"Thoughts on Prayer..."
Here are some preliminary thoughts about prayer as we begin this sermon series.
* Prayer is not a religious ritual.
* Real prayer comes, not from gritting our teeth, but from falling in love with Christ.
* It is not our long prayers but believing God that gets the answer.
* There is no need to get to a place of prayer. Pray wherever you are.
* The true spirit of prayer is nothing other than God’s own Spirit dwelling in the chambers of our heart’s desires.
* Prayer is not a matter of convincing an unwilling God into doing what we want Him to do. Prayer is not conquering God’s reluctance. Prayer is taking hold of God’s willingness.
* We don’t pray to change God. Prayer allows God to change us.
* Prayer is not designed to inform God, but to humble man’s heart, to excite his desire, to inflame his faith, to animate his hope, and to raise his soul from earth to heaven.
* Prayer is not just getting ready for Christian service. Prayer is Christian service.
* It is obvious that Paul did not regard prayer as supplemental, but as fundamental—not something to be added to his work but the very matrix out of which his work was born. He was a man of action because he was a man of prayer. It was probably his prayer even more than his preaching that produced the kind of leaders we meet in his letters.
* I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.
* “Watch and Pray” – Jesus.