TEXT: Jas 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
God gives us a checklist in the Holy Bible to instruct us how to reach Him with our needs. Everything we do and every function of the Church of the Living God must be “bathed” in “prayer” to succeed.
We must “pray” for our Pastor but also for every mission, for every member and every need of the Church.
If our “prayers” our not FERVENT, then they will never reach into Heaven.
(Satan trembles when he sees even the weakest Christian get down on their knees.)
WE MUST PRAY FROM THE HEART not some Mickey Mouse “prayer”. NOT SOME “PRAYER” WRITTEN DOWN FOR US BUT A SINCERE “FERVENT” PRAYER FROM THE HEART.
I) WE MUST HAVE A BURDEN OF PRAYER!
Jas 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
If we do not even bother to ask Our Lord God, then how can we get bent all out of shape when things do not seem to be right.
Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, [to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones].
Literally, worn or bruised. broken-hearted; deeply affected with grief and sorrow; humble.
Jas 4:10 says [Humble yourselves] in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
1Pe 5:6 says [Humble yourselves] therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
We must have a burden for the sick, for every ministry of the Church and every Church leader, especially our Pastor.
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
We know that God does not lie, and God never changes.
When God hears our prayers He will answer!
This is not some public prayer, but this is that GET ALONE WITH GOD CLOSET PRAYER!
Mat 6:6 says, But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Even this prayer can be done at the altar or in a crowd BUT WE MUST GET ALONE WITH GOD!
Ii) OUR PRAYER NEEDS TO BE A RIGHTEOUS PRAYER!
The Life I lead must such that I lead a “righteous” life.
Psa 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
If I have unconfessed sin in my life, then this verse says God WILL NOT HEAR MY PRAYER.
This may cause Liberals to cut flips, but the word of God is true. We must lead clean Godly lives in order for our prayers to be heard.
Pro 15:29 says The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
Pro 28:9 says He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
Joh 9:31 says; [Now we know that God heareth not sinners]: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
We must pray for others:
From Samuel we learn that IT IS A SIN TO NOT PRAY FOR OTHERS.
1Sa 12:2 Moreover as for me, [God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you]: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
This is “intercessory prayer”. We have an INTERCESSOR in Heaven. If we do not pray for others, HOW CAN WE EXPECT HIM TO INTERCEDE ON OUR BEHALF.
Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, [seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them].
If we cannot obey the Word of God, then HOW CAN WE EXPECT GOD TO ANSWER OUR PRAYER!
Jas 4:3 says Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
III.) OUR PRAYERS MUST BE IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
If you want your prayer to be heard, then it MUST BE IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
Again the Liberals and the media, and all false religions have a fit over this but if a prayer is not in the name of Jesus Christ then you are just breathing out noise pollution. A prayer not in the name of Jesus will not get any higher than your knees.
Joh 14:13 And [whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do], that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
It does not get any plainer than that. If God is not glorified, HE WILL NOT ANSWER PRAYER.
If you are ashamed of Christ Our Lord, then:
Luk 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
If you have the Holy Ghost inside you should have no SHAME of Jesus Christ.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom [for all], to be testified in due time.
REMEMBER PRAYER IS THE OIL THAT MAKES GOD’S MACHINERY WORK!
THE ANSWER TO PRAYER MUST GLORIFY GOD!
Joh 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, [that the Father may be glorified in the Son].
WHEN WE CANNOT GIVE GOD THE GLORY FOR THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN OUR LIVES, WE CANNOT EXPECT HIM TO ANSWER OUR PRAYER.
When that “loved one” is has come home from the hospital, or not injured in that car wreck, or gotten bad news from one doctor and then good news from the next one. When that bad test results all of a sudden just by a miracle disappears. When that soldier comes home from the war uninjured and WE DO NOT GIVE GOD THE GLORY FOR ANSWERING OUR PRAYERS THEN, “WHY SHOULD HE ANSWER THE NEXT PRAYER”.
IV) WE NEED TO GLORIFY GOD FOR WHAT HE HAS ALREADY DONE!
Psa 3:5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; [for the LORD sustained me].
IT IS GOD THAT KEEPS US ALIVE.
Jacob(Israel) said in
Gen 35:3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, [who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went].
He gave God the Glory.
Psa 50:23 [Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me]: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
When we offer up our praise then we glorify God.
Psa 107:22 [And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing].
When we cannot just thank God through Our Lord Jesus then how can we rejoice.
Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer [the sacrifice of praise to God] continually, that is, [the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name].
A GOOD WAY TO BEGIN OUR PRAYERS:
” I thank you NOW Lord God for what you are going to do. ”
V.) WE MUST PRAY A COMMITTED PRAYER!
[(THIS IS NOT A COMMITTAL PRAYER)
Such as a prayer committing a body to a grave, nor a committal of a trust to another person.
IF I AM NOT COMMITTED ENOUGH TO MY REQUEST OF GOD, THEN HE WILL NOT ANSWER MY PRAYER.
Mat 26:39 says: And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Mat 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, [What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Jesus asked His disciples if they could not pray for at least an hour. Jesus was committed to saving our souls. Can we not commit our own selves to prayer for at least an hour to meet that special need?
Why and How can we let this flesh we live in to overcome our prayer life so easily. We can watch sports, we can watch TV, we can do many things for long periods of time but when it comes to prayer it’s:
” Hi God, I need this, goodbye God, in Jesus name; Amen.
OUR FLESH WILL DESTROY OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE IF WE ALLOW IT TO.
IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT A “PRAYER VIGIL” WILL MOVE THE HAND OF GOD.
VI.) OUR PRAYER MUST BE A CONTINUAL PRAYER!
(ASK, SEEK, KNOCK)
Luk 11:5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
Luk 11:6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
Luk 11:7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
Luk 11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
Luk 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Luk 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
A real knock is A KNOCKING, KNOCKING, KNOCKING, KNOCKING, KNOCKING, KNOCKING!
Knocketh means continuous knocking.
In other words:
1Th 5:17 [Pray without ceasing].
Rom 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; [continuing instant in prayer];
Col 4:2 [Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving];
Christ Our Lord is again our example:
Mar 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
VII.) OUR PRAYER MUST BE A SUBMISSIVE PRAYER!
I CANNOT MAKE DEMANDS OF GOD!
I cannot strut up before God and place my finger in His face and demand anything. We live in a “NAME IT, CLAIM IT, GRAB IT AND HAVE IT WORLD”.
God does not live as we do. God is sovereign over his entire creation and GOD DOES NOT OWE US ANYTHING!
If our prayer is not respectful and submissive, we cannot expect God to answer our prayer.
In this world if a man owns 100 acres we would say, he had some money. If it were 1000 acres we would say, he was rich. If it were 100,000 acres we would say, he was super rich, and we would offer respect.
Psa 50:10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
1Ch 29:13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
1Ch 29:14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? [for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee].
1Ch 29:15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
1Ch 29:16 O LORD our God, [all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name (cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own)].
Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
WE MUST SUBMIT OURSELVES TO THIS WONDERFUL, POWERFUL GOD WHO LOVES US SO MUCH THAT HE WILL EVEN LISTEN TO OUR REQUEST AND ANSWER EVERY ONE THAT REACHES TO HIS EARS. HIS PROMISE!
Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, [believing], ye shall receive.
Joh 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: [ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full].
WHEN WE PRAY IF WE WILL TAKE THIS CHECKLIST AND DO EVERYTHING ON THIS LIST, THEN WE HAVE GOD’S PROMISE HE WILL ANSWER OUR PRAYER.
1Jn 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him], because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that [he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him].