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Being prayerful is a mark of a sacrificial follower of Christ. But what does it mean?

Being prayerful is a mark of a sacrificial follower of Christ. But what does it mean?

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    • [PRAYERFUL]
    • Devout: wholly committed to Earnest: seriously intent WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY DICTIONARY WEBSTER’S DEFINITION FOR “PRAYERFUL” FOR “PRAYERFUL” DEFINITION
    • “I need the corrective vision of prayers because all day long I will lose sight of God’s perspective.” PHILLIP YANCEY, PRAYER
    • DISTRACTIONS DOUBT FEAR [WHY AREN’T WE PRAYERFUL?]
    • “Be slow to pray. Praying puts us at risk of getting involved with God’s conditions. Praying most often doesn’t get us what we want but what God wants, something quite at variance with what we conceive to be in our best interests.” EUGENE PETERSON, WORKING THE ANGLES [WHY AREN’T WE PRAYERFUL?] FEAR
    • Once when Jesus had been out praying, one of His disciples came to Him as He finished and said, “Lord, teach us to pray . . . ” LUKE 11:1
    • “If we insist on being self-taught in prayer, our prayers, however eloquent, will be meager.” EUGENE PETERSON, WORKING THE ANGLES
    • “This is how you should pray: Father, may your name be honored. May your kingdom come soon. Give us our food day by day. And forgive us our sins, just as we forgive those who have sinned against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.” LUKE 11:1-4
    • “Father, may your name be honored.” LUKE 11:2
    • Shout with joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are your works! So great is Your power Your enemies cringe before You. All the earth bows down to You. They sing praises to You, they sing praises to Your name. PSALM 66:1-4
    • Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this illustration: “Suppose you went to a friend's house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You would say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ He would call out from his bedroom, ‘Don't bother me. The door is locked for the night, and we are all in bed. I can't help you this time.’ But I tell you this — though he won't do it as a friend, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you what you want so his reputation won't be damaged. F53
    • “But I tell you this — though he won't do it as a friend, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you what you want so his reputation won’t be damaged.” For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.
    • “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.” “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.” LUKE 11:5-10