Summary: Prayer works and God wants you to know that.
April 26, 2009
Text: Acts 4:23-31
Title: Driven to Prayer
Have you ever stopped and thought about what it is that drives people to prayer? You can answer that question for yourselves, but when I stop and look at it I see that there may be many things that push people to the point of prayer. #1 is desperation. When you come up against something in your life that you don’t know what else to do people pray. #2, worship. When you begin to see God for who He really is and understand His nature a little better, then you know you can trust Him to answer prayer. #3, a religious practice. I suppose there are a lot of people who pray just because that is what they were taught to do. Not a bad thing, but I could never understand why people pray when they don’t expect anything to happen i.e. the people who pray for a healing miracle in their life but don’t believe that God answer those kinds of prayer. #4. People pray because they know that if there is ever going to be anything good come out of the church or out of their ministry or out of their lives, it will be because they have entered into God’s presence through prayer and have covered themselves in prayer.
Last week I called the church to a period of prayer and fasting in order to draw closer to the Lord in your relationship with Him. How many of you have done that? My desire is that during your fasting you become so dependant upon God that you begin to see Him like you never have before.
On Thursday I was at a lunch meeting with the other section 6 pastors and Pastor Robert Stephens from Edina shared testimony that began with a prayer request at last month’s lunch. A young lady in his congregation had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and had been given 13 months to live. He had asked all the other pastors in attendance to pray. Thursday he told us that he had received a letter from this young lady who had gone to Houston, Texas for surgery. She had been prepped for surgery. Her head had been shaved. She was ready to go. The doctors had just ordered another C/T scan to once again see what they were going to be dealing with. While she was waiting she sat on the edge of her bed and just prayed, “God, this would be a good time for You to do something.” Then before she was to begin the final prep for surgery the doctor came in and said he wanted to talk to her. Could she walk with him to his office? That didn’t make her feel too good about the surgery. She thought that she was going to get bad news. The doctor brought up two images on the screen – one was from the original scan and the second from the scan done that morning. The doctor said, “I don’t know how to tell you this but there isn’t going to be any surgery, because there aren’t any tumors to remove. They are all gone.” Then he added, “My associate and I have looked this over to try to figure out what was going on and we agreed that we have never seen anything like it before. The only word that we can use to describe it is that it is a miracle.”