The Lord's Lessons on Prayer
I. THE LORD TEACHES ABOUT POSITION OF PRAYER
II. THE LORD TEACHES PRAYER IS PARTICULARIZED
III. THE LORD TEACHES PRAYER IS PETITIONAL
IV. IV. THE LORD TEACHES PRAYER IS PRESERVATIVE
V. V.THE LORD JESUS TEACHES PRAYER IS PROJECTING
About 20 years ago, Time Magazine featured on its cover 5 missionary families and honored them for their many years of devoted service to others. One of those was the J. Russell Morse family. J. Russell went back just as the communists were taking the interior of China.
It wasn't long until communist soldiers came to get him, and they said, ''Come with us.'' He asked, ''Can I take some clothing and bedding with me?'' They said, ''No, you won't need anything. We'll take good care of you.'' But in his memoirs he later wrote that he knew they weren't telling the truth.
For 18 months he was held in a communist prison, with 15 of those months spent in solitary confinement. His small cell had no window, only a small hole high up to let in a little bit of light and air, and no bed, just filthy straw on the floor.
For 15 months he was never able to see or speak to anyone. Just once a day a small panel was opened in the bottom of his cell door and a bowl of food shoved through. He had no Bible, nothing to read. They had even taken away his glasses, so that he could barely see.
In his memoirs he later wrote, ''The only things that helped me keep my sanity during that period were the Bible verses and hymns I had memorized. And the one verse that kept me going the most was Philippians 4:6: 'don't be anxious about anything. Pray about everything, and with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.'''
He wrote, ''If there was ever a time to be anxious, it was when I was in that prison. And if there ever was a time when it was difficult to pray and be thankful, it was then. But I kept repeating those words in my mind over and over again.''
When J. Russell M ...
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