THE CYCLE OF PRAYER:
ASK, WATCH, WAIT… REPEAT
Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
1 Kings 18:41-44 NIV
“And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”
42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.
43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.
“There is nothing there,” he said.
Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”
44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”
So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”
THE CYCLE OF PRAYER
1 there is nothing
1 Kings 18:43 NIV
“There is nothing there,” he said.”
2 go again
1 Kings 18:43 NIV
“Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”
3 something is rising
1 Kings 18:44 NIV
“The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”
IT’S OKAY TO KEEP PRAYING…
Matthew 7:7-12 NKJV
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Luke 18:1-8 TPT
“One day Jesus taught the apostles to keep praying and never stop or lose hope. He shared with them this illustration:
2 “In a certain town there was a civil judge, a thick-skinned and godless man who had no fear of others’ opinions.
3 And there was a poor widow in that town who kept pleading with the judge, ‘Grant me justice and protect me against my oppressor!’
4–5 “He ignored her pleas for quite some time, but she kept asking. Eventually he said to himself, ‘This widow keeps annoying me, demanding her rights, and I’m tired of listening to her. Even though I’m not a religious man and don’t care about the opinions of others, I’ll just get her off my back by answering her claims for justice and I’ll rule in her favor. Then she’ll leave me alone.’”
6 The Lord continued, “Did you hear what the ungodly judge said—that he would answer her persistent request?
LIFT UP YOUR REQUEST
Psalm 141:1-2 NIV
“I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you.
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”
DON’T QUIT UNTIL YOU GET A “NO”
2 Corinthians 12:7-9 NLT
“even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. 8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”