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– According to Jesus, how much you love to pray is an indication of how much you actually know God.

– According to the Bible, all the blessings that God bestows he does through prayer.

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“The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer. Our enemy fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. Prayer turns ordinary mortals into men of power. Prayer brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God. There is no power like that of prevailing prayer.”

– Samuel Chadwick

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Matthew 6:5

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

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Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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Do you find God primarily useful or beautiful?

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Matthew 6:7-8

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

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The gospel is not that you finally become a good enough person that God approves of you. The gospel is that Christ gives you righteousness as a gift and you are accepted on his behalf, on his merits.

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Matthew 6:8-9

…your Father knows what you need… Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven

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The Fatherhood of God.

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The gospel is that God has adopted us into his family on the basis of the finished work of Christ. I’ve been given Christ’s status in the family.

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1 John 4:8

…God is love.

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“Nothing destroys someone’s faith like a bad relationship with their dad.”

– Sigmund Freud

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Isaiah 43:1-2

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

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“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have is a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you; I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

– Liam Neeson (Taken)

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Isaiah 43:5-6

Fear not, for I am with you… I will.. bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth…

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The sovereignty of God.

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Matthew 6:10

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

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Isaiah 46:10

I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’

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Exodus 32:7-11

And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves…
let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.” But Moses implored the LORD his God and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people…

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Exodus 32:11-14

…whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains’…? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.’” And the LORD relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.

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God put Moses in a place so that he would see the problem, perceive God’s anger, remember God’s promises, and petition God to change.

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“When we pray we take our God-given place and use our God-ordained privilege to participate with him in the accomplishment of his purposes on the planet.”

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The Bible is not a textbook to be learned, but a book of promises to be claimed.

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Proverbs 20:7

The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him!

2 Peter 3:9

God does not want anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.

Psalms 2:8

Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance

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