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The Place of Prayer (1 of 6)
Series: Understanding and Practicing Prayer
Genesis 4:26, Psalm 66:18, Matthew 6:6
1. This evening I want to begin a six-part series on "Understanding and Practicing Prayer." I will be using the word "prayer" as an acrostic for my messages:
The P lace of prayer
The R epetition of prayer
The A nswers to prayer
The Y ielding in prayer
The E ntrance of prayer
The R ight to prayer
QUOTE: R. A. Torrey said, "Prayer is the key that unlocks all the storehouses of God's infinite grace and power. All that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer. QUOTE: Andrew Murray, in his book, WITH CHRIST IN THE SCHOOL OF PRAYER, wrote, "If there is one thing I think the Church needs to learn, it is that God means prayer to have an answer, and that it hath not entered into the heart of man to conceive what God will do for His child who gives himself to believe that his prayer will be heard." (NEW YORK CHICAGO TORONTO Fleming H. Revell Company Publishers of Evangelical Literature.) 2. Tonight I want to talk about the PLACE OF PRAYER. We will talk about three things: The PLACE OF PRAYER, the POSITION IN PRAYER and the PURPOSE OF PRAYER.
I. THE PLACE OF PRAYER
A. Prayer should be held in a private place
1. Matthew 6:6, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
2. There is a time when we need to get alone with God - just God and me.
a. When we go to the men's retreat at Lucerne, one of the special times is the time they set aside for private prayer. They call it "God and I Time."
b. Even Jesus felt the need to get alone and pray. Matthew 14:23, "And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone." ILLUSTRATION: It is said that for five days a w ...
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