Summary: A sermon on prayer: Conditions for getting our prayers answered, what can prayer do, why God wants us to pray.
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Points Covered: A sermon on prayer: Conditions for getting our prayers answered, what can prayer do, why God wants us to pray.
Sermon: The Power of Prayer. James 5
Introduction: I have found that the greatest key to spiritual growth is spending time alone with the Lord. This means taking the time to speak with God about whatever is in your heart—and, even more importantly, allowing Him to speak to you. The key to all great personalities in the Bible is that they spent time alone with God. When God found someone inline with Him, he did great exploits through them.
Then why is that most believers now don’t desire to spend time alone with God? Why should we pray? What happens when we pray? Can our prayers be answered by God?
We are going to see about how to get our prayers answered and the power of our prayer.
The fact is either God does answer prayer or God does not answer prayer. If God does not answer prayer then it is foolish to pray. But if God does answer prayer, then it is foolish not to pray. Jesus never taught his disciples to preach, but he did teach them how to pray. Even though Jesus taught us to pray, most people do not pray?
Many people feel that God is sitting a long way off and is unaware of our circumstances. The Bible does not teach a God like that. Bible teaches that God delights to answer the prayers of his people. We do not have an unwilling God. We do not have a God who has to get into the mood to answer prayer. We do not have to go for a pilgrimage to get the attention of God. The scripture says God is willing to answer our prayers.
God wants to answer prayer.
Let us read some scripture to see how willing God is to answer our prayer.
Matthew 7:7-8 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
John 14:13-14 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
Again and again Jesus is telling us that if we pray, God will answer our prayers. If you ask you will receive, if you seek you will find, if you knock, it will be opened for you. There is no shadow of doubt anywhere here. God hears and answers our prayers.
Now, even though Jesus was with the disciples, they never prayed to him. When we go to John 16, Jesus is talking to his disciples and telling them you are not praying now because you are with me and you get all what you need. Then Jesus is pointing them to his death and telling them that when I die you will be in sorrow and then you will not be able to ask me anything either. But Jesus goes on to say to his disciples that he wants to show them a way to get what they ask in prayer even when he is not there around with them.
John 16:23-24 23In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Even in his absence in body with us, Jesus has given us the provision to get our prayers answered. The Bible says when we ask we will receive and when we receive our answers from God we will have complete joy. There is a special joy that comes to a believer when we he learns how to pray. There is a joy when we find our God can come down and do things for us that we ask him to do. There is no substitute to receive that joy other than prayer.
1 John 5:14-15 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.