A Call To Pray

Posted on 21 Sep 2014, Pastor: Tolu Makinde
Text: 2Ch 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
  • 2 Chro. 7:14 – the basic requirements for prayer
    • “If my people, which are called by my name” – You must be God’s people – you must be born again and have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
    • “Humble themselves” – humility is a requirement for prayer.  God resists the proud.
    • “Pray” – prayer is an action that must be performed. Talking about prayer is not enough
    • “Seek my face” – prayer must be focused on God, not on man or anything else.
    • “Turn from their wicked ways” – Repentance is a part of the prayer – it is also a part of being born again
Main Topic
Why must we pray? 
3 Reasons for prayer
  1. It’s a commandment that we must obey
    • 2 Chro. 7:14 is calling all of us to pray
    • 1Th 5:17  Pray without ceasing. 
    • 1Ti 2:1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 1Ti 2:2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 1Ti 2:3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 1Ti 2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 
    • Jer 33:3  Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
    • Jas 5:15  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
  2. Prayer moves the hand that moves everything
    • Hannah
      • 1 Sam. 1:1-18
      • Hannah was married to Elkanah, but for years she was barren
      • Peninnah, who was the second wife, had many sons
      • Peninnah even provoked her for not having any children
      • Hannah was sad, but nothing happened
      • Hannah wept, but nothing happened
      • Hannah got on her knees to pray…and bam the babies started to come.
      • She had Samuel,  – one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament
      • She had 3 sons and 2 daughters as a result of that prayer
    • Acts 12
      • When king Herod killed apostle James the church kept quiet – they did not pray
      • Then when Peter was arrested and put in prison – the church prayed
      • Act 12:5  Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him
      • Peter was miraculously delivered because prayer was made by the church.
      • Act 12:7  And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
    • Story of Dorcas
      • Acts 9:36-43
      • Dorcas/Tabitha was a very nice woman who took care of widows
      • She fell sick and died.
      • Many cried, including the widows, but nothing happened
      • But when Peter got on his knees and prayed, Dorcas came back to life
      • Act 9:40  But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
  3. If you don’t pray, don’t expect to receive
    • If you fail to pray, don’t expect an answer
    • Jas 4:2  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
    • If you want to receive, you have to pray
    • Psa 145:18  The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Psa 145:19  He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
    • Mat 7:7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Mat 7:8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Who must pray?
  • You must pray – All men (not gender specific)
  • Luk 18:1  And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
  • Immediately after this verse, Jesus told the story of the persistent widow and the wicked judge.
  • This implies the statement “men” includes women, and even children.
How do we pray?
  • Be determined to know how to pray
  • A baby learns to walk by taking the first step and not quit after that
  • Learn how to pray and put in practice what you learned
  • Stick around those that knows how to pray more than you – iron sharpeneth iron…
What do we pray for?
  • Pray for everything
  • Sick relatives or friends
  • Unsaved relatives or friends
  • Your government
  • Yourself – what are you going through
  • Your church, your pastor and his family
  • You must pray…
Where must we pray?
  • Everywhere….home, school, church, workplace, grocery store, taking a walk, etc..
  • 1Ti 2:8  I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
21 day challenge
This is a call to pray
I’d like to issue a challenge to you.  That you will pray on a daily basis for 20-30 mins over the next 21 days.
If you accept this challenge, rise up on your feet.