Pray Without Ceasing

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The 7th lesson in the PEARLS book was written by Ancil Jenkins. It is a lesson on the basics of prayer. I plan on ending our class with some prayer requests.

The 7th lesson in the PEARLS book was written by Ancil Jenkins. It is a lesson on the basics of prayer. I plan on ending our class with some prayer requests.

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  • 1. Pray Without Ceasing Ancil Jenkins
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  • 3. Newsweek Poll 87%: God answers prayers 54%: pray on a daily basis, including 25%: pray once a day 29%: more than once a day
  • 4. Newsweek Poll (continued) 82% ask for health or success for a child or family member 82% believe God does not play favorites in answering prayers 79%: God answers prayers for healing someone with an incurable disease 75% ask for strength to overcome personal weakness 72%: prayers for help in finding a job are asnwered 54%: when God doesn’t answer prayer, it wasn’t God’s will to answer 51%: God does NOT answer prayers to win sporting events 36% never pray for financial or career success
  • 5. 3 Questions 1. What is “answered” prayer? Is it only when God says “yes”? 2. Why do 18% of people surveyed say they turn away from God when their prayers are not answered? 3. What does it mean to “pray without ceasing”?
  • 6. What Prayer Is NOT
  • 7. What Prayer Is NOT
    • Prayer cannot be selfish (James 4:3)
    • Not just help in times of trouble
    • Prayer cannot be trivial (does our prayer-life mature as we do?).
    • “ Yeses” to prayers are not performance-based.
    • Prayer does not depend on outward circumstances.
  • 8. What Prayer IS
  • 9. What Prayer IS
    • Acceptable prayer depends on the condition and attitude of one’s heart.
    • It is a child speaking with his/her Father (Matthew 6:9; 7:11).
    • It is seeking.
    • It is something on which we improve.
    • It shows our dependence upon God, and our submission to Him.
    • POWERFUL!
  • 10. An Unknown Author Said…
    • The size of your God
    • Determines the size of your prayer request;
    • The size of your prayer request
    • Determines the size of your answers.
  • 11. What Are Your Requests?