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Keys to Effective Prayer (cont'd)

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March 30, 2021 8:00 am

Keys to Effective Prayer (cont'd)

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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March 30, 2021 8:00 am

Developing a prayer life that is meaningful and effective; using "P.R.A.Y." as an acronym to give you prayer reminders; based on 1 Thess. 5:17 and other passages.

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Let me remind you that ask what you desire not only praise the claimant Oliver. I normally reconcile what I do get to ask for is about many things. One of them is I get to ask God for what I desire hello and welcome to this Tuesday edition of Destin for victory wherever you are and however you may be listening. Thanks for making this part of your day what you just heard as part of a great message from Pastor Paul Shepard today. But before we get to that. He's been kind enough to join me from studio in California pastor just a few minutes will get to your message keys to effective prayer life a message. I know will help all of us. If were honest this is something all of us struggle with, at least from time to time tell us why this is so important from your experience and why we struggle so much with having an effective prayer life will I think it's important because even those of us who are baby boomers and were more likely to be raised, going to church fact of the matter is, even those who were raised praying can lose sight of the power and the efficacy of affective praying. So we gotta get back to some continuing education as followers of Christ. More importantly, I think we've got understand that we have for generations under us boomers, none of whom were raised systematically as a generation in church so that means we've got to teach them the ABCs of things like prayer and that's what this message is about you here me in this message using prayer is an acronym and saying here's what the P stands for. Here is what PR stands for is what the a and why because I'm trying to disciple people in ways they can easily understand and I hope it will be a real blessing to us.

Older people and to the younger generation have found that keeping a journal whether it's a detailed journal are not just reminds me of God work in my life through prayer in the past encouraged me to keep at it. Yes sir yes sir, we've gotta find the tools and the ways to make our prayer lives more ineffective because of the rules don't matter. It is how you are accomplishing what God wants in your life which is for you to have a vibrant relationship with him and whatever that means to you where trying to this message and others to help people find that place where you don't just endure the idea of praying but you enjoy going into the Lord's presence and not one of the things I tell people is don't worry about King James English when you get your prayer closet. Just tell them exactly what you think and it really will help people to have an effective prayer life. Well, part of an effective prayer life includes honoring God by asking him to guide you to direct you and yes to bless you. But as you'll see in today's message from Pastor Paul. This was never designed to be a name it. Claimant kind of asking context is critical to a proper understanding of God's word. Pastor Paula standing by to help you see that context a little more clearly now to share his message keys to effective prayer.

Once again is Pastor Paul Shepard. We are not required to speak words of forgiveness to people who have not asked for it. Now that's one thing to get on the stand when the Bible says we gotta forgive people when they haven't requested that forgiveness. What you do is forgive them in your heart and you release them to God by doing so, the word forgive the Greek word that we translate forgive is a word that means to send when you forgive I'm sending you away. I'm not going keep you in the jail of my heart.

I'm sending you away. I got no time to carry you the rest of my life. You to have me. I'm not carrying him around in my heart.

My heart needs to be fully to do God's will to love people to do right by people to minister the people I'm not carrying haters around in my heart say man, somebody, and the fact of the matter is you release in the God use it when you get that what Jesus did on the cross what he say father forgive them for they know not what they do their killing him look at them as I forgive all y'all.

He said his father. You give them a reason you don't know what to do what I'm about to check out what you deal with the Lord and he he released them, the God what is Stephen the first? Do as he's being stoned. He looks up to heaven, and says father lay not this sin to their charge was he doing the people I started asking always so sorry we didn't intentionally wonder Stephen don't look at all the folks to give you Avenue W you. He says to the father.

Don't hold this sin to their charge why he's releasing the God so he can be three and God then will have to be it with them. See our enemies still have there's a God.

That's why I don't have to talk to you hate me if you are glad you did what you did to me if you wish you could do some more to say to you about. Is it love your enemies. Yes, love you from afar because you are toxic and you are hateful and you are dangerous.

The apostle Paul said their spiritual son Timothy. He said watch out Alexander.

He did me great and if he could eat it does some more and now some time to write and believe this but Alexander is going be on your heels. He said watch out stop practicing sloppy copy that people who try to kill you if you are coming for me. I believe you and I got to govern myself in such a way that I don't give you a clean shot at me as a good preaching is a good preaching you don't like it just below to help you get to this but this is really really important for you to work through select and style your differences with others, not necessarily have a decent conversation with you then going to reconcile with them. That's the ideal, but I do about people who hate you and I'm glad they hate you and want nothing to do with you, you can still reconcile your differences with them by giving them to God. I hope you understand what I'm saying and there's so much want to say scripturally about that but I need to move on to these last two points. So I want to remember when you pray you're just building your prayer life. P remind you to praise him continually and to proclaim who you are in him that they are remind you to repent when you fall short in the reconcile differences with others.

Don't People around in your heart. I don't care how old it is.

Stop and deal with your old bag a summary I'll still carry people around for years, for decades, we all will still carry people around who are dated and what you need to do is stop and reconcile that say Lord so-and-so when they were alive. They did this that and the other and is still in my heart it still hurt me and I got bitterness and I got a real bad stuff going on inside of me and give it to God. Sometimes y'all need to go to a great cycle at least just think out loud so-and-so, you would hear me from beyond the grave. I release you from what you do or if you listen to God. Like I said earlier will help you do it, but in all you did it. Also you move on a is one word, ask when you pray that the a remind you that ask what you desire. Let it remind you, ask what you desire not only praise of knowing proclaim and only repent I normally reconcile, but I do get to ask prayer is that doubt many things. One of them is I get to ask God for what I desire, but now I need to help you understand something, there are several scriptures that if you read them alone. You will asking the wrong way, so I need to take some time and help you understand some things about this. Asking business close. Very often people get in trouble because they don't understand that there are some guidelines God has given us in terms of our asking what you mean by that pastor.

Glad you asked the question, sometimes you will read a verse that says you pray and ask what you will and it shall be done if you think of the only scripture in your Bible and use it when Bob was asked what I will and God will give it to me.

You have more than enough.

No single Scripture will give you a comprehensive understanding of God's plan for you in the matter of prayer.

So let me unpack it. My job as a teacher pastor in the body of Christ is to do permanent damage.

The people's ignorance and I take the job seriously and I don't want people under the influence of my ministry pray and wrong.

So I'm a take some time and unpack some of this for you. You can't just say this asking shall be given works is more to Mexican these are five will be open yes it does say that Jesus said that in Matthew seven, but a lot more said by Jesus and by his apostles, Jesus went on to say ask anything in my name. What's the name of Jesus and other means injure prayer by saving Jesus name I pray, does not pray in his name we do that traditionally a lot of church settings and a lot of Christian allies people in the Presbytery.

In Jesus name, amen. Memo what it we do that often.

Out of habit, but that doesn't mean you prayed in his name to plan his name means I prayed in his stead. I prayed on the authority he's given me. I asked what he would ask if he were here on earth right now. That's what it means.

I stand in the stead of Jesus and I asked on behalf of what his will is for my life. So praying in Jesus name is very very important asking in his name is very very important James in his epistle.

James chapter 4 verse three James says sometimes you ask and you do not receive why because you ask what's the word on this that you may spend it on your pleasures. I like how the contemporary English version puts verse three James Ford says your prayers are not answered because you pray just for selfish reasons.

So just because you asked God you can say well he said after shall be given, so I want $10 million by Wednesday. Whatever wonderful but I would like that too, but I don't have the authority from heaven to expect that necessarily God hasn't said that's his will for me by Wednesday. You understand what I'm saying you got to ask according to his plan. His purpose I get that. Whatever I want. I just don't get to expect things that he has not ordained for me. I need you to follow me, teacher, I got the latest case out for you if you don't like this boy. Stick with me help you live a life and have a fruitful, meaningful, effective prayer life will don't go away were only about halfway through today's destiny for Victor message with pastor Paul Sheppard who senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California.

If you love are destined for Victor program we know you'll enjoy watching some of Esther Paul's best video clips you can for more details and links to all the social media be sure to visit pastor pastor Nellis Qubec to pastor Paul's destined for Victor message keys to effective prayer. So this is where a lot of people didn't really really mixed up. I've seen people pray fervently for the wrong thing and I don't want anybody under my influence and it just may be pointing people under my influence as a teacher on destined for victory ministries. I don't want you (ill advised prayers. Let me give you a few examples over the decades, from time to time I seen people pray and fast earnestly for the wrong things.

One example I seen people have prayer and fasting sessions that God would break up a couple and keep them from getting married until you what I've seen good, well-meaning, godly people, but they don't like this couple whatever reason, getting together. They don't think these people all be together.

Whatever the case might be, and so they try to sit God on and they pray in a fast name Sam said very sincere people all God break this up. This is not you will something. Marriage is a result of God's will return as a result of peoples will the models that marry who you will save in the Lord, even the believers and says Mary will you will I get my spouse I can pull God and ask God to lead me as much as possible and all that I get to do that I get to trust the Lord's leadership but my point is, marriage is a human institution blessed by heaven marriages to people saying I want you. You want me to do is get mine on bottom line, we make it more spooky. We all knew that this is my spouse in eternity past okay great in the reason why I noticed some holes in that some of the best marriages of people who warning say when they got married they were taught by God. They were not to gotta kill us by God.

They got together. They had compatibility and they made strong commitments and they live them out. I know some folks who are atheists and agnostics have the best marriages ever so why because they planned on doing that. I know some saints who said they got a word of prophecy. Theirs was a man so and so and it didn't work out. I see people do that and make a mess.

I've seen people pray on provisions without taking other things in consideration seen people pray say things like Lord, if you want me to take a trip to the Caribbean this year, even though I'm broken and that a commercial come on the television today while I'm watching TV about such a vacation and in sandals commercial comes on.

There is not about word you broke you got no business going to know vacation and no Caribbean you need to get your finances in order that if you choose to go you did that don't blame God and it when you get home.

Say Lord I know I spent money I put on a credit card not only Nama.

Will God bail me out well. Print. Repent first will be selfish and self-centered, then asked the Lord to bail you out God's merciful. He's been a lot of us out of a lot of things, but don't try to make right or wrong right this is good. You just don't like it, but you will you will get over. Let me give you another example because I'm troubled by some things I'm saying these days, when sometimes people will mix prayer prophecy together and they try to make it out of promise, and it wasn't a promise from God, and they try to use prayer to push something that isn't necessarily God agenda now.

Destiny is a is a politics free zone. Every meeting in our church. I tell the leaders do not discuss politics in a destiny meeting. If you don't talk politics. Do it out on your own time when the meeting is over. We don't do that in destiny meetings. Politics is one of the most divisive areas in life and we don't do it as a church that seeks to walk in the unity that God has commanded us to walk in as the body of Christ.

So we don't do politics in any of our bill. You never heard me stand this pulpit and talk about who you need to vote for. Never if you say you heard me say to a liar I never said it, I told you to vote your conscience and your convictions and to use your civic responsibility and and let your voice be known by your boat. I don't anything about who that should be for but in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. I saw pastor online. Praying fervently, very fervently, very sincerely, because they were saying.

The Lord had said to them sometime during this election cycle that God was going to have Pres. Trump reelected I'm only pointing this out to teach about prayer.

That's the only reason I'm bringing it up because you were exposed to any such thing. I'm trying to show you dislike you got no business plan for vacation. When you broke his leg. You got up in his cradle of other people's marriage when they they marry what they want to. You have no business doing this somebody praying fervently, the Lord said he was a bit reelected and the results came, he said Have a prayer meeting and we got to resist this and we got leave God to break up this election result, my brother, my sister, I don't care how well intended you are you are all biblically speaking, to try to get God to do something that is not in his purview. God is sovereign and could election all the result of the People's choice.

I know the Scriptures you want to want me to.

They do not mean every leader of every government in human history was personally God ordained that is not what the Scriptures teach Romans 13 tells you God has given authorities and we are to honor those authorities. God gave the authority. It is like when you say a husband is the head of his family. God didn't place that person say, that person because of who is Gossett honor him because I am holding him responsible for the welfare of the family went out got when a president arcane ruler as God says, I ordained the government. I don't necessarily ordain individual people just won't let me fill it because I'm trying to teach you how to pray right and however well intended this pastor had no business trying to invoke angelic help to overturn a human election. It is not in our purview as followers of Christ. I'm preaching on the why you scared. I said it on purpose. I know what I said is in my notes.

You have no business trying to be manipulative, all things that are not in our purview. When you pray, and so we simply need to let the word be true and we need to learn how to be properly guided so when you pray, you can ask what you desire, but the caveat is you gotta make sure is lined up with the truth of Scripture is lined up with reality.

All right now to get back to the Scripture. So the bottom line before I get to the a Y let me just tell you you need to make sure that when you ask ask according to his will, as best you care about is the problem.

We don't always know what God's will is in every specific instance. So there are limitations in our ability to be effective in prayer simply because I don't have full understanding of God's will in every matter. See first John 514 says this is the confidence we have in him that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if he hears us. We know we have the desire, what if I asked according to his well that's where my confidence come from, what about when asking. I'm not absolutely sure this specific request is specifically in line with his will then then I still ask, but I don't have any guarantee and when I don't get the answer I want. I can't fault God the Y stands for one simple but very extremely important thing Y stands for yield to the will of God in all things, when you pray when you build your prayer life. Learn to praise and continually learn to proclaim who you are in Christ.

Learn to ask for what you desire with the necessary caveats and at the end of the day yield. Why is yield to the will of God in all things do what Jesus taught you to do garden Luke 2242 Jesus said after he said he that he did what you and I have to learn to do.

Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done about two experienced exclusive really praying all not only torture and physical humiliation. He knows he's about to experience spiritual torment because the older gotta be placed on him.

Can you imagine barely the same as anybody, past, present and future. That's what Jesus was facing his body take this away from me. Then he said what you and I have to learn to say nevertheless not my will. Thanks so much for joining us for today's message keys to effective prayer to find out more about this ministry were to contact us for prayer.

Be sure to stop by our website pastor that's Pastor or just about out of time, but let me remind you that as you give your generous donation today would be glad to send you by request Pastor Paul's booklet. Your purpose is calling that your purpose is calling booklet from Pastor Paul that will help you discover your God-given purpose is our gift to you by request for your gift to Destin for victory call us at 855-339-5500 to give over the phone or mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538 course you can also make a safe and secure donation on our website pastor whole Lotta people say I want to know what the will of God is for my life.

Well, yes, there are some very specific things God wants to reveal to you about his plan to use you but please don't ever ignore the general will of God because it is part of you fulfilling God's purpose that's tomorrow in pastor Paul Shepard's message conspicuous gratitude. Until then, remember he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion.

In Christ, you are destined for victory

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