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Summary: This sermons answers the question "How then, should we pray?"

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Prayer

1 Timothy 2:8

I will, therefore, that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." K.J.V.

A member of this church recently came to my office with several questions about

prayer.

Whenever that happens, a member has questions about anything, it makes me

think; "Maybe others have the same or similar questions."

That causes me to want to preach on that subject.

This verse hit me right between the eyes as answering some of those questions.

I want us to dissect the verse, take it in little pieces and learn from it.

1. God's Will Concerning Prayer

“I will, therefore, that men pray everywhere."

This little phrase answers the questions... when, where, how often, how much.

WHERE should we pray?

EVERYWHERE!!!

Some read the scriptures in Matthew 6:6 where Jesus says, "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand in the synagogue and on the street corners to be seen by men, ... But when pray, go into your room {closet}, close the door, and pray to your Father ... "

This can be misunderstood as saying that you should not pray in public or that you should only pray in private or that private prayers are more effective and God pleasing than public prayers.

Either of those understandings would be wrong.

The scripture says, "I will that men should pray EVERYWHERE. ... EVEN in

public.

Everywhere means ... EVERYWHERE... at work ... at school... driving ... resting .

cutting grass... doing dishes... cleaning house... washing the car

EVERYWHERE.

The scripture says, "And, when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men..."

Jesus was not saying you should not pray in church .... He prayed in church.

He was not saying you should not pray in public... he prayed before 15000.

The key is found in the phrase ... "to be seen by men ..."

They are just playing religion in order to have human approval. to get man's

praise.

God sees right through that acting job and it makes Him sick ... HE WILL NOT

HEAR THAT PRAYER.

The reason he says, "go into your closet and close the door ... " is that makes you

be real, sincere, honest because there is no reason to play act. God does hear and love those prayers.

You don't have to be in the closet... but it must be sincere and not to bring you honor.

That is why I can pray in the service and know God hears... it is real.

The scripture says in verse 6 that "then your Father, who sees what is done in

secret, will reward you."

That does not mean that there is a magic formula or way to get your prayers

answered ... it means that God sees into the secret place ... the heart .. and will

honor the sincere prayer.

You can pray a sincere, self-denying prayer in public and it be heard when a

self-serving prayer in private will not be heard.

WHERE? Everywhere.

WHEN? Everywhere = all the time

We should be in a continual prayer mode ... realizing that we are always in his

presence and can speak to him any time.

HOW OFTEN? Everywhere ... all the time ... every day ... any moment


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