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The Secret to Answered Prayer - Part 1 (3 of 4)
Ernest L. Easley
Now as you're turning to John chapter 15, lets go back to last time together thinking about those top three areas in your life that need advancing this year. If you were not here, last week we wrote down the top three areas in our lives that we would like some growth and improvement in this year.
For you it may be:
your spiritual life,
a better understanding of God's Word,
your physical condition,
witnessing abilities to name a few.
We're talking about three areas in our life that need to grow this year. So how do we move forward in advancing in these areas? Well, we can advance in one of two ways:
We can advance on our Feet: Our Doing it!
Our plans. Our strength. Our thoughts.
We can advance on our Knees: His Doing it!
His plans. His strength. His thoughts.
We saw last time that advancing on our feet can only take us so far. But advancing on our knees can take us really far! Why go just so far when you can go really far?
Jesus set the example for us by advancing His Father's business on His knees. That's where the battle is won or lost! That's where the victories are fought and won: on our knees!
My question to you is this: once on our knees and praying begins, what are our boundaries or limits? Do we have any limits when it comes to prayer? Has God obligated Himself to comply with our every request?
A quick read of John 15.7 sure sounds like He has. That's where Jesus said, ''… ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.'' That sounds like the genie just release from a bottle saying, ''Your wish is my command.''
Is that what Jesus is saying? Is Jesus like a released Genie that comes to us saying, ''Your wish is my command'' or ''you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you?''
Well? Jesus did say that, didn't He? Yes He did! Did He mean what He said ...
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