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Summary: How to pray and get what you ask for.

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JUST CALL ON JESUS

JOHN 14:13-15

INTRODUCTION: GOD HAS DIVINELY DESIGNED AND COSMICLY CREATED ALL OF HIS CHILDREN TO BE THE BENEFICIARIES OF HIS UNLIMITED, UNPARALLELED, AND UNRESTRICTED POWER. YES MY BROTHERS AND MY SISTERS, AS JOINT-HEIRS TO THE KINGDOM, GOD STANDS READY TO SUPPLY OUR EVERY NEED, AND SOME OF OUR WANTS, FOR HE IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDING ABAUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS ASK. BUT AS I EXAMINE THE LIVES OF MANY CHRISTIANS, I AM LED TO BELIEVE UNDER THE UNCTION OF GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT, THAT MANY OF THEM ARE NOT TAPPING INTO THE SOURCE OF THE POWER. I AM CONVINCED THAT OUR LIVES WOULD BE MUCH RICHER IF WE TOOK TIME TO PRAY, PETITIONING GOD FOR POWER, DIRECTION, AND GUIDANCE. BUT I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT MANY OF US HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT. SURELY IF YOU WANT THE BLESSINGS THAT GOD HAS RESERVED FOR YOU; IF YOU WANT THE POWER AND THE GAURANTEES WITH YOUR NAME ON IT; IF YOU WANT TO SOAR ABOVE YOUR PAIN, PROBLEMS, AND PERPLEXING PLIGHTS, JUST CALL ON JESUS.

I. TEXT

JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES HAD JUST FINISHED THE LORD’S SUPPER, AND NOW HE IS PREPARING THEM FOR HIS DEPARTURE. ALTHOUGH HE WILL SOON GONE FROM THEIR MIDST, HE PROMISES THAT HE WILL NOT LEAVE THEM COMFORTLESS AND THAT HE WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH UNLIMITED POWER THROUGH PRAYER, FOR THE GLORIFICATION OF HIS FATHER. ALLOW ME TO MOCK TIME MOMENTARILY AND TELL YOU THAT IF YOU’RE PRAYERS DON’T GLORIFY GOD, YOU ARE ONLY SENDING SMOKE SIGNALS.

JESUS SAYS, “WHATSOEVER YE SHALL ASK IN MY NAME, THAT WILL I DO.” NOT IN ALAH, BUDDAH, ZUES, OR ANY OF THE MESOPITAMIAN GODS, BUT IN MY NAME. I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT WE PRAY IN EVERYBODY’S NAME BUT JESUS. BUT WHAT JESUS IS SAYING IS THAT WHEN WE PRAY, ENDORSE OUR PRAYERS WITH HIS NAME. IT IS ONLY BY SIGNING HIS NAME TO OUR PRAYERS THAT GOD RECOGNIZES THE SIGNATURE. THIS ALSO MEANS THAT WHEN WE PRAY, OUR PRAYERS ARE TO BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS WILL. TOO MANY OF OUR PRAYERS OUR POORLY PRIORITIZED. WE SAY LET ME HIT THE LOTTERY IN JESUS’ NAME, IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW, THAT IS NOT HIS WILL.

EVERY CHILD OF GOD HAS AT HIS OR HER DISPOSAL, SUPERNATURAL POWER TO DO FOR US THOSE THINGS THAT WE CAN’T DO FOR OURSELVES. HOWEVER, THE POWER THAT ONE RECEIVES IS PROPORTIONED TO THEIR PRAYER LIFE. YOU KNOW THE ADDAGE THAT SAYS LITTLE PRAYER, LITTLE POWER, MUCH PRAYER, MUCH POWER, NO PRAYER, NO POWER!

II. PRAYER

PRAYER IS THE VEHICLE THAT GETS GOD’S ATTENTION, AND BRINGS US INTO FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM. PRAYER IS OUR REACHING UP TO GOD, AND GOD REACHING DOWN TO US IN RESPONSE. SO IF YOU WANT TO GET GOD’S ATTENTION, JUST CALL ON JESUS. DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN YOU PRAY, ALL OF HEAVEN IS BEHIND YOUR PRAYER? BUT YET MANY ARE NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS GREAT PRIVILEGE.

IF YOU WANT TO RECEIVE UNLIMITED POWER, FIRST, YOU MUST BE A CHILD OF GOD. JESUS SAYS IN ACTS 1:8,”BUT YE SHALL RECEIVE POWER, AFTER THAT THE HOLY GHOST IS COME UPON YOU.” SECOND, YOU MUST BE IN A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS. VERSE 15 TEACHES THAT WE MUST KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, WHICH MEANS WE CANNOT LIVE ANYWAY THAT WE WANT TO. THIRD, YOU MUST PRAY ON A DAILY BASIS. (JESUS IS NOT A GOOD LUCK CHARM). JESUS SAYS IN LUKE 18:1, “THAT MEN OUGHT TO ALWAYS PRAY.”


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