The Power of Prayer
12 March 2016 Saturday Service – Aries Zulkernain
Luke 6:12 (MSG) At about that same time he climbed a mountain to pray. He was there all night in prayer before God.
Jesus was there all night! Jesus’s anointing came from His prayer life. Prayer is the source of all His strength and energy!
Prayer is the most consistent force sustaining church through centuries. It is the sustaining force for individual to last through Christian life and overcome difficulties.
It’s difficult to see the benefits of prayer. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it, it’s intangible.
But it’s the most essential thing to do as a Christian!
Pray and keep on praying. And as you pray, keep believing God for your miracle! No matter what your circumstances and situations are, the answer is Jesus. The answer is prayer!
Luke 6:17-19 (MSG) Coming down off the mountain with them, he stood on a plain surrounded by disciples, and was soon joined by a huge congregation from all over Judea and Jerusalem, even from the seaside towns of Tyre and Sidon. They had come both to hear him and to be cured of their ailments. Those disturbed by evil spirits were healed. Everyone was trying to touch him—so much energy surging from him, so many people healed!
We see in verse 17 that Jesus only came down then, and in verse 19 it says “so much energy surging from Him.”
No prayer, no power!
Energy is power (Greek Dunamis)
It means the power to achieve by applying Lord’s inherent abilities. It means miraculous power, strength and might.
In Luke 9:18 (MSG) One time when Jesus was off praying by himself…”
Jesus is alone praying again.
In 3 chapters (Luke 6-9), Jesus did many things.
- Chose disciples and commissioned the 12 (13-16)
- Healed great multitude (17-19)
- Prepared and preached the Beatitudes
- Travelled to Capernaum, healed centurion servant
- Travelled to Nain, raised a widow’s dead son
- Bad news: John the Baptist imprisoned. Emotional turmoil and sadness (Lk 7:20-33)
- Defended sinful woman. Confronted Pharisees and disciples
- Raised money for ministry (Lk 8:1-2)
- Prepared and introduced new way of preaching : the parables, preached to multitudes.
- Calmed storm (Lk 8:22-25)
- Cast out demonized man, cast out legion
- Healed and raised Jarius’s daughter from dead
- Healed woman with the issue of blood
- Sent out and prayed for the 12 to preach the gospel. He trained and discipled them.
- Emotional setback: John the Baptist’s death
- Received threats from King Herod. Fear, worry and anxiety.
- Healed and preached to multitude in Bethesda
- Fed 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Miracle of multiplication.
These 18 miracles, He got his energy from prayer!
“Setback is actually a stimulus for growth! The real problem is the absence of a disciplined, intermittent prayer life.”
Your prayer life is your recovery plan. And your Christian life is not a sprint. When the spirit comes, the flesh disappears. All of a sudden, you can forgive. The worldly things do not matter anymore. The urge for revenge disappears.
Don’t make them pay, make yourself pray!
1 Timothy 2:1-8 (MSG) The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God.
PRAY stands for…
Homo pecator: the creature that prays
Praying is in our nature. We are created to pray, to communicate with God!
Prayers are not tools for doing or getting, but for being and becoming.
Luke 10:38-42 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Martha was more concerned about doing but Mary was more concerned about being! Prayer is all about being more and more like Jesus.
Prayer must start as a desire, then it becomes a discipline, only then it becomes a delight. Repetition is the process for doing so.
James 5:17-18 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit
Elijah prayed earnestly and he prayed again!
Repetition is the mother of skill and the father of learning. Price to pay to be great at something – Repetition!
To pray, you need to go up to the mountain.
Why? Because it’s not easy. It’s an uphill task. In the valleys, God is with you. But to seek and find God, He is in the mountain. There is no distractions.
Exodus 3:1-4 (MSG) Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Climb the mountain of God. Surround yourself with spiritual people, spiritual environment and spiritual songs.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
You will learn more praying in a group than alone. Priate prayers are moften more selfish. In a group setting, we learn to pray, to crucify your flesh and there is a set duration.
For prayers to develop into full maturity, they must be integrated into a prayer community.
We learn to pray by being led in prayer. When we pray together, God is in the center. Rise up the prayer level. The place of agreement is the place of power!