“I am a man of prayer.” (Psalm 109:4)
In every great movement of God in history, two factors have been present:
A movement of God has never come by man-made methods. You can’t promote or advertise a move of God. You can’t organize or manipulate a move of God. You can’t work it up you can only call it down. Revival is a sovereign, sudden, selective, and supernatural movement of the Spirit of the Living God. “Not my might, nor by power, but by My spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6).
We are in a battle! (Ephesians 6:10-12). And we have been chosen to be on the front lines of that battle. Prayer is the mightiest force in the universe, and our most powerful weapon to win great victories.
The church has always gone to battle on the knees of its prayer warriors, especially on the knees of its praying men.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Psalm 145:18,19 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him. He will also hear their cry and save them.”
Proverbs 15:8b “…The prayer of the upright is His delight.”
Isaiah 45:11 “Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel…ask of Me of things to come concerning My sons; and concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.”
Isaiah 65:24 “It shall come to pass that before they call I will answer; and while they are still speaking I will hear.”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
John 14:13,14 “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name I will do it.”
John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.”
John 16:23,24 “…Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you…ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helps our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to his prayers.”
1 John 5:14,15 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
The Principle of Faith: “And all things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:22) “And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up…” (James 5:15a)
The Principle of Priority: “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud.” (Psalm 55:17)
The Principle of Adoration: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing…Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb forever and ever.” (Revelation 5:12,13) “Enter into His courts with praise…” (Psalm 100:4)
The Principle of Confession: “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
The Principle of Supplication: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men.” (1 Timothy 2:1) Supplication – specific requests.
The Principle of Thanksgiving: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6) “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise, be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4)
The Problem of Wrong Relationships:
With God: “If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18)
With family: “Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them (wives) with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7)
The Problem of Pride: “There they will cry out, but He does not answer, because of the pride of evil men. Surely God will not listen to empty talk, nor will the Almighty regard it.” (Job 35:12,13)
The Problem of Hypocrisy: “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of streets, that they may be seen by men.” (Matthew 6:5)
The Problem of Wrong Motives: “You ask and you do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:3
The Problem of Lack of Forgiveness: “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, ten come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23,24)
The Problem of Lack of Compassion: “Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and will not be heard. (Proverbs 21:13) “…This is the fast that I have chosen…share your bread with the hungry, and bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked cover him…Then you shall call and the Lord will answer.” (Isaiah 58:6,7,9)
The Problem of Failing to Forgive: “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, ten come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23,24)