Sunday, August 2, 2020 | We Can’t Stay Here | Pray First


(Isaiah 61:1-4 NKJV)

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. 

(2 Corinthians 6:10 NIV)

…sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 

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(Philippians 4:4-5 NIV)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 

(Philippians 4:6 MSG)

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. 

1. Prayer replaces _____________.

(Matthew 6:27 NIV) 

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 

(Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

…by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

2. Prayer reliquishes ______________.

(1 Peter 5:6–7 NIV) 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Philippians 4:8 NIV)

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” 

3. Prayer regulates ______________.

(Colossians 3:2 NLT) 

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

(Philippians 4:12 NIV)

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

4. Prayer reveals ____________________.

(Psalm 23:1 NLT) 

The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 

(Philippians 4:13 NIV)

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” 

(Philippians 4:19 NIV)

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” 

5. Prayer relies on ___________.

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“Fasting” by Tony Evans

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