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The Yielding In Prayer (4 of 6)
Series: Understanding and Practicing Prayer
I John 3:22
1. John 9:31, "Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth."
2. Proverbs 28:13, "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."
1. Tonight I want to bring the fourth in our six-part series on Understanding and Practicing Prayer. The title this evening, "The Yielding in Prayer."
2. With this idea of "yielding in prayer," I want to convey the thought that ANSWERED PRAYER IS CONDITIONAL.
a. Prayer is a privilege and not a right. It is a privilege that has been afforded us by the blood of the cross.
b. If there had never been a cross, then there would be no communication with God. We would all still be shut off from His presence. However, because Jesus died for AND bore our sins, a way has been made for us.
1) We are encouraged in Hebrews 4:16, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
c. Let me go on to say, just because we are saved, does not mean that God is going to answer our every prayer. Why? Because again, prayer is conditional.
1) Yes, our prayers are answered because of the blood of Christ; however, God expects is to live like those who have been washed in His blood.
2) Hebrews 10:22, "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."
QUOTE: In John 15:7, the Bible states: "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
Andrew Murray, in his book THE TRUE VINE, comments on this verse: If we are to live a true prayer life, with the love and the power and the experience of prayer marking it, there must be no question about the abid ...
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