In this second sermon in a three-part series, Pastor Neil gives explains how to pray, based on Ephesians 6:18 (“4 Alls for All Y’All). Here are some excerpts:
John Bunyan, the 17th-century English pastor who wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, gave this definition of prayer: “Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to the Word of God, for the good of the church, with submission in faith to the will of God.”
Does this definition cover every aspect or dimension of prayer? Perhaps not. But until you and I can come up with a better working definition of prayer, we will do well to ponder this one: “Prayer is a sincere” (there is nothing phony about it), “sensible” (it engages our minds and hearts and all our senses), “affectionate” (characterized by love for God and gratitude forHis mercies) “pouring out of” our hearts or souls to God, through the Lord Jesus Christ, “in the strength and assistance” (and direction) “of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or” (in agreement with) “the Word of God, for the good of the church, with submission in faith to the will of God.” Amen?
Let your prayers reflect this description. As you pray Spirit-directed prayers, keep in mind these “4 Alls for All Y’All” [see Ephesians 6:18]:
I want to elaborate on these “4 Alls” next Sunday.