Wonderful Things Happen When I Pray: The Power Of God

Introduction: This morning, I want you to know that you are special. 

  • God made you different from anyone else He has ever made — or will make. (Psalm 139:13-14) For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
  • As Christians, we set you apart from the rest of the world. (1 Peter 2:9) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
  • You are special because God knows all about you and still loves you. (Matthew 10:29-31) Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
  • You are so special to Him that, in order to have a relationship with you, God let His son be tortured and killed as a sacrifice to create a bridge between you and Him. (Romans 8:32) He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
  • QUESTION: If we are so special to God, then why do we not trust Him to use His power to help us in prayer?
    • Do we not believe He is powerful enough to help us through prayer?
    • Let’s talk about God’s power.
  1. The power that created the universe is the power that responds to our prayers.
    • God literally spoke the universe into existence (Genesis 1:1) In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
      • A part of my job is graphic design. That means I get to create designs, logos, brochures, animation, photography from nothing but an idea. But the flaw in my designs are that they come from somewhere. I’m always looking, studying or examining things I see around me and, when I find something that I like, I’ll file it away in my head and use it as inspiration for a project I am working on. Like everyone, a designer is the sum of his/her experiences. The only difference is, we take those experiences and use them to create something new.
      • But God created everything from nothing. With a word, God made trillions of planets that all move in some synchronous orbit. There are some 300 billion stars in the Milky Way, where we are located. Each one of those stars could have a group of planets surrounding it. Our star has eight or nine planets orbiting it, depending on who ask. And, as far as we know, God made life on only one planet. This one. That means God spoke trillions of stars and planets into existence for the sole purpose of giving up something pretty to look at at night. If you didn’t feel special before, how about now? (Psalms 33:6-9) By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
    • Sometimes we underestimate God’s power to answer our prayers. God’s power of creation goes far beyond our comprehension. (Job 37:5) God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
      • Before 1973, no one could comprehend the mobile phone, but Martin Cooper of Motorola did.
      • Before the 60s and 70s, no one could comprehend a network of networks called Arpanet (later called the Internet), but Al Gore did. Sorry. That is incorrect. The US Department of Defense did.
      • Before 1927, no one could comprehend television, but Philo Taylor Farnsworth did.
      • Before 1903, no one could comprehend manned flight, but Wilbur and Orville Wright did.
      • Before 1902, no one could comprehend air conditioning, but Willis Carrier did.
      • Before 1885, no one could comprehend an automobile, but Karl Benz and later Henry Ford did.
      • Before 1849, no one could comprehend a telephone, but Antonio Meucci and later Alexander Graham Bell did. 
      • Before 1752, no one could comprehend electricity, but Ben Franklin did.
      • Before you were born, no one could comprehend you, but God did. He knew you before you were born. (Jeremiah 1:5) Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
    • In the book, “When God Doesn’t  Make Sense,” James Dobson puts it this way:
      • “I am awestruck by the unbelievable dimensions of God’s creation. How does one grasp the meaning of a visible universe that is at least 30 billion light years across and composed of perhaps 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars? It is breathtaking to consider what exists there in the silent sky. One of the objects relatively near to us, a star named Epsilon, is actually larger than the orbit of the planet Pluto in our solar system! If it were hollow, it could contain more than 2.3 billion of our suns.”
    • (Psalms 147:5) Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
  1. The power that created the world is the power that responds to our prayers. (Exodus 20:11) For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
    • It’s distance to the sun makes the Earth ideal for sustaining life. If it were closer the oceans would boil. If it were farther away, the oceans would freeze. Either way, life would cease to exist. It is made perfect for us.
    • Like every object in the universe, Earth exerts a gravitational pull that keeps us from floating off its surface. It keeps the moon from spinning away. The gravitational pull of the our sun keeps us from spinning away and crashing into other planets. It’s like perfectly placed magnets that are close enough to affect other objects but not too close; which would cause them to crash together. This was made perfect for us.
    • The rotation of the Earth creates day and night and the changing of the seasons. Hopefully, we can experience that if fall will hurry up and get here. These were all made in perfect balance for us.
    • Certain soils are balanced with nitrogen to be able to grow crops and also to grow grass and plants for certain animals to feed off of. Once again, made perfect for us.
    • All of this was made for our benefit. When we pray, let us never ever forget that God created everything around us so we would, in turn, love Him, worship Him and pray to Him. (1 John 4:16) So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
  1. The power that created you and me is the power that responds to our prayers. (Psalms 139: 14) I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
    • Another translation of “fearfully” is “reverently.” This would mean that the way God put us together was intentional and respectful.
      • If your DNA stands were unwound and connected end-to-end, they would stretch from the earth to the sun (93 million miles) 400 times.
      • Approximately 50,000 cells in your body will die and be replaced with new cells during the time it takes you to read this sentence.
      • Every square inch of your skin contains 20 feet of blood vessels, 4 yards of nerve fibers, 1,300 nerve cells, 100 sweat glands, and 3 million cells.
      • In one hour, your heart produces enough energy to raise a ton of steel 3 feet off the ground and will beat an average of 3 billion times during a lifetime.
      • The adult human body is comprised of 206 bones, and more than half are accounted for in the hands and feet.
      • The human eye can distinguish up to a million different colors and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man.
    • In the same verse in Psalms, another way to say “wonderfully” is “properly.” That would indicate that there was intent in creating us. We are not random or the result of an accidental “big bang” that eventually led to our evolution.
      • God set up apart from any other aspect of His creation. We were made in His image. (Genesis 1:26-27) Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

The actual class begins 4 minutes, 37 seconds into this video.

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