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  • 1. Intercessory Prayer
  • 2. A clergyman from New York, during a call on President Lincoln at the White House said:
    • "I have not come to ask any favors of you, Mr. President; I have only come to say that the loyal people of the North are sustaining you and will continue to do so.
  • 3.
    • We are giving you all that we have, the lives of our sons as well as our confidence and our prayers. You must know that no boy's father or mother ever kneels in prayer these days without asking God to give you strength and wisdom."
  • 4. His eyes brimming with tears, Mr. Lincoln replied:
    • “If it wasn’t for those prayers, I should have faltered and perhaps failed long ago. Tell every father and mother you know to keep on praying, and I will keep on fighting, for I know God is on our side."
  • 5.
    • As the clergyman started to leave the room, Mr. Lincoln held him by the hands and said: "I suppose I may consider this as sort of a pastoral call?" "Yes," replied the clergyman. "Out in our country," replied Lincoln, "when a parson makes a pastoral call, it was always the custom for the folks to ask him to lead in prayer, and I should like to ask you to pray with me today. Pray that I may have the strength and the wisdom."
  • 6.
    • The two men knelt side by side, and the clergyman offered the most fervent plea to Almighty God that ever fell from his lips. As they arose, the President clasped his visitor's hand and remarked in a satisfied sort of way: "I feel better."
  • 7. Psalms 5:1-12 KJV
    • (1) <To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.> Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
    • (2) Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
    • (3) My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up.
    • (4) For thou [art] not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
    • (5) The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
    • (6) Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
    • (7) But as for me, I will come [into] thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: [and] in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
  • 8.
    • (8) Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
    • (9) For [there is] no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part [is] very wickedness; their throat [is] an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
    • (10) Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
    • (11) But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
    • (12) For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as [with] a shield.
  • 9. Today begins a series of sermons on Prayer…
    • What is Prayer?
    • When do we pray?
    • Why is prayer important?
    • What are some conditions that must be met?
    • Why does it seem God doesn’t answer prayer?
    • How do I pray for others…
    • These questions, along with others will be answered in the next few weeks…
  • 10. 1. WHEN TO INTERCEDE 5:1-3
    • SPONTANEOUSLY - WHEN EVER YOU FEEL LIKE IT 5:1,2
    • SPECIFICALLY - ESPECIALLY WHEN WE DON'T FEEL LIKE IT 5:3
  • 11. SPONTANEOUSLY - WHEN EVER YOU FEEL LIKE IT 5:1,2
    • Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
    • Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
    • Have you ever just looked to Heaven and Cried, “HELP!!!”
  • 12. Hebrews 4:16 KJV
    • Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
    • Grace: Getting what you don’t deserve
    • Mercy: Not getting what you do deserve
  • 13. SPECIFICALLY - ESPECIALLY WHEN WE DON'T FEEL LIKE IT 5:3
    • My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up.
    • Even Jesus set aside time to pray.
  • 14.
    • Matthew 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
    • Mark 6:46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
    • Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
    • What is your set time?
  • 15. 2. HOW TO INTERCEDE 5:4-7
    • RESPECTFUL BECAUSE OF WHO GOD IS 5:4-5
    • With RECOGNITION BECAUSE OF WHAT GOD DOES 5:6
    • REVERENTIAL BECAUSE OF WHO WE ARE 5:7
  • 16. RESPECTFUL BECAUSE OF WHO GOD IS 5:4-5
    • (4) For thou [art] not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
    • (5) The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
  • 17. How much do you respect God?
    • Do you fear God?
    • (Proverbs 1:7) The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    • God demands our respect…
    • Ananias and Sapphira:
    • Acts 5:4-5 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. (5) And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
  • 18. RECOGNITION BECAUSE OF WHAT GOD DOES 5:6
    • Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
    • Leasing: Old English word for lies
    • God is in Control…
    • He will protect His….
    • Nothing happens without God’s permission…
  • 19. REVERENTIAL BECAUSE OF WHO WE ARE 5:7
    • But as for me, I will come [into] thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: [and] in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
    • Who are we compared to God?
    • This is what God was saying to Job
  • 20. Job 40:7-8
    • Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. (8) Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
  • 21. WHAT TO INTERCEDE FOR 5:8-12
    • GUIDANCE FOR OURSELVES 5:8
    • JUSTICE FOR EVIL DOERS 5:10
    • SECURITY FOR THE RIGHTEOUS 5:11-12
  • 22. GUIDANCE FOR OURSELVES 5:8
    • (8) Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
    • For Guidance
    • So that you will walk in God’s righteousness
    • When enemies attack
    • When you don’t see a straight path
    • In every day decisions
  • 23. JUSTICE FOR EVIL DOERS 5:10
    • (10) Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
  • 24. Justice, What is it?
    • We say we want Justice…
    • But do we want it for everybody… or do we just want our way?!!
    • Examine your heart.
  • 25. SECURITY FOR THE RIGHTEOUS 5:11-12
    • (11) But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
    • (12) For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as [with] a shield.
    • First let’s look at security through blessings…
  • 26. SECURITY THROUGH BLESSING
    • (12) For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as [with] a shield.
    • God will bless the righteous… are you righteous?
    • Physical blessings
    • Spiritual blessings…
    • He shows favoritism to believers over unbelievers…
    • He puts a hedge of protection around the righteous. Like a defensive force field…
  • 27. SECURITY THROUGH PROTECTION
    • (11) But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
    • How much do you trust in the Lord?
    • When enemies arise, do you try to fight.. Or do you let God do the fighting?
    • Those that truly love the Lord will be joyful about the Lord’s work.
  • 28. Intercessory Prayer..
    • When do you pray?
    • Your set aside time, and when you feel the need.
    • How do you pray?
    • Respectfully, and Reverently, recognizing the power of God
    • What do you pray for?
    • Guidance for ourselves
    • Justice for evil doers
    • Security for the righteous
    • One last question that we haven’t covered so far…
    • What has God promised those that trust him to help through prayer?
  • 29. Isaiah 40:28-31
    • Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, [that] the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? [there is] no searching of his understanding.
    • (29) He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength.
    • (30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
    • (31) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

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