The sermon called The Power of Prayer unveils some of the many gifts and blessings that God freely makes available. This includes an explanation of the Almighty things that humans can do by having an Almighty God offering His power to them. The Minister opens up with a prayer calling for viewers to join in, for God to come upon the hearts of lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to be accountable and repent, and allow Jesus, Bibles, and prayer, to be conducted openly again in the public school systems of America.
The reading and teaching of the Word of God in John 17:1-5 continues to John 17:17-22. It is conveyed that Jesus prayed on all that He said and did, and that we should do the same. God has a specific and extraordinary plan for all of us, and we can only grasp this plan through our free will to ask and to go by it through prayer.
The message emphasizes that we need to go by God's plan in life if we are going to gain the fulness of God's blessings in our life. In Scripture as well as in modern times, we can witness many of God's children short-circuiting blessings that God is trying to give to them by wanting to control their own life rather than surrendering to Jesus and allowing the Lord to guide. Homes, marriages, churches, job places, social gatherings, and all and everything, can have a void of peace if they have a void of prayer.
Verses 17 to 22 of John are explained through a prayer from Jesus, and it reveals how our spirit lives on eternally in Heaven, 'as one,' within the Spirit of God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
In 1st Thessalonians 5:17, the Lord teaches to pray without ceasing. The Minister explains that this can be done in many ways, such as with a formal prayer on the knees and with our hands together, also by praying all of the thoughts that we have as a simultaneous prayer to God, conscious thoughts of prayer, and many other ways including a vocal prayer alone or in fellowship.
The sermon teaches the importance of relying on prayer and God in our lives, and not on ourselves.
The Minister witnesses to the power of prayer, including that to any geographical distance in the world, God's power can touch someone's heart with the Spirit of Truth, Jesus Christ. The emphasis isn't on the location of the prayer warrior or the recipient, but on the power of God.
Encouragement and hope are given in the message, explaining that Scripture teaches us that each day is a new beginning. God does not want past troubles to be more powerful in the hearts of His children than the future is with God in their life.
The conclusion includes two prayers, one for hope and salvation through Jesus Christ, and the other a specific prayer for veterans of war.
John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work thou gave me to do.
Written by James Rathman, Minister for Jesus Christ
I completely agree that it is wrong that children cannot pray or say the name of Jesus or say the Pledge of Allegiance in school. It's truly a sad world that we live in that we have to worry about offending someone if we talk about Jesus. Jesus died for us so that we could have eternal life. Noone should be ashamed of Jesus.