Summary: We all want or should want to see the Lord do something great in our church. So the question or questions are why do we not see it and what will it take
Tonight I would like to start by asking you a question: DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE LORD DO SOMETHING GREAT AT NLBC.
2ND Question – Are you willing to do what it is going to take for the Lord to do something great at NLBC?
This evening I would like to preach on DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE LORD DO SOMETHING GREAT?
KEY: VS 21
The disciples were sent out 2 X 2 to do the work of the Lord, when they came to this man in our text.
And the disciples could not heal this man son. So he comes to Jesus
Disciples being confused go to Jesus with a question
We can learn something that most Christians and Churches have lost with Jesus’ answer.
Vs 20 - Because of your unbelief:
Let me ask you a question: Did Jesus’ disciples have the ability to heal this man’s son and see the Lord do something great through them? YES
WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM? Their Unbelief or the lack of faith or no faith!!!
UNBELIEF IS DISOBEDIENCE AND DISOBEDIENCE IS SIN
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Then Jesus like He does so many times not only rebukes and tell His disciples that they had no faith, but then He tells them how to fix the problem.
And in this verse lies the key for NLBC to see the Lord do something great for Him.
PRAYER AND FASTING
A voluntary withdrawing from food and/or drink, or other fleshly appetite, for a specified period of time and spending that time in prayer.
II. PURPOSE OF FASTING
A. A WAY TO SEEK GOD BY DENYING THE PHYSICAL IN ORDER TO FOCUS ON THE SPIRITUAL.
For this reason, prayer and fasting must always go together or it does you no good spiritually!
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.
B. IT IS LETTING GO OF THE PHYSICAL TO FOCUS ON THE SPIRITUAL.
When we fast it ought to be from ALL physical desires, not just food!
TURN TO ISAIAH 58:6-8
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
III. REASONS WE NEED TO FAST
A. TO GET FREEDOM FROM ADDICTIONS
VS 6 “loose the bands of wickedness”
Things you would like to get victory over but have been unable to.
Drinking Smoking Drugs Cussing Pornography Or any other sin or thing that you have put in front of the Lord that you are struggling with
God has ordained that when we get serious about walking in victory we demonstrate it thru prayer and fasting, then He knows we are serious now!
B. TO SOLVE PROBLEMS
VS 6 “undo heavy burdens”
Finances! Marriage Family Job solution?
When it seems hopeless, no way out!
God will deal with in an instant what you have been stressed for weeks and months!
When we Pray and Fast
C. REVIVAL AND SOUL- WINNING
VS 6 “and to let the oppressed go free”
Oh that we would pray and fast before we go out to share the Gospel
Do you really want to see revival? Join me in the month of May 1 day a week to pray and fast for revival for NLBC
D. TO CONQUER MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS
VS 6 “and to let the oppressed go free”
Everyone seems to be totally stressed out and under deep emotional strain.
E. A CLEARER INSIGHT IN DECISION MAKING
Different that problem-solving…this is when you are seeking God’s will in a major area of life.
Job offers Transfers Dating Marriage College Ministry Life Changing Decisions
VS 8 “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning”