Two soil types are saved, but only one is fruitful
What does it mean to be fruitful?
Internally - fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentle, self control
Externally - bring people to Christ
What stops us from being fruitful?
Cares of the world and deceitfulness of riches
What is the difference between a fruitful and unfruitful believer?
What hinders prayer:
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear me:
not reading the word -
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer shall be abomination.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
Wrong motives - ,
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Bad relations with wife -
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.