Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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Prerequisites for A Consistently
Fruitful Prayer Life. - 3
Luke 11:1, Luke 18:1 ; John 15:16
Praise and Purpose

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
This is the third sermon in the series titled " Prerequisites for A Consistently Fruitful Prayer Life". In the first message I emphasized A Christian's Pardon, Position and Procedure for prayer. In the second sermon I emphasized the Relationships, Resolve and Revelations as the relate to these prerequisites.

The Lord wants us to pray. The Lord wants us to be fruitful in our prayer. Tonight I want to emphasize Praise and Purpose in a consistently fruitful prayer life. Follow with me as I share these principals.
 
 

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



If I want a consistently Fruitful Prayer Life I will Praise the Lord

Introduction
The word worship comes from the idea of one being worthy. It had it's beginning as it spoke as one saying your worth ship.

Psalms 95:6 Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. NASU

Psalms 99:5 Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His footstool; Holy is He. NASU

Psalms 99:9 Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God. NASU

Psalms 132:7 Let us go into His dwelling place; Let us worship at His footstool. NASU

Praise and thanksgiving are two ways to glorify God, but each has a different focus. Praise is adoring God for who He is -- His person, character, and attributes.

Thanksgiving is expressing gratitude to God for what He has done-- His actions. We usually find it easier to give thanks than to praise, but it is a greater act of worship to praise God for who He is rather than to thank Him for what He does. Thanksgiving leads to praise. We should thank God in everything and praise Him continually.

A.    Why Should I Praise the Lord?

        1.    Praise is commanded.
                "Give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name"
                (I Chron. 16:28-29; also see Psa. 147-150).
        2.    God should be praised by His people.
                Ps 22:3 Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. NASU
                Ps 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. KJV
                The KJV is not incorrect in it's translation it can be valid to translate that way.

Illustration
If you had the opportunity to attend a church service like the one we are having tonight so full of praise or one where it is more like a library which one would you choose?

Some churches need to translate the verse of scripture "many are called and a few or chosen as many are cold and a few are frozen. God also prefers to inhabit a service full of praise.

        3.    Praise is our gift (sacrifice) to God.
                "You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood,
                to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (I Pet. 2:5 NASB).

                "By him [Jesus] therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the
                fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name" (Heb. 13:15).

        4.    God saved us to glorify Him.
                "This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise" (Isa. 43:21)
                "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me" Ps.50:23

        5.    Praise prepares us for what we will be doing in heaven (Rev. 5:9-14; 7:9-17).

Rev 4:10-11 10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created." NASU

B.    How Should I Praise the Lord?
        1.    Bless, glorify, praise, adore God, using your own words.
        2.    Use scriptural prayers to glorify God.
        3.    Use scriptural songs, hymns, and scriptural melodies (Eph. 5:18-19).
        4.    Use instruments to praise Him, such as piano, guitar, drums, trumpet, and harp.

Illustration
Right now I want the organist to play the doxology as loud as she can play it as a matter of praise. Now let us sing it as a matter of praise.

Now I have asked the pianist and organist to play together the hymn "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name". Now let us sing it as a matter of praise.

Recount God's glorious acts. (This differs from thanksgiving in that it speaks of the acts in the past as manifestations of God's glory.)

Illustration
I remember several years ago at an evangelism conference hearing Franklin Paschal then the pastor of First Baptist Church in Nashville share this story. They were tearing down the old worship center and it was the last service in this old historic building.

Dr. Paschal requested the organist to pull out all the stops on the organ and play all hail the power of Jesus Name. Then the first song in the new building would be the same song. What a testimony of praise.

C.    What Should I Say When I Praise the Lord?
        1.    Read aloud and pray the following prayers of praise and adoration.
        2.    That glorify God's person, character, and attributes
                Psalms 8; 19; 24; 65; 92; 104; 139
        3.    That praise God's goodness Psalms 9; 30; 108; 138;
        4.    That enjoin others to honor Him.
                Luke 19:37-38; Ephesians 3:20-21; 1 Timothy 1:17; Jude 25; Revelation 5:9-14; 7:9-12;
                15:3-4; 19:1-7

         5.    Use words of praise such as "I . . .
                    worship. . ." exalt. . ." extol. . ."
                    adore. . ." magnify. . ." glorify. . ."
                    bless. . ." laud. . ." honor. . ."

Praise Exclamations

                                            Hallelujah! Hosanna! Praise God!

Application

When Should I Praise the Lord? Continually!

Where Should I Praise the Lord? Everywhere!

Who Should Praise the Lord? Everyone who has breath!
 
 

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



If I want a consistently Fruitful Prayer Life I will Pray to please God
James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. NASU

1 John 3:22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. NASU

1 Corinthians 6:20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. NASU

Psalms 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together. NASU

1 Cor.  10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. NASU

2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. NASU

Philippians 2:11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. NASU

Illustration
Suppose a man has a job he hates. He prays God get me out of this situation. Is that a prayer for God's Glory?

Suppose a woman has a abusive husband and prays for God to save him so he won't be abusive. Is that a prayer to the glory of God or the pleasure of the woman.
 

Illustration TO GLORIFY GOD
A pastor shared about a friend of his Gib Martin, who is pastor of Trinity Church, in Seattle. About ten years ago Gib was on his way out to Palo Alto from Dallas Theological Seminary to intern with us for a summer. He got as far as Las Vegas and ran out of gas and had fifty cents in his pocket. He told the Lord, "Lord, you promised to get me to Palo Alto so it's your problem. I'm just going to trust you."

I don't know what you would have done with the fifty cents, but Gib popped it in a slot machine and pulled the handle. He hit a jackpot and it was just enough money to get him to Palo Alto! When he arrived, he said he had chuckled all the way that he got here on the Devil's money. Now, I don't advocate that -- don't all of you run off to Las Vegas to get some of the Devil's money but it just shows you how creative the Lord is! You never know exactly what he is going to do.

Andrae Couch's Song My Tribute

(To God Be The Glory)
(PS. 115:1)

How can I say thanks for the things
You have done for me-
Things so undeserved,
yet You give to prove Your love for me?
The voices of a million angels
could not express my gratitude-
All that I am and ever hope to be,
I owe it all to Thee.

To God be the glory,
To God be the glory;
To God be the glory
for the things He has done.
With His blood He has saved me;
With His power He has raised me;
To God be the glory
For the things He has done.

Just let me live my life;
Let it be pleasing, Lord, to Thee.
And should I gain any praise,
Let it go to Calvary.
With His blood He has saved me;
With His power He has raised me;
To God be the glory
For the things He has done.


 

Application

Listen to these words from Christ. Luke 22:42 saying, "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done." NASU

The motive or purpose of Christ was to please the Father. We should learn from Him.