October 13, 2019 Title: Breaking Through the Perception of Powerless Prayer Sermon Series: Breakthrough
The illustrations in this section are intended to show the right and wrong ways to pray. The Lord’s Prayer, which immediately follows this passage, is the right way to pray. Today, we look at an admonition to avoid praying to impress others. There is great power in praying an earnest and personal prayer to God. Your prayers matter!
Matthew 6:6-8 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Effective Prayer Isn’t Meant to be Showy or Self-Aggrandizing
John Calvin: The tongue does not go before the heart. Besides, the grace of God is not obtained by an unmeaning flow of words; but, on the contrary, a devout heart throws out its affections, like arrows, to pierce heaven.
Joel 1:14 Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Prayer Done the Right Way Incurs a Heavenly Reward
You Can Pray With Confidence Because God Already Knows What You Need
Romans 8:27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Psalm 44:21 If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart.
We Can Pray Knowing That God Answers Prayer
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Gospel Takeaways Regarding the Importance of Prayer
Prayer Matters Because the Bible Commands Believers to Pray
Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.
Tim Keller “Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God. . . . We must know the awe of praising his glory, the intimacy of finding his grace, and the struggle of asking his help, all of which can lead us to know the spiritual reality of his presence.”
Prayer Matters Because it Helps Give You Wisdom and Traction
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Prayer Matters Because it Really Does Change Things
James 5:13-15 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Prayer Matters Because it Brings Amazing Rewards
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