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Sermon by Pastor Ng Swee Ming on 8th Jan 2012

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    • DuncanCampbell BernerayHEBRIDES REVIVAL1949-1952
    • "For I will pour waterhebrides revival upon him that is 1949-1952 thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground:" –Isaiah 44:3a. Peggy & Christine Smith: They Prayed A Promise
    • Psalms 23:3-6 23:3-“Who shall ascend thehill…..” "Oh God, are my hands clean? Is my heart pure?"
    • hebrides revival 1949-1952
    • 2012 Theme : TRANSFORMATION THRU’PRAYERCol. 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Our VISION
    • Transformation Thru’ Prayer Part I : Praying Like Jesus• What is Prayer ? – Conversation with God“Talking to the Father,through the Son by the HolySpirit”• Why Pray ? –Jesus Himself prayed, also taught and expected his followers to PRAY …
    • Part I : Praying Like JesusPrayingAt all times …On all occasionsFor all peopleWith the ‘Right Spirit & Attitude’Prayer was CENTRAL to His entire Ministry … and still is…
    • What is Jesus doing now in heaven ?God’s Word says …Rom 8:34 “…Christ Jesus,… is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”Heb 7:24-25 “… Jesus ... always lives to intercede for them.”
    • the purpose of prayer… IS to get God’s will done on earth, NOT to get man’s will done in heaven. IS asking God for that which He wants to do and give - according to His will, NOT telling God what to do or give.
    • Transformation Thru’ Prayer II : Col 4:2-6
    • “DEVOTE yourselves to prayer”Meaning “devote” : to GRAB HOLD of “devote” something and NOT let go, to PERSEVEREPray diligently (Message)Continue earnestly (NKJ) / steadfastly (ESV)Be persistent (GN)It is not only about length of time …. Eg I Thes 5:17 “Pray without ceasing”Matter of the heart, mind, whole attitude …
    • 5 times in the NT : "be devoted to" or"persevere in" prayer ….1. Acts 1:14, "These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer."2. Acts 2:42, “ continually devoting themselves to . . . prayer."3. Acts 6:4, the apostles said they would devote themselves "to prayer and ….."4. Romans 12:12, "Rejoice in hope, persevere in tribulation, be devoted to prayer."5. Ephesians 6:18, "Pray at all times in the Spirit . . . with all perseverance.""Devote yourselves to prayer."
    • Devoted To Pray …• Pray often & regularly ; Not haphazard and being forgetful• Not just ‘something’ we just ‘do’• It must come out from the heart … It must become an important & vital part of our life …
    • the purpose of prayer… IS to get God’s will done on earth, NOT to get man’s will done in heaven. IS asking God for that which He wants to do and give - according to His will, NOT telling God what to do or give.
    • Being "WATCHFUL"...“to keep awake” (literally & figuratively)Mark 13:33 “Be on guard! Be alert !...”Eph 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.1 Peter 4:7 “… Stay wide-awake in prayer. “
    • 1: TO STAY AWAKE when praying; don’t fall asleep.Eg Matt 26:41 -the Garden of Gethsemanefind the time of day when we are the most awake and dedicate that time to prayer.position our bodies in a way that keeps us alert. Being "WATCHFUL"...
    • 2: INTENTIONAL and FOCUSED in prayer.Jesus told the disciples to watch and praythat you may not enter into temptation.1 Peter 5:8 Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (GNT)Just because we pray ….Being "WATCHFUL"...
    • 3: Through "watchful" praying,we will not be caught unprepared ….… When GOD ANSWERS … Col 4:2 TLB “Dont be weary in prayer; keep at it; watch for Gods answers, …. when they come.”Being "WATCHFUL"...
    • 4: PREPARED for CHRIST’S RETURN.Eg Matt 24:40-42“….Therefore, stay awake, for you do notknow on what day your Lord is coming.”When we pray we should be looking for and longing for the return of Christ.Paul concluded in 1 Cor 16:22 : “maranatha” - ‘Our Lord, come!’Being "WATCHFUL"...
    • “It is strange that, while praying, we seldom ask for change of character, but always a change in circumstance”“In these many days of prayer at Joy’s bedside, I have learned that my prayers do not change God; God changes me.” C. S. Lewis me.”
    • the purpose of prayer… IS to get God’s will done on earth, NOT to get man’s will done in heaven. IS asking God for that which He wants to do and give - according to His will, NOT telling God what to do or give.
    • Gk : eucharistia -thankfulness; gratitude;a thankful heart ;remember to be thankful when they come;with an attitude of thanksgiving;Being "THANKFUL"...
    • Full Of Praying & Thanksgiving….Col 1:3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,Col 1:10-12 And we pray … giving thanks to the Father,…Col 2:7 “rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith …overflowing with thankfulness.”Being "THANKFUL"...
    • Full Of Praying & Thanksgiving….Col 3:15-17 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,…. And be thankful. … And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”Being "THANKFUL"...
    • LOOKING BACK - Our SALVATION• Being THANKFUL for our own salvation• We were once lost in our sins …..• Somehow–people, situation, happenings we…. heard about Jesus … believed & had faith in Him … invited Him into our heart as Saviour no turning back ….Being "THANKFUL"?
    • “When we pray for the salvation of others,isnt the fervency of our prayer a mirror ofhow thankful we are for our ownsalvation?”“If we dont feel thankful for our ownsalvation—for the time when God openedthe door of our heart—then how can wepray with steadfastness and vigilance forthe salvation of others?”“O be thankful for your own salvation, &you will pray with new zeal for others”
    • LOOKING AHEAD - In FAITHBeing THANKFUL for what God is going to doIn FAITH thank Him"We should thank God just as diligently in our prayers as we make requests of Him.”Eg Phil 4:6Being "THANKFUL"?
    • Someone has said that there are only two basic prayers, & each is only one word: “Help!” & “Thanks!” If we said “Thank you” to the Lord more often, we might just get the “Help” we need more often. only two basic prayers
    • LOOKING WITHIN – with GRATITUDEto "abound with thanksgiving"!Why ? : Ingratitude was one reason why Gods wrath comes …Eg Rom 1:21-28Being "THANKFUL"?
    • the purpose of prayer… IS to get God’s will done on earth, NOT to get man’s will done in heaven. IS asking God for that which He wants to do and give - according to His will, NOT telling God what to do or give.
    • Our VISION TRANSFORMING LIVES  EXPANDING HIS KINGDOM  Transformation Thru’ Prayer
    • “a prayerless Christian is a defeated Christian” but in Col 4:3 Paul writes “If prayer could have been dispensed with in any life, “And pray for us, too…” surely it would have been in that of the sinless Son of Man… and Apostle Paul …” Oswald Sanders What then was Paul’s Prayer Request ?
    • Transforming Lives >>>>>>>> Thru’Expanding God’s Kingdom>> PrayerHow ?Paul’s Request …..1.Open Doors (v3)2.Proclaim the Gospel (v3)
    • D L MoodyEngland in 1872
    • Donald: The Boy Who Prayed
    • The Praying Butcher
    • Transforming Lives >>>>>>>> Thru’Expanding God’s Kingdom>> Prayer1. Open Doors2. Proclaiming the Gospel  Clearly v4  Kairos Timing v5  Through Our Action v5  By Our Words v6
    • If God answered all your prayers…• If God answered all your prayers with ‘yes’ how would the kingdom be furthered?• How much time do I spend praying about Spiritual things?• What true good would come from God giving me all the things I am praying for?• We need to learn how to pray kingdom minded prayers.
    • Persevering in Prayer Consider 1 Sam 3:19
    • Gods delaysare not Gods denialsGod’s Delays are for His GloryConsiderJohn 12:9-11
    • After hearing a message on prayer, we canbe so … Overwhelmed that we give up before even beginning Moved to pray, but do not know how… Convinced, see the need to pray, start strong but cannot sustain - diesConvicted, Committed & in Partnership – grow in prayerpossible responses…
    • the purpose of prayer… IS to get God’s will done on earth, NOT to get man’s will done in heaven. IS asking God for that which He wants to do and give - according to His will, NOT telling God what to do or give.
    • “Yesterdays praying willnot suffice for today.”E. M. Bounds
    • “You can delegate many things, but prayer is not one of them.”A.W. Tozer
    • Enough “Theory”
    • ..for my house will be calleda house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:7b
    • Nation Community ChurchFamilyYou
    • Focus on You and Your Family
    • Focus on OUR Church I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never besilent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, Isaiah 62:6
    • Focus on OUR Community
    • for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Focus on Our Nation
    • It will be good for thoseservants whose master finds them watching when he comes. comes. Luke 12:37
    • the purpose of prayer… IS to get God’s will done on earth, NOT to get man’s will done in heaven. IS asking God for that which He wants to do and give - according to His will, NOT telling God what to do or give.
    • 2012 Theme : TRANSFORMATION THRU’PRAYERCol 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Our VISION
    • Develop an attitude of prayerfulnessWorried ! pray itTroubled !, pray itInsulted !, pray itSlandered !, pray itFamily problems, pray itConfused !, pray itSickness !, pray itYou succeed, pray itYOU WANT REVIVAL IN YOUR LIFE, YOUR FAMILY, OUR CHURCH, OUR NATION … JUST PRAY IT.
    • “Prayer is the fountain from which revival springs. The key to revival in every age is prayer.”Frank Beardsley
    • “Revival wont come bypreaching or teaching,great worship music orbeautiful sanctuaries.It is scripturally &experientially linked … TO PRAYER.”
    • INVITATION:Those who truly and earnestly want to see REVIVAL IN SSMC, I invite you to contact any of the Leadership Team - phone call, email or sms just a to indicate your desire….Just to remind all who so desire that there is a COST & COMMITMENT to pay…. Please count the cost before deciding.
    • Convicted, Committed &In Christian PartnershipGrow Together in PrayerYOUR respond today…
    • God’s Stewards :New People & New PositionsAss Pastor, Chinese Ministry : Julia Chong