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Lord, Teach Us to Pray - Part 1 (2 of 6)
Ernest L. Easley
Now join me this morning in the gospel according to Matthew, chapter 6. We're learning these days about prayer. And I hope by now you've discovered that prayer was a priority for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Listen to what Jesus said in John 5.19, ''Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself.'' Jesus, God in the flesh, could do nothing of Himself. No wonder prayer was a priority for Him. He could do nothing of Himself!
Now let me ask you a question: if Jesus Christ could do nothing of Himself, what makes you think you can? I mean, if Jesus Christ, through prayer, sought God the Father for power, provision, passion, and peace, how much more should you seek God through prayer?
The problem is too many of us offer prayers like sailors use their pumps: only when the ship springs a leak!
Now somebody says, ''Well, I don't worry God about the little things in my life.'' Friend, can you think of anything in your life that's big to God?
I mean, we're talking about the God that flung the stars in the sky and heaped up the mountains and keeps this universe running! Jeremiah 33.3, ''Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'' You see, the problem is unanswered prayer, it's unoffered prayer! And how wonderful to see our church wide prayer meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays growing in number.
''Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.''
We need to be more like that disciple that came to Jesus one day and asked, ''Lord, Teach us to pray.'' He didn't ask, ''Lord, teach us to preach.'' He didn't ask, ''Lord, teach us to witness.'' They'd all know how to preach and witness by learning how to pray!
God deliver us from preaching with no power! God deliver us from music with no passion! God deliver us from Sunday School lessons with no purpose! There's no substitu ...
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