A special message from Don Kinser that so perfectly dovetails in to our current sermon series on prayer. Pulling from Biblical examples, Don shows us what a good attitude towards prayer looks like. Click below to listen.
So many times in counseling—and many times in my life—the glaring question arises: "What would God have me do?" Sometimes [often] you know the direction you choose will change your life forever one way or the other, and often, those around you. Yet, tell me this isn't the case: we are often plagued with doubt, misunderstanding, frustration, and fear when we ask for God's will to be known in our lives, and we often wonder if God still speaks to people at all anymore. If He does, maybe it's just me He's not talking to for some reason. And when we think just maybe we heard something, we are still confused, "Was that really Him, or was it just my own desires? Or was it Satan?” And we are left in silence, or in confusion, that we lose the hope, or even the desire, to ask God's will with expectancy, and yet, our study in prayer thus far, seems to hinge on our ability to seek and find God's will for our lives. So how do we do it? Can we do it?
So far we have learned that your prayers DO matter. That there are things that can keep your prayers from being effective. Today Pastor Doss dives into finding purpose through prayer. Are you ready to dig in? Click the link below to listen.
Last week we began our series on prayer, with a Biblical foundation for what prayer is truly based upon: Prayer at its core is not bending God to our Will with enough faith and positive words, but discovering His desired Will and being the open door for that Will to be done on earth.
Next week we will look closely at just how to know God's desired Will, in order to begin praying powerfully and effectively, but, before we can get to the, "How to find His Will" stage of our study, we first have to take an honest look at another area in our lives: hindrances to our prayer lives—things in our lives that would keep us from praying effectively, even if we could discover His Will. Scriptures are very clear about certain things in a believer's life that will keep God from listening to our prayers. Are you serious enough and desperate enough, to hear God that you will do whatever it takes for your prayers to reach the Throne?
Today, in part 2 of our series on recharging your prayer life, Pastor Doss talks about some of the things that may be hindering your prayers. We all want powerful, effective, kingdom building prayers, but did you know that there are several things that God specifically says prevent Him from responding? If you feel like you just aren't being heard, listen for some pointers on evaluating your life to see if some of these hindrances might be a cause.
We are going to address two questions in this sermon, about prayer, but these two simple questions have more people stumped and confused than anything in our Christian walk, leaving many of us hopeless and powerless before Satan and his horde. 1) Do you ever privately feel (even if you don't want to admit it to yourself), that prayer just seems to be useless to you? (Doesn’t make a difference?) That it doesn't really change anything in your life? That you just kind of do it because you are supposed to do it? And if you don't do it, somehow things could always get worse? As though He will be mad if I don't pray, but He's gonna do what He wants anyway? 2) Do you ever privately feel like you really don't even know how to pray as you should? Some people quote Scriptures supporting how we should be bold in what we want from God—claim it in faith—your words are power leading to reality from Heaven. Your true belief, and your passion will determine 100% if God moves. Others say God has His will for this earth, and He's going to do exactly what He wants to do, and accomplish exactly what He wants accomplished, no matter what we do, therefore, it really doesn't matter what is prayed. What should I ask God for, and what should I not ask Him for? What should I be bold about in prayer, if ever? What should I humbly ask for?
Does prayer really matter? I mean, isn't God going to do what He wants to anyway? And if it does matter, how do I pray?
Today, Pastor Doss begins to answer these questions and many more in our new series, Recharging Your Prayer Life.
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