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Prayer Is A …

Divine Provision

1)        Eternity In Our Heart

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (English Standard Version)

11He has(A) made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot(B) find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
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·       English Standard Version (ESV) Ecclesiastes 8:17

17then I saw all the work of God, that(A) man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know,(B) he cannot find it out.

·       Job 5:8-9 (English Standard Version)

 8"As for me, I would seek God,
   and to God would I commit my cause
,
9who(A) does great things and(B) unsearchable,
   (C) marvelous things without number:

·       Romans 11:33

 33Oh, the depth of the riches and(A) wisdom and knowledge of God!(B) How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

2)        Prayer Is – God’s Communication Channel

Psalm 6:9 (English Standard Version)

9The LORD has heard my(A) plea;
   the LORD accepts my prayer
.

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·       English Standard Version (ESV) Proverbs 15:29

29The LORD is(A) far from the wicked,
   but he(B) hears the prayer of the righteous.

·       English Standard Version (ESV)1 Timothy 2:8

 8I desire then that(A) in every place the men should pray,(B) lifting(C) holy hands without anger or quarreling;

·       Hebrews 13:18 (English Standard Version)

 18(A) Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.

·       James 5:16 (English Standard Version)

16Therefore,(A) confess your sins to one another and pray for one another,(B) that you may be healed.(C) The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

·       1 Peter 3:12 (English Standard Version)

12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
   and his ears are open to their prayer
.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

·       1 John 5:14-15 (English Standard Version)

14And this is(A) the confidence that we have toward him, that(B) if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

·       Jude 1:20-21 (English Standard Version)

20But you, beloved,(A) building yourselves up in your most holy faith and(B) praying in the Holy Spirit, 21(C) keep yourselves in the love of God,(D) waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

3)        Prayer Is Not A Casual Commodity, But A Disciplined Commitment – By Invitation

1 Timothy 6:15-16 (English Standard Version)

15which he will display(A) at the proper time—he who is(B) the blessed and only Sovereign,(C) the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16(D) who alone has immortality,(E) who dwells in(F) unapproachable light,(G) whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
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·       Jeremiah 29:12 (English Standard Version)

12(A) Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.

·       Job 33:26 (English Standard Version)

26then man[a](A) prays to God, and he accepts him;
   he(B) sees his face with a shout of joy,
and he(C) restores to man his righteousness.

·       John 14:13 (English Standard Version)

13(A) Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that(B) the Father may be glorified in the Son.

·       Jeremiah 29:13 (English Standard Version)

13(A) You will seek me and find me, when you seek me(B) with all your heart.

·       Psalm 141 (English Standard Version)

Give Ear to My Voice

A Psalm of David.

 1O LORD, I call upon you;(A) hasten to me!
   Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
2Let(B) my prayer be counted as incense before you,
   and(C) the lifting up of my hands as(D) the evening sacrifice
!

 3(E) Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;
   (F) keep watch over the door of my lips!
4(G) Do not let my heart incline to any evil,
   to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with men who(H) work iniquity,
   and(I) let me not eat of their delicacies!

 5(J) Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
   let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
   let my head not refuse it.
Yet(K) my prayer is continually against their evil deeds. 6When their judges are(L) thrown over the cliff,[a]
   then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
7As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
   so shall our bones(M) be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.[b]

 8But(N) my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord;
   (O) in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless![c]
9Keep me from(P) the trap that they have laid for me
   and from the snares of evildoers!
10Let the wicked(Q) fall into their own nets,
   while I pass by safely.

4)    Prayer Is A Command – 250 Times In The Bible We See The Word “PRAY” + Prayer, Prayers And Praying Another 280 Times!

·       Mark 13:33 (English Standard Version)

33(A) Be on guard,(B) keep awake.[a] For you do not know when the time will come.

·       Mark 13:33 (King James Version)

 33Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

·       Matthew 26:41 (English Standard Version)

41(A) Watch and(B) pray that you(C) may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

5)        Prayer Is God’s Challenge To You!                                                                                  

·       Jeremiah 33:3 (English Standard Version)

3(A) Call to me and I will answer you,(B) and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

6)        Prayer Releases Your Stress And Burden

·       1 Peter 5:7 (English Standard Version)

7(A) casting all your anxieties on him, because(B) he cares for you.
7)    Prayer Ascends In Communication

·       Isaiah 40:31 (English Standard Version)

31but(A) they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
   they shall mount up with wings(B) like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
   they shall walk and not faint.

CONCLUSION:

·      Prayer ascends through many levels

·      Prayer ascends higher and higher into the revelation of God

·      God is a self-revealing God

·      God proceeds from known to the unknown

·      God never allows us to stay in lower levels of revelation truth

·      God desires us to know Him in His fullness

·      God generally leads us next into the Prayer Of Confession

Pastor – Teacher

Rev. C.E. Stephen Coates

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