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The Prayer that Changed Peter's Life

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The Prayer that Changed Peter's Life

Luke 6:12 KJV 1900
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Illustration we all have life changing events:
Illustration we all have life changing events:
Career ending football injury - 1978
Graduation from Auburn - 1982
Marriage - 1983
Children - 1985-1991
Salvation 1988
Passing the PE - Exam - 1991
Director of Environmental services - 1994
Call to ministry - 1996
Voted in pastor of Walnut Creek baptist - 1999
For Peter this was the life changing moment:
He had recieved Christ as the messiah
He had surrendered to follow christ and be a fisher or men with many others
Now he would be one the the apostles with full authority for God!
The Peter we know cam out of this time of prayer.
Jesus had a large number of disciples and from those He picked 12 who were to be close to Him.
What a decision to make!
illustration
Do we pray for major decisions ?
Luke 6:19 KJV 1900
And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
Prayer that changes lives:
A job relocation - Jim Cornell
A job relocation - Jim Cornell
A career change
Marriage
A College
Educating your children
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 8: Matthew, Mark, Luke 10. Choosing the Twelve Apostles (6:12–16)

Jesus spent an entire night in prayer, a sure indication that the circumstances were pressing: the preceding controversy, the resultant threatening atmosphere, and the selection to be made of the twelve apostles. The second clause indicates that the first was not a routine devotional exercise

The atmosphere was threatening
There was a buzz of persecution in the air
It was now time Jesus would choose the 12 that would learn of Him and carry on His mission after hew was gone.
he already had been saved and would follow Jesus having left his nets.
But now he would go from a follower to an apostle. he would have the full authority to Acts on behalf of Jesus.
What decision to make.
Dictionary of Bible Themes 8610 prayer, as asking God

God wants his people to turn to him in prayer, individually and corporately, in times of need or crisis, and to bring requests to him as a Father

We have access to the father
Ephesians 3:11–12 KJV 1900
According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
eph 3.11
The results of this prayer would change peters Life.

I Driven to Payer

Luke 6.1
Luke 6:12 KJV 1900
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
vs 11 says the people were mad at the healing of the man with the withered hand. Jesus had performed this miracle on the sabbath.
Look how mark put it
Mark 3:6 KJV 1900
And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
Mark 5:6 KJV 1900
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
Mark 6:6 KJV 1900
And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
Also it was time to choose the 12 that would follow
Time to pray
This drove jesus to all nigh prayer.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 8: Matthew, Mark, Luke 10. Choosing the Twelve Apostles (6:12–16)

How many of us Christians today have ever spent a whole night in prayer? In his prayer life, as in all else, the Lord Jesus stands far above even the best of us whose words about prayer need to be matched by the consistent practice of it.

He spent an entire night in prayer. Jesus had a large number of disciples and from those He picked 12 who were to be close to Him. These were specifically called apostles (apostolous) as opposed to the term disciples (mathētas). Disciples were followers, but apostles were those sent out as messengers with delegated authority

What drives you to prayer:
sickness
broken marriage
finances
stress
illustration -
full time christian service
college for for our children
Sacrificial Sunday -
Hezekiah’s prayer
2 Kings 20:1–2 KJV 1900
In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying,
2 kings 20
Then answer
2 Kings 20:5 KJV 1900
Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.
Notice : I have heard thy prayer and seen thy tears.

What Drives you to pray?

II Deciding on Peter

Luke 6:13 KJV 1900
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
luke 6.13
it was now day after a night of prayer it was time to make a decision.
There comes a time we must put feet to our prayers.
Jesus had prayed all night and not it was time to act.
Design ing a building, all the parties have been contacted and the prints are ready. meetings held and presented to the public.
Then all of a sudden the project is squelched and tabled.
Ladies and gentlemen there is a time to take action.
Peter was chosen
Peter was chosen
Believer’s Bible Commentary F. Twelve Disciples Chosen (6:12–19)

Jesus spent all night in prayer before choosing the twelve. What a rebuke this is to our impulsiveness and independence of God! Luke is the only evangelist who mentions this night of prayer.

Nehemiah 1:11 KJV 1900
O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.
Nehemiah 2:8 KJV 1900
And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.
nemeiah 2.8
One of the keys to the Christian life is to Act on the prayers we make.
Jesus left the mountain immediately and name the apostles.
There were many followers but the Lord chose Peter and the other 11.
How did He come to to this position ?
How did He come to to this position ?
Answers from God
John 14:26 KJV 1900
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Romans 8:26 KJV 1900
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Roamns 8.26
Hebrews 4:15–16 KJV 1900
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
We have helper!
God is not he author of confusion

III Disclosing the Answer

Luke 6:17 KJV 1900
And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
Luke
This would be there first time they would be together and presented. The apostles along with the other disciples would then minister to the crowds.
There was no secret that this group had been selected.....
When God answers a prayer follow through acts on it and let it be known.
Illustration : When moved in my heart to go into the ministry I counseled with my Pastor and put a plan in place to:
disclose decision to family
resign my position at work / income replacement
Develop two year plan to graduate
What Am I asking you to know?
God does great things through us by driving us to prayer
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