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Me and My Prayer Life
Series: Building a Bridge to a Strong Christian Life
1 Corinthians 16:13; 1 Timothy 2:1-4
1. The Priority of Prayer
A) The Example of the Savior
B) The Exhortation of the Scriptures
2. The Practice of Prayer
A) The Time Spent with God
B) The Things Sought from God
3. The Power of Prayer
A) A Shaping Power
B) A Saving Power
Someone has said that seven days without prayer makes one weak. The weakness of our Christian lives can largely be traced to our poor prayer habits. Charles Spurgeon said, "Nothing brings such leanness into a man's soul as lack of prayer." On the other hand, if our Christian lives are to be strong, prayer is essential. Paul Billheimer said, "The prayer closet is the arena which produces the overcomer."
I was recently reading about how a bird can sleep on its perch and never fall off. The secret is the tendons of the bird's legs. They are so constructed that when the leg is bent at the knee, the claws contract and grip like a steel trap. The claws refuse to let go until the knees are unbent again. The bended knee gives the bird the ability to hold on to his perch so tightly.
It is the bended knee that gives the Christian strength. William Law said, "He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life." I would add that it is one of the secrets to a strong Christian life.
The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 16:13 tells us to "be strong." As we seek to build a bridge between a weak and strong Christian life, I want us to think about our prayer lives. In 1 Timothy 2 the Bible speaks about our prayer life. Let me point out certain truths it gives us about our prayer life.
First, we see:
1. THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER
In 1 Timothy 2:1 Paul says, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all..." The word "first" is an adverb that speaks of that which is first in time, place, order, and importance. We would call it a priority. He is speaking of how we should make prayer a priority in our life.
The priority of the prayer is seen in:
A) The Example of the Savior
The Bible says in Mark 1:35, "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He (Jesus) went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." Jesus began His day with prayer. Prayer was important part of his day and life. If prayer was important to the Lord Jesus, how much more important prayer is in our life.
Albert Barnes in His commentary makes the following observations concerning the Lord praying:
1. That the Saviour, though perfectly holy, regarded the duty of secret prayer as of great importance.
2. That He, sought a solitary place for it - far away from the world and even from his disciples.
3. That it was early in the morning - always the best time, and a time when it should not be omitted.
4. If Jesus prayed, how much more important is it for us!
The prayer-life of Jesus stands as the paramount example of the importance of pra ...
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