Prayer - Preparing My Heart To Pray
November 22, 1992
I John 5:14-15 means that we can have boldness in coming
to God, knowing as He hears us He may grant our request.
It also means we have the liberty to ask Him anything and
He may choose to do it.
Young chemist - Master Chemist
Greater success would have come had he chosen to spend time with the Master chemist.
Three Introductory Statements I Want You To Remember:
1. Love God with every fiber of your being.
2. Love others as yourself.
3. Your prayers are the birthing and blessing of every good work God will ever accomplish through you.
Sunday evening congregation asked to attend one of two sessions: "How To Have The Power Of God" and "How To Pray."
Over the next several weeks this series is going to be on "How To Pray." This morning as we talk about "Preparing My Heart To Pray." Look with me to the following three steps.
I. COMING CLOSER. (James 4:8)
Text and Lord's Prayer, "Our Father."
Charles Stanley: "How Do You See God" and "What Do You Know of God As Your Father?"
Brokenness, Feeling, Arms
It is important we see ourselves as children of God.
This means two things:
1. Welcomed with complete acceptance and approval (Romans 8:1)
2. Wanted and yearned for with great affection. (Luke 15:20)
As a child of God you have two prayer partners:
1. God the Son, who is praying for you.
2. God the Spirit, who is prayer with your and through you and even beyond you.
* "If God is for you who can be against you?"
II. COMING CLEAN: (James 4:8)
An unclean heart steals the intimacy and freedom of our prayer time. (Psalm 51:10; Isaiah 59:4)
Unconfessed sin is a:
1. Deterrent to our prayers. (Psalm 66:18)
2. Stumbling block to our spiritual growth. (Jeremiah 7:24)
3. Hindrance to God's blessings on our lives. (2 Peter 1:8-11)
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