“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil. 4:6).
“… as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed”
- To prevail means to become effective, to succeed, to triumph.
- There are times when we must prevail in prayer as Jacob did. God does things when we pray persistently that He otherwise would not do.
“Ask, and it shall be given you” (Matt. 7:7).
- Some Christians fail to pray as they should until trouble strikes.
- We must pray often, asking largely. God desires our daily fellowship with Him in prayer, petition, and praise.
“… whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matt. 21:22).
- Many Christians pray often, but they fail to receive from God because they lack faith.
- We must ask with expectancy, accepting God’s blessings by faith (Mark 11:24).
“… not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).
- Jesus was facing the cross. His life was at stake, but He yielded to His Father’s will.
- Prayers will be answered; burdens will be lifted; broken homes will be mended; and souls will be won to Christ when we yield our will to God’s will.
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).
- Our prayers can reach around the world to touch missionaries, loved ones, and the unsaved.
- The prayer of faith is effective, both near and far, to sustain, save, and secure.
“Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).
- Rejoicing comes with the anticipation of answered prayer. It is an act of faith preceding the answer (Ps. 91:15).
- We must praise the Lord after our prayers are answered. God is worthy of our praise.
Borrowed from: Spray, R. E. (1978).
Easy-to-Use Sermon Outlines(pp. 38–39).
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House