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BBC THE POWER OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER MAY 27, 207

PENTECOST SUNDAY NUMBER 14: 13-18

 

NUMBERS 14:13-18   13 AND MOSES SAID TO THE LORD: "THEN THE EGYPTIANS WILL HEAR IT, FOR BY YOUR MIGHT YOU BROUGHT THESE PEOPLE UP FROM AMONG THEM,  14 "AND THEY WILL TELL IT TO THE INHABITANTS OF THIS LAND. THEY HAVE HEARD THAT YOU, LORD, ARE AMONG THESE PEOPLE; THAT YOU, LORD, ARE SEEN FACE TO FACE AND YOUR CLOUD STANDS ABOVE THEM, AND YOU GO BEFORE THEM IN A PILLAR OF CLOUD BY DAY AND IN A PILLAR OF FIRE BY NIGHT.  15 "NOW IF YOU KILL THESE PEOPLE AS ONE MAN, THEN THE NATIONS WHICH HAVE HEARD OF YOUR FAME WILL SPEAK, SAYING,  16 'BECAUSE THE LORD WAS NOT ABLE TO BRING THIS PEOPLE TO THE LAND WHICH HE SWORE TO GIVE THEM, THEREFORE HE KILLED THEM IN THE WILDERNESS.'  17 "AND NOW, I PRAY, LET THE POWER OF MY LORD BE GREAT, JUST AS YOU HAVE SPOKEN, SAYING,  18 'THE LORD IS LONGSUFFERING AND ABUNDANT IN MERCY, FORGIVING INIQUITY AND TRANSGRESSION; BUT HE BY NO MEANS CLEARS THE GUILTY, VISITING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS ON THE CHILDREN TO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION.'

 

INTRO: A MAN DREAMED, WHILE TRAVELING, THAT HE CAME TO A LITTLE CHURCH. ON THE ROOF WAS A DEVIL FAST ASLEEP. HE WENT ALONG FARTHER AND CAME TO A LOG CABIN WHICH WAS SURROUNDED BY DEVILS ALL WIDE AWAKE. HE ASKED ONE OF THEM WHAT IT MEANT. SAID THE DEVIL, “I WILL TELL YOU. THE FACT IS THAT THE WHOLE CHURCH IS ASLEEP, AND ONE DEVIL CAN TAKE CARE OF ALL THE PEOPLE; BUT HERE ARE A MAN AND A WOMAN WHO COMMUNE WITH GOD IN PRAYER, AND THEY HAVE MORE POWER THAN THE WHOLE CHURCH.”

EXPL; IN THE TEXT WE SEE THE NEED FOR THE POWER OF PRAYER

PITIFUL PROBLEM – V.1 – 3 PEOPLE OF ISRAEL ARE IN A STATE OF REBELLION; THE INFLUENCES OF THOSE WHO WERE DOMINATED BY WHAT THEY FELT, AND SAW MOVED THEM IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITY TO FEAR.  THEY RESPONDED THE WRONG WAY TO THE CHALLENGES AT HAND,

POOR PLAN TO EMBRACE THE PAST – V.4 FEAR CAUSED THEM TO FREEZE, BECOME SELF – CENTERED,  AND  DEVISE A PLAN TO ELECT NEW LEADERSHIP, DISPOSE OF THE OLD LEADERSHIP, (STONE THEM WITH STONES – MOSES, AARON, JOSHUA AND CALEB. AND THEN RETURN TO EGYPT AND BONDAGE

PROFICIENT PRIVATE EYE PERSPECTIVE – V. 6-10 WAS NULL AND VOID AGAINST THE EVERY GROWING PEP RALLY FOR SIN; THE TWO SPIES SAID WE CAN GO FORWARD INTO THE LAND OF PROMISE; THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY. HOWEVER THE MAJORITY MINUS THE MASTER INFLUENCE THE MULTITUDE TOWARD A MEGA MISTAKE THAT WOULD END IN MISERY. THE PRIVATE EYE PERSPECTIVE TEACHES US THAT FAITH GIVES US COURAGE AS WE REFLECT ON THE POWER AND GLORY OF GOD OF THE PAST.

 

PROPOSITION OF A PROMOTION – V. 11-12 GOD SHOWS US AND WE SEE THE PEOPLE HAVE DISHONORED AND DESPISED GOD; GOD ASK HOW LONG BEFORE THEY TRUST BE, HOW LONG BEFORE THEY SAY YEA AND AMEN.  HOW LONG?  THEN HE SAYS, I AM GOING TO DEAL WITH DISHONOR AND DOUBT BY SENDING DISEASE AND THEN DISINHERIT THEM. I AM GOING TO WIPE THEM OUT AND MAKE YOU, MOSES, PRINCE OF EGYPT, A GREAT NATION. I AM GOING TO ‘HOOK YOU UP”, I AM GOING TO BLESS “YOU”; I AM GOING TO BUILD YOU A GREAT HOUSE.  CAN YOU SEE MOSES….COMPARING THE CLIMATE OF THE DAY WITH THE PROMISE OF YAHWEH. CAN YOU SEE MOSES…CONTEMPLATING THE DEAL FROM THE DIVINE GOD; A NEW AND FRESH START, A NEW BEGINNING.  IT REMINDS ONE OF THE TV. PROGRAM “DEAL OR NO DEAL”.  AND MOSES MAKES A DECISION…”NO DEAL.” 

PRAYER OF PROTECTION – MOSES WHO STANDS IN THE GAP REFUSES THE DEAL AND PRAYS.

PROP: THE PRAYER OF INTERCESSION IS A PRAYER OF PROTECTION.

TS: AS WE LOOK AT MOSES PRAYER WE WILL LEARN HOW TO PRAY IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE CAN HAVE A POWERFUL PRAYER LIFE EVEN AGAINST THE ODDS

INTER:; WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS INTERCESSORY PRAYER THAT WILL BLESS US, AS WELL AS OTHER

MP. I. IS WHY SHOULD WE PRAY FOR OTHERS?  V. 13A. AND MOSES SAID TO THE LORD.

WHY SHOULD WE INTERVENE FOR OTHERS, WHY SHOULD WE STAND IN THE GAP FOR OUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND EVEN FOES? WHY SHOULD WE RUN INTERFERENCE AGAINST THE FORCES OF EVIL. 

IMP. THE ANSWER IS VERY SIMPLE, BECAUSE SOMEONE, SOMEBODY, SOME GROUP PRAYED FOR US. WE DIDN’T’ JUST START PRAYING; BUT MAMA PRAYER, AND DADDY PRAYED, PREACHER PRAYED, DEACON PRAYED, TEACHER PRAYED, MISSIONARY PRAYED, THE CHILDREN PRAYED. SOMEBODY TALKED TO GOD ABOUT YOU AND ON YOUR BEHALF. AND YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IT.

TEXT: BURNING BUSH - ISRAEL WAS PRAYING FOR RELIEF AND RESCUE AND GOD SAID I’VE HEARD THEIR CRIES. AND AT THE BURNING BUSH WHERE MOSES WAS COMMISSIONED…GOD TO PHARAOH…REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID; OH MY LORD, I  AM NOT ELOQUENT, I AM NOT A GOOD SPEAKER, I AM SLOW OF SPEECH AND SLOW OF TONGUE.  BUT SOMEBODY HAD BEEN PRAYING FOR HIM.  EX 4:10

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - THEN MOSES PRAYS FOR THE PEOPLE… - WHEN THEY REACH MT. SINAI.. AND GOD TELLS HIM TO GO BACK DOWN THE MT. AND BRING BACK AARON AND TELL THE OTHER TO SAY OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES; MOSES PRAYED…YOU ALREADY TOLD THEM THAT, THE MT. IS OFF LIMITS. ..AND MOSES WENT DOWN TO THE PEOPLE AND TOLD THEM WHAT THE LORD HAD SAID.

THE GOLDEN CALF – THEN MOSES PRAYS FOR THE PEOPLE – LORD SAID TO MOSES THE PEOPLE ARE UNRULY. MOSES PRAYS TO THE LORD…AT THE TENT OF MEETING …EX. 33:12…YOU’VE BEEN TELLING ME, TAKE THESE PEOPLE UP TO THE PROMISE LAND…BUT YOU HAVE NOT TOLD ME WHO WILL GO WITH ME. YOU CALL ME BY NAME AND TELL ME I HAVE FOUND FAVOR. PLEASE SHOW ME YOUR INTENTIONS SO I WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND WANT ME TO DO.

THE COMPLAINING IN THE DESERT – MOSES HEARD THE PEOPLE COMPLAIN BECAUSE OF THEIR APPETITE…THEY WERE TIRED OF THE MANNA IN THE MORNING. MOSES SAID…I AM MISERABLE, WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS? ARE THESE MY CHILDREN? AM I THEIR FATHER? WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?  LORD KILL ME AND SPARE ME THE MISERY. THEN THE LORD CALLED THE 70 ELDERS AND SAID..I WILL TAKE SOME OF THE SPIRIT FROM YOU AND PUT THE SPIRIT ON THEM SO TO SHARE IN THE BURDEN.

THE LIFE OF JESUS – MT. PRAY FOR THOSE WHO SPITEFULLY USE YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU.  PRAY FOR THOSE WHO WILL WORK; FOR THE HARVEST IN PLENTIFUL BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW. PRAY FOR YOURSELF…WATCH AND PRAY, LET YOU ENTER INTO TEMPTATION,

APP: PRAY FOR YOURSELF AND SOMEBODY ELSE.

ILL: PRAYER WORK - “I AM SORRY I AM LATE TODAY,” SAID A CLERGYMAN VISITING AN AGED PARISHIONER, “BUT I HAVE BEEN ALL ROUND THE PARISH.” “WHY,” SAID THE OLD WOMAN, “THAT’S JUST WHERE I’VE BEEN!” “BUT YOU CANNOT WALK,” EXCLAIMED THE ASTONISHED MINISTER. “AH,” SAID THE OLD SAINT, “YOU SEE, MY SOUL ISN’T BEDRIDDEN! SO I JUST GO ROUND THE PARISH EVERY DAY IN PRAYER, WHILE I LIE HERE.”

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MP II. HOW SHOULD WE PRAY FOR OTHERS? V. 13-16 WE PUSH – PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS –

PRAY FOCUSED ON GOD’S FAME – THE WORLD IS FULL OF FAMOUS PEOPLE;  WHO THEY ARE CAN BE IDENTIFIED BY NAME OR LOGO OR SYMBOL. BASED ON PAST EXPERIENCES PEOPLE AND PLACES HAVE WHAT IS CALLED A “REP.”  A REP OR REPUTATION IS A GENERAL ESTIMATION OF WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF YOU; IT IS A STATE OF BEING HELD HIGH OR LOW; IT’S AN ELEMENT OF GOOD OR BAD NOTORIETY.

REP, HONOR, CHARACTER THAT MAY SCAN THE SCALE FROM COLOSSAL, FROM SUPER STAR TO TAINTED AND SPOTTED.  WE ATTACH SYMBOLS TO FAME; STRONG AS AN OX; STUBBORN AS A MULE;  COURAGE OF A LION; EAGLE EYE. DIRTY AS A GOD. WE ALL HAVE A REPUTATION…CALL THE NAME, OR NAME OF A FAMILY AND GET THE WORD PICTURE.  JOSEPH, SAUL, DAVID AND SOLOMON….WE GET A MINDSET OF THEIR REP.

IN THE TEXT; MOSES REMOVES THE FOCUS FROM HIMSELF TO FATHER GOD. MOSES PRAYS, LORD…WHAT WILL THE EGYPTIANS THINK WHEN THEY HEAR THE NEWS, THE STORY AND THE REPORT OF THE DEATHS IN THE DESERT AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF YOUR AWESOME POWER; THE PILLAR OF CLOUD BY DAY, AND FIRE BY NIGHT; THE SPECTACULAR SEPARATION OF THE RED SEA; THE MANNA AND THE BITTER WATER MADE SWEET…THEY WILL SAY YOU WE NOT ABLE TO DO; WE WERE NOT ABLE TO HANDLE IT; GOD YOU ARE A FAILURE.  FAME CAN BE USED FOR GOOD OR BAD..

IMP.  GOD’S FAME -  REPUTATION OVER MY REQUEST - IT’S NOT MY NAME BUT HIS NAME; AN INTERCESSORY PRAYER OF POWER DOESN’T BEGIN WITH A REQUEST BUT REPUTATION. MOSES IS FOCUSED ON GOD’S GREAT NAME, HIS GREAT HONOR AND HIS GREAT GLORY!!!    MOSES WAS CONCERNED ABOUT GOD’S NAME OVER THE PRAYER REQUEST. 

AND GOD IS CONCERNED ABOUT HIS REPUTATION… HIS GLORY OVER THE NATION; EVEN ISRAEL AS A NATION FOR WHEN ISRAEL DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES…BEFORE THE DEATH OF ELI…THE ARK WAS TAKEN….WHEN ELI HEARD HE DIED AND HIS DAUGHTER IN LAW, IN THE MIDST OF BIRTH..WHEN SHE HEARD, NAME THE CHILD ICABOD….SAYING THE GLORY HAS DEPARTED FROM ISRAEL. 

NT; GOD’S GLORY –  BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST – THE ANGELS CRIED OUT IN THE PRESENCE OF THE SHEPHERDS..GLLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE; GOODWILL TOWARD MEN.

BEGINNING OF JESUS MINISTRY -  AFTER THE WILDERNESS OF TEMPTATION…JESUS RETURNED IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT INTO GALILEE ; AND THERE WENT OUT HIS FAME INTO ALL THE REGION  LUKE 4:14  AND SEE IN THE CLEANSING OF THE MAN WITH THE UNCLEAN SPIRIT AND THE LEPER.

MAN BORN BLIND - JOHN 9:3 JESUS ANSWERED, NEITHER HATH THIS MAN SINNED, NOR HIS PARENTS: BUT THAT THE WORKS OF GOD SHOULD BE MADE MANIFEST IN HIM.

LAZARUS JOHN 11:4 WHEN JESUS HEARD THAT, HE SAID, "THIS SICKNESS IS NOT UNTO DEATH, BUT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, THAT THE SON OF GOD MAY BE GLORIFIED THROUGH IT."

UPPER ROOM - JOHN 13:31 AS SOON AS JUDAS LEFT THE ROOM, JESUS SAID, "THE TIME HAS COME FOR ME, THE SON OF MAN, TO ENTER INTO MY GLORY, AND GOD WILL RECEIVE GLORY BECAUSE OF ALL THAT HAPPENS TO ME. 32 AND GOD WILL BRING ME INTO MY GLORY VERY SOON.

APPL: WE PUSH BACK AGAINST THE NEGATIVE SIDE OF HOPE.

UNDERSTAND THE ELEMENTS OF HOPE:  HOPE IS MORE THAN A  NAME; HOPE IS CONFIDENT EXPECTATION IN THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND SITUATIONS.  HOPE IS ONE OF THE MAJOR CHRISTIAN VIRTUES. HOPE IS THE FEELING OF FULFILLED DESIRE; HOPE IS FUELED BY EXPECTATIONS BUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF WAITING. YES, WE HOPE IN GOD. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE OF HOPE;

EVIL ALSO HOPES YOU END UP IN DESPAIR AND DEFEAT; THE OPPOSITION IN THE WARFARE  HOPES…EVERYTHING GOES WRONG AND NOTHING WILL TURN OUT RIGHT.

THE ADVERSARY HOPES YOU FEEL AWFUL;

BEELZEBUB HOPES IT WILL GO BAD WITH YOU! 

THE DEVIL HOPES YOU ARE DEFEATED

THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR HOPES YOU WHITHER IN PAIN

SATAN HOPES YOU ARE SOILED AND SPOILED AND YOUR DAYS ARE FULL OF TOIL.

AND WE MUST PUSH…BY PRAYING FOCUSED NOT INITIALLY ON THE REQUEST BUT THE REPUTATION OF GOD!

ILL:  PRAYER, CONDITIONS OF SUCCESSFUL: PRAY FROM GOD'S SIDE OF THE FENCE

A CHRISTIAN GENTLEMAN SAYS THAT "WHEN A BOY, I WAS MUCH HELPED BY BISHOP HAMLINE, WHO VISITED AT A HOUSE WHERE I WAS. TAKING ME ASIDE, THE BISHOP SAID, 'WHEN IN TROUBLE, MY BOY, KNEEL DOWN AND ASK GOD'S HELP; BUT NEVER CLIMB OVER THE FENCE INTO THE DEVIL'S GROUND AND THEN KNEEL DOWN AND ASK HELP. PRAY FROM GOD'S SIDE OF THE FENCE.' OF THAT, I HAVE THOUGHT EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE SINCE." --TOPICAL ILLUSTRATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MP III. HOW SHOULD WE PRAY TO GOD

 

NUMBERS 14:18 THE LORD IS LONGSUFFERING, AND OF GREAT MERCY, FORGIVING INIQUITY AND TRANSGRESSION, AND BY NO MEANS CLEARING THE GUILTY, VISITING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS UPON THE CHILDREN UNTO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATIONNUMBERS 14:19 PARDON, I BESEECH THEE, THE INIQUITY OF THIS PEOPLE ACCORDING UNTO THE GREATNESS OF THY MERCY, AND AS THOU HAST FORGIVEN THIS PEOPLE, FROM EGYPT EVEN UNTIL NOW.

 

GOD’S NAME-   THIS IDEA OF THE NAME OF GOD IS LINKED HIS FAME AND RENOWN FOR NAMES ARE IMPORTANT IN OUR IDENTITY, FOR IN NAMING CHILDREN THE HOPES, DESIRES AND DREAMS WERE LINKED TO THE NAME.   JACOB = SURPLANTER, JOSEPH = GOD HAS ADDED; DAVID = BELOVED; SARAI = PRINCESS. ETC…SAMUEL = ASKED OF GOD. NAME IS TIED TO RELATIONSHIP FOR GOD KNOWS MOSES BY NAME.  HERE MOSES KNOWS GOD’S NAME.  HE KNOWS HIM AS THE GREAT I AM, AS YAHWEH, THE COVENANT KEEPING GOD OF ABSOLUTE BEING, CREATION AND OF AWE.

IMP. WHEN WE PRAY; WE PRAY WITH  THE UNDERSTANDING OF  GOD’S NATURE AND ATTRIBUTES AND CHARACTER. AND THE MORE GOD REVEALS OF HIMSELF THE BETTER WE ARE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO PRAY. GOD CONTINUED TO REVEAL MORE OF HIS NATURE IN THE JOURNEY, THUS MOSES KNEW HOW TO PRAY.

 

EX 4 - AT THE BURNING BUSH TELL THE ELDERS I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.

WATER TO BLOOD - EXODUS 7:5 WHEN I SHOW THE EGYPTIANS MY POWER AND FORCE THEM TO LET THE ISRAELITES GO, THEY WILL REALIZE THAT I AM THE LORD."

FLIES ONLY IN EGYPT - EXODUS 8:22 BUT IT WILL BE VERY DIFFERENT IN THE LAND OF GOSHEN, WHERE THE ISRAELITES LIVE. NO FLIES WILL BE FOUND THERE. THEN YOU WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD AND THAT I HAVE POWER EVEN IN THE HEART OF YOUR LAND.

PASSOVER - EXODUS 12:12 ON THAT NIGHT I WILL PASS THROUGH THE LAND OF EGYPT AND KILL ALL THE FIRSTBORN SONS AND FIRSTBORN MALE ANIMALS IN THE LAND OF EGYPT. I WILL EXECUTE JUDGMENT AGAINST ALL THE GODS OF EGYPT, FOR I AM THE LORD!

RED SEA EXODUS 14:18 WHEN I AM FINISHED WITH PHARAOH AND HIS ARMY, ALL EGYPT WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD!"

10 COMMANDMENTS - EXODUS 20:2 I AM THE LORD THY GOD, WHICH HAVE BROUGHT THEE OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT, OUT OF THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE.

THE SABBATH - EXODUS 31:13 "TELL THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL TO KEEP MY SABBATH DAY, FOR THE SABBATH IS A SIGN OF THE COVENANT BETWEEN ME AND YOU FOREVER. IT HELPS YOU TO REMEMBER THAT I AM THE LORD, WHO MAKES YOU HOLY.

THE REVEALING OF HIS GLORY EXODUS 34:6 HE PASSED IN FRONT OF MOSES AND SAID, "I AM THE LORD, I AM THE LORD, THE MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS GOD. I AM SLOW TO ANGER AND RICH IN UNFAILING LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS.

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS EXODUS 20:3-7  3 "DO NOT WORSHIP ANY OTHER GODS BESIDES ME.  4 "DO NOT MAKE IDOLS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER IN THE SHAPE OF BIRDS OR ANIMALS OR FISH.  5 YOU MUST NEVER WORSHIP OR BOW DOWN TO THEM, FOR I, THE LORD YOUR GOD, AM A JEALOUS GOD WHO WILL NOT SHARE YOUR AFFECTION WITH ANY OTHER GOD! I DO NOT LEAVE UNPUNISHED THE SINS OF THOSE WHO HATE ME, BUT I PUNISH THE CHILDREN FOR THE SINS OF THEIR PARENTS TO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATIONS.  6 BUT I LAVISH MY LOVE ON THOSE WHO LOVE ME AND OBEY MY COMMANDS, EVEN FOR A THOUSAND GENERATIONS.  7 "DO NOT MISUSE THE NAME OF THE LORD YOUR GOD. THE LORD WILL NOT LET YOU GO UNPUNISHED IF YOU MISUSE HIS NAME.

 

KJV EXODUS 34:6-7  -AND THE LORD PASSED BY BEFORE HIM, AND PROCLAIMED, THE LORD, THE LORD GOD, MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS, LONGSUFFERING, AND ABUNDANT IN GOODNESS AND TRUTH,  KEEPING MERCY FOR THOUSANDS, FORGIVING INIQUITY AND TRANSGRESSION AND SIN, AND THAT WILL BY NO MEANS CLEAR THE GUILTY; VISITING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS UPON THE CHILDREN, AND UPON THE CHILDREN'S CHILDREN, UNTO THE THIRD AND TO THE FOURTH GENERATION.

 

APPLICATION  -  PRAY CONNECTED TO GOD’S NAME, GOD’S WORD AND GOD’S TRUTH… AS WE LEARN MORE ABOUT GOD VIA BIBLE STUDY THERE IS MORE POWER IN THE PRAYER MEETING.  HERE AT THE CHURCH WE HAVE BIBLE STUDY THEN PRAYER MEETING; LEARN MORE ABOUT GOD SO I KNOW HOW TO APPROACH GOD AS HE CONTINUE TO REVEAL MORE AND MORE OF HIMSELF IN OUR LIVES.  BECAUSE WHEN WE DON’T …WHEN WE PRAY..JAMES SAYS WE “ASK AMISS”  THAT’S WHY THE DISCIPLES ASKED JESUS…NOT TO TEACH THEM HOW TO PREACH, BUT HOW TO PRAY; AND ALL OF THE ELEMENTS ARE THERE ..NAME, FAME, AND THE AIM.. OUR FATHER …HALLOWED BY THY NAME;  THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN; THINE IS THE POWER AND GLORY FOR EVERY AND EVER. ANSWERED PRAYER IS CONNECTED TO GOD’S ATTRIBUTES

 

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ILL:  AN ELDERLY GENTLEMAN PASSED HIS GRANDDAUGHTER'S ROOM ONE NIGHT AND OVERHEARD HER REPEATING THE ALPHABET IN AN ODDLY REVERENT WAY. HE ASKED HER, "WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU UP TO?" SHE EXPLAINED, "I'M SAYING MY PRAYERS, BUT I CAN'T THINK OF EXACTLY THE RIGHT WORDS TONIGHT, SO I'M JUST SAYING ALL THE LETTERS. GOD WILL PUT THEM TOGETHER FOR ME, BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHAT I'M THINKING."

 

SONG - EVERY BODY OUGHT TO KNOW

 

THE MANY NAMES OF CHRIST

To the ARTIST He is the One Altogether Lovely.
To the ARCHITECT He is the Chief Corner Stone.
To the BAKER He is the Living Bread.
To the BANKER He is the Hidden Treasure.
To the BIOLOGIST He is the Life.
To the BUILDER He is the Sure Foundation.
To the CARPENTER He is the Door.
To the DOCTOR He is the Great Physician.
To the EDUCATOR He is the Great Teacher.
To the ENGINEER He is the New and Living Way.
To the FLORIST He is the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley.
To the GEOLOGIST He is the Rock of Ages.
To the HORTICULTURIST He is the True Vine.
To the JUDGE He is the Righteous Judge, Judge of All Men.
To the JEWELER He is the Pearl of Great Price.
To the LAWYER He is the Counselor, the Lawgiver, the Advocate.
To the NEWSPAPER He is the Good Tidings of Great Joy.
To the OCULIST He is the Light of the Eyes.
To the PHILANTHROPIST He is the Unspeakable Gift.
To the PHILOSOPHER He is the Wisdom of God.
To the PREACHER He is the Word of God.
To the SCULPTOR He is the Living Stone.
To the SERVANT He is the Good Master.
To the STATESMAN He is the Desire of All Nations.
To the STUDENT He is the Incarnate Truth.
To the THEOLOGIAN He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith.
To the TOILER He is the Giver of Rest.
To the SINNER He is the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the World.
To the CHRISTIAN He is the Son of the Living God, the Savior, the Redeemer and the Lord.

 

WELL GOD ANSWERED MOSES PRAYER AND SAID HE WILL PARDON ISRAEL; THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES….GOD ANSWERS MOSES AND INCORPORATES AARON V. 26….A WHOLE GENERATION WILL DIE IN THE WILDERNESS . THOSE 20 YRS AND UP…WHO HAVE SEEN…WILL DIE IN THE DESERT.

 

CLOSE

 

INTERCESSORY PRAYER FOCUSES ON

HIS FAME

HIS NAME

HIS AIM…

 

THE AIM FOR THOSE WE PRAY FOR  IS THAT THEY WILL NOT HARDEN THEIR HEARTS TOWARD GOD.

 

THE POWER OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER SOFTENS THE HEART OF GOD AND MAN.

 

 

THERE WERE 12 SPIES; 2 FOR AND TEN AGAINST….

THERE WERE 12 DISCIPLES…11 FOR AND ONE AGAINST…

 

 

THE POWER OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER WORKS TO MOVE THE MISTAKEN MAJORITY TO BECOME THE MIGHTY MINORITY.

 

THE POWER OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER MOVES GOD TO POUR OUT HIS SPIRIIT..FOR ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST….THERE WERE A FEW…120 …WHO PRAYED…AND WHEN THE DAY HAD FULLY COME….GOD MOVED, GOD POURED AND GOD FILLED THEM WITH HIS POWER….ALL FOR HIS FAME, ALL BY HIS NAME AND ALL FOR ONE AIM…THE GLORY OF GOD.


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[1] AMG Bible Illustrations. electronic ed. Chattanooga : AMG Publishers, 2000 (Logos Library System; Bible Illustrations Series)

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