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Patient Prayer Introduction

Making wise decisions is one of the most important things in life. The decisions you make in life determine the course of your life and your eternal destiny. In our message series Need Direction? we’ve been looking at how to get God’s direction in making decisions. Several weeks ago, we look at the importance of God’s Word to give us principles on which to base our decisions. Last week, we looked at the need for good counsel from other godly people at input for our decisions.

This week, we’re going to be looking at how to get guidance from God Himself, in our message entitled “Patient Prayer.” Patient prayer brings supernatural guidance into our lives. You see, even if you had all the data of everything that has happened in the past, you still couldn’t make wise decisions without taking the future into account. God, however, knows the future. God understands and moves in the spiritual realm that we cannot see with our physical eyes. Patient prayer opens up the unseen spiritual realm to us as we seek guidance from God.

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Today, we begin a new message series called “Need Direction?” I think all of us what answer the question of the title, Do you need God’s direction in your life? With a resounding yes.

The past three weeks, we ran a survey at church asking everyone 3 questions. What do you wonder about, worry about or wish for? When we combined all three questions together, the top topic had to do with knowing God’s will. How can I know what God’s will is for my life?

That question certainly does not have a one word or one sentence answer. So this series “Need Direction?” will be looking at what the Bible has to say about making decisions in a godly way. God’s Word gives us general principles about what God’s will is and how to make decisions in life.

Romans 12:2 (NLT)  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

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Today, we are concluding our message series “Praying with Jesus.” In this series, we’ve looked in detail at each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6. If you’re putting what you learned into practice, I can assure you that you are praying more powerful and effective prayers.

Today, my message is entitled “Passionate Prayer.” We’re going to be looking at another teaching of Jesus on the Lord’s Prayer found in Luke 11 that gives us further insight into prayer. What is passionate prayer? First, let’s look at what passionate prayer is not. Passionate prayer is not prayer where you can barely keep awake while you’re praying. Passionate prayer is not prayer where you’re thinking about something else while the words of prayer come from your mouth. Passionate prayer is not prayer done because you feel guilty, but you’d rather be doing something else. To see what passionate prayer is, let’s look at …

James 5:16b-17 (NIV)  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

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In our message series, “Praying with Jesus” we’re looking at Jesus’ teaching on prayer, commonly called the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6. Each week, we have been looking at a different phrase in the Lord’s prayer. Our goal is to learn how to pray more effective and powerful prayers. The Bible and the Lord’s Prayer teaches us that God’s will is done on this earth only through the prayers of God’s people. That is why we pray “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” As we pray in faith, partnering with God, we bring God’s will from heaven to earth. Prayer is one of the most exciting aspects of the believer’s life, as we see God move in answering our prayers. Today, my message is entitled “The Glory of God.” We’re going to be looking at the last phrase in the Lord’s prayer.

Matthew 6:13b (NASB)  [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

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Our message series this month is called “Praying with Jesus.” In this series, we are studying the Lord’s prayer. Last week, we talked about the petition, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Asking God for forgiveness for our sins is an essential part of a believer’s life. However, contrary to popular opinion, being forgiven does not erase the consequences of our sin in this life. You still reap what you sow when you sin. Satan tempts you to sin, because he wants to destroy your life when you give in to sin.

1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

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