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The Prayer Rule (4 of 6)
Series: Rules for the Redeemed
Matthew 7:7-11; 6:5-8; Luke 18:1-7
INTRO: Sometimes prayer is ignored or misused ... like the little boy who was told by his mother to say prayers before bedtime. The little boy didn't want to pray, but his mother encouraged him to prayer and to ask God for something he really wanted. So, he prayed very loudly, "Lord bless mommy and daddy, and (shouting) GOD, GIVE ME A NEW BICYCLE!!!" His mother protested, "God's not deaf son, you don't have to shout!" The son responded, "I know, Mom, but Grandma is in the next room and she's hard of hearing!" The boy's idea of prayer needed some serious teaching!
Prayer is one of the most important disciplines that we can develop as a Christian. Jesus had much to say about this subject, an area in which He was much disciplined.
PROP.SENT: The Bible teaches us that prayer is to be an important part of our walk with God and that spiritual health is depended on it.
I. PERSONAL MATT. 7:7-11
A. Requests Matt. 7:7-8
1. There can be little doubt that Jesus' teaching on prayer here clearly shows the personal nature of it.
a. The text begins with an invitation to come in prayer, "asking, seeking, and knocking."
b. This must be connected however to 6:33 ... "seek first the kingdom of God."
c. It is not an invitation to simply ask for anything!
d. The idea is that we come and ask, seek, and knock for the right things!
2. It is important also that we recognize the character of God when we come in prayer ... and not just think of Him as "Santa Claus"... too often we ignore the great opportunities in prayer and settle for trivial requests.
ILLUS: The brother of a Seminary student one day visited him on campus. Traveling on campus he found himself lost. Along came an elderly gentleman he stopped and asked directions from him. Later as he described to his brother this older man he discovered that this was one of the most brilliant t ...
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