Victory Baptist Church
Effective Prayer
July 12, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
1 John 5:13-21:

Effective Prayer

July 12, 2020 / 1 John 5:13-21:

God has promised to and our prayers.

1. Effective prayer has

  • to Jesus – 1 John 5:14
  • to Jesus – John 15:7 (cf. 1 John 5:20)
  • Jesus – 1 John 3:21-22

2. Effective prayer is

Quotes on prayer: 

“What is the attitude of heart which recognizes prayer? . . .  In the first place, helplessness. This is unquestionably the the first and the surest indication of a praying heart. As far as I can see, prayer has been ordained only for the helpless. It is the last resort of the helpless. Indeed, the very last way out. We try everything before we finally resort to prayer. This is not only true of us before our conversion. Prayer is our last restore also throughout our whole Christian life. I know very well that we offer many and beautiful prayers, both privately and publicly, without helplessness as the impelling power. But I am not at all postitive that this is prayer. Prayer and helplessness are inseparable. Only those who are helpless can truly pray.” – Ole Hallesby, Prayer


“Prayer is not a convenient device for imposing our will upon God, or for bending his will to ours, but prescribed way of subordinating our will to his. It is by prayer that we seek God’s will, embrace it and align ourselves with it. Every true prayer is a variation of a theme, “Your will be done.” – John Stott, Letters of John 


“I cannot imagine any one of you tantalizing your child by exciting in him a desire that you did not intend to gratify. It were a very ungenerous thing to offer alms to the poor, and then when they hold out their hand for it, to mock their poverty with a denial. It were a cruel addition to the miseries of the sick if they were taken to the hospital and there left to die untended and uncared for. Where God leads you to pray, He means you to receive.” – Charles Spurgeon

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