Effective Prayer Part 7

Delay Is Not Denial

Sunday, June 7, 2020


I. Effective Prayer

A. Delay Is Not Denial

1.Pray and don’t quit until you have it.

a. (Luke 18:1-8 GNT) This is a comparison by contrast parable.

~God answers prayers quickly but some amount of time may transpire before the manifestation. Delay does not mean denial!

~Stay in faith! Keep speaking to your mountains!
~Ask, Seek, Knock – job, career, spouse, etc.

b.(Jas. 5:13-16 NKJV [v16 AMP]) “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much…”

~(Jas. 5:17-18) ex. of effective fervent prayer

~(1 Kings 17:1-9) Elijah prayed earnestly.

~(1 Kings 18:41-46) Elijah prayed again.

2. 5 reasons for delay in answered prayer:

#1      Some delay is demonic.

~(Dan. 10:1-14 GNT) demonic opposition

~(Eph. 6:10-12; 1 Thess. 2:17-18)

#2      Some delay is divine.

~(Hab. 2:2-3 CSB/NIV/GNT)

#3      Some delay separates God given desire from passing whims. (Ps. 37:3-5)

#4      Some delay may help refine the request.

~ Ex. Shonia and I wanted business but through prayer found out it was ministry.

#5      Delay prepares me for the answer and more.

~ (Eph. 3:20 AMP; Matt. 14:20-21)


Pastor Lee Stokes]

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