We've Got To Cooperate With God To Grow! (2 of 5) by Jerry Branch

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We've Got to Cooperate with God to GROW! (2 of 5)
Theme: Prayer
Gerald Branch
John 15:7; John 14:12-14: John 16:24
November 18, 2001

Keywords: Prayer; cooperation with God

Harry Emerson Fosdick once said, "Now if God has left some things contingent on man's thinking and working, why may he not have left some things contingent on man's praying. The testimony of the great souls is a clear affirmative to this: some things never get are conceived without someone doing some thinking; some things never happen without someone working; and some things never work without someone praying! Prayer is one of the three forms of man's cooperation with God."

Citation: Harry Emerson Fosdick in The Meaning of Prayer. Leadership, Vol. 10, no. 4.

As we looked at the Gospel of John, we found that it tells us of various purposes of prayer... And one of the purposes which we looked at last week, was that in many ways, prayer is very much like a 'life-support line' and through our Prayer-life we have the wonderful opportunity to not only develop in our relationship with our Lord and Savior, and our FRIEND, Jesus Christ, but we also come to understand or recognize: both our devotion to the Lord, as well as our utter dependence upon HIM. So, our prayer life shows us, that if we are going to be honest with God, then we must actually admit to the Lord, Himself.... "Lord, I admit I am inadequate. Lord, I am helpless. Lord, I need Your help in this situation."

Well, today, we also see from our passages, that Prayer is an act of supplication.

Let's start by FIRST looking at verses 23 and 24 of the 16th Chapter "...Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.24 "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." (1)

Jesus is talking about what we call, 'supplication'... ASKING...

Supplication doesn't mean anything else other than 'request.'

You know, folks... We should never be afraid to bring our requests to God... in fact the Bible even tells us to do so...

In Philippians 4:6, it says, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;"

There is a very REAL benefit to us when we pray... In fact, have you ever noticed that when you pray about something really urgent... you know...something that is really weighing heavy on you, that after you finished, you're usually really at peace?

That's because the result of our asking, or the result of our requests in prayer, will be peace of mind.

That's just another reason why the Word of God, the Scriptures again, right here in John 16:23-24, remind us that Prayer is a real act of supplication.

Now, let's go ahead again, and Read what Jesus says when He is talking here in John 16:24, here He says, "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."

He says, "Wh ...

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