God Hears When We Pray

When We Pray

Corporate Prayer

Corporate Prayer – When We Pray

Last Week We Defined Prayer as:  Communicating with God

& Three aspects of prayer we discussed:

  • Our prayers move God to do things
  • We are changed and influenced by God
  • We are using our heavenly authority

 

Question: WHY WOULD GOD WAIT UNTIL WE PRAY & ASK HIM TO DO SOMETHING…  EVEN WHEN HE PLANNED ON DOING THAT THING IN THE FIRST PLACE?

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 ”Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”                         Acts 6:3-4

The primary task of Jesus’ disciples was to:

  • Pray
  • Teach the Word

Some examples of what happens when you pray from the Bible:

  • Split seas so people could walk through
  • Stopped rivers from flowing so people could get through
  • Made metal axe head float on water
  • Rocks gushed water when struck
  • Lions muzzled from their hunger
  • Poisonous snake bites not having effect
  • Sun stopping in its place for a additional day
  • Saved billions of souls
  • Destroyed armies of sin and pride

The tale of Cain’s family is work and production

The tale of Seth’s family is Calling out on the name of the Lord

Let’s look at some times of group prayers mentioned in the early church

  • Acts 1-2 120 people gathered together in the upper room
  • Acts 1:24 praying together for wisdom to find Judas’ replacement
  • Acts 4 – People prayed after threats from the Sanhedrin (The place was shaken)
  • Acts 6 – Prayed over the 7 men to take care of Greek widows
  • Acts 12 – Prayed when Peter was in prison (Miraculous escape)
  • Acts 13 – Church praying together when Paul and Barnabas were called to go on 1st missionary journey
  • Acts 16 – Paul and Silas praying in prison when earthquake came and freed them
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Prayer

Prayer

Prayer

Every January we focus our discussion on prayer.

My definition for prayer is – Talking to God

Why? God operates through relationship.

A good relationship:

  • Values the other person
  • Has good communication

Colossians 4:2

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful

Definition of “devote” – Loyalty to a person, promise, or mission

What happens when we pray?

  1. We move God

Colossians 4:3-4

”And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”

Prayer is all about relationship

  1. We change

Prayer allows God to Influence us

  1. Authority is unleashed

Matthew 10:1

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

In the Spiritual realm:

  • Apparently there are levels of authority
  • Apparently we can be given greater levels of authority            

Matthew 28:18

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”

Prayer does:

  • Change circumstances
  • Change us
  • Change the devil’s ability to work

 

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Recipe for a Christian

Recipe for a Christian

Recipe for a Christian

Recipe for a Christian

The ingredients of a Christian

God the Father

Jesus

Holy Spirit

Your body

Your mind

Your spirit

 

 The process of making a Christian

Accepting Jesus as Savior

Accepting Jesus as Lord

Relationship

Prayer

Worship

Waiting

Training-Equipping

Being sent

                         

John 3:16For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life

Romans 10:9 “That if you shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved

2 Corinthians 5:15 “And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again

Galatians 2:19-20 “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose

Romans 8:23-30 “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, what does he yet hope for?

25 But if we hope for that (which) we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And He that searchs the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

29 For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30 Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified!

Happy New Year!

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