1Ti 2:1 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;”
Eph 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
There are different keys or tools of prayer. Just as there are different instruments in an orchestra, there are different instruments of prayer. In the kitchen, there are different things in the kitchen for different tasks, a coffee maker, a microwave, a mixer, etc. Sometimes, we come to God with the wrong tool for the task.
In the military a soldier has all kinds of tools for their various tasks. They are equipped. Some of you go to battle with a pocket knife, rather than the resources that are available to you. You have the artillery of heaven at your disposal. If you can’t see, you’ve got night-vision goggles that are available to you through prayer.
Prayer of faith: James 5:15 “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”
Mark 11:22 “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
Faith is given to us. You need to have faith like a child, a balloon pops and a child expects Daddy to be able to fix it. Can we have faith in God like that? Nothing is too hard for God. Pull out that prayer of faith when you face the impossible.
Some of us don’t pray because you don’t feel worthy. That is not in Scripture. It’s not about being worthy, it’s about faith. If you have sin, repent and God WILL hear.
Speak out loud.
Mar 11:23-24 “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Jesus commends those who have great faith. When God sees our faith, He rewards us. Not only did Jesus heal that man who was lowered through the roof, He also forgave his sins.
Get ahold of faith. It is not by works lest any man should boast. We are saved by our faith in God. Faith produces something.
Faith produces first a word in your mouth, and then action will follow. Look at that mountain. If you’ve got a mountain in your face, you need to say, ‘Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea.’
You must have faith in the right thing. You can walk on thin ice with great ice and sink like a rock. You can also walk on thick ice scared to death or you can just go ahead and drive your truck on that thick ice. If you have faith, you don’t ask God.
Paul, when he healed people, spoke to them. He didn’t beg God. Jesus prayed for Lazarus, not because He needed to, but for those people all around with no faith. Jesus commanded Lazarus to come forth. If it’s in the Word of God, it’s TRUE! What would it be, if we saw somebody sick or some obstacle, we had faith? Let faith be in your heart and come out your mouth and see miracles happen!
Heb 6:1-2 “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”
We need to tap into some stuff that the early church knew.
How do I increase my faith?
- Hear the Word of God.
- Get around people who have faith.
- Laying on of hands. Faith is transferred.
- Big praise in people is a revelation of a big God.
Faith makes a big difference. People weep and sob and moan and groan and don’t receive because they don’t have faith. If there is no doubt in your heart and faith in your mouth, the mountain will obey your command. Quit telling God how big your mountain is and start telling your mountain how big your God is!
Praying through means I’m not where I need to be with God and I need to get there. Fear, doubt, and sin separate us from God. We have to pray through those things. That is a prayer of consecration. You’ve got to lay down that baggage and have a beautiful time of prayer.
Corporate prayer is group prayer. This is where people learn how to pray and catch faith and prayer. Prayer is more caught than taught. Understanding the catching of the Spirit of prayer and how it’s caught will change the way you pray.
If you get into a real corporate prayer meeting, stuff gets transmitted.
By yourself, read the Psalms out loud and personalize them. Prayer is connecting with God. It’s being who I am and getting in His presence. You can get through anything if you know how to pray. Be real with Him. Pray out loud. There are awesome, powerful, and wild types of prayer, but it takes honesty with God. There is a place of prayer and it is powerful.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.