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Prayer Part 12: Growing in Prayer

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Introduction

Luke 8:14–15 NIV
14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

1. Growth as a Christian is normal. Luke 8:14-15

Hebrews 5:12–6:2 NIV
12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. 1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

2. Growth as a Christians isn’t automatic. Hebrews 5:12-6:2

2 Peter 1:5–8 NIV
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

3. Growth as a Christian requires effort. 2 Peter 1:5-8

2 Peter 3:18 NIV
18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

4. Growth as a Christian is commanded. 2 Peter 3:18

5. Growth as a Christian includes as a prayer.

A. Pray intentionally.

Set aside time

Have a plan or method

Listen as you pray

B. Read and use books on prayer

Handbook to Prayer, Praying Scripture back to God, Ken Boa
Classic: The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer by E.M. Bounds
Kindle: 7 classics on PRAYER: Torrey (How to Pray), Murray (School of Prayer), Moody (Prevailing Prayer), Goforth, Muller (Answers to Prayer), Bounds (Power Through ... of Prayer) (Top Christian Classics Book 1)
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul E.Miller
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C. Apps - PrayerMate

D. ACTS

Adoration
Confession
Thanksgiving
Supplication
Pray until you have the peace of God. Philippians 4:6-7
Philippians 4:6–7 NIV
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

E. Prayer list

F. Journaling

Journal your thoughts and prayer
Prayer journal to keep track of requests and answers

G. Fasting

H. Worship music

I. Join a prayer team

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Discussion Questions:

Share what has helped you grow in prayer. Perhaps something not in this message.
What is your biggest challenge in praying?
Which of these suggestions do you think you’ll try
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