Section: Prevailing Prayer 1 of 12

“Prevailing or effectual prayer is the prayer that attains the blessing it seeks. It is the prayer that effectually moves God. The very idea of effectual prayer is that it affects its object.”

Two kinds of means to promote a revival:

1. influence men- Tell others about Christ, the Gospel, the Truth.

2. influence God- We cannot change God or His will, but through prayer we are producing a change in us that allows God to work through us; our “state of feeling” renders it possible for God to answer our prayers.

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“Prayer produces such a change in us as renders it consistent for God to do as it would not be consistent for Him to do otherwise.”

– Hopefully when we pray, it is just between God and us (not thinking about “Does my prayer sound good?” “What cool thing can I say to make others say Amen?”) and those are the times when our heart’s true nature is revealed; when we are most truthful in prayer. In those times, when we praise God, when we lift up our burdens to Him; when we are connected to God through prayer, our feelings are genuine. When we ask for help, ask for wisdom, strength, guidance, God will give it to us, because we are asking with the right motives, the right mind-set. Then again, if I really wanted something cool like a fancy sports car and even have great feelings for it, God would not answer my prayer because it is not in His will; I’m thinking for myself instead of how I could be God’s good and faithful servant.

“Truth by itself, will never produce the effect without the Spirit of God, and the Spirit is given in answer to prayer.”

– We can preach the Word, memorize the Word, and live the Word all we want, but if the Holy Spirit is not guiding us, then there will bear no fruit; the Holy Spirit is awakened when we ask God for It. (I’m not saying we don’t have the Holy Spirit, we all received it when we accepted Christ and repented, but that to utilize It’s infinite power, we need to ask God, through prayer, to let us use it.)

“Sinners are not converted only by the direct contact of the Holy Spirit, but by the truth employed as a means. To expect the conversion of sinners by prayer alone, without the employment of truth, is to tempt God.”

– We are not called to only pray either because if all of us believers prayed that the lost would receive salvation, but don’t actually go to tell them about the Gospel/love them with action, how would they ever come to know Christ? It is like asking for an A on a test, but never taking it upon yourself to study; It will be impossible unless God wills it.

Summary:

– We need to tell others about the Gospel, but at the same time asking God to guide us through the process. Prayer renders our hearts to be aligned with God, so that He may work through us. The Bible cannot change hearts without the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit cannot bring others to know Christ without the Truth( the Gospel, Bible) through the work of us believers, who are led by the Holy Spirit…

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