*The danger of the Christian life is losing our sense of dependence on God!
Prayer: “God give us enough success to know you are there and enough failure to desperately need you.”
Proverbs 30:8, 9
“Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
*We are to live our life through the lens of God’s perspective and His greater plans and purpose for our life.
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
“Pray without ceasing.”
*The whole idea of prayer in the Bible is not about a prayer time but a prayer life.
*Prayer is not to be measured by an amount of time but must be seen as a continual action.
I. All Kinds Of Prayer
*Prayer is rooted in relationship.
Quote: “Our ultimate position as Christians is tested by the character of our prayer life.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones
II. Perseverance In Prayer
*To be persistent in prayer is to be specific in prayer.
*Persistent prayer pushes us into the lives of others.
III. Praying For The Saints
*The body of Christ builds itself up in love through the saints praying with and for one another!
*Prayer always drives you toward people!
*Prayer brings into focus the spiritual battle we are all to be engaged in.
*We are in Christ and we are at war!
Quote: “We cannot all argue, but we can all pray; we cannot all be leaders, but we can all be pleaders; we cannot all be mighty in rhetoric, but we can all be prevalent in prayer. I would sooner see you eloquent with God than with man.” Charles Spurgeon
*“Rhema”- A specific saying of God, used in a specific experience.
*We use the Scriptures to increase our trust in God not test Him.
I. REALIZE WHAT KIND OF WEAPON YOU HAVE
*God’s Word Is:
“The law of the LORD is perfect,”
Proverbs 30:5, 6
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Psalm 119:89, 90
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.”
Quote: “The Bible is an armory of heavenly weapons, a laboratory of infallible medicines, a mine of exhaustless wealth. It is a guidebook for every road, a chart for every sea, a medicine for every sickness, and a balm for every wound. Rob us of our Bible and our sky has lost its sun.” Thomas Guthrie-Scottish Pastor
II Timothy 3:15-17
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
II Peter 1:20
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
*Reminders Concerning God’s Word
*It is compelling!
*It is convicting!
*It is converting!
*It is comforting!
*Hear it, heed it, and honor it!