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God Answers Prayers

GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS
MATTHEW 6:5-15


INTRODUCTION:

     A.    Prayer is one of the Christians most valuable assets; Matthew 7:7
           1.    James stated; James 1:5-6
           2.    James told the brethren; James 5:16
     B.    Jesus often prayed to the Father in heaven; John 17:1-26
     C.    The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray; Luke 11:1
     D.    Our study “God Answers Prayers”

I.    JESUS TELLS US HOW NOT TO PRAY:

     A.    Don’t pray like the hypocrites; Matthew 6:5
           1.    To be seen, praised, by men; Matthew 23:5
           2.    These often desire to give God information; Luke 18:11-12
     B.    Don’t pray like the heathen; Matthew 6:7
           1.    Repetitious praying, as if God couldn’t hear; Matthew 6:8
           2.    Such were the prayers of the prophets of Baal; I Kings 18:25-29
     C.    It is not vanity to repeat a prayer at intervals; Matthew 26:36-44
    
II.    JESUS TELLS US HOW TO PRAY:

      A.    In secret; Matthew 6:6
            1.    Hypocrisy cannot ride on the wings of secret prayer; Matthew 6:5
            2.    Private prayer should precede public prayer; Matthew 6: 5
      B.    Secret prayer cannot take the place of public, congregational, prayer; Acts 2:42; 12:12
      C.    Effective praying will follow forgiving those who offend us; Matthew 5:14-15
      D.    James tells us to pray without doubting God; James 1:6
      E.    The “Model Prayer”; Matthew 6:9-13
            1.    The invocation; Matthew 6:9
            2.    Three petitions regarding others and for self; Matthew 7:11-13
      F.    Both secret and public prayers are to be prayed in the name of Christ; John 14:13

CONCLUSION:

      A.    For prayers to be effective they must be sincere; James 5:16
      B.    When you pray do so believing that the answer has been received; James 1:6-8