Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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Prerequisites for A Consistently
Fruitful Prayer Life. - 2
Luke 11:1, Luke 18:1 ; John 15:16

Luke 11:1 And it came about that while He was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples."

Luke 18:1 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, (NAS)

John 15:16 "You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. NASU

Introduction
Last night we had a men's meeting with two of our sister churches. Jim Bryant spoke. Jim has been here on three occasions and we have become friends. I sat across from him as we ate last night and I told him I my encounter with the book by Ronnie Floyd titled How To Pray and how it had changed my life.

He then told me Ronnie Floyd had also impacted his life while at the Southern Baptist Convention in 1998. Ronnie Floyd preached to the entire convention and gave an invitation for messengers to make a new commitment in prayer. Jim Bryant did and his life was greatly affected. He shared when he opened his eyes from his personal prayer he saw a wet floor as so many men and women had wept before the Lord in this time of commitment.

There is a revival in Christianity related to prayer. I have read several books recently and I am having a great time in my own prayer life. I want to preach again tonight on the theme

Prerequisites for A Consistently Fruitful Prayer Life. Since this is the second sermon in this series I give it a number two. Tonight I want to emphasize:

1.    The Relationships . . of One with A Consistently Fruitful Prayer Life.

2. The Resolve . . of One with A Consistently Fruitful Prayer Life.

3. The Revelations . . of One with A Consistently Fruitful Prayer Life.
 
 

1. The Relationships . .
of One with A Consistently Fruitful Prayer Life.
If I want a consistently Fruitful Prayer Life I will have proper relationships.

A.    Relationships with the Lord.

Ps 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; NASU

Job 23:12 I have not departed from the command of His lips;   I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. NASU

Matt 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Illustration
Beth Moore ---- Do you believe me? Yes Lord you know I believe In You. NO DO YOU BELIEVE ME?  A proper relationship with the Lord is one of belief,  trust and faith
 

B.    Relationships with A Brother or Sister

Matt 5:23-26 23"Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. 25 "Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 "Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent. NASU

Matthew 18:19 "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. NASU

Matt 6:12 'And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. NASU
 

C.    Relationships with A Spouse.

1 Peter 3:7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. NASU

Illustration
Did you ever try to pray following a disagreement with a friend or your spouse?
 

Application

How are you relationships with the Lord, your brothers and sisters and your spouse?
 
 

2. The Resolve . .
of One with A Consistently Fruitful Prayer Life.
If I want a consistently Fruitful Prayer Life I will be Resolved to Desire God's Will.


A.    I will be Resolved to follow the . . Teachings of Jesus. Matt 6:10
        "Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. NASU

B. I will be Resolved to follow the. . Example of Jesus. Matt 26:39-44
39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will." 40 And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? 41 "Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." 42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done." 43 Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. NASU

Illustration We sing this great old hymn.

I am resolved no longer to linger
Charmed by the world's delights
Things that are higher; things that are nobler
These have allured my sights

I will hasten to him
Hasten so glad and free
Jesus greatest highest
I will come to thee

Application

Are we resolved to seek the Lord's will and obey it?
 
 

3. The Revelations . .
of One with A Consistently Fruitful Prayer Life.
If I want a consistently Fruitful Prayer Life I will seek to pray prompted by the Spirit. 


Ephesians 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, NASU

Introduction
What does it mean to pray in the Spirit. The Pentecostals say it means praying in a tongue. I believe it means praying prompted and lead by the Spirit.

BARNES Eph 6:18 [In the Spirit] By the aid of the Holy Spirit; or perhaps it may mean that it is not to be prayer of form merely, but when the spirit and the heart accompany it.. . ..

CLARKE' S Eph 6:18 " That it should be en (NT:1722) Pneumati (NT:4151), in or through the Spirit-that the heart should be engaged in it, and that its infirmities should be helped by the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 22:43 He said to them, "Then how does David in the Spirit call Him "Lord,' saying, NASU

Romans 8:9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. NASU

These verses I believe instruct us that in the Spirit has reference to having the Holy Spirit and following His inspiration and leading.

Illustration
F. G. Huegel In his book titled Successful Praying gives this personal illustration. P 44
 

Illustration
Here's a message that will bring you chills. Have you ever felt the urge to pray for someone and then just put it on a list and said, "I'll pray for them later."? Or has anyone ever called you and said, "I need you to pray for me, I have this need."?

Read the following story that was sent to me and may it change the way that you may think about prayer and also the way you pray. This will bless you.

A missionary on furlough told this true story while visiting his home church in Michigan....."While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies. This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the halfway point.

On one of these journeys, I arrived in the city where I planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin my two-day journey back to the field hospital. Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom had been seriously injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same time talked to him about the Lord. I then traveled two days, camping overnight, and arrived home without incident.

Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I was approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he had known I carried money and medicines. He said, 'Some friends and I followed you into the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight.

We planned to kill you and take your money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into your camp, we saw that 26-armed guards surrounded you. At this I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone in that jungle campsite. The young man pressed the point, however, and said,

'No sir, I was not the only person to see the guards. My five friends also saw them, and we all counted them. It was because of those guards that we were afraid and left you alone.'"

At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the congregation jumped to his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he could tell him the exact day this happened.

The missionary told the congregation the date, and the man who interrupted told him this story: "On the night of your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I was preparing to go play golf. I was about to putt when I felt the urge to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong, I called men in this church to meet with me here in the sanctuary to pray for you.

Would all of those men who met with me on that day stand up?" The men who had met together to pray that day stood up. The missionary wasn't concerned with who they were, he was too busy counting how many men he saw. There were 26.

Application

Do you believe that story?

Do you believe in God or do you believe God?
 

1.    The Relationships . . of One with A Consistently Fruitful Prayer Life.
            If I want a consistently Fruitful Prayer Life I will have proper relationships.

2. The Resolve . . of One with A Consistently Fruitful Prayer Life.
        If I want a consistently Fruitful Prayer Life I will be Resolved to Desire God's Will.

3. The Revelations . . of One with A Consistently Fruitful Prayer Life.
        If I want a consistently Fruitful Prayer Life I will seek to pray prompted by the Spirit.