April 19, 2020
Sermon Title: Prayer Changes Things
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Psalm 115:3; Exodus 32:9-10; Exodus 32:14
Scripture Text: Ephesians 3
"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven & on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
"And I pray that you, being rooted & established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide & long & high & deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church & in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever & ever. Amen."
Prayer Changes Things
Psalm 115:3 declares, "Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him." God does whatever He pleases, & He doesn't need our vote - nor does He wait for our veto.
The Bible teaches that prayer can make a difference in what God does, & that prayer can also have an effect on our circumstances.
I. PRAYER CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN WHAT GOD DOES
Do you respond when your kids make requests of you? Of course you do. So does God. He is the perfect parent as well as the powerful creator. And the Bible teaches that prayer can make a difference in what God does.
II. PRAYER CAN HAVE AN EFFECT ON OUR CIRCUMSTANCES
Not only can prayer affect God's actions, prayer can also have an effect on our circumstances because we're talking to the One who has all power - yesterday, today, & forever.
III. WHAT ABOUT TODAY?
But what about today? Does God really continue to hear our prayers & intervene in our lives? I'm convinced that He does. Many of our missionaries have observed God's intervention firsthand.
I don't believe God honors the "name it & claim it" game some people play - as if they can tell God what to do. Jeremiah, the prophet, declared, Lamentations 3:37 "Who can speak & have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?"
Our God listens carefully to our prayers, intercessions, agonies, & heartaches. But He will not permit us to dictate to Him what He has to do.
To pray is to tap into God's power. Isn't it time for us to catch up with
our forefathers & believe in, teach about, & pray to the God we read
Isn't it time for us to catch up with our forefathers & believe in, teach about, & pray to the God we read about in Ephesians 3:20 at the beginning of this sermon where it says, "Now to Him who is able to do . . . ALL we ask or imagine"?
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