by Steve Wagers

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How to Get Things from God (10 of 16)
Series: The Constitution of Christianity
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 6: 5-15

1. Approaching God Correctly!
A) Humble and Secret
B) Honest and Simple
2. Asking God Confidently!
A) Total Focus Demanded
1) Praise Focus
2) Priority Focus
3) Provision Focus
4) Purity Focus
5) Protection Focus
B) True Forgiveness Described

I once read of a young preacher, at his 1st church, who was making hospital visits. He came into the room of an old saintly woman, who knew God and was a charter member of the church. He fellowshipped with her for a long while, and when he got ready to leave he asked her if there was anything in particular she wanted him to pray for. She said, "Preacher, pray that God will heal me. I feel that my life's work isn't over, and I know that God can heal me, in an instant, if it be His will."

So, the young preacher, not believing that God would heal her, but honoring her request, began to pray for the Lord to touch/heal her body. All of sudden he heard a noise in her bed. He looked up and saw her pulling IV's out of her arms, taking the braces off of her legs, and she was standing on her feet. She was waving her arms shouting, "Glory to God! Thank you Jesus! Hallelujah!

Needless to say, the young preacher was shocked. His nerves were tore all to pieces. He rushed out of her room, ran to his car, looked up to Heaven and said, "Don't you ever do that to me again."

U. S. News and World Report once ran a cover story entitled, "The Power of Prayer." Along with the article they included a poll which received 6000 responses. It showed that:
75.6% say they're Christians
64% pray more than once a day
38.3% say the most important purpose of prayer is intimacy with God
41.2% say their prayers are often answered
11.5% say their prayers are never answered

S. D. Gordon said, "The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing, but it is the chief t ...

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