Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 19, 2009
God Answers Persistent Prayer
Sharon Atwell tells the story of her daughter Kate in June of 2000 having a backache and diagnosed with leukemia. She went through chemo but by August she had a seizure and was unconscious. While getting treated at St. Jude an infection attacked her brain. Only six
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Sep 26, 2005
A Prayer Nag! (09.28.05--Teach Me to Pray!--Colossians 1:9)
Does god ever weary of hearing our prayers? I mean, it’s the same old, same old–day in and day out. Does He really need to hear the same things over and over again?
Being a “broken record,” the one that just can’t get over the rut in
Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 31, 2004
PERSISTENT, TENACIOUS PRAYER
Our praying should be like the story of Jacob wrestling the angel in Genesis 32. They wrestled all night and toward morning, Jacob had the angel in a full Nelson grip. The angel said, “Jacob, let me go.” Now, I think it was like WWF, it was a fixed fight. The mighty
Contributed by Sermon Central on Mar 21, 2011
GEORGE MUELLER ON PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER
George Mueller: "It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray alright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believing, continue in prayer until we obtain an
Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on May 6, 2003
OUR PERSISTENT PRAYER
Billy Graham said, “Heaven is full of answers to prayers for which no one ever bothered to ask.” Have faith in the God of the dream; let’s ask God to bring the dream to completion. God’s answer is ready;
Contributed by David Dykes on Mar 30, 2003
Persistence is an important factor in prayer. But persistence is a valuable commodity for every area of your Christian life, not just prayer. God blesses those who persist. So whatever you may be facing right now, don’t give up! If you’re ever tempted to give up, just remember the composer Brahms.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 12, 2011
PAUL TOURNIER ON PERSISTING IN PRAYER
Paul Tournier, the great psychiatrist and Christian counselor, tells in one his essays about the first time he tried to pray for a solid hour. He says that he set his watch on the table and began to pray, and after what he thought was a good while, checked the
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Dec 24, 2009
Howard Hendricks once shared how he challenged a class of seminary students to each write down the names of 2-3 people whom, in their judgment, would never come to faith in Christ. Then they covenanted together to pray every day for those individuals. At the end of the semester 36 of those people
Contributed by Tim Hinrichs on Oct 12, 2011
UNDERSTANDING "ASK, SEEK, KNOCK"
Imagine you are looking for someone – let’s say it’s your long lost friend from high school. The first step is to ask around from people who might know him and where he lives, what he’s doing, how you might locate him. Now that might satisfy your curiosity, but if
ONE FULL HOUR
Mark McCormack, author of What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School, says that he spends a full hour each day deciding how to invest the other twenty-three hours. If we will take time out of each day to bring our worries to God, and seek his guidance for every
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 20, 2005
In one region of Africa, the first converts to Christianity were very diligent about praying. In fact, the believers each had their own special place outside the village where they went to pray in solitude. The villagers reached these “prayer rooms” by using their own private footpaths through the
Story: In the late nineteenth Century in South Africa, an old man was digging for gold in a river bed.
He had been at it for many years.
Every now and then he found a little bit of gold, not enough to make him rich – but just enough to maintain his interest.
The part of the river in which he
Contributed by Paul Dietz on Sep 20, 2008
Several months back as I was traveling along one of the interstate routes I noticed a sign that was kind of a play off of an older advertisement scheme of the dairy industry. It was nothing more than a solid black background with a two word question in bold white lettering: “Got Prayer?”
Contributed by Sean Harder on Dec 4, 2009
George Mueller was a man of faith. He was a prayer warrior who financially supported missionary operations, especially orphanages in 26 different countries.
Near the end of his life he admitted to reading the entire Bible about 200 times; 100 times on his knees. Apparently if you went to his house
Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 17, 2010
God Answers the Persistent Prayers of a Father and a Congregation for a Wayward Daughter
You never know what effect your prayers are having or what catastrophe you are preventing in the lives you are accountable for. In his book, “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire”, Jim Cymbala tells the story of his wayward
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 1, 2004
THE STATS ON PRAYER
A Newsweek poll several years ago titled "Is God Listening?" indicated that 54% of those the magazine surveyed prayed on a daily basis - 25% said they pray to God once a day and 29% more than once a day.
87% believed that God answers their prayers at least some of the time.
Bill Hybels tells about an interesting experience after a baptism service in their church. He writes: “I bumped into a woman in the stairwell who was crying. I thought this was a little odd, since the service was so joyful. I asked her if she was all right. She said, ‘No, I’m struggling.’ She
Contributed by Kenneth Squires on Jan 27, 2003
Richard Dehaan tells of a soldier who was doing sentry duty on the front line in WWI. After being relieved of duty, as a Christian, he wanted to pray, to thank God for protecting him and to ask specifically for his continued protection. But the enemy lines were very close and he couldn’t go far, so
Contributed by James Wilson on Nov 27, 2000
Do we not ask because we are too busy doing good? Billy Kim is the newly elected Baptist World Alliance President and the pastor of a 13,000 member church, the Suwon Church in South Korea. In his comments after his election, he
A man who practiced the presence of Christ:
Frank Laubach, was born in the United States. At the age of 45, while working as a missionary in the Philippines, Frank Laubach dedicated himself to the practice of abiding constantly in the presence of Christ.
During the remaining 40 years of his