Prayer: Its Force, Its Course, and Its Source
Turn to Luke chapter eighteen and verse one. Luke chapter eighteen and verse one. I want us to think on this subject, IT'S FORCE, IT'S COURSE AND IT'S SOURCE. (I believe that Christians fail more in the prayer life than in any other area and I believe dear friend, I don't have a failure and you don't have a failure in other areas that is not really somehow related to that failure in our prayer lives. Christians need to pray, Baptists need to pray-, Bellevue Baptist need to pray, I need to pray, you need to pray so I want us to think tonight on prayer, just a very simple message, somewhat topical as we think on prayer.
In Luke eighteen verse one the bible says, and be spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, men ought always to pray. Now, dear friend, that is what Jesus said and if you don't pray you sin because men ought always to pray. First Samuel twelve, verse twenty three says, but God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you.
Why should you pray? Why should I pray? God said to. Is there a better reason for doing anything. As a matter of fact, not only does the scripture says in Luke eighteen, verse one that men ought always to pray and not only does the bible teach that failure to pray is a sin but you know the bible also says that in Philippians chapter four verse six that we're to be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication give thanksgiving let our requests be known unto God, not only should we pray, not only is failure to pray a sin but we are to pray about everything, in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made known unto God. We are to virtually live by prayer. You say well, you can't pray about everything. Well, dear friend, if there's anything you can't pray about you better start doing it. That's a pretty good indication that you're doing something ...
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