Thursday, February 9, 2012

Church Notes from the Past: The Key to Praying Power

The Key to Praying Power

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breast. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

(Isaiah 28:9-11)

Prayer is power! It’s what it takes to begin your walk of faith.

1And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

2Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

3And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

4And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

5Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

6And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

(Luke 18:1-8)

Somethings to notice about the scripture:

Vs. 1 –“faint” means to lose heart

Vs. 4-5—unjust judge refused to avenge widow’s adversary

Vs. 7—God (just of all judges) wants to hear your prayers

Key to Getting Results in Prayer:

Pray persistently to God. God answers prayers, but some prayers He will not answer immediately.

Persistent prayer:
  • keeps you and me in God’s presence.
    • God wants to have a personal, intimate relationship with you.
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud:
and he shall hear my voice.

(Psalm 55:17)

And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day
and night unto him, though he bear long with them.

(Luke 18:7)

  • Prepares you to hear from God.
  • Teaches you to depend on God as your only source.
  • Helps you define your request.
    • We should pray about all decisions if we are pursuing or seeking God.
    • He will always answer "Yes," "No," or "Wait."
    • As you pray, your request will be redefined to be what God wants in our life rather than what we want.
  • Will prove your Faith to a Holy God
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

(Luke 11:9)

**Notes from the sermon given by Preacher Dale Faulkenbury titled “The Key to Praying Power” given on 11/9/11.

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