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Do Your Prayers Match Your Need trial?

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What is the quality of our prayer lives? If the Lord's provision for us were a response to our petitions to Him would we have all that we needed or wanted?

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Introduction

What are values? More importantly what are Christian values? Simply stated a value is, “the quality of being useful or important.” (Ox.D.) When we speak about value we must also include the ideas of quality and price. Let’s say you desire a widget but you don’t know much about them. You jump on your horse and gallop to the general store, tie old Ed the talking mule to the hitching post, go in side and find the section with widgets. As you stand in front of the widgets you begin to make value assessments even though you know nothing about them. You will look at the price to try and help make some determination concerning quality. The higher priced widget is likely of a higher quality while the lower priced widget is likely of a lower quality. You may pick-up the widgets in order to handle them gaining more insight into the standard of quality. At some level there is a price you are willing to pay because you have determined the quality is meritorious and you value one particular widget over another.
What are values? More importantly what are Christian values? Simply stated a value is, “the quality of being useful or important.” (Ox.D.) When we speak about value we must also include the ideas of quality and price. Let’s say you desire a widget but you don’t know much about them. You jump on your horse and gallop to the general store, tie old Ed the talking mule to the hitching post, go in side and find the section with widgets. As you stand in front of the widgets you begin to make value assessments even though you know nothing about them. You will look at the price to try and help make some determination concerning quality. The higher priced widget is likely of a higher quality while the lower priced widget is likely of a lower quality. You may pick-up the widgets in order to handle them gaining more insight into the standard of quality. At some level there is a price you are willing to pay because you have determined the quality is meritorious and you value one particular widget over another.
But what about Christian values? According to David Clyde Jones
“The biblical view of values is that they are objective and normative. It says, ‘These things are valuable and therefore ought to be desired and sought.” This stands in opposition to the subjective or descriptive view, which says, ‘These things are desired and sought; therefore they are valuable, at least to those who seek them.’ (p.15, Biblical Christian Ethics, Baker Academic)
Let me state this again a little bit differently.
Objective and Normative = valuable ∴ should be desirable and sought after
Subjective = desirable and sought after ∴ valuable to those who seek after
Paul gives us a statement about values in .
“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
If you think about Paul’s list of values it reflects the character of God. The Father thought we were of such great value that He sent His Son Jesus to save us from ourselves. Jesus paid the highest price anyone could ever pay. In fact He paid the price of highest quality. The Father saw value in us that He sent His Son to pay the price (His life) of the highest quality (His blood).
Because these things are true we have been called into a relationship with the Lord. Our relationship is of the highest value. We are able now to confidently “draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
What is the quality of your prayer life; for that fact, what is quality anyway?
“For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”
In other words the Father gave us the ultimate gift…His Son. The quality and price of the life of the Son has provided us perpetual access to the Father Who values us greatly. If something of value is useful or important we should be asking the Lord for all things valuable.
Now let’s shift gears just a little focussing upon this access. I’ll ask you all a question about your prayer lives.

Do your prayers match your needs?

If the Lord answered each of your prayers and provided you with all you have requested would you have all that you need or want? If the Lord answered the prayers for everyone you pray for would those folks have all they need or want?
Who am I? Who should I be? Where should I go? What should I do?
Let’s compare it to shopping for an item.
For that fact
If we consider we are child-citizens in Jesus’ Kingdom and he provides our every need we could use the Psychology Today blog to gauge our prayer lives.
Have you ever considered the quality of value?
What is the quality of our prayer lives?
If the Lord provided only that which we requested of Him would we have all that we needed or wanted?
I realize this is a difficult question but, “Do your prayers match your need?”
If the Lord provided for those whom we pray for would we be surrounded by everyone we love?
I am certain none of us is able to answer yes. The reality is we are frail, our needs are many, the world is complicated and Satan lurks.
These are very difficult questions. I have benefitted greatly from your prayers. Some of you are among the most devoted prayer warriors I have known. However, if we are honest, none of us prays as we should. None of us prays for all we should. The reality is that task is impossible for us. We are frail. The world is vast. Life is complicated.
There are a great many prayers in the Bible. You have no doubt heard a pastor preach about them. Pray this way or do not pray that way. I would like to focus upon one single prayer but rather than preach pray this way or that way I want you to focus upon your own needs. Do your prayers match your need?
Please turn in your Bibles to Jonah chapter 2.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/ulterior-motives/201111/price-quality-and-value

Introduction to

Adamic Covenant
Noahic Covenant
Abrahamic Covenant
Mosaic Covenant
Davidic Covenant
God made the world and everything within it. He placed Adam and Eve within a lush Garden. They were created and resided in innocence. They sinned. The Lord cursed, but He also provided a way through the Adamic Covenant. They were banished but life reconvened without the Garden. The world continued to populate but people grew corrupt. The Lord saw man’s wickedness “and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continuously so the Lord once again intervened, this time with a flood. Now before He destroyed all this He called a man, Noah, to deliver the people; this was the Noahic Covenant. Noah built an Ark according to the Lord’s commands. Noah, Shem, Ham, Japheth and their respective wives were the only humans who desired to continue walking with the Lord. Rather than a catastrophic flood we might say a recreated Garden. As this garden grew and prospered and mankind flourished the Lord called a man named Abraham and told him to “Go to a place that I will show you.” The Lord established a covenant with Abraham
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