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Summary: The Journalistic Inquisition to Prayer and Jehovah’s Illustration of such a Prayer

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“The Prerogatives of Prayer”

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

JOURNALISTIC INQUISITION

1. To WHOM should we Pray?

We are to CONDUCT our prayers to God the Father. Matthew 6:9; John 15:16

2. WHAT is Prayer?

It is COMMUNICATION with God. Isa. 55:6; Matt 7:7-8; Phil. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:7

3. WHY Should We Pray?

Because God COMMANDS us. 1 Thes. 5:17; Eph. 6:18; Luke 18:1; Matt. 6:9-13; Romans 10:13 cf. Joel 2:32; Jer. 33:3

4. WHEN Should We Pray?

We are to pray CONTINUALLY. 1 Thes. 5:17; Eph. 6:18; Luke 6:12; Mark 1:35

5. WHERE Should We Pray?

In our own CLOSET and in every place. Matt. 6:6-15; Mk. 1:35; Lk. 6:12

6. HOW Should We Pray?

Based upon the following CONDITIONS.

a. CONFESS your sins lest it hinder prayers. Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; Matthew 6:14-15

b. CONFIDENT in faith (Expressed through the CONDUIT of faith). Matthew 21:22; Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:1, 6

c. CONFORMED to the will of God. 1 John 5:14; Psalm 33:10-11; Proverbs 19:21; Matthew 6:10

d. COMMITTED in Jesus Name. John 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23; Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:17

JEHOVAH’S ILLUSTRATION

1. Jabez pleads for God’s GRACE. (v. 10a) 1 Corinthians 15:9-10; Psalm 33:12; Ephesians 1:3; 2:8-9; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 55:22

2. Jabez prays for God’s GROWTH in his life. (v. 10b) 2 Pet. 3:18; 1 Pet. 2:2; Prov. 29:18; Rom. 8:29

3. Jabez prays for God’s GUIDANCE. (v. 10c) Deuteronomy 5:15; John 10:28-29; 14:6; Psalm 37:23; Proverbs 3:5-6

4. Jabez prays for GODLINESS. (v. 10d) Matthew 6:13; 2 Timothy 4:18; Romans 12:9; Ephesians 4:30 cf. Isaiah 65:10; Leviticus 11:44; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Titus 2:11-12; 2 Timothy 3:12

5. God GRANTED to Jabez what He asked for. (v. 10e) Ephesians 3:20-21; Psalm 37:4


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