Priest

Sacrificing Prayer

Priest

Lesson 4: Sacrificing Prayer

September 7 & 8, 2019

 

1 Peter 2:5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. New International Version

 

Our Prayers Persist Until They Exist

 

Acts 10:4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.” New International Version

 

Revelation 8:3 Then another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; and a great quantity of incense was given to him to mix with the prayers of God’s people, to offer upon the golden altar before the throne. Living Bible

 

Revelation 8:4 And the perfume of the incense mixed with prayers ascended up to God from the altar where the angel had poured them out. Living Bible

 

There Can Be A Motive Problem

 

James 4:2 …You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. New International Version  

 

There Can Be A Prayer Reversal Problem

 

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. New International Version  

 

James 1:6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. New International Version  

 

There Can Be A Resistance Problem

 

Ephesians 6:12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies — the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world. Living Bible

 

Daniel 10:12 Then he said, “Don’t be frightened, Daniel, for your request has been heard in heaven and was answered the very first day you began to fast before the Lord and pray for understanding; that very day I was sent here to meet youLiving Bible

 

Daniel 10:13 But for twenty-one days the mighty Evil Spirit who overrules the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the top officers of the heavenly army, came to help me, so that I was able to break through these spirit rulers of Persia.” Living Bible 

 

There Can Be A Timing Problem

 

Habakkuk 2:3 But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single dayLiving Bible 

 

There Can Be A Free Will Problem

 

Philippians2:13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.  Amplified Bible Classic Edition

 

"Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one ever bothered to ask."

- BillyGraham

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