 7, "When ye pray." Then
verse 9, "Therefore pray ye." Our Lord in the Sermon
on the Mount then speaks much about prayer.
I would like to call your attention at the very
outset that our Lord does not COMMAND us to pray. He
doesn't say you ought to pray. He assumes that every
child of God will pray, so He says, "When thou
prayest, When ye pray . . . After this manner pray
ye." He doesn't command it. He doesn't say you ought
to do it. God Almighty takes it for granted that
every Christian will pray, will take time really to
Then notice the matter of HOW to pray. Our Lord says
in verse 6, "When thou prayest enter into thy closet
and shut thy door." Closet prayer, secret prayer,
prayer alone with God is an essential in the
Christian life. Let me ask you, how is it with your
devotional life? How is it with your prayer life?
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