Mountain Moving Prayers
Sermon shared by Ajai Prakash
Summary: Many people come with a grocery list during prayer. Some want to impress the hearers with their flowery language. Well that does not impress God one bit. In essence your prayers reflect what you believe about God. Do we pray like the early apostles or ...
Audience: Believer adults
I’ve heard people say "It’s God’s will" or "I’ll just leave it up to God" when faced with a serious illness or tragedy. Don’t fall into that trap. God wants us to pray to him for help. In Luke 18: 1 Jesus told his disciples that they "should always pray and not give up." and then Jesus asked "...will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?" Pray to God from your heart for healing. Don’t stop. Don’t give up. God wants us to ask him for help. He loves us. The Bible actually gives us some directions on how to pray for healing. For example, in James 5: 14-15 we are told: "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15) And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven." and in James 5: 16 we are asked to "confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed."
Claiming God’s promise of healing in prayer is something of a reminder to God. Not that He forgets but holding Him to His promises after we have faithfully done ours (obedience to His commandments, judgments and statutes). The apostles were praying for healing of the sick for His glory as the Roman leadership and Israel had stood against them and their public ministry.
God heals because that is His pattern for revealing His nature through His Son. With compassion, Jesus chose to touch the festering sores of the leper (Matthew 8: 3). He showed mercy as He touched the crusted lids of blinded eyes (Matthew 9: 29). In receiving healing from God, we must earnestly desire to touch Him as well. “People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed” (Matthew 14: 35–36). Every individual has the ability, through healing prayers, to express faith - the belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. You express faith in the car manufacturer who installs your brakes, faith in the architect who designs your office building, and faith in intangibles like gravity, solar heat, or a promise. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11: 1). Biblical prayer of faith is determined by (i) reliance upon God rather than man and (ii) confidence in the unseen power of God.
Exercising our faith in the area of healing may involve unconventional behavior. The Bible tells of a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years (Mark 5: 25–34). She knew that her condition would cause Jesus to be unclean under Jewish law if she touched Him. Yet she reached out in faith and was healed immediately as “Jesus realized that power had gone out from him” (Mark 5: 30). Genuine faith requires action. However, faith is not something we must “conjure up” enough of in hopes that God will heal us. So pray and welcome God’s healing power.
Illustration: Praying for healing of a Hindu man (tumor in abdomen) who was coming to one of our underground churches in the Middle-East. God healed him at the last minute. (John 4: 48)
3. Pray for the IMPOSSIBLE (v. 30b; Jeremiah 32: 20, 21; Daniel 6: 27; Acts 2: 43; 6: 8: 14: 3) ~ Pray for signs + wonders
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