The Red Sea Rules for Handling Difficulty. Rule 4: Pray!. Rev. Christopher J. Respass Rev. Shawn P. Ellis Rev. Torin Wallace Rev. Tony Pettis. Recap. Rule 1: Realize that God means for you to be where you are. Rule 2: Be more concerned for God’s glory than your relief.
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Rule 4: Pray!
Rev. Christopher J. Respass
Rev. Shawn P. Ellis
Rev. Torin Wallace
Rev. Tony Pettis
Rule 1: Realize that God means for you to be where you are.
Rule 2: Be more concerned for God’s glory than your relief.
Rule 3: Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.
When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD.
Pray! = Praying in Crisis!
1. Different from Daily Devotional Prayer
2. Different from Guiding/Advisory Prayer
3. Crisis Praying is
“Come now, Lord” Praying
Can you recall a time when you had to pray in crisis?
How would you describe your prayer? (e.g., tone, intensity, length of time, general or specific, etc.).
When engaged in urgent prayer, there is no place for dainty, sterile and cautious prayers.
1. Crying out to God shows the intensity of the concern and the desperation of the one who is praying.
2 Samuel 22:1-7
1 Samuel 7:5-10
2. When something is “urgent” it means that
“it is pressing”
“requires immediate attention”
“stuff is ‘bout to get real”
“somebody need’s to do something!”
If you find yourself in an urgent matter with calamity nearby, you need to Pray!! God is listening.
When something is “feigned” it means that it is
1. giving a false impression
(e.g., how you respond when you receive a gift you absolutely hate, but you want to be classy)
When the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, it was the most sincere, earnest type of prayer, because they really needed God to intervene and rescue them.
1. We should pray earnest, unfeigned prayers because they are powerful.
James 5:16 Luke 22:44
2. We should pray unfeigned prayers because God knows what we need before we ask him (Matthew 6:7-8).
3.We should pray earnest, unfeigned prayers because the need is just that critical.
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying, 3 "Now, O LORD, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
2 Kings 20:2-3
“…there’s something about praying with another person that intensifies prayer and sends it to heaven with greater velocity.”
“God doesn’t always say yes to all our requests, but He listens with unusual attentiveness when two or three gather in united prayer—and he responds in His own way and time with power and wisdom.”
Robert J. Morgan
Author, Red Sea Rules
Does prayer with another person intensify the prayer?
Does prayer with another person increase the prayer’s velocity to heaven?
Is their power in corporate prayer?
Passages: Matt. 18:19-20 2 Chron. 7:13-14
Acts 2:1-4 Acts 12:12
The people of Israel cried out to God in urgent, unfeigned, unified prayer—but did the believe God would move?
They said to Moses, "Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt?
Sometimes we pray “unbelieving prayers.”
1. Prayers when you make your petition, but you have no confidence in an affirmative response from God (e.g., terminal illness, impossible situation, critical deadlines, Acts 12:11-16, etc.).
2. God answers prayers according to his will, good pleasure and purpose.