Got a YouTube account?

New: enable viewer-created translations and captions on your YouTube channel!

English subtitles

← How Should I Pray? - Tim Conway

Get Embed Code
1 Language

Showing Revision 1 created 10/11/2017 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. This one has to do with
    praying in the Spirit.

  2. Steven Gibney writes,
  3. "Brother Tim, I have a
    question about prayer.
  4. How long should I pray?
  5. Should I come first in worship
    or does it matter?
  6. Sometimes I sense my own
    need and frailty
  7. that I just begin to weep
    and cry out
  8. for mercy and grace.
  9. What is praying in the Spirit?
  10. How do I know that I am?"
  11. Does anybody know where he's
    getting that from?
  12. Praying in the Spirit?
  13. It comes to us from Ephesians 6.
  14. Listen,
  15. "Take the helmet of salvation,
    and the sword of the Spirit,
  16. which is the Word of God;
  17. praying at all times
    in the Spirit,
  18. with all prayer
    and supplication."
  19. So very quickly,
  20. "how long should I pray?"
  21. My answer I put here:
  22. Your whole life.
  23. I mean, think about it,
  24. praying at all times in the Spirit.
  25. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
  26. Pray without ceasing.
  27. Luke 18:1
  28. You ought always to pray
    and not lose heart.
  29. Romans 12:12
  30. Be constant in prayer.
  31. Our whole life needs to be
    a life of prayer.
  32. It's like someone said,
  33. prayer to the Christian
    is like breathing to the natural man.
  34. You come forth into the world
  35. and you begin to breathe.
  36. You come forth into the
    Kingdom of God,
  37. and you begin to pray.
  38. And the Spirit of God is
    the Spirit of adoption.
  39. It's the Spirit by which we
    cry, "Abba, Father."
  40. What are all those
    "Abba, Father's?"
  41. They're prayer.
  42. They're crying out to God.
  43. Jesus identifies in Matthew 6
  44. that there are times we go
    into our closet.
  45. There are times we get away
  46. from the commotion,
  47. we get away from the crowd.
  48. I was just reading Count Zinzendorf's life
  49. that he would make it a point
  50. to send people away,
  51. and he would travel certain
    parts of his journey
  52. all by himself.
  53. He liked to speak out loud
  54. and personally to Christ.
  55. And he would just walk
    as with a friend
  56. for miles and miles and miles.
  57. Just openly conversing with Christ.
  58. We need that.
  59. We need times alone.
  60. How long?
  61. Jesus says this,
  62. "When you pray, go into
    your room, shut the door
  63. and pray to your Father,
    who is in secret,
  64. and your Father who sees in
    secret, will reward you."
  65. He doesn't say how long
    that should take,
  66. but brethren, if you're really
  67. trying to bear the burdens
  68. of your brothers and sisters
  69. in the church,
  70. let alone your own burdens,
  71. and you're really trying to
    hold up the spread of the Gospel,
  72. that's one of the things that
    was prayed for;
  73. Paul wanted prayer.
  74. Pray for me.
  75. Spread of the Gospel.
  76. If you're praying
    for our missionaries,
  77. you're praying for the
    spread of the Gospel,
  78. you're praying for the evangelistic
    efforts in this city;
  79. you're praying, and you're
    really giving yourself to pray;
  80. can you do that in 30 seconds?
  81. Can you do that in
    a minute and a half?
  82. It says you pray like that
    in secret,
  83. your Father who's there in secret,
  84. hears in secret,
  85. will reward you openly.
  86. Does it mean so little to you
  87. of the rewards of God
  88. that you would just go into your
  89. closet and pray five minutes
    a week?
  90. Now then he asks the question
  91. about should we start in worship.
  92. All I can say about that is,
  93. look, there are all sorts of ways to pray.
  94. I just thought of the early church praying
  95. Acts 4, "They lifted up their voices
    together to God..."
  96. Listen to how they prayed:
  97. "Sovereign Lord."
  98. Now see, they're glorifying
    the Lord there.
  99. There's worship in that.
  100. They're identifying Him: Sovereign.
  101. And He's Lord.
  102. Who made the heaven
    and the earth.
  103. They're identifying Him as
    the Creator.
  104. "And the sea and
    everything in them.
  105. Who through the mouth of
    our father David
  106. your servant said by the
    Holy Spirit."
  107. He's the one that
    speaks to us.
  108. "Why do the Gentiles rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
  109. The kings of the earth set
    themselves, rulers were
  110. gathered together against the Lord,
    against His anointed;
  111. for truly in this city
    there were gathered together
  112. against your holy servant,
    Jesus, whom you anointed."
  113. So He's the God who anoints.
  114. He's the God who predestinates.
  115. "Both Herod and Pontius Pilate
    along with the Gentiles
  116. and people of Israel to do
  117. whatever Your hand and
    Your plan
  118. had predestinated to take place.
  119. Now, Lord, look upon
    their threats,
  120. and grant to Your servants
    to continue to speak
  121. Your Word with all boldness."
  122. You know what,
    when you begin to pray,
  123. and you begin to identify
    God the way He is,
  124. in terms that are glorifying
    and praiseworthy to Him,
  125. it will excite you to pray better.
  126. Not only is it glorifying to Him,
  127. it encourages you to think
    on who this God is.
  128. So, I encourage it.
  129. It's definitely biblical.
  130. It's definitely in
    that biblical prayer.
  131. And just to tell you,
  132. when they prayed like this,
  133. "the place in which they had
    gathered together was shaken,
  134. and they were all filled
    with the Holy Spirit,
  135. and continued to speak the
    Word of God with boldness."
  136. Then he asked this question:
  137. "What is praying in the Spirit?"
  138. Well, let me tell you this,
  139. I'll tell you what it is,
  140. praying in the Spirit's at the
    end of all this armor
  141. that we need to
    fight demonic powers.
  142. Do you remember this?
  143. We fight not against flesh
    and blood, right?
  144. Isn't that how this chapter starts?
  145. All this warfare talk?
  146. Praying in the Spirit is the
    kind of prayer
  147. you need to pull down
    demonic strongholds.
  148. It's the kind of
    prayer you need
  149. to go up and fight against
  150. these principalities and powers
  151. and wicked dominions
    in high places.
  152. I don't know that I can exactly
    define what praying in the Spirit is,
  153. but I can tell you this,
  154. typically when you're
    praying in the Spirit,
  155. you have a sense of it.
  156. Or when you're in
    a prayer meeting
  157. and you hear other people
    pray in the Spirit,
  158. you have a sense of it.
  159. And I'll tell you this,
  160. the kind of prayer that
    brings down
  161. demonic strongholds
  162. is not where you just
    whip out your laundry list,
  163. and "Lord, heal Aunt Tilda's toe,
  164. and Lord, help my neighbor
    who lost their dog,
  165. and Lord, help..."
  166. I mean, when you just throw out
    the cheap little laundry list...
  167. What kind of prayer is it
    that pulls down
  168. demonic strongholds?
  169. I'll tell you what it is.
  170. It's when people begin to
    recite the character of God
  171. like they did there in Acts 4.
  172. It's when they begin to recite
    the promises of God
  173. until that Spirit takes that promise
  174. and lights them up on fire
  175. so that they are able to lay hold
    upon God
  176. and have what they're asking for,
  177. and not let God loose,
    though He shake them
  178. like that angel of the Lord
    did with Jacob.
  179. And they hold on till they
    get what they pray for.
  180. I'll tell you what,
  181. you don't pray in the Spirit
    when you've grieved the Spirit.
  182. When you've got all sorts of
    sin and wretchedness in your life.
  183. And that Spirit of God,
  184. He tends to energize and
    He tends to be effectual
  185. in God's people's lives
  186. when their eyes are
    set upon Christ.
  187. These are things that I would say.
  188. You want to pray in the Spirit?
    Don't grieve the Spirit.
  189. You want to pray in the Spirit?
    Set your eyes on Christ.
  190. You want to pray in the Spirit?
    Set your eyes on the character of God.
  191. You want to pray in the Spirit?
  192. Set your eyes on the promises.
  193. And I'll tell you this,
  194. you don't pray in the Spirit
    unless you pray.
  195. And it's not going to be these
  196. cheap little flippant things.
  197. And I'm not saying it's always
    got to be all dramatic,
  198. some of the times, like this guy,
  199. he feels frailty and feels weak
  200. and all he can do is weep;
  201. some of the most "in the Spirit"
    prayers may be
  202. where you can't even get a word out.
  203. All it is is a weep or a groan
    or a tear that runs down your face.
  204. It doesn't have to be all dramatic
    and everything.
  205. But it's where men with pure hearts
  206. are ascending the hill of the Lord
  207. and they're laying hold on
    the arm of God.
  208. That's praying in the Spirit.
  209. And though it may be a sigh,
    it may be a groan,
  210. it's pure men that pray like this.
  211. Pure women.
  212. Not those who defile themselves
    and grieve the Spirit of God.
  213. I can't exactly define all of it,
    but I'll tell you what,
  214. I know when in the depths
    of my own soul
  215. a promise of God has come
    to my heart
  216. where I am determined
    to have it and not let go of God.
  217. I've heard men pray before,
  218. where I've just entered in.
  219. And you know it.
  220. You folks know it.
  221. You've been in prayer meetings
  222. and you've heard some people pray
  223. and it's just kind of like
  224. a drone that it doesn't feel like
  225. there's been a laying hold on God.
  226. It's just kind of talking
  227. and it's just going on;
  228. where others, they've just
    been lifted up
  229. and they say, "God,
    You are like this."
  230. And then the whole congregation
  231. just kind of says, "Yes!"
  232. "And Lord, we need to have this."
  233. And it's like, "Yes!"
  234. "Lord, we'll not be denied."
  235. And you just feel there's
    this swaying
  236. and the Spirit is moving.
  237. Where other times,
  238. it's just this chatter and this drone.
  239. But you guys know what
    I'm saying is right.
  240. You can sense it.
    You can feel it.
  241. There's certain times when
    people pray
  242. and it's like I'm lifted away;
    I'm in another place,
  243. I'm carried up.
  244. May God give us that.
  245. And we have times like that
    in our prayer meetings.
  246. And I'm thankful for it.
  247. May God give us those kind of times
  248. in our personal lives as well.
  249. Well, that's it for today.
  250. Any questions or comments
    anybody want to make?
  251. Did I kill you with time?
  252. (from the room)
  253. How would you exhort somebody
    who feels discouragement?
  254. Tim: I would say this,
  255. pray through your discouragements.
  256. Live through your discouragements.
  257. Press on in your discouragements.
  258. I'll tell you one of the
    most discouraging things for me,
  259. is the silence of Christ.
  260. And what I mean by that
    is when you pray,
  261. and then there's no answer.
  262. And you pray again.
  263. And there's no answer.
  264. And if I were to bring in
  265. a real life situation,
  266. I would bring in the Syrophoenician woman.
  267. "Lord, my daughter's got a demon."
  268. He didn't answer her.
  269. She kept pressing the matter.
  270. Then, when He did answer,
  271. He says look, you're a Gentile dog.
  272. I didn't come for the dogs,
  273. I came for the children.
  274. She said, "Lord, even the dogs
  275. eat the crumbs that fall
    off of the table."
  276. She kept pressing Him;
    she kept pressing Him.
  277. There are times for me,
  278. that's great discouragement;
  279. but the silence of Christ
  280. is not meant to turn us away.
  281. And it's not meant to communicate to us
  282. that Christ doesn't love us.
  283. It's meant to stir those
    longings even deeper,
  284. to press the faith even further.
  285. If you look at that Syropheonician woman,
  286. just pressed her to become
  287. more violent in her attempts to
  288. get a response from the Lord.
  289. And in the end,
  290. she had what she came for.
  291. So, in the midst of our
  292. I would call the
    Syropheonician woman...
  293. Because why are we discouraged?
  294. We get discouraged
    because we don't have
  295. certain things that we want.
  296. That's really what it is.
  297. Discouragement comes because
    I want something
  298. that the Lord is not giving me.
  299. He's gone quiet on me.
  300. If you think about it.
  301. I mean, are you discouarged when
    all the things that give you joy
  302. and happiness and pleasure
    are all being heaped upon you?
  303. Typically not.
  304. Typically, we're discouraged when
    we feel something's lacking.
  305. We either feel His face is withdrawn,
  306. we feel there's something
    we feel so pressed
  307. to have from Him;
  308. and He's gone silent.
  309. (from the room)
  310. I heard an analogy once that
    prayer is like digging
  311. for buried treasure.
  312. And that some people around you
    are going to hit that treasure
  313. before you do, but that
    doesn't make you stop digging.
  314. It's still down there.
  315. Tim: And Spurgeon's likened it to
  316. shaking a fruit tree
  317. trying to get the
    fruit to fall off.
  318. And that a lot of people
    quit beating on the tree
  319. one stroke before... if they
    would have hit it one more time,
  320. it would have fallen.
  321. And it's true,
  322. we have not, because we ask not.
  323. And those that press through,
    are the ones that receive
  324. what they ask for.
  325. Do you know George Mueller
  326. prayed fifty-some years for
  327. one of his brothers
  328. every single day that
    God would save him,
  329. and God finally did save him?
  330. God saved some of his
    family members
  331. who he prayed for every
    day of his life after he died.
  332. He didn't even get to see it
    in this life.