This Is My Prayer (4 of 21) by Jerry Vines

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This Is My Prayer (4 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
Jerry Vines
Philippians 1:9-11
5/22/05

"This I pray." Paul's prayer is my prayer for you. Prayer is a vital part of the Christian life. If you have not come to understand that as a believer, I hope this message this morning will encourage you to become a man or a woman of prayer. Prayer is the lifeline between us and heaven. It is the communication system which keeps us in contact with God in heaven.

There are no Ph.D.'s in prayer. The disciples said to Jesus, "Lord, teach us to prayer." That is an interesting statement. They didn't say, "Lord, teach us to preach." That's certainly important. They didn't say, "Lord, teach us to do miracles." They did do miracles. But they said, "Lord, teach us to pray." You and I want to learn how to pray.

I am convinced that if we will pray better we will live better. I'm also convinced that if we pray more we will have more joy.

He mentions prayer in the fourth verse of this chapter. He says, "Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy." Prayer and joy. I believe we would be happier people if we were more prayerful people.

Prayer is kind of like a transformer. Prayer transforms burdens into blessings. It transforms pains into praises. It transforms griefs into glories.

I have always liked the spiritual which begins, "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen," but it closes, "Glory hallelujah."

I don't know about you, but my experience has been many, many times that I have gone to my knees in prayer with heavy burdens upon my heart and with sorrow in my heart, but in the course of talking to God in prayer, God has transformed my heartache into glory hallelujahs.

This is one of the great prayers of Paul. You will find in the letters of Paul, interspersed in the various discussions which he makes, written prayers. The Holy Spirit has chosen to take these written prayers of Paul and make them a part of our scripture, ...


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