Victory Through Prayer
Take God's word and find with me please Acts chapter 12. We're continuing through the book of Acts under the theme, That Old Time Religion. I remind you that the old time religion is the new time religion, the all time religion, the every time religion, and the any time religion. Today I want to talk to you about prayer. tot just, "now I lay me down to sleep" kind of prayer. But victorious prayer. As you read the book of Acts, ladies and gentlemen, there is the shout of victory, the ring of victory and the shout of triumph on every page in the book of Acts. These people learned how to pray and they saturated their lives with prayer and God gave victory. Now compare that with the average Christian today. Compare that with the average church today. Compare that with Christendom as a whole today. We're failing in our battle against the world, the flesh, the devil. And the reason that we fail, ladies and gentlemen, is primarily, fundamentally, we don't know how to pray. There's not a failure in your life or in my life that is not a prayer failure if it is properly analyzed. There's not a need in my life, or in your life, that could not be met if we knew how to pray and practice what we know. There's not a sin in my life, or in your life, that proper prayer would not have avoided. As Jesus said, "Watch and pray, lest ye enter into temptation." How important it is that we learn how to pray. The 12th chapter in the book of Acts has a wonderful lesson on prayer. And we're going to look at it. And I want us to begin reading now in verse 1, "And about that time Herod," and by the way Herod was a vile, venomous king, "About that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James, the brother of John with a sword," he was a murderous man, you see. "And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he preceded further to take Peter also. Then were the days of unleaven bread. And when he had apprehende ...
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