May 7, 2017
Sermon Title: The Power of Persistent Prayer
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Scripture Reading: II Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 62:5; Proverbs 3:6
Scripture Text: Daniel 10:10-12
10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
The Power of Persistent Prayer
Daniel 10:12 “SINCE THE FIRST DAY that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, YOUR WORDS WERE HEARD, and I have come in response to them.”
This isn’t the 1st time an angel has told Daniel this: AS SOON AS YOU BEGAN TO PRAY, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision. Daniel 9:23
In other words, every time you and I pray not only does God gladly hear our prayers… an angel is immediately sent from the throne of God to answer our prayers.
The story of Daniel’s prayer (Chapter 10) gives us at least one reason why that should be true.
Re-read: Daniel 10:12-13
Now consider what this says: “From the very 1st day Daniel prayed his prayers were heard and an angel was sent.” BUT this is one of those rare times God pulls back the curtain and lets us see what’s happening behind the scenes.
When Daniel prayed demonic forces rose up (the prince of Persia) and angelic warfare was broke out. You know what that means?
… that means – that when you pray – you turn loose the very powers of heaven.
… that means – that when you pray – you have the power to battle the very forces of darkness.
… that means – that when you pray – angels are willing to fight--to answer your prayers
Hebrews 1:14 tells us “angels (are) ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation”
WHEN YOU PRAY angels are at your beck & call
· Are you praying for someone in your family to become a Christian?
Every prayer you pray puts more and more pressure on that person to listen to God…
· Do you pray for your friends in their daily struggles
Every prayer you pray imparts to them more and more power from God
· Do you have difficulties with someone at work
Every prayer you lift up to God’s throne brings God’s power to bear on difficult people and situations.
Prayer is not a passive act on our part. Prayer is AN AGGRESSIVE, ACTIVE MINISTRY. You are putting your shoulder to the wheel and moving the forces of heaven.
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