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THE PRAYER OF RELINQUISHMENT

SERMON STARTER

Have you ever held on to things too tightly? What about that new car you were terrified would get its first scratch? In spite of your death-grip on the Detroit wonder, it still became scratched and worn. What about the “umbrella parent” that over-shelters their child to protect them from all of life’s pitfalls and dangers? The child still will have to experience life’s trauma and injustice, learning to overcome it anyway.

This is a message about those who hold on too tightly. It is a message about “letting go and letting God.” Prayer again is the subject of this sermon. Why am I doing so many sermons on prayer? This series of sermons have been on my heart because it’s so easy to be distracted and lose our connection with God.

My need to pray is no lesser or greater than my listeners or readers. I do not elevate myself above the world around me, instead I allow myself to be as needy for prayer as this weary world.

Here are five simple prayers of relinquishment that are aimed at helping you to let go.

Sheepfold Ministries, September 21, 2008

Pastor Phil Roland

 

 

INTERCESSORY PRAYER

THE PRAYER OF RELINQUISHMENT

Philippians 2:5-13

“Following Christ is a life of surrender. We surrender to Accept Christ and make Him Lord of our life, and we continue to relinquish ourselves to Him throughout our lives.”

Pastor Phil

"God creates everything out of nothing - and everything which God is to use, He first reduces to nothing" Soren Kierkegaard, Swedish Theologian

There are five Prayers of Relinquishment:

I. THE PRAYER OF SELF-EMPTYING – Philippians 2:5-13, esp. 6-8

“He made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

A. He Give up Self, Pride. Arrogance and Control

B. Jesus did it throughout His Earthly Life

1. Gave up the Glory of Heaven

2. Renounced His Worldly Desires – Luke 4

a. Self-Gratification, Stones to Bread – vs. 2-4

b. Worldly Authority / Acclaim, Worship Satan – vs. 5-8

c. Self-Appointed Messiah, Control His Destiny – vs. 9-13

3. Gave Up His Body to His Enemies and the Cross

a. Allowed His Betrayal by Judas’

b. Praying in Gethsemane until His Sweat became Blood

c. He gave His Will Up to do His Father’s Will

d. He suffered mockery of a trial

e. He bore the Humiliation Beating and Scourging

f. He Wore the Crown of Thorns

g. He endured the hammering of the nails

C. LORD,

I empty out by vanity and pride. I gave up my foolish ambitions, all

of them and lay them at your feet. Use me in any way You choose

in Your Kingdom.

In Jesus’ Name, A-men

 

II. THE PRAYER OF SURRENDER – Luke 22:39-46, esp. v. 42

"Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done."

A. Invite Jesus into Every Part of Your Life

1. Baptist Altar Calls

2. Persuasion Music

“I surrender all! I surrender all! All to Him, my blessed Savior!”

“Lord, I’m coming home!”

“Just as I am without one plea, but that Thy Blood was shed for me!”

 

B. LORD,

“I surrender my self-centered hold on myself. I give my independent

arrogant spirit to You to mold or use in any way You wish. I totally yield

myself to you.”

In Jesus’ Name, A-men

 

III. THE PRAYER OF ABANDONMENT -

A. Abandonment is the child’s greatest, most primal fear

1. It also plagues us throughout our lives

2. Loneliness and being truly alone

3. Terror of being truly alone

B. Abandonment to God

1. The “Nestea Prayer” – Hint: TV Commercial

”The man is hot, tired, dusty, sweltering from the summer sun, falls into

a swimming pool with the thirst-quenching sense of “ahhh!” on his

face.”

2. Allow Jesus’ Spirit to touch your life / lean into His Arms

“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” - Fall into His “ahh…men!”

C. Charles de Foucauld’s “Prayer of Abandonment”

”Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.

Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all

Let only your will be done in me, and in all Your creatures –

I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul;

I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you Lord,

and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands,

without reserve, and with boundless confidence,

For you are my Father.”

--Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916)

 

IV. THE PRAYER OF RELEASE – Matthew 18:18

"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

A. Release the things that hold you the most

1. What preoccupies your time, and consumes your thoughts?

2. Release it to God!

a. Family, children, Spouse, Friends

b. Cares, Future, Hopes, Dreams

c. Enemies, Hostility, Revenge Obsessions

d. Do “AA’s” Third Step

B. Forgive the Past with its Cares and Worries

1. Poem: “Treasures,” by Martha Snell Nicholson

2. Hands that are full cannot receive Spiritual Treasure

 

C. LORD,

“I release all the things I have valued more than I have valued and

treasured You. I give to You all the heartache, pain and disappointments

in my life. Forgive me and Fill me anew with Your love.”

In Jesus’ Name, A-men

V. THE PRAYER OF RESURRECTION – 1 Corinthians 15:51,52

“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

A. Christian Principle: “Out of Death comes Life.”

1. Vegetation in Springtime, Resurrected by God’s Hand

2. Natural Cycles of Resurrection – Night/Day, Seasons

B. We Die to Self so that Christ can be Resurrected in us

"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross

and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever

loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the

whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his

soul?” Matthew 16:24-26

C. LORD,

“I put to death all the desires of my flesh, everything that separates me

from You. Raise to newness of Christ’s life, His life in me. I pray for resurrection power to result from my surrender to You.”

In Jesus’ Name, A-men

THE PRAYER OF RELINQUISHMENT

CLOSING ILLUSTRATION

CATHERINE MARSHALL

In several of her books, Catherine Marshall has written how she learned this lesson. For six months she had lain in bed with a massive lung infection. She was too weak to walk unassisted and the doctors gave her little hope for recovery. She prayed throughout her waking hours and every day her health declined. She confessed to God every sin she could remember. She wrote letters of apology to every person she could recall having offended, even back to childhood. And her condition worsened.

She documents this event in her book entitled, “Something More.” Finally, on the early morning of September 14, 1943 she prayed: "God, I am beaten. I'm finished. Do with me as You please and I will accept it." Catherine talked about sensing a brightness coming into the room and holding her eyes tightly closed, the moment was so sacred.

In the blackness of that early morning event Catherine Marshall's life changed because the peace of God filled her. His presence forever changed her. When the sun arose that morning, so did Catherine. She made her bed and resumed the activities of her busy life.

Two days later she was x-rayed and was told by her astonished doctor that her lungs had greatly improved. After six months in bed, she found in a few short days that she had virtually recovered her health.

Treasures

One by one He took them from me, All the things I valued most, Until I was empty-handed; Every glittering toy was lost.

And I walked earth's highways, grieving. In my rags and poverty. Till I heard His voice inviting, "Lift your empty hands to Me!"

So I held my hands toward heaven, And He filled them with a store Of His own transcendent riches, Till they could contain no more.

And at last I comprehended With my stupid mind and dull, That God COULD not pour His riches Into hands already full!

-Martha Snell Nicholson

November 22, 1998

Sheepfold Ministries - Pastor Phil Roland

 

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRAYER

ROMANS 8:14-27

"Christian Believers have a great privilege and call from God in the area of Intercessory Prayer. We we who follow Christ and obey His Commands fervently agree and pray for one another, the Father in Heaven Hears.” Pastor Phil Roland

MOSES - Exodus 34:33-35; STEPHEN - Acts 7:55-60; JESUS - John 17:9

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRAYER IS:

I. P R A Y E R W I T H W O R D S - Romans 8:15b

“. . .but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

A. Sons and Daughters of God who cry out for His Mercy

B. This Type of Prayer Utilizes Words - Hosea 14:2

C. Incorrect Types of Prayer that God Can’t Hear

1. Formal Exercises

2. Ritualistic/Non-Spontaneous

3. Long Prayers Filled With Redundant Repetitions

4. Prideful Prayers

D. Correct Prayers: Simple, Direct

1. Don’t be Phoney

2. Avoid Repetition

3. Watch the Condition of Your Heart/No Grudges

II. PRAYER WITHOUT WORDS - Romans 8:22,23

“. . .the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. . .but we ourselves. . . groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons. . .”

A. Prayer by Groaning / Anticipation - Psalm 109:4 “I =Prayer”

B. Better Wordless Prayers than Prayerless Words - 1 Sam.1:13

C. Prayer in the Spirit - Prayer from the Heart

III. PRAYER BEYOND WORDS - Romans 8:26

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

A. Holy Spirit Enabled/Accompanied Prayers -

B. Irresistable to God - Charles Spurgeon - Matt. 11:12

C. The Holy Spirit Knows How to Pray

Ten Conditions For Effective Prayer

SERMON STARTER

In 1989 I attended a seminar / symposium in West St. Louis. My friend, Don Silber invited Lois and I to attend. We were especially blessed to hear of the enthusiastic ministry of Mike Bickle of Kansas City Fellowship. His approach to prayer is unique among evangelical congregations. Mike believed in daily time with God in prayer. All his staff members are required to spend a minimum of four hours daily praying.

His church maintains a 24/7 approach to prayer with prayer groups meeting in the sanctuary in round the clock, four-hour shifts. Naturally, I was and am impressed with that kind of dedication. It’s interesting how many people were drawn to this type of ministry.

Mike teaches that prayer is a total lifestyle for an evangelical believer. This morning’s sermon is more of a Bible study based on what Mike taught us was the Biblical basis of his prayer emphasis. I hope it challenges you. I know it does me!

Pastor Phil <><<

May 4, 2008

Sheepfold Ministries / Pastor Phil Roland

 

Ten Conditions For Effective Prayer

Various TEXTS

“Holy, believing, persevering prayer is an essential aspect of co-laboring with God for the release of God’s Grace. Without effective prayer, we can do nothing! Pray, meditate, seek Him with your whole heart!” Pastor Phil Roland

I. F A I T H - (Forsaking All I Trust Him)

A. Do not doubt in your heart - Mark 11:23,24

"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the

sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen,

it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

B. Believe that you will receive - Matt 21:21,22

“Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only

can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain,

'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. if you believe, you will

receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

C. Ask according to God’s Will - 1 John 5:14-15

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything

according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we

ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.”

II. P E R S I S T E N C E

A. The parable of the Unjust Judge - Luke 18:1-8

"And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do

not fear God nor regard man, 'yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge

her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'"

B. Ask, Seek, Knock - Matthew 7:7-11

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to

him who knocks it will be opened. "Or what man is there among you who, if his

son asks for bread, will give him a stone? "Or if he asks for a fish, will he give

him a serpent? "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your

children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to

those who ask Him!”

C. God waits for the sound of your cry - Isaiah 30:18-19

“Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He

will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of

justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. For the people shall dwell in

Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at

the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you.”

III. H O L Y L I F E

A. Guard your heart before God - Psalm 66:18

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”

B. Our Iniquities deafens God’s Ears - Isaiah 59:1,2

“Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear

heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your

God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.”

1. Iniquities, Hebrew – “A-VON” - Perversity, Depravity,

Generational Guilt passed on by acts of sinning

2. Jesus bore our Iniquities on His Cross - Isaiah 53:6

“All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his

own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

C. If our hearts do not condemn us - 1 John 3:19-22

“And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before

Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows al

things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence

toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep

His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”

IV. HO N O R W I F E (Spouse)

A. Dishonor your wife, hinder your prayers - 1 Peter 3:7

“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the

wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that

your prayers may not be hindered.”

B. Love your wife, love yourself - Ephesians 5:28

“So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves

his wife loves himself.”

V. W I L L O F G O D

A. We are His family if we do His Will - Mark 3:33-35

“But He answered them, saying, "Who is My mother, or My brothers?" And He

looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, "Here are My

mother and My brothers! "For whoever does the will of God is My brother and

My sister and mother."

B. Jesus’ Will (and ours) is to serve the Father - John 5:19

“Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son

can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”

VI. N A M E O F J E S U S

A. Ask in Jesus’ Name - John 14:13,14; 26

"And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be

glorified in the Son. "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will

teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

B. Everything must submit to His Name - Philippians 2:9-11

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is

above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of

those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that

every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the

Father.”

C. Ask in His Name, God will hear - John 16:25-28

"Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that

your joy may be full. "These things I have spoken to you in figurative language;

but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language,

but I will tell you plainly about the Father. "In that day you will ask in My name,

and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; "for the Father

Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I

came forth from God. "I came forth from the Father and have come into the

world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father."

VII. P U R E M O T I V E S

A. Our motives must be Kingdom motives - James 4:2,3

“You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight

and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not

receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

B. We must be focused on Him - Matthew 13:22

"Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the

cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he

becomes unfruitful.”

VIII. B O L D N E S S

A. Come before Him Boldly - Hebrews 4:16

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain

mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

B. We are His sons and daughters, be Bold - Galatians 4:3-7

“Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the

world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born

of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that

we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has

sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"

Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of

God through Christ.”

IX. F O R G I V E N E S S

A. Forgive others, receive God’s forgiveness - Matthew 6:15

"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also

forgive you. "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your

Father forgive your trespasses.”

B. Love, bless, do good, pray for enemies - Matthew 5:43-45a

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your

enemy.' "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do

good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and

persecute you, "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;”

X. U N I T Y

A. If only two agree in prayer - Matthew 18:19-20

"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they

ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. "For where two or three are

gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."

B. Walk in peace with one another - Matthew 5:22-26

"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and

whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' "But I say to you that

whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the

judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the

council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire. "Therefore if

you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has

something against you, "leave your gift there before the altar, and go your

way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

"Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest

your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer,

and you be thrown into prison. "Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get

out of there till you have paid the last penny.”

April 14, 2002

Sheepfold Ministries - Pastor Phil Roland

THE PASSION OF CHRIST

Luke 22:39-44

"At the core of Intecessory Prayer is Divine Unction. God’s Holy Spirit comes with supernatural power and imbues us with Christ’s power in prayer.” Pastor Phil Roland

The Intercessor is able to listen to both God and man to pray with power.

Romans 8:22 - Romans 8:18 - 2 Timothy 2:12

FOUR VIEWS OF PRAYING WITH THE PASSION OF JESUS:

I. PRAYING WITH VIOLENCE - Matt. 11:12

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”

A. The Passion of Jesus - Gr. “Pathos”

1. The ardent, passion of Jesus

2. Praying with travail for lost humanity

B. Jesus’ Passion sees His Kingdom Established Where Satan Rules

1. Luke 16:16 - Everyone is pressing in. . .

2. “Forceful, passionate sons and daughters of Christ’s Kingdom who yearn for Christ’s Kingdom to be established in human hearts.”

C. Storming the Citadels of Heaven with Earnest Prayer

1. Leave behind Convenience Prayers

2. Bear the Burdens of the Weak

3. Self-Denial - Fasting - Tell No Man!

II. PRAYING WITH THE SPIRIT - Jude 20, 21

A. Wordless Prayers - Romans 8:26-27

1. Not Tongues - Mark 7:34 - Mark 8:22

2. Continuous Prayers - Ephesians 6:18

B. Seeing A Petition Answered in Advance - Eph. 6:18 - 1 Sam. 13

III. PRAYING WITH IMPORTUNITY - Luke 11:5-9

A. Shameless Persistence - - Luke 11:5-9

B. Widow - Luke 18:1-8

IV. PRAYING WITH SUPPLICATION - Ephesians 6:18

A. “Stretched Out”Prayer - “Supple Prayer”

B. Pray without creasing - 1 Thess. 5:17 - Romans 12:12

 

The Businessman’s Prayer Revival

A little over 100 years ago, on a gloomy morning in 1857, a man by the name of Lanthier, living in New York City, boarded a horse drawn streetcar to go to his office on Fulton Street.

On the way downtown he read the morning paper - it was probably the Now York Tribune, edited by Horace Greeley. The news he read was that the country was in the grip of an economic depression - in those days it was called a “panic.”

Businesses were closing down, one after the other. Wages were down. Thousands of people were walking the streets, out of work. Conditions were profoundly disturbing.

Lanthier, along with many others, read these pessimistic and alarming reports and was worried.

Now, who was Lanthier? A great captain of industry? No. A great figure in politics? No. He was only a simple clerk in an office on Fulton Street. But there was one important thing about Lanthier. He was a man who believed in prayer. And, under the impact of the gloomy news in his morning paper, he got an inspiration.

That same day he sent a note to all his business acquaintances, telling them that, beginning the next day, there would be a prayer meeting in a certain office on Fulton Street daily at noon. He hoped that each of them would attend.

For his first Prayer meeting he arranged 20 chairs in a circle. That first day only one chair was filled; its occupant was Lanthier himself. But that did not discourage him. Alone, he prayed that there might he a tremendous change in him and in America. The second day a few friends joined him. The next day all 20 chairs were filled.

Day after day - those men met and prayed together. Soon a similar prayer meeting was started on Wall Street, then one on William Street, then another on Broadway. The movement spread like wildfire to other parts of the country-Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, the south, the west coast.

Prayer groups sprang up everywhere. Soon there was a great religious revival and with it came a new upsurge in the

moral and spiritual life of the people. It was followed by an era of sound prosperity and progress.

It was one of the greatest demonstrations of the power of united prayer and faith that this country ever witnessed. And it all began with one man, an everyday clerk, who released the tremendous power of prayer.

Lanthier’s achievement was a demonstration of an age-old principle, that you can change your life, that I can change mine, and that together we can change the world around us.

Basically, all we need to do is to get hold of God in prayer. Or, better still, let God get hold of us.

-Selected

I Traveled on My Knees

Last night I took a journey to Israel across the seas;

I did not go by boat or plane, I traveled on my knees.

I saw so many people there with scars and wounds within,

But God told me that I should go—there was oil to pour from Him.

I replied, “Lord, I cannot go and work with such as these,”

He answered quickly, “Yes you can, by traveling on your knees.”

He said, “You pray, I'll meet their need, you call and I will hear,

Be concerned about the fate of those both far and near.”

And so I tried it, knelt in prayer, gave up some hours of ease,

I felt the Lord right by my side while traveling on my knees.

As I prayed on and saw them helped, and the badly wounded healed,

I saw God’s workers’ strength renewed while laboring on the field.

I said, “Yes, Lord, I have a job--my desire Thy will to please,

I can go and heed Thy call by traveling on my knees.”

 

-Adapted from a poem by Sandra Goodwin

“BECOMING A PRAYER WARRIOR,” Elizabeth Alves, Renew Books, Gospel Light, Ventura, California, 2000.

THE POWER OF PRAYER Moses prayed, his prayer did save

A nation from death and from the grave.

Joshua prayed. The sun stood still.

His enemies fell into vale and hill.

Hannah prayed, God gave her a son:

A nation back to the Lord he won.

Solomon prayed for wisdom.

Then God made him the wisest of mortal men.

Elijah prayed with great desire,

God gave him rain, and sent the fire.

Jonah prayed, God heard his wail:

He quickly delivered him from the whale.

Three Hebrews prayed, through flames they trod

They had as a comrade, the “Son of God.”

Elisha prayed with strong emotion;

He got the mantle and a “double portion.”

Daniel prayed. The lion’s claws

Were held by the angel who locked their jaws.

Ten Lepers prayed: To the priests were sent;

Glory to God! They were healed as they went!

Peter prayed, and Dorcas arose

To life again from Death’s repose.

The Thief who prayed. . .for mercy cried,

He went with Christ to Paradise.

The Church, she prayed, then got a shock;

When Peter answered her prayer with a knock!

Abrahm stopped praying, cities fell,

With all their sins into Hell!

The Disciples kept praying the Spirit came

With cloven tongue,” and revival flame!

Conviction filled the hearts of men,

Three thousands souls were “born again!”

When Christians pray, as they prayed of yore

With living faith for souls implore,

In One Accord, united stand-----

Revival fires will sweep the Land!

And sinners shall converted be,

And all the world God’s glory see!

Author Unknown

Sheepfold Ministries, August 20, 2,000

Pastor Phil Roland

VISUALIZING PRAYER

Mark 11:24

”Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” NIV Mark 11:24

Visualizing Prayer is seeing the results in your (faith imagination) “mind’s eye,” as you pray, and BEFORE anything comes to pass.” Pastor Phil

FIVE CONDITIONS FOR VISUALIZING PRAYER:

I. RECOGNIZE JESUS IS OUR ONLY AUTHORITY -

”Therefore I tell you. . .”

A. Ask in the Authority of Jesus’ Name - John 14:13

B. Ask Abiding in Jesus’ Person and Words - John 15:7

C. Ask Without Bitterness - Mark 11:25

II. MAKE PASSIONATE, PRAYERFUL PETITIONS -

. .whatever you ask for in prayer, believe. . .”

A. Seek First the Kingdom of God - Matt 6:33

B. The Kingdom of God is Righteousness, Peace and Joy - Matt. 14:17

C. Passionate Mena nd Women TAKE the Kingdom - Matt. 11:12

1. This is NOT a Blank Check

2. Our Petitions must be God’s Will for His Kingdom

III. B E L I E V E -

“. . .believe that you have received it, . . .”

A. “Faith, Belief, Trust” = Greek = pisteuew= PIS-TU-EO

B. Our Petitions Cannot Please God Without Faith - Heb. 11:6

IV. R E C E I V E -

“. . .believe that you have received it, . . .”

A. Receive -”Take hold Of, Get, Obtain” Gr.=lambanw=LAM-BAN-O

B. Greek Grammar Tense = Present, Active, Indicative

V. P R O M I S E -

“. . .and it will be yours.”

A. Have -”Set, Place, Establish, Set Up, Make a Stand, Put Forward”

Greek = isthmi= IS-TAY-MI

B. The Promise is God’s