The Power Of Prayer

Matthew 6:13 – …”For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Prayer is personal, it’s not a formality. People’s prayers can become formal. Right before Jesus tells His disciples the Lord’s prayer, He talks about not using vain repetitions. The Lord’s prayer is a pattern that Jesus gave us to use. Prayer is personal.

If you’ve noticed, this prayer includes all three of the Godhead: “Our Father”; Thy kingdom come”; a kingdom has a King and has dominion over that kingdom who is Jesus. “And the power”; the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “You will receive “power” when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”

In order for us to pray to the Father about the Son, we must pray through the Holy Spirit.

It’s About The Kingdom

Acts 1:1 – The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, (Luke, who wrote the book of Acts, is referring to the book of Luke, which he also wrote.) (Verse 2) until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, (Verse 3) to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

For forty days, Jesus taught His disciples things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Jesus said over and over, “The kingdom of heaven is like…” So for three and one-half years, that’s what He taught. Then after His resurrection, He taught for forty more days about the kingdom. So, should that be our focus when we pray? I think so. And it should also be what preachers and pastors preach.

Up until this time, the disciples still didn’t get that it was all about the kingdom. And how do we know this? Because of what they say in verse 6 in Luke: Luke 1:6 – Therefore, when they had come in together, they asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” Jesus’ disciples wanted an earthly kingdom and that’s where their focus was. Jesus had just spent, after three and a half years, and now after His resurrection, another 40 days telling them about the kingdom of God, but they still didn’t understand. None of what He was telling them was about them or us, it’s all about the Kingdom of God!

It’s Through His Power

Luke 1:7, 8 – And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. (Verse 8) “But you shall receive when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judah and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

When the disciples received this power, they immediately changed. They became men of boldness. They had been afraid up until this time. They were afraid of the Jews and were hiding behind locked doors when Jesus found them after His resurrection.

Mark 14:50 – Then they all forsook Him and fled. (Verse 51) Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him, (Verse 52) and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.

But look what happened when the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples in the upper room: Acts 4:31 – And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

This happened in Acts Chapter 4, but in Acts Chapter 2 they were baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a one-time event, but being filled with the Holy Spirit is a continual event! So how do we continually stay filled with the Holy Spirit? It’s right there in Acts 4:31, “when they had prayed!” When we pray, boldness and power will come but be careful to use wisdom and be in God’s will.

It’s For HIs Glory

When Jesus was water baptized, the Holy Spirit came on Him. 2 Peter 1:17 – for He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” When the Holy Spirit came on Him, He received honor and glory from the Father.

When the Holy Spirit comes on us, He gifts us, and we have different gifts to be used for the honor and the glory of God. Now, when people use those gifts people will try to give us the honor, but that honor belongs to God only. Always keep in mind when the people told Jesus that they loved the miracles, Jesus told them, “I do nothing unless I see My Father do them first.” Jesus gave the glory and honor to His Father and so should we.

When Moses said, “Show me your glory.” God said, “I’ll show you My goodness.” God’s really, really good at being good to people. We all have the ability to give God glory. 2 Peter 4:11 – If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

It’s through His power for His glory. Romans 11:36 – For of Him, and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

Of Him, that’s His kingdom; through Him, that’s His power; to Him, and that’s His glory! If we will pray according to His kingdom and for His glory, then His power will operate.

When we pray to the Father about the Son, through the Spirit, our prayers are answered!!!!!

 

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