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Prayer that shakes rooms then nations

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When it gets tough, what's your first reaction? The early church prayed in a way that attracted the Spirit to answer. How to pray when things go wrong...

Speaker: Andy Moyle
Series: Acts - Mission:Possible
Date: 14th Oct, 2018
Download: Prayer that shakes rooms then nations
Plays: 1
Scriptures: Acts 4:23-31
Prayer that shakes rooms then nations
Miracle in Acts 3
Led to preaching to the crowd
Priest not impressed - arrest, imprison over night, forbidden to share  the gospel
On release - what do they do?
What they didn't do!
Why is prayer not our first reaction?
    Organise a protest rally
    Have a sit in at the temple
    Write to the local paper
    Organise a poll on twitter
Or just panic and worry
Lifted their voices together
Great prayers of the Bible follow a pattern
Remind God of His names
Sovereign Lord
They speak of His nature
They need His sovereign rule to bear down.
Need healing - Yahweh Rophe
Need provision - Yahweh Jireh
Need protection and deliverance -Yahweh Adonai - despotes Sovereign Lord
Who God is, is what He has promised to be
 
Remind God of what  He has done and what He has promised
Creator of all things- God created the heavens and the earth and sea and everything in them, so he created those rulers and priests and knows how to deal with them!
Ruler of all things - they quote Psalm 2.
Why do evil people rage and plot against God. He sits in heaven and laughs! Their plans will come to nothing. God is large and in charge and he causes them to backfire. They give the example of Jesus - Pilate and Herod raged and plotted to have Jesus killed but God had a plan predestined under neath to bring their evil to naught, more than that to turn it to the greatest good - the salvation of any who come to Jesus.
God is large and in charge -  He created everything and everyone and he rules and reigns. We pray H does things!
Friend of mine helped with a situation where a businessman got a government email to say he was in big trouble, when he had done nothing wrong. First reaction - panic and sleepless nights. Then he saw my friend Jeff, they prayed and sent the email reply. Ever emailed the government - don't hold your breath waiting for a reply. If ever usually months more of worry. They got a reply in 30mins, Yes we have read your answer, that's fine nor action will be taken.
God is large and in charge. When we pray things happen.
Good Prayer is soaked in good doctrine - the doctrine of  creation, the doctrine of sovereignty, Old Testament prophecy and how to apply it in the new covenant. Prayer that works is steeped in Scripture - reminding God who He is and what He has promised.
OT promises need to be read in the light of the New covenant though! Psalm 2 talks of God breaking with a rod of iron and smashing like a pot. They could have continued their prayer by asking God to stop the persecution and crush the enemies like pottery. But they know the Gospel to well for that. God wants to save the nations not destroy them. So their big ask is a new covenant big ask....
The big ask
  1. Consider their threats - As John Piper says that means " Take note, Lord, what is at stake in their threats. They have commanded us not to speak of your Son's name any more. That is what is at stake here. So rouse yourself, because nothing is of greater interest to you than the honor of your Son. Rise up. Take note. Look on their threats." These threats are against your Son's reputation. So here's what we need to not cave in.
  2. Give us boldness - 
  3. More healings
  4. More signs and wonders
The result
God shakes the room
They are filled with the Spirit
They continue...
Application Questions
  1. In a crisis what is your first reaction?
  2. Why is praying together so important?
  3. Why do great Biblical prayers start with remind God who He is?
  4. They were asking for power for kingdom impact, what are you asking for?
  5. They continued... A few weeks ago David Taylor prophecied "As I looked around God was showing me things from the past, things that we have not used or felt there was no point in using. But God is saying "You are coming into a season of growth and I will remind and draw to the fore in your minds and spirit, things I have done in your past, things that have been laid aside, things you have forgotten about or things you think are no longer practical and I am going to remind you through my word, my prophetic word and the actions I have done in your lives and I will stir them up again, because everything I have done in you in the past is for Your future.". So what do you need to remember to continue?
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