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SERMON FOR JULY 13, 2019
Basis of Prayer
Introduction - How they prayed in the OT was different was because Christ had not yet come, yet there many great miracles. Great men of God like Moses, Abraham, King David and others. They had great Prophets like Daniel, Isaiah and Jonah. However today we do not know how to pray like they did for we many times mix doubt with faith. Have assurance in your position in Christ when you PRAY and trust that God will lead you home!
Focus Scripture Acts 6:4 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
One of the most important things we need to realize about prayer is that prayer is a ministry. When we pray for others it is a ministry. Ministry is not just when you speak from a pulpit. Ministry is to others and also to the Lord. The disciples anointed 7 men and called this a ministry. We need to minister one to another but most of all we need to minister to the Lord. In the book of Acts they said they ministered to the Lord. In Acts 13. So when you minister realize it is to the Lord first and then to man!
Paid the Bill - The number one thing we need to pray is that Jesus paid the Bill. We should no longer pray about healing or prosperity if it be thy will for our sickness and poverty were redeemed for at Calvary! So do not pray with an attitude that we need to obtain healing but that it was attained for at Calvary. When you speak then speak in line with what Jesus did for you!
Isaiah 53:3-5 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah in this chapter talks about the sacrifice of Jesus. The book of Isaiah is divided into 2 parts and this is the middle chapter of the 2nd part. The central message of the NT is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. With this sacrifice he took our sickness and disease and carried our sorrows and pains and griefs. HE took all the curse, so that we can be redeemed from the curse and receive all the blessings of Abraham!
John 10:7-11 7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Jesus is the door to get into the Kingdom. Jesus is the True Shepherd and we have authority over the power of the enemy. Jesus came to give the Divine life and God’s abundantly. Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy from each of us in the kingdom of God!. No one can take it from the Lord for He is God Almighty. Going through the door means salvation can come. Salvation does not just mean going to Heaven but also deliverance from all of the things that Satan wants to do to us and to remove all the curse. So sickness and disease is part of the curse as is pain and the things that bring us tear!
Titus 3:4-7 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Paul wrote to his son in the faith Titus and said that the basis of our relationship is the basis of our prayer life. The more we understand our righteousness. The works of righteousness come from our position of righteousness! The relationship God has for you is one of abundance! Grace makes us heirs of the inheritance that we have and it gives us eternal life in Him.
Redeemed from the Law When I pray I pray knowing I have been redeemed. I have been redeemed from all the negative things. The negative parts of life are thoughts, sickness disease pain sorrow and grief. None of this belongs to me instead I have the right to Divine blessing. Abraham’s to me. Instead the whole blessing belongs to me. Read Deut. 28:1-14 for the Blessings and v15-68 for the curses.
Heb 9:12-14 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
To be renewed in my life I have to first be perfected in the Spirit. We must take care of the sin issue before we can be freed in the flesh! Jesus provided eternal redemption by the salvation he provided. HE did this to purify our flesh. The provision was made by the blood of Christ so that before the Lord we are considered to be without spot without fault or failures before God. In light of this we need to think differently in our mind so we can rightly serve God! Dead Works do not serve God! The only works accepted are those that are done by God in us!
Col 1:16-22 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
God said that Christ is the fullness of God and that he is the firstborn from the dead and also the firstborn of creation. Christ is first! We were reconciled from the works that were done while we were wicked and not born of God. We were redeemed so that we can be made holy – unblameable and unrproveable which means we were able to be considered by God Now that we have peace with God we can walk in that peace with others and do works of peace. We were created to be peacemakers. . HE is first but we are to be as HE is in this world!
Gal 3:13-14 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
This clearly says we were redeemed from the curse because Christ was made a curse when he hung on a tree. God wants us to be blessed so we have all the rights to the blessings that Abraham had even though we are not the natural seed of Abraham we are grafted in. We have the promise of God by the Holy Spirit because of the faith that we have in Jesus Christ. We live by faith and walk in that faith which can demonstrate that faith and blessing to others!
Authority in Christ - We are told to not pray weakly but with Power and Authority. We are to pray in the same authority that we saw Peter and John pray and that others prayed in the NT. We have the NAME that all of Heaven backs- the name of Jesus. So we need to stand in that Name! Our authority rests in Jesus and what he did!
Mk 16:15-18 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
This passage tells us we will do miracles and perform great signs and wonders in the earth. This is available to every believer. We should be seeing the lame walk and blind see. We should speak in tongues and casting out devils and lay hands on sick and see them recover! The authority we have is connected to Luke 4:18 for we see here that the list includes some of the same things as mentioned in the ministry of Jesus.
John 14:11-14 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Jesus did some great works! He walked on water and did the miraculous. He did things no one else did. Yet still he said we would do greater works. We sometimes say if we would have lived in the days of Jesus and saw his miracles firsthand. We are given that NAME to do the same works and it says when we do that the Father is glorified in the SON. Both the Father and Son receive Glory when we do God’s work! SO use that Name and watch God work in our life. Believe and doubt not! Jesus says if we ask or demand anything God will do it for us! Our authority is in that Name!
James 4:6-7 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
When we are humble we get grace but when we are proud we think we do not need grace or mercy for we think we are able to deserve it. Grace is for the humble. Go to God and get grace then you can resist the Devil and when you do that Satan will flee! You can resist and know that Satan has no power over you! Greater is he in you then He that is in the world. No weapon formed against you will prosper! Satan is limited! So when we pray we need to realize that resistance is not futile! IT is profitable to resist Satan! Cling to the Lord like a child holds on to their Daddy!
You are in His Family - You are a part of the Family of God! God says we can call him Daddy! We are worthy because we are his child! Children deserve blessings from Daddy because of the relationship with Him. Family members have right because of being in that family! You are part of the family of God so we can approach God and pray reminding him of the promises that we have from Him. Daddy you said! This is pretty much how we pray when we quote Scripture!
1 Cor 1 :27-31 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
One of the benefits we have is that we can have wisdom and right standing, be called holy and redeemed. We do not attain that by works but receive that as a gift. God says that God chose us and considers what the world does accept as foolish for the fools say in their heart there is no God! We might glory compared to others but not compared to God! So we need to focus on the Lord to get our relationship right!
1 Cor 12:11-27 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.14 For the body is not one member, but many.15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
We are members of the body of Christ! We need to realize that as the early church did that when one hurts we all hurt. Many times the Apostle Paul would take offerings for those who suffered. We need to help one another by praying for others. As much as possible do more. We are all part of each other. We are one body from the early church until today! We need to help and bless one another for in Heaven we will all do so!
1 Jn 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
The Love of God is the basis of our family in the Lord. God is love and shares the love he has with his family. Love is the reason for creation and love is the reason for the atonement. Love is the reason God made Heaven and Earth and wants us in Heaven. So because God is love then love must also be the basis for all we want from God, since we must walk in love and faith works by love! So walk in love and it will increase your faith!
Conclusion: The basis of prayer is the bottom line. Then prayer will function better in our life. The great ministers understood these things so they saw great results. IF you need help to manifest the results then do these things to improve the manifestation of what you desire then what you are doing must not be working. Do not allow your yourself to get into condemnation but focus on the freedom you have in Christ so that you can walk in the newness of life that we do have so that your prayer life can be strengthened by the grace and mercy of God!
Next week: Praying Attitude
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