What is Prayer
Simply put, prayer is conversing with God. Not just talking to the Lord but listening. The latter is easy (being quiet before God). The former is easy as well (saying what’s on your heart). Merriam-Webster defines prayer as “an address (such as a petition) to God in word or thought.
The shortest prayer is: “God” or “Lord.”
Is it Magic?
There is a God side to prayer AND a man side.
Prayer is supernatural, so you won’t get the super if you do not do the natural.
When your prayers line up with what God says, incredible things happen. A good analogy is how magnets affect metal. Check out this video:
When the magnet (your prayers that line up with God’s Word) get near the metal shavings (things and people around you) tend to get in line with your prayers. You still have to take action, and you will know God’s presence is with you. You can be led in your actions.
It doesn’t mean you won’t miss the mark sometimes and make mistakes. It also does not guarantee your prayers are answered in the way you think they should.
I can tell you from experience, in the end, when your heart is right, your results will match up with what God has planned. And what God plans is ALWAYS better than what we can think or imagine.
So, what is the man side?
- Give your heart to Jesus – born again
- Be filled with the Spirit
- Consistently put God’s Word in your heart (consistently, not perfectly!)
- Have an open heart to receive what God provides
So, what is God’s side?
- He makes you righteous in Jesus
- Holy Spirit will come upon you to give you “utterance” or prayers
- You will be transformed
- God can bless you beyond what you can imagine
So what can you expect?
Check out the scriptures below
Romans 3:22 [Amp]
This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son].
Romans 8:26-27 [Amp]
In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words. 27And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of [c]God’s people in accordance with God’s will.
Romans 12:2 [Amp]
And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be [c]transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
Ephesians 3:20-21 [Amp]
Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, 21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.
James 5:16 [Amp]
Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) is able to accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God–it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].
Sozo Leaders are Prayer Warriors
Early August 2022, your leaders were intentional for one hour – about 30 or so leaders, ALL righteous in Christ, fervently prayed for you, your parents and those who are providing a home for you, your schools and Sozo itself. We prayed for strength, wisdom, healings, relationships, your classmates’ hearts to be softened to the Gospel, your schools to show you favor, your siblings and extended families and many other blessings. We prayed against the enemy and many things that we know might be out there to try and trip you up.
So, think about how many fervent prayers were prayed, and what kind of power is in your corner.
By the way, your fervent prayers that line up with what God says avails much too!
This applies to all of you whether you come to Sozo regularly or have just come once.
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Prayer for 1Nite
The week before 1Nite we pass out “Who’s your ONE?” cards. You put a name on one card and give it to your small group leader, you write one for you. You both pray for that person to be open to an invitation to 1Nite. Fervent prayers of TWO righteous people! 1Nite September 2022 we had two 10th grade guys fill out the cards, and pray for their One. That week we had one of them show up. God gets the glory. Does this ALWAYS happen? No. But when you partner with God, amazing things DO happen.
God leads through prayer
I was in business with someone who professed to be Christian – but things did not work out. Very bad break up. During the legal work to split up the business, there was some debt that was in dispute. My wife and I fervently prayed for God’s mercy/grace/favor. Long story short, in prayer God prompted my heart to call a lawyer to step in and negotiate. Had I waited just one more day, the financial results would have been horrible. Instead, God did show mercy/grace/favor and I was able to eliminate the debt for MUCH less costs.
This is a great example of how God works. Prayer is not magic, but prayer is your communication link with the One who knows all – the One who is for you – the One who can prompt you to take the right actions at the right time. You have to add the natural to get the supernatural!