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Pray – Part Five

Session Five

PRAY! Lord Bless Me Indeed

Luke 11:1 (NLT) Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

You Matter: Your health, your finances, your attitude, your character, your relationships all speak to your priorities, perspective and pursuit.

It All Started with The Blessing- Genesis 1:28–29 (NLT)  Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” 29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.

Get in Line for The Blessing- Genesis 12:1–3 (NLT) The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Proverbs 10:22 (NLT) The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

Genesis 13:2 (KJV) And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

The Giving Pattern- Genesis 22:16–18 (NLT) “This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that 17 I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. 18 And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.”

Isaac- Genesis 26:12–14 (NLT) When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. 13 He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow. 14 He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him.

Psalm 112:1–3 (NLT) Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever.

Your Included in The Blessing- Galatians 3:14 (NLT) Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.

No Difference- Galatians 3:28–29 (NLT) There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.

Hebrews 6:13–18 (NLT) For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying: 14 “I will certainly bless you, and I will multiply your descendants beyond number.” 15 Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised. 16 Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. 17 God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. 18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.

Selfish Vs. Selfless- James 4:2–3 (NLT) You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

  1. You’ve left God out of your pursuit and your desire has been shaped by the material possessions of others.

  1. Rather believing God for those things, you’ve taken matters into your own hands attempting to get them.

  1. If you do ask God, it’s simply for selfish reasons.

Desire Grounded in God- Psalm 37:4 (NLT) Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Take A Selfie- 1 Chronicles 4:9–10 (NLT) There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. 10 He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.

  1. Praying that God would Bless our Lives- ….Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed….

  1. Praying that God would Expand our Influence- ….enlarge my coast,….

  1. Praying for God’s Involvement- …that thine hand might be with me,…

  1. Praying God will keep us from Falling- …that thou wouldest keep me from evil,…

God Responded- …And God granted him that which he requested…

Close-

Receive The Blessing- Luke 24:49–50 (NLT)  “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” 50 Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them.

Numbers 6:22–27 (KJV) And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, 24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

List three things you need God to bless you with.

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