I had a great day yesterday speaking at Huntsville Christian Church where my buddy is the pastor. He asked me to speak on the power of prayer. Later this week, the message will be posted on their website… but for now here are my notes. Hopefully, they are coherent and make sense. If you have any questions or want more info, just hit me up on email. When the audio is ready, I will post it up too (at least a link to it).

Power of Prayer – HCC – 7.29.12

  1. I want to start by reading Mt. 6:1-15, follow along with me as I read:
  2. PRAY
  3. Jesus’ disciple came to ask him to teach them how to pray, not how to heal, not how to baptize, how to organize life groups, how to reach the lost, how to fill a church calendar, how to survive a board mtg… how to pray
  4. They must have thought this to be very important… of all the things they could ask Jesus, this is what they asked him.
  5. I want to make a few observations about prayer this morning… for some of us, this may be nothing new, if not I am sorry… but hopefully it will remind us of why we pray and the need for us to pray, expecting that God will answer us in our prayers.
  6. Think about how awesome it is to pray… we are talking to God, the creator of everything. Gen. 1 says that God spoke everything from nothing… all he did was open his mouth and everything came into existence.
  7. Not only has God given us the opportunity to pray, but he wants us to. He wants to talk to him, he wants us to get to know him
  8. I know it is cliche, but prayer is simply talking to God, it is simply getting to know him better, it is allowing him to speak to us.
  9. What do you think of when you think of prayer? I think of some specific things:
  10. James 5:16 – the prayer of a righteous man avails much… then i think that is not me… but it is! It is us! The blood of Jesus covers us and God now sees his righteousness on us and so we are that righteous man!
  11. 1 Thess. 5:17 – pray without ceasing… an attitude of prayer about everything.
  12. Paul constantly praying for his people
  13. Acts 2:42 devoting themselves to gathering together for the breaking of bread, for the apostle’s teaching and to prayer… a vital part of their lives.
  14. How about that parable Jesus told about that one lady who would stop asking the judge to the point where she was persistently annoying?
  15. I think about some myths we have about prayer:
  16. NO and NOT NOW are still answers to prayer… we sometimes think that if God doesn’t give us what we want or think we need, he isn’t listening… reality it is he may be saying NO or NOT NOW… think about your children, is NO an answer? Of course.
  17. My best defense against this myth is Mt. 7 where Jesus says if your child asks for bread you wouldn’t give hime a stone, if he asks for a fish you wouldn’t give him a snake, so your heavenly father give gifts that are good and good for you.
  18. we know better… sometimes we dilute ourselves into thinking we know better… really? We know better than the dude who created everything out of nothing by simply speaking? yeah!
  19. We sometimes think prayer is INACTION. Are we crazy? It is the most action-oriented thing we can do… we are asking God to intervene, asking the creator of everything to step in
  20. the last myth is that God isn’t listening… simply not true. Jesus plainly says ask and you will receive, this would be a terrible joke if he wasn’t listening or an incredible weapon if he is.
  21. Eph. 6:18 – Armor of God… first sermon… big guns… Prayer is the POWER
  22. Let’s go back to Mt. 6:1-15 for just a few minutes and work out 4 keys to having powerful prayer –
    1. Don’t be a hypocrite – pray to God and no one else
    2. Don’t say a bunch of un-needed words – keep it simple, God already knows and we aren’t going to impress him with big words.
    3. Be direct – just tell what is on your heart, he isn’t afraid of anything you are going to say
    4. Formula – Praise him, ask for what you NEED, ask him to forgive you as you forgive others… forgiveness is key
  1. Why bother asking? Mt. 21:22 whatever we ask in prayer with faith God will give us… the point here is prayer is a powerful weapon for us to use in the fight against sin and we often forget about it altogether and don’t use
  2. God wants us to ask him… the images he uses to describe himself are things like a GOOD FATHER who gives GOOD GIFTS and the GOOD SHEPHERD who cares for his sheep
  3. We have a powerful weapon in prayer… we are asking the CREATOR of  everything to intervene and work in our lives…
  4. Here’s my favorite part of prayer – no one else can answer them… God is the only one… so why aren’t we praying more, expecting God to answer?
  5. I think it is time we start, right now
  6. PRAY.

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