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DESCRIPTIONWays to Improve. Part 2. Pray More. 1 Thess. 5:17-18 “ pray without ceasing;  in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ” Luke 18:1 “ Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, ”. Pray More. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Ways to ImprovePart 2
Pray More1 Thess. 5:17-18pray without ceasing;  in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.Luke 18:1Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
Pray MoreNeed to establish good prayer habits.Need to pray at all times & patiently wait on the LordPsalm 27:14Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.
Isaiah 40:28-31Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.  He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Isaiah 40:28-31 Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly,  Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
Pray MoreThrough prayer we can continually resort to a place of strong refugePsalm 71:3Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress.
Pray MoreKnowing how to pray can be more difficult than it might seem.Luke 11:1-4
Luke 11:1-4It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples."  And He said to them, "When you pray, say: 'Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.
Luke 11:1-4 'Give us each day our daily bread.  'And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.' "
Luke 11:5-8Then He said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves;  for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him';
Luke 11:5-8  and from inside he answers and says, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.'  "I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
Luke 11:9-13"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  "For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.  "Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?
Luke 11:9-13 "Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?  "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?"
Pray More"Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one's heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. ...
Pray MoreTell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; your joys, that He may sober them; your longings, that He may purify them; your dislikes, that He may help you to conquer them;
Pray More...talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability.
Pray MoreTell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and to others. If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will never be any lack of what to say." (Francois Fenelon 17th century)
Avoid the works of the FleshThe works of the flesh manifest themselves in many waysGalatians 5:19-21
Galatians 5:19-21Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,  idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,  envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Avoid the works of the FleshThe works of the flesh manifest themselves in many waysPeter said that fleshly lusts war against the soul1 Peter 2:11Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
Avoid the works of the FleshThe carnal mind is enmity against God and brings forth deathRomans 8:6-7,13
Romans 8:6-7,13For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,  because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
Romans 8:6-7,13v. 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Avoid the works of the FleshThe Christian keeps the works of the flesh under control by walking according to the SpiritRomans 8:1Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Avoid the works of the FleshThe Christian keeps the works of the flesh under control by walking according to the SpiritGalatians 5:16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Avoid the works of the FleshThe Christian keeps the works of the flesh under control by walking according to the SpiritThe Christian crucifies the flesh with its affections and lustsGalatians 5:24
Galatians 5:24Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
1 Corinthians 9:27but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
Avoid the works of the FleshWhat areas do we need to improve in?Are we spending too much time on pleasure, having fun?Are we guilty of gluttony, slaves to smoking, or social drinking?Are we guilty of sinful language?
Rejoicing in the Lord every dayThe Christian finds happiness "in the Lord.Philippians 4:4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Colossians 2:6-7Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
Rejoicing in the Lord every dayThe Christian finds happiness "in the Lord.Ephesians 1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Rejoicing in the Lord every dayThe Christian finds happiness "in the Lord.Ephesians 1:3According to Webster's, the word "worry" comes from an old English word which means literally "to choke or strangle.
Rejoicing in the Lord every day"If it's bad enough to worry about, it's bad enough to pray about.Philippians 4:6-7
Philippians 4:6-7Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
"Every day of your life is a gift from God. Don't waste it by being angry with anyone. Don't let it slip away by feeling sorry for yourself. Be grateful for this precious gift of life, and spend it by being as happy and as thankful as you possibly can.
" Let your mind dwell on the good things which have happened to you. Let gratitude be your attitude. Think of your assets, and don't let anyone else spoil your day for you. Enjoy every day of your life to the fullest. Realize that you can add to the joy of each day by making someone else happy.(Author unknown)
Lead a soul to ChristWe all have a responsibility in this matter2 Timothy 2:2The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Lead a soul to ChristWe all have a responsibility in this matter1 Peter 3:15but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
Lead a soul to ChristWe all have a responsibility in this matterWe are the "servants" who are to goLuke 14:23And the master said to the slave, 'Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.
Lead a soul to ChristWe all have a responsibility in this matterJohn 4:35Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
Lead a soul to ChristWe all have a responsibility in this matterLet us do our best in leading people to ChristAnd let us pray for more laborers in this great workMatthew 9:37-38
Matthew 9:37-38Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  "Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."
Lead a soul to ChristWe all have a responsibility in this matterProverbs 11:30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.
Lead a soul to ChristWe all have a responsibility in this matterDaniel 12:3Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.