Summary: If God is all powerful, if God loves me and He knows all my needs, If God knows what I want even before I open my mouth, then why do I have to pray?
WHY SHOULD BELIEVERS PRAY?
If God is all powerful, if God loves me and He knows all my needs, If God knows what I want even before I open my mouth, then why do I have to pray?
MAN LOST DOMINION
Dictionary: Power, authority, control, rule, management, regime
Gen 1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
Illustration: The power given by factory owners to their managers.
God is the owner of the earth but God gave the administration to man. Man Lost this power and authority when the first couple fall into sin. Three things Man automatically lost after the fall: Eternal life, Prosperity and Good health. – Genesis 3
THE RESTORATION OF DOMINION THROUGH CHRIST
Jesus came down from heaven and became a man, suffered and died on the cross and rose again on the third day. Jesus defeated the enemy on the cross.
Col 2:13 You were once dead because of your failures and your uncircumcised corrupt nature. But God made you alive with Christ when he forgave all our failures.
Col 2:14 He did this by erasing the charges that were brought against us by the written laws God had established. He took the charges away by nailing them to the cross.
Col 2:15 He stripped the rulers and authorities of their power and made a public spectacle of them as he celebrated his victory in Christ.
Rev 1:18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 2:4 But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great,
Eph 2:5 that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by
God’s grace that you have been saved.
Eph 2:6 In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world.
1. We were made alive together with Christ
2. We were raised up to a new life together with Christ
3. We were made to sit together
THE 7 ELEMENTS TO THE POWER OF PRAYER
1. The power to contact heaven’s throne
Heb 10:19-20 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of
Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
a. In appearing with the queen or king of England, you have to address them by formality such as your majesty. You cannot just talk without permission.
b. But in speaking to the Lord of the universe, this is completely reverse, Jesus said: Luk 11:2 And He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father, who is in Heaven,… - No formal titles! No recommended phrase, No official words you are duty bound to use!
c. In prayer, we come to God as His children. No introduction from angels is needed because God knows us by name and He always want to talk with us.
d. In prayer, we don’t need formal appointment or any formal invitation to come to His presence. We have the right to come any time without and any legal obligation
e. God is never too busy to listen, he is never too involve to answer…
2. The power to enforce God’s will to our own world
1Jn 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
The example of Moses
Exo 17:8-14 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out to fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand. And Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it happened when Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed. And when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy. And they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side. And his hands were steady until the going of the sun. And Joshua defeated Amalek and his people by the edge of the sword. And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.