A Praying Church

August 27, 2015 Save Article

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Matthew 7:7-8
(Program 2499DVD, Airing on 9-5)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. A church can be no greater than its prayer life.
    2. The disciples prayed: “Lord, teach us to pray.”
      1. Matthew 7:7-8
  2. A PRAYING CHURCH
    1. The greatest problem in our prayer life is unoffered prayer.
      1. Our Lord has commanded us to pray.
        1. James 4:2
        2. Luke 18:1
        3. Mark 14:38
        4. Philippians 4:6
      2. Why should we pray? Matthew 6:7-8
        1. We don't pray to impress God.
        2. We don't pray to inform God.
        3. We don't pray to instruct God.
        4. We pray to invite God.
          1. 2 Corinthians 6:1
          2. John 15:7
  3. THREE FACTORS FOR OUR PRAYER LIFE
    1. The desire factor: ask and express your desires to God.
      1. Mark 11:24
      2. Psalm 37:4
      3. Philippians 4:6
        1. Ways in which God answers prayers
          1. Direct
          2. Different
          3. Delayed
    2. The direction factor: seek and expect direction from God.
    3. The determination factor: knock and exercise determination with God.
      1. Luke 11:5-6
      2. Luke 11:7-9
      3. Luke 18:4-8
      4. Matthew 15:21-28
      5. How long should we continue to pray?
        1. Until we have the answer in our hand, in our heart or until God says no.

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