Six Facets of Prayer
Text: Luke 11:1-13 (vs. 1)
Sunday, August 15, 2004
This morning I want to talk to you about the importance of prayer. Let me say, other than our salvation experience, prayer is the most important and essential element in our Christian life. The disciples knew that, that's why they asked the Lord, "Lord, teach us to pray."
Without an effective prayer life:
We cannot have a relationship with God
We cannot find God's direction for our life
We cannot receive the things we need
We cannot have the power of God
We cannot have victory over sin
Quote: George Mueller said, "Prayer and faith are the universal remedies against every want and every difficulty."
I have decided to take the word "prayer" and make an acrostic out of it. So, with that, let me give you six points or "Six Facets of Prayer."
Perseverance requires patience
Lament. 3:25, "The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him."
Why is it that we think we need an immediate answer to our prayers? Maybe it's because we live in an "instant" world, where our demands for everything are to be done in the present tense. We want to push a button and see something happen. Listen, God does not work by push buttons. And, His time is not always our time. God help us to learn the lesson of waiting—of having patience.
Illustration: On Wednesday night, I put this quote in our prayer bulletin. It is by George Mueller, one of the great men of prayer and faith.
I never remember, in all my Christian course, a period now (in March 1895) of sixty-nine years and four months, that I ever sincerely and patiently sought to know the will of God by the teaching of the Holy Ghost, through the instrumentality of the word of God, but I have been always directed rightly. But if honesty of heart and uprightness before God were lacking or if I did not patiently wait upon God for instruction, or if I p ...
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