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The Power of Prayer //
Part One

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 

This morning Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert kicked off our new series, The Power of Prayer. Throughout the next three weeks, we will be diving into what it means to unlock the power of prayer in our lives and see the promises of God come to pass through our prayers.

Every believer wants to have an effective prayer life, but very few understand how. The heart of God is for each of us to have a fruitful prayer life. Throughout our morning we took a look at Philippians 4:4-8 as a model for prayer over anxiety. A little anxiety in our lives can feel normal, but in Jesus we have access to total freedom from anxiety.

  • T: THANKSGIVING // Start with thanksgiving. Philippians 4:4 tells us to, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” When we rejoice, we enthusiastically celebrate and give praise. When we first give God thanks for all He has done in our lives, we put Him in His rightful place. Our praise is meant to precede prayer because praise gives us the perspective to pray.
  • H: HUMILITY // With humility, we give our requests to God. James 4:6, “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.” When we pray, we want to come with a humble spirit, rather than entitlement, acknowledging that God is in control and will work all things together for our good. If we go in with pride, anger, arrogance, etc. we miss the heart of God, and ultimately miss the power of humble prayer.
  • A: ALWAYS ATTACK ANXIETY // The reality of life is that anxiety is waiting for us at every turn. Everyone has different things in their lives that cause anxiety, but one common weapon that we all have is prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to not be anxious about anything. God invites us to give our anxieties to Him, and He promises that He will give us peace. Anxiety is not meant to be something that we get used to dealing with, we have access to freedom from anxiety. When we give our anxieties to God, we put them in a trustworthy place.
  • T: TRUTH // Philippians 4:8 says, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” We need to let the truth of God continually renew our minds. When we intentionally spend time in the Word of God and allow Him to shift our perspective, everything changes. We go from anticipating the worst to believing for God to meet us in our everyday.

WE AREN’T MADE FOR SOME FREEDOM, WE’RE MADE FOR TOTAL FREEDOM.

We were made to live in freedom, and prayer is the key to unlocking freedom in our lives. When we give our anxieties to Jesus, we exchange our fear for faith, hope and love. Jesus is inviting us to pray. In that place, He wants to meet with us and give us breakthrough.

IN RESPONSE //

  • Use the Philippians 4 prayer model we talked through today. Whether you take five minutes or an hour of your day, we encourage you to pause and walk through each step of this prayer model. For a downloadable card to keep with you, click here.
  • Our Corporate Prayer Ministry has various events that you can jump in with throughout the week –
    • Jesus Hour // This hour of worship and intercession is every weekday from noon – 1 p.m. in the Kids Auditorium.
    • Encounter // Join us on Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Kids Auditorium for an extended time of spirit-led worship, prayer and ministry.
    • Sign up for an hour of prayer // We encourage you to take an hour in the Prayer Room. You can jump in with an existing group or create your own. Visit our Corporate Prayer Ministry website to check out the weekly schedule and to sign up.
  • This morning, Jimmy mentioned the song, Look What the Lord has Done from the Brownsville Revival. If you need something to jump start your day with praise, check out this song!
  • If you are interested in learning more about the foundations of prayer, we encourage you to check out our past sermon series titled, Jesus, Teach Us to Pray.
  • If you are looking for resources on how to spend daily time with God, take a look at this packet.

The Meaning of the Cross

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

EASTER IS A TIME TO NOT ONLY CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS, BUT ALSO ALL HE ACCOMPLISHED ON THE CROSS.

Jesus took our sin on the cross, was dead for three days and then was raised to life before He ascended to heaven. This new life we each have access to is unbelievable and wonderful, but at least for me I know I can become accustomed to this good news. The power of what Jesus did on the cross is not diminished, but my celebration and sensitivity toward it can be. The approach of Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter are reminders for me to re-examine my heart and invite God to sink the power and magnitude of the cross deeper into my heart.

WE WANT OUR HEARTS TO BE OPEN TO GREATER REVELATION OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS.

Because of this, March 29th through Aril 1st, we are having the Stations of the Cross in Antioch’s Prayer and Equipping Center. This room, located at Fort and 20th, will be a place where you can engage in a self-guided time of Scripture reading, reflection and prayer. There will be multiple interactive stations as well as an opportunity to take communion.

My prayer is that through the Stations of the Cross, the revelation of what Jesus has done for us would continue to sink deeper into our minds and hearts, we would experience more deeply the love of the Father and draw nearer to Jesus in anticipation of Easter.

Please come join us as we journey through the Stations of the Cross!

By Olivia Andrade

Church-Wide Prayer and Fast // Day Three

God has called us as a people to re-dig the ancient wells of healthy families, personal revival and outreach to the world around us. This comes from Genesis 26, when Isaac unclogs the well of his father, Abraham. He declares, “rehoboth,” which means, “God has given us a broad place to be fruitful in the land.”

Many times in our lives we need to take out the things that are not of God so His grace and power can flow in our hearts and in our lives. During this time of prayer and fasting, we want to create space for God to renew our focus and open up the wells of restored families and revived lives.

JOIN US IN PRAYING THROUGH THESE POINTS TODAY:

Pray for the Family // 

  • Pray for marriages to be strengthened and restored.
  • Pray for every child to thrive in the grace of God.
  • Pray for every single adult to be rightly fitted and connected to the Church.

Pray for Revival //

  • Pray for every gathering, from discipleship groups to Lifegroups and corporate services, to be saturated with the power and presence of God.
  • Pray Isaiah 64:1-4 – “Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at Your presence. As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! When You did awesome things which we did not expect, You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.  For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.”
  • Pray for increasing revelation of God’s love for us.

3. Pray for our City, Nation and Nations of the earth //

  • For our City // Pray for racial reconciliation throughout our city.
  • For our Nation //  Pray for there to be a sweeping move of revival across our land.
  • For the Nations // Pray for spiritual hunger among Hindus, Buddhists and other major unreached people groups.

Church-Wide Prayer and Fast // Day Two

God has called us as a people to re-dig the ancient wells of healthy families, personal revival and outreach to the world around us. This comes from Genesis 26, when Isaac unclogs the well of his father, Abraham. He declares, “rehoboth,” which means, “God has given us a broad place to be fruitful in the land.”

Many times in our lives we need to take out the things that are not of God so His grace and power can flow in our hearts and in our lives. During this time of prayer and fasting, we want to create space for God to renew our focus and open up the wells of restored families and revived lives.

JOIN US IN PRAYING THROUGH THESE POINTS TODAY:

Pray for the Family // 

  • Pray Malachi 4:6, “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.”
  • Pray for our church to be a broad place where the love and grace of God flows, and for people to feel rightly connected to the family of God.
  • Pray for healing and restoration of every family.

Pray for Revival // 

  • Pray for God to show us any areas where we need to repent so that we might enter in to all that He has for us.
  • Pray Isaiah 30:15 – For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.”
  • Pray for God to give us greater wisdom and revelation of Him. (Ephesians1:17)

Pray for our City, Nation and Nations of the earth // 

  • For our City  // Pray for poverty to be eradicated and for every individual in our city to know they are valued.
  • For our Nation // Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
  • For the Nations // Pray Isaiah 54:2-3, “Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; lengthen your cords And strengthen your pegs. “For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations And will resettle the desolate cities.”

Learning to Pray: 5 Ways to Grow in Intercession


“And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.” – Ezekiel 22:30

In this passage of Scripture we see the nation of Israel in a state of corruption and sin. God was looking for someone to stand in the gap between Him and the land and cry out for deliverance. The fact that God was looking for someone to stand in the gap shows us it is His intention to respond to the cries of our heart. God is looking for people who will pray on behalf of the people and nations of the earth. He is looking for intercessors – those who pleas the case of another to God asking for His divine intervention.

Prayer is the source of life and power to see things change.

We cannot fulfill God’s work in our own strength – it is impossible. By standing in the gap and crying out to God in prayer we are asking Him to do what only He can do.

Here are five keys to help you grow in intercession:

1) Grow in friendship with God // When we allow God into our lives and develop relationship with Him, we grow in our understanding of what He is actually like. This helps us know His heart so we can pray in alignment with His will. Prayer originates in the heart of God.

2) Growing in your knowledge of the Word of God // We can read the Bible to see what the will of God is for people and the situations we may be in. The Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), so when we pray in agreement with it things can change. Pray a specific Psalm over a person or a nation, inserting actual names where possible.

3) Grow in your ability to be still and listen // One aspect of prayer is discerning what God wants to do and then asking Him to do it. As we learn to still our hearts before Him and open our ears to what He is saying, we can pray for the things He wants to do.  It is totally normal to have moments of silence when we pray. Before sitting in silence, pray, asking God to show you a picture or give you a Scripture to reveal the desire of His heart.

4) Take your eyes off yourself and fix them on Jesus // It doesn’t matter what we sound like or how we come across to others when we pray. What matters is that we are engaging the Spirit of God. Perhaps praying aloud in a group setting is very stretching for you. A way to focus on Jesus rather than yourself is to take the risk and agree with others aloud in prayer (Matthew 18:20).

5) Worship // A great way to enter in to intercession is to begin with a time of worship. When we worship Him and let go of our own ideas and agendas, we open up ourselves to connecting with what is on His heart and partnering with Him in what He wants to do. If you typically worship by listening to music, try reading a Psalm aloud. Psalm 27, 33 or 46 would be a great place to start. As you declare each verse of the Psalm, picture what it describes and see God as the Bible describes Him.

In Response:

Is God asking you to intercede for a person, a nation or an area of breakthrough? Is He asking you to be the one to stand in the gap?

As a part of our three-day prayer and fast, which of the five keys listed above could you focus on to help you grow in intercession?

How to Pray When You’ve Run out of Words

Ephesians 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 the last 5,850 days I’ve awakened with a prayer for a loved one burning in my heart. I’ve had thousands of prayers answered in my life, some were even miraculous, but the answer to this prayer is still in the making. I believe what I am asking for is on the heart of the Father, and so it will be done.

BUT WHERE DO I FUND THE WORDS FOR THE 5,851ST PRAYER?

I don’t want to be like the pagans that Jesus mentions in Matthew, that think they will be heard because of their “many words.” But, on the other hand, Jesus praises the persistent widow because she kept coming with her plea and didn’t give up until it was granted to her. I do want to be like her.

SO I GUESS IT MUST NOT REALLY BE ABOUT THE WORDS, MANY OR FEW, BUT THE HEART BEHIND IT.

I know Jesus says that if I’m worried and unbelieving that my prayers are worthless. It is through faith that my prayers are answered, but how do I pray believing again, and again and again….

There are days when, “Help Lord,” is about as far as I get… It isn’t lengthy, but it’s sincere.

There are days when I say, “I want to believe Lord, please help my unbelief.”

There are times when we just sit in silence together.

There are times when there just aren’t words in the English language and the Spirit must take over and pray the Father’s heart and will.

There are days when I turn on worship music and sing the prayer another has written for me.

There are times when I’ve been at the end of myself and have asked others to bombard heaven with me, and I say, “Yes and amen,” to their prayers.

There are days when I don’t know what to pray, and as I’m in the Word, I pray the words of God back to Him.

There are times when I have to speak to my soul and say, “Put your trust in God.” I remind myself who God is. He is loving and kind. Far more so than I am. If I have any compassion, it is only because it first came from Him. One time while praying for some of our precious friends in India, I felt desperate for them. The Lord gently, yet firmly reminded me that I surely was not more compassionate than He. I only pray because He spurs me to do so.

God is powerful and in control. When my husband, Don, had cancer, the saints around us began to pray. One night at a prayer meeting, as I began to pray, the Lord challenged me to reflect on who He is before I began. He showed me that He is not a weak, old man ringing his hands together, wishing He could help, but being powerless to do so.

NO, GOD IS ABLE, TO ACCOMPLISH EVERYTHING HE DESIRES. I WAS AFRAID AND OVERWHELMED, BUT HE CERTAINLY WAS NOT.

It’s in the times when I look at Jesus and praise Him that words begin to come. He is good. He is faithful. I can trust Him. Faith is starting to fill my heart again. I can’t do it, but He can. He’s a loving Father. He listens to me. He cares. He is moved in compassion. Yes, moved. He is moving. I can’t see it, but He is moving. Even now, as I type this, tears fill my eyes. I do believe Him for the 5,851st time! I have prayers today that are found in Him and He will give me prayers for tomorrow until the day when He takes that bowl of prayers and pours them from heaven to earth and says, “It is done!”

IN RESPONSE

Do you feel like your prayer life is lacking or are you unsure of how to keep praying? Use this list as a starting point in your own time with God to find faith for that next prayer.

  • Be honest before God.
  • Let the Spirit infuse and take over your prayers.
  • Turn on a worship song that reflects your heart and sing it as a prayer.
  • Invite people from your community to join you in something you are praying and waiting for.
  • Focus first on the character of God when you pray, and let the supplication follow.
  • Pray the very words of God from the Bible. We know they are true.

By Julie Steadman