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    Friday
    Jun072013

    rough places

     

    silence takes over the barrenness of life

    it whispers for something greater than the bluster of conversation 

    the selfish stammering of our flesh

    we are lost in our own words

    when God longs for us to still the waves of discontent and fear.

    Our soul finds rest and our heart is well fed

    on the portion of his grace 

    The understanding that everything is in Hands

    hope blooms in rough places.

     

    Sunday
    Jun172012

    Notes for Today's Message: DIY Prayer

    DIY: Things Jesus Did that You can Do!

    Praying to Shape Your Story

     

    Write Down three things you can’t do for yourself… Things that only God can do.

     

    •  Relationship
    • Breaking free from Something
    • Healing
    • Restoration
    • Financial breaththrough
    • Job

     

    God never taught his disciples how to preach.  He taught them how to pray.

    1.         Jesus prayed for others. In Matthew 19:13, we read, "Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them."

    2.         Jesus prayed with others. Luke 9:28 reads, "[Jesus] took Peter, John and James with Him and went up onto a mountain to pray."

    3.         Jesus prayed alone. Luke 5:16 reads, "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."

    4.         Jesus prayed in nature.

    5.         Jesus could pray as a sprinter or a marathon runner. 

    One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Luke 6:12

    6.         Jesus prayed regularly. This insight is gleaned from a passage cited earlier, Luke 5:16: "Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." The prayers of Jesus were heartfelt. (John 17)

    7.         Jesus prayed based on His knowledge of God and His truths. In John 4:24 Jesus said, "God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

    8.         Jesus taught persistence in prayer. "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up" (Luke 18:1)

    9.         Jesus knew that not all his prayers would be answered as expected. Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

     

     

    1. Prayer is our greatest weapon.

    The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  2 Corinthians 10:4

     No weapon that has been made to be used against you will succeed.
You will have an answer for anyone who accuses you.
This is the inheritance of the Lord’s servants. Their victory comes from me,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

    2.  Prayer is an act of persistence.

    "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

     

    Persistence demands patience, waiting.   This is the ground of spiritual growth, spiritual vitality, and health! Because our natural inclination is to use God and not to love God, only frustrations in prayer can purge and purify our desires.

    3.  Prayer must be tied to faith.

    If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." Matthew 21:22

     Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be.  Mark 11:24

    "The reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we expect no more. God usually answers us according to our own hearts." 

    4.  There’s power in praying in Jesus name.

    And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13-14

    In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:23-24

    "To pray in Jesus' name means to pray in his spirit, in his compassion, in his love, in his outrage, in his concern. In other words, it means to pray a prayer that Jesus himself might pray."

     At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

    Philippians 2:10

    (Satan can’t stand this!)

    5.  We cannot trust our own merits, instead of Jesus. God will not meet a person on the basis of his own merits.

    You might say… “I’ve been Good, why won’t you answer my prayers.”

    He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?   Romans 8:32

     6.   We must put away the works of habitual sin for God to listen.

    If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. Psalm 66:18 

    7.  Prayer is remaining with Him

    If you remain in me  and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  John 15:7

     This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

     

    Without Him-  Nothing

    With Him- Everything

    8.  Access happens through thanksgiving.

    Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!  Psalm 100:4

    Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name and glory in praising You. Psalm 106:47

    Violence shall no more be heard in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders, but you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.  Isaiah 60:18

    When things seem dark, Praise the Lord