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Summary: Luke 18:1 ...men ought always to pray, and not to faint --- Four Things for Prayer 1. A Need 2. A Time 3. A Place 4. A Focus

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1 Thess 5:17 - Pray without ceasing

Ephesians 6:18KJV

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Romans 12:12KJV

12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Colossians 4:2KJV

2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Luke 21:36KJV

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

- Luke records 9 occasions when Jesus prayed

- Jn. 17 Records the greatest prayer ever prayed

1. Baptism - Lk 3:21

2. After a day of miracles - Lk 5:15-16

3. Before choosing his disciples - Lk 6:12-13

4. Who He is & of his coming death - Lk 9:18-22

5. On the mount of transfiguration - Lk 9:28-29

6. When the 70 returned Lk 10:17-22

7. Before teaching His disciples to pray Lk 11:1

8. In Gethsemane Lk 22:39-41

9. On the Cross - Lk 23:33-34

“Oswald Sanders”

- Jesus prayed in the morning at the gateway of the day

- In the evening when the workday was over

- Great crises was proceeded by prayer

- Great achievements were proceeded by prayer

- Great achievements were followed by prayer

- Great pressure of work was a call to extra prayer

- Great sorrows was meet by prayer

- He died praying

- Prayer a habit to cultivate and a presence to enjoy

Four Things for Prayer

❶ A NEED - Men ought (owe It, – It’s a necessity)

Luke 18:1KJV

1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Prayer Is Desirable.

"Men ought to pray."

They ought to pray, just as they ought to work and eat.

- Men ought to deal fairly with God, as they ought to deal fairly with their fellowmen. It is their duty and privilege

❷ A TIME

— Always to Pray - Luke 18:1KJV

1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint

Prayer Is a Constant Thing

He ought to keep on praying, just as he keeps on desiring.

Men ought to exercise their bodies daily to be healthy

- So ought they to exercise their souls with God.

- Continue in work if you wish to grow rich in the world’s goods.

- Continue in prayer if you would grow rich in faith and grace.

Prayer Is a Testing Thing - "And not to faint."

Prayer Is a Profitable Thing - "Men ought always to pray"

- He is willing to give.

As a proof of this, see the little parable in verses Lk 18:2-7

— Daily - Psalm 86:3KJV

3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

— Three Times Psalm 55:17KJV

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

— Seven Times Psalm 119:164KJV

164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

❸ A PLACE

— Everywhere

1 Timothy 2:8KJV

8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

— A Hard Place - Depths - Psalm 130:1KJV Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD

— A Bad Place - Dungeon - Lamentations 3:55KJV

55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.


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