Prayer: “Why, and How Does it Work?”

1. Why do we pray?

       a. Scripture commands us to Pray.

                     -Matt. 6:5-14

                     -1Thess. 5:16-18

b. If we do not pray for something that we should have we may not get it.

                     -James 4:2

-If God has ordained to do something that no one prays for He will still accomplish it.

2. How do we pray?

a. To the Father, through the Son, assisted by the Spirit.

              -Matthew 6:5-15

              -Romans 8:26

b. A-C-T-S

              -Adoration: John 4:24

              -Confession: 1 John 1:14; I Cor. 11:23ff

              -Thanksgiving: 1 Thess. 5:16-18

              -Supplication: Matt. 6:11

3. How do our prayers work within God’s providence?

a. God has ordained to do some things in answer to prayer.

              -Gen. 18:20ff &19:29

              -Rom 10:14-15.  (Preaching as an ex. of how God uses our prayers)

b. If God has ordained to do something that no one prays for He will still accomplish it.

              -Gen. 50:20

              -If we do not pray we will miss an opportunity to be a part of God’s plan.

Conclusion: There is a perfect balance between God’s providence and our prayers.  God’s sovereignty should not deter us from praying, but instead give us confidence in our prayers.

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