The Power of a Praying Church

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Sun, 09/20/2020 - 11:00am

The Calling of the Church to Pray (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Power of the Praying Church
Pastor Zach Prosser

Sermon Discussion Notes Celebration Church
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Ø The Calling of the Church to Pray (2 Chronicles 7:14)

  • Turning from your wicked ways may require you to sacrifice some things (Acts 19:18-19).

  • Jonathan Edwards on 2 Chronicles 7:14: “And if God does now loudly call upon us to repent, then he also calls upon us to make proper manifestation of our repentance.”

  • We must have hearts than have been tenderized through repentance and prayer.

Ø When Should We Pray

  • Pray always (Acts 12:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).

  • Pray when you are afflicted and in bondage (Exodus 3:7).

  • Pray even when it is socially unacceptable (Esther 4:16).

  • Pray in corporate gatherings (Nehemiah 8:5-6).

  • Pray during threats of war (Nehemiah 4:9).

Ø How Should We Pray

  • Pray in the Spirit (Zechariah 4:6; Romans 8:26).

  • Pray according to God’s word (Acts 2:40-47).

    • The works of the Apostles were continued (Acts 2:42).

  • Pray for power (Acts 4:23-33).

    • Corporate prayer produces signs and wonders (Acts 2:43, 4:31).

      • The word “boldness” is the Greek word parrhesia which means “free-flowing, unrestrained boldness” or “speaking truth into the ears of others.”

    • Corporate prayer produces unity and a desire to give (Acts 2:44-46, 4:32).

  •  Prayer for spiritual leaders (Acts 12:1-25).

    • The church prayed without ceasing for Peter (Acts 12:5).

      • When you pray for your leaders, you will see their vision.