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Based on this prayer framework – the following is offered as a
consideration for praying: ‘ACTS’
exaltation of The Great God we are praying to.
C – Confession – Confession of our sins – repentance. We
should always come before Jesus with brokenness,
contrition & repentance.
and into His Courts with Praise.
S – Supplication – Pray for the needs of others and
ourselves. 4
The Power of Prayer
• The Power of Prayer is defined by who we are praying to:
How do I tap into it? –
• In Faith
• With Persistence
• With Thanksgiving
The Results of Prayer –
The Power of Prayer – Praying in Faith
James 1:6 – 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he
that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and
1. Praying in Faith begins with the person that prays.
2. We must be transparent and truthful in our prayer.
3. We are to believe that whatever we ask in prayer is
according to His Will.
4. The Power of Prayer is in The One to whom we pray. We
envelope our prayer in The Name of Jesus.
5. Praying to Him is a principal conduit / connection to His
Power & His Will.
The Power of Prayer – Praying in Faith
Colossians 3:17 – 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the
Father by him.
As we transition from Praying In Faith to Praying with
Persistence – it is needful to explore:
Praying in The Spirit vs Praying with The Spirit
1 Corinthians 14:14-15 14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my
understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with
the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing
with the understanding also.
This passage establishes that praying in tongues is Praying
With The Spirit. The Spirit is actually transacting the prayer.
The person is just the host. The prayer originates from the
person, but the acting occurs in The Holy Ghost.
Romans 8:26-27 – 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know
not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself
maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be
uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of
the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according
to the will of God.
Ephesians 6:18 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for
all saints;
Jude 20 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Ghost,
Praying in The Spirit means that the person is praying
according to The Will of God.
When we pray sincerely and wholeheartedly – according to The
Will of God – in tongues or not – we are Praying in The Spirit.
1 John 5:14-15 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask
any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know
that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Praying in Faith – Praying with Persistence
Example: If we are SINCERELY praying for souls to be saved –
we are praying in The Spirit (in accordance with The Will of
The Spirit / God / Jesus)
equally effective.
2 Chronicles 7:14 – 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.
James 5:16 – 16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
availeth much.
The Power of Persistent Prayer
Luke 18: 1-8 – 1And he spake a parable unto them to this end,
that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There
was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded
man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto
him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not
for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear
not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I
will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And
the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not
God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him,
though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge
them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he
find faith on the earth?
The Power of Persistent Prayer
The parable of the widow’s persistence is introduced as a
parable about prayer – then moves to a story about justice –
and ends with a question of faith.
It begins with the introduction of the judge who neither fears
God nor respects people. The un-respected people here are
represented by a widow whose relentlessness is so bothersome
to the judge that she ends up receiving the justice she demands.
The un-feared God will, by the end of the parable, overrule the
judge who does not fear Him.
Proverbs 21:1 – The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as
the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
In this parable, we have a persistent widow – poor & powerless
– who is prevailing before a corrupt judge for justice in her
case. In this parable the focus of Jesus is that we should pray
always and not lose heart. He identifies us with the widow and
the prayed to person – (God) – with the corrupt judge. What a
strange analogy. The point Jesus is making is that:
• If persistence pays off with a corrupt human of
limited power – how much more will it pay off
with a Just, Merciful and Gracious God of infinite
and unlimited power!!!
persevere against all odds. We see in the result, The
Sovereignty of Jesus in delivering the widows request – even
through a corrupt judge.
The Power of Persistent Prayer
Jesus didn’t give us this parable so that we might be inspired by
the example of an underdog (the widow) who never quits, but
rather so that we might get a grander understanding of our
Gracious Heavenly Father who – in contrast to the corrupt /
unjust judge – supremely cares for His children. Look at Jesus’
Luke 18:6-8 – 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge
saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day
and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you
that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of
man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
The Power of Persistent Prayer
Now comes the part of this parable that is often times
problematic –
• Some take away from the parable that we should petition
God for things we want – and if we annoy Him enough
(wear Him Down) He will give in and give it to us.
• This totally untrue!!! We will NEVER get Jesus to do
what is NOT HIS WILL.
* God NEVER follows man. Man ALWAYS follows God. *
• In this parable Jesus is saying to us to be persistent in
praying – persevering with patience, knowing He hears
us when we pray ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. Jesus
knows what we need even before we ask – yet He
instructs us to consistently prevail unto Him. Why??
There must be a purpose!!
• This consistent, perseverance builds and transforms our
relationship with Jesus. We develop in patience, waiting
on Jesus – listening for and to Jesus – golden silence in
His presence.
style with Jesus – we learn His voice as we patiently
persevere in his presence.
communication between us & Jesus.
When storms of life are
round me beating,
I have trod,
I love to be alone with God.
Alone with God, and in Him hidden,
To hold with Him communion sweet.
2021 THEME
Luke 18:8b –Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh,
shall he find faith on the earth?
• Why do you think Jesus asks this question?
• What would be your personal response to Jesus? 21
• Everyday – including weekends: Pray for at least 15
minutes with your prayer partner via the phone –
divide the time between you.
• Pray for TCOLCC / Kingdom Priorities
Souls to be Saved Souls to be Restored
Souls to be Delivered Churchwide Refocus
Rededication Recommit Deliverance
Healing Forgiveness Forbearance