This week, Pastor Chris continued in our Abide series teaching on the theology of prayer. Prayer is our primary communication link with God, yet many of people do not understand why we pray or how it moves the God’s heart. The Lord wants to partner with us through prayer to bring about His will on the earth, but He is waiting for us to pray.

What is Prayer?

  1. Prayer is the essential communication link between the visible and the invisible world.
  2. Prayer is releasing what God has intended to do.

Genesis 1:26 (ESV)
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion…

Why does God want us to pray?

  1. Trust
  2. Fellowship
  3. Involvement

Why Pray?

1. God Has Deposited His Power In Us.

Ephesians 3:20–21 (ESV)
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

2. The Power of God is Released Through Prayer.

John 7:37–40 (ESV)
37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 40 When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.”

Daniel 10:2–3, 12-13 (ESV)
2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. 3 I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks. 12 Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. 13 The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia,

Ephesians 1:3 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

3. Prayer Moves the Hand of God

Malachi 3:6 (ESV)
6 “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed

Ezekiel 22:30 (ESV)
30 And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Matthew 6:8 (ESV)
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this…

Will = Desire

2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

The breakthrough you want to see is not going to happen if you don’t pray.

1 Kings 18:41–45 (ESV)
41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees. 43 And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times. 44 And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’ ” 45 And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel.

• In prayer, we call heaven down to interfere with the events on earth.

James 4:2b–3 (ESV)
You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Matthew 6:9–13 (ESV)
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is there any part of your understanding of prayer that leans toward believing God will just do whatever He was wants, with or without my prayers? How was this sermon helpful in reshaping your understanding of prayer?
  2. Have you struggled with unanswered prayers? Was there anything in the sermon that was helpful or challenging for you about unanswered prayer?
  3. Prayer releases God’s will into existence. Has God put something on your heart you know is biblically His will that you want to start praying for?

Application Questions:

  1. Sit with the Lord this week and read 2 Chronicles 7:14. Ask the Lord if there are areas of pride in your heart that need to be humbled before Him. Ask if you have sought the Lord’s face or just His hand? Ask if there sin you need to turn from? Spend time repenting if need be.
  2. Then, ask God to give you a heart for something we know biblically to be His will. Pray for those things!

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