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The Way to Pray Part 2 (7 of 8)
Series: Growing Strong
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Matthew chapter 6. We want to talk about "The Way to Pray."
I heard about a lady, and she was a very shy lady, but she had a heart for the Lord. And she wanted to get involved in the church's visitation program, going out and visiting people that had visited the church. And so it was her first time to do it. This church did that on Tuesday night. And she came on Tuesday night. And boy, she was nervous. She had never done this before. And she told the pastor, she said, "I'm just so nervous. I'm just a shy person and I'm going to knock on the doors of these people. I've never met them before." And he said, "Listen. You just need to pray. Before every visit you just need to pray, because prayer works, and God will move, and God will answer your prayer." And so she had the names of three or four people, and she went out. And she came back about an hour and fifteen minutes later. And they all gathered and were sharing stories. And she was just beaming. She was so excited. She was walking on Cloud 9. And she saw the pastor with a big smile, and she said, "You are so right." She said, "Prayer works. Before every visit I prayed that they wouldn't be home, and they're weren't!" She obviously needed a little help in her prayers.
Well, who doesn't need help in prayer? All of us do. I do. You do. The disciples did. The disciples said to Jesus, "Lord, teach us to pray." They saw the way Jesus prayed, and there was such power, and there was such fervency, and there was such an effect when He would pray. And they said, "Lord, teach us how to pray like John taught his disciples." Jesus wants us to learn how to pray. He wants us to pray with passion, with fire, with direction, and with effectiveness. He wants us to connect with the Father, and it makes all the difference in the world. Why is prayer so important? Because prayer links our nothingness ...
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