The Matter of Prayer
I. THE PATTERN OF PRAYER- (LUKE 11:2-4)
A. Our Material Need
He is the Source
He is the Substance
He is the Strength
B. Our Social Need
C. Our Moral Need
II. THE PERSISTENT PRAYER (Luke 11:5-8)
III. THE POSITIVE PROMISES IN PRAYER –(Luke 11:8-10)
A. He has made Deliberate Promises
1. They are Made to Those who Pray
2. They are Made to Those who Persist
J.R. Packer says prayer is not a force to try to force the hand of God but rather is our acknowledgement of our helplessness and dependence upon God.
There is no question but that the prayer meeting is the meeting of priority in the Church when God's people meet together.
We as a nation are dazzled by high achievements of science, and we are intoxicated by material abundance. This kind of atmosphere makes it difficult to form habits and cultivate a deep desire for communion with God and we settle for less than the best.
The fact remains that prayer is still the most potent instrument at the Christian's disposal, for combat against the world, the flesh, and the devil. It has been the power behind every spiritual enterprise. We are impressed by the power and place of prayer in our Lord's ministry.
We should be impressed by any work of the Son of God. The disciples were so impressed by His prayer life that they asked Him to teach them to pray. "And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.: (Luke 11:1).
In the following 13 verses of this chapter, He talks to them about prayer, and gives three important lessons. May we learn how to pray from the lessons which He taught His disciples?
IV. THE PATTERN OF PRAYER- (LUKE 11:2-4)
In answer to the disciple's request, the Lord gave them a pattern prayer. This is not merely a prayer for repetition. Our entire prayer life should be molded ...
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