If you want to have your prayers answered, two things must be true: 1) you have to remain in Jesus; 2) His words must remain in you. But how do you stay joined to God? How do you stay connected to God in prayer?

THE CONNECTED PRAYER

Message by Todd Lester – November 29, 2015

Bible Diet Melts Flab AwayJohn 15:7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

Matthew 6:7-8a (MSG) The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense.

HOW TO REALLY CONNECT WITH GOD

1. BE STILL

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God!

Psalm 131:2 I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Luke 5:16 Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.

Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

2. BE SINCERE

Matthew 6:5-6 When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

3. BE SIMPLE

Wesley Covenant PrayerMatthew 6:7 When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.

Matthew 6:9-13 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

4. BE SURE GOD WILL ANSWER

Hebrews 4:15-16 … So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Hebrews 11:6 Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.

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