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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 20180805 PRAY WITH PASSION

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PRAYING WITH PASSION
SERMON STARTER
          On July 22nd we had three lightning strikes during a summer shower. They took out my DSL, on-line capability. Electronic communication is one of our current primary outreaches. The enemy is aware of that and it's no coincidence that nothing was harmed at my place except my wi-fi routers.
          The two weeks of struggle to restore my internet service have been some of the most stressful of my adult life. Eight times I drove to Hermitage to speak with the internet company. Of course I learned more and more about the ins and outs of online computers and what does and does not work. 
          My anxiety was through the roof. I do not use Xanax, alcohol or street drugs. All I had was my total reliance of God to calm me during this ordeal. As a counselor I have taught people to use deep breathing exercises in times of great anxiety. There is another more powerful way to plug into God's Power in stressful times.  Isaiah 28:11-12 gives us a clue,

11 For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people,
12 To whom He said, "This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest," And, "This is the refreshing"; Yet they would not hear.

          I usually refer to this spiritual avenue of stress relief as, "Praying in the Spirit." The Apostle Paul makes reference to Isaiah 28 in 1 Corinthians 14:2 and 20-21,

2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
 
Every time I made the trip to Hermitage I prayed in the Spirit. It was as Paul and Isaiah said it would be restoring. By the time I got to the internet company I was less stressed, refreshed and able to patiently persist until I received my restored internet capability.
          The War Room prayer warrior picks up the tone of my praying in the spirit as I drove to Hermitage.

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August 5, 2018 - Sheepfold Ministries
Pastor Phil Roland

PRAYING WITH PASSION
Luke 22:39-44
"At the core of Intercessory Prayer is Divine Unction.  God’s Holy Spirit comes with supernatural power and imbues us with Christ’s power to persevere in prayer.”                                                Pastor Phil Roland <><<

CBN's Definition of Intercessory Prayer:
"Intercession is prayer that pleads with God for your needs and the needs of others. But it is also much more than that. Intercession involves taking hold of God's will and refusing to let go until His will comes to pass."

Eg.  "Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done. . ."

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.     Romans 8:18

22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.       Romans 8:22

FOUR VIEWS OF PRAYING WITH PASSION:
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 in the Garden illustrates Praying w/ Passion
                    44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became                       like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
                    1. Sweating great drops of blood
                    2. Praying with travail for lost humanity
          B. Jesus’ Passion sees His Kingdom Established Where Satan Rules
                    1. Everyone is pressing into His Kingdom - Luke 16:16
                                        16 The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the king-
                           dom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.
                    2. “Forceful, passionate sons / daughters of God's Kingdom                                   yearn for Christ’s Kingdom to be established in human hearts.”
          C. Storming the Citadels of Heaven with Earnest Prayer
                    1. Leave behind Convenient Prayers
                    2. Bear the Burdens of the Weak
                    3. Self-Denial - Fasting - Tell No Man!

SECOND VIEW OF PRAYING WITH PASSION:
II.  PRAYING WITH THE SPIRIT - Jude 20, 21
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

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          A. Wordless Prayers - Romans 8:26-27
                    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 with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He
              who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He
               makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
 
                    1. Jesus sighed in Aramaic not Tongues - Mark 7:34
                        34 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him,                                               "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened."
                    2. Continuous, Stretched-out Prayers - Ephesians 6:18
                                        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--
          B. Fear and Faith are the Battleground in Urgent Prayer - Psalm 27:1
                    1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I
              fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
                    1. There is a struggle in the soul about control
                    2. Unutterable Groanings are irresistible prayers to God
                    3. They reach His Ear and His Heart

THIRD VIEW OF PRAYING WITH PASSION:
III.  PRAYING WITH IMPORTUNITY - Luke 11:5-10
5 And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him';
7 and he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you'?
8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

 
          A. KJV - Translates as Shameless Persistence - - Luke 11:8
                    1. Jesus reminds us not to use "vain repetition"
                    2. Eg. Buddhist Prayer Wheels and Banners
                    3. Use persistence in your words
                    4. God knows your heart, anyhow
          B. Persistent Widow - Luke 18:1-8; Esp. 6-7
6 Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said.
7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?

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FOURTH VIEW OF PRAYING WITH PASSION:
IV.  PRAYING WITH INTERCESSION - Isaiah 62:1,2
“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.”
          A. Watchmen are God's Intercessors in our times
                    1. Watchmen – Hebrew, “Shaw-mar” -  “To keep guard,                                     observe, give heed”
                    2. Listed in KJV Bible 440 Times "To put a hedge around"

          B. Watchmen stood Guard over the City Walls

                      1. Warn over Impending Trouble
                    2. Welfare of the Citizens
          C. Who are Today's Watchmen?
                    1. Our Dangerous World is moving closer to Crisis
                    2. Each Day we are closer to the End of this Present Age
                    3. Political Cold War, it's not yet a Civil War, but close
                    4. Natural Calamities abound more and more
          D. Who will Cry and Sigh over the sins of the people - Isaiah 62:6
                    6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold
              their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep     silent,
                    1. David cries out to the Lord, No man cares for my soul
                        Psalm 142:4 - 4 Look on my right hand and see, For there is no                                    one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares                                   for my soul.  
                    2. God is looking for Intercessors who DO CARE

 

“What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use -- men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men -- men of prayer.”
                                                                        ― E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer

 

“Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. He will never talk well and with real success to men for God who has not learned well how to talk to God for men.”
                                                          ― E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer

 

         

 

PRAYING WITH PASSION
Luke 22:39-44
39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.
40 When He came to the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and prayed,
42 saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done."
43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down

to the ground.

 

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Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)
3 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'
Philippians 4:6
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

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WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO PRAY
The First Step Toward Getting Guidance From God is to WANT IT

Have you ever been at a loss for words? What about when you talk with God?
You can feel a battle brewing within you. The struggle is surfacing, but you just don’t know the words to pray as you cry out to God for help.
Here is a brief list of prayers from the book of Psalms you can save for when you just don’t know the words to say:

1. When you can’t sleep, pray Psalm 3:5
“I lie down and sleep, I wake again because the Lord sustains me.”
There are many reasons to have sleepless nights. For David, he could have had many while his son gathered an army to kill him, but instead, he slept peacefully. His peaceful sleep in a time of distress came from his cry to God.
Pour out your heart to God and rest peacefully with assurance that He is in control.

2. When you need help with negative thinking and speaking, pray Ps. 19:14
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Would God be pleased with your thoughts and your words if He first examined them? Like David, ask God to approve your thoughts and words before you express them.

3. When you need guidance from God, pray Psalm 25:4.
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.”
The first step to receiving guidance from God is to want it. God’s guidance comes through the Bible and from the Holy Spirit. When we pray this prayer and seek guidance through God’s Word, we can learn the wisdom of God’s direction for our lives instead of demanding our own answers.

4. When you are afraid, pray Psalm 27:1.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”
Fear is a bondage that can hold us captive within ourselves. Whether it be a fear of rejection, making a wrong decision, being hurt emotionally or physically, death, or something else, we have all been a victim of fear at some point in our lives.
Thankfully we serve an amazing God who turns the darkness of fear into a light of salvation. Conquer fear by trusting God.

5. When you are sad or brokenhearted, pray Psalm 34:17-18.
“The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Whether it be a pain from grief, loss, sorrow or failure, God promises to be close. He is our source of healing.

 

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6. When you need to repent of sin, pray Psalm 51:1-2.
“Have mercy on me O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out all my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
God is a merciful God. No sin is too great for Him to forgive.

7. When you need to refocus, pray Psalm 51:10.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Asking God to cleanse our hearts provides us with a new desire to please Him.

8. When you need to feel God’s protection, pray Psalm 61:2-3.
“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.”
God will never abandon us; His all-surpassing strength is always with us and all we truly need.

9. When you simply want to praise God, pray Psalm 70:4.
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, ‘The Lord is great!’”
Even in a moment of panic, David did not forget to praise God.
Praise helps us to remember who God is and what He has done for us and others. As we plead with God through prayers and requests, we can also give Him credit for great things He’s done.

10. When you face temptation, pray Psalm 141:4.
“Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, so that I take part in wicked deeds.”
Ask God to guard your heart, just as David did. Evil desires can lead to evil acts.

11. When you want to seek out God’s will, pray Psalm 143:10.
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good spirit lead me on level ground.”
Like David, let’s pray to learn the difference between God’s will and our own.

https://newspring.cc/articles/battle-of-the-mind-11-verses-to-pray-when-you-dont-know-what-to-say
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