Thursday, April 14, 2016

Prayer Availeth Much

BookT.M. Anderson

Prayer Availeth Much: The Foreword

      The brief messages on prayer contained in this little book have been written for the purpose of stimulating a greater interest in the importance of praying without ceasing. I am convinced that the people of God have not explored the boundless possibilities of prayer. We evidently believe that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man av
Prayer Availeth Much: 1. The Fellowship of Prayer
       "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."--PHIL. 4:6. This timely exhortation stresses the fact that God's people should consult with Him in every matter pertaining to life. Unless they see the imperative necessity of prayer, and give it an important pla
Prayer Availeth Much: 2. Our Requests Made Known unto God
       "... Let your requests be made known unto God."--PHIL. 4:6. Paul, the pattern saint, would have us see the value of revealing our needs to God in prayer. We must not presume that the things required to sustain life will be granted without making our requests known unto God. Our requirements on earth and God's resources in heaven are meant for
Prayer Availeth Much: 3. God's Peace Obtained in Answer to Prayer
       "... Let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."--PHIL. 4:6,7. When we make our requests known unto God by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving we are assured of receiving His peace through Christ Jesus. When we enter into the sacr
Prayer Availeth Much: 4. The Praying that Glorifies God
       "... Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."--JOHN 14:13. Jesus revealed His purpose in answering prayer when He said, "... That the Father may be glorified in the Son." In order to achieve His exalted purpose to glorify the Father, the Son has bestowed on His redeemed people the inali
Prayer Availeth Much: 5. Praying without Doubting 
       "... And shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."--MARK 11:23. These interesting words are a part of the Saviour's discourse on the power of faith. The disciples were greatly astonished by the power manifested in the Master's words which dried up t
Prayer Availeth Much: 6. Praying with Desire 
       "... What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."--MARK 11:24. These inspiring words of Jesus disclose that He has obligated Himself to satisfy the incessant and insistent desires of His praying people. His words leave no doubt in our minds regarding His willingness to answer our requests.
Prayer Availeth Much: 7. A Manifestation of God in Answer to Prayer
       "... When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness."--Acts 4: 31. This remarkable manifestation of God reveals the effectiveness of prevailing prayer. It vividly discloses the fact that prayer can accomplish much. It is
Prayer Availeth Much: 8. The Intercessory Prayers of Christians
       "... Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me ..."-LUKE 11:5, 6. There is evidently a ministry of prayer even as there is a ministry of preaching. The teachings of Jesus contained in the parable show us that praying and preaching are integral parts of the plan of salvation. Preaching is God's way of
Prayer Availeth Much: 9. The Three Essentials of Prayer 
       "... Every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."--LUKE 11:10. The plain teachings of Jesus accord us a valid reason to believe that every sincere prayer offered by His people shall be answered. Jesus stated the three essentials of prayer when He said, "Ask, seek, knock." He d

Prayer Availeth Much: 10. Asking and Receiving 
       "... Every one that asketh receiveth ..."--Luke 11:10. When our Lord uttered these immortal words He gave to every child of God the inalienable right to pray. He impressed His disciples with this fact by asking them some pertinent questions: "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fis

Prayer Availeth Much: 11. Seeking and Finding 
       "... He that seeketh findeth.--LUKE 11:10. When Jesus said, "He that seeketh findeth ...," He disclosed the second fundamental principle of prevailing prayer. His immortal words assure us that we can make some important discoveries through prayer. His brief statement presents the greatest challenge known to mortal man. His teachings about ...readPrayer Availeth Much: 12. The Knocking That Obtains An Opening
       ". . . To him that knocketh it shall be opened." -- Luke 11:10 These words of the Master reveal the third fundamental principle of the effectual fervent prayer that availeth much. The Master disclosed the value of praying persistently in His discourse about the man asking three loaves at midnight. There is something much more encouraging in ...readPrayer Availeth Much: 13. The Immortal Prayers of Saints
       "... Golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints." -- REV. 5:8. Christ frequently chooses some unusual place on earth to reveal Himself to mankind. It is obviously consistent with His Divine Nature and eternal purpose in redemption to disclose Himself in some unusual place and in some unexpected manner. He revealed Himsel ...readPrayer Availeth Much: 14. Christ Pleads His Will
       "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am ..."--JOHN 17:24. Jesus presented the precious legacy of His prayer when He offered His intercessory prayer preserved for us by John. The Lord let His disciples have the pleasure of knowing what His intercession for them in heaven as their High Priest was like. The

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