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Romans 15:30-33: How God answers prayer

Introduction: How many of you have ever kept a prayer journal? Many have testified to the encouragement of looking back on their early prayers and seeing either God answering the prayers, or changing the prayers into better ones. Every prayer is always answered with a yes or a no or a not yet or in a way better than you expected. Today as we come to Romans we are in a closing section where Paul ends his personal travel plans with a request for prayer, Romans 15:30-33, ‘I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by...


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Romans 15:17-19a: The Nature of Paul’s Ministry

Introduction: What is the nature of the ministry of the church? For what purpose does the church primarily exist?  Paul will help us answer these questions as he reflects on the nature of his own ministry in Romans 15:17-19. V17-19a, ‘In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed,19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God….’ What is the mission of...


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1 Kings 8:54-66: Solomon’s Benediction

Introduction: Most good Christian events happen around food. And the dedication of the temple is another example of this. We are approaching the end of Solomon’s prayer where he gives a final benediction of praise, some final requests and an exhortation to Israel. And then there is a huge nationwide feast. Solomon’s prayer has been very rich theologically as it has spoken to us about the God we are approaching and how to pray about our sins. The last part of this prayer is no less rich. Three things dominate this closing prayer. Firstly, in v56 Solomon blesses God...


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1 Kings 8:22-30: Approaching God in prayer

Introduction: The prayer of Solomon is one of the longest prayers in the Bible, being 30 verses long.  Nehemiah 9 is the longest with 33 verses, and the longest prayer of Christ is 26 in John 17. The Puritans were known to pray for 45 minutes in their pulpit prayers.  Most long prayers are burdensome for very few are able to sustain the necessary focus and spirituality to keep the congregation interested for so long.  But in this long prayer there is nothing wasted.  Solomon’s prayer like many others in the bible is a model prayer. We will break it up...


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Good Friday Sermon: Matthew 26:36-46: The Prayers Of Gethsemane

INTRODUCTION: Today in our Good Friday meditation we will be considering Jesus under the shadow of the cross in the Garden of Gethsemane.  The name Gethsemane means ‘oil press’ and seems a very appropriate name for the place where Jesus would pray the hardest prayer any human has ever prayed.  As we proceed to the Garden to look not only into another’s grief, but the grief of the Holy One who is submitting Himself to His Fathers punishment for our sins, we must beg the aid of the Spirit, we are not only treading on mysteries but holy ground. ...


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Romans 12:12: Suffering Survival Kit

Outline Rejoice in hope Patient in tribulation Constant in prayer Introduction ‘But man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward,’ these are the famous words of Job 5:7. Suffering is the inevitable portion of every child of Adam. This suffering is a result of the fall, all of God’s creation was put under the curse but a promise was given of a Saviour who would make all things new. In the OT when God wanted to point forward to that New Creation He would suspend some of the effects of the fall. He did this for the...


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Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4: The Lord’s Prayer

Outline Prayer: a Means of Grace What does Jesus teach about Prayer? ACTS – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication We are weak and He is not Introduction Lately it has weighed on my heart that as a church would could do better in what we commonly call corporate prayer. When things are going well we can tend to fall into the trap of ploughing on ahead in our own steam, rather than relying on God. I would therefore like to take some time this afternoon looking at the example of prayer that our Lord left us in what we refer to as...


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1 Samuel 7:5-17: ‘Ebenezer’

Outline Penitent prayer Deliverance prayer Answered prayer Introduction Living by faith and living by the flesh, these are the two themes of chapters 7 and 8. In chapter 7 we see Israel with a faithful judge and God blessing the nation with obedience as they follow the godly leadership of the judge; in the next chapter we have a dramatic contrast, Israel wants a king so that they can be ‘like all the nations,’ 8:5. Our attention is brought to God’s goodness to Israel as they live by faith by the repeated mention of prayer. A life of faith...


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1 Samuel 1:1-27: Hannah

Outline Hannah’s barrenness Hannah’s prayer Introduction The present candidates for the American presidency highlight the universal problem of a lack of godly leadership. Americans are forced to choose between a slightly more conservative incompetent in Trump, and the slightly more competent secular humanist, Clinton. There are no good choices. This search for godly leadership is the crisis that 1 and 2 Samuel solves. Or at least they point forward to the final solution. These books are to be situated in the time of the judges. The inconsequential way the book begins, ‘there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim,’ points...


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Ephesians 6:18-20: Intercessory prayer

Outline Praying for saints Praying for missions Praying for preachers Introduction We come to the last message on spiritual warfare. We have covered some of the loopy ideas that spiritual warfare is not; the nature of the battle as being against spiritual powers stronger than us individually; we have spoken about the strength that God gives us by His Spirit; and we have looked at the pieces of the armour as the equipment every Christian is equipped with for the fight. But we have spent the last four messages looking at one of the most important aspects of our...


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Ephesians 6:18: Persevering Prayer

Outline Who God is Why God delays Introduction We are lingering over the issue of prayer because it is so needed in our lives. We have reminded ourselves of the nature of prayer, the different types of prayer, and today we continue by considering perseverance in prayer. Paul writes, ‘praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance….’ There are two aspects of perseverance to consider. Firstly, Paul is calling upon us to be alert and persevere in attempting to pray at all times, in the Spirit, with...


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Ephesians 6:18: The discipline of prayer

Outline Praying at all times Praying in the Spirit Praying with all prayer Introduction Prayer is the easiest thing and the hardest thing for the believer. It is easy for Christ has opened up the way, we have the Spirit to help us, the Word to inform us and the Father warmly welcomes us; but we are sinners and prayer is unnatural to fallen man as doubting and self-sufficient. Prayer is the most pleasant and most painful experience for the believer. It is pleasurable because of the rich spiritual experiences of peace, assurance, love, faith and joy; but it...


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Ephesians 6:18-20: The Nature of Prayer

Outline What is prayer? Must we pray? How is prayer possible? The mysteries of prayer Introduction What is prayer? 17th century Anglican minister George Herbert has written a famous poem that multiplies the images of of the nature of prayer: ‘Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age, God’s breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r, Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear, The six-days world transposing in an hour, A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear; Softness, and peace, and...


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Ephesians 6:18: Praying and temptation

Outline Christ’s praying in Gethsemane Christ’s teaching in Gethsemane Introduction The greatest spiritual warrior to have walked the earth is Christ. He never gave in to one temptation; He faced greater temptations than anyone will ever face, and He is our teacher as we turn from the spiritual armour to the importance of prayer in spiritual warfare. As we read through the gospels we come across a life saturated in prayer. He would get up early and pray, Mk. 1:35; He would pray in private, Lk. 9:18; He prayed at His baptism, Lk. 3:21-22; and before He ate, Matt....


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Revelation 8:1-5: The 7th Seal

Outline The 7th seal The power of prayer Introduction In most communication of important information we leave the instructions and applications until the end so that it is clear in the minds of the hearers. God has given the vision of the 7 seals, a picture of birth pains ravaging the world, the church suffering, yet being sealed and victorious, and the enemies of God’s people being judged. The visions have been structured in such a way so as to emphasise things by taking them out of their normal expected place in chronology and placed them in the place...


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