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October 23, 2017

Prayer With Impact - I John 5

Since praying is such a common practice for believers, over time it's easy to fall into habits that result in a lifeless and empty prayer life. Instead of a dynamic conversation with thoughtful requests and active listening for God's response, our prayers can seem more like grocery lists. Because communication with the Lord is such a vital part of the Christian life, we occasionally need to step back and examine how we're doing.

Begin by asking yourself these questions:

  1. How effective are my prayers? Is God answering my petitions, or does it seem as if they never go past the ceiling?

  2. Who am I praying for? Are most of my requests for myself or others?

  3. What am I asking the Lord to do? Have I looked in the Word to see what He wants, or am I trying to get Him to intervene according to my plans and desires?

  4. When do I pray? Is it only during emergencies or when I need something?

If you discovered any selfishness in your answers, you're not alone. Most of us struggle to enter God's presence with our eyes focused on Him instead of our needs. But the only way we'll be able to pray with impact is to fill our minds with Scripture so we can find out what the Lord wants to do.

Your prayer life can become effective and dynamic if you'll approach the Lord with a clean heart (Psalms 66:18), align your requests with His will, and believe He will do what He says (Mark 11:24). Then you'll be able to pray with absolute confidence knowing that He will hear and answer your petitions.

Current Sermon Series
      Bible scholar, A.W. Pink once began a sermon by saying, "I am going to speak tonight on one of the most hated doctrines of the Bible, namely that of God’s sovereign election." He later wrote: "Let it be plainly announced that salvation originated not in the will of man, but in the will of God." We will be covering this doctrine of election over the next few weeks.

Last Week:
      There's no question about it, the Bible is explicitly clear, Christians are chosen by God, the elect. We need to understand this doctrine, because it is in God's Word. God chose Christians before the foundation of the world to be His chosen people.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will continue our series on Chosen by God.

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October 28 - Fall Festival at the Hopper home. Starts at 4 PM.

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November 12 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM
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November 22 - No Prayer Meeting & Bible Study

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