Summary: Learning that when we come to God in prayer that He is all-powerful
Get Connected: A Daily Pattern for Prayer
"God Help Me Remember You’re All-powerful"
How has your prayer life been with the Lord over the last month? Are your growing in that area? Are there things God has been teaching you to include in your prayer life that you haven’t before? Are you growing in your intimacy with the Lord? My prayer for you is that you are applying God’s word to your life and are praying more and more and you are applying some of these principles and you are seeing God work and move in your life.
You have probably heard the saying…Little prayer, little power. I have to say if your not spending time praying to God your not going to see God do much at all in your life. Much prayer, much power. The principle here is that the more I pray the more power I will have and the more I’m going to see God moving and working in my life.
I have a sign on my desk that says…Prayer changes things. That is such a true statement. You want to know God better, you want more of His power, you want to see Him move mighty in your life. Then pray…because prayer changes things. Don’t be complaining to God about how bad things are in your life and how you would like things to change. Yet your not praying. You can do something about it, you can decide to pray like you have never prayed before in your life and I believe you will see God move in your situation.
God I praise you
God I want to do your will
God meet my daily needs
God forgive me of all my sins
God deliver me from sin
Matthew 6:13 "For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." NAS
“God help me to remember you are all-powerful.”
Earlier manuscripts did not have this as part of the prayer. Yet, every Jewish prayer ended in with a doxology.
Jewish custom was to end every prayer with a doxology.
Some people think it was taken from what David prayed to God in I Chronicles 29:11
I Chronicles 29:11 "Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things." NLT
The Jewish peoples response to prayer in the temple is said to have been ‘Blessed be the name of the glory of his kingdom for ever and ever’”
When we pray we need to close out our prayers. Today I want to talk to you about closing out our prayers properly and in the right manner and in the right frame of mind.
Doxology: How to close our prayers
1. It's all in God's control.
God is inviting us to come to Him and to cry out to Him in prayer and to ask Him for things. And tell Him exactly what we need. Spell it out. Make it clear. But at the end of crying out we understand that He is in control of it all.
Aren’t you glad God is in control of it all. When I am in control many times I blow it. But your know what…God never blows it. God is in control over everything in your life. And God knows your every need but He commands you to ask anyway. He wants you to cry out to Him and then trust in Him and His will and His plan and His control of the situation your in.
After you pour out your heart to God say…“God it's all in your control”.
There’s something about laying it all out there before God and then telling God… “I trust in you God and your will and plan for my life.”
"Yours is the kingdom." Everything is about God and Him building His kingdom not us building our kingdom. “It’s not all about me God it’s all about you.”
God is in control of everything. He is in control of everything that goes on in heaven that we don’t see and he’s in control of everything on earth that we can see and even those things we can’t see. He’s in actively at work everywhere always and He is in control of it all.
So when I approach God in prayer and ask Him for anything. We can’t forget that He is in control of it all. There is nothing that is not in His hands. He created it all and owns it all and controls it all.
Every person’s life is in the hands of God. God’s word says that He blesses both the righteous and the unrighteous. If there are two farmers and one is righteous and one in unrighteous. God says that he sends rain to both of their fields. Now the righteous person might acknowledge God and praise him for sending the rain and the unrighteous person might not acknowledge God for sending the rain. But nevertheless God sends rain for both the righteous and the unrighteous. God is in control over everything.