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Supplication: How to Make a Withdrawal from Heaven's Bank (4 of 4)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
This morning we come to the final message in this sequence of messages on prayer. The four messages have been based on the acrostic A C T S. The "A" stood for "Adoration." In prayer we are to adore the Lord our God. We are to praise Him and worship Him. The "C" stood for "Confession." Psalm 66:18 says, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." Last Sunday we focused upon the "T" in our acrostic, which stands for "Thanksgiving." The Bible says, "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
And so today we come to the letter "S" in our acrostic. The "S" stands for "Supplication." Someone has said that supplication involves petition and communion and intercession. In petition, God does something for us. In communion, God does something in us. In intercession, God does something through us. And God wants to do something for us and in us and through us, but He can't do any of those things until we learn to pray.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:6, "Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God and the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Through supplication we receive God's blessings. God declares in James 4:2, "You have not, because you ask not." I wonder how many blessings God has that are up in heaven getting mildewed. I wonder how many blessings God has that are up in heaven getting rusty because we have not asked. Oh, how many times God has wanted to bless, but you wouldn't pray. How many times God has wanted to load you with benefits, but you would not pray.
And then I contend that you ought to pray the prayer of supplication because that is the way to be happy. Jesus says in John 16:24, "Hitherto you have asked no ...
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