Power Up Your Prayers

Power-buttonHow has your prayer life been the past few weeks?  Energetic!  Vibrant?  Fulfilling? or more Mundane, superficial or even non-existent?  If you want some encouragement for your prayer life consider this message from Ephesians 6.  Listen to the audio and follow along with the message notes below:

Romans 8:9-11 (NLT)
But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Ephesians 6:18 (NASB)
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

4 Truths to POWER Up Your Prayers:

Truth 1: Pray In The Spirit

Ephesians 6:18 (NASB)
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit,

Passage Background – Ending of the Armor of God…

  • Belt of Truth
  • Body Armor of Righteousness
  • Shoes of Peace
  • Shield of Faith
  • Helmet of Salvation
  • Sword of the Spirit

Now Paul tells us to pray all kinds of Prayers in the Spirit…

Jude 20 (NASB)
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

How do we pray in the spirit?

Romans 8:26-27 (NASB)
 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

To pray in the Spirit we must…

  • We must be indwelt with the Spirit
  • Illuminated by the Spirit
  • And filled with the Spirit

Truth 2:  Pray All Kinds of Prayers

Ephesians 6:18 (NASB)
With all prayer and petition pray at all times

  • Prayer
  • Supplication – personal needs
  • Intercession – other’s needs
  • Thanksgiving
  • Confession

Truth 3:  Pray AND Keep Watch

Ephesians 6:18 (NASB)
…be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

 

Truth 4: Pray for Boldness

Ephesians 6:19-20 (NASB)
and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Everyday we can be an ambassador for Christ.

Who are you Chained to? (I mean this in a good way)!

  • Family Member (Immediate or Extended)
  • Factory/Firm (Work, Profession)
  • Friends (Neighbor, Kids Parents, Sports, School)
  • Fun (gym, hobbies, hang-outs)
  • Fellowship (significant relationships)

Can you think of 1 or 2 people you are chained to that needs to know the mystery or Christ – Jesus Died for them!

 

One Last Thought…

Facing Life on my own will leave me weak and powerless; A powerful life can be lived when we pray for others and allow others to pray for us!