Kingdom Power by Dr. Tony Evans

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the name of Jesus is not just supposed to be a tagline at the end of our prayers because we’re supposed to say it no that has to do with authorization the question is this Jesus authorized what we’re requesting from the Father so to include Jesus’s name is to ask for Jesus’s authorization for what we have prayed and when you are doing that now that’s gonna make the prayer a lot deeper because now you wanna one make sure it’s something he would authorize make sure you’re in contact with him so that he can feed his will to you so that you’re praying according to the will of God and not against the will of God and then making sure that he is the centerpiece of the prayer because the father never turns down the son [Music] many of us prayer is like the national anthem before a sporting event it gets it started but has absolutely no connection to us happening in our lives we do it because it’s tradition we’re supposed to it’s paying homage while being totally disconnected from the field of play of our lives and yet it is the dominant theme of James in verses 13 through 18 you see the word pray or prayer in every verse so for James this is a big deal I hope to explain to us today why God has a conditional will and an unconditional will God’s will is what he determines to happen but it can happen in one of two ways it can happen unconditionally or conditionally God’s unconditional will is when he determines what will happen irrespective of what anybody else does that is it’s not conditioned on us or anybody else because he’s going to decide that it happens and he’s going to cause it to happen without any human involvement that is his unconditional will it’s not conditioned on our actions or non actions because he sovereignly decided to make it come to pass all by himself that is his unconditional will but God’s conditional will is different there are many things he’s decided to not let happen until he gets cooperation from earth there are many things that he’s decided will not bring from heaven into history unless there is human cooperation with his desire and design one of the primary mechanisms that God has established to determine much of what he does on earth and in your life and in my life is conditioned by the absence or presence of prayer James says in chapter 4 verses 1 to 3 you have not because you ask not or when you ask you asked with wrong motives he says I wanted to give it to you but you never came to me for word so you don’t have it it wasn’t because I didn’t want to give it it was because you didn’t who operate with getting it because it was part of my conditional will prayer is relational communication with God and the goal of prayer is to draw from heaven into history the gold of prayer is to get eternity to make a statement in time it is to make heaven visible on earth it is to get God to touch humanity the gold of prayer is that up there might do something fix something or change something down here now the problem is you don’t always know what’s conditional and what’s unconditional some things are clear but other things you’re not sure that’s why Paul says in 1st Thessalonians 5:17 you better pray without ceasing you better bring it all in God so you’ll miss nothing because all the time it’s not clear which way God is operating from without prayer you become limited to the physical but the only reason you pray is to get the spiritual God to enter into the physical the passport to leave the physical and into the spiritual is in one word in Scripture and that word is prayer now let me explain prayer does not get God to do something he doesn’t want to do because you can’t make God do something but what prayer does is access what he already wants to do that he has conditioned on your participation and mine I love Isaiah 65 verse 24 Isaiah 65 20 s 4 says before you call I have answered oh did you follow that before you prayed I have already answered the prayer this concept of prayer is distributing eternity in the time you remember when the disciples were asked by Jesus how are we gonna feed five thousand men not counting women and children 15 to 20 thousand people and they said we don’t know but they found a little boy with two fish five barley loaves of bread they brought him to Jesus because there’s a problem I was gonna feed all these people the Bible says Jesus looked up to heaven and he prayed and he invited God into the problem and all they did was distribute what the supernatural had provided so help me out if Jesus had to pray to get his Heavenly Father to do something up there to change something down here how much do you and I need to pray to get God to do something up there that we need him to do down here verse 13 is any one among you suffering suffering meant to be going through a difficult period of time suffering means you are hurting something is hurting you it could be physical hurt financial hurt circumstantial hurt relational hurt all you know is you’re in pain you are suffering James says if you are hurting because of circumstances you must pray he goes on in verse 13 notice what he says is anyone cheerful he is to say praises [Music] I studied the Bible in college for four years and studied the Bible before you as different as master’s degree another for this little dr.

The great then I’ve been preaching all of these years and I’m still learning new things from this awesome inexhaustibility really that’s why I’m so excited about the 20 Evans study buddy and its accompanying works the Tony Evans Bible commentary it will take all of this training and this teaching to make it available to you to understand utilize and apply God’s most powerful [Music] now a praise is a expression of value to the Lord it is honoring the Lord physically and verbally there’s no such thing as silent praise you can have silent worship but you can’t have silent praise praise is always visual and vocal that’s why he says sing praises to the Lord wait a minute let’s rewind if you’re in pain pray if you’re not in pain you’re not sad but you’re glad praise well hold it you either one or the other you even in pain or you’re cheerful if you’re in pain talk to God if you’re not in pain praise God which means that you always communicate with God cuz you’re in pain or in praise so God wants to hear from you all day non-stop as a way of life he wants you to thread him into every aspect of your day either in prayer or embrace coz even in pain or game praise verse 14 is anyone among you sick now the Greek word for sick means to be weary that’s what the word means means to be weary what happens when you get weary no matter what’s caused the weariness then let him call on the elders of the church and they are to pray over him in verse 13 you are praying for you anyone suffering let him pray but in verse 14 you need help because your prayers are not getting through in fact you don’t even feel like praying anymore when light beats you down long enough deep enough you can get tired of dealing with God so he says go to the elders of the church that should represent the spiritual leadership of the church to get support for a breakthrough you have not been able to get on your own that’s why you’re to be a part of a local church so that when you can’t go on somebody else can keep you going on you’re not to be a lone ranger Christian reminds of the story in mark chapter 2 verses 1 to 12 you got a lame man a paralyzed man he can’t get up he can’t get up he’d been laying there a long time and he can’t get up but he had four boys he had four posse for his homies they came and it says and they picked him up and took him to the house where Jesus was says they cut a hole in the roof and let him down in front of Jesus and then it says when Jesus saw their faith not the man’s faith it was laying down when he saw his homies faith when he saw the four brothers who picked him up when he saw their faith he healed the man oil has all these multiplicity of usages in the Bible he says when that member comes to the elders you are to pray for them but then anoint them in other words have the church minister to them at the point of their need pour oil on them verse 15 and the prayer offered in faith who will restore the one who is sick the prayer offered in faith his word I love this word we need this word restores mmm restores to restore something is to bring it back to its original intent when something breaks you restore it you try to bring it back to its original intent God is a restoring God in the weariness is of life he makes an astounding promise he says God will restore now let me clarify we know that everybody who gets physically sick don’t always get well or they may get partially well or they may be just a little better we know that perfect health is not always restored in every situation we know it is sometimes but it’s not all the time yes sometimes God takes you out but other times he walks with you through other times he he walks beside you he restores you emotionally even though you’re waiting for him to restore you circumstances or physically sometimes he does both but the restore here is to remove the weariness why you still trust him for the solution he says the prayer of faith will heal the sick it will remove the weariness and the Lord will raise him up and if he has committed sins because maybe he didn’t but if he has they will be forgiven him why do we pray for one another that our circumstance has changed and if necessary that sin get addressed because sin can keep you sick all sin is not all sicknesses not due to sin but sickness can be caused by sin first Corinthians 11 makes it clear many are sick many are weak among why because of unaddressed sin therefore confess your sins to one another he says in verse 16 acknowledge the sin that’s created the weariness for which you need to repent he says confess to one another and then he says and pray for one another so you only confess to somebody who’s gonna pray for you and not talk about you so the confessed to is to pray for he says that you may be healed that you may be delivered from or through whatever is taking place in your life now he makes a summary statement stay with me here in verse verse 16 the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much the effective the word there means energized remember the Energizer Bunny the energized prayer an energized prayer is a focused prayer it is a prayer that is God centered the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man he says can accomplish much and then he gives an illustration so stick with me because this is a doozy he says in verse 17 and 18 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours however this ordinary man was a prophet it says he prayed notice the word earnestly he wasn’t being casual he prayed earnestly that it would not rain and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months listen and a half years then he prayed again verse 17 says and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit so what since then he prayed and he closed heaven down for three and a half years he’s on earth but he praying to heaven and he shut heaven down when it came to rain three and a half years later he prayed again and he opened heaven up heaven didn’t just closed and open on his own it says he prays and it closed he prayed and it opened ah so let’s go back and see what really happened in first Kings chapter 18 cuz that’s where this event took place he prays beginning in verse 36 but then he comes to verse 41 and he lies you said to Ahab go up eat and drink for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower he says I hear thunderstorm coming off now let me start stay with me why did he pray this I mean what made him pray this in the first place well look at chapter 17 verse 1 now elijah the tishbite who was of the settlers of Gilead said the ahab as the Lord the God of Israel lives before whom I stand surely there shall be neither do nor rain these years accepted my word oh now reach up to 18 verse 1 now it happened after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year saying go show yourself to Ahab and I will send rain on the face of the earth Oh in chapter 17 verse 1 God said it’s not gonna rain in chapter 18 verse 1 God said it is gonna rain so why do you need to know that because he lied you didn’t just make this up he was praying based on what God had said God said it’s not gonna rain God said it is gonna rain so he prayed what’s this based on God’s Word so the first thing you need to know is you need to pray with your Bible open you need to pray say God you said this let me show you in case you forgot God you said this and I’m holding you to your word you said this I believe this so I’m afraid this the Bible is full of prayers that you should pray when you’re struggling there psalm 42 you pray psalm 42 when you repented that Psalm 51 you pray Psalm 51 when you are afraid there Psalm 34 you pray Psalm 34 you point God back to his word because God has held his word high above his name so you start with the Word of God about the situation that you faced alright let’s go on he goes on to say I hear the sound I hear the sound as a storm coming on verse 42 and AM went up to eat and drink but Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel and crouched down on the earth somebody say crouched down crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees oh okay alright he goes up to Mount Carmel and it says he crouched down put his head between his knees so he took the posture of a pregnant woman who was in labor the Bible calls it travail he was in labor and he said I need some rain I won’t serene I’m gonna push and push and push till I get some rain oh you know what God wants you to do he wants you to birth his will from heaven in history by calling it down drawing it down pushing it down until that baby of deliverance that baby of healing that baby of victory comes forth this is serious praying this is not casual praying this is crying out why why do I have to work so hard because Satan is trying to block your prayer from getting through it says he said to his servant go now look toward the sea so he went and looked and said there is nothing he said servant go to the sea and look for the storm sir we went out and said Oh neither devil saw him out here but wait a minute we just read Elijah heard the sound of a storm but for servant went out and he didn’t see a storm so he told his servant he told his servant to go back seven times he says I want you to go back seven times in verse 43 why 7 because 7 in the Bible is the number of completion whenever you see the word 7 it means something has been brought to completion sometimes people say how long should I pray for something how long should I talk to God I’ve been praying about this for years and nothing has happened how long should I pray well let me explain something God only has three answers yes no or wait if he hadn’t said yes and he hadn’t said no that means wait so what you do why you wait your pray till you get a yes or no you pray to completion when he went out the seventh time he said I saw a cloud coming out of the sea like the size of a man’s fist he got a smaller cloud that is he said I just saw a little cloud I don’t see long I just see a little fish size cloud Elijah said he said after the seventh time and he saw the cloud and prepare your chariot verse 44 and go down so the heavy shower does not stop you he didn’t let him see a shower let him see a cloud see sometime when God’s ready to move dangle that you see the whole thing is that let you see a little something something to give you a taste that’s why the Bible says o taste and see that the Lord is good he may not give you the whole meal it may just give you a sample plate that means that the milk sometimes God gives you an appetizer he ain’t ready to feed you the whole meal he just given you a sudden something so that you know what you have to look forward to so he says hi we only got a fish but there’s a shower so watch this man he tells a help getting your chariot and go cuz the storm is gonna get ready break out go get your chariot and go that means a horse is pulling the chariot so he gets it a horse he’s got to go 15 miles from where he is to Jezreel so a.m.

Gets in there and he’s riding his horse but I don’t want you to miss the end of verse 46 then the hand of the Lord was on Elijah and he girded up his loins and outran a half – just real know you didn’t hate his own horse hey have his riding the horse holy lies you picks up his cloak ties it up and he’s upset he option anyhow runs a horse to get real I believe Isaiah put it this way they that wait upon the Lord will have new strength they will mount up with wings like eagles they will run and not get weary they will walk in that thing somebody here ought to be willing to pray somebody ever be willing to cry out to God somebody are be willing to touch heaven because the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much I don’t just want to preach about prayer talk about prayer if you are weary or suffering or hurting then why don’t we do what we just preached [Music] [Music] you.

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