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Summary: This message looks at the doctrine of and the reason for prayer

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PRAYER

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN TO GOD. 7 AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH SURPASSES ALL COMPREHENSION, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS.

HOW YOU CAN TELL WHEN IT'S GOING TO BE A ROTTEN DAY

· YOU WAKE UP FACE DOWN ON THE PAVEMENT.

· YOU CALL SUICIDE PREVENTION AND THEY PUT YOU ON HOLD.

· YOU SEE A "60 MINUTES" NEWS TEAM WAITING IN YOUR OFFICE.

· YOUR BIRTHDAY CAKE COLLAPSES FROM THE WEIGHT OF THE CANDLES.

· YOU TURN ON THE NEWS AND THEY'RE SHOWING EMERGENCY ROUTES OUT OF THE CITY.

· YOUR TWIN SISTER FORGOT YOUR BIRTHDAY.

· YOUR CAR HORN GOES OFF ACCIDENTALLY AND REMAINS STUCK AS YOU FOLLOW A GROUP OF HELL'S ANGELS ON THE FREEWAY.

· YOUR BOSS TELLS YOU NOT TO BOTHER TO TAKE OFF YOUR COAT.

· THE BIRD SINGING OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW IS A BUZZARD.

· YOU WAKE UP AND YOUR BRACES ARE LOCKED TOGETHER.

· YOU CALL YOUR ANSWERING SERVICE AND THEY TELL YOU IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

· YOUR INCOME TAX CHECK BOUNCES.

· YOU PUT BOTH CONTACT LENSES IN THE SAME EYE.

· YOUR WIFE SAYS, "GOOD MORNING, BILL," AND YOUR NAME IS GEORGE.

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PROPOSITION: WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRAYER.

INTRODUCTION: IN HIS COMMENTARY, JAMES BOICE HAS SAID, “FOR MOST PEOPLE FEW DOCTRINES ASSOCIATED WITH CHRISTIANITY ARE MORE GENERALLY MISUNDERSTOOD THAN THAT OF TRUE PRAYER. IT IS TOTALLY MISUNDERSTOOD BY NONBELIEVERS, AND IT IS MISUNDERSTOOD BY MANY WHO PROFESS THE NAME OF JESUS. THE PROBLEM MAY BE TRACED TO THE FACT THAT SO FEW PERSONS KNOW GOD WELL ENOUGH TO BE CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH HIM IN PRAYER, AND SINCE NONE OF US IS AS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH HIM AS WE OUGHT TO BE, PRAYER IS AT LEAST PARTIALLY CONFUSING TO US ALL.”

WITH THIS THOUGHT IN MIND, THE APOSTLE PAUL GIVES US, IN A DISTINCT FASHION, GIVES A CONCISE DOCTRINE OF PRAYER.

TRANSITION: SO, LETS TAKE A LOOK THE DOCTRINE OF PRAYER AS RECORDED FOR US BY THE APOSTLE PAUL

I. THE NATURE OF PRAYER

a. FIRST AND FOREMOST, PRAYER IS CONVERSATION WITH GOD

i. THE LEVEL OF OUR CONVERSATION IS DETERMINED BY THE LEVEL OF OUR RELATIONSHIP.

ii. THE DEPTH OF MY CONVERSATION WITH GOD IS NO DIFFERENT, THE BETTER MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, THE BETTER MY CONVERSATION WITH GOD.

iii. RELATIONSHIP ARE BOTH CREATED AND MODELED

1. WE CREATE RELATIONSHIP

2. WE MODEL RELATIONSHIPS TO OTHERS

iv. GOD WANTS TO CREATE A RELATIONSHIP WITH US.

REVELATION 3:20 'BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK; IF ANYONE HEARS MY VOICE AND OPENS THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM AND WILL DINE WITH HIM, AND HE WITH ME.

1. HE SEEKS OUR PERMISSION

2. HE SEEKS OUR ACCEPTANCE

3. HE SEEKS OUR INTIMACY

4. WE ARE THE DETERMINING FACTOR

5. WE DETERMINE THE LEVEL OF OUR PRAYER.

v. OTHERS MODEL PRAYER FOR US.

1. JESUS MODELED PRAYER IN THE GARDEN

2. JESUS MODELED PRAYER IN HIS TEACHING ON PRAYER

3. THE APOSTLES MODELED PRAYER IN PRISON

4. WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE RIGHT MODELS

a. TURN PRAYER FROM A NUISANCE AND INTO RELIANCE.

b. SECOND, PRAYER IS FOR BELIEVERS ONLY!

i. PRAYER IS TO PRODUCE THE “PEACE OF GOD”


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