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The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

Romans 8:28 “all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purposes.”

Three foundational ideas about prayer:

1. Prayer is more about God doing something IN YOU than God doing something FOR YOU.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NLT “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.’

2. Prayer REMINDS US that we are not in control and KEEPS US close to the One who is.

James 4:8 NASB “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”

3. Prayer isn’t only about ASKING it’s also about TRUSTING.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your paths straight”


James 5:13-18 NIV “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

If we are going to have an effective prayer life we must…

1. Pray with FAITH

James 5:13-15 NIV “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

Matthew 21:21-22 NLT “Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. 22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

Matthew 17:20 “I tell you the truth, if your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. All things will be possible for you.”

2. Pray with FOCUS

James 5:13-15 NLT
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”

James 4:2 NIV “you do not have because you do not ask…”

When you pray specific prayers you get specific answers and God gets the glory.

3. Pray with FEELING

James 5:16b NKJV “…the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

James 5:17 NLT 
“Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

Prayers that TOUCH OUR HEARTS are prayers that TOUCH GOD’S HEART.

4. Pray with FREQUENCY

James 5:16 MSGmake this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.”

James 5:17-18 NLT “ Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

5. Pray with FRIENDS

Matthew 18:19-20 NIV “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

When we agree together in prayer 2 things happen:

a. Jesus has promised he will be there

b.
God will answer

James 5:16 NLT “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people…”







Waiting Game- Pastor Seth Wolverton

Waiting requires trust

Realization:
The TRAJECTORY of your life is dependent on your ability to TRUST

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Trusting is difficult 

Not trusting is more difficult

Deuteronomy 2:24-25 (NLT)
...“Then the Lord said, ‘Now get moving! Cross the Arnon Gorge. Look, I will hand over to you Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and I will give you his land. Attack him and begin to occupy the land. 25 Beginning today I will make people throughout the earth terrified because of you. When they hear reports about you, they will tremble with dread and fear.’ 

Question to ask:
* Do I trust God completely?

Realization- Pastor Seth Wolverton

Realization: Waiting seasons don’t have to be wasted seasons

1. There’s WONDER in the WANDER

“God is more concerned with who you’re becoming than where you’re going.” 

Ephesians 2:10 NLT
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

2. MONUMENTS over MEMORIES

Numbers 14:20-23 NLT
20 Then the Lord said, “I will forgive them as you have requested. 21 But as surely as I live, and as surely as the earth is filled with the Lord’s glory, 22 not one of these people will ever enter that land. They have all seen my glorious presence and the miraculous signs I performed both in Egypt and in the wilderness, but again and again they have tested me by refusing to listen to my voice. 23 They will never even see the land I swore to give their ancestors. None of those who have treated me with contempt will ever see it.

Memories fade — Monuments stand

“When you forget what God has done you’re less likely to see what God will do.” 

Deuteronomy 4:9 NLT
9 But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.

Deuteronomy 4:35 NLT
35 He showed you these things so you would know that the Lord is God and there is no other.

Questions to ask:
* What am I doing to constantly remember who God is?
* What monuments can I place in my life today to never forget what God has done for me?

Gaurd Your Heart

Guard Your Heart

Proverbs 4:23 NIV
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Luke 6:45 NIV
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart…”

Three points about guarding our heart…

1. The PRIORITY

Proverbs 4:23 NIVabove all else…

2. The RESPONSIBILITY

Proverbs 4:23 NIV “Above all else, guard YOUR heart…

Proverbs 4:23 MSG “Keep vigilant watch over your heart…"

  • Some people allow their hearts to become HARD.

  • Some people’s hearts are SHALLOW.

  • Some people allow their hearts to become DISTRACTED.

3. The CAPACITY

Proverbs 4:23 NIV “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

“THE CAPACITY OF YOUR HARVEST IS DEPENDENT ON THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART”

What does it look like to guard my heart?

Proverbs 4:23-27 NLT
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. 24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. 25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. 26 Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. 27 Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.

1. Watch your INPUT

Proverbs 4:24 NLT
“Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.”

2. Watch your FOCUS

Proverbs 4:25 NLT
“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.”

Matthew 6:22-23 ESV
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.”

3. Watch your STEP

Proverbs 4:26-27 NLT
“Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”

Be A Good Friend

Dad Talks
Part 3
Be a Good Friend

Proverbs 1:8 NIV “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction…”

Four wisdom principles about friendships:

1. Choose you friends CAREFULLY

Proverbs 12:26 NIV “A righteous man is cautious in friendships”
NKJV “the righteous should choose his friends carefully”

Psalm 1:1-3 NIV
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”

  1. The wrong friends will bring you down.

Proverbs 13:20 NIV “He who walks with the wise becomes wise but a companion of fools suffers harm”

Proverbs 22:24 NIV “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered"

I Corinthians 15:33 NIV ”Do not be mislead, bad company corrupts good character”

  1. The right friends will build you up.

Proverbs 27:17 NIV “As iron sharpens iron so a man sharpens another”

Proverbs 27:9 MSG “…A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”


2. Love your friends
FAITHFULLY

Proverbs 17:17 NIV “a friends loves at ALL TIMES…”
NLT “A friend is always loyal”

Proverbs 18:24 MSG “…A true friend sticks with you LIKE FAMILY”

1 Samual 18:1 NIV “Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he LOVED HIM AS HIMSELF.”

Romans 12:10 NIV “Be DEVOTED to one another…”

Proverbs 3:3-4 NLT “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. 4 Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.”

3. Speak to your friends HONESTLY

Proverbs 27:5-6 NLT
"An open rebuke is better than hidden love! 6 Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”

Proverbs 24:26 GNT “An honest answer is the sign of true friendship”

Proverbs 28:23 NLT “In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.”

  1. First of all you need to think about your TONE

  1. Secondly you need to think about your MOTIVE

  1. Thirdly think about your RELATIONSHIP

Ephesians 4:15 NLT “Instead, we will SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE, growing in every way more and more like Christ…”

4. Forgive your friends QUICKLY

Proverbs 17:9 NCV “Whoever forgives someone’s sin makes a friend, but gossiping about the sin breaks up friendships.”

Proverbs 10:12 NIV “Hatred stirs up dissension but love covers over all wrongs”

I Peter 4:8 NIV “Above all love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins”

Colossians 3:13 NLT “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Watch Your Mouth

Proverbs 1:8 NIV
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction…”

Proverbs 18:21 BSB
"Life and death are in the power of the tongue."

Three ways that words can create life or death...

1. Spiritually

Matthew 12:37 NIV
“For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned”

2. Physically

3. Emotionally

James 3:3-12 NIV
“When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”

1. The tongue has the power to DIRECT where I go.
James 3:3 NIV
“When we put bits into the mouths of horses…we can turn the whole animal.”

James 3:4 NIV
“Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.”

2. The tongue has the power to DESTROY what I have.

James 3:5-6 NIV
“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”

3. The tongue has the power to DISPLAY who I am.

When we open our mouths we show the world what is in our hearts.

James 3:9-10 NIV
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”

James 3:11-12 NIV
“Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”

Matthew 12:34 BSB
“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”

How do I gain control over my tongue?

James 1:19 NIV
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”

1. OPEN your ears

James 1:19 NIV
“Everyone should be quick to listen…”

2. USE your brain

James 1:19 NIV
“…be slow to speak”

3. CLOSE your mouth

Proverbs 10:19 NIV
“When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”

Psalm 39:1 NIV
“I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth…”

4. CHANGE your heart

Proverbs 4:23-27 NIV
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”