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The Right to Prayer (6 of 6)
Series: Understanding and Practicing Prayer
I John 1:8-9, 2:1-2
1. This evening I will conclude our study on the theme, "Understanding and Practicing Prayer." We have talked about the place of prayer, the repetition, the answers, the yielding, and the entrance to prayer. Tonight, we will consider "The Right to Prayer."
2. The truth of the matter is that without Jesus, we have no right or entitlement to prayer. We have all heard the statement, "It is a God-given right." We have no rights except those given to us by God:
a. The air we breathe, the food we enjoy and the clothes we wear are all because of God's benevolent and gracious mercy to us.
1) 1 Tim. 6:17, "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy."
3. All humans, saved and unsaved, enjoy the blessings that come with citizenship on planet earth. Matthew 5:45, "For He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
a. However, there are certain things enjoyed by Christians that the world is not privileged to have:
1) The promise of protection, the promise to provide, a fellowship with God through Jesus Christ, answered prayer, an eternal home, guidance and direction - and much, much more.
4. As we think about our message this evening, we understand that right to prayer - the entitlement, the privilege, if you will, involves quite a few things. Let me give you three points to consider:
I. OUR RIGHT TO PRAYER COMES AT GREAT EXPENSE
1. There is no doubt in my mind that our right to prayer is often taken for granted. Why? Because we forget what it cost - the expense of it.
a. 2 Cor. 8:9, "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."
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