The encouragement, therefore, is to be bold in praying and asking, to pray out of a growing love relationship with God, to keep on praying and to trust Him. Please include the following statement on any distributed copy: By David R Williamson. TRANSITION: WHAT ELSE HAPPENS WHEN WOMEN PRAY? In Acts 12:24, following the story of Peter's release, we read, "But the word of God continued to increase and spread.". As we come together in prayer, we are united on multiple levels. There are many cliches within the church of Jesus Christ which most of us are familiar with, and one of them is this: 'Prayer changes things'. The miracle working power of God is released. But the way in which prayer is presented in Scripture in many different ways, the few times this concept is mentioned in Scripture and the fact that there is little or no specific instruction on the prayer of spiritual warfare suggests that there is more to prayer than this and we need to be careful not to go where Scripture doesn't teach us on this topic. In John 9:1-3, we have another situation that reveals this principle. 2.Â Â This doesnât mean we merely have a shopping list. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."(Gen. We should not give up praying after we have offered up one quick prayer. The answer to that question is that He answers according to his purposes. We had no problem doing these things because we are comfortable with computers and know quite a bit about them. What Happens When Christians Pray? When he healed the 10 lepers, only one came back to give thanks. If He knows what I need, why does He still want us to pray? They are as fire, burning, their smoke rising up from the altar before God. I admit that this is a topic that contains a lot of controversy. Secondly, we need to learn to trust God's sovereignty. 1.Awareness We’re going to talk about how to pray right now. I didn't know what kind of work, but of course, we prayed about it and sought the Lord's will. No matter what major prayer requests you have this Christmas, God is able and He is willing. To see people like Ricardo transformed into new creations, the invisible side of outreach—whether it’s the heartfelt cries of a wife in a one-bedroom apartment or the shouts of a congregation in a Tuesday night prayer meeting—is essential. A. Pray and P.U.S.H. Notice that Jesus does not tell us to speak to the demons and tell them to get lost, but to speak to God and invite His will to be done on earth. Although the building was opened for a little while again, it failed to meet code and was closed for one year and later put up for sale. A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with bright light and the Savior appeared. We may need to keep on praying repeatedly until peace comes and God's way is clear. Sometimes we are changed. The day after she had been there to pray, the city conducted a surprise inspection and the theatre was cited for several violations and closed. 12:2,3), Abraham obeyed God and left for another land. It is my desire for each one of us to understand five concepts of powerful, effective prayers. a.Â Â We are living in relationship with God (1 John 5.14), b.Â We are living in a commitment to obedience (1 John 3.22), c.Â Â We are living to please Him (1 John 3.22), d.Â We are living to know Jesus and make Him known (1 John 3.23), e.Â We are living in love with fellow believers (1 John 3.23). Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. c.Â Â It is a picture of asking the Father based on relationship not some other basis. As we pray we begin to become aware of how God might us to answer the prayer, how He might involve us in ways we had not theretofore foreseen. 3.Â Â It is like when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane and proclaimed, âNot My will, but Yours be done.â. 1.Â Â It is not on the basis of a faith principle. It deepens our ownership of the burden and our partnership with God. 2.Â Â We need to learn to say to God and others, âI was wrong, I am sorry, please forgive me.â. Jesus answered, ""Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life." a) Jesus at garden of Gethsemenee. To live holy/ pure. Trouble knockin' on your window pane, Stormy weather at your door. There she prayed specifically against the evil of pornography. Philippians 4:6-7 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. God is not our personal big vending machine in the sky, He is the sovereign Lord of all the earth. There we read, "During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.". The concerns of his prayer were the place of God’s people in the work and plans of God. He also promised, "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. Something happens when we pray. Five things that happen when we pray: 1. This principle leads us to the theme of our text. Things happen when Christians truly pray. He has demonstrated his power, his love and his justice repeatedly and especially in salvation. It isn’t just one thing that happens. â). When Churches Pray Old Time Religion Sunday - … People like us praying brings change into this world. The weak in the church become strong when empowered by God. Recognizing that our prayers are involved in the spiritual battle, how should we pray? Amen. In each case we read the answer. At the end of the chapter, we read, "Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.". We understand what happens when we pray a prayer of confession. If we want to grow in our ability to understand the will of God, we need to learn to listen to the different ways God is speaking. II. The disciples asked Jesus, "why was this man born blind? My hope is to encourage all of us to pray more and more effectively because we understand what happens when we pray. The Holy Spirit alone has brought “something from heaven” that illumines, awakens and liberates people God loves. When we are in the Lord, something happens when we pray. i.Â Â Prayer takes our focus off ourselves and places it upon God. First of all, we need to be aware of the battle we are in. Because prayer changes us, we also need to learn to listen to God. For web posting, a link to this document on our website is preferred. Before we begin, let us pray: He is sovereign, He is in control of the meeting, He can fill our needs today, He can cleanse our sins, He is able to change us. That experience taught us that missions was probably not going to be our area of ministry. The name “Ai” literally means “the heap” or “the ruin”; it was a small, insignificant city. . 4 "For some time he refused. ii.Â Peter as he was walking on the water. Â©2012 Teach for God Ministries. 4.Â Â Or, like John the Baptist who said he was unworthy to untie the sandal of Jesus. That is why the prayer of faith is possible - James 4:2-3. There are some who deny the concept of spiritual warfare, but this story and some Scriptures that I will share with you shortly tell us that there is a spiritual battle going on and that our prayers figure into that battle. We are not supposed to understand everything because we simply can’t understand everything. 1.Â Â Prayer is our Life (Philippians 4.6-7). i.Â Â Prayer asks God into every situation in our lives. With all of these things said, perhaps you'd want to pray. In Ephesians 6:13-20 in response to the recognition of the spiritual battle, we are told to put on the armor so that we will be able to stand. The answers of our Father are: Yes, No, Not now, you are not ready yet. If we understand what happens when we pray, it will help us to be more bold and more accurate in our prayers. So, please pray. During those years, I prayed many times for God to reveal his will in my life and through prayer, struggle, conversation and God's leading, I have come to understand and accept God's will in my life. Something powerful happens when we pray. He then proceeded to heal the man. Because we recognize that it is a battle, we should pray diligently and regularly. From the Lord we pray to the Lord. Abraham was busy with his sheep, minding his own business and enjoying his family. âÂ Â Â Pray as if you need God always for everything. Sometimes we are part of a spiritual battle. We know what it means to pray prayers of thanksgiving when we recognize what God has done and thank Him for it. Permissions: You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in any format provided that you do not alter the wording in any way and do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. 3.Â Â It is telling God we appreciate the fact that we are His children. I do not think it is incidental that the period of struggle and the period of Daniel's praying is both three weeks. When God does act in a powerful way, we need to learn to give thanks to Him for what He has done. As I sat in church a few weeks ago I was asking God to tell me what topic He needed me to speak on. 7:11). I Peter 5:8 says, "Be self-controlled and alert. What Actually Happens When We Pray? God knows what He is doing. We pray some more, we think and talk, we pray some more and finally accept what God's will is for us. 1.Â Â It is telling God we recognize Him as holy, pure, and sovereign. âÂ Â Â Prayer is not a natural activity. This seems like such a wide-open promise. We can pray that the power of the enemy will be removed in our community. The Bible does not tell us very much about it. What was amazing was that the building had been inspected only a short time earlier. 3.Â Â Prayer is placing our confidence in God and nothing else. Later in the week, she heard that the city had ordered the theatre to close down. Joshua sent spies to bring back a report about Ai (Joshua 7:2-3), but we are not told that Joshua inquired of the Lord or that he consulted the captain of the Lord’s host. We can pray that the blindness of unbelievers will be removed. Hebrews 5:7 tells us something about Jesus' prayer habits. When the minister arrived, he found the woman lying in bed with her head propped up on two pillows. Does God change His mind? While staying with her, her son become ill and died. âÂ Â Â Go from prayer as if you have God already for everything. . Abraham did this and Ishmael was born. 1.Â Â It shows us we are not in control but God is. C. Ill. God desires to answer our prayers more than we want them answered, Ill. Luke 12:32. Scene One: The seals are opened in heaven. Used by Permission. We listen to His life-giving and sweet voice. Centuries of prayers. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. One of the things we learn from those who are known for following God - like David, Paul and others - is that they were people who had a growing love relationship with God. We prayed before the service, we have prayed in the service, and there are prayer meetings during the week. In Acts 6, the Church in Jerusalem faced one of its … If we can't, we need to go back to the first kind of prayer - the wrestling until we can accept God's will. According to His will and to His glory, God responds to the requests we make in answer to prayer. It was a time of severe famine and God sent Elijah to the land of Sidon to the home of a widow for a number of years. He was concerned about the kingdom of God on earth and spent a period of three weeks in prayer to present these concerns before God. The situation of the widow's son, in the story I just told, reveals the purpose in that case. That often happens when we pray for a loved one who is desperately sick. We can never come to God without first confessing to Him that He is holy, that He is sovereign, that He alone can... 2. What did the spies say… We need to realize that great things happen when Christians decide to pray. The very same God who: Download the … In light of the knowledge that, God answers prayer according to His sovereign will and for His glory, how should we pray? We hear Him. We need to be bold in coming to God, and asking Him for the things that we need because He has invited us. We know what it means to worship. As she walked and prayed, she approached a theatre that was an X-rated movie house, video shop and bookstore. Prayer was involved in a spiritual battle against evil. He taught us, in the Lord's prayer to pray, "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.". 1 John 5:14-15 couldn’t be clearer. We also read in II Corinthians 10:3-4, "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. v)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â our ability to give sacrificially to His service. It took about 10 years before I realized that God had called me to be a pastor. Help me believe in your miracle working power that is released when we pray. 1.Â Â Prayer is Talking with God (Matthew 6.9). Sometimes God agrees that the time is right to act so that His name will be glorified and a miracle takes place. 3.Â Â It implies we come to Him on the basis of our fellowship with Him as His children, with requests. b.Â It is a picture of a child seeking from the Father the good and best for self and others that the Father has for the life and mission in this world. Sometimes, it is not a matter of understanding, but of accepting God's will. Verse 5 begins, “And when you pray.”. God answered and told him that one of his own children would be his heir. We cannot live holy / pure apart from God's enabling power at work w/in us. Few sermons pointers: Don’t Worry, Pray . Things really happen when churches pray! Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. We pray, God reveals a course of action, we don't like it and perhaps question if it is from God. 17:20 PRAYER ACHIEVES THE IMPOSSIBLE. As we develop a growing love relationship with God this process becomes easier. When we pray, God gives us “good gifts.”. God is the sovereign Lord, but for some reason, our prayers do have a part in the victory in the spiritual battle. 2.Â Â It is telling God we are thankful and grateful to Him for who He is and for what He has done. Elijah took him to his room, laid him on his bed and prayed, simply telling God the situation. One of the very basic things about the Christian life is praying. Can we trust Him? There is more going on than what can be seen and we need to make sure that we are not ignorant of the devil and his schemes. She had a strong conviction to do a prayer walk in her city. 3. It is pleasing because prayer is essential to our worship of and fellowship with God. Daniel's prayer was part of the victory. ", Jesus Himself gives us the best advice about the prayer of spiritual warfare. IV. Verse 7 begins, “And when you pray.”. Perhaps a little less understood, is the prayer of conversation. Jesus emphasized His Father’s willingness to give good gifts to His children by comparing Him to earthly parents who know how to give good gifts to their children. Then we have the right disposition: “When a person is engaged in true worship the Lord flows into the forms of good and the truths present with the person, raises them toward Himself, and … 3. That is an example of a prayer of conversation, where we simply talk to God and take time to listen to Him. Could it be that the same thing is true with prayer? He remembered God's promise that "I will make you into a great nation." II Corinthians 2:11 says, "in order that Satan might not outwit us. This morning, I want to think with you about what actually happens when we pray. Our struggle is that we wonder why he does not answer more often. âÂ Â Â Prayer is made in the knowledge of the will of God (as revealed in Scripture), or in the seeking of that will. A second thing that happens when we pray is that we are engaged in a spiritual battle. B. When we pray, inviting God's kingdom to come on earth, we are engaged in the prayer of spiritual warfare. - Pray Until Something Happens! John Piper concludes, What God wants us to believe about our God-exalting prayers is that none of them … We get a chance to believe even when we don’t get our way. God appeared to Him again and Abraham prayed and asked God to clarify how this was going to happen. It means that the repeated things in scripture are usually the emphasized things. As we persevere in prayer and pray diligently, we need to realize that the first impression we receive may not be the complete one. We Involve Ourselves In Spiritual Warfare. Faith can’t be based on what is seen. When we pray, we also listen to God. Daniel was a spiritually sensitive man. And the outlook for the day ahead like the day before. There is just something so freeing when we gather in prayer, it is necessary to be intentional. We need to learn to say to God and others, “I was wrong, I am sorry, please forgive me.” First of all, I want to say it again, we need to pray! Let us learn to give thanks. So understanding that in prayer something changes in us, what does that teach us about how we should pray? On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." Matt. For we are not unaware of his schemes. For two weeks I kept asking, it almost seemed like pleading, I would ask for guidance during the week and during service I would intensify my internal dialogue with the Lord. When we pray, we connect our lives to the very same God who spoke this world into being. Even Jesus needed to keep on praying and be diligent in prayer. You know, we said that reading the Bible is like eating. Our understanding grows and our will is changed. Our prayer time is … When we think about God, who He is, the world He has created and acknowledge His grace in our life, it is natural to respond with praise. Notes. This verse says "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.". We want to change the world for Christ. We can also pray for God's protection from the enemy - both for ourselves and for others. 1. Your prayers and mine. 1. Luke 18:1-8 1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Then in 6:18, we read, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. The words of the angel in Daniel 10 and the specific words of Ephesians 6:12 let us know that there is a spiritual battle going on. Both of these cases, illustrate one thing that happens when we pray and that is that something takes place in us. The appearance of this call to prayer in response to the recognition of a spiritual battle makes it clear that our prayers are part of gaining victory in the battle. When God's People Pray David Cook Acts 4:23-31 Illus: Wayne Watson song, "When God's People Pray." But we are supposed to pray about everything so we can have the peace that is better than understanding. We may not always understand, but we must learn to accept that God knows what he is doing. Prayer internalizes the burden. God came to Him and told him to leave his home and family. He then stretched himself over the boy three times and asked God to restore the boys life to him. I have often wondered, "what happens when we pray asking - whether for others or ourselves?" 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we … Website:Â www.teach4god.com, Dancing with Broken Bones-A Close Look at Psalm 51, Psalm 51-The Confession of Completion | Sermons. In Acts 7, we have the story of Stephen's martyrdom and a few chapters later, the story of Peter being released from prison. I originally went to seminary because I wanted to become equipped to do God's work. Verse 6 begins, “But when you pray.”. . 3.Â Â It is not on the basis of our speaking to the spirit world. Believe without any doubt that when you pray something happens. Sermon Title: P.U.S.H – Pray Until Something Happens. Then the angel takes his bowl to this blazing altar and he rakes in all these flames. Then, holding this bowl of fire — of our prayers — he steps over and hurls it onto the earth. God may speak that way, but much more often, God's direction comes from His Word, from the direction given by others around us and from the doors He opens and closes. We need to learn to see all the ways in which God speaks to us. When we pray, something always happens. Conclusion:Â Â Pray this week not just for food or in front of people, but pray this week, privately and with intensity. So why can’t we simply ask—and expect to receive positive answers—when we pray about something that is God’s will? There are some who reduce all prayer to spiritual warfare and over-emphasize this type of prayer. b) Paul's prayer for help. We get a chance to exercise our faith. 2.Â Â It is telling God we want His kingdom established in our lives. First of all, we need to be aware of the battle we are in. We need to pray to our Heavenly Father and not be satisfied with the prayer until it has been answered. 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