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