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Seeking God: The Power of Desire in Answered Prayer
Three steps to spending more time with God in prayer and reviving your prayer life. "The deeper the desire, the stronger the prayer. Without desire, prayer is a meaningless mumble of words. Such perfunctory, formal praying, with no heart, no feeling, no real desire accompanying it, is to be shunned like a pestilence. Its exercise is a waste of precious time, and from it, no real blessing accrues." E. M. Bounds
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    948 S 91st E Ave, Tulsa, OK 74112, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
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One of the actions steps I left with you last week was to Spend More Time in Prayer. I would venture to say that almost 100% of you that are followers of Jesus already know that spending more time in prayer would be good for your spiritual growth. My hope is that as you participate in the Daniel Fast your desire to pray and seek God would increase and continue through 2019.

Last week we talked about seeking the Lord with our whole heart. Today we are going to talk about praying with our whole heart. In this message my hope is that God would increase our desire for Him, His Word, and prayer. A red hot desire. A fervent desire. Would to God that people would say about us that “they are really on fire for the Lord.” Are you on fire for prayer?

Have you ever asked God for something, really pleaded with Him and He didn’t answer your prayer? Have you begged Him, cried out to Him repeatedly and received nothing, no response? Have you quit asking? Are you discouraged? Have you given up? Have you ever said, “Well, I guess it isn’t His will? Look at Psalm 6 briefly with me.

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When you pray do you pray with intensity? Fervency? Fire in your words? How would you describe your prayer life? Off again, on again? Only when I’m in a jam? Consistent but not very fulfilling? Just before meals and driving to work? Our prayer habits say a lot about our faith. How we speak to God and how often we pray says a lot about our theology. We say we believe in prayer, right? Do we pray?Are you satisfied with your prayer life? Have you quit praying because God has not answered? Are you tired and worn out?
If Jesus asked you this question: “What do you want Me to do for you?” How would you answer? Do you have a desire or request that is so strong that you would answer immediately? I think Jesus still asks the question He asked Blind Bartimaeus.
Jesus was passing by--it was now or never; this was his ‘day of salvation,’ this was his opportunity. Blind Bart could have said any number of things to Jesus. He had many needs as a blind person would. He could have asked for plenty of money so he wouldn’t have to beg. He might have asked for a beautiful house and many servants to wait on his every wish. He hears your cry. Don’t listen to the crowd; don’t quit asking. Jesus will change you from a blind beggar on the side of the road to a child of the King!
God knows what we need and He knows what we want, what we desire. Have you ever said, “God doesn’t give us what we want, He gives us what we need?” I understand that statement but I don’t think it’s true. In fact, the Bible is full of testimonies of God going way beyond mere needs. His grace doesn’t just help us scrape by.
Desire is a powerful motivator. Our desires can be good or evil. Both of these desires push us. When it comes to answered prayer or even the habit of regular prayer, desire is a major factor in causing us to pray. But it’s a desire that moves your whole being. Not just that of a spoiled child. We have been conditioned by our culture to immediate answers and gratification of all of our desires. Somehow we think that God is withholding His blessing when our prayers are not answered immediately. Don’t give up. What do you really desire?
What can we do to spend more time in prayer? What can I do to revive my prayer life?
Be BOLD in your praying!
"Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh." Hebrews 10:19–20 (NKJV)

Pray whether you FEEL like it or not. The DESIRE will return. Faith persists!

Would you be that PERSON of PRAYER?
"Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. "Colossians 4:12 (NKJV)

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