Summary: PRAYER

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Psalm 1 I. THE CHARACTER OF PRAYER -"Blessings are to the man...." 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, A. The STRIDE of the Godly Man—"walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly" B. The STAND of the Godly Man-"nor standeth in the way of sinners" C. The SEAT of the Godly Man-"nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" II. THE CONSISTENCY OF PRAYER 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. A. His DELIGHT—"His delight is in the law of the Lord" B. His DESIRE—"in his law doth he meditate" The godly man ponders :- 1. The Word of God— Psalm 119:11—Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 2. The Wonder of God— Psalm 63:6—When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. 3. The Works of God— Psalm 77:12—I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Psalm 143:5—I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. C. His DEDICATION—"day and night" The Word of God saturates the life of the godly man. III. THE CULMINATION OF PRAYER— 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. A. His POWER & PROMINENCE—"like a tree" B. His PLANTING & PERMANENCE—"planted" He is secured by the Lord. C. His PROXIMITY, PLACEMENT, & POSITION—"by the rivers of water" Psalm 37:23—The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. D. His PRODUCTIVITY—"bringeth forth his fruit" —"in his season" Fruitfulness is the outcome of being surrendered and guided by the Lord. E. His PERSISTENCE or Consistency—"shall not wither" F. His PROSPERITY—"whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" Proverbs 10:22—The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

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