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Prayer Can't Wait - Continuing Journey | DVD
Sermon delivered by G. Allen Jackson
As seen on TV through Intend Ministries
October 16, 2011
Sermon Date: September 11, 2011
The New Year sermon Series theme continues to explore unseen influences that affect our lives - both physical and spiritual and that blindness to or a refusal to believe in spiritual forces places us at a deficit. Spiritual insight matters and personal questions arise: Does your relationship with the Lord bring advantage, momentum, and wisdom to your life, or do you experience frustrations and circumstantial near-misses? Unseen spiritual forces are in play in our lives, and it is important that we understand that to respond effectively. An event in Scripture addresses this when the Prophet Elisha interacts with his fearful servant on the morning Israel is confronted with a warring enemy army in full array. Elisha prays for his servant’s eyes to be opened that he might also see the more powerful, vast army of the Lord, prepared to bring Israel victory – victory achieved after Elisha’s next prayer. Three facts emerge in this event: Elisha’s servant was fearful of probable destruction; much like controlling fears can affect our decisions and outcomes. But in the face of fear, we can choose in our spirit to trust God. The second aspect deals with perspective – Elisha’s servant eventually saw both the enemy army and the army of the Lord, but his eyes needed opening. Are we casual God-inquirers or diligent to seek the things of the Lord? We also may need a change of focus. Third, the power of prayer made all the difference for both Elisha’s servant and for Israel. Conventional wisdom suggests prayer was a passive response to formidable circumstances, but prayer assertively achieved God’s purposes. We can cultivate an awareness of spiritual things, releasing God’s will for our lives through prayer.