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The Power of PrayerOn one occasion during his personal ministry, Jesus had slipped away from the crowd and gone out to a solitary place to pray. He did that quite often in order to be alone with God. Sometimes he would climb up the side of a mountain and pray. Sometimes he would arise early and go out into the desert and pray. On other occasions, he went into a garden such as Gethsemane and prayed. But on the occasion we will consider, Jesus had turned aside to pray, and his disciples came upon him while he was in prayer. They did not disturb him but waited until he had finished and came unto Jesus saying, "Lord, teach us to pray."Look at Luke 11:1: "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." These disciples were very impressed with the prayer of Jesus. They wanted to pray like he prayed. They had seen people pray before, but it had never affected them. They had seen the Pharisees stand on the street corners and pray long prayers to be heard of men. But this prayer was different. It was real: it was genuine: it came from the heart. When Jesus finished praying, the disciples came to Jesus saying, "Lord, teach us to pray." How often do you pray? Do you have a regular time for prayer? It's sad to say, but prayer for most people is an emergency device - something they only use in time of trouble.Family prayer is so rare that many children have never heard their parents pray. Prayer does make a difference. It is the mightiest weapon we can find. Prayer moves the hand that rules the universe. The inspired writer James says, "The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much." Today, we will look at several aspects of prayer including an example of prayer, benefits of prayer, Limits to prayer, attitude concerning prayer answers (patience), faith necessary for prayer to be effective, Things for which to pray, and whom God hears. Before we go into this lesson further, though, we want to go God in prayer.Jesus' Example of PrayerLet's look for a moment at Jesus. He was a man of prayer. Mark 1:35 says, "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." Have you ever risen an hour early in order to be alone with God in prayer? Jesus did: He felt prayer was that important.Look again, this time at Luke 6:12 "And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God." Have you ever prayed all night? Jesus did. Regardless of how busy his day or how late into the night he worked, Jesus took time to pray. But we often use the excuse, "I am just too busy."Look at another example, Mark 6:46 "And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray." A multitude of people had followed Jesus into the desert to hear his teaching. As the day drew toward its end, Jesus had the...

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