Effective Prayer - Sept 2014 - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read online for free. Where is your God? This is a legitimate mode of pleading with God, for His great name's sake. [1 Kings 18:36] Here everything was put to the test. Matthew 2 Churches have become a lot of things other then a house of prayer. Why are arguments to be used at all? Because God is sovereign He occasionally answers our prayers differently. Sanctified prayer has to do with one’s position. say you, "Like such an expression as that?" Sermon 11884 6:30 PM on 5/10/2020. So the patriarch turned away from his sorry friends and looked up to the celestial throne, just as a traveller turns from his empty skin bottle and betakes himself with all speed to the well. Thou hast fought the first battle; Lord, end the campaign! Bring before the Lord His wounds, tell the Lord of His cries, make the groans of Jesus cry again from Gethsemane, and His blood speak again from that frozen Calvary. James 5:16 TLB. How often have we cried in our trouble, "Lord, Thou didst deliver me in such and such sharp trial, when it seemed as if no help were near; Thou hast never forsaken me yet. . God is calling us to pray. He answers all prayer and He answers our prayers in one of four ways: 1. I am afraid we do not understand what it is that we have at our command when we are allowed to plead with God for Christ's sake. In prayer we make certain assumptions: 1) That there is a God. Oh have your mouth full of prayer, full of it, full of arguments so that there is room for nothing else. You shall search His Book through, and you shall compare it with the experience of God's people, and the two tally from the first to the last; and many a hoary patriarch has said with Joshua in his old age, "Not one good thing has failed of all that the Lord God has promised: all has come to pass." [John 14:14] If I had a good name at the bottom of the cheque I should be sure that I should get it cashed when I went to the banker with it; so when you have got Christ's name, to whom the very justice of God has become a debtor, and whose merits have claims with the Most High, when you have Christ's name there is no need to speak with fear and trembling and bated breath. 33They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. Knock, knock, knock. It is said-I know not how truly-that the explanation of the text, "Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it," [Psalm 81:10] may be found in a very singular Oriental custom. I have set up my Ebenezer in Thy name. The greatness of my sin makes me a platform for the greatness of Thy mercy. Sometimes when you have no sort of comfort in your supplications, it is then that your heart all broken and cast down is really wrestling and truly prevailing with the Most High. Wilt Thou come out, as David said, 'after a dead dog, after a flea?' The minute you pick up your end of the line, God picks up his end of the line. [Romans 3:4] Shall not He be true? We must learn to pray according to the will of the Father. Prayer by righteous people is powerful, Jas. Right now, let’s bow our head and ask God to spare this young woman, to bring healing and to restore these young people back to God. Daniel eventually wrote down his prayer in chapter 9. The most interesting part of our subject remains; it is a very rapid summary and catalogue of a few of the arguments which have been used with great success with God. Sometimes the child of God can rejoice when he sees his enemies get thoroughly out of temper and take to reviling. [Genesis 32:12] Oh the force of that plea! The attacks of the enemy against our mind increases when we pray. Why are my prayers not effective? Arise, O God, wake up Thy zeal, let Thy sacred passions burn! If a man should come with the argument of his own merit, he would never succeed; the successful argument is always founded upon grace, and hence the soul so pleading is made to understand intensely that it is by grace and by grace alone that a sinner obtains anything of the Lord. Well I want to tell you that prayer is man's hotline to heaven. Many of us find James 5:16 to be a familiar verse: “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” — which is also translated, as an ESV footnote spells out, “The effective prayer of a righteous person has great power.” This is one of those coffee-mug verses. This sermon on prayer answers two basic questions: "How can I be effective in prayer?" "Let God be true, and every man a liar." 3. When you have been pierced through and through with the sentence, "Cursed is he that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm," then will you suck unutterable sweetness from the divine assurance, "Blessed is he that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is." Come And View Our Live Sermons We'd love to have you come and worship with us. [Genesis 18:24-25] Here the wrestling begins. It is said that not many years ago-I remember the circumstances being reported-the King of Persia ordered the chief of his nobility, who had done something or other which greatly gratified him, to open his mouth, and when he had done so he began to put into his mouth pearls, diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, till he had filled it as full as it could hold, and then he bade him go his way. 5:17). The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. No matter our circumstances, we have the privilege of praying to our Father who is in heaven, and so we should pray! As a petitioner coming into court does not come there without thought to state his case on the spur of the moment, but enters into the audience chamber with his suit well prepared, having also learned how he ought to behave himself in the presence of the great one to whom he is appealing; so it is well to approach the seat of the King of kings as much as possible with premeditation and preparation, knowing what we are about, where we are standing, and what it is which we desire to obtain. that I might come even to His seat! It was a powerful argument by which the patriarch grasped the Lord's left hand, and arrested it just when the thunderbolt was about to fall. James said the prayer of a “righteous man” is effective. Our needs are great, let our askings be great, and the supply shall be great too. Again, our use of arguments teaches us the ground upon which we obtain the blessing. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Sodom was to be prayed for, and Abraham begins, "Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? nor even, "Oh that I might see my children restored from the jaws of the grave, and my property once more brought from the hand of the spoiler!" It’s what happens when we fly by the text without questions. Did you know that prayer is a two-way street? In honor of her going, the church door will be closed on Wednesday nights. Take the case of our respected brother, Mr. Muller, of Bristol. ", 6. See the priest over there; he has a sacrifice to offer, but he does not rush into the court of the priests and hack at the bullock with the first pole-axe upon which he can lay his hand, but when he rises he washes his feet at the brazen laver, he puts on his garments, and adorns himself with his priestly vestments. Turning away with bitter scorn from earth's hives, where you found no honey, but many sharp stings, you will rejoice in Him Whose faithful word is sweeter than honey or the honeycomb. A little reflection would show to us that some things which we desire were better let alone. We sometimes may do the same, and say unto Him, "Oh, by Thy Deity, by Thine existence, if indeed Thou be God, now show Thyself for the help of Thy people! They can introduce a sermon, but they struggle with providing an effective conclusion. In Matthew 20, tucked away at the very last of the chapter is this account of two blind men who prayed specifically and prayed in unison. David puts it, "In the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up" [Psalm 5:3]; which I have frequently explained to you to mean that he marshalled his thoughts like men of war, or that he aimed his prayers like arrows. Now although we may ask for things which are for our profit, yet still we must never let our profit interfere in any way with the glory of God. I love Hebrews 10:19 and the verses that follow. Sometimes my soul has been fairly melted down when I have listened to brethren who have come before God feeling the mercy to be really needed, and that they must have it, for they first pleaded with God to give it for this reason, and then for a second, and then for a third, and then for a fourth and a fifth, until they have awakened the fervency of the entire assembly. Does God actually hear my prayers? Sanctifying Grace --I Thessalonians 5:22-24 This dirty glass represents each one of us as a sinner separated from God. Wilt Thou pursue me as a leaf that is blown in the tempest? For many years he declared that God hears prayer, and firm in that conviction, he went on to build house after house for the maintenance of orphans. Now what will you do, O boastful soldier of proud Sennacherib? We bow our heads to look up. He is the giver of all prayer. She makes no stipulation about mountains or rivers, but vows that if she knew where, she would come even to His seat. We have to deal with an unchanging God, Who will do in the future what He has done in the past, because He never turns from His purpose, and cannot be thwarted in His design; the past thus becomes a very mighty means of winning blessings from Him. I am so little, and because the greatness of Thy mercy can be shown in one so insignificant and yet so vile, therefore, O God, have mercy upon me. He had prayed, but he wanted to pray as in God's presence. Pluck Thy right hand out of Thy bosom! So you and I may take hold at any time upon the justice, the mercy, the faithfulness, the wisdom, the long-suffering, the tenderness of God, and we shall find every attribute of the Most High to be, as it were, a great battering-ram, with which we may open the gates of heaven. My friends let me say that that is just not true. The following tips and quotes on praying effectively come from a new volume called Encouraged to Pray: Classic Spurgeon Sermons on Prayer. Leave me not, neither forsake me." Shall not every word that comes out of His lips stand fast and be fulfilled? Will that help him? aha! Spirit-filled prayer is prayer that is lead by the Holy Spirit. Because if we don’t get on our knees, God won’t get on His feet. "Oh that I knew where I might find Him! What I have been speaking to the Christian is applicable in great measure to the unconverted man. This kind of praying only occurs in the lives of those that are walking in the Spirit and living transformed lives. Does God actually hear my prayers? You shall not suspect me of concealing fire; pour water on the victim." [2 Samuel 7:25] That is a legitimate argument with every honest man, and has He said, and shall He not do it? But there came a reply to it. With what stern sarcasm did he say, "Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awakened." The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. He is punctual to the moment; He never is before His time, but He never is behind it. "Now," he says, "they have reviled the Lord Himself; not me alone have they assailed, but the Most High Himself." Prayer Meeting has been failing in health. God’s word says, "call unto me." The cards may include Bible verses, prayer topics, or … 3. Moses seems to have the same on his mind when he asks God to show His great power in sparing His sinful people. When we ask God to hear us, pleading Christ's name, we usually mean, "O Lord, Thy dear Son deserves this of Thee; do this unto me because of what He merits." Speak out and tell the Lord that with such griefs, and cries, and groans to plead, you cannot take a denial. We speak to God, God answers us, speaking to us, showing us. Every major move of God in history was preceded by a unified and focused prayer effort. “To make prayer of any value, there … James 5:16 NIV. that I might come even to His seat!". Topical Sermons Power Point Show MP3 audio. He signs his hand, and he must discharge it when the due time comes, or else he loses credit. If we were not constrained to pray, I question whether we could even live as Christians. Coupled with this, we may employ the further arguments of the hard things said by the revilers. [Psalm 25:10] That is a very singular mode of reasoning; but being interpreted it means, "Lord, why shouldest thou go about doing little things? What must I do to attract God’s attention in my prayers? No effective sermon is complete without a response. Only God can transform shame into honour, restore identity in Him, and take away the power given to evil by … It’s not the nature of faith here that is the issue, it’s the character of God that is the issue. Would not a man open his mouth wide when he had to have it filled in such a manner? The sufferings, death, merit, and intercession of Christ Jesus. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad God doesn’t always give me everything I ask for. This is said to have been occasionally done in Oriental Courts towards great favourites. When a man searches for arguments for a thing it is because he attaches importance to that which he is seeking. Prayer enables us to move forward The goal of preaching is not just to put information into the minds, but to transform the hearts and lives. If any ask what order should be observed in prayer, I am not about to give you a scheme such as many have drawn out, in which adoration, confession, petition, intercession, and ascription are arranged in succession. He looked-looked well-at the white of the target; kept his eye fixed on it, directing his prayer, and then drew his bow with all his strength and let the arrow fly; and then, when the shaft had left his hand, what does he say? There must be mingled with acceptable prayer the holy salt of submission to the divine will. But what are some key components of effective prayer? [Psalm 37:4]. What we do negatively and what we neglect to do positively deeply affect our prayer lives. I find in it a comprehensive theology of the most powerful force in the universe, the power of prayer. 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