The Power of the Lord's Presence Preached By Pastor Siani Harpal

Psalm 16:11

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Topic: Power of the Lord's Presence

We see in the Bible the importance of the presence of God. David knew the importance of the presence of the Lord . That is the reason David says in Psalm 51:11 " Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me" . Again David says in Psalm 16:11 " ..Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore..."

Moses says in Exodus 33:15  " And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence"

When the Lord's presence is in our midst, no one can harm. But without him, we are helpless, we can not do anythings. God's presence was so evident in Abrahm's life Genesis 21:22 ; Gen 12: 1-3, God promised Joshua that no enemy could stand ( Joshua 1:5-6), God told Gideon  Judges 6:12,14" The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour, go in this thy might and thou shall save Israel " . God warned Jeremiah that the whole nation would turn against him and reject his prophets, yet God promised Jeremiah 15:20 "And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord.. God told Isaiah Fear not: for I am with thee ...Isaiah 43:1-5

Friends , we can understand how important it is the presence of God in our lives. 

Blessings of the Presence of God in our lives: 

1. Peace Exo 33:14-17 , John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid"

2. Protection Isaiah 43:1-5 ; Joshua 1:5 " There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee"

3. Help Isaiah 41:10-13 " Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

4. Victory Jeremiah 20:10-11, Job 5:12-14 "

For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him. But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten"

5. Wisdom I Samuel 18:12-15, Matthew 10:16   Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had departed from Saul.  So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns.  In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him.  When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him.

6. Success Genesis 39:23, Psalm 1:1-3 ' 

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper"

7. Pathway Isaiah 45:1-3 " 

Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel

8. People Genesis 39:21 But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison

9. Power Mark 16:20 , Acts 19:11-20  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen

10. Privilege Isaiah 57:15, Jeremiah 9:23-24" For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones"

11. Courage Acts 4:13'Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus

 

It is possible to loose God's presence 

1. Exodus 33:2-3 " And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way

2. If not love God and obey His teachngs John 14: 23-24 'Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me"

3. If you do not seek Him  2 Chronicle 15:3 " Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law"

 

Thank you and God bless you ! 

 

Topic: PRAYER By Pastor Siani Harpal

1 Thessalonians 5:17

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Introduction: 

Prayer is talking with God. Prayer is an offering up of our desires to God for all things lawful and needful , with humble confidence that we shall obtain them through the meditation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Prayer is worship addressed to the father, in the name of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit” Dr. H.W. Frost

Prayer is the soul of man talking to God. Prayer should consist of atlas four parts- ACTS-

A: Adoration: Praise and worship of the soul to God  Psalm 95:6 " O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker

C:Confession: Repentance from every known sin, Psalm 32:5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah

T: Thanksgiving :Be thankful for anything , everything Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God

S: Supplication: Intersession, requests, petitions and desires 1 Tim 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men

Our prayers should be directed to God the father , Acts 12:5, in the name of Jesus Christ, John 14:13, Through the power of the Holy Spirit Ephe 6:18

Where to pray:

  1. Everywhere 1 Tim 2:8 "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting"
  2. In the closest Matt 6:6 '  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly
  3. In the temple( Church) Luke 18:10, Psal, 26:12 

Private prayer will be made in the secret place. 

Family prayer will be made with a small groups. 

Public prayer will be made before the congregation. 

When to Pray: 

  1. Always: Luke 18:1, 1 Thes 5:17 "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;"
  2. In the morning Psalm 5:17 
  3. At noon and in the evening. Psalm 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice
  4. Daily : Psalm 86:3 "Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily
  5. Day and Night Psalm 88:1"O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

Subjects for prayer

 

  1. Matt 6:9-13 ( The Lord’s prayers) - The second coming of Christ, The will of the Lord, daily bread, Forgiveness, Guidance, Victory over Temptation and sin "

    "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen"

  2. James 5:13-16 Pray for the sick " 

    "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much"

  3. 1 Tim 2:1-4 Pray for all men, for kings, for all in authority , for our won personal lives, and for the salvation of sinners. 

    "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth"

  4. Isaiah 38:1-5  Pray for a long life " 

     "In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years."

  5. Daniel 6:8-13 Pray for the personal safety and the safety of others 

    "Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day"

  6. 1 Kings 3:5-9 Pray for the wisdom and understanding " In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?"
  7. Matthew 6:25-34 Pray for clothing shelter and food  

    Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

  8. Rom 1:10 Pray for the prosperous journey " Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you"
  9. Colossians 1:28 Pray for every Christins to be made perfect in Christ Jesus "Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:"
  10. Matthew 5:38-48 Pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you, pray for your enemies "

    "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect"

  11. 1 Timothy 5:17 Pray for those over you in the church "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine

How to pray: 

 

  1. We should be guided by the holy spirit in our praying Rom 8:26-27 "

     Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God"

  2. We must pray with faith in the existence of God Heb 11:6"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
  3. There must be persistence in prayers Luke 18:1-8 The persistence widow got the request  Luke 1:1-13,  The persistent knocker received the bread "

    And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"

  4. We must pray with humility 2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land"
  5. We must be prepared to repent f our sins and turn from our wicked ways 2 Chron 7:14 " If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land'

Conditions of Prayers : 

  1. We must pray in the will of God  Rom 8:27 Matt 26:39"And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt"
  2. We must forgive others before God will hear and answer our prayers Mark 11:25"And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses"
  3. We must pray in faith believing Mark 11:24 James 1: 6,7 "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them"
  4. We must keep His commandments 1 John 3:22 'And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight"
  5. We must abide in Christ John 15:7" If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you"
  6. We must pray in the Holy spirit Jude 20 "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost"
  7. We must pray in Jesus name John 16:24"Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full"

Hindrances to prayers

  1. Unbelief James 1:6,7 "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed"
  2. Unforgiving Spirit Mark 11:25 "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses"
  3. Iniquity Psalm 66:18"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me"
  4. Asking amiss  Selfishness James 4:3 "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts"
  5. Stingness Prov 21:13 "Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard
  6. Pride 2 Chorn 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land"
  7. Disobedience Prov 28:9 "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination"

Prayer Promises:

Matthew 7:7-8,  Mark 11:24 , Luke 11:9-13, John 15:7,  Ephesians 3:12,20, Philippians 4:6, Hebrews 4:16, 1 John 5:14,15

Conclusion

What answers does God give to prayer? God gives one of three answers a) YES   b) NO  c) WAIT

Isaiah 65:24,   And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Paul prayed for healing and God said NO

The one prayer of a sinner that God promises to hear is Luke 18:13 God be merciful to me a sinner See also 2 Peter 3:9

We will never learn to pray by reading books on the subject. We must pray. Be sure to thank HIM constantly for answered prayers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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