Summary: Let’s look at four reasons why we can rest in the power of Constant Prayer. Adapted in part from "The Power of Prayer" – Sermon Central By Rich Dunbar. <Power Point available upon request.>
The Power of Prayer – Sermon Central
By Rich Dunbar – 09.24.06
Intro and Illustration:
There’s a supposedly true story of a Welsh woman who lived in a remote valley in Wales. She went to a great deal of trouble and expense to have electrical power installed in her home. However, after a couple of months, the electric company noticed she didn’t seem to use very much electricity at all.
Thinking there might be a problem with the hookup, they sent a meter reader out to check it out. The man from the electric company came to the door and said, "We’ve just checked your meter and it doesn’t seem that you’re using much electricity. Is there a problem?"
The lady replied, "Oh no, there is no problem. We are so thankful that we have your electric power whenever we need it. We turn on the electric lights every night to see how to light our lamps and then we switch them off again…we don’t want to be a bother…"
Silly but true story, but …
Question: Why didn’t this woman want to use her electricity more often?
• She believed in electricity
• She believed the promises of the electric company when they came and got her connected, and they told her all she needed to know about it
• She went to a great deal of expense to have her house wired for electricity
• THE PROBLEM WAS - she did not understand the potential of having electricity in her home.
AND SO, she used the new electric power sparingly
I suspect there are people who use prayer very much the same way.
• They believe in prayer
• They know of the promises God has made
• They’ve even read and have heard stories about how God answers prayers
• BUT they use the power of prayer only when they have to…sparingly
• Perhaps they do not understand how prayer really works…and need to have it explained…
This can even be the case for church-wide prayer…
Several pastors have told me that the first thing their church does in attempting to reach souls is to have lots of prayer. As a church, we probably have not prayed like we should for souls, and this is what I want to talk to you about today.
We have an example of this with the Local Church there in Jerusalem. They had Constant Prayer during a time of crisis in their church, and the result was that their prayers were miraculously answered.
As well, we have a crisis in our church. That is, anytime a church is not seeing souls being saved on a regular basis is a crisis time.
Text: Acts 12:5
Peter was therefore kept in prison, but Constant Prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
Here Peter is waiting for whatever Herod was going to do with him. Escape seemed impossible because he was guarded by 16 soldiers that worked 6 hour shifts in groups of fours. One soldier is chained to each side of him and the other two are standing outside the cell to make sure he can’t get out. As well, there are multiple guard posts and locked gates to get out of this prison facility.
But here is what made the difference. There was a group of believers fervently praying for Peter’s release.