Prayer Works!

PASTOR, DO YOU PREACH TO PEOPLE THAT YOU DON’T REALLY PRAY FERVENTLY FOR EVERYDAY?

‪Do you spend more time preparing to preach, than praying to preach?‬

Here is what Paul said numerous times to the churches that he was responsible for: “I don’t CEASE to pray for you.”

Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Ephesians 1:15-16
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Philippians 1:3-4
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance [Gk = mention] of you,
4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

Romans 1:7-10
7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

1 Timothy 2:1-4
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Colossians 1:2-4
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

PAUL SAID, “FOLLOW [Gk = “imitate”] ME, AS I FOLLOW CHRIST! PAUL IS EXAMPLE, DO WE FOLLOW HIM?

THE PEOPLE OF GOD ASKED THE PROPHET SAMUEL TO PRAY FOR THEM, AND HE RESPONDED THAT IT WOULD BE SIN FOR HIM TO CEASE TO PRAY FOR THEM.

1 Samuel 7:8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.

1 Samuel 12:22-23
22 For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people.
23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

OUR CALL TO PRAYER, OH MAN OF GOD!

Isaiah 62:6-7
6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence,
7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

PREACHER, DO YOU PRAY OR GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS? PRAYER WORKS! BUT ONLY IF WE ACTUALLY BIBLICALLY PRAY!

God’s Plan For Evangelism

IS INVITING PEOPLE TO “CHURCH” and FILLING THE “HOUSE” (A “CHURCH BUILDING”) GOD’S PLAN FOR EVANGELISM? NO!

THE LORD SENT US “OUT” TO PREACH! HE DID NOT COMMAND THE LOST TO “COME” TO A BUILDING TO HEAR THE GOSPEL!

AFTER THE DAY OF PENTECOST (THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH), THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE SCRIPTURE WHERE ANY BUILDING WAS EVER CALLED “THE HOUSE OF GOD.”

THERE IS NO VERSE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WHERE A BUILDING WAS EVER IDENTIFIED AS BEING “THE CHURCH.”

“THE CHURCH,” “THE HOUSE OF GOD,” ETC. WAS, IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE BODY OF CHRIST: HIS PEOPLE!

IS THERE A HARM IN CALLING A BUILDING “THE CHURCH,” “THE HOUSE OF GOD,” ETC.? WELL, IS IT EVER OK TO LIE? NO MATTER HOW LONG WE HAVE SPOKEN THE “LIE,” IT CAN NEVER MAKE THE LIE TRUE! NEVER!

IS A LIE EVER “HARMLESS”? RIDICULOUS QUESTION!

SOME WOULD SAY, “BUT IT IS A TRADITION”! THANK YOU FOR THE SET UP!

THIS IS WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT “TRADITION”:

Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Matthew 15:6-9
6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
(See also Mark 7:5-13)

“NICE STUFF” TRADITIONS!? THEY CAUSE US TO TRANSGRESS THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD, MAKE HIS WORD OF NONE EFFECT, AND MAKE OUR WORSHIP VAIN! THE CLAIM “OUR TRADITION” IS FREQUENTLY USED TO “JUSTIFY” ALL KINDS OF FALSE DOCTRINES.

ARE SOME TRADITIONS “OK” AND OTHERS BAD? NO! RELIGIOUS TRADITION AND BIBLICAL TRUTH HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE! ALWAYS!

(I know, I know the “law” about using “caps.” But I’m “preaching” and that’s what you do when you preach is “yell,” right?)

PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING!

SOME QUOTE THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE:

Luke 14:21-23
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

HOUSE (Olive Tree Enhanced Strong’s Dictionary) g3624. οἶκος oikos; of uncertain affinity; a dwelling (more or less extensive, literal or figurative); by implication, a family (more or less related, literally or figuratively): — home, house(-hold), temple.
AV (114) – house 104, household 3, home + g1519 2, at home + g1722 2, misc 3;
I. a house an inhabited house, home any building whatever of a palace the house of God, the tabernacle
II. any dwelling place of the human body as the abode of demons that possess it of tents, and huts, and later, of the nests, stalls, lairs, of animals the place where one has fixed his residence, one’s settled abode, domicile
III. the inmates of a house, all the persons forming one family, a household the family of God, of the Christian Church, of the church of the Old and New Testaments
IV. stock, family, descendants of one

THIS “HOUSE” IS THE HOUSE OF GOD, THE BODY OF CHRIST!

SO, WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT WHO “THE HOUSE” IS?

Ephesians 2:19-22
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

HABITATION (Olive Tree Enhanced Strong’s Dictionary) g2732. κατοικητήριον katoikētērion; from a derivative of 2730; a dwelling-place: — habitation.
AV (2) – habitation 2;
I. an abode, a habitation

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

1 Corinthians 6:15-20
15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Peter 2:4-5
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

WHAT HAPPENS BIBLICALLY WHEN “A HOUSE” (BUILDING) IS FULL?
THE LOST CAN’T GET TO JESUS WITHOUT FIRST “TEARING UP THE HOUSE”!

Mark 2:1-12
1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

WOE, BE UNTO US IF GOD HAS TO USE THE GOVERNMENT, NATURAL DISASTERS, ETC. TO GET THE CHURCH OUT OF OUR BUILDINGS AND INTO THE WORLD, JUST SO WE WILL OBEY HIS WORD!

IF HE HAS TO, JESUS WILL TEAR UP OUR HOUSE!