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"The Power of Prayer for the PeopleWho Pray"

by Pastor K.B. Murray,

Millington Street Baptist Church, Winfield, KS

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Text: Luke 18:1-8

Introduction:

God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf. --Thomas Brooks

Prayer is unique in its embodiment! Whether with grand words from the orator's lips or the hesitant stammers from the inexperienced, prayer is a conversation that mortal man is having with Almighty God. That's pretty unique.

Prayer is unique in its relevancy!

It almost always deals with nobler causes, higher issues and better things.

It is one of the most positive things that a man can do. While we might discuss burdens or plead for needs, the very fact that one is praying is a positive position whereby one believes that Almighty God will lift those burdens and meet those needs. Those praying are always the better for it.

Prayer is unique in its successes!

Who has been able to measure the multitude of times that Almighty God has intervened in some mysterious way, changed directions down which some lonely soul was headed, delivered some hopeless wanderer from their alley of despair, humbled the arrogant, struck down the haughty and the insolent so that they cried like a baby with shame and remorse and in repentance?

Who can measure the lame that are walking, the sick that did not die, the diseased who overcame or the weary and depressed who were lifted up in testimony to prayer's success.

Prayer is unique in its simplicity!

Fathom the Mighty God, Creator of this Universe, Controller of the events both here on earth and yonder in those remote galaxies, who, hears a little child's simple prayer.

Great and godly have been the prayers lifted up to God in the simplicity of believing hearts, having no greater power than knowing that the Mighty God was and is the Rewarder of all them that pray believing, and so they have come.

Prayer is unique in its healing!

Can any gauge the healing that has transcended from glory to touch a yielded heart, minister to a single longing life, to lift a struggling soul, to encourage a broken-hearted mother, to humble an arrogant rebellious child, to lift selfishness from one's eyes, allowing them to see the real beauty of righteousness.

Many other wonderful and noble things could be said about prayer, but with these introductory thoughts to build upon, let us turn our hearts to the Lord's message for this morning.

I. PRAYER IS A SIN-KILLER.

Cf Sin kills peace, purity, happiness, healthiness, maritial harmony etc., etc..

II. PRAYER IS A POWER BRINGER.

Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. (1 Ki 18:37)

Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. (1 Ki 18:38)

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. (2 Ki 4:1)

And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. (2 Ki 4:8)

He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. (2 Ki 4:33)

And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. (Acts 20:10)

III. PRAYER IS A PROBLEM SOLVER.

IV. PRAYER IS AN ANXIETY HEALER.

CONCLUSION: Power of Prayer For The People Who Pray

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