Published on January 15, 2008
PRAYER: PRAYER What is it good for? How do you feel about Prayer?: How do you feel about Prayer? Is it important to you? Does your prayer life line up with your beliefs? Has God ever answered your Prayer? The Ingredients of Prayer: The Ingredients of Prayer Belief in God The Blood of Jesus The Name of Jesus Faith Belief in God: Belief in God Hebrews 11:6 …for he that cometh to God must believe that he is… HE IS Belief in God: Belief in God Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, HE IS ABLE Belief in God: Belief in God Hebrews 11:6 …that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. HE IS RESPONSIVE The Blood of Jesus: The Blood of Jesus Heb 10:19-21 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus , 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; CLEANSES US The Blood of Jesus: The Blood of Jesus 1 Peter 1:18-20 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: REDEEMS US The Name of Jesus: The Name of Jesus John 20:31 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name . KJV Gives Us Life The Name of Jesus: The Name of Jesus John 10:9 9 I am the door : by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. KJV Gives Us Access The Name of Jesus: The Name of Jesus John 14:6 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way , the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. KJV Gives Us Access Faith: Faith Faith is essential Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him… Faith: Faith Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Supports Faith: Faith Faith demands ACTION James 2:20 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Faith: Faith Faith is the belief that the unseen will be manifested. Fear Fear is the belief that the unseen will be manifested. God Answers Prayer: God Answers Prayer The Bible assures us that God not only hears our prayers, but is faithful to answer God will give one of three answers: YES NO WAIT God Answers Prayer: God Answers Prayer Jer 33:2-3 2 Thus saith the Lord the maker thereof, the Lord that formed it, to establish it; the Lord is his name; 3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. God Answers Prayer: God Answers Prayer Jer 29:11-14 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. “In our Image” -The Triune Man: “In our Image” -The Triune Man Triune means “three in one” Gen 1:26 says; And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: Being made in the image of God we are triune beings, just as he is a triune god Three in One: Three in One The Godhead God the Father The Creator/The decision maker God the Son (Jesus) The Physical Manifestation (The Body) The channel by which God interacted with the physical world God the Spirit (Holy Spirit) The active agent (The Keeper/Comforter) Man The Soul The seat of our self awareness/The decision maker The Body The channel by which we interact with the physical world The Spirit Our true essence/ where by we communicate with God Fasting: Fasting A fast is a conscious, intentional decision to abstain for a time from the pleasure of a thing (normally eating) in order to gain vital spiritual benefits Fasting: Fasting When you fast you’re telling God, “My prayer and the answers I am seeking are more important than my pleasure in eating.” Second Fasting means you are putting God first Fasting: Fasting Fasting is always done in conjunction with Prayer The Process of Fasting: The Process of Fasting I stated earlier that we are triune beings made in God’s image: We are a spirit We live in a body We have a soul The Process of Fasting: The Process of Fasting What you feed gets stronger (Spirit) What you starve gets weaker (Body) The Power of Fasting: The Power of Fasting Fasting enables us to receive the fullness of God’s Power for ministry The Power of Fasting: The Power of Fasting Matt 17:18-19 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? The Power of Fasting: The Power of Fasting Matt 17:20-21 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.