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Necessity of Prayer
Series: Powerful Churches Pray
Psalms 23:1-4; Matthew 6:8-13
"A dear friend of mine who was quite a lover of the chase, told me the following story: 'Rising early one morning,' he said, 'I heard the baying of a score of deerhounds in pursuit of their quarry. Looking away to a broad, open field in front of me, I saw a young fawn making its way across, and giving signs, moreover, that its race was well-nigh run. Reaching the rails of the enclosure, it leaped over and crouched within ten feet from where I stood. A moment later two of the hounds came over, when the fawn ran in my direction and pushed its head between my legs. I lifted the little thing to my breast, and, swinging round and round, fought off the dogs. I felt, just then, that all the dogs in the West could not, and should not capture that fawn after its weakness had appealed to my strength.' So is it, when human helplessness appeals to Almighty God. Well do I remember when the hounds of sin were after my soul, until, at last, I ran into the arms of Almighty God." -- A. C. DIXON.
Prayer is that place when we, just like this deer run so afraid of the sin that chases us into the arms of the Almighty God as our only hope being cornered by the sin of the world having the faith that He can do something about our disparity is He so wishes.
Take out your sermon notes and turn to Psalms 23:1
I. Understanding the Provider
a. I shall not want (Psalm 23:1), Father knows the things you have need of (Matthew 6:8)
b. Hallowed = (make holy) your Name
c. Who is this father/provider?
Elohim, "the Creator God"; El Elyon, "possessor of heaven and earth"; Jehovah-Jireh, "the Lord will provide"; Jehovah-Nissi, "the Lord our banner"; Jehovah-Rapha, "the Lord that healeth"; Jehovah-Shalom, "the Lord our peace"; Jehovah-Raah, "the Lord our Shepherd"; Jehovah-Tsidkenu, "the Lord our righteousness"; Jehovah-Sabaoth, "the Lord of hosts"; Jehovah-Shama, ...
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