Sunday, November 3, 2019

Part 6: The House of Prayer

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Prayer is powerful because it’s relational. Prayer is powerful because it’s relational. Everything in the Kingdom is relation before it’s functional. 
As people of destiny, we are called to influence everything that happens through our interactions with God. 
We are the House of God – the family of God. We are the community where God proves to the world we are not living powerless lives. We stand in strategic authority as a house of prayer. 
“Of what infinite importance is the place the intercessor holds in the Kingdom of God!” – E.M. Bounds
Jesus was quoting Jeremiah 7:11 when he said in Matthew 21:3 
“It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
Everybody gets robbed when the House is not a house of prayer.
Isaiah 56:7 (NKJV)“Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,And make them joyful in My house of prayer.Their burnt offerings and their sacrificesWill be accepted on My altar;For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
We no longer offer a sacrifice of blood. Today we offer the sacrifice of praise.
In the New Testament, sacrifice looks like PRAYER, PRAISE, AND THANKSGIVING.
Prayer, praise, and thanksgiving are almost inseparable, and they are most often offered together. Thankfulness is a peace offering (Leviticus 7:11-13). It produces peace (I Timothy 2:1-2).
Psalm 141:2Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. 
⦁ IF YOU ARE NOT IN OVER YOUR HEAD, you will never be desperate.⦁ IF YOU ARE NOT DESPERATE, you will never be broken. ⦁ IF YOU ARE NOT BROKEN, you will never be willing to sacrifice and give all.⦁ IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO SACRIFICE, there will be nothing for the Fire of God to fall upon on. ⦁ FIRE FALLS UPON SACRIFICE.
Matthew 6:5-8“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
A public church, community, family and house of prayer is full of people who pray. 
Matthew 6:7-13And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:10 Our Father who is in heaven,Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.11 Your will be doneOn earth as it is in heaven.12 Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts,As we forgive our debtors.13And do not lead us into temptation,But deliver us from the evil one.For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
This is a blueprint. What Jesus teaches us is both a privilege and an opportunity.
Our Father in heaven,Hallowed be Your name.
It’s Holy How I know you. Make yourself famous for how good You treat me. 
Matthew 6:10Your kingdom come.Your will be doneOn earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:11Give us this day our daily bread.
LAMENTATIONS 3:22-24Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“Therefore I hope in Him!
Matthew 4:4But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
John 6: Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger…”
THE TABLE OF SHOW BREAD How God shows up is bread – the bread of His presence.
Psalm 37:25I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.
Matthew 6:12And forgive us our debts,As we forgive our debtors.
How we treat each other matters. Our mindset toward each other matters.
God wants to talk to you about how you deal with other people. 
Matthew 6:13And do not lead us into temptation,But deliver us from the evil one.

Lead me not into temptation: ⦁ God will always you lead you to where you have an option, but He will not lead you to temptation. ⦁ Lead me away from places you know I will fail and into places where you I will overcome. ⦁ God is a freedom fanatic. He will always lead you into places where you are free to choose. ⦁ The Holy Spirit will lead you into a conflict, but only the ones you can win. 

Matthew 6:13For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
This model prayer starts with knowing how awesome God is and finished by knowing how awesome God is. 
We are praying over our lost ones today. We are believing for salvations. We are believing for transformed lives.

Pray that God would give them a heart to know Him.(Jeremiah 24:7)
Pray that God would give them a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 11:19)
Pray that God would put his Spirit within them. (Ezekiel 36:27)
Pray that God would open their hearts to believe the gospel. (Acts 16:14)