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How to Get Things from God When You Pray (2 of 8)
Series: An Instruction Manual for the Christian Life
I Samuel 1:17
1. THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER
a) To Request Things from God
b) To Receive Things from God
2. THE PROCEDURES OF PRAYER
3. THE POWER OF PRAYER
a) The Undeniable Power of Prayer
b) The Unlimited Power of Prayer
Last week we began looking at what I am calling an instruction manual for the Christian life. We are not just thinking about what we should do as Christians, but how to do what we know we should do. For example, last week we thought about how to read the Bible. It is one thing to say we need to read our Bible, but another thing to know how to read our Bible.
This week I want us to think about our prayer life and how to have an effective prayer-life. We know that prayer is important in our life as a Christian, but how should we pray? How can we pray and actually get things from God when we pray?
D.L. Moody said, "I'd rather be able to pray than be a great preacher; Jesus Christ never taught his disciples how to preach, but only how to pray." Moody was well aware of the importance of prayer in the Christian life. I have often preached on how important prayer is, but today, I want us to think about how to pray.
When it comes to learning how to pray, I don't think there is a greater example in the entire Bible than Hannah. We not only see her praying, but we also see her getting an answer to her prayer. We read in 1 Samuel 1:20 "Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD." She named the son she received from God, in answer to prayer, Samuel, which means "asked of God." Her son was a testimony to how Hannah prayed and that God answers prayer.
Let's look at this great example of prayer and le ...
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