The Bible and Prayer
Powerful Prayer – Part 4
Life Church – August 22, 2010
Pastor Dan Walker
Matthew 6:11 (NIV) Give us today our daily bread.
Matthew 21:22 (NIV) If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
1. Understand ____________ through God's Word
1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.
A. Let God's Word renew your _________________
Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
John 15:7 (NIV) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
B. Test your thinking through your ____________
1 Peter 4:11a (NIV) If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.
2. Grow in _________ through God's Word
James 1:6-7 (NIV) But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
A. Read and ___________ God's Word
Romans 10:17 (NIV) Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
B. __________ life based on God's Word
Matthew 4:4 (NIV) Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
3. Receive prayer ____________ through God's Word
John 16:24 (NIV) Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
A. Find a _____________ for your situation
2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV) His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness … he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
B. Pray God's promise __________ He answers
Hebrews 6:12 (NIV) We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
Psalms 55:22 (NIV) Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.