Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
June 18, 2020
Pastor Rick Kabrick
PRAYER. How Prayer can be a powerful Weapon for the believer. Pastor Rick Kabrick
JER 11:14, “Do not pray for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress.”
Remember, when we don’t understand GOD’s plan, it is not that GOD’s plan is wrong, it’s that our understanding of GOD’s plan is wrong.
GOD never ever makes a mistake, you know that. Therefore, it is not GOD that doesn’t see what you see, it that you don’t see what GOD sees.
Intercessory Prayer that comes from our own thoughts is little more than an expression of our own good intentions for the person.
ISA 64:6 All of us have become unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
Also keep in mind that the way you live your life is what that person, and others of course see. Therefore, be the Christ like example, always.
It is an important point to note first and perhaps foremost that we are not to use prayer to try and get GOD to do what we want done.
Rather Prayer designed to express our helplessness, our humility, our total dependence on GOD. It is to recognize HIS grace and HIS mercy toward us.
Prayer is not what we want for ourselves, or even for others. It is what GOD wants for us and others. A verse that people cite often, usually out of misunderstanding is JOH 15:7.
Prayer is communication with GOD for the expression of personal needs (notice needs) in petition and the function of intercession that is praying for others.
This effectiveness is not measured in terms of your fancy speech or eloquent praying in public, but on the basis of your spiritual growth.
This is a command for both habitual prayer (morning prayer, evening, a special set apart time for your time with the LORD in Prayer and spontaneous prayer.
- Confession of sin (rebound), if necessary, 1JO 1:9.2. We are thankful for the things we have.3. Intercessory prayer for others.
4. Petition on behalf of you.
You cannot separate the faith-rest drill from prayer. Prayer demands faith! Faith demands prayer!
MAR 11:24 “All things for which you ask in prayer, believe that you shall receive them, and they shall be given to you.”
Capacity. A part of having capacity for what we ask for is being thankful for what we have.
Petition is praying for your own needs and situations where you are confused and your view of things is wrong. So, your prayer is not for GOD to get it right it is for you to get the proper view of things from GOD’s perspective.
ROM 8:26-27, In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Prayer is a weapon. It is a part an integral part of the AC. You see we have the privilege of talking to the creator of the universe. Not only that but we are the apple of HIS eye. And Satan and the KOD doesn’t like that at all.
Because the prayers you have inside that PPOG, when you ask and GOD provides it glorifies HIM. Think of that.
1TI 4:4-5 “For everything created by GOD is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of GOD and prayer.
1TI 2:1-2 “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all GODliness [that is life in the PPOG] and dignity.”
Saying Grace 1TI 4:4-5.
Those in Authority 1TI 2:1-2.
Prayer for the sick JAM 5:15.
Prayer for the unsaved ROM 10:1.
Prayer for enemies. MAT 5:44.
Prayer for Communicators of Bible Doctrine. 2TH 3:1, HEB 13:18, 2TH 3:1.
Prayer of widows. 1TI 5:5.
1 Positive – Negative. Your petition is answered yes, but your desire behind it is answered no.
Then there’s the Negative – Positive. The answer to the petition is no; the desire behind the petition is answered yes.
In this example the answer is no, you will not make a million dollars, but yes, you will make enough and you will be happy.
Positive – Positive. Both the petition and desire are answered yes.
JUD 16:28, Samson was blinded and tied up in the temple of Dagon the fish god.
Negative – Negative. The answer is no to both the petition and the desire; in other words, GOD doesn’t answer either.