I'LL TELL THE WORLD
January 8, 1995
INTRODUCTION: In an ancient story, it is said that Bios, a wise
man of ancient Greece, was sent an animal to sacrifice. He was
instructed to send back to the donor the best and worst parts of
the animal. He sent the donor the tongue. The tongue is the
best and worst of man. James agreed with that evaluation in
James 3:2-12. The tongue is compared to a bridle and a rudder,
a fire and a poisonous animal, and a fruitful tree and a
fountain. These three pair of pictures teach us that the tongue
has the power to direct, the power to destroy, and the power to
delight. The tongue is but a little member in our bodies, but
it can accomplish great things for good or for evil.
In this passage, Paul concerns himself with the privileges of
speech. You and I have some awesome privileges.
I. SPEAKING TO THE LORD. v.2-3a
Many believe that Paul considered "prayer" as one of those
pieces of a Christian soldier's armor.
Eph. 6:18 "praying always"
"Satan trembles when he sees,
The weakest saint upon his knees."
A. DEVOTED PRAYER. 2a
"continue in prayer" - be devoted; be steadfast; be
faithful in prayer; denotes perseverance; to be
courageously persistent; to hold fast and not
Prayer is the strength of the believer's fellowship
with the Lord.
Luke 18:l, "Man ought always to pray and not to
faint." (lose heart)
"always" - a ...
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