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The hand of the Lord Jeremiah 32:17 (NKJV) - 17‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. The hand of the Lord

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the hand of the lord
The hand of the Lord
  • Jeremiah 32:17 (NKJV) - 17‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
the hand of the lord3
The hand of the Lord
  • John 12:38 (NKJV)38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:
  • “Lord, who has believed our report?

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

the hand of the lord4
The hand of the Lord
  • John 12:38 (NKJV)38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:
  • “Lord, who has believed our report?

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

  • Isaiah 53:1 (NKJV) Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
the hand of the lord5
The hand of the Lord
  • Isaiah 59:1 through Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV)1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened,
  • That it cannot save;
  • Nor His ear heavy,
  • That it cannot hear.
  • 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
are you seeking the lord
Are you seeking the Lord?
  • Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
are you seeking the lord7
Are you seeking the Lord?
  • Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJV)13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
are you seeking the lord8
Are you seeking the Lord?
  • Amos 5:4 through Amos 5:6 (NKJV)4For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: “Seek Me and live;
  • 5 But do not seek Bethel,
  • Nor enter Gilgal,
  • Nor pass over to Beersheba;
  • For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,
  • And Bethel shall come to nothing.
are you seeking the lord9
Are you seeking the Lord?
  • 6 Seek the LORD and live, Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, And devour it, With no one to quench it in Bethel—
where do we fit
Where do we fit?
  • Where do we fit in Jesus’ parable about prayer? (Lk 18:1-8)
  • What if the answer to the question in verse 8 was no?
  • We can allow the immediate demands of this life to crowd out real prayer.
where do we fit11
Where do we fit?
  • Where do we fit in Jesus’ parable about prayer? (Lk 18:1-8)
where do we fit12
Where do we fit?
  • Where do we fit in Jesus’ parable about prayer? (Lk 18:1-8)
  • What if the answer to the question in verse 8 was no?
where do we fit13
Where do we fit?
  • Where do we fit in Jesus’ parable about prayer? (Lk 18:1-8)
  • What if the answer to the question in verse 8 was no?
  • We can allow the immediate demands of this life to crowd out real prayer.
the power of one prayer
The power of one prayer
  • God tells us of the power of one prayer. (Jas 5:16-17)
the power of one prayer15
The power of one prayer
  • God tells us of the power of one prayer. (Jas 5:16-17)
  • The battle between the prophets of Baal and Elijah. (1 Kings 18:36-39)
the power of one prayer16
The power of one prayer
  • God tells us of the power of one prayer. (Jas 5:16-17)
  • The battle between the prophets of Baal and Elijah. (1 Kings 18:36-39)
    • Contrast the prophets of Baal.
the power of one prayer17
The power of one prayer
  • God tells us of the power of one prayer. (Jas 5:16-17)
  • The battle between the prophets of Baal and Elijah. (1 Kings 18:36-39)
    • Contrast the prophets of Baal.
    • It was a simple question of who had the “hand of the Lord.”
the power of one prayer18
The power of one prayer
  • The request of a young Solomon for wisdom. (1 Kings 3:5-9)
the power of one prayer19
The power of one prayer
  • The request of a young Solomon for wisdom. (1 Kings 3:5-9)
    • What was Solomon like before this? God’s hand powerfully acted upon this young man. (1 Kings 3:10-14)
the power of one prayer20
The power of one prayer
  • The request of a young Solomon for wisdom. (1 Kings 3:5-9)
    • What was Solomon like before this? God’s hand powerfully acted upon this young man. (1 Kings 3:10-14)
    • The “hand of the Lord?” is seen in changed lives!
the power of one prayer21
The power of one prayer
  • The mighty Assyrian army and king Hezekiah. (2 Kings 19:14-19)
the power of one prayer22
The power of one prayer
  • The mighty Assyrian army and king Hezekiah. (2 Kings 19:14-19)
    • Never say like the world: “All you have is a prayer.”
the power of one prayer23
The power of one prayer
  • The mighty Assyrian army and king Hezekiah. (2 Kings 19:14-19)
    • Never say like the world: “All you have is a prayer.”
    • King Sennacherib no doubt learned about the power of one prayer.(2 Kings 19:35-37)
in truth it is never just one prayer
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • There is something all of these men had in common. (1 Kings 8:41-43)
in truth it is never just one prayer25
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • There is something all of these men had in common. (1 Kings 8:41-43)
  • Prayer can do nothing for a man who does not posses a living faith.
in truth it is never just one prayer26
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • There is something all of these men had in common. (1 Kings 8:41-43)
  • Prayer can do nothing for a man who does not posses a living faith.
    • Some Jews thought it was just knowing the right words. (Acts 19:13-16)
in truth it is never just one prayer27
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • There is something all of these men had in common. (1 Kings 8:41-43)
  • Prayer can do nothing for a man who does not posses a living faith.
    • Some Jews thought it was just knowing the right words. (Acts 19:13-16)
    • Listen to your words. Think!
in truth it is never just one prayer28
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • We can have the power of god in our lives. (Eph 3:20)
in truth it is never just one prayer29
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • We can have the power of god in our lives. (Eph 3:20)
    • He is able to do:
in truth it is never just one prayer30
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • We can have the power of god in our lives. (Eph 3:20)
    • He is able to do:
    • above all that we ask or think
in truth it is never just one prayer31
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • We can have the power of god in our lives. (Eph 3:20)
    • He is able to do:
    • above all that we ask or think
    • abundantly above all that we ask or think
in truth it is never just one prayer32
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • We can have the power of god in our lives. (Eph 3:20)
    • He is able to do:
    • above all that we ask or think
    • abundantly above all that we ask or think
    • exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think
in truth it is never just one prayer33
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • When we realize this is God speaking then this is hard to grasp.
in truth it is never just one prayer34
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • When we realize this is God speaking then this is hard to grasp.
  • Do we have the power or merely an outward form?
in truth it is never just one prayer35
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • When we realize this is God speaking then this is hard to grasp.
  • Do we have the power or merely an outward form?
    • We can have the form without power. (2 Tim 3:5)
in truth it is never just one prayer36
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • When we realize this is God speaking then this is hard to grasp.
  • Do we have the power or merely an outward form?
    • We can have the form without power. (2 Tim 3:5)
    • Or we can allow God's power to be used through us. (1 Thess 2:13)
in truth it is never just one prayer37
In truth it is never just one prayer
  • What does access to God mean to you? Do not tell me. How do you pray? (1 Jn 5:14-15)
we ought to always pray and not to lose heart
We ought to always pray and not to lose heart.
  • It is possible to "faint", "lack courage" concerning our effort in prayer.
we ought to always pray and not to lose heart39
We ought to always pray and not to lose heart.
  • It is possible to "faint", "lack courage" concerning our effort in prayer.
    • What would a person think when they lose heart?
we ought to always pray and not to lose heart40
We ought to always pray and not to lose heart.
  • It is possible to "faint", "lack courage" concerning our effort in prayer.
    • What would a person think when they lose heart?
    • We need to be “vigilant” and “steadfast” in prayer. (Rom 12:12; Col 4:2)
we ought to always pray and not to lose heart41
We ought to always pray and not to lose heart.
  • Jesus’ example stimulated his apostles to ask to be taught about prayer. (Lk 11:1)
we ought to always pray and not to lose heart42
We ought to always pray and not to lose heart.
  • Jesus’ example stimulated his apostles to ask to be taught about prayer. (Lk 11:1)
    • Jesus prayed at His baptism in the beginning of His ministry. (Lk 3:21)
we ought to always pray and not to lose heart43
We ought to always pray and not to lose heart.
  • Jesus’ example stimulated his apostles to ask to be taught about prayer. (Lk 11:1)
    • Jesus prayed at His baptism in the beginning of His ministry. (Lk 3:21)
    • Jesus at times prayed all night. (Lk 6:12)
we ought to always pray and not to lose heart44
We ought to always pray and not to lose heart.
  • Jesus’ example stimulated his apostles to ask to be taught about prayer. (Lk 11:1)
    • Jesus prayed at His baptism in the beginning of His ministry. (Lk 3:21)
    • Jesus at times prayed all night. (Lk 6:12)
    • Jesus prayed three times in the course of one hour. (Mt 26:36-44)
we ought to always pray and not to lose heart45
We ought to always pray and not to lose heart.
  • For many this kind of praying in unknown, why?
we ought to always pray and not to lose heart46
We ought to always pray and not to lose heart.
  • For many this kind of praying in unknown, why?
    • Because they fail to distinguish between public prayer and private prayer.
we ought to always pray and not to lose heart47
We ought to always pray and not to lose heart.
  • For many this kind of praying in unknown, why?
    • Because they fail to distinguish between public prayer and private prayer.
    • We should look at our motives and manners in a public prayer. (Mt 6:5-7)
we need to have a clearer view of the god that we pray to
We need to have a clearer view of the God that we pray to
  • He is a God with a mighty hand but also a very gentle one.
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We need to have a clearer view of the God that we pray to
  • He is a God with a mighty hand but also a very gentle one.
    • The coming of the Messiah was a display of God’s mighty arm. (Isa 52:10; 53:1)
we need to have a clearer view of the god that we pray to50
We need to have a clearer view of the God that we pray to
  • He is a God with a mighty hand but also a very gentle one.
    • The coming of the Messiah was a display of God’s mighty arm. (Isa 52:10; 53:1)
    • That same hand will be used to nourish and protect us. (Isa 40:10-11; 42:1-3)
we need to have a clearer view of the god that we pray to51
We need to have a clearer view of the God that we pray to
  • He is a God with a mighty hand but also a very gentle one.
    • The coming of the Messiah was a display of God’s mighty arm. (Isa 52:10; 53:1)
    • That same hand will be used to nourish and protect us. (Isa 40:10-11; 42:1-3)
    • Who do you feel comfortable in opening your heart to?
we need to have a clearer view of the god that we pray to52
We need to have a clearer view of the God that we pray to
  • What do you think God will do with your prayer? (Mt 7:7-11)
we need to have a clearer view of the god that we pray to53
We need to have a clearer view of the God that we pray to
  • What do you think God will do with your prayer? (Mt 7:7-11)
    • Are there things you have ceased asking God about? (Jas 4:2-3)
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We need to have a clearer view of the God that we pray to
  • What do you think God will do with your prayer? (Mt 7:7-11)
    • Are there things you have ceased asking God about? (Jas 4:2-3)
    • Do you know the impact that one prayer can have on your life and those precious to you?
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We need to have a clearer view of the God that we pray to
  • What do you think God will do with your prayer? (Mt 7:7-11)
    • Are there things you have ceased asking God about? (Jas 4:2-3)
    • Do you know the impact that one prayer can have on your life and those precious to you?
    • We need more intercession in the church. (2 Cor 1:11; Col 4:2-4)
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We need to have a clearer view of the God that we pray to
  • What do you think God will do with your prayer? (Mt 7:7-11)
    • Are there things you have ceased asking God about? (Jas 4:2-3)
    • Do you know the impact that one prayer can have on your life and those precious to you?
    • We need more intercession in the church. (2 Cor 1:11; Col 4:2-4)
    • Hezekiah also asked for help in prayer. (2 Kings 19:3-4)
where do you stand
Where do you stand?
  • Deuteronomy 4:7 - 8 (NKJV)7“For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? 8And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?
where do you stand58
Where do you stand?
  • Here is an interesting conversation between a Swedish peasant woman and her persistent visitor. "Does your son in America never send you any money?" was asked of a poverty‑stricken old Swedish woman. "Never!" was the bitter answer "He writes often and speaks of sending money, but never a bit have I seen from him.
where do you stand59
Where do you stand?
  • I am getting old and poor and soon I must die or go to the poorhouse. Yet he is rich and prosperous. Such is the ingratitude of children!“
  • Is there never anything in the letters?" asked the persistent visitor.
  • Oh, yes, he always sends pictures; but I do not need pictures: I need money."
where do you stand60
Where do you stand?
  • "Have you saved those pictures?"
  • "They are all pasted on the wall in my bedroom. Would you like to see them?"
  • "Certainly," answered the visitor. When she looked into the bare little room she saw pasted on the walls a small fortune in American paper money.
where do you stand61
Where do you stand?
  • She had a room full of money but she failed to see its value. The very presence of this gift suggested that someone loved her and cared for her though that one lived in another land.
i see the suffering of christ
I See the Suffering of Christ
  • He was hated by those He loved. (Mt 24:37-38; Lk 23:34)
  • Jesus suffered greatly on the cross. (Lk 22:41-44; Heb 5:7-8)
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I See the Suffering of Christ
  • He was hated by those He loved. (Mt 24:37-38; Lk 23:34)
  • Jesus suffered greatly on the cross. (Lk 22:41-44; Heb 5:7-8)
  • Did you see Him crucified? (Gal 3:1)
i see the unmerited love of god
I See the Unmerited Love of God
  • Why did Jesus have to die? (Isa 53:4-5; 2 Cor 5:21)
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I See the Unmerited Love of God
  • Why did Jesus have to die? (Isa 53:4-5; 2 Cor 5:21)
  • Why the death on the cross? (Rom 5:6-8)
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I See the Unmerited Love of God
  • Why did Jesus have to die? (Isa 53:4-5; 2 Cor 5:21)
  • Why the death on the cross? (Rom 5:6-8)
  • God’s love for me is individual and personal!
the cross shows me how to live
The Cross Shows Me How to Live
  • My view of life is radically changed. (Col 3:1-3; Rom 6:6)
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The Cross Shows Me How to Live
  • My view of life is radically changed. (Col 3:1-3; Rom 6:6)
  • My view of physical things (2 Cor 8:9)
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The Cross Shows Me How to Live
  • My view of life is radically changed. (Col 3:1-3; Rom 6:6)
  • My view of physical things (2 Cor 8:9)
  • How I handle hurt (Lk 23:34; Mt 10:28; Eph 4:31-32)
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The Cross Shows Me How to Live
  • My view of life is radically changed. (Col 3:1-3; Rom 6:6)
  • My view of physical things (2 Cor 8:9)
  • How I handle hurt (Lk 23:34; Mt 10:28; Eph 4:31-32)
  • The Cares of life (Mt 13:22; Jn 16:31-33)
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The Cross Shows Me How to Live
  • John 16:32 through John 16:33 (NKJV) 32Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer,I have overcome the world.”
the cross of christ will move me to
The Cross of Christ Will Move me to:
  • Love His word. (1 Pt 2:1-3)
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The Cross of Christ Will Move me to:
  • Love His word. (1 Pt 2:1-3)
  • Love to teach the lost (Lk 19:10)
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The Cross of Christ Will Move me to:
  • Love His word. (1 Pt 2:1-3)
  • Love to teach the lost (Lk 19:10)
  • Love my brethren (1 Pt 1:22-23)
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The Cross of Christ Will Move me to:
  • Love His word. (1 Pt 2:1-3)
  • Love to teach the lost (Lk 19:10)
  • Love my brethren (1 Pt 1:22-23)
  • Take a stand against false doctrine. (Gal 5:11; 6:12)
how do you view the cross
How Do You View the Cross?
  • 2 Corinthians 13:4 (NKJV) 4For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
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How Do You View the Cross?
  • 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 (NKJV) 23but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.