The Key to A Fruitful Life – Prayer
Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Corey Turner, Corey Turner Ministries, Australia, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 18 March 2018
It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 ‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4 ‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:1-13)
Prayer is the primary responsibility of every believer. Albert Einstein was once asked about something to study and he told them that is about prayer. The disciples of Jesus did not ask Jesus to teach them to preach or to evangelize, but wanted to be taught how to pray. Prayerlessness is a problem of many churches today. When we face challenges in our lives, we need to pray and when we pray we must:-
1. Come by faith (Hebrews 11:6)
2. Abide in Jesus
3. Pray in the name of Jesus
When we pray in the name of Jesus, it is about faith, authority and power. We need to understand that we are authorized, as believers, to use the name of Jesus to pray. Others may use Jesus’ name but there will be no effect. We will get powerful results when we begin to sow in prayer.
It is also important that we pray according to His will. The more time we spend in prayer, the more we understand the voice of God and His will.
During World War 2, the Germans were three days away from invading Great Britain. The king of England, King George, declared a day of fasting and prayer across the nation. Amazingly, three days later nothing happened as the enemies failed to march towards Great Britain. Despite all the planning and direction from Hitler, the soldiers and all the equipment did not move.
In order to understand prayer better, we need to look into the prayer life of Jesus. Jesus prayed throughout the day. He started in the morning, he prayed before His meal, He prayed for others and He also prayed in the evening. The disciples saw the life of Jesus and asked Him to teach them how to pray. For Jesus, prayer was His first response to a situation. Prayer should be the first option and not the last option when we run out of options. We need a supply line in order to fight the battle. Prayer is the supply line for our battle.
From my distress I called upon the Lord; The Lord answered me and set me in a large place. (Psalm 118:5)
There are four principles of a prayer that we could learn from Luke 11:1-13:-
1. Pray specifically – tell God specifically what your needs or requests are.
2. Pray persistently – continue to ask God every day.
3. Pray relentlessly – never give up praying.
4. Pray by faith – come to God expectantly that your prayer will be answered.
When we start praying fervently, something will change. We need to have a prayerful attitude at all times so that we may lead a fruitful life.
“The secret to prayer is prayer.” A.W. Tozer