#335 ASK Series# 2, Praying on Purpose
By: Pastor D. Karl Thomas
God Needs You To Pray
John 16:23-24 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now (NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE) you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
“The Greek word ‘ask’ … destroys the picture that we must pitifully beg and plead for the things we need of the Lord. You see, the word “ask” is the Greek word aiteo, a word that means to be adamant in requesting and demanding assistance to meet tangible needs, such as food, shelter, money, and so forth.” Rick Renner
Jesus is teaching His disciples about a shift in how the world is governed spiritually.
They will walk in whole new realm of power and authority.
I am going to restore to you the open deed, the right to rule and reign on earth, through redemption in my blood!!! JUBILEE!!
PRAYING On Purpose
1. TIME Of Prayer
Mark 1:35 “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
You pray always and fellowship with God always but you need a time of prayer.
Luke 5:16 “So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.”
Luke 9:18 “And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’”
Daniel 6:10 “And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Psalm 55:17 “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.”
Acts 3:1 “Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.”
Acts 2:42 “ And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Specific article “THE” and plural. The specific prayers to pray. The specific times to pray.
An appointment with the creator of the universe … He waits for me.
2. PLACE Of Prayer
Matthew 6:6 “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
Father Is in the secret place waiting for you. Key to fellowship with Him is, SHUT THE DOOR!
Sees in secret … rewards openly
My DADS prayer bench!
I know a Pastor who lights a candle every time he prays … God is present with me.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
SAFETY SUPPLY SATISFACTION
3. VOICE Of Prayer
Luke 11:1 “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
Matthew 26:39 “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’”
Times it is not appropriate to pray out loud. My aunt Dorthy … wow!
Mark 11:23-24 “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says (lego:—to speak, command , point out with words) will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
4. SPECIFICS Of Prayer
Luke 22:32 “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Devil had sent out a command to take that one out … he could be important … attack
Jesus is constantly making intercession for you!!! If he did it for Peter he will do it for you … awesome His commitment to His purpose in you!!!
Romans 1:9 “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,
Matthew 21:22 “ And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Get assignments when you pray … pray specifically.
5. AGREEMENT In Prayer
… plane lands turn on phone … phone is searching for a connection … connections make you thrive — if you constantly do it yourself you will burn out!!!
Matthew 18:18-20 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Acts 12:5, 7 “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church … Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands.”
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.