Releasing The Breakthrough Anointing Of Prayer
God is now speaking to the Church to return to a place of prayer… a place of consecration and dedication. In this powerful place, the anointing of God will be poured out on the Body of Christ as never before! An awesome transference of the power of God will manifest in the lives of all believers who reach out to God and return to prayer. We have become a society of people who are distracted from prayer by almost anything. How many times have you heard someone say he or she wanted to pray more but didn’t have time? We just don’t have the commitment! God is now speaking to the Church to rise up in the anointing and power He has placed upon us to put aside every hindrance… every distraction and seek the face of God as never before. He wants us to seek Him until we have unlimited experience with Him as the early Church had!
I.) God is bringing Holiness back to the Church.
A) There is coming to the Church purity and desire for God we’ve never known before! The time for the coming of Jesus Christ is closer than ever before, and the Church must prepare herself and purify herself to meet Jesus! God desires to have a Church that is pure and prepared for the Groom, (Ephesians 5:26, 26 Ephesians 5:26: That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, Ephesians 5:27: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish)!
II.) God is expecting us as His people to get ready for the return of Jesus by purifying ourselves. He is not coming for a Church full of comprise, powerlessness and lethargy. He is coming back for a glorious Church.
B.) Destroy compromise from your life.
God despises compromise. It causes His people to be prayerless and unrighteous. No sin can exist without compromising the truth of God’s Word.
1.) The Spirit of compromise causes the Church to lose its anointing and desire to pray.
We must battle against the spirit of compromise which says we don’t have to have daily prayer or dedication to God. (Revelation 3:14-22) Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Revelation 3:16: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelation 3:20: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:21: To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Revelation 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
II.) We must destroy all laziness.
Laziness is another poor spiritual condition we must destroy if we are to receive the powerful anointing for prayer God desires to give us.
Ministers all over the world know that if you tell a church you are going to have a special dinner and perhaps some Gospel music, everyone will come to that meeting. However, if you tell your people you want to have an all-night prayer meeting, you want get any participation.
2. The spirit of laziness has come upon the people of God. Slumber has taken the place of vigilance. The sensual demands of our society have taken over our desire for relationship with God.
3. Laziness causes God’s people to stop praying long before the answers comes. As a result, the answer does not come and the person praying loses confidence that God answers prayer. Study the following scripture to see how God’s people ought to pray, (Luke 18 3-6) Luke 18:3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. Luke 18:4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Luke 18:5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. Luke 18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
a. Sometimes God’s people must face impossible situations. It may seem difficult at times to deal with one impossible situation after another, but God wants us to depend on Him, not our natural abilities. If every difficult situation we faced was easy enough to handle ourselves, we would become prideful and believe we didn’t need God. With impossible situations, our focus is not on our natural abilities, but on God’s supernatural abilities! The judge mentioned in the scripture above did not fear God, or man. He didn’t care about anyone, and he would present such an impossible situation to this lady, (Luke 18:1, 2)
b. Here is the principle God wants us to understand and get hold of so He can pour out His anointing on our lives: It doesn’t matter who we are. It doesn’t matter who we are. It doesn’t matter how much money we have or what kind of family we come from. What matters is having determination and persistence in our prayer. When we are determined to press in until the answer comes, God will cause the powers of Heaven to come to our side and help us!
c. God is merciful and loving, very much unlike the unjust judge, but even the judge relented when he saw the persistence of this woman. The judge got sick and tired of this woman coming every day asking him to avenge her of her adversaries. He realized she wasn’t going away. He was convinced that if he did not avenge her of her adversaries, she would ask persistently every day for the rest of her life. What did he do? He did what she asked him to do.
d. Too many times we have been on the brink of a miracle, only to give up when things didn’t seem like they were going our way. Too many times, the angel of God were bringing answers to us, fighting through the forces of the enemy, only to turn back and return to heaven when we cease to pray.
Notes: Unholiness + prayer = powerlessness
Holiness + Prayer = Desired results
Holiness + No Prayer = no desired results
2 Chronicles: 16:9: For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
e. Right now, make up your mind that you will receive whatever it is that you have been seeking from God. Be determined to hold your ground and not let the enemy convince you that God won’t answer your prayers, when you have prayed long, keep on praying! When you have stood on God’s Word, keep standing. Let the persistence in your prayer life cause a change in the Spiritual realm that gets your answer to you, (Luke 18: 7-8) Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
III) We must learn to pray constantly.
A.) As we near the coming of Jesus Christ, the intensity of Spiritual warfare will increase and accelerate Christians will have to pray constantly if we are to endure the difficulties that are before us and retain our faith in God and our victory. Jesus warned His disciples many times to continually pray so they could endure the approaching chaos, (Luke 21: 36) Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
1. Jesus instructed His disciples to pray so they could be found worthy to escape the terrible events that were to come. In other words, Jesus related the disciples’ worthiness to escape destruction to the time they spent in prayer.
2. Obviously, counting the minutes and hours of our prayer life is not the idea that Jesus was trying to stress here. Jesus wanted the disciples to understand that the intensity of their relationship with Jesus brought benefits of protection into their lives.
3. In other words, it’s not the number of hours of our prayer that makes us worthy of God’s divine protection, but the strength of our relationship with God, which is promoted by our prayer, that causes us to made worthy of God’s divine protection.
B. This same attitude was expressed by Job hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. Job wrote with strong words about what happens when those who don’t spend time in prayer need God’s special protection. (Job 27: 8-10) Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Job 27:9 Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? Job 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
What happens to those who claim to know Jesus when they are in trouble? What happens when the hypocrite who says he prays and seeks God falls into calamity? What happens to someone who never seeks God falls into serious trouble? …Nothing. The hypocrite has no hope in God! Of course, if someone is in that position they had better begin to seek God, but the time to seek God is BEFORE the disaster comes.
2. Good church people are finding themselves faced with demonic strongholds, rebellious children and disease. They find themselves surrounded by disaster and say “Well, I guess now is the time to start serving God.”
3. If we only pray and serve, with our whole heart when we there is disaster in our life, we have forced God into a position where He must allow disaster to enter our life if He wants us to Worship Him.
4. God is calling us to a higher place of prayer. He is calling us to a place where our hearts beat with desire for fellowship and communion with Him.
IV.) Persevere in prayer for the church.
When you begin to dedicate yourself to the Lord in prayer, learn to persevere in prayer for the entire body of Christ, (Ephesians 6:18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Perseverance)
Many Christians do not see the strategic importance and power in their prayer lives that affects the destiny of each member of the body of Christ. When we began to intercede on behalf of others, something special happens in the Spiritual realm.
Our desires and needs become very important to God because we have labored in prayer for the desires and needs of other people.
V.) Pray with desperation, (Acts 12:1-5) Acts 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. Acts 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. Acts 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) Acts 12:4: And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
A.) The disciples many times found themselves in situations where God was their only hope. This is when the greatest miracles happened. Herod was flexing his political muscles against the church, trying to make points with the Jews, but the church began to pray for Peter with a great desperation.
1. There was no hope for Peter unless God intervened. No one could help except through prayer. The church prayed continuously for his deliverance, (Acts 12:6-11) Acts 12:6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. Acts 12:7And, 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.
Acts 12:8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. Acts 12:9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
Acts 12:10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. Acts 12:11: And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
2. When the Body of Christ has repented of sin…when laziness is behind…when prayer comes from desperate hearts crying out to God to accomplish the impossible, the breakthrough anointing of prayer will be released upon the church. Answers to prayer will come like rain from the sky. Faith will explode and the Church will begin to believe God for things for which they never before had faith!
Teacher Leslie Sims