Unveiling the Mystery of Prayer (2 of 11) by Jeff Schreve

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Unveiling the Mystery of Prayer (2 of 11)
Series: Arise and Build
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Nehemiah 1:4-28

A preacher friend of mine was privileged to see Billy Graham at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. He had a private audience with Dr. Graham, just this friend of mine and a couple of other people, just a small little gathering. And he got to ask Dr. Billy Graham a question, and he said this: He said, "Dr. Graham," he said, "in your ministry that God has used in such an incredible, unfathomable way," he said, "what has been the core? What has been the foundation? What has been the cornerstone of your success?" And he said Dr. Graham, who's very dull of hearing and his eyesight's failing, he heard that question, and he answered immediately without hesitation, and he said, "Prayer, prayer." Prayer is the core. Prayer is the cornerstone. Prayer is the foundation of all that God did and is still doing in and through the ministry of Billy Graham.

Now I think the greatest gift that God has given us is the gift of prayer, to connect our nothingness with His almightiness. And the sad truth is many of us don't take advantage of that gift. So many of us don't really pray.

It's interesting when you read the gospels. You're not going to find in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John many references to Jesus slipping away with the scroll of Isaiah and studying that. Obviously, He spent time reading the Old Testament Scripture. But you'll find, but, but the Bible doesn't ref, reference that. What you find is references over and over and over again to the fact that Jesus would pray. He prayed and prayed and prayed. He prayed all night before He chose the 12 disciples. When Jesus was to be betrayed and arrested, where did they go to find Him? He was in the Garden of Gethsemane. What was He doing? He was praying, praying to His Father. The disciples saw that aspect of Jesus' life, how important prayer was, and you know what they said to Jesus? They never asked Jesus, "Lo ...


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