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Summary: Most people lack confidence in their own prayers; this message provides the believer with Biblical recognition of the hidden power of his own prayer.

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THE HIDDEN POWER OF YOUR PRAYER

BTCC Summit • December 3, 2006

Verse-by-verse through the Book of Romans

“Unexpected Power” Part 2

“Prayer Confession”

3 people share a time when they lacked confidence in their own prayers

Share results of today’s survey taken at beginning of service:

• “When you pray, do you ever have doubts about whether God is willing to grant your requests?”

IMAG 01 – Unexpected Power

Most of us believe there is great power in prayer…

• It’s just that we have amazingly little confidence in our OWN prayers!

Today, part 2 of our series, “Unexpected Power”:

• THE HIDDEN POWER OF YOUR PRAYER!

END IMAG

Let’s PRAY!

Continuing verse-by-verse through Romans

Romans 15:30

o P. 805…Zchurch virtual Bible

So where does this lack of confidence in our own prayers come from?

IMAG 02 – The 4 YEAH, BUTS

THE 4 YEAH, BUTS

1. “One person’s prayer just isn’t enough”

2. “I don’t have enough faith”

3. “I’m not worthy”

4. “So many of my prayers have not been answered”

Each of these statements carries just enough truth…

• To make it an excellent LIE!

o Take closer look…

YEAH, BUT #1:

• “One person’s prayer…just isn’t enough”

The PARTIAL truth…

Matthew 18:19-20

“I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

The REST of the story!

Matthew 6:5-8

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done IN SECRET, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their MANY WORDS. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

Here’s the HIDDEN POWER of your own prayer

• Say it out loud!

IMAG 03

The HIDDEN POWER of my private prayer:

Jesus loves me so much that He will answer every single one of my wise prayers!

Somebody says, “So THERE’S the catch!”

• “The only prayer of mine I can be sure God will answer is the one that is WISE!”

Yes. That’s right.

• Do you really want God to answer your STUPID prayers?

o Think about it…

YEAH, BUT #2:

• “I don’t have enough faith”

The PARTIAL truth…

Matthew 17:18-20a

“Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, ‘Why couldn’t we drive it out?’ He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith.”

The REST of that verse!

Matthew 17:20b

I tell you the truth, if you have faith AS SMALL AS A MUSTARD SEED, you can say to this mountain, ’Move from here to there’ and it will move. NOTHING will be impossible for you."

Now got to Mark for the FIRST part of that story! (Same incident – immediately after Transfiguration)

Mark 9:14-29 [p. 714]

Here’s the HIDDEN POWER of your own prayer


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