Opening Illustration: Song and clip from "Jesus take the wheel." This little clip we just heard reveals how prayer is only a breath away. It’s really more natural to pray than not to pray.
Thesis: We need to understand the importance of prayer and the impact of prayer in our lives. The song you
U.S. News and World Report in Dec. of 2004 did a magazine focusing on the power of prayer: Jeffrey L. Shelter wrote in his article, "The Power of Prayer, on pages 52, 53)
"A pierced and tattooed man quietly bows his head at a noisy lunch counter. A child in pink pajamas kneels at her bedside and
Power of Prayer Story: From Preachers Stories A. T. Pierson relates the following story: "Some years ago in the great State of Minnesota, the Granary of the West, there came a scourge of grasshoppers that threatened to destroy the whole wheat crop. The Governor, who was a very devout Christian,
Si quieres algo, dilo!
Por nuestras palabras hemos creado cuadros en nuestra imaginación, en nuestro pensamiento y comenzamos a gravitar hacia lo que hemos dicho. Debemos pintar buenos cuadros. Yo siempre pinto un buen cuadro de mi mismo, Digo “Gerardo” estás lleno de
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 4, 2010
Corrie Ten Boom on Prayer
It was Corrie Ten Boom who asked, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tyre?” I am afraid for too many of us it is the spare tyre, the source we look to only when our journey has ground to a halt, but really, it ought to be our steering wheel, and Jesus teaches us
I recently read about an exasperated mom who sent her disobedient little boy to his room. When his time was up, he came out far more confident than when he had gone in.
He said, "I’ve been thinking about what I did and I said a prayer."
"That’s fine," his mother said, 'if you ask God to make
It seems a little guy was attending church with his family when a flash of insight concerning prayer and conflict resolution suddenly came over him. Here’s how the storyteller related the incident:
"We watched an especially verbal and boisterous child being hurried out, slung under his irate
President Lincoln said, "I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 9, 2010
Spurgeon and Murray on Who Makes the Biggest Impact For Christ
God used Charles Spurgeon’s preaching in the 19th Century to bring thousands of people to faith in Christ. Even so, Charles Spurgeon himself once said, “I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.” That’s because he
A clergyman from New York, during a call on President Lincoln at the White House said: "I have not come to ask any favors of you, Mr. President; I have only come to say that the loyal people of the North are sustaining you and will continue to do so. We are giving you all that we have, the lives of
“Man is never so tall as when he kneels before God-never so great as when he humbles himself before God. And the man who kneels to
“The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Jul 7, 2010
One of the great paradoxes of the Christian faith is that God wants us to talk to Him about everything that is going on in our lives, even though He already knows everything. So why pray?
If you’ve ever wrestled with that question, perhaps the thoughts of the 19th-century preacher, R. A. Torrey,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 3, 2010
Prayer: Form vs. Substance
There was a man who would start his day by kneeling beside his bed and spending an hour or so in prayer. But he had a cat that would disturb him and would nuzzle up against him. So to keep his cat from disturbing his prayer time, he would tie the cat to his
Contributed by Gregg Bitter on Aug 10, 2010
And I don't think that I'm alone in this struggle to pray. Even a great church leader like Martin Luther has said this about prayer, "At times I, who teach this and prescribe it to others, have learned from my own example that praying comes close to being the most difficult of all works"
Contributed by Martin Wiles on Aug 30, 2010
A small boy who was not quite three years old skipped down an imposing corridor. The armed servicemen took no notice of him as he passed their posts. He passed several staff members who paid no attention to him. The guard outside the door the little boy wanted to enter made no attempt to stop him.
Contributed by Noal Atkinson on Oct 17, 2010
A journalist was assigned to the Jerusalem bureau of his newspaper. He gets an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. After several weeks he realizes that whenever he looks at the wall he sees an old Jewish man praying vigorously.
The journalist wondered whether there was a
Contributed by Derrick Tuper on Nov 15, 2010
PIPER: YOUR LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
John Piper said, "Prayer as a relationship is probably your best indication about the health of your love relationship with God. If your
THE IN-LAWS: "ARE YOU A PRAYING MAN?"
Sheldon Kornpett was a quiet, reserved man with a successful dental practice in Manhattan, that is, until he met his future in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Vince Ricardo. Sheldon’s daughter was soon to be married to their son, so Sheldon’s wife hosted a dinner party
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 21, 2010
GOD CHANGES THINGS
It was the late Donald Barnhouse the American pastor and author who stunned his congregation by saying, "Prayer changes nothing." The church was packed full of people, yet you could have heard a pin drop. Now his comment was