Following are the message notes for Pastor Alejandro Amaya’s talk, The Power of Prayer. Enjoy!
The Power of Prayer
Pastor Alejandro Amaya
Main Text: Jeremiah 33:3 (AMP) “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).”
Amazing things happen when we earnestly pray:
A. We experience Revival in our life.
1. We pray from the bottom of our heart and the Holy Spirit reveals our true spiritual condition, resulting in
brokenness, repentance, and surrender of our life and desire to please Him.
Psalm 51:3-4 NIV “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.”
Psalm 32:3-5 (AMP) “When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]–then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!”
2. To experience revival we must practice confession
What is Confession? Confession is to verbalize our spiritual shortcomings and admit we have sinned before God. The New Testament Greek word for confess means “to agree with God” concerning His opinion of a matter. It also means “to admit guilt.” When we confess our sins to God we agree with God concerning the sin in our life. Through prayer The Holy Spirit and His Word help that sin to be revealed.
Isaiah 1:18 (NIV) “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’”
1 John 1:9 (NIV) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Micah 7:18-19 (NIV) “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”
3. There cannot be an effective prayer life where sin maintains its grip in the life of a believer.
Romans 6:23 NIV “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
4. Confession is the most painful part of personal prayer because it implies our responsibility to change that
sinful situation in our life. There is an inner battle of the will.
Galatians 5:17 NIV “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.”
Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV) “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
John 10:27 (NIV) “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
B. We experience Breakthroughs in important areas in our life.
1. Definition of Breakthrough-According to the Free Online Farlex Dictionary the word “breakthrough” has the
a. An act of overcoming or penetrating an obstacle or restriction
b. A military offensive that penetrates an enemy’s lines of defense
c. A major achievement or success that permits further progress
2. Synonyms of Breakthrough-According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary some synonyms of breakthrough are:
3. Different areas of our life where we may need Breakthrough through Prayer:
a. In the realm of the spirit with some strongholds
2. Out-of-control emotions such as anger and rage, that can cause us to say hurtful things to our
loved ones, which we later regret
3. Angry outbursts when we don’t get our own way
b. In the realm of our personal habits
1. People sometimes have cravings for sweets and fats. 2. Drunkenness, use of substances, pornography or other impure and ungodly desires
c. In the realm of relationships, marriage, or finances
1. Creating strife by undermining people, criticizing, and gossiping
2. Sex outside of marriage; fantasies or thinking about and desiring inappropriate sexual activity
3. Financial crisis, job loss, compulsive consumerism
d. It may be also in the area of ministry. Perhaps you don’t see the results you expected in your ministry.
You need a fresh anointing, or encouragement and the power of God to move with passion in your ministry.
C. We keep fresh our “first love” for our Lord and as a result, there is an increase of a more intimate
relationship with Jesus.
Revelation 2:3-5 (AMP) “I know you are enduring patiently and are bearing up for My name’s sake, and you have not fainted or become exhausted or grown weary. But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.”
Mark 1:35 (NIV) “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
Psalm 63:1-5 (NIV) “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirst for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.“
Psalm 42:1 (NIV) “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”