PRAY-ER: Why Pray?

So many of us give up on prayer before we really get started!

This message talks about why we don't pray and why we should!

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Tomorrow, I'll continue this series by talking about the connection between prayer and victory!  Join me then at First Assembly Community Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana or join us on Livestream at 9 or 11AM Eastern time or (GMT -5).

John 14:13-14  13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
John 15:16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”  
John 16:23-24  23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

3 REASONS WHY WE DON’T PRAY
Complacency—we think it won’t matter if we pray or not.
Unbelief—we don’t believe our prayers will make a difference.
Discouragement—we prayed, and nothing happened.

2 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD PRAY
Sovereignty of God—God is the supreme ruler of the universe.

Matthew 6:8  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” 

2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

Unchanging God—God can’t and won’t change his character, but he will change his mind.

Malachi 3:6  I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.”

Exodus 32:14  Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.”

Jonah 4:2  He prayed to the Lord, ‘Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.’”
Ezekiel 22:30-31   “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”


ACTION:  Make a commitment to pray every day.  What can you pray about today?


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