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III.       Does God Answer Prayer?

 

Four answers:  Yes, No, Wait, and I’ve got another way!  God doesn’t always answer in the way we might think.  We need to have open hearts and minds.  God is creative.  Keep in the mind-set of 1 Thess. 5:17, “pray without ceasing.”

IV.       Some Guidelines for Prayer

 

Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray.  He said to them, “when you pray, pray like this.  Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done.  On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors.  And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil...”

 

1)  Give God His proper place.  Only after we put God in the center of our lives

can we turn to see our own needs in their proper light.  Everything else

takes its proper place when we put God in the center.  One fault of prayer

is that it often becomes self-centered.

 

a)  We become so busy thinking of what we want, we often forget to ask

Him what He might want for us.

b)  We get so caught up in our future plans, dreams, and goals that we

forget to ask God what His will for us might be.

c)  We are so busy talking that we never stop to listen to what God might

want to say.  Jesus tells us to slow down for a moment and honor

the Father.  “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

 

2)  Elements of Prayer (ACTS)

 

ADORATION -- Refocusing my ways and praising God for who He is

(Hebrews 13:15; Daniel 4:34-35).

CONFESSION -- Agreement and recognition of my sinfulness and my

need for the Lord’s cleansing (1 John 1:9; Psalm 38:18).

THANKSGIVING -- Acknowledgment of the Lord and for the many

things He is doing (Phil. 1:6; Eph. 5:20).

SUPPLICATION -- Petition for our needs (1 Timothy 2:1-3; James 1:5) and

intercession for others’ needs (1 Samuel 12:23; James 5:14-15).

 

3)  Practical Tips

 

a)  Use of a prayer journal, notebook, file cards, daily prayer list, etc.

Helps us to be disciplined and not so lazy.

b)  Be still and quiet.  It is not so much the position of your body but the

condition of your heart.  Consider kneeling and walking as

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