10.17.21 Beginning to Pray

(Eph 6:18 NKJV)  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

(Joh 16:7 NKJV)  Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

(Luk 24:49 NKJV)  Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."

(Act 1:4 NKJV)  And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me;  for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with [WITHIN] the Holy Spirit not many days from now."  
                     
(Rom 7:4 NKJV)  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

(Joh 15:5 NKJV)  "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

(Joh 15:8 NKJV)  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

(Joh 15:2 NKJV)  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

Bearing fruit has a purpose…

(Joh 15:16 NKJV)  You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
When Jesus talks about bearing fruit, Jesus is talking about prayer!  PRAYER fruit!

(Joh 14:12NKJV)  "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
 
(Joh 14:13-14 NKJV)  And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

(Act 3:6 NKJV)  Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk."

(Act 4:31 NKJV)  And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

(Act 2:47 NKJV)  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

God expects His Church to pray! We have an obligation to pray. When? Always!  With all perseverance and all supplication for all the saints! How? IN the Spirit! Within the Spirit of God! If the new birth is of the Spirit, if prayer is in the Spirit, can you see why Jesus said, I AM going to send Him to you?

Jesus did not do everything that He did so that your prayers would NOT work! Jesus said, ask and receive that your JOY may be full! God wants you to be praying always.  

Every prayer has a unique function and purpose.  And God wants you to understand the differences so you can be effective in prayer! God wants you to win; He wants you to overcome!  Church, we have a mission that begins and ends in prayer.  Are you ready?

Amen!