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December 28, 2021 7:00 am
Some situations money came to people you know can change and Dr. Tony Evans is God can process may take time and involve labor pain. Something celebrating faithfulness. This is the alternative, 2011, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the urban alternative when we order something online. We typically get to choose how fast we wanted delivered right today.
Dr. Evans explains why that isn't the case. When we pray, let's join him as he talked about how to wait for God's perfect timing.
All of us live in houses that have been wired for electricity electricity is the power that is conveyed through the wires so that we enjoy the privileges of being blessed through the appliances we use the lights return often on through the heat the stove over refrigerator freezer or the million of all the things that electricity provides the power for us to do. How long leave the point of contact in order for that appliance or lie or thing that you using to work there must be a point of contact between you and God. Me and God.
In order to experience his power and supernatural provision must be a point of contact.
If you don't turn on the light switch is not a power problem is not a provision problem is the contact problem that many people today who believe in God's power, but not seeing God's provision because they don't understand his place of contact and the point of contact between your need and God's provision is prayer mechanism God has decreed that is absolutely necessary for him to release what he intends. Pratt does not make God do what he had planned to do, but what if God is releasing God do what he has decreed to do when God answers you become the ocean point for his supernatural activity. You are the point of contact. The switch is flipped with prayer standing. Let's go to the base story and the life be like to start off by reading two verses chapter 17 verse one first Kings petition by who was the seventh of Gilead, said Ahab as the Lord God of Israel lives, before who stands surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years except by my word.
So Elijah tells I have is not the rain. Chapter 18 verse one and now it happened after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third DSA go show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the face of the earth.
In chapter 17 verse one says is not going in chapter 18 verse one says is getting ready to rain in chapter 17 verse one). In chapter 18 verse one God says all statements were made by the same person about. Let me explain why this rain thing is there in the first place didn't make this up yesterday and doing a lot of the chapter 11 says 13 to 17 this is what God said God worship idols will now happen. So when writing. It shows other gods I'm going to no longer bless your crops. I'm no longer going to bless your planting. I'm no longer going to bless you Barry and the sky. If you go out the other gods but is that if you turn away from other gods will open up heaven and I will let rain again all I do is pray is based on something God had said you only to Moses, so Elijah reaches back to what God had already said and by the leading of God applies it many years later to the situation we find them in and what we got all the soap and bursting 17 to 19. In other words, one I to God's word. Said another way, if you don't know God's word you don't know because God's word must be the basis on the foundation of your request read a lot about pricing generally Lord blessed me, Lord help me which means you said absolutely nothing is because you don't have a point of contact that you know about that you can point to in Scripture that becomes the basis of your request so you don't even know whether that's something God is interested in doing so is by referencing something God has previously declared in first Kings and turned to James chapter 5. Let me read beginning with verse 16 therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effectual prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Watch this Joe was a man with a nature like ours and he prayed earnestly that it would not bring back the kinks and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. Many people want God to send rain in their lives, blessings without wanting God to change their lives. They want God to do something for them while they remain idolatrous. And remember, idolatry is lives now, person, place or thing that you look to meet your needs.
So what God has called to Washington on Sunday and dated all week long and as long as that was idolatry. God would not shift from no rain to rain so we have people come to church all the time looking for that blessing don't want to be met with Bob and God and so they wonder why it won't rain God. Not only will you so you can share with an idol that be anything you get you get on your own independently of God. You become an but I want to know something else.
God said it's not Blu-ray 71 that is that it is going three and half years. But notice when you're ready. James that we just read it says he pray that it would not rain, and that he pray God is not going rain. God didn't say so. If God already said it pray about, because what God has decreed needs a point of contact before it is delivered God to create rain start and stop rain until Elijah made it a prim.
In other words he was going stop rain when he prayed.
Lorraine when he prayed, so God's decree no wait on somebody to suck it so God has decreed certain things for your life is will and is set to make a bird at the proper time. When the point of contact is made so you have something God is holding onto that.
He wanted to release 25 years ago, but had been free to release it because he is not yet seen the point of contact because even though God declared it didn't happen until Elijah called for. This is to give you the secret of prayer that produces the supernatural. James said the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. So we only know that Elijah prayed. We also know how Elijah prayed the actual fervent prayer of a righteous man abandoned lot and James is writing the New Testament Christians. James is writing to you when he uses the Old Testament say Jews explained the New Testament Christians how to get them to deliver rain to open up to deliver the will of God, which is varying from person-to-person and its application so that if you understand effectual (as illustrated by James in the life of Elijah, you and I cannot have an opening and closing.
No rain rain. We can just like Elijah affected and then I'll tell you how you know why because James says that Elijah was all like nature as us one Superman, Batman, Spider-Man will ask me who want some superhero, he's just the way but what he had was an effectual fervent righteous prayer and that was the plan that) open so if your day looking for a miracle that will open up heaven heaven that is bring the supernatural in the history of the will of God's word. You must be a sexual therapist, righteous prayer questions would look like right verse 21.
Elijah says I hear from where the men in the process to follow.
There is no storm yet it was in a moment the sky is clear and but Elijah had so so your proximity God will determine what you see if you are not close to God. You won't hear the will of God. One of our problems is we want to hear from God while keeping a distance from God.
No could hear the will of God, and he could hear the timing of God's will see what the word of God said to me let Florez know me as applicable to me right now has to do with spiritual distance.driven since a great way to illustrate that idea share it with us when he comes back in a moment.
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The station will become until the station disappear because your distance is too far to pick up a station UK long-distance relationship with God and still hear the sound of the fund that nobody else can hear Israel's additional communication with God not ritual communication with God. If you want experience supernatural power in prayer. The proximity must be close, it cannot be far away, so you can hear the sounds of the particular application of Scripture. Your personal experience that gets deeper because verse 42, says an went up to eat and drink, but Elijah went up to the top of Carmel and crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees. Stay with me. He separates himself, and he finds a place to get along with God. In other words, what you get right to ask for was so big when you write a call from heaven was so big that he needed and distracted environment for his discussion. Do you have a place you can go closet room some place you can go that will be just good communication all the time. We pray on the run with everything, but when you have 3 1/2 years.
The time for distraction.
We've all been in situations where we talk to somebody you not paying attention to me talking serious in this no insult. He needed to make a point of contact with God, being a righteous man, and so we went out to mount, he separated himself what he did when he separated. He says he bent down, put his head between his knees would in Old Testament days have spirits for pregnant women for examinations give birth what the women did was crouched down down and then somebody with a push push push. In other words, it was the position of why it was the position of labor is about to give birth to a miracle. The position of labor because he didn't get back to something supernatural God not regular but super unleaded God to do something extraordinary you get in a position where a woman gets in a position of natural pregnant know that he made a miracle in the open position and a bird. This is the biblical word travail needs to be in labor when you need something supernatural. That's not saying grace supernatural fingerprint crap that's going in the labor that they may be in pain. They may be difficult because the back of the miracle you made your going to be at the birth to America, giving birth to something supernatural is not regular Lord notes asking God to do something to put content. Some of you dealing with situations counselor to help you money can fix it. The people you know can change it to be to go in the labor clearly defined amount Carmel somewhere you go down and polish a number of years ago for those who haven't heard the story I was doing a blister crusade in Columbia, South Carolina.
This crusade was at the price football stadium which is the football stadium for the University of South Carolina. It was Sunday night, the first night of the crusade when somewhere between 15 or 20,000 people gathered in the stadium for us to preach the gospel to a gentleman came in and said we just been warned that a major storm is coming and it will be here by 7 o'clock so we went into prayer and we pray that God would hold the rain.
We pray that God would allow the service to go on and we pray the ministers pray. But every minister, including me, pray they say pray the prayer. One lady named Linda Manson Stebbins was named Linda said may I pray we said was yes, yes Glenn pray on Preminger is the summary of Linda's pray the Lord we are here doing what you ask us to do. You ask us to win people to Christ, you asked us to proclaim your word. We have spent money, time and energy to put this crusade together doing what you told us to do so.
You embarrass yourself. If you let it rain because you control so Lord commands you to stop the rain and lightning strike that little one man what the right BMC comes out gentlemen we know rain is supposed to come we just going to go as long as we can go baby as long as you can will do as much as we can return the 15 minutes of the service and now it's black thundering behind us, you can begin to hear the rain as we stadium came to the stadium went around that's why when around. The rain came back the other end of the state.
The princes virtually actual righteous person like Jake. You know something somebody miracle in your life and your home miracle in your job if you like to get with God willing to go in the labor is available 20 talking about the benefit of committing our needs and concerns to prayer trust in God as we wait for his perfect timing before we go today.
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