Summary: Encourage the flock to pray deeply for each other, souls, saints, sinners, etc
THE SUPER POWER OF PRAYER
1-20-13 New Liberty Christian Church, Veedersburg, IN with Rich McQuinn
TEXT: MATTHEW 7:7-12
Ask, Seek, Knock
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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Does God really answer your prayers? Do you beg, ask for winning numbers of the Lotto, and pray unselfishly for others. Do you pray for your weaknesses, your temptations, and your love for God? Do you challenge Him to give you more time to do His work and win the souls of men before your time is up? Do you pray for your ability to do the finest service you can at your vocation and present a great witness while you are doing it? Are you a prayerful person who prays each day or when you feel like it or like so many of us just when there is a need in your life and you are scared to death?
If you do not know God and talk to Him in the good times, you will have a difficult time knowing Him or talking to Him in the bad needy times.
I have tooooo many examples of answered prayer that I want to share with you today. My thoughts are to encourage you to pray, to pray more often, to believe in prayer, to have a set time to pray, to put more heart into your prayer life. My aim is to help you today to become a tougher but gentler Christian.
Please listen to some of these real and documented stories.
Bruce Vannatta was married for 17 years. He works of Semi trucks. On 11-16-06
He came to work as usual knowing that he was to finish the work on a transmission that one of his co-workers had begun. Bruce was excited that this was his last day before he was going deer hunting and that was 200 miles away the next day. He finished the work and the driver asked him to check for a leak, not to fix it just to check where it came from.
4000 pound truck had been on a jack for 3 days when Bruce crawled underneath the truck.
Since he had not been working on the truck he assumed the other workers had checked the jack. It wasn’t stable and it made a slight noise and fell on Bruce’s chest. Blood was rushing from his mouth and the full weight of the truck was on his body. In one second he knew this was his time to meet God.
The nearest ambulance was a half hour away, so a call went out to a first responder who was just minutes from the shop. The first responder could see instantly that this man was dead or soon to be dead. They rejacked up the truck and pulled Bruce out. He was not conscious but could feel himself praying to God to protect his family. He saw himself on the ceiling looking down on himself. He began having a conversation with God. Lord please help the man laying there. He saw Angels and could feel peace and quietness. Just then the dead mans body began coughing and talking and Bruce said his spirit returned to his body. 5 major arteries had been severed, major organs had been crushed. No hope to live through the night. Daddy was not going to come home.
In Mountain View Memorial Hospital he laid there dying. Again, in the spirit he could feel himself praying to God to save him and send him back to his family.
He woke up 10 days later. Several operations were preformed to put him back together.
In one year he had lost 100 pounds and it was because his small intestine had died and he now had a year to live at the most. He was back in the hospital wresting with God. Why did you save me, why send the angels to help me if I only have one year to live? I believe in you and I know that my purpose is to raise my children. A Chaplain came into the room and put his hand on his head and prayed. Bruce felt the electricity of the prayer go through his body and his spirit told him it was God working a miracle on him just as he had asked. Of course he lived and is still very much alive in Wisconsin………..