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R.C. Sproul. Does Prayer Change Things?  Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, March 14, 2019. 97 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Have you ever wondered: Does Prayer Change Things?  Or have anyone ever asked you this question before and you don’t know how to answer it?  This book answers this question rather wonderfully.  It is not only biblical in the answer but also practical while also written in a vocabulary and style friendly for a general audience.

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It seems this year is a lesson on the importance of prayer.  Anyone feels the same?

I really enjoyed this series on prayer the last few weeks.   We went over the struggle of adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication.

Here’s the table of contents:

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The Struggle of Supplications to God

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Establish the need: Do you regularly God to God with prayer requests, asking Him for things?

Purpose: Today we shall see three points concerning prayers of supplication towards God so that we be daily bringing our requests to God.

  • We are commanded to bring requests to God
  • Struggles of bringing requests to God
  • Helps for bringing requests to God

 

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

 

Charles H. Spurgeon. Effective Prayer.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, June 24th 2015. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

How can you pray more biblically and powerfully?  This booklet is Spurgeon’s sermon on Job 23:3-4 on the topic of praying effectively.  Since 2016 I started reading a number of sermons by the famous English preacher Charles Spurgeon and have desired to read more of his writings so here I am in 2020 still being edified by the content of his preaching.

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The Struggle of Confessing to God

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Establish the need: When was the last time you confessed your sins to God?

 

Purpose: Today we shall see three points concerning how Jesus is the one who made it possible we can pray.

  • What is Confession?
  • Struggles of Confession
  • Helps for Confession

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The Struggle of Adoring God

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Establish the need: Do you regularly adore God?

Purpose: Today we shall see three points concerning prayers of adoration of God.

  • What is adoration?
  • Struggles of adoration
  • Helps for adoration

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Establish the need: Who made it possible that we can pray to God?

 

Purpose: Today we shall see three points concerning how Jesus is the one who made it possible we can pray.

  • God does not hear the prayer of the unrighteous
  • Jesus made it possible we can go to God
  • Our prayers are done in Jesus’ name

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Objection to Prayer: If God is sovereign why pray?

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Establish the need: If God is sovereign why pray?

Purpose: Today we shall consider six points in answering the question: If God is sovereign why pray?

  1. Point 1: We need to affirm God is sovereign
  2. Point 2: We pray simply because prayer is commanded by God
  3. Point 3: Prayer requests presupposes God’s sovereignty
  4. Point 4: The question wrongly assumes prayer is just asking for things
  5. Point 5: Prayer doesn’t change God’s mind
  6. Point 6: Prayer changes our situation

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Note: Kind of late posting this, multiple things, last 24 hours has been crazy.

Purpose of Prayer

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Establish the need: Why do we pray?

 

Purpose: Today we shall see the purpose of prayer outlined as 3 “A”s so that we would pray purposefully today.

  • To Ascribe Glory to God
  • To Associate Relationally with God
  • To Ask for God’s Benefits for us

 

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LUKE 11:2c-4

ESTABLISH THE NEED:  If there’s ever a message that convicts all Christians, it is messages on evangelism and prayer.  All Christians could work on being more evangelistic and pray more.  It’s a convicting message today.  Let me ask you a question:  How often do you pray?

If we don’t know what to pray or how to pray, we would probably not pray.  When my sister brought a drum set, after she left for college, I looked at the drum pieces disassembled, I tried putting together, I beat around a little bit, but since I didn’t know how to put it together, or know how to play, I stopped doing anything with it.  That’s like our prayer life also.

 

Main point: We will see three principles that Jesus taught His disciples in regards to how to pray, so that you would know how and this knowledge would make you pray.

  1. You should pray seeking God first (2c-d)
  2. You should pray trusting for your daily needs (3)
  3. You should pray dealing with sin (4)

 

1 It happened that while [a]Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

   ‘[b]Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 ‘Give us each day our [c]daily bread.
4 ‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”

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LUKE 11:1-2b

1 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

   ‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 ‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4 ‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”

Main point: Before going into further principles in this series on prayer, we will see Jesus laying three important building blocks so that you will pray to God.

  1. You should pray (1-2a)
  2. You should pray with others (2b)
  3. You should pray intimately (2c)

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  Last week we wrote “The Church during the days of Corona Virus: Pray for those who are unemployed.”  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for those who have the virus.

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Establish the need: Do you know what God’s Word has to say about prayer?

 

Purpose: Today we shall see three Ds of prayer so that we would desire to pray to God today.

 

  1. The Duty of Prayer
  2. The Difficulties of Prayer
  3. The Delight of Prayer

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More and more churches are doing service online in light of the virus.  Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  There’s so much to pray for.  Last week we looked at .  If you are experiencing Church online here’s something you can do this Sunday: Pray for those working overtime because of Corona Virus.

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More and more churches are doing service online in light of the virus.  Our “This Sunday” series will be going over a Corona Virus edition.  Last week we posted “Helpful Considerations in using Zoom for the Glory of God.”  If you are experiencing Church online here’s something you can do this Sunday: Pray for those at Risk with Corona Virus.

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