How To Fireproof Your Faith: The Power of Prayer

How To Fireproof Your Faith: The Power of Prayer

29 Mar 2014 Service – Kong Hee

 

Prayer should be the most natural thing for you to do!
#1 Prayer is a CRY
A baby’s cry is natural. It would be unnatural if a baby didn’t cry! That would indicate something wrong it!

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
Psa 34:15

28 So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him;
For He hears the cry of the afflicted.
Job 34:28

18 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,
7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?
Lk 18:1, 7

#2 Prayer Is CONVERSATION

Prayer links us with God, it bridges the gap between heaven and earth.
17 pray without ceasing 1 Thess 5:17

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints 
Eph 6:18

#3 Prayer is COMMUNION 

To be a friend of God you need to have fellowship and communion with him!

11 So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle. Ex 33:11

1 Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psa 61:1-2

We need to pray with understanding!

15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. 1 Cor 14:15

The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
Psa 119:130

169 Let my cry come before You, O Lord;
Give me understanding according to Your word.
170 Let my supplication come before You;
Deliver me according to Your word.
171 My lips shall utter praise,
For You teach me Your statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of Your word,
For all Your commandments are righteousness.
Psa 119:169-172
Pray in tongues, but also with understanding, which is also praying the Scripture. Praying the Scripture is very powerful!

14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 Jn 5:14

The Bible is an amazing Prayer Book, commanding us to pray more than 250 times. It speaks about ‘pray’, ‘prayer’, ‘praying’, ‘prayed’ more than 500 times!

The Bible reveals God’s perfect will in every situation.

 

5 Benefits Of Praying The Scripture:

A. Elevates us from Depression
You can’t pray from a position of fear and condemnation!

19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.
21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 1 Jn 3:19, 21-22
We must “assure our hearts before Him”. For a prayer to work, you need to have complete assurance! The word ‘assure’ in Greek is peitho, which means to persuade. We must persuade our hearts when we approach God.

1 Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!
Many are they who rise up against me.
2 Many are they who say of me,
“There is no help for him in God.” 
3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
4 I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill. 
Psa 3:1-4

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
Psa 24:7-8

1 Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
Psa 61:1-3

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
Psa 91:14-16

 

B. Enlarges our Vision
16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 

6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 
Eph 1:16-22,  2:6

16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
Isa 49:16

God watches your thoughts. You begin to see what God sees. His thoughts are higher than your thoughts.

 

C.  Explains our Situation


I have chosen the way of truth;
Your judgments I have laid before me.
Psa 119:30

The Bible gives us the right understanding and concept of God in every situation (Psa 38:1-21, Mtt 5:44, 2 Sam 16:7-8, 11-12)
D.  Expands our Vocubulation
Life and death is in the power of the tongue
O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
Psa 51:15

Plead my cause and redeem me;
Revive me according to Your word.
Psa 119:154

The Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55) was quoted from 1 Samuel, Habakkuk, Isaiah, Deuteronomy, Psalm, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Job and Genesis!

The Holy Spirit knows the language of heaven. The Bible records much of this vocabulary, and helps us release this vocabulary back in prayer.

Praying without scripture is weak!

 

 

E. Expresses our Emotion
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered.Rom 8:26
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4:12

“But now they mock at me, men younger than I,
Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.
9 “And now I am their taunting song;
Yes, I am their byword.
10 They abhor me, they keep far from me;
They do not hesitate to spit in my face.
Job 30:1,9-10

When we pray the Scripture, God’s emotion is channeled through our emotions. God feels very deeply about things, especially what you are going through in life. But He can balance between both anger and love, disappointment and forgiveness, confidence and humility.

 

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