The Prayer Challenge (5 of 6) by Jeff Schreve
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Series: The School of Prayer
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Philippians chapter 4. We've been in a series for the last several weeks entitled "The School of Prayer." We're talking about this thing called prayer because prayer is so vital to our Christian life. It has well been said that a man, a woman, a boy or a girl will never rise higher than his or her prayer life. See, prayer is so important because prayer links our nothingness with God's almightiness. Prayer can do anything God can do, and God can do anything. And the truth of the matter is, as we've been talking in this series and kind of learning fundamentals of prayer, most of us aren't very good at prayer. We don't feel very confident to pray, in public, even to pray at home. So many men, to pray with their wife or to pray with their kids. It's just one of those things that's just kind of hard for us. And as I've told you before, prayer is not hard, because a child can pray, but it is hard because the devil doesn't want us to pray, and so he fights us on prayer. R. A. Torrey, the great Christian evangelist and pastor and author (authored over 40 books from years gone by. He lived in the 1800s and the early part of the 1900s), he said this: "Pray for great things. Expect great things. Work for great things. But above all, pray." Above all, pray. Somebody has said, you know, "What is the most important thing in the Christian life? Is it the Word of God, the study of the Word, and the preaching of the Word or is it prayer?" And the answer is really both. In the Book of Acts, the disciples were getting pressed to spend so much time serving tables that they developed the office of deacon, many people believe, and led by God's Spirit to do that. They needed people to help them, because they said, "We will devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word." Those things go hand-in-hand. If you want to grow in your Christian life, ...
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