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Tuesday, March 18, 2008


The Keys To A Powerful & Effective Prayer Life

"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but your will be done." Luke 22:42

"During the days of Jesus life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission." Hebrews 5:7

"One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and he spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles." Luke 6:12-13

When we begin to live and pray like Jesus did, we will see God's power & mighty hand & blessings & victories in our lives, our churches, our nation, and our world:

1. CLOSE & RIGHT FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD (JESUS IS YOUR 1ST LOVE):
- James 5:16b - Matthew 6:33 ; 22:37-40 - Proverbs 21:21

- 2 Corinthians 5:9, 14 - John 14, 15 - Revelation 2:1-4

2. YOU NEED TO CONTINUALLY PRAY & CALL UPON & DEPEND ON GOD:

- James 4:2b - Matthew 7:7-11 - Jeremiah 33:3

- I John 3:21-22 - Acts 1:14 - Acts 2:42-47

3. ASK - ACCORDING TO GOD'S HEART & HIS WILL:

(HOW CAN WE DO THIS ? LEARN TO PRAY GOD'S WORD)

- I John 5:14-15 - James 4:3 - Luke 11:1-2 - Psalm 34:8 - Isaiah 30:18
- Exodus 33:17-19; 34:5-8

4. EXPECT GOD TO ANSWER (WHEN WE PRAY ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL - HIS WORD, WE CAN EXPECT ANSWERS IN HIS WAY & IN HIS TIME - FAITH):

- James 1:6-7 - Hebrews 11:6 - I John 5:14-15 - I John 3:21-22

"Prayer is designed more to adjust you to God, than to adjust God to you and your desires."

- Oswald Chambers/"My Utmost For His Highest"

"The FERVENT (passionate, heart-felt, strenuous) prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." - James 5:16b

* Individual Christians and Churches today need to see the vital need to humble themselves before God, and to fervently pray & hungrily seek His face, and to turn wholeheartedly back to Him, or there will be NO POWER in what they do.

We need to learn what the early church in Acts (see Acts 1:14, 2:42-47, 4:23-33, 6:4,...) knew - that there is a DIRECT CONNECTION between prayer & submission and God's Holy Spirit filling and emPOWERing them. The more they prayed, the more God did in and through them. They PRAYED for 10 days straight, then Peter preached for 10 minutes, and 3000 people were saved.

"The truth is, I have seen God do more through 10 minutes of real prayer than through 10 of my sermons." - Jim Cymbala / Brooklyn Tabernacle

* Shared at In His Hands

This is a place for the entire family to gather, learn and enhance their faith. We are here to give you an opportunity to play, think, grow and love. In His Hands is a place to pray, a place to play.



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