"HOW CAN I TOUCH SOMEBODY ELSE BY PRAYER?"
James 5:16, Luke 18:1
Intro: Someone said regarding prayer that, "No one
has ever prayed until he or she has prayed for another."
When Jesus talked to us about prayer, he charged us
by saying, "When ye pray say 'Our' Father." Not simply
mine or my, but "our" Father. There is no gospel unless
you include the word "others."
Let me make some statements about prayer this morning,
before we talk about how to touch somebody's life by
PRAYER IS GOD'S GIFT AND TRUST TO US
It is His way (gift) for us to help others. But it is more
than a gift, it is a sacred trust and opportunity. It is
one of the most important things ever committed by God to
us as the sons of men.
ILL. In our criminal jurisprudence, one of the
blackest crimes held most accountable is the
betrayal of the trust we hold for another. Our
failure to use this divine gift is so priceless,
so rare for helping others is a betrayal of our
greatest and noblest trust.
You and I have no right or liberty to use selfishly any
gift of God, especially the gift of intercessory prayer.
For if we do not use it we might lose it like the man
who buried his talent and lost that talent, but at the
same time lost usefulness for himself.
ILL. God's command is pray for one another.
In Matt. 25, God's word describes the scene
of the Great White Throne Judgement. Those
on the left of the judge are accused of crimes
of neglect and negligence towards their brother.
The sin they stand eternally condemned for
is a lack o compassion and brotherliness.
We have an awesome responsibility to others. Who can
complain about.. life being little, mean, narrow,
monotonous when you could be linked with such a tremendous
task and destiny as helping a person know Jesus as Savior.
PRAYER DEMANDS ACTION FROM US
Prayer demands your association with the thing
you are asking God to be done for anothe ...
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