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       Let's look into t Gospel of JOHN again to see what Jesus had to say about prayer. As strange as it may seem, John does not record anything that t other Gospel writers do concerning prayer.  What John does say, t others did not include in their account.

       I. Look at what JOHN said in JOH 21:25.

                 A. JOHN said in (JOH 20:31) that he wrote what he did, `that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.' (KJV)

                 B. JOHN 14:10‑14

                             1. Many think that this scripture is talking about prayer, but it's really not.

                             2. Let's compare it to JOHN 16:23‑24.

                                         a. In this passage of scripture Jesus is talking about something entirely different from what he was talking about in Ch. 14.

                                         b. In Ch. 16 He said, `Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give {it} you.'

                                         c. But in Ch. 14 He says, `And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.'

                                                     i. He's talking about 2 different things.

                 C. In (JOH 14:13) when Jesus said, `Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do.

                             1. T Greek word translated `ASK' means `DEMAND'.

                                         a. We are not demanding anything of God.

                                         b. When we pray, we ask t Father in t Name of Jesus.

                             2. But we have a right to demand t Devil to give up what he's stolen from us.

                                         a. WE have a right to demand t Devil to stop his activities.

                             3. We see examples of this in t Bible.

                                         a. In (ACT 3:6) LUKE wrote, `Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.'

                                                     i. It's being implied that he demanded t man to be healed.  He didn't demand anything of God, but he demanded t Devil to release him.

                                         b. Go back w/ me to JOHN 14  & look at V. 12‑13.

                                         c. Peter was doing t works of Jesus when he demanded that t man get up & walk.

       II. Alright let's go on to some things that Paul said about prayer. He had much to say on t subject of prayer.

                 A. We already went over some of t things that he said in t last several weeks, & we're not going to repeat those. We're just going to look at some additional things.

                             1. 1THES 5:16‑18

                                         a. V. 17 in t KJV is a little misleading, some people have gotten t idea that Paul is teaching to pray all t time.

                                         b. Other translations read, `Never give up in prayer,' or `be unceasing in prayer.'

                                                     i. In other words, don't give up on your prayer life.

                             2. Paul's exhortation to never give up in prayer is right in t middle of 2 other exhortations,  REJOICE EVERMORE & IN EVERY THING GIVE THANKS.

                                         a. T phrase `REJOICE EVERMORE' means continue in joy. We are to continually be joyful.

                                                     i. NEH said, `The joy of the Lord is your strength'.

                 B. Then Paul said, `In every thing give thanks: for this is t will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.'

                             1. But you don't thank God for every thing.

                                         a. In other words you don't thank God for t tornado that destroyed your house, or for t sickness.

                                         b. But even in t mitts of those things you can still be thanking God. You can always find some thing to thank God for.

                                                     i. Not for t harm or t destruction that has been done, but for t good that  He is doing.

       III. Let's look at some thing else that Paul said about, 1TIM 2:1‑2

                 A. Too often we put ourselves 1st in prayer or our family.

                             1. & Many times we don't get any further than that. It's, `Father, bless me & my wife & our 2 children, us 4 & no more.'

                             2. But Paul said, First of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, {and} giving of thanks, be made for all men; (KJV)

                                         a. Then he became more specific & said,  For kings, and {for} all that are in authority.

                                         b. In that day they had Kings, today that would be comparable to our president & to t heads of government.

                             3. Why did Paul say that we should pray for those in authority?

                                         a. `That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty'. (KJV)

                 B. Notice that intercession is mentioned here.   [V 1]

                             1. Abraham made intercession for t people of Sodom & Gomorrah.

                                         a. Abraham pleaded w/ God not to destroy t cities if there be just 10 righteous there.

                                         b. God said, in (GEN 18:32) `I will not destroy {it} for ten's sake.'  (KJV)

                             2. There are more than 10 righteous in America so we don't need to be frightened that there might be coming a judgement on t U. S.

                                         a. We don't need to be frightened, but we do need to intercede.

       IV. 1TIM 2:8

                 A. Notice t last part of that V.            [8]

                             1. We get some instruction from Paul here.

                             2. One thing that he says is that we are to pray w/out doubting.

                                         a. Jesus said t same thing in (MARK 11:23 & 24) Shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe.  (24) Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive {them}, and ye shall have {them}. (KJV)

                                         b. Then in 1TIM he goes on to say, `W/out wrath'.  I think that we all can see t necessity of praying w/out wrath.

                 B. Paul also gave us a 3rd instruction; `Lifting up holly hands'.

                             1. We need to practice that as well as t others. Lifting up our hands to praise Him, to worship Him, & when we come to Him in prayer.

       V. 1TIM 4:1‑5 In these Vs. Paul is telling us that t food that we eat is sanctified by t Word of God & by prayer.

                 A. T word `sanctified' means `Made holy'. Our food is made holy by t Word of God & by prayer.

                      Next time we're going to finish this up on prayer.

March 17, 1990

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