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17-7-9 PM, God Uses Us Through Prayer, The Art of Prayer

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E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer, Baker, 1972
Men of Prayer Needed
God’s plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else. Men are God’s method. The Church is looking for better models; God is looking for better men. 5
Herald
John 1:6 ESV
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
John 1:
John 1:5 ESV
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The dispensation that heralded and prepared the way for Christ was bound up in that man
Savior
Luke 2:11 ESV
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
The world’s salvation comes out of that cradled Son 6
Preachers
The world’s salvation comes out of that cradled Son 6
1 Timothy 3:1–8 ESV
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.
1 Tim. 3
When Paul appeals to the personal character of the men who rooted the gospel in the world, he solves the mystery of their success. The glory and efficiency of the gospel is staked on men who proclaim it. 6
Witnesses
Acts 1:8 ESV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8–9 ESV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
When Paul appeals to the personal character of the men who rooted the gospel in the world, he solves the mystery of their success. The glory and efficiency of the gospel is staked on men who proclaim it.
Mt. 28:19-20
Matthew 28:19–20 ESV
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
When it comes to the call to evangelize the world, this plan rests not on some evangelism method do not win people for the kingdom, obedient Christians do.
When it comes to the call to evangelize the world, this plan rests not on some evangelism method do not win people for the kingdom, obedient Christians do.
What the world needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use- men of prayer, men mighty in prayer.
He does not anoint plans, but men- men of prayer. 7
The character as well as the fortunes of the gospel is committed to the preacher (evangelist). He makes or mars the message from God to man. The preacher (evangelist) is the golden pip through which the divine oil flows.
The preacher makes the message 8. The Evangelist makes the gospel message. Our lives bear ethos, which leads people to look at the gospel message for themselves.
The sermon grows because the man grows. The sermon is forceful because the man is forceful. The sermon is holy because the man is holy. The sermon is full of the divine unction because the man is full of the divine unction. 8 This can apply to the evangelist and his message
How does your life substantiate the gospel?
Everything depends on the spiritual character of the preacher (evangelist) 9
It is not great talents nor great learning nor great preachers that God needs, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God- men always preaching by holy sermons in the pulpit, by holy lives out of it. These can mold a generation for God. 12
The real sermon is made in the closet. The man- God’s man- is made in the closet His life and his profoundest convictions were born in this secret communion with God. The burdened and tearful agony of his spirit, his weightiest and sweetest messages were got when alone with God. 12
Prayer makes the man; prayer makes the preacher; prayer makes the pastor.
The pulpit of this day is weak in praying. The pride of learning is against the dependent humility of prayer. Prayer is with the pulpit too often only official- a performance for the routine of service. Prayer is not to the modern pulpit the might force it was in Paul’s life or Paul’s ministry Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to project cause in this world. 13
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