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THE PROBLEMS OF PRAYER (1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
I Peter 3:1-12
This has come to my own heart in a new way in recent
days because of emergencies among loved ones and
friends. We have been wrestling with God about these
These are special times when we need to have special
prayer. David, you remember, prayed intensely when his
child was sick. On my heart at this time is a dear man
who has suffered a heart attack and is fighting for
his life. A lady in our church fell and broke her hip.
Then in our own family is a need - our little
grandson. I say this little personal word to ask your
prayers. My grandfather was a preacher, and my father
was a preacher, then God called me to preach, now here
is our only grandson and we have asked God to make him
a minister. We prayed, "Lord, You said for us to pray
that You would send forth laborers into the fields,
and we ask You to do this." The little fellow has a
rare malady for which everything known to medical
science has been done. He is going through a very
trying time and he needs your prayers. We want God's
perfect will to be done. It would be so wonderful if
God would bring him through this and raise him up to
be a witness for Christ. That's all we have asked the
Lord to do, for His glory.
So these and many, many other prayer needs have been
upon our heart and have drawn us in an unusual way to
prayer. When serious things come, if we haven't been
men and women of prayer, if we haven't stayed prayed-
up, we are pitiable. I would like to share with you a
few thoughts along this line of PRAYER.
Sometimes people ask me questions about prayer, such
as, "Does God answer every prayer?" The answer is,
"No, not every time." For example, God does not answer
the prayers of the wicked (the Bible says "evil
In First Peter 3:1-12 we read, "Let a man who loves
life and would see good days turn away from evil and
do good, seek peace an pursu ...
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