Summary: Its time to pray
2Ch 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
It is such a tragedy that the greatest power there is on earth is so often overlooked.
We suffer so much at the hands of the enemy that could so easily be avoided if we just took time to pray.
It is not that the enemy is so strong, that many of Gods people are discouraged and defeated, but because we so often fail to use the greatest weapon we have which is (Prayer)
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and (a time to every purpose under the heaven:)
Like never before It is time to Pray. And it’s time to pray like never before.
Prayer is: (a divine Commission)
Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Pray ask in earnest and submission
1 Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
1 Chr 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
Seek daw-rash' to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or
search); to ask; specifically to worship:
Strength - oze, oze (force, security, majesty, praise): - boldness, loud, might, power, strength, strong.
Seek - baw-kash' to search out (by any method; specifically in worship or prayer); by implication to strive after: - ask, beg, beseech, desire, enquire, get, make inquisition, procure, (make) request, require, seek (for).
Continually - taw-meed' to stretch; properly continuance constant
(Prayerlessness in some cases is sin)
1 Sam 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
Ps 10:4 The wicked through the pride of his countenance will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
To not pray is to blatantly declare our independence from God and to declare our self sufficiency.
1. There is no deliverer from Egypt’s bondage without prayer,
2. No Samuel the prophet without prayer. No fire from heaven without prayer,
3. No Manna from heaven without prayer. There is no revival without prayer.
God has so ordained it that everything he does in the earth must be carried in the spiritual womb of his children and birthed in the spirit of Prayer.
Before Hannah was pregnant with Samuel, she conceived him in her spirit in prayer. (for this child I prayed) and the Lord hath given me my petition.
We can talk about the great last day harvest until our faces are blue, but
without prayer it will never happen.
• The Welch revival is over.
• The Azusa Street Revival is over.
• The revival of the 60’s is over.
These Revivals were all born by people who wanted something different, something more than church as usual they wanted a manifestation of the spirit of God.
So they prayed until it happened.
1. Prayer is where we are infused with the plans of heaven,
2. In prayer, ministries are conceived,
3. In prayer nations and miracles are conceived.
Psa 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
(The divine Position of prayer) It’s not whether you're standing up, sitting down, laying out in the floor that’s important,
The position of prayer that determines whether or not God answers us is
the position of humility (the position of the heart)
Humility= submission, meekness, yielded to God, obedience, lowliness, tenderness,
It speaks of dependence it means to place myself underneath another, to esteem myself of lesser importance.
Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Contrite – deeply affected w/ grief and sorrow
Humble- a deep sense of one's own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will.
(The divine condition of Prayer) (Turn from their wicked ways)
Isa 59:1-2 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God and your sins have hid his face from you that he will not hear.