Prayer Pt.4

# Prayer PT.4
__Connect__ __Grow__ __Serve__ __Lead__
So If God knows what I need before I even ask for it why should I pray?

Answer - Prayer lets God in by __Choice__
As Christians, we have __free will__ - which means we can __choose__ to do whatever we
want even though there may be __negative__ consequences that go with it.

**Romans 10:9 ESV**
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

**Revelation 3:20 NKJV**
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens
the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me.

4 Points to why we should Pray
1. We choose to have a relationship with God
2. Prayer establishes a prioritized relationship with God

**Luke 18:1 NKJV**
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose
heart,

    God does not answer Prayer that does not line up with HIS __WORD__!

**Luke 10:17 NKJV**
Then the seventy returned with joy, say
ing, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

**Luke 10:18 NKJV**
And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
**Luke 10:19 NKJV**
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of
the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
**Luke 10:20 ESV**
Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

3. To use our Spiritual Authority!

**Genesis 1:26 NKJV**

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

**Luke 10:19 NKJV**
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

**Matthew 16:19 NKJV**
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

**God is not going to do for us what he already gave us the authority to do!**

1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV
pray without ceasing, Prayer gives us a glimpse of the
future or direction!

4 Points to why we should Pray
1. We choose to have a relationship with God

2. Prayer establishes a prioritized relationship with God

-Point 3 you will get in just a minute

Why would someone not Pray?

**Luke 18:1 NKJV**
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

The translation is don’t turn coward - or don’t give up!

There are 2 reasons people stop praying
1. They got Carnal
Like skipping church once - it gets easier the 2nd time
Like skipping the gym - it gets easier to skip the second time
I get it - I have been there
Don’t be frustrated - I have Pastor friends that have a poor prayer

2. They got Mad
They prayed and nothing happened
I hear this all the time-

> Well, I prayed for a whole 2 minutes last night that the co worker-who I know is Satan’s mistress would get hit by a bus on the way to work this morning, and guess what? She showed up on time just like she always
does -See there Is God not answering my Prayers again!

God does not answer Prayer that does not line up with
HIS __WORD__!

Ok-clearly this person does not understand what prayer is or how it works! That's ok because we are going to cover how to pray real soon!

Here is another reason people turn Coward, get mad, and stop praying.

Sometimes we can get really whinny-I mean even I have had a few pity parties during my prayer time-Oh God that means ole Satan has done it again- He has attacked me and my family, and my finances, and I just don’t know what to do - Life is so unfair -If you really loved me you would just come to fix all of this for me.....

Can somebody agree with me on that.............


**Luke 10:17 NKJV**
Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

**Luke 10:18 NKJV**
And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

**Luke 10:19 NKJV**
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

**Luke 10:20 ESV**
Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

That brings us to point 3

**3. To use our Spiritual Authority!**

**Genesis 1:26 NKJV**
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air,
and over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Look at this What Authority did God give us
ALL over everything
Every Creeping thing that creeps
**God was warning us about Satan!**
Now Adam and Eve lost that Authority but Jesus got it back for us

Let's look back at Luke

**Luke 10:19 NKJV**
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Authority over all
All of the power of the enemy!

Look at this

**Matthew 16:19 NKJV**
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth
will be loosed in heaven.”

In other words, what we allow is what will happen
If we allow Satan to kick our front door down, he will
It's time we use the delegated authority in our life!

› When I am praying for my boys I pray that the spirit of rebellion is bound and I remind Satan that he has no authority over my family, That God's angels are encamped around my family, and that I have power over the enemy and nothing will hurt them!

All of that to say this.

**God is not going to do for us what he already gave us the authority to do!**

Close

**1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV**
pray without ceasing,

not every prayer has to be 3 hours
Some need to be longer
Jesus Prayed for hours

Why did Jesus pray for hours?
He needed Direction

For Example, Jesus prayed before he had to choose the 12 disciples.

Point Number 4 is - **Prayer gives us a glimpse of the future or direction!**