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Pauline Prayer Pattern is a topical sermon by Earl White.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-5
"We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; knowing, brethren beloved, you election of God.
For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake."
Prayer is one of the greatest privileges that we have. I am afraid we use it far too little. There is a common saying, "There is power in prayer." That is not universally true. For instance Psalm 66:18 says, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me."
In this case there is no power in prayer. It might be better to say, "that believing prayer moves the hand of the God that moves the universe." Prayer is powerful because God is powerful. He will come to the aid of believing prayer and will prove Himself to those who put their confidence in Him. This is the Pauline prayer pattern.
Let's notice some of the things that are said about Paul's prayer life.
I. HE PRAYED THROUGH A LIST OF COMMENDABLE THINGS.
1 Thess. 1:2-3 "We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;"
Paul acknowledges the work of God in their lives. Paul says that it causes him to be thankful for them.
He also remembered some commendable things:
II. HE PRAYED THROUGH A LIST OF NEEDS.
III. PAUL REQUESTED PRAYER FOR HIMSELF.
This is found in 1 Thess. 5:25 "Brethren, pray for us."
Paul in his Pauline prayer pattern is not teaching us to make demands of God; Isaiah 45:11, "Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me."
"Sanctified" boldness is not irreverence. When a believer is lured by Satan into making demands of God, he will be in for some severe chastening. May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.
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