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How to Pray for Friends and Influence People

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Sermon shared by Adrian Rogers

April 2011
Summary: A classic sermon by Dr. Adrian Rogers explaining the importance and efficacy of a "righteous man's prayer."
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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Now, I’ll tell something that most of us are not very good at. And that is confessing our faults. Amen? Oh, it’s all right, you can say Amen. I mean, we’re talking about you. We’re not very good about confessing our faults. Oh, we’re pretty good about criticizing our friends. Oh, and we’re very good about castigating our foes but we’re also very good about concealing our faults, right? Hmm. To err is human and to cover it up is too. We just, we just, you know, we want to cover up our faults. We don’t want anybody to know that we have any faults. But, let me tell you something friend, if you will study the history of revival you will find out that great revivals are not necessarily marked with great singing or great preaching but they are marked with great confession of sin, not only to God, but to one another. Where God’s people are broken, God seems to move. Where James says confess your faults one to another, think of the things that take place when we confess our faults.

First of all, there is restoration. James says confess your faults one to another that you may be healed. And this word healing here does not merely refer to the healing of the body. It’s a larger word. And it may refer to the healing of the soul or the healing of the spirit. And whether there be physical brokenness, whether there be emotional brokenness, whether there be spiritual brokenness and restoration is needed. When we begin to confess our sins, God begins to move in and work. For the Bible says a broken and a contrite spirit, thou wilt not despise, oh, God.
But not only is there restoration. there’s reconciliation. Do you remember when the Lord Jesus Christ was talking about worship and the Lord Jesus Christ said when you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother hath aught against thee. Leave your gift at the altar and go and first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and make your gift.

Oh, when we go to our brother and say, I have sinned against God and I’ve sinned against you and I want to confess my faults to you. Oh, don’t you know dear friend, don’t you know that heaven begins to rejoice? Don’t you know that the angels begin to sing because there is fellowship and there is reconciliation? There can be no reconciliation when a wrong is done until there is confession.

Sometimes we just want to skip over that. And so, when there is restoration and reconciliation, friend, there is revival, revival. That’s what happens when we confess our faults. You study the history of revival. Dr. Culpepper, who’s here teaching in our seminary and Miss Bertha Smith, one of our premiere missionaries to China, tell us about the great Shantung revival and they tell us that that revival began when the missionaries begin to confess their sins one to another. Where they begin to ask forgiveness, and to make reconciliation and God began
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