How To Pray Effectively

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Sermon Notes

Often people will say that they believe in “the power of prayer.”  That’s good; the Bible speaks frequently to the importance and effectiveness of prayer.  But when a person says that, do they really mean that they believe in the power of the pray-er … meaning, the one who does the praying?  Jesus taught His disciples how to pray.  But when He did, He showed that the power is not in the one praying, but rather in the One being prayed to … namely Our Father who art in heaven
.  Jesus also taught His disciples that when we pray, it isn’t “one and done.”  We can’t expect that just because we’ve prayed for something one time that the Lord will respond. Why not?  Of course, only God knows, but the Bible suggests that the process of praying does something in us as well.