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November 5, 2020 7:00 am
Seek to answer prayer. Listen to Adrian Rogers prayer is not some way to get Earth's will done in heaven. It is God's way to get heaven's will the whole earth is a goddess. There's no way that would work if it did not begin with God.
All prayer begins in heaven. You want your prayers answered you going to have to hear from heaven worth find blood pastor and Bible teacher Adrian Rogers said Jesus is the glue that the galaxy, everything starts with God operates through God and returns back to if you think about this divine triangle is exemplified in our salvation.
God first loved us and brought us to himself through Christ we live the Christian life through the power he gives in one day. Going back to how does this divine triangle empower us in our prayer life.
If you have your Bible turn to Romans chapter 11. Look at verse 36 is Adrian Rogers reveals three transformational truths about the power of effectual prayer to the book of Romans. The Constitution of Christianity. Romans chapter 11 where you look primarily at one verse tonight and before we look at that verse, I want to. There's a place in the Atlantic Ocean called the Bermuda triangle. Sometimes it is call the devils trying. It is said that in that body of water, a vast body of water. Sometimes airplanes have been known to mysteriously disappear. Sometimes ocean liners and both send the fishing craft had just disappeared. People have vanished in this so-called Bermuda triangle are devils trying I think about is more myth than this great and I don't put any stock in that but there is another triangle, not the devils triangle but a divine triangle and it is not myth, it is miracle, and we don't read about it right here in Romans chapter 11 in verse 36 listen to four of him and through him and to him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Now that is a divine triangle. I want you to see how that works were going be talking about power of effectual prayer and find out that in God's economy. There is a cycle that things come first of all of him and then they go through him and then they return back to him and that is the cycle of victory that we have really that is the theme of the entire Bible. Everything starts with God, everything operates through God. Everything returns back to God. For example, the first verse of the Bible says everything is of God. Genesis 11 in the beginning God created the heavens and their it all began with God and then in Revelation chapter 1 verse eight Jesus said I am Alpine Omega, the beginning and the ending set the Lord, which is which was an which is become BC the way that this divine triangle begins and continues and advance brought him and through him and to him.
Think, for example, in the material world material will come to place the how did it all come to me. Colossians 1 verses 16 and 17 for by him were all things created that are in heaven that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions or principalities or powers.
All things were created by him and for him and he is before all things, and by him all things consist in that one verse you see the same truth that first of all, the physical world. He our God is the power of creation.
It is impossible to believe that everything came from nothing less than we believe in God by faith. But the atheist is a lot more faith than we have paid by faith believes that it all just happened.
Some scientists totally reject that Sir Fred Hoyle at the British Academy of science, who is a leading mathematician and astronomer shook up a lot of people in the scientific community when he said this, let me quote him.
We must now admit to ourselves that the probability of life arising by chance, by evolution is the same probability of throwing six on dies 5 million consecutive times and then he goes on to say let's be scientifically honest with ourselves the probability of having life arise to greater and greater complexity and organization by chance is the same probability of having a tornado tear through a junkyard and format the other hand, a Boeing 747 and this is assigned is talking.
Sir Fred Hoyle of the British Academy science.
He said ran an impersonal chance does not create complexity and design know all things are buying him not only see the producer of creation is the preserver of creation that same burst. I just read to you said by him all things consist.
Jesus is the glue of the galaxies. He's the one who feeds the sun with you. He's the one who unveils the moon with beauty. He is the one who guides the planet on the courses take his hand away and everything would disintegrate is God who just does all of this is a Jesus is the producer of creation is the preserver of creation and he is the purpose of creation diverse ideas ready for Colossians, as all things were created for him. What's the world coming to us. The universe come into it is coming to Jesus.
It is true in the physical world is true in the spiritual world. The only reason you know him is because he sought to. We love him because he first loved us by nature were all running from God of God could run faster than we could run none of us would be say friend I want to tell you he takes the initiative.
The first loved us.
He takes our salvation and brings us to himself.
We have nothing to boast of we live the Christian life to the power he gives one they were going back to him for his love him by him through him and to him all things the same thing in sanctification.
It all begins with him.
I used to think as a young Christian if I could just be good enough if I could do a live claim without pure enough that maybe God would fill me with the Holy Spirit that I was so foolish because there is no way that I could live the Christian life apart from the fullness of overspray that is me and I can cling to sin and have our God, fill me, but it does mean this that Fran holiness is not the way to God. God is a way to holdings that's so important that you learn this you know some people want to get some money to want to borrow some money and they had the idea they go to the bank improved to the bank. They don't need any money may be alone himself (we used to think about God you know if we could just say God, my God, I'm perfectly clean and pure and holy. Fill me with the spirit. You see, it is him and through him and to him we come to him empty-handed and say Lord I am in a mass in God's is all right on the want to put that design your heart I'm going through the Holy Spirit is the same thing in stewardship.
What we give to the Lord would bring him money here what he's given to us what you have not received in the truest sense of how can you give anything to God. What you have not received is of him and through him and to him when our children little they go out and buy me a Father's Day present in what they bought me a Father's Day present with money I gave Joe, but I enjoyed the whole thing is on him, threw him into it. That is the divine triangle not having that in mind, I want to talk to about effectual prayer and I will continue three wonderful truths about prayer. Now listen to him and I don't check now this is transformational, and this is proof that I will apply DR Leslie, first of all, of the origin. The origin of prayer in roots in the purposes of God that is so important. The origin of all effectual prayer roots in the purposes of God for him are all things now I've told you before the prayer that gets to heaven is the prayer that starts in heaven him are all things prayer is not some way to get Earth's will done in heaven is God's way to get heaven's will hold you see, God is sovereign and will send there's no way that prayer would work if it did not begin with God.
But don't God is sovereign, his sovereign throne is a throne of grace and we can come to a sovereign God by grace and grace means that God loves us before we loved him.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. I've never thought about the fact why we pray. Prayer is a great mystery why we pray why would tell God what he already knows why we ask God to do what he already wants to do that already starts in his heart and mind.
Why do we pray why does God lay that burden upon our let me give you three reasons why we pray like this. First of all, God gives us the privilege of working together with him. Second Corinthians chapter 6, verse one, for we then all workers together with him one glorious privilege to work with God having to think posit we are laborers together with him. I've often used illustration of sometimes I will fly with a person a private airplane and set up in the cockpit side-by-side and that person will let me fly the plane well friend if he went there I be a pilot are on a pilot in the field, but he sees there to override my mistakes and yet I'm flying that aircraft. Now he could do it without me. I could not do without him but together we having fellowship.
That's the way prayer is God to do without us we could not do without him. But God has given us the privilege to pray. Prayer bond your heart to God in prayer is also the way the God disciples of severe mascot or something in did get into MCA corseted and usable. Why did God not answer my prayer boy may ask a girl for a date and she says no one is one.
Why one if I have bad breath so I gargles and then later on to someone of my females are messy cycling just thing a man and he begins to clean up and dress up and then after a while she may say yes now that's why God is God is working on the same God disciples us through prayer. Prayer is God's way.
When we have prayers that are not answered to cause us to examine, and prayer binds us and bonds us to God. God does not want us to be independent of him all prayer begins in heaven. If you want your prayers answered you don't have to hear from heaven. John 15 verse 16 Jesus said you've not chosen me, but I've chosen you and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain that whatsoever he shall ask the father in my name, he may give it you now Jesus at I've chosen you. You did choose me I chose you I were in danger that you would bring forth fruit and what have you asked the father and my name.
I would. That means I am the origin of the prayer in my name means I have signed the purchase order.
Now the disciples went out fishing when I didn't catch anything.
And Jesus said will castanet on the other side of the boat and the disciples or look we've toiled all night and have taken nothing.
It begins with way it ends with nothing.
Nevertheless, at thy word we will and they listing the family cast out the net and thought about love. The whole point is this that prayer begins with God so many times were trying to bend God's will will prayer is not bending God's will will prayer is finding the will of God and getting in on don't be like the little boy was hard praying Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo as a way of doing things that I've just had a geography test. I'm praying make Tokyo the Building. It is likely to change God by prayer, God's will is what prayer lays hold of prayer is not bending God's will bar will now that is the origin of all prayer it roots in the purposes of God is the second thing which he knows not only the origin of prayer, but the operation of prayer. It relies on the power of God that even if you move the will of God, you still need the anointing to break. Did you know that you need God in order to pray God is the one who gives you the desire to pray. I remember Romans three verse 11.
I told you there is none the sink after God, no, not one your old nature does not want to pray. Romans eight verses five through seven for they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flash, but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the spirit.
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Because the carnal man that means the fleshly man is enmity against God. That means warfare against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
You will never train the old man below prayer, you must will try to train your dog love opera your old nature does not want to pray. It is God that gives you the desire to pray he has put his Spirit in your heart crying, Abba father. If you have no desire to pray is because you not walking in the spirit that God is not only the desire to pray God gives the dire direction to pray. He teaches us what to pray for Matthew six verse eight.
Be not ye therefore like unto them for your father knows what things you have need of before you ask God knows what you need to pray. God knows what you need is a comfort to you you I don't mean sometimes we might want things that we'd only sometimes we ask God for things we don't need Mrs. Billy Graham said of God answered my prayer. I would've married the wrong man on four different occasions. God gives you the desire to pray and God gives you the dire direction for praying. What – we say Pastor Rogers I why doesn't God.
Therefore, direct me more of a one thing there so much of this Bible that we do know about that. We operate I will pray about why we whine about things we don't know that there's so many things that are revealed us clearly clearly now listen to what Jesus said Jesus and his humanity. I want you to know was how Jesus did not originate as prayers we listen to the father put this down John five verse 19 then answered Jesus, and said unto them, verily Barry I Sandy you the sun. Speaking of himself. The SON can do nothing of himself. Did you hear that, I mean God incarnate God in human flash is that I can do anything of myself.
What he sees the father do for what things ever. He doing these also with the son likewise, Jesus said I stay tuned to heaven and what ever I see whatever I hear that's what I say that's what I do friend when you come to God and abide in God. God is going to speak to your heart. We need more loving, lingering listening prayer because the prayer that gets to heaven is the prayer the starts in heaven. All things are of him and through him I had experiences in my life that are so phenomenal so phenomenal where God has spoken to me and I have obeyed. I've asked God for something.
The God laid on my heart and just happened in such a way that I cannot believe it's coincidence I can name not a lot, but enough experiences like that that made me wonder why I don't stay more in tune with the Lord. I I'm not holding myself up. As a paragon of excellence in this matter and I believe that God many times just speaks to us clearly and plainly in plain English, about his will, and we know it's of him and sometimes is not always that dramatic, but I'm telling you it is God who originates the prayer he is the origin of this prayer and he is the operation of this prayer. Now here's the third and final thing as we think about prayer.
And that's the objective of effective prayer. It results in the praise of God. It roots in the purpose of God. He continues in the power of God, and it always results in the praise of God that God is not here selfish prayers.
God is in the business of getting glory to himself.
There's one verse that most adequately defines prayer to me this John 14 verse 13 and whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do that the father may be glorified in the son.
That's it. When you ask in my name, Jesus, and I will do it that the father may be glorified in the son of him and through him and to him are all things now.
Praise and thanksgiving complete the triangle of prayer. First of all there is a petition and then there is brains you see Thanksgiving enjoys the gift but praise enjoys the give. Don't just merely thank God for what he has done for you. But praise and look at the verse again verse 36 for him and through him and to him are all things to whom be glory for ever. The purpose of prayer is to glorify God. When you learn that secret morning to glorify God. You see prayer goes into God's presence to carry something away and that's wonderful. But praise goes into God's presence to remain there forever. Now that's the reason we to pray in the name of Jesus. Listen, this verse again and John 14 verse 13 and whatsoever he shall ask in my name, that will I do that the father may be glorified in the son. What is it mean to ask in his name does that mean to say whenever we pray for, what are we won't. We just say in the name of Jesus that somehow sanctifies it no went when you asking in his name. It means first of all with his approval could he sign his name to secondly with his authority, is it something that he himself approves and therefore gives his authority to, and thirdly is it for his acclaim for his glory.
I don't just rattle off in the name of Jesus.
If you not really praying for his acclaim with his approval and in his authority. Now, when you pray, pray in the name of Jesus. And when you pray in the name of Jesus and ask him for whatever you asking for. Ask yourself this question, am I praying this prayer because God the Holy Spirit. Put this thing in my heart even through the written word through his Spirit in my now praying in the energy of the spirit rather than the image of the flesh, and is the desire of my heart that God would be glorified for him. It all starts with God. He knows what things we have need of before we asking and then it is through him we praying in the spirit and not in the energy of the flesh as he gives us the desire and the direction of the pray and then the prayer goes right back to him and he is the one who receives the glory. And when we begin to pray this way then God begins to work in a very supernatural way is the best definition of prayer that I've ever learn prayer is the Holy Spirit finding the desire in the heart of the father putting that desire into our hearts and then sending it back to heaven and the power of the cross for him and through him and to him are all things and this is very simple but very wonderful. He Almighty God is the purpose of prayer.
He is the power prayer is the origin he is the operation he is the object of all approved prayer.
God is the origin operation in the object of all true prayer, wonderful truth today and it love worth finding one of our great honors is to come alongside you, not only with the truth that we present but also with prayer winter.
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