The place of prayer we choose can aid or diminish our effectiveness in prayer.

Sermon Notes from Morning Worship
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Series: “Alone With God”
Today: “Decide Where to Meet Him”

Scripture:  Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Luke 22:39-41 (AMP) And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples also followed Him. And when He came to the place, He said to them, Pray that you may not [at all] enter into temptation.

And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw and knelt down and prayed,

Intro:  The    place     of prayer we choose can aid or diminish our effectiveness in prayer.

A.  The Bible makes it clear there is not     one      place to be alone with God.

John 4:19-21 & 24 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.  20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

B.  A true worshipper makes a place,    determines      “their” place with God.

I.    OUR PLACE OF PRAYER SHOULD BE EASY TO      MAINTAIN      .

A.  In our scripture, Luke 22:39, the Amplified Version:  “As was His      habit     .”

B.  As you choose your place of prayer to get alone with God, make it a place that you can form a     habit easily    .

II.   OUR PLACE OF PRAYER SHOULD BE A    SECRET    PLACE.

* Our scripture in Matthew 6:6 – “…go into your most     private     room.”

III.  OUR PLACE OF PRAYER SHOULD BE A __QUIET__ PLACE.

A.  If we are to be transformed and prepared, we must     hear    from God!

B.  Do you have a regular      place     where God can teach you, rebuke you, train you? 

Conclusion:  When we get our place of prayer that becomes our habit, where we secretly speak to our Father and quiet ourselves before Him, we can look forward to the      “one day”    .

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