The Bible is a book that challenges its readers on almost every page. Unfortunately, many sermons from God’s word are not as challenging due to well-meaning yet misguieded preachers who shy away from the more difficult material. Don Pierson is not one of those type of preachers.
Tonight he focused on 2 main topics. One is that to be heard by God when we pray, we must be righteous. While those who have accepted Jesus have been declared righteous, we must strive to remain right before God. If we do not, God does not hear us when we pray. As James declares “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Being in right standing causes us to be heard.
The second main thing is that we need to have more focus when we are earnestly praying. The main “it,” if you will. Prayer lists are good and we need to remember all of the needs, however we must be burdened by particular things to pray for if we are to pray with all of our hearts.
I pray that all in attendance (including me) will take this message seriously and strive for holiness.