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The Elements of Prayer
Series: Powerful Churches Pray
Review of last Week:
Last week we spoke about the four basic human needs that we ask for during our prayer session with God. Just to quickly review them they are:
1. Sustenance for the body
2. Cleansing for the spirit
3. Guidance in life
4. Protection from evil
We also learned that we are responsible to pray for these things in our life and if we are not consistently praying for these things in our life then we are far away from a dependence on God and very dependent upon ourselves which is a dangerous place to be. Reviewing this would also be helpful and I have placed the comparison in your sermon notes – it might be helpful for you to hang on to these throughout this series as you learn and experiment with prayer. A quick review of this is as follows...
1. Give us this day our daily bread vs. self-sufficiency (v11)
2. Forgive us our trespasses vs. self-righteousness (v12)
3. Lead us not into temptation vs. self-determination (v13)
4. Deliver us from (the) evil (one) vs. self-defense (v13)
I. Adoration & Communion
Psalm 27:4 (NASB95)
4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.
There are two things that the author of this Psalm wants to do ...
1. Behold the beauty of the Lord - Adoration
2. Meditate in His temple. - Communion
THERE IS PERHAPS no greater evidence that human beings act contrary to their self-interest than the fact that we spend so little time talking to the one who made and loves us. However, those who are interested in the best for themselves will desire to spend time with God...just listen to David in this Psalm.
Psalm 63:1-8 (NASB95)
1 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where t ...
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