We've come to the end of a great series on living a life that is focused on us being effective witnesses for Christ.
This week, I talked in length about prayer and why it's so important to keep on praying for those who are distant from God. Check out the outline and the video below. It was a powerful day, and the message challenged many!
Don't miss the video testimony of a story that has recently happened in someone's life at First Assembly Community Ministries!
BIG IDEA: Praying releases power to move
circumstances and people.
God deposits power through
the Holy Spirit in the believer.
Luke 24:49 “Behold I send the promise of my Father upon you, but
tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you receive power from on high.”
“You shall receive power when
the Holy Spirit comes upon you to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea, in
Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the earth.”
“Now to him who is able to do
exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or think according to the
power that works in us.”
Prayer is a means of releasing
Daniel 10:2-3, 12-13 “At
that time I, Daniel, mourned for
three weeks. 3 I ate no choice food;
no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the
three weeks were over… 12 ‘Do
not be afraid, Daniel.
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. 13 But
the prince of
the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help
me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.’”
God adds his fire
to our prayers.
Revelation 5:8 “And when he had taken it, the four living
creatures and the twenty-four
elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls
full of incense, which are the prayers of
Revelation 8:1-5 “When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in
heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven
angels who stand before God, and seven
trumpets were given to them. 3 Another angel, who had a golden
censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with
the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the
throne. 4 The smoke of the
incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took
the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the
earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of
lightning and an earthquake.”
ACTION: Take a strong, regular and expectant stand
in prayer for those who you are giving a strong witness.
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