Emphasis on (Luke 11:9-10)
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INTRODUCTION: I would guess after salvation there is nothing more important to talk about doing. We are commanded to lead souls to Christ, but we must pray for them and for people we may not have met.
I. PRAYER IS FIRST DISCUSSED IN
(Genesis 4:26) And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
A. We Have A Need Of
I can’t imagine a day without prayer, our family, church family, friends, all our government people they need our, MY, YOUR, prayer. Ask for what we need but ask with sincerity and if it is God’s will it will be done.
B. Holy Spirit Aids In Our Prayers
We do not know God’s plan for our lives, consequently we do not have a clue as to what to pray for. So the Holy Spirit intervenes and gets the prayer to Jesus the way it is needed for Jesus to send it on to God.
ILLUSTRATION Unspoken Prayer
Unspoken prayers are kept that way so the devil doesn’t have a clue as what we said to God.
C. Our Prayers Are Odors To God
Prayer and praise should always go together.
(Revelation 8:3) And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
No prayer sent through Christ was ever denied. These prayers that have been accepted in Heaven have produced great changes.
We presume these odors to be pleasant odors, representing favorable Christian holy prayers.
What do you suppose deceitful, hateful prayers smell like? Do they get to God? Not according to the scripture.
II. OUR PRAYERS THROUGH CHRIST ARE INTERCESSORY
A. For Sinners
In these verses Jesus is praying for future believers.
B. For Weak Believers
Though we may fall, we shall not be utterly cast down. we are asked to encourage others. We are like those of “little faith” such as Simon Peter, ME, YOU.
C. For Our Enemies
In this next verse Jesus was hanging on the cross.
This prayer of Jesus’ was while He was being nailed to the cross or just after.
D. For Our Church
In this next verse
John 17:9 Jesus is praying for His apostles (church). To all that receive Christ’s Word, and believe in Him. Christ has redeemed us , not to Himself only, but to God, by His blood.
III. PRAYERS ANSWERED
IV. POSTURES OF PRAYING
B. On Face before God
V. WHERE SHOULD WE PRAY
A. Christ’s Command
VI. WHEN SHOULD WE PRAY
C. All The Time
(1 Thessalonians 5:17) Pray without ceasing.
CONCLUSION: What is your prayer life like?
You must have your salvation? Prayers will be answered without salvation.
But he “God” requires salvation to enter heaven.
Are you ready? If you don’t know or aren’t sure
Get it settled today before it’s to late.