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Intercessory Prayer - Part 1 (1 of 2)
Take your Bibles please and turn if you will to Luke chapter eleven. This morning in James chapter five we spoke on the subject, "How to pray for your friends and to influence people." We're continuing that theme tonight from James but we're going to Luke to do it.Now, what I mean by that is this. We're continuing to study tonight on how to pray the prayer of intercession. James tells us that we're to pray one for another and I told you this morning and I want to say again there is no way to overstate the importance of prayer and the importance of intercessory prayer.
Now, James tells us about two kinds of prayer. He tells us about the kind of prayer where we pray to get our own needs met.And James said very clearly and candidly you have not because you ask not, but then he told us also to pray intercessory prayer not only to get our needs met but to get the needs of others met. And we're to pray one for another that we may be healed.
Now, the Lord Jesus Christ also amplifies this idea of influencing our friends and winning our friends through our prayers. And in Luke chapter eleven we begin reading in verse five. "And he said unto them, 'Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, "Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?" And he from within shall answer and say, "Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee." I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.'"That is as many loaves of bread as he needs. "And I say unto you, ask and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be ...
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