(v3) “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
Jude 1:20 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,”
Some things in the Bible can be taught, but some things have to be caught. With an instrument, you have to learn how to play. It is the same with prayer.
You can read a book about prayer or listen to a sermon on prayer, but until you get on your knees and actually pray, you can’t do it.
The lost are blinded and can’t even recognize that they’re lost. There is only one thing that gives them hope is a church that knows how to pray in partnership prayer with the Lord. People don’t get saved by angels, it’s through prayer and people reaching out to other people.
There is selfless intercessory prayer that is in the Spirit.
Mat 16:18-19 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
This is the first time Jesus mentions the word ‘church.’ Not anything in hell will be able to stop the church from prevailing. We have got the keys of the kingdom of heaven. In order to get into this house, you have to get through the door. You have to have some kind of a key in order to get in.
Jesus gave them access to heaven. Jesus owns it, but he gives Peter (and us) access to it. Peter got the keys of heaven, not hell. Only Jesus has the keys to death, hell, and the grave. God has given the church access to what’s in heaven. It can be brought to earth.
Whatever you bind on earth, it’s already bound in heaven. The power and the abilities of heaven can now be yours. The power of what you really have available to you is awesome, but you have to pray in order to get it.
The tabernacle plan of Moses, you enter his gates with praise and thanksgiving. The first thing you see is the altar of sacrifice (repent of sins), then you see the water (baptism), then you go inside and you see the various pieces of furniture inside. Then, the ‘Holy of Holies’. All of this is to get into the presence of God.
These prayers are all about you.
God says this is a pattern of prayer that deals with self. You praise Him for all He’s done for you or somebody else. They’re still self-prayers. You get into the glory of God and repent of sins and get into the glory of God and then you finish praying.
You haven’t prayed any kingdom prayers. Your praying is good, but God wants to prevail in the power of partnership prayer that moves nations to their knees and minds that are lost suddenly have access to the gospel because somebody prayed.
There is power in partnership prayer. No one goes to war without being sent. You can’t declare war on the devil. Sometimes you engage in self-prayers and the devil laughs at you.
The devil is not equal to God.
God is infinite, not just big. There is no end to God. He is all-knowing, not just wise. He’s all-powerful, almighty, not just strong. He can give to everybody at the same time and still be just as awesome as when He started.
The devil is nothing to worry about when you partner with the Lord.
Some of you pray for a new job. You know some of the Scriptures to try to partner with the Lord, and you start to speak it. You’re expecting God to follow you instead of following God.
There are 3 steps to partner with God. If you do this you don’t need to ask, you just operate in that flow of God.
Moses asked Pharaoh when he wanted the frogs to go away. Pharaoh said, ‘Tomorrow.’ So, at his word, Moses said that the frogs would go away tomorrow. He didn’t pray, he was already so connected with God’s will, he just flowed in it.
- Right Motives. ‘Faith that worketh by love’ It’s got to be the will of God. ‘You don’t receive because you ask amiss.’ You’re missing the will of God. You can even pray in the will of God but still have the wrong motive. You’ve got to operate in love. You have to have love in your prayers. Put your love in the right places. Faith is locked up unless you loose it with love. Learn how to love. Acts 24:16 “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.” The number one hindrance to your faith is unforgiveness. You will never get a prayer through with unforgiveness. The devil will put little traps that explode without warning. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies. There were 3 perspectives at the cross. Thief 1 said, ‘You’re God, get us down.’ Thief 2 said, ‘Shut up man, you’re a thief. You deserve this. Forgive me, though.’ Jesus’ perspective is He didn’t deserve it. Yet, Jesus wanted forgiveness for those who put Him there. It’s selfless prayers.
- Humble or Selfless. 2 Chron 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” The biggest tyrant is an infant. Infants demand attention without thinking of anybody else. Yet, we are born into the kingdom. There are infants in Christ. At first, God acquiesces. As we grow, God expects us to grow up. Trust the Word instead of what you feel. We can be tyrants in prayer. Sometimes, we get answers from God that we don’t like. God sometimes says, ‘No.’ Start praying differently and accept the will of God and trust Him. We need to humble ourselves rather than get humiliated. ‘My people’ are a called out group that have been told they’re special and unique. They belong to Him. You need to humble yourself first, pray, and seek His face, then repent. All of a sudden, answers start to happen. These are not individual prayers, these are kingdom prayers. The land is healed not just individuals. Everybody benefits. When Hannah asked God for a son, she was ashamed and embarrassed. When she got to praying, something got a hold of her and she wanted to give back to God. When she prayed a prevailing prayer got a hold of her. This child wasn’t just for her anymore. Momma humbled herself.
- Passion—Desperation with Faith. Hannah was desperate. Her broken heart became passion. Abraham had passion and faith. He was desperate. He didn’t want to see Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed because he didn’t want his nephew destroyed. God listened and was willing to let the people live because of Abraham. Jesus told a parable about a man who needed bread for a visiting friend. He went to his neighbor and bugged him until he got that bread. Our God is not unrighteous. Desperation with Faith changes things, touches souls and changes lives. This is the only key that will open blind eyes and closed hearts. The church must prevail in prayer.
Mat 6:10 “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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