How to Get Through to God
Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 10:19-25
November 24, 2004
ILLUS: This morning we will be talking about prayer. Dr. Alexis Carrel, a medical doctor, who won a Nobel Prize in physiology, wrote: "Prayer is the most powerful form of energy that one can generate. The influence of prayer on the human mind and body is as demonstrable as that of secreting glands. Its results can be measured in terms of increased buoyancy, greater intellectual vigor, moral stamina and a deeper understanding of human relationships.
"Prayer is indispensable to the fullest development of personality. Only in prayer do we achieve that complete harmonious assembly of mind, body and spirit which gives the frail human need its unshakable strength. When we pray we link ourselves with the inexhaustible motive that spins the universe."1
INTRODUCTION: As we consider our message this morning; "How to Get Through to God," I want to have you think about what it takes to get real answers from God, direct answers to prayer...answers we know that came to us because God intervened.
I say that because I fear we are all a little too casual sometimes when we pray. We know that we are to pray; God commands it. We know we are to pray often; the Scriptures teach it. And so, we pray, but when it comes down to it, do we really know that our efforts have touched the heart and mind of God? Can we have the assurance that we are really getting through to God?
In the Scripture passages I have just read this morning, we find a formula for getting through to God. I have picked out a few things I feel will be very important in helping us to understand what God expects and what He offers to us as His requisites for a successful prayer life. Keep in mind, it is not that we don't pray--most of us do; it is rather, are we really getting through to God?
QUOTE: In His book, "Laypeople Shouldn't Pray Like Monks, Mitch Finly writes, "Today the bedrock principle upon w ...
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