• Why do so many belittle the importance of
prayer in their minds?
– Sadly, many folks don’t develop the
proper knowledge ...
Engage Your Mind!
Prayer is to be a matter of the heart!

• Make it a constant relationship habit.
Psalm. 5:3; 19:14; Acts...
Honor God!
• Praise truly belongs to God. 1 Peter 4:11;
Ephesians 1:6-7
• Hallowed be Thy name… Matthew 6:9;
Psalm 111:9
•...
Don’t Pray Hypocritically!
• If hypocrite-like, your heart is not properly
set for prayer. Matthew 6:5
– Just to be seen b...
Prayer, Your Heart to God’s…
• God knows your needs (as much as you)
but wants you to ask for help. Matthew 6:8;
7:7, 11
–...
Prayer Is a Matter of the Heart!
• Is thy heart right with God in prayer?
• Let us be sure to have the right heart as
we t...
The Heart of the Matter
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Sermon by Mike Smith Get your heart prepared for prayer to our Great God through our Great God Savior Jesus Christ.

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The Heart of the Matter

  1. 1. • Why do so many belittle the importance of prayer in their minds? – Sadly, many folks don’t develop the proper knowledge of prayer’s purpose. • Prayer needs to be significant not meaningless (as in vain repetitions). – How can you be sure that your prayer is meaningful?
  2. 2. Engage Your Mind! Prayer is to be a matter of the heart! • Make it a constant relationship habit. Psalm. 5:3; 19:14; Acts 2:42 – Not by half-awake mumblings… – Not by rambling unintelligently… – Not with vain repetitions (mantras)… Mt. 6:7-8 – But with strong desire… Hebrews 5:7 – But with fervent spirit… Colossians 4:12 – “Let all that you do be done with love” 1 Corinthians 16:14
  3. 3. Honor God! • Praise truly belongs to God. 1 Peter 4:11; Ephesians 1:6-7 • Hallowed be Thy name… Matthew 6:9; Psalm 111:9 • Part of our praise to God is through prayer! Hebrews 13:15
  4. 4. Don’t Pray Hypocritically! • If hypocrite-like, your heart is not properly set for prayer. Matthew 6:5 – Just to be seen by men (make a show) is not the right heart for prayer. • Some will want to appear to be righteous or pious before men. Matthew 23:27-28 • But God prefers the humble and earnest prayer in the secret (private) place especially of your heart. Mt. 6:6; Lk. 18:9ff – Which are you like, the Pharisee or Publican?
  5. 5. Prayer, Your Heart to God’s… • God knows your needs (as much as you) but wants you to ask for help. Matthew 6:8; 7:7, 11 – Through this we learn our need for God, our own needs, and the effectiveness of prayer. James 5:16 – It is one way we realize and attain God’s blessings to us by Christ. Philippians 4:19
  6. 6. Prayer Is a Matter of the Heart! • Is thy heart right with God in prayer? • Let us be sure to have the right heart as we talk to God each day! • Are you a Christian? Come to Jesus today and be saved from your sin! 1 Cor. 15:3-4 – Hear & Believe the gospel. Rom. 1:16 – Repent of sin. Acts 2:38 – Confess Christ. Acts 8:37 – Be baptized. Acts 22:16

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