Are You Following The Rules Of Engagement In Your Prayer Life? by Jerry Branch

Are You Following The Rules Of Engagement In Your Prayer Life?
Gerald Branch
1 Timothy 2:8-10
August 1st, 2004

"Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. "

"Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray- not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. 9 And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it."

First Timothy 2:8-10

As a continuation of the series we're in on 'faith', we cannot ignore one of the most important aspects of our relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ. That aspect being Prayer.

So often, as most can attest, it seems like our prayers are being hindered.
Unfortunately, that is a very factual assessment. For that very reason, since faith and prayers are so closely interwoven, we need to find out how come our prayers are hindered at times.

The question we're going to deal with then is this:

What hinders our prayer life? And what can we do about it?

I believe we Christians need a heart understanding of this, because we live in a time when Christians are needed on the front lines of the battle, because we are fighting a very important battle.

Just like the soldier in Iraq or any other war zone, you must know the rules of engagement if you're going to prevail in the battle. Our battle today is even more important, because we are fighting for not just our own generation, but we're fighting for the generations to come.

And Satan does not want us to prevail. And even though he has been defeated through the Work of J ...

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