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The Refreshing Power of Prayer | Sunday Message

God gives us prayer for our own good. The question is: Why don’t we pray more often? In this podcast episode, “The Refreshing Power of Prayer,” Pastor Greg Laurie gives us guidance on praying with passion and persistence from Matthew 20. It’s the first message in Refresh: What Every Christian Needs to Know, a brand-new series from Pastor Greg.

Notes

“Times of refreshment come from the presence of the Lord.” —Acts 3:19

  1. You will be spiritually refreshed when you read and study the Bible.
  2. You will be spiritually refreshed when you think of others more than yourself.
  3. You will be spiritually refreshed when you help others.

How can you be spiritually refreshed? Spend time in God’s presence, study His Word, be generous, and serve others.

We don’t pray more because we don’t think we have the time.

“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at that Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”

We don’t pray more because we don’t think prayer is that important.

We don’t pray more because we think that prayer doesn’t really work.

The primary objective of prayer is to align myself with the will of God.

Sometimes God says, “No.”

Sometimes God says, “Slow.”

Sometimes God says, “Go.”

  1. In a time of crisis they prayed, and so should we.
  2. They prayed with passion and persistence, and so should we.
  3. Their prayer was heard by Jesus.

Unconfessed sin can hinder our prayers.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

And see if there be any wicked way in me.” —Psalm 139:23–24

Idols in our heart can hinder our prayers.

Unforgiveness in our heart can hinder our prayers.

Unbelief can hinder our prayers.

Prayer is the privilege of the child of God.

Scripture Referenced

  • Psalm 19:7
  • Proverbs 11:25
  • Proverbs 25:13
  • 2 Peter 1:13
  • Philippians 4:6
  • Psalm 8:3–4
  • Psalm 50:15
  • James 4:2
  • Ephesians 6:18
  • Jeremiah 29:13
  • Isaiah 59:1–2
  • Psalm 66:18
  • Ezekiel 14:3
  • Mark 11:25
  • James 1:5–7

Learn more about Greg Laurie and Harvest Ministries at harvest.org.

This podcast is supported by the generosity of our Harvest Partners.

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Greg Lauriehttp://www.harvest.org/
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California and ... You've got questions; A New Beginning has biblical answers.
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