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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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There Is Power in Prayer
Matthew 21:13
"It is written," he said to them," 'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it a 'den of robbers.'"

James 5:13-16
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Intro
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God and I care not a straw whether they be clergy or laymen, such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven on earth.  God does nothing but in answer to prayer.”  (John Wesley)

Preacher – Charles Finney
Year:                      1830
Results:                In one year 1,000 of the city’s 10,000 inhabitants came to Christ
Prayer Partner:  Finney’s prayer partner was Abel Clary.  Finney wrote, “Mr. Clary continued as long as I did and did not leave until after I left.  He never appeared in public, but gave himself wholly to prayer”

Evangelist: D.L. Moody (failed shoe salesman – an obscure YMCA worker)
Year:                      1872
Place                     London, England
Results:                400 new converts in ten days at one church that he preached in
Prayer Partner:  In London, a bedridden girl, Marianne Adlard, had read a clipping about Moody’s ministry in Chicago and prayed that God would send him to her church.

Preacher: Mordecai Ham – Southern Revivalist
Year:                      1934
Place:                    Charlotte, N. Carolina
Results:                Many people were moved by his preaching including a young farmer’s son named Billy Graham
Prayer Partners: Several businessmen, along with Billy Graham’s father had spent a day at their farm praying that God would touch their city, their state, and their world.

Evangelist: Billy Graham
Year:                      1949
Place:                    Los Angeles, CA
Results:                An extended evangelical campaign that resulted in a new form of evangelism led by Billy Graham all over the world.
Prayer Partners:  Graham had conducted many similar events with much smaller results.  He realized that the only difference between L.A. and the other crusades was the time spent in prayer.  From that crusade on prayer was part of the essential foundation of any crusade.  Billy Graham has reached millions of people for Christ – under-girded with prayer.

Preacher: Rev. David Yonggi Cho
Year                       2012
Place                     Seoul, South Korea - Yoido Full Gospel,
Results:                Largest church in the world – 800,000 members counting the satellite churches and growing. They have 200,000 in worship at 7 worship services on Sunday at the main church. 
Prayer Partners: Every morning at 4:30 people come to church, and they pray for one or two hours, and all-night prayer meeting on Friday evening.  They have a mountain dedicated to prayer with small prayer rooms. 

 

 

 

 John 16:23-24 (NIV)
23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Instead of praying….                                                                                      Pray this…
God Save this Country                                   God touch my next door neighbor so he/she might follow you
God help me do well in school                   Help me to retain what I studied last night
God bless my pastor                                     Anoint my pastor to preach the Word
God teach people to love others               Fill me with Your love so I might love my arrogant work associate
God be with us                                              Teach me Your specific will in this area of my life – like finances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:                                                                                                                                                                       
Prayer is one ministry that Christ instructed the whole local church to do.  He wants His house to be called a “house of prayer,” not a house of preaching, singing, or meetings, but a house of prayer.

“It is not enough for the pastor to pray fervently, nor is it sufficient for a leadership team to pray ardently on behalf of the congregation.  Until the church own prayer as a world-class weapon in the battle against evil and cherishes prayer as means of intimate and constant communication with God, the turnaround efforts of a body are severely limited, if not altogether doomed to failure.”  George Barna

If we want to see the Kingdom of God grow and we should; then we need to be a house of prayer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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