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  • 1.
  • 2. PRAYER
    “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.”
    Colossians 4:2
  • 3. PRAYER
    “Pray without ceasing.”
    1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • 4. PRAYER
    “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”
    Luke 18:1
  • 5. PRAYER
    Why do we struggle with prayer?
    • We don’t know how
    • 6. We don’t believe anything positive will happen as a result.
  • PRAYER
    God Answers Prayer
    • James 4:2; 5:16-18
    • 7. Matthew 7:7-11
  • PRAYER
    God Answers Prayer According to His Will
    • 1 John 5:14-15
    • 8. If God wills that we have our request, we will have it.
  • PRAYER
    If the request is not granted:
    • Perhaps the request called for God to violate His will.
    • 9. Perhaps it was the wrong request (Matt. 7:11; 20:20-23).
    • 10. Perhaps my motive was not right (James 4:3).
  • PRAYER
    If the request is not granted:
    • Perhaps the timing is not right (Rev. 6:10-11).
    • 11. Perhaps I am not right (Psa. 66:18; 1 Pet. 3:7; Matt. 6:5-7; James 1:5-8).
  • PRAYER
    Why do we struggle with prayer?
    • We don’t really feel the need to pray.
    • 12. We are too busy and do not plan to pray.
  • PRAYER
    Prayer Must Be Taught/Learned
    “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
    Luke 11:1
  • 13. PRAYER
    How Can We Learn to Pray?
    • Listen to others pray (Luke 11:1)
    • 14. Pray
    • 15. Meditate on scripture
  • PRAYER
    Some Practical Suggestions
    • Schedule prayer (Psa. 55:17)
    • 16. Minimize distractions (Luke 5:16)
    • 17. Make prayer personal (Psa. 62:8)
  • PRAYER
    Use the “ACTS” tool