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.

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Pray Without Ceasing

  1. 1. Pray Without Ceasing Ancil Jenkins
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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”?
  5. 6. What Prayer Is NOT
  6. 7. What Prayer Is NOT <ul><li>Prayer cannot be selfish (James 4:3) </li></ul><ul><li>Not just help in times of trouble </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer cannot be trivial (does our prayer-life mature as we do?). </li></ul><ul><li>“ Yeses” to prayers are not performance-based. </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer does not depend on outward circumstances. </li></ul>
  7. 8. What Prayer IS
  8. 9. What Prayer IS <ul><li>Acceptable prayer depends on the condition and attitude of one’s heart. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a child speaking with his/her Father (Matthew 6:9; 7:11). </li></ul><ul><li>It is seeking. </li></ul><ul><li>It is something on which we improve. </li></ul><ul><li>It shows our dependence upon God, and our submission to Him. </li></ul><ul><li>POWERFUL! </li></ul>
  9. 10. An Unknown Author Said… <ul><li>The size of your God </li></ul><ul><li>Determines the size of your prayer request; </li></ul><ul><li>The size of your prayer request </li></ul><ul><li>Determines the size of your answers. </li></ul>
  10. 11. What Are Your Requests?

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