Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

To Pray is:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing”

         Prayer is just talking to God.  It is letting Him know how things are with you…….whether by request for needs;

direction for our path…..Psalm 143:8 “Cause me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust:  cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;  for I lift up my soul unto thee.”

and confession of sin.

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 We can pour out our hearts thoughts before Him. He feels everything that we experience, and  sharing these things with Him,  is like talking to our best Friend.

Prayer is supplicating for others:  their needs, whether spiritual or material.   

And, yes,  prayer is complaining to God;   David says,  “I poured out my complaint before Him” (Psalm 142:2).

For often, as we complain, we can get a clearer seeing of the true picture of what is really going on: with us and in the situation.

Prayer is Praise.  And it is good to pray our praise;  to tell Him how wonderful we think He, and His works are.

When it says “pray without ceasing”,  it means to always have the Lord Jesus before us, so that anytime, we can send up our prayer to Him.

It also means that we are to keep praying for the requests we have made, till we receive an answer.

The Church, is to keep a prayer continually before  Him.  The dawn begins in the east,  so should the prayers of the Christians there.     And as the sun moves west,  so should the prayers of  His people begin,  till the whole earth, at every time of day and night is continuing to pray.

God loves to hear us.  His ear is not heavy.

Isaiah 59:1 “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save:  neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:”

He tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace.

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Prayer is an acknowledgement that we need Him.  Our dependence is shown in our prayer,  for He is our Father in Heaven (Matthew 6:9),  

He is our Friend and Lord (John 14:27),

and He is our Comforter (John 14:26).

Christ prayed often all night (Mark 1:35, Mark 6:46)…..and as the children of God, we should follow His example and come to Him with everything we do.

An excited child wants to tell the parent everything (sometimes with great detail) about what happened to them.

We, too, should stir up our affections for fellowship with Christ, and talk to Him.

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