Lord, Teach Us to Pray (20 of 23) by Jim Perdue

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray (20 of 23)
Series: Life by the Book
Jim Perdue
Psalm 119:145-152

Believe it or not, we are in the home stretch in our series through Psalm 119. We only have a few more sections remaining as we've studied this fabulous text of Scripture on Sunday evenings. These words remind us that as Christians, we must live Life By The Book. Order your life, every moment of every day, according to God's Word.

In Psalm 119:145-152, we come to a bit of a different focus for the psalmist. The writer prayed throughout this entire psalm, but in these verses he concentrated on prayer and cried out to God day and night. From his experience, we receive some basic instructions about successful prayer. READ TEXT

I am fascinated by one simple question in the New Testament. The disciples, who had spent all their time with Jesus - watching Him heal, hearing Him teach, seeing Him work - asked Jesus one simple question. ''Lord, teach us to pray.'' The recognized the amazing power in the life of Christ originated in His fellowship with the Father.

This is the same thing we should be asking today. And it's where this section of Psalm 119 centers as well. So tonight, we'll borrow the disciples plea and say, Lord, Teach Us To Pray.

*Who hasn't been like the heart broken little girl who began to kneel and pour out her heart to God at the altar at her local church? She did not know what to say. As she wept speechless, she began to remember what her Father had told her, ''God knows your needs even before you pray, and he can answer when you don't even know for what to ask.'' So she began to say her alphabet. A concerned adult from that church knelt beside her and heard her sobbing and saying her ABC's and inquired what exactly she was trying to do. The little girl told this caring adult, ''I'm praying to God from my heart.'' But the adult answered, ''It sounds to me more like you are saying the alphabet!'' ''Yes'', she said. ''But God knows more about what I ...


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