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The Prayer Life of Highly Effective Christians, Part 1

Luke 11:1-13 KJV
1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his
disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy
name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into
temptation; but deliver us from evil.
5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and
say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children
are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his
importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall
be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will
he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your
heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Matthew 6:19 KJV
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where
thieves break through and steal…
Reasons we Christians don’t pray:
1. We overestimate OURSELVES
2. We underestimate GOD
3. We overestimate the DIFFICULTY
4. We underestimate the RESULTS
The Lord’s Prayers is God’s answer to our eight basic problems:
1. God’s answer to our inferiority is God’s PERSON
2. God’s answer to our confusion is God’s PLAN
3. God’s answer to our worry is God’s PROVISIONS
4. God’s answer to our guilt is God’s PARDON
5. God’s answer to our strained relationship is God’s PEACE
6. God’s answer to our temptations is God’s PROTECTION
7. God’s answer to our fears is God’s POWER
8. God’s answer to our confidence is our PRAISE

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