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Summary: This is the third message in a series on understanding and doing the will of God. Teh third essential tool for accomplishings God’s will is genuine prayer.

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Trans: For a closer walk with Thee ¡V we need a closer talk with Him.

Define: Prayer is the natural response to a Spirit-led life. It is the breath of the child of God. Just as breathing is a natural response for a child from birth, so too, is prayer a natural response for someone who is born of God.

Simple: Prayer is nothing more than talking, listening, and communing w/ God.

Prayer is not 1 Talking w/ unnatural words

2 Vain repetition

3 Hail Mary¡¦s

4 An act to impress others

Define: Prayer is communicating w/ God for the purposes of knowing Him, seeking His heart, and doing His will. It is putting your ear to God¡¦s chest to hear and know His heartbeat.

Trans: Prayer is often the most overlooked discipline in the church and in the life of a Christian ¡V yet prayer is the great privilege which provides great power for Christian living.

Imagine: When you bow to pray heaven stops to listen.

Quote: It has been said that faith moves mountains but that prayer moves God.

Sad: For many people, the extent of their prayer life is at the dinner table. (Good bread, good meat, good God let¡¦s eat.) Let me tell you something, the Devil enjoys those types of prayer, b/c they don¡¦t seek the movement of God.

Verse: The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man has a powerful impact. Jm. 5

Truth: While praying is a privilege, it is also powerful. Prayer changes things!

„« Prayer changes our character

„« Prayer changes our faith

„« Prayer changes our vision

Trans: But before we go any further, let¡¦s state the obvious about prayer.

1 No one prays enough.

2 A lack of prayer affects our ability to meet w/ and be used by God.

3 As the children and church of God, we need instruction on prayer.

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HOW ARE WE TO PRAY

I We Are To Pray

Idea: In Mt. 6:5-7 Jesus says, ¡§When you pray¡K¡¨

Note: Talk about huge assumptions ¡V When you pray¡K but do you pray?

Trans: It is amazing how many people go through the motion but don¡¦t pray.

Remember ¡V prayer involves talking and listening to God. If I am only talking and not listening and hearing, then I am not praying.

Quote: Prayer occurs when you depend on God.

Prayerlessness occurs when you depend on yourself.

Trans: Prayer begins w/ praying

II We Are To Pray From Our Hearts

Verse: And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard b/c of their many words. Do not be like them. Mt. 6:7-8

Idea: Prayer is not about length or particular words ¡V it is about the heart.

Truth: Prayer is not about impressing God or impressing others, prayer is about being honest w/ your self before God.

III We Are To Pray In Private

Verse: But when you pray, go into the room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Mt. 6:6

Quote: We pray too many words in public and too few in private.

Truth: There is a different earnestness and a deeper searching when I pray in private. In private, God and I know the truth and we can be honest w/ one another.

Note: I am free to be honest when I am alone w/ God in prayer.


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