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Power of Prayer

Power of Prayer

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Pastor Jon Cobler Saturday/SundayChurch of Living Water July 4/5, 2009Olympia Foursquare Church
GOT INFLUENCE?
Part 2A Prayer for Revival
TEXT: Matthew 9:37-38
I.WHY PRAYER IS NOT AN OPTION
 A.Prayer directs our focus towards the
answer 
rather than on the
problem
.1.We all naturally:a.Worryb.Feac.Hold grudgesd.Become bitter e.Feel defensive2.No one has ever had to teach us how to worry -- it comes naturally andleads to emotional, physical, and spiritual distress.3.When we direct our attention to God in prayer we are forced to take our attention away from the trials we are facing and we begin to becomeenraptured in the arms of the One who:a.Gives peace that passes understanding.b.Gives us confidence and security.c.Gave us the cross and taught us to forgive.d.Protects us and guides us with His eye.
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand,I shall not be shaken.
(Psalms 16:8 ESV)
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4.Jesus prayed, “Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done."(Luke 22:42) 5.
We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
-- OswaldChambers6.Prayer points us towards God’s will and way. As we release our worry,fear, pain and bitterness to Him in prayer, we’ll hear Him lovingly leadingus towards the Truth.B.Prayer deepens our intimacy with the Father.1.Just like any other relationship, the more time spent together, the deeper the relationship.a.Jesus
was God
and yet He got away frequently to be alone with theFather.b.A few of the examples when Jesus
withdrew to pray 
are found inMark 6:46; Luke 5:16, 6:12, 9:28.2.It may seem like a one way conversation if we treat our prayer life like avending machine:
Insert 3 prayers for a candy bar, 2 for chips and 1 for a pack of breathmints! 
a.We disrespect God when we have the audacity to come to Him and tellHim what He needs to do!b.
What we usually pray to God is not that His will be done, but that Heapprove ours. --
Helga Bergold Grossc.Jesus gave the assurance that you can ...
ask whatever you wish,and it will be done for you.
BUT that statement can’t be disconnected from the first part of thesentence which says,
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
(John 15:7ESV)
3.Could it be that some of our prayers go unanswered because we spend allof our time
confiding
in Him and not ever 
abiding
in Him?a.The difference is that when you
abide
in Him and His word - Hisdesires become your desires.
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b.When you abide in Him there is harmony between God’s will andyour passionate desire:
For people to know Him.
For the sick to be healed.
For others to know His peace.
For your children to walk with God.
For His provision and guidance.
For healing in relationships.c.This is why there is so much value in getting up in the morning,grabbing your Bible (and a cup of coffee) and finding a solitaryplace to sit and
be together 
!
Not only talking, but listening,through the Word, and to the Spirit.
d.
God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. --
Mother TeresaC.Prayer moves the hand of God.1.Prayer DOES NOT:a.Force the hand of God.b.Manipulate the hand of God.
"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.” 
(Luke 11:9 NASB)
Then He said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborersare few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." 
(Matthew 9:37-38 ESV)
 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you,asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding…
(Colossians 1:9 ESV)
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ...
(Colossians 4:2-3 ESV)
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