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5 Keys to an Effective Prayer Life (20 of 21)
We come to a place in Paul's letter to the Ephesians where Paul calls us to personally, regularly engage in prayer. Now let me confess to you at the beginning. In my early walk with God, I've never liked sermons on prayer.
The reason we don't pray is the same reason we don't run. When I first came to this Church I met Mike Yarnell, he had noticed on my resume that I had listed one of my hobbies as running. Well so you can know the background you need to know that I spent months getting ready to run a 5K that I barley finished. So when I said I considered running a hobby, I used the term very loosely. So I meet Mr. Yarnell and he says, "So you are a runner huh?" I said, yeah I'm runner. He said, you wanna run sometime? Sure, how far you go. He said, I try to put in a 5K, every day at lunch. That day marked the retirement of my running career. Haha.
Every book I every read and every sermon I have ever heard on prayer have been filled with illustration after illustration of men who ran marathons in prayer.
ILLUSTRATION: Martin Luther was in the habit of praying 4 hours per day, except when he was busy, then he prayed more.
Well some of us are marathon runners, some of us can pray for hours every day… most of us are normal folk that need to really engage in prayer. So here's what I'm going to do…. I'm going to try to do what I believe the text does… I'm going to give you motivation to pray.
ILLUSTRATION: You see, what if I stood up and said, "This sermon on prayer has 4 points, and it is an acrostic that spell the word ACTS. . Point 1 - Adoration. Point 2 - Confession, Point 3?
SEE! You know how to pray, you know you are supposed to pray… what you are lacking is motivation.
I'm going to try to give you the best motivation I can find for prayer… I'm going to attempt to tear down bad habits that keep us out of prayer and I'm going to ...
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