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TV Broadcast #1098

A Call to Prevailing Prayer
Conclusion

October 20, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1098 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: We have the power, not because of us. We have the power of Christ in us. His power can come and break strongholds that every one of us knows about! But it won’t happen unless people get alone with God and pray, and say, God, we are not gonna let you go until you act, until you do something about this situation. And if it takes years, whatever it is, we’re gonna keep on going, and keep on knocking.

( knocking ).

Jesus gave us this parable! He’s the one who told us to do it! That would be kind of silly for Him to tell us that, and then say, oh, I really didn’t mean it. Lord, help us. God, help us, as I say, we don’t need just another good meeting. We need a change. We need a change of direction. We need a change in our thinking!

( congregational amens ).

God, change us!

( congregational amens ).

Give us a different vision! I’ll tell you, if we keep doing the same things we’re gonna…you know, that’s the definition of insanity. You keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. I’ll tell you, there’s things that God wants to do, and I believe He’s going to.

( congregational amens ).

I sense in so many, I know the degree of life we’ve had in this meeting is because there are people who are burdened, there are people who are praying.

( congregational amens ).

And don’t you stick your chest out. Who do you think put that burden in you?

( congregational amens ).

See, this is God who is wanting to work! He’s longing to work!

( congregational amens ).

Don’t think He’s…well, ‘He won’t do it because I’m so bad.’ Man, that’s why He’s gonna do it, because you are so bad! And so am I! He came to save sinners!

( congregational praise ).

Praise God!

( congregational praise ).

That’s not a barrier to Him! Now if you go run after it and you cling to it, that’s another story! But I’ll tell you what, if we’re wanting to be delivered, God has the means!

You know, if we do what He says, there is divine strength that comes to help us. He talks about prayer. And it says, “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness.” (NIV). We don’t even know what to pray. The Spirit helps us! With groanings that can’t be uttered. Sometimes you just have this yearning inside, and you know, and you’re longing for something to happen! God understands that language!

( congregational amens ).

He knows exactly what’s being meant and what’s being said. I don’t know, I guess I’ve said the same thing over and over again, but, I just have a sense that God is wanting to…not just to dump a bucket of honey in our souls and have us go on, He’s wanting to change our culture and our way of thinking, to where we go forth in a different direction, and we don’t care how long it takes.

This isn’t a sprint. This is a way of life! This is a description of how the church of Jesus Christ works! There is a warfare that is being fought and it isn’t fought by observers. It’s fought by participants. This is not where you get on the hill and watch the fight down there, and say, isn’t that interesting. This is where everybody picks up a sword and says, I’m involved in this, and what I do matters. I have the power and the secret of my closet to win the battle, or to participate in the victory that is gonna be manifest in the assembly and in lives that need to be delivered.

We can think of people, can’t we, that are out there that have had strongholds in their minds, and still do, that need to be set free! We can’t do it! We can’t explain it to them, we can’t try to make them see, but God can open their minds.

( snapping fingers ).

( congregational amens ).

He can open their hearts. He can do…the only thing that we can do against the power that holds them is to pray and have God work by His Spirit, and He can do anything!

( congregational praise ).

There’s no substitute for the presence of Christ in His church. God, help us! God, give us a fresh vision! Give me a fresh vision! Oh, we’re good at making excuses why we can’t pray, and don’t need to pray, and ‘that’s all right, I know what to do.’

Yeah, Peter knew what to do, too. Why do you think the Lord said, you better pray? It’s because your flesh is weak. We don’t have what it takes in us to do the will of God. We’re gonna have to overcome. Why do you think Jesus had to pray? Think about that. Was He just putting on a show just to give us an example? No! He prayed because He needed power to do what He had to do!

( congregational amens ).

In one of the accounts in the garden it says, an angel came and strengthened him! That means He got strength that He didn’t have up to that point. You know, Ben read the scripture the other night that talked about how He’d come back to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and began to do all these marvelous things. But it also says, but He frequently went off by Himself alone. Why would He do such a thing?

( congregational response ).

To take a break, get a rest? No! He had to go back to the well! He had to go back to the source of power. He needed the same thing Zerubbabel needed. He needed Divine wisdom, to know what to do. He needed Divine strength in order to do it. Well, if He needed it, Lord knows I do!

( congregational response ).

But so do we all! But I’ll tell you, we have somebody who is longing to do it. Why do you think the Lord is emphasizing these things? It’s not to castigate, it’s not to condemn! It’s to inspire! It’s to say, oh, God…people, I long to come and be in your midst what I am. Let me have my way. Do what I’ve said. Don’t pay lip service to say, yeah, we need to pray, and we don’t pray.

Well, we’re all made of the same stuff. Every one of us faces battles every day. But I’ll tell you, as we choose, in faith…now here’s the thing, you can try this in the energy of your flesh and it’s gonna fall flat. But when we do the will of God, what we’re doing is saying, Lord, I don’t have the strength to obey You, but I’m gonna choose to do what I know is right to do. But in my choosing, I understand I’m depending upon You to give me the strength that I need to do it.

Now that’s an equation, if you want to call it that, that works, because then we’re constantly acknowledging our need. We’re drawing in the very life of God, even to do the praying, even to…I’ll tell you, you think there’s a reason why we find this hard? Satan’s not afraid of preaching, not afraid of the singers. He’s sure afraid of Christ though.

( congregational amens ).

He’s afraid of praying Christians that will be filled with Christ, and then have real power.

( congregational amens ).

Scares him to death! Well, praise God! That ought to inspire us to say, hey, God give us what it takes!

( congregational amens ).

Give us what it takes! Come and be Yourself in our midst! That’s all we need. It’s not a complicated thing, but boy, it’s a battle. It’s a warfare! It’s a warfare against this, principally. But I’ll tell you, it’s one that we can win because we have the Captain, we have the One who has all authority in heaven and earth, who’s on our side, who’s paid the price, who will absolutely finish the job.

And He is in us, and He’s promised to be with us to the end of the age. I don’t know what’s gonna happen between now and the end of the age. Some of us may take a bullet for the Lord. Praise God! Whatever happens, He’s gonna be with us. But I’ll tell you, we need to be effective!

( congregational amens ).

There’s no point in coming here and just having a halfway, well, it was good life, it was this, it was that. We need to have God…we need to see God break through! We need to see Him change lives. And I believe we can because that’s the kind of a God He is! Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

— Dawn Corder: I once said in prayer meeting that I was willing to be uncomfortable for God, and for me it’s about as uncomfortable as it gets…standing here. So, this speaks to me tonight in a big way. How many of you young people are about 22 to 25 of age? Raise your hands. Wow…oh, I’m sorry.

( laughter ).

It kind of seems like a long time, sometimes? Little bit. A lot of things have happened in your life in that period of time? Mom and Jim prayed for me for 22 years! I was gone from this church for 22 years. There’s kids here I don’t even know who you are because y’all weren’t even here when I was…22 years…that’s a long time.

And like Phil had said…I had to write notes. Phil said, we can’t stop praying just because we pray a little bit and then we think it’s not God’s will because something doesn’t happen. If Mom and Jim had stopped praying after a year or two because it was God’s will that I just not be here, I probably wouldn’t be. Just let that marinate.

The things that we pray for, the people that we pray for, whether it’s us or somebody else, it does not go unnoticed. Let…I am nobody, trust me. I do not see myself as anybody special. But if you need to be reminded of a miracle…here I am.

( congregational praise ).

I can say the same for Kristen. I can’t speak for her, but I can say that. Mom and Jim prayed for me for a long time. And I’m sure sometimes they wanted to be…just throw up their hands and say, what is going on here? But they didn’t. I’m sure Jeff prayed for me, too. I’m sure he’s glad that he did, ‘cause now I’m here.

( laughter ).

( laughing ).

It’s a funny…I have to say this. Last year when we came for J. P.’s 30th birthday party, Jeff and I were out on his front porch and we were just talking, and I’m a girl so I talk a lot. And I was telling him a whole bunch of stuff that had been going on in my life, and this, and that, and the other. And I’m telling him how I’m never getting married again. I’m gonna be a crazy, old cat lady by myself.

( laughter ).

I’m never going through this again, yada-yada-yada. And he told me later…the whole time I’m standing…and this is a couple of hours that I’d put forth this information to him.

( laughter ).

( laughing ).

And he told me later, he said, all I could think of was, there was hope.

( laughing ).

( laughter ).

And I’m like, were we having the same conversation?

( laughter ).

( laughing ).

So, somebody had hope—somebody had hope!

( congregational amens ).

And sometimes that’s all it has to be. ‘Cause our brain can’t wrap our minds around anything else most of the time. But I just want to encourage y’all. My sisters are still out there, and I know y’all have got people out there. Twenty-two years is nothing…for Mom and Jim to have me standing here.

( congregational amens ).

And I’m glad they prayed for me because my life was…it was not good. Five years ago I tried to take my life. It was that bad. And all because…I don’t even want to go there. But they still prayed. Even after that, they didn’t lose hope. They still…they probably prayed harder. But I shouldn’t be here, but I am.

( congregational praise ).

And I thank God for that, and all of y’all. So don’t lose hope. God can work miracles. He can. I’m a living testimony.

— Brother Paul Campbell: Dawn, I’m just as nervous, but praise God, it’s wonderful to be the child of the King.

( congregational amens ).

You know, my testimony is just as much a miracle as Dawn’s. You know, Phil mentioned this ministry and how it got started. And I was a part of it, as far as naturally speaking, being in the midst, seeing God move, hearing the Word of God, the anointed Word, being in those prayer meetings, being raised in a family that was instrumental in this work.

We would even…not just the days that we had services, my dad and my mom was always loading me up, and we were going to Brother Thomas’ for prayer meetings, and going visiting people. And, I was right there in the middle of all of it…raising my hands, playing the guitar, singing in the choir…and I was just as desperate as what Dawn’s talking about.

I want every one of you to hear me tonight. Just because you’ve sat in this church, just because you’ve been under this ministry…do you know Jesus Christ, the one that we’ve talked about? If you ever see Him, as Tony and Phil in these other services…seeing Him for who He is…you can’t see Him for who He is without seeing how desperate and how miserable you are.

( congregational amens ).

Oh my! Praise God! If He’s opened your eyes…that’s what we’re talking about. Having the scales removed from our eyes, that we can see Him.

( congregational amens ).

Oh, what an awesome God He is! We ain’t even scratched the surface, when the anointing is here, of really how worthy He is!

( congregational amens ).

Not even scratched the surface. Oh my, remove the scales from our eyes, God!

( congregational amens ).

But as Phil was talking I thought about that story that’s there. Not a story, but a true event that happened. There’s two men on the road to Emmaus. Now here it is, they had heard the Word of God. They had heard Jesus speak and tell them what was gonna happen. And here they are, they’re walking down the road after He had been crucified, and was saying, well, our hope is gone…talking to one another.

And Jesus even appeared and walked with them, had a communication. My, my, if there was a screen throwed up here tonight, and we could see our individual lives, and see the time that God was walking with us and talking with us. And later on, it goes on in the story, and after God revealed Himself to them, they said, didn’t our hearts burn within us?

( congregational amens ).

Well listen, the burning of your heart within you is not the only thing that you need. We’ve sat under this truth right here. We’ve been moved and we’ve been stirred, but what had to happen is they come to the place that God sat down, Christ sat down with them, Jesus sat down at the table and He broke bread, and what did he do? He offered a prayer, and gave thanks to His Father, and after that happened their eyes were opened.

That’s what has to happen. It’s not just an emotional experience. This can be a pep rally. You can be stirred up and we can say, oh, my God, this was wonderful. We’re gonna leave here and we’re gonna do better. But I’m telling you, we need to fall on our knees and say, my God, you have sat right here at this meeting and you have broke bread with us. We’ve had scales removed from our eyes. I have! Thank God for it!

( congregational praise ).

Oh, I praise Him. Don’t take this meeting lightly. Let’s go back to our individual…’cause we’re on a journey, we’re walking, we’re on a path. And my, my, I believe that Jesus is walking with us, and He is talking with us. He is…oh, may He be invited into our homes, and our lives, our families, and our children, set down with them, break bread with them, cry out to God and say, God, open their eyes.

Oh, Lord, that’s what we need. We need more than anything else to shut our mouths, and listen to God as He breaks bread with us and talks to us. He wants to reveal Himself to us, and I’m just thankful tonight. I believe that that’s what He’s done in this meeting, what He’s done for me! Thank You, Lord! Can you give Him thanks?

( congregational praise ).

Thank Him for His mercy to come and reveal Himself, and to break bread with us, and share it with us. Amen!

— Brother Ben Johnson: Amen, I appreciate this so much tonight, what the Lord is doing for us. You know, I was thinking as Phil was speaking there that what the Lord is setting before us and showing us the difference between, is the difference between having a base in enemy territory, having a fort, if you will…it’s the difference between holding our position and defending our fort, and between going out and taking territory from the enemy.

That’s what He’s setting before us, because we can have everything, just like he said, right. We can really do it right. I mean, we can say, God, we have a watch all the time. We have three people watching the walls. We have infrared sensors. We have guys on machine gun turrets. Nobody’s getting in here. This spy tried to get in the other day, we eliminated him.

We can do all that, but the problem is, there’s another fort over there that the enemy’s got, and in there he’s got prisoners. There are people who are captive over there, and we can defend our fort all day long and not let the enemy get in there, and guess what? Those prisoners aren’t getting freed by that.

And that’s what the Lord was setting before us tonight is…we’re sitting there guarding our fort saying, God, this is great, we’re well defended here. And why isn’t God delivering those prisoners? I just don’t understand why they’re still captive over there. Well, God wants us to get out of where it’s safe, and where it’s comfortable, and where we know what to expect, and go where He’s leading. Say, You’re the Captain of Salvation, and if You’re leading over here into an enemy fort, I want to follow You. I want to be with You.

‘Cause the scripture says, you don’t have to turn there, we know it, I’m just going to read one little part. It’s over here in 1st Corinthians…well, it’s 2nd Corinthians…I lost my place now. Anyway, I won’t even bother reading it because we know the scripture. It’s the part that says, the weapons that we fight with, that we wage war with, they’re not the weapons of the world. But they have spiritual power, to do what first and foremost? To demolish strongholds!

( congregational amens ).

That is an offensive function. Yeah, you use weapons to defend yourself, but I’ll tell you what, when you’re taking it to demolish somebody else’s stronghold, that’s an offensive function. And I believe God wants us to have that vision tonight. And I believe it starts right here in our midst with the needs that we see, because we know about them. But I believe there’s more for us He’s got that we haven’t even seen yet, and He’s getting us ready for that. That’s what I want. I want to be a part of that. I want to learn how to battle in prayer.

We had…something Phil said about that, I believe it’s a real key ‘cause this came up in another service. It might have been the Wednesday or Sunday before the meeting, I can’t remember. But it was another one of our services here. And he was talking about praying for something and then not seeing something in a certain amount of time, and then saying, well, I guess that’s not God’s will.

Folks, the enemy is gonna be quick to tell us that something is not God’s will when we don’t see an immediate response. ‘Cause he knows that the only way he’s gonna win is if we give up, if we back down. The victory is not in question. The ability of God to deliver people is not in question. When Jesus Christ died on that cross, does the scripture not say He carried our infirmities? He took all our diseases…by His stripes we were healed!

( congregational amens ).

There’s no lack of ability to deliver people. But the enemy knows the way he’s gonna win is to get us to give up and back down. And this is what I believe the Lord put on my heart, He brought it back to me tonight. Folks, we do not need to be letting the devil tell us what is and isn’t God’s will. ‘Cause first and foremost, he does not know! God doesn’t reveal His secrets to him.

In fact, He, all the time is turning Satan’s plans around for His own glory and His own good. Satan doesn’t know what God’s will is, and if He did, he surely wouldn’t tell you and me. ‘Cause that’s the last thing he wants is for us to be walking with Him. And I believe when we go to prayer, we need to…you know, the scripture says that…not to be anxious about anything. It’s important that when we go, as we battle, that we don’t get worked up and afraid, and like Phil said, anxious to see something happen.

I was battling that yesterday when I was praying before the service yesterday. I appreciate what you said, Phil, ‘cause I had a very similar experience. I was praying…I know, you just kind of think and imagine, and oh, God’s just gonna come down and it’s just gonna explode, and things are gonna be…the devil’s just gonna be fleeing and it’s gonna be crazy.

And I believe—I believe the Lord spoke to me, and I can’t say it was for anybody else but I know it was for me. I believe He spoke to me and said, I’m not gonna do that. He said, because what happens is…talking to me, He said, what you tend to do, if you get something worked up in your emotions, you’re too easy to think, well, that took care of that. Now that’s taken care of, we can move on. And you get lazy, and you quit drawing from the well, thinking well, that took care of it. That was the thing I was looking for.

Well, there’s no experience that’s what we’re looking for. There’s no one event that’s gonna do this, and I believe that’s what He told me very clearly. I believe He said, son, there are no short cuts. It’s just that simple. There are no short cuts, but drawing from Me and going to battle.

So we don’t want to be anxious, we don’t want to be striving for something. But the scripture does say don’t be anxious, “…but in every thing by prayer and supplication…let your requests be made known unto God.” (KJV). If there’s something on your heart and you don’t know if it’s God’s will or not, we have an invitation in His word to make our requests known to Him. We can take our concerns and our cares to God.

There is nothing wrong with saying, God, this is what I see, this is what I feel, this is my heart’s desire and praying to that end. The key is that our prayer ends the same way Jesus’ prayer ended. It’s, “...nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” If that’s underneath, it that’s the desire, we can go to Him with our requests, and we can say, Father, if this is not your will, please show me and show me in a way that I know it’s You. Because when He tells us that something is not His will, it’s gonna be just like He did for Paul.

Remember when Paul was praying for his thorn to be removed. I mean earnest prayer. He wanted to be delivered and he was earnest, he was sincere. But God finally told him, that’s not my will for you, Paul. But He didn’t just leave him there, and Paul didn’t walk away from that session of prayer feeling frustrated, and defeated, and despairing that this thorn wasn’t gonna go away. God gave him a specific word that gave him hope and it gave him peace. And He said, “My grace is sufficient for you…” (NIV).

If there is something on our heart that is not God’s will, He can make it known, and He’ll do it in a way that it’ll come with peace. Now when the enemy tells you that’s not God’s will, and gets us to walk away, we walk away feeling defeated, and frustrated, and despair, and gloom, and that’s the difference.

And I believe God wants to make the difference clear, ‘cause a battle in prayer sometimes takes time, and the enemy’s gonna be right there the whole time…it’s not God’s will. It’s not God’s will. Nothing’s changing. Nothing’s changing. Folks, let’s not let the devil talk us out of taking our request to Him, because He is able to help us right where we’re at.

( congregational amens ).

We don’t have to understand every…we don’t have to have every scripture in this Bible memorized. It’s not like God won’t speak to you because you don’t know the magic scripture over in Habakkuk somewhere. He can’t speak to you because you don’t know that one.

( laughter ).

He can meet you where you’re at, and me, folks!

( congregational amens ).

We can ask Him with confidence. God, if this is not you, let me know, ‘cause if you do it, there’ll be peace, and I’ll be able to lay that down with a peace that You’re gonna take us on through it, and we’re gonna get through it anyway. But until You do that, until You come and You show me, and I have confidence, I’m not giving up. I’m not gonna let the devil talk me out of this.

I’ll tell you what, Dawn, I appreciate her testimony. I appreciate seeing her every service. In the scripture, there’s one place where it talks about a woman when her labor comes on her. There’s a travail. There’s…you know, she’s in distress, it’s physically painful, it’s a difficult time. But it says that after the child is born, she immediately forgets about that labor for the joy that a child is come into the world.

You know, as you see that child grow…three years from now it seems like nothing. That was a small price to pay for this new life brought into the world. I’ll tell you what, 22 years of labor in prayer was a small price to pay for that child to be brought into this Kingdom.

( congregational amens ).

That was a small price to pay. God give us the endurance and not let the devil talk us out of it. He does not know God’s will. We don’t need to listen to that voice. Let’s take our request to Him, and leave it there ‘cause He’s able to show us.

( congregational amens ).