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The Prayer Of Faith (27 of 48)
Series: Creation or Evolution?
Dr. Stan Coffey
May 24, 1987
INTRODUCTION: It was studying Genesis 18 that taught saintly George Mueller of Bristol, that modern giant of faith, one of the most important secrets of prayer. It taught him to use argument in pleading his case before God. He would remind the Lord that orphan boys and girls entrusted to his care were not his orphans but Gods. Had he not declared himself to be the father of the fatherless? It was God's work, not Mueller's. He was but the instrument. If it were God's work was not God bound to take care of it? Could God suffer His glory to be diminished? Thus, George Mueller prayed and thus he received truly astonishing answers from God.
Abraham is also a study in intercession. In response to the announcement made to him by God, that the Lord would judge Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham began to intercede on behalf of those cities. Because of the prayers and the intercession of Abraham, God delayed his judgment upon Sodom and God worked in the heart and life of Lot, who did not deserve it but that there was someone who was interceding and someone who was praying for him. What the armies of Sodom, the philosophers of Sodom, the mayor of Sodom and the councils of Sodom could not do, one man did because that one man knew how to pray.
I. INTERCESSORY PRAYER IS COURAGEOUS PRAYER - vs 22 "Abraham stood yet before the Lord"
A. Abraham interposed himself between God and judgment
B. Abraham presents to the Lord a sanctified argument - vs. 23
II. INTERCESSORY PRAYER IS CONTRITE PRAYER - vs. 23
A. Abraham "drew near" unto God - reverential awe - vs. 23
B. Abraham is broken before the Lord - vs. 27
1. Revival comes only as we are brokei lpfore God
III. INTERCESSORY PRAYER IS COMPASSIONATE PRAYER - vs. 23 "Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wic ...
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