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2012.7.29 building your prayer life 6 lance


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2012.7.29 building your prayer life 6 lance

  1. 1. Developing Your Prayer LifePrayer in Action
  2. 2. Prayer: offensive or defensive weapon?
  3. 3. A Brief Historical Introduction to...Nehemiah586 B.C. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon conquers Judah538 B.C. King Cyrus of Persia decrees Jews may return.535 B.C. Temple construction begins (takes 20 years)458 B.C. Ezra returns to Jerusalem under king Artaxerxes444 B.C. Nehemiah (kings cup bearer) also returns to rebuild the wall.
  4. 4. Prayer of Nehemiah Chapter 1AdorationConfessionThanksgivingSupplication
  5. 5. HERE’S THE DEALGood News: God always answers prayer!Bad News: It may not be the answer you want.More Good News: Action compliments prayer.
  6. 6. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAH1. _______ are important. Motives
  7. 7. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAHJames 4:3 "When you ask, you do notreceive, because you ask with wrongmotives, that you may spend what you geton your pleasures."
  8. 8. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAH relationship2. Our prayers reflect our ___________ with God.
  9. 9. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAHNehemiah 2:4"The king said tome, What is it you want? 5 Then Iprayed to the God of heaven, and Ianswered the king, If it pleases theking...let him send me to the city inJudah where my fathers are buried sothat I can rebuild it."
  10. 10. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAHMatthew 6:7 "When you pray, dontbabble on and on and people of otherreligions do. They think their prayersare answered on by repeating their wordsagain and again."[NLT]
  11. 11. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAH action3. Prayer is not a substitute for ______ .
  12. 12. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAHNehemiah 4:8 "They (the enemies) allplotted together to come and fightagainst Jerusalem and stir up troubleagainst it. 9 But we prayed to our Godand posted a guard day and night to meetthe threat."
  13. 13. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAHMatthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given toyou; seek and you will find; knock andthe door will be opened to you."
  14. 14. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAH4. Gods answers to prayers arent always simple ______ .
  15. 15. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAHMatthew 5:45 "He causes his sun to riseon the evil and the good, and sends rainon the righteous and the unrighteous."
  16. 16. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAHNehemiah 4:10 Meanwhile, the people inJudah said, "The strength of the laborersis giving out, and there is so much rubblethat we cannot rebuild the wall."
  17. 17. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAH trustworthy5. But Gods answers ARE __________ .
  18. 18. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAHNehemiah 4:15 When our enemies heardthat we were aware of their plot and thatGod had frustrated it, we all returned tothe wall, each to his own work.
  19. 19. FIVE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAHProverbs 27:6 "Wounds from a friendcan be trusted, but an enemy multiplieskisses."
  20. 20. PRAYER OF AN UNKNOWN CONFEDERATEI asked God for strength that I might achieveI was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.I asked for health that I might do greater things.I was given infirmity that I might do better thingsI asked for riches that I might be happy.I was given poverty that I might be wise.I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.I was given life that I might enjoy all things.I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.I am, among all men, most richly blessed!