When you're praying for victory in a spiritual battle in your life, does it matter how long or how intensely you pray?
What are the primary ingredients in prayer?
This week's message dealt with prayer that happens to overcome spiritual battles in your life, drawing from the story of Moses in Exodus 17. See the outline and the message below!
“8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at
Rephidim. 9 Moses
said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites.
Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.’ 10 So
Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur
went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the
Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When
Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on
it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that
his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”
BIG IDEA: We are engaged in a spiritual battle.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and
blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against
the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
3 Ingredients of Effective Prayer
1. Humility (I need You)
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 I will
forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2. Faith (I trust You)
“And without faith it is
impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he
exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
3. Love (Intimacy with You)
“You, God, are my God earnestly
I seek you; I thirst
for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and
parched land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.”
3 Lessons from Exodus 17:8-13 about
the Power of Prayer
is happening on the hill determines what happens down in the valley.
length of prayer is tied to the strength of the victory.
posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or
night. You who
call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest,
7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.”
depth of prayer is connected to its effectiveness.
Exodus 32:32 “But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”
“Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed. 49 My
eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief, 50 until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees.”
ACTION: What victory will you begin to see in intense,
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