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HHM Pastor Jim Parisi March 16, 2003
In the next few weeks we are going to make an greater effort to start to sow the seeds of revival into the rich soil of our hearts, and this community.
We are going to start by praying for Gods Presence and His Fire of Revival here in Hermosa Beach.
Righteous Prayer… is A place of total communion and surrender to God
James 5:16 The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Prov 15:29 - The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Pray is profoundly simple and simply profound
We need a passion to pray and travail before the throne of God
Where there is no vision the people perish…
Where there is no passion the church perishes
Today we are going to start to ask God to unlock the secrets of Prayer
More then that we are going Him to make us more like Jacob and be persistent in our petitions to the Lord
Not letting go till He blesses us.
We are going to Grab on to the Lord and keep pressing Him till he blesses us with a full blown revival here in the South Bay
Till our homes and families are blessed…. Till we fulfill our call here
Wrestling with Him through the night if need be till he blesses us.
There is a scripture in Genesis, A time when Jacob had a situation with his brother Esau.
Gen 32:24-8 24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. 25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26 And He said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks." But he said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me!" 27 So He said to him, "What is your name?" He said, "Jacob." 28 And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed."
Jacob was telling him this man "I will not let You go unless You bless me!"
I’m staying on you like white on rice till I receive my blessing from you
It was a moment of Importunity for Jacob
Importunity: Im’por’ tun’ a’ tey: 1 : when your need can be troublesomely urgent : or you are overly persistent in request or demand
People have always been importunate even from birth.
A baby’s cry when it is hungry or has other needs is importunate.
Not till you feed it satisfy it’s need will it start to quiet down
When is a situation importunate?
Getting to a hospital emergency room bleeding and the doors are locked
Are you going to walk away quietly…….. or start banging on the doors and yelling … Hey I have an emergency here open up.
It’s a matter of utmost and extreme urgency like a phone call in the middle of the night… Don’t you just hate those
Importunate is being persistent demanding unrelenting annoying harassing irksome pesky
Jacob wasn’t letting go of the man till He blessed him.
And he did get blessed
And not with out a price he because would limp for the remainder of his life.
Then God blesses him and renames him Israel… a memorial of a name for a man that had wrestled with God.
Taking time from what you want to do.
and seeking the presence of God is always going to cost you something…
Tell me what great thing that has been birth without
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