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March 18, 2022 8:00 am
Prayer is given by God in order to get Dr. Tony Evans is effective prayer doesn't come from a ritual from a relationship.
If you have an order that will be determined by spiritual. This is the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas and president of the urban alternative in the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy eventually learned that she already possessed, which he needed to solve her problem today. Dr. Evans will explain why Christians often have a hard time making that same discovery. Let's join them as he explains the connection in the boondocks where our country was used to live in her home with kerosene lamps. That's how she got her like finally. However, electricity got connected to her area, but the electric company noticed that the power didn't seem to be used very much. They went to see the lady and knocked on her door that said, we want to make sure is your electricity working as she said just electricity electricity is working there as well. Tell me how you using the power. She said well it's very simple everyday.
I turn the lights on long enough for me to live my kerosene. There was a lady who did not know how to use the power she had. Every believer has been granted, but far too many of us are simply using it like a kerosene life's that is were not utilizing understanding and maximizing the power of the king and his kingdom. That has been granted to every believer series is called kingdom prayer igniting kingdom.
Prayer, because that is the link the wiring if you will, that God has given us to link us with the that he has provided kingdom.
Prayer may be defined as the divinely authorized methodology to access heavenly authority for earthly intervention. It is the divinely authorized methodology to access heavenly authority for earthly intervention. Prayer was given to us by God to contact heaven in order to get help on earth today, I want you to look at a well-known prayer in Ephesians 3 about connecting with your spiritual pal that you already possess. Paul wants to pray for the church at Ephesus and he wants to pray for you and me that we get a hold of the spell that we no longer live in the realm of the mundane and the realm of the regular that we no longer limited to the natural because we been hooked up to a power company that ties us to discipline Paul says in verse 14 of Ephesians 3. For this reason I bow my knees before the fall, from whom every family in heaven and earth derives its me introduces this prairies as I go down to my me the pastor of humble prayer. For this reason, for what reason while in verse 13 he says I don't want to lose heart to lose heart means to quit the lose heart means to be overwhelmed by discouragement to lose heart means I want to throw in the Lose heart means that I don't believe I can go on any longer or any further. When the Bible talks about losing heart is talking about quitting because of discouragement. People go to artificial stimulants, alcohol and drugs to camouflage the fact that they lost that they want to give up so they need something to cover-up the pain and anguish. If you're going to get heaven to come down to meet you on earth that will be determined by your level of spiritual intimacy. If you are having a long distance relationship with God. Don't expect to see happen. Enter history look at what he says in verse 16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner man, what's happening on the inside the inner man will affect what God does for you on the outside and inside is not growing.
There will be no power in prayer begins inside the inner man by the work of the Holy Spirit has got to be deepening.
If you want to be strengthened with power some years ago I had a problem with my lawn. My sprinkler system was not working. So my green grass was becoming brown. I called the sprinkler company over and I said I'm not getting power. The power is not working so my sprinkler is not coming off. They came over and checked and they said excuse me sir, you have plenty of time did much to my chagrin, they begin digging up my long that began going deeper in my life.
It was not a pretty picture because it digging my little but then they told me we have discovered your problem. Your mind is disconnected. So you're not getting the power that's available to you see, I thought I had up our problem with what I have is a connection from see many of us think we have a power problem when God said, would you really have is a connection from one snake dug deep underneath and found the disconnect I got a great connected with the power struggle going month of the month, year after year, and there is no power, but you need to visit the connection.
The way you go deeper is for Christ to dwell in your heart by faith. Key word is the word dwell. The Greek word for 12 means to make yourself at home to make yourself at home. So when it says that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. PSA your inner spiritual life will develop to the degree that Jesus is at home and you most of us have welcome signs at our front door that welcome sign means you are allowed to come in. If you are a Christian you given Jesus, you have told Jesus come into my life.
I trust you as my sin bearer for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. You have given Jesus the welcome sign.
If you are a believer, so we in your house. But just because he's in your house of Mimi's dwelling. One of the lies we tell regularly when we allow people into our house is the lie that says make yourself at home is usually a Christian life because we don't actually mean it.
What we mean is, make yourself at room, take you to the rooms. You can deal with in undetected to the kitchen and bathroom, but you can be going on up in the bedroom camping going up in the closet well throughout my junk in UK can be doing all that. I don't mean that somebody came in. I just thought it all over the place. You think they were crazy because you didn't quite mean what you say. Make yourself at home. But if you want power Jesus has to be free to roam to 12 to make himself at home and all the premises of your life must be free and welcome to tour the library of your mind and interact with your thoughts must be free to visit the kitchen of your appetite to be able to look at the things you're desiring to consume.
He wants to visit the living room of your relationships to talk about the common folk you hanging out with. He wants to be able to go to that of your hidden habits to deal with the things you snuck away that nobody can see he's gotta be able to go to the garage of your toy to see the kind of things you're playing with see if you're going to grow in the anime gotta be able to take a tour of the whole house you can just say Jesus does part of my life belongs to you. But these thoughts off limits to you, because the moment you limit Jesus Christ to only go that have been cleaned up in your life only when you limit him only to the religious side of life when they can have Sunday but he better not touch Monday what you have done is uninvited but I know some of you are thinking your thinking well yeah but some of those rooms of my life. The things I think about the places I go the things hidden in the attic of my life. I don't want Jesus to see.
But those are the wrongs he wants to go into so we can help you do a cleaning surface wants to be in all the rooms of your life and to the degree that he can roam to the degree that you come before the Lord with the real deal not play Christian and speak crisply to the degree that he can infiltrate all the rooms of your life is great you access power says price must dwell in your hearts must be free to roam so you can be keeping the power away because you've limited Jesus to a certain location in your life.
He wants to be part of your work life. Your entertainment life. Your relationship life.
He wants to be part of all aspects of your be because now you three wishes. Dr. Evans will come back in a moment to tell us about the second requirement for those seeking spiritual power.
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If you want spiritual tell you what to see prayer heavenly authority to earthly intervention is that spiritual see must expand spiritual capacity.
He says that you are grounded in love verse 17 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breath of the length of the height of the depth to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled out to all the fullness of God, God will only give you as much of him is that you can hand he's not going to give you more than you can handle, so that means you gotta get more capacity to handle more of him because God is not always gone, you or me and starts with spiritual intimacy, but really want you to expand spiritual capacity so we can says I want you to be rooted and grounded in love, love has to have an object which may go to God, the power, it's only about you, you're not grounded in love for you, but it can't be only about you. That's why he goes and says with all the saints. If you only exist for you if you only pray for you if you only want God's power for you not grounded in love, so you not hang out with God. That's why God wants every believer to be part of a spiritual family want to be part of the spiritual family want you to give an environment to express his love. And if you're building spiritual intimacy and expressing his love. Your expanding spiritual capacity is like blowing up a balloon. The boat is very flat but is been built to expand the build to take on more air and more and more because your expanding capacity.
God is only going to give you as much of himself as he knows you can handle your spiritual intimacy sets the stage and you're not being expand the blown nose is not only about you so whenever you break being a blessing into the equation.
You are now being wounded and grounded in love, and not just the ground. You which means you've expanded the blue which means you allow God to do all so spiritual intimacy, expand spiritual capacity and you get to see spiritual power. Verse 19 verse everybody wants to be verse 20 now to him who was able to do far more abundantly beyond all we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to him be glory in the church messy. Everybody wants verse 21 a skip verse 14 to 19 verse 20 in a minute but haven't built spiritual intimacy having postmerger capacity, but they want spiritual is what God is offering us through kingdom.
Prayer is praying for heaven to intercept history.
This is where your mind gets blown. This is where God is doing stuff you can figure out this is where God brings something you that you would try the force that happened this is where God is shaking you with baking. This is where God crossover. First of all his power this person God is not the force in the Star Wars movie is not some inanimate object is not whatever God they may be now the triune God is in this past his father, son and Holy Spirit. Because guess what God now unto him while you pray because you made him the only power is very personal, but is not only personally told he's able now to him who is able. He's able scripture says nothing is too difficult on that first Christmas, Mary the Virgin want to know how can this possibly be said, because nothing is impossible with God.
You think your situation is impossible. You think your dilemma is unresolvable you got understand what him and he's able to turn the faucet on the amount of water comes out depends on how far you open it if you just open a little bit you get a trickle a lot.
You give a gosh.
A lot of us are wondering what in the power coming to speak of our lives because we won't open everything up and got free reign to fully express himself. Tony will come back in a moment with a great closing story before he returns. I want to let you know that there's more to today's message on the prayer for spiritual powers and we had time to present on the year. If you'd like to get the full length version of today's message comes as a part of the complete two-volume 12 message audio series called igniting kingdom prayer for a limited time you can get the complete series on CD or downloadable MP3s yours with our thanks when you make a donation to help keep this listener supported program on the air.
The place to go for details is Tony Evans.org or call 1-800-800-3222 or someone from our friendly resource request team is ready to assist you. That's 1-800-800-3222, or firstname.lastname@example.org, you know, when we pray, God has the right to say yes no or wait but on Monday Dr. Evans will explain that we have some rights to, and we often get them all wrong. Right now though he's back with his closing illustration of the kids are small.
We decided on vacation all this and drive from Dallas to Niagara Falls, New York is the American side of Niagara Falls and the Canadian side of hotels on the Canadian side went to the hotel at night open the window way in the distance you can see the falls. The falls has lights on it at night you could see it was beautiful. It was a wonder to behold. I couldn't hear anything too far away. I can just to see enough of it to be impressed. Next morning we got up and we went to the Canadian side of the falls on the Canadian side of the falls of the park to park there when we went to the Canadian side of the park. Oh, that was more than impressed because you could hear the phone as the water came over the falls and crushed into the basin. Any questions or basins audit when the wind blew up little dots would hit you water because it hit so hard when the poet/so now the hotel room, I could just be impressed by. And every now and then that is 1/3 way to see the falls call the maid of the mist Visa boats in the basin of the full. If you go down to the maid of the mist in the basement of the fall will give you a raincoat and an umbrella.
Could you get Rick entrenched in the basin of the fall.
Many Christians relate to Jesus Christ from the hotel. They see him at a distance and they are impressed with them, but they never hear anything and never never never see enough to be impressed. I will get on the church that sufficient the Christians to go to the park little bit more and every now and make right now God doesn't know sums up because they're not close up the hotel room, but that small group that is not satisfied with the hotel room not sat inside with the pop that one raincoat in the number they want to get up close and they want to get drenched so the positive is not my job well because these are only going to give you as you can. Not only individually but he calls about 21 and he says the glory of the charge when we come together and we all get right about CPAP involved God blow your mind because it's not just about living on the alternative rock you made possible by the generous contributions from listeners like