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EPIC PRAYER: Week 2 - Epic Deliverance

Every great move of God started with prayer:

Three Questions:

  1. WHY: If prayer is a guilt or chore, we will never learn to be faithful in it. When we know why we pray and who we pray to, we see that prayer changes everything.
  2. HOW: When you think of prayer does it bore you? Prayer isn’t a rote, religious obligation. When we see how God wants to know us, we see prayer as a privilege.
  3. WHEN: Prayer is more caught than taught. When we see others respond to vastly different circumstances in prayer, we will learn to pray first and pray often.



GOD IS WILLING AND CAPABLE TO BEAR YOUR BURDENS

  1. Who hasn’t felt overwhelmed/trapped/out of control?
  2. I pray for deliverance because I know my God of the cross and grave understands suffering.
  3. I pray for deliverance because I know my God has the power to change circumstances.
  4. Matthew 8:2-3 Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. 


DAVID'S PSALM OF DELIVERANCE

  1. PSALM 3 - Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
  2. You are not meant to live in fear.
  3. God has not made you to be held captive to your guilts or shames.
  4. God is capable to se you free from whatever is holding you down.
  5. Jesus came so that you can live free!


HOW DO I PRAY PRAYERS OF DELIVERANCE?

  • WE FIND DELIVERANCE IN VULNERABILITY
  1. FEEL: You can cry if you want to (vv. 1–2)
  2. Be honest about your feelings and allow yourself to be vulnerable before God
  3. RECOGNIZE God is with you (vv. 3–4)
  4. But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
  5. David has a relationship with God that is deep enough to know God is always working something deeper.
  6. TRUST him more than your fears (vv. 5–6)
  7. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
  8. As we know the power of the cross, we see the power of everything else shrink.
  9. Jesus overcame the cross, he can overcome this trial.
  10. SEEK him for Deliverance (v. 7)
  11. Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.
  12. Every time I have found that when I have given God my anger, my fear, my sorrow… he has given me his peace in return.
  13. David has the power to fight.
  14. David has the right to complain.
  15. But before he seeks his own justification. Before he seeks his restitution. Before he seeks to make his pain known. He seeks the Lord for deliverance.
  16. HOPE in the Lord (v. 8)
  17. From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
  18. David knows that with God there is always hope.


WHEN DO WE PRAY THIS PRAYER OF DELIVERANCE?

  1. God is there for deliverance from our own sins: 
  2. God is there for deliverance when we are sinned against: 



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