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When the Praying Gets Tough (6 of 6)
Series: The School of Prayer
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Luke chapter 18. For the last several weeks, we have been talking about prayer, "The School of Prayer." And today, we want to finish this series with a message I've entitled, "When the Praying Gets Tough."
How many in here would testify to the fact that sometimes it's tough to keep praying, may I see your hand? It really is. You know, sometimes we pray about something and pray about something and pray about something and it's like pushing a ten-ton boulder. It just doesn't seem to move. You know, Jesus talked about, if you have faith like a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Be removed" and it will obey you. And boy, sometimes we can come up in prayer against something and it's like a mountain and it doesn't move. And the tendency that you have and that I have and that we all have is when the going gets tough in prayer, we have a tendency to throw in the towel on prayer and to say, "Well, this just isn't working. God just isn't answering for whatever reason. I am wasting my time. I'm wasting my breath on this dream, this promise, this thing that I'm praying for." Maybe it's a breakthrough in your marriage, or maybe it's a physical healing in your life, or an emotional healing in your life, or maybe for you it's a sin that just keeps eating your lunch. And you pray and pray and pray, but it doesn't ever seem to change. Maybe you need a miracle in your finances. Maybe you're single and you are praying for that perfect person, that one that God has for you, and that one is just not coming around, and you just get discouraged. You know, the Lord knew and He knows that we're human. He knows about our weaknesses. As we shared in this series in Hebrews chapter 4, we don't have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses. And He knows that we can sometimes want to throw in the towel and give up hope in praye ...
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