by Ernest Easley

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"Lord, Teach Us to Pray"
Matthew 6.1-13
September 19, 1999
Dr. Ernest L. Easley

And as you're turning to Matthew chapter 6, let me say to you that
prayer is our declaration of dependence upon God! For every time we
look up and pray, "Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name. Your
kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven," we're
declaring our dependence upon God!

That's why for some, prayer makes them glad and godly while at
the same time prayer makes others mad and mean! Glad and godly, mad
and mean.

It's no wonder there's so much opposition to prayer these days. It's
no wonder laws have been passed to eliminate prayer. Prayer is our
declaration of our dependence upon God! And no pagan wants to declare
their dependence upon God, they want to declare their independence
from God!

It's true! Prayer will either make you glad and godly or it will make
you mad and mean!

This past Wednesday night over 1000 students from across this
city were in this building praying and praising. And many of them for the
first time. And then when the invitation was given to receive Jesus and
forgiveness, scores of students walked these isles coming forward saying
yes to Jesus. And the students who remained in their seats began to
applaud them!

As I watched this happening I thought, "This is God at His best."
And then moments later I heard about the shooting in Ft. Worth, Texas at
a similar meeting. A man walked into the church and began shooting,
leaving six dead, one died later in a hospital, and the gunman shot and
killed himself.

While God was at His best in Odessa, Satan was at His worst in Ft.
Worth. When will we ever learn that Satan is a deceiver and a destroyer.
He destroys marriages. He destroys teenagers. He destroys churches.
He destroys communities.

And while we're left picking up the pieces, we ask, "Why are these
acts of violence happening? Why have w ...

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