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  1. 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.

  2. 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?”

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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—

  9. 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.

  10. Where do we fit? • Where do we fit in Jesus’ parable about prayer? (Lk 18:1-8)

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. The power of one prayer • God tells us of the power of one prayer. (Jas 5:16-17)

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. 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.”

  17. The power of one prayer • The request of a young Solomon for wisdom. (1 Kings 3:5-9)

  18. 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)

  19. 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!

  20. The power of one prayer • The mighty Assyrian army and king Hezekiah. (2 Kings 19:14-19)

  21. 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.”

  22. 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)

  23. In truth it is never just one prayer • There is something all of these men had in common. (1 Kings 8:41-43)

  24. 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.

  25. 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)

  26. 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!

  27. In truth it is never just one prayer • We can have the power of god in our lives. (Eph 3:20)

  28. 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:

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. In truth it is never just one prayer • When we realize this is God speaking then this is hard to grasp.

  33. 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?

  34. 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)

  35. 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)

  36. 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)

  37. We ought to always pray and not to lose heart. • It is possible to "faint", "lack courage" concerning our effort in prayer.

  38. 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?

  39. 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)

  40. 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)

  41. 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)

  42. 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)

  43. 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)

  44. We ought to always pray and not to lose heart. • For many this kind of praying in unknown, why?

  45. 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.

  46. 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)

  47. 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.

  48. 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)

  49. 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)