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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

The Time, Length, Position, Definiteness and Primer of Prayer

    6B    OTHER VITAL ASPECTS IN PRAYER (D.L. Moody gives five essentials:

1C    RESTITUTION - A willing heart to obey God and make good a wrong when you are able: Matthew 5:23; Psalms 66:18

2C    FORGIVING SPIRIT OF MERCY: Matthew 6:12-14

3C    UNITY: Matthew 18:19

4C    FAITH:
Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24; James 1:5-7, Hebrews 11:6

5C    SUBMISSION TO DO GOD'S WILL: Psalms 80:18; John 15:7; 1 John 5:14

    We can even pray, when we detect our slothfulness and coldness toward
God, for God to quicken us and incline us in His Holy way. Psalms 119:25; 32; 36; 133.

111A        THE TIME OF PRAYER:

    1B    THE TIME WITHIN OUR DAILY LIVES

        1C    Psalms 5:3; Mark 1:35; Psalms 55:17

        2C    Psalms 119:164; 42:8, 119:62; I Samuel 15:1 Psalms 119:147    

        3C    Daniel 10:2-3; Acts 1:3, 13; 2:1

    2B    THE TIME IN LIGHT OF OUR MNEEDS OR IN OUR CIRCUMSTANCES

        1C    When we feel a pressing need: Nehemiah 1:4-11, 2:4

        2C    Without ceasing: I Thessalonians 5:17

        3C    For all the saints: Ephesians 6:18

        4C    In everything: Philippians 4:6

1VA    THE LENGTH OF PRAYER

    1B    In Terms of Days

    2B    In Terms of Hours and Minutes

        1C    I Kings 8, Genesis 32:24-32; Luke 6:12

    3B    Short Prayers\

        1C    Matthew 14:30, really short prayer.

    2C    "Our short prayers owe their point and efficiency to the long ones that have preceded them. The short prevailing prayer cannot be prayed by one who has not prevailed with God in a mightier struggle of long continuance…" E. M. Bounds

    3C    These factors are crucial in short or long prayers>

        1D    Genuine Faith

        2D    Genuine brokenness of repentance: Luke 18:13

3D    The Lord's compassionate goodness even when we doubt and fail. Matthew 14:31; The focus when we feel helpless and in need.

        4C    In Terms of an Unceasing Persistence:

            1D    Devoted servant of God's will, pray longer and shorter prayers,

2D    In his spirit and direction of life, one can pray with regularity, "without ceasing" as in I Thessalonians 5:17;

    3D    Other times "Day and Night" Nehemiah 1:5

    4D    Other times or set times: Psalms 55:17

    5D    At the moment of some particular need: Matthew 14:30

VA THE POSITION OF THE BODY IN PRAYER

1B Kneeling:
Acts 9:40

2B Standing: 2 Chronicles 6:12

3B Lying Upon your bed: Psalms 4:4

4B In the car, sitting at a desk, hanging on for dear life someplace in danger.

VIA THE DEFINITNESS OF PRAYER

1B Ask exactly for what you need: Matthew 14:30

2B Ask as much as possible in according with God's will in His Word. John 15:7

3B Definite results greet definite prayers:

1C Preservation of the saved from Satan's attacks: Luke 22:31-32

2C Salvation of the unsaved: I John 5:16

     3C Power for preaching God's word. Ephesians 6:`18-20

     4C Meeting of daily needs: Matthew 6:11, 25-34

V11A    THE PRIMER OF PRAYER

1B     THE WORD: John 15:7 and Psalms 110

2B     Getting to know God and submitting obediently to His Lordship: 1 Peter 3:15

3B      Faith: Matthew 21:22; and Mark 11:24

4B     Thankful remembrance of past blessings from God: Psalms 4:1; 44:1-7

5B Confession of sin and availability as a pure channel: Psalms 12:5-6

6B     Burden for what burdens God – Salvation of the lost; Romans 10:1

7B Fellowship with God and Christians: I Peter 3:7; Psalms 66:18