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Summary: We face times of trouble and needs. God has a plan. We must learn the beauty of faithfulness to prayer!

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WHAT SHALL WE DO IN A TIME OF NEED? COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE.

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

1 Cor. 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain

mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

I. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD: WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING? I HAVE FOUND THIS STATEMENT NOT A TRUE STATEMENT WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH? I HAVE OFTEN FOUND WHEN THE GOING GET TOUGH THE TOUGH THROW

UP THEIR HANDS AND QUIT?

A. One of questions I hear most is: DOES PRAYING EVER SEEM HARD?

Sometimes prayer seems so easy, and you get into the flow of the Spirit and your prayer times seem sweet and wonderful.

B. Sure, there are times that your prayer seems to bounce off your lips and HIT THE GROUND.

Deut. 28:23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.

C. HOW TRUE THIS IS WHEN THE HEAVENS OVER YOU APPEAR AS BRASS, COLD AND HARD. THEN THE EARTH AROUND YOU APPEARS AS IRON, COLD, FREEZING, AND VERY HARD.

D. BY FAITH WE MUST KNOW FOR A FACT EVERY PRAYER IS HEARD!

EVERY PRAYER HAS AN ANSWER:

1. Yes!

2. No!

3. Wait awhile!

E. So if the answer to your prayer is what you hoped for, or if the answer is what you dreaded, GOD IS STILL GOD AND GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.

F. What shall we do when we find it hard to pray?

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE PRAY HARD...

II. BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT EXPECTS NOTHING, HE SHALL GET EXACTLY WHAT HE EXPECTED! THAT MAN WILL NOT GET ANYTHING?

1 Cor. 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

A. WHAT IF WE HAVE BOLDNESS THEN WE HAVE A SEASON OF WAVERING?

B. WAVER:

To vacillate irresolutely between choices.

To fluctuate in opinion.

To give an unsteady sound.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

C. There are 12 people in the boat, and we talk the most about the only man to walk on water besides Jesus, not the boat sitters?

Peter had FAITH TO ACCEPT THE INVITATION: COME.

Matthew 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

D. Something happened as Peter walked on the water, he felt the wind blow. He felt the water run up his legs.

E. HOW SOON CAN PETER’S BOLDNESS IN FAITH TURN INTO A LACK OF FAITH?

III. THERE COMES A POINT IN A PERSON’S SPIRITUAL LIFE THAT WE MUST APPROACH THE THRONE OF GOD WITH A HOLY BOLDNESS!

A. BOLDNESS

Fearless in danger.

Assurance, confident.

Adventurous, to show courage.

Lionhearted.

B. BY FAITH ONE COMES BOLDLY TO GOD.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

IV. WE MUST ASK BOLDLY AND BELIEVE THAT IT IS OUR TIME.

THERE IS GREAT BEAUTY IN PRAYER WARRIORS! WE DON’T NEED PRAYER PARTNERS, WE NEED PRAYER WARRIORS.

A. We are in a terrible battle, this is an all out war.

We need Christians to rise boldly and claim God’s plan and purpose for us.

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

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