Things We Should Know About Prayer by Daniel Rodgers

Things We Should Know About Prayer
Dan Rodgers
Matthew 7:7-11; 21:22
August 7, 2005


This evening I want us to spend a little time on the important subject of prayer. The Lord said, "I will that men pray everywhere."

The disciples said, Lord, teach us to pray..."

QUOTE: George Mueller of Bristol, said, "Prayer and faith are the universal remedies against every want and every difficulty."

PURPOSE: The purpose of our lesson tonight is to help us better understand that prayer must have a central place in the life of every Christian, not just the reciting of a memorized petition between daily activities, but rather, a dedicated commitment to talk to God from our hearts, in order that we might know Him better and receive those things necessary to our spiritual and physical well-being.


Here is a question: Does God answer every person's prayer? There are two kinds of prayer: The prayer that reaches God and the prayer that does not.

Consider four things--four conditions, if you will, to answered prayer:

A. A salvation experience

1. The person praying must be saved (John 9:31)

a. Prov. 15:2, "The Lord is far from the wicked, but He heareth the prayer of the righteous."

B. A clean heart (Psa. 66:18)

C. A believing faith

1. The believer must have faith that God will answer prayer (Heb. 11:6).

a. Two ways to have more faith: Study God's Word, and exercise the faith you have.

D. A submissive spirit

1. There must be obedience in the life of the Christian (I ...

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