Good Evening Emmanuel,

I am happy to serve as your pastor, and I pray this word finds you in good spirit.  My assignment today is to bring the word to you in a life changing way.

I was led by God to start a series on "The Power of Prayer", so I will be sharing with you once a week by Facebook, email,  by text and website.  Please reflect on these notes, to strengthen you during the days and weeks ahead.

Philippians 4:6-7 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving; let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

My brothers and sisters, Paul the writer, gives us the antidote to handle worry.  He says be anxious for nothing, the word anxious means experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness.  We are encouraged in difficult times, because we have the power of prayer.

When we look at the word prayer in verse 6, it means adoration.  This is love, enjoying the presence of God, honoring Him in worship.  I believe rushing into God's presence, and begging for peace of mind will never get results.  We must bow before Him in worship, and let Him search our hearts and minds.

Next comes supplication(specific) which means the earnest, sincere desire of the heart.  True prayer comes from the heart, not the lips.   What a joy it is to present our requests to Him!

Finally, there is thanksgiving (appreciation). It takes faith to thank Him for uncomfortable circumstances, or for request not yet granted.

God loves to hear us thank Him, and when we pray like this, God will give us His peace that surpasses all understanding.

I love you, and I thank God for you!
  
                    Pastor Gregory A. Sutton               #1     November 6, 2017 (Monday)
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November 12, 2017

Good evening Emmanuel, As we continue the series on The Power of Prayer, I will focus on "The Place of Prayer in the Local Church" from 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Paul is writing to his son in the ministry Timothy, and he gives him four valuable truths on prayer in the local church.

1. Its Importance 

Paul lists prayer "first of all" The local church does not pray because it is the expected thing to do; she prays because prayer is vital to the life of the local church. The church that prays will have power, and will make a lasting impact for Christ. Paul exhorts us to pray- it is important

2. Its nature

The church praying ought to include:

A. Supplications, which means telling God our needs;
B. Prayers, meaning worship, and adoration;
C. Intercessions, which involves requests on the behalf of others;
D. Thanksgiving, or appreciation for what God has done... We should pray for the church family of course, but we should pray for "All men"

3. Its aims

Verse 2 suggests that prayer helps to maintain the peace of society. As Christians pray for leaders in government, God overrules, and protects His church from wicked men. Verse 3 indicates that above all else, prayer pleases God, and glorifies Christ. If we pray only to have our needs met, we have a low view of prayer. Look at 2 Peter 3:9 "pray for the lost"

4. Its conditions

Verse 8 lays down three conditions for the public praying in the local church:

I) "Without wrath" loving one another
II) "Holy hands" lives been cleaned by the acceptance of Jesus work on the cross
III) Faith
without faith it is impossible to please God, let's hold tight to our faith in what we do for God, because only what we do for HIM will last.

Look at Mark 11:20-26 The men are to take the lead in the prayer ministry of the church.

I love you and I thank God for you,
Pastor Gregory A. Sutton
 

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November 19, 2017


Emmanuel, I greet you tonight in the marvelous and magnificent name of Jesus Christ. It is in Him we live move, and have our being... I pray this word finds you in good spirit as I continue teaching on The Power of Prayer. My brothers and sisters we know that God hears and answers our prayers, but what do you do when you have prayed and prayed for God to remove a problem or pain out of your life. But God's answer is NO I'm not going to remove the problem... you have to live with it. I need to remind you that there's no such thing as a problem or pain free life. But there is a purpose in your pain, and your greatest ministry in this world doesn't come through strength, but weakness...
 
In 2 Corinthians 12:7:9 The Apostle Paul prays to God three times to remove a painful thorn from his flesh, but God says No... God says no? Yes God does say no because he knows what's best for us... I know I have been teaching on how you ask it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be open, that's true but sometimes God's will overrides our request. Sometimes our desire is not God's destiny for our life...
 
You and I just like Paul have to learn this valuable lesson that God is sovereign. He doesn't answer to anyone including us, God has the prerogative to do with us as he pleases... God doesn't cause problems but He allows them to come for us to depend solely on Him.
 
Now how does Paul respond to the No of God? He Thanks God for the Pain and Problem. What? He is thankful for his problem? Yes, because he understands God answer of My Grace is Sufficient is for God's glory. God doesn't have to remove the problem, He just gives us the Grace to live with it. Because His strength is made perfect in our weakness. When we are weak God stands up strong in us. Yes, imperfect us being used by a perfect God. Now, That's something to shout about!! 
 
I love you, and I thank God for you!
Pastor Gregory A. Sutton
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11/26/17

THE POWER OF PRAYER GIVE THAT PROBLEM TO GOD 2KINGS 19: 14-16

14. AND HEZEKIAH RECEIVED THE LETTER OF THE HAND OF THE MESSENGERS, AND READ IT: AND HEZEKIAH WENT UP INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, AND SPREAD IT BEFORE THE LORD.
15. AND HEZEKIAH PRAYED BEFORE THE LORD, AND SAID,O LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, WHICH DWELLEST BETWEEN THE CHERUBIMS, THOU ART THE GOD, EVEN THOU ALONE, OF ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH; THOU HAST MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.
16. LORD, BOW DOWN THINE EAR, AND HEAR: OPEN, LORD, THINE EYES, AND SEE: AND HEAR THE WORDS OF SENNACHRIB, WHICH HATH SENT HIM TO REPROACH THE LIVING GOD.

1. HEZEKIAH RECEIVED THE LETTER AND READ IT BUT HE DID NOT ACCEPT IT… IT IS ONE THING TO RECEIVE SOME DISCRIBING NEWS, BUT IT ANOTHER THING TO ACCEPT IT AS TRUTH. MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS MANY OF US MAKE THE TERRIBLE MISTAKE OF ACCEPTING SOMETHING THAT GOD HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE. YES THE ENEMY SAID YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO MAKE , BUT GOD CAN TURN THAT THING AROUND… TOO BIG FOR YOU!!

2. HEZEKIAH TURNED TO GOD FOR HELP … HE WENT INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD AND SPREAD OUT THE LETTER BEFORE HIM…

A. He placed the whole scene in god`s hands.
i. Cast all your cares upon Him, He cares for you.
ii. He wants you to come today with your heavy heart, your problem
iii. How do you know but what God has not allowed these things to turn you to Him.

3. HEZEKIAH`S PRAYER

1. Acknowledged truth about god. Only true God Created universe

2. Asked God to look at letter. Look what he is saying about you.

3. Acknowledged truth about situation Assyrians are tough They have defeated everybody else Have destroyed other gods

I LOVE YOU, AND I THANK GOD FOR YOU!
PASTOR GREGORY A. SUTTON