PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Signs and wonders are divine events that display God’s glory...

JESUS IS ALIVE!

Jesus is Alive! Robert D. Pace Matthew 28:1--10 (Illustration) Perhaps you've heard this familiar...

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of the Bible’s depiction...

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

Pulpit Today Sermon THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST Ephesians 2:8--9 Robert D. Pace Years ago a...

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS   George Meuller   A Teaching Outline by George Mueller (1805-1898)...

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 When the general populace describes Christmas they...

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

  THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE Robert D Pace Have you ever wondered or asked whether Jesus is the...

THE GARDENER

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God’s work on...

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6-7 (Illustration) We live in a unique sphere of...

GOD AT WORK

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Many people, whether they are...

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:31‑35 Today, I want us to focus our attention on Jesus...

A KING AMONG MEN

Robert D. Pace In ancient days, Persia was governed by a benevolent, loving king. In order to...

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

Robert D. Pace HOLY FIRE: WHERE IS IT? 1 Chronicles 22:1 The 21st Century stands upon the...

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

POINT OF INSPIRATION: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Many people...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Robert D. Pace Shamgar's Oxgoad Judges 3:31 Introduction The Book of Judges is intriguing because...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hell. The word suggests an eternal abode that is void of God,...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Grace of...

They Forgot the Works of the Lord!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 From whichever version of the Bible you read, Psalm...

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace When reading this account of the man with the withered hand...

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

The pillars of Christianity are under attack! From within and without Christians are witnessing an...

THE LOST AXE HEAD

Robert D. Pace The Lost Axehead 2 Kings 6:1--7 Introduction Whatever else can be said about this...

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1...

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 1:1‑4, 14 Awhile back, I asked several Christians what...

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 2:34-36 The lordship of Jesus Christ is one of...

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace “Then Jesus...

The Power of Life and Death

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One of today’s...

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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LAW OF REVELATION (Part 2) “The Principle of Connection”

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D Pace (This is part 2 of The Law...

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

Robert D. Pace Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation funambulist, continues his acrobatics. He's a...

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Pulpit Today Sermons Who is Jesus Christ? Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Illustration) A Pastor...

God’s Final Message to Mankind

  God's Final Message to Mankind Robert D Pace Introductory Remarks I want to begin with a...

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 10:17-21 (Illustration) I remember “the good old days”...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

PulpitToday Sermon Robert D. Pace Introduction The first question I want to answer about this...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is a word we both love and hate....

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks (Illustration) Billy attended the Los...

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

Should Christians Support Israel’s Rights to the "Holy Land"? Robert D. Pace In recent years, the...

The Woman at the Well

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 4:4 10 One of our most difficult duties as Christians...

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 6:7-10 (Illustration) Years ago, a mother and...

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH

Robert D. Pace Isaiah 7:14 I want to begin by defining the Virgin Birth. In the simplest terms, it...

NONE CAST ASIDE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Isaiah 42:1-4 This message is for those that have, at some...

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Alone in my house, I...

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In the near future, the...

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Can You Walk With God? Exodus 40:17‑19; 33--34 Introduction...

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Jesus Christ Heals! Acts 9:31--35 Robert D. Pace If you opened the medicine...

THE RIGHT CHOICE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Proverbs 2:1-8 (Illustration) William was sixteen when he left...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Have you...

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

Trusting God When It's Difficult Isaiah 12:2 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) The word...

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS ROBERT D PACE   From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything...

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Genesis 1:1 (While this is a standalone message, it can also...

GOD RAISES DEAD DREAMS

Scripture uses death to identify man’s greatest enemy and there’s nothing man fears more. When a person expires, losing all vital signs, doctors, medicine, and science stand powerless in its presence. Only God can resurrect. But this sermon doesn’t deal with the physical cessation of life, it deals with death of a different nature. The death of God’s divinely inspired promises and visions. I’m persuaded that many Christians are in the gestation stage of a specific promise God has given them. Perhaps years ago He planted a dream and you’re still awaiting its fruition. Maybe even hope has begged you to admit that promise is dead. But the God that resurrected Christ from the dead can resurrect your promise.

Driving Out The Canaanites

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace As we discuss Driving out the Canaanites I want you to...

Hosanna!

  Robert D Pace Hosanna! Passover. It was the week Christ was born to confront. Everything...

The Beauty of the Righteous

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace God’s love for trees is evident in Creation. Botanists assert...

AN ALTAR INVITATION

Robert D. Pace "THE BOOKS" An Altar Invitation The Bible speaks of two books being opened at the...

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

Robert D. Pace Colossians 2:13--15 If you’re familiar with the world’s major religions you know...

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:5 It’s strange that an amazing man like Enoch has so...

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace The story is told of a dying girl whose only hope was to receive blood from someone...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Born with the...

WHAT IS ADVENT?

By Dennis Bratcher Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The following study is an outline that provides Biblical...

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

Vision of Coming Revival to America by Robert D Pace (Recently, I felt directed to re-post this...

A Workman Unashamed

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove INTRODUCTION I realize that the phrase referring to “a workman . . ....

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 15:1 2 The Bible describes Christianity as...

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS 1 Peter 2:9 Introduction There’s never been a group of people comparable to...

VANQUISHING FEAR

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 1:17-18 Today’s subject is universal in...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 28:23-26 God addressed Israel clearly and pointedly in...

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 6:17-18 In Christ’s day few men demonstrated a...

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Daniel 3:8-12 What a story! It’s a page from Scripture...

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Job 1:8-10 The book of Job issues some everlasting truths...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace A boy caught a...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

Robert D. Pace Practicing the Peace of God I want to begin our lesson with a question. Which...

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Joshua 6:1-5 This is a tremendous story of triumph that Joshua...

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace [AUTHOR’S NOTATION: The...

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks When Scripture says Man is “created in God’s...

What Can the Righteous do When the Foundations are Destroyed?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 11:3 When crisis appears so do questions. It has always...

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

Opening Closed Doors Revelation 3:8 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Illustration) In the 1990’s I...

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

Dear Faithful Viewer, Greetings, in the Name of Christ Jesus! Since 2003, God has privileged me to...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 Which great Christian do you admire? Which Bible...

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus...

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

This is an excerpt from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD, "The Scriptures, The Savior and...

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace This is Part 1 of 2, in a...

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official Publication of the...

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:13-14 What others say about us is important. The...

THE CALL OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Opening Remarks Today we will examine the life...

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 5:15-17 The Bible is a prophetic book that discloses...

Building on the Rock

Mark E. Hardgrove Matthew 7:24-27 INTRODUCTION This particular parable is included in a series of...

CHRISTIANITY IN THE MARKETPLACE – DOES IT BELONG THERE?

Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:14-16 Awhile back I heard an alarming report on James Dobson’s, “Focus on...

BOUNDARIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:15-16 I want to talk about “boundaries.” Maybe you’re...

YOUR KEY TO SUCCESS AND OTHER BIBLE FORMULAS THAT DON’T WORK

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:7-11 Our generation has a formula for whatever need...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Open your Bibles to 1 Timothy 4 and let’s...

THE SONG OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Exodus 15:1-2 The Song of Moses is the first anthem recorded in...

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT Opening Remarks Our Scripture text...

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 3:1-5 Here in Mark 3, we find a lesson on how to worship...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 17:30-31 John the Baptist is Scripture’s premier Prophet of...

THE MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

  Robert D Pace The Mystery of the Anointing 1 Peter 4:10--11 I want everyone here to say the...

DOES GOD KILL?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace The sixth of the Ten Commandments forbids murder. Does God violate...

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 111:7--9 It is said that the only things certain in life...

I Want To Be Happy, But I Don’t Know How

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 12:13-21 (Illustration) A young executive pulled his new...

SUCCESS WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Luke 5:1-7 Today’s society places much...

HOW THE BIBLE SHOWS THE WORLD ITS DAYS ARE NUMBERED

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Introduction I want to talk to you on the subject of How the...

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace Years ago, a pastor related the story of a father, son, and friend sailing off the...

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1 opens with these...

FINDING THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS AND WEALTH OF SECRET PLACES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Harbinger) Several years ago, the Lord spoke...

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

Robert D Pace You know the turmoil that has imbibed our country—a worldwide pandemic, anarchy in...

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Each year more...

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:1-6 It seems almost foreign to Americans that...

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-17 For several weeks, I planned a different message...

YOU CAN KNOW!

Pulpit Today Sermons How to Know the Bible is true; Jesus is the Messiah;And Salvation is Yours! 1...

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

Robert D. Pace John 13:2-10 It’s estimated that people spend more time communicating than with any...

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace (This message is presented in Outline form, describing numerous...

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES John 14:15-18 Robert D. Pace Do...

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 John 5:13--15 There’s a huge difference between the God of...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Zechariah 9:9-17 In Zechariah’s days a king’s arrival was...

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

The Wonder of Knowing God Philippians 3:7--11 Robert D. Pace It is said that St. Augustine, of the...

WHAT ABOUT THE “WRATH OF GOD”?

Robert D. Pace The book of Revelation describes the last days as a time when the "wrath of God" is...

HOW TO PRAY AN HOUR AND MAKE IT SEEM 15 MINUTES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks In Matthew 6 Jesus disclosed the prayer of the...

Biblically Woke!

Robert D Pace Biblically “Woke”! Matthew 1:24 says, “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of...

USAFORISRAEL

    You Can Purchase   USAforIsrael.com   Please Make Your...

Blessings of Waiting on the Lord

  Robert D Pace Blessings of Waiting on the Lord Psalm 27:13—14 I want to start by sharing...

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Scientists call the Second...

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

Robert D. Pace Psalm 113:3 Consumer confidence is an important factor in maintaining a prosperous...

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Romans 8:35-39 There’s an expression used in our culture that says,...

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre Scripture Remarks John 20:21 If you could concoct a...

THE VOICE OF GOD TODAY

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:1-4 Does God speak to modern man? If so, how? For...

An Excellent Example of Leadership

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 7:1-10 INTRODUCTION I lived in Maine for several years while I was...

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS  Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:1-11 (Illustration) Some years ago, two artists...

Son of David, Son of God

This is a profound look at the lineage of Jesus from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD "The...

Strangers and Pilgrims

"Professor" William C. Linn Guest Contributor Napoleon was exiled twice in his life. His first...

APOCALERTS OF THE ENDTIME: How God Shows the World Its Days are Numbered

Pulpit Today Sermons APOCALERTS OF THE ENDTIME: How God Shows the World Its Days are Numbered...

TEAR IT DOWN!

TEAR IT DOWN! Jeremiah 1:4--10 Robert D. Pace Before converting to Christ, Christians are at best...

“I DON’T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!”

“I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!” Robert D. Pace 2 Corinthians 5:17 Alvin Tofflier...

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 As the Endtime draws nearer the needs of mankind...

I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

  Robert D Pace I Will Show You Great and Unsearchable Things Jeremiah 33:1--3 Opening Remarks I...

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

Arise and Claim the Blessings! ROBERT D PACE Matthew 7:7–11 Throughout the Bible Christians are...

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 16:15-18 Opening Remarks I believe many Christians have a...

THE PEACE OF GOD

Reverend Bud Leonard John 14:27 Introduction Peace means, “Quietness or rest,” and it’s a word...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Timothy 4:11-16 At some point everyone decides what shapes...

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

Shortly after Donald J. Trump was sworn-in to office, the Lord impressed me that much prayer would...

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

Robert D. Pace The following article was taken from "The Evangel" magazine where Robert D. Pace...

“A NEW THING”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 43:18--21 Through the years, I have heard people make...

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Philippians 4:11-13 INTRODUCTION When I was in high school wrestling, my coach...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Isaiah 9,...

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

Robert D. Pace When a Christian is Vulnerable 1 Corinthians 10:12 (Illustration) It was a frigid...

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In the early...

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Other than the Bible, no book claims to present the actual words of...

LOOSED!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Burdens. Constraints. Traps. When you...

Unmasking the Spirit of Antichrist

Pulpit Today Sermon Unmasking the Spirit of Antichrist by Robert D Pace My topic today is...

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

  Robert D Pace conducts "Discern the Days Prophecy Conferences" throughout America. The...

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

Robert D. Pace The ushers have distributed the sacraments, no let us prepare our hearts to engage...

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:6 Introduction For years, Smith Barney has said: “We...

America in Crisis!

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace The turmoil that America is experiencing is nothing new. It is...

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:13-20 The Bible discloses two groups of people that...

IS IT WORTH IT TO SERVE THE LORD?

Is it Worth it to Serve the Lord? Robert D. Pace Malachi 3:13--16 Malachi, whose name means...

Battle of Gog and Magog

  Secrets of Israel’s Battle of Gog and Magog Ezekiel 38:14–16 by Robert D Pace The epic...

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

People are excited about their team claiming the World Cup. While that’s great, ultimately, only...

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Robert D. Pace How to Overcome Temptation Genesis 22:1--14 Life is full of temptations and tests....

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Pulpit Today Sermons   "Can You Hear Me Now? John 18:1--11 by Robert D Pace Most people don’t...

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 I find it interesting that God assured Ananias, a...

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Despite...

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 Nothing more is known of Jabez other than...

Speak Lord, But is it Really You?

Of all experiences that exhilarate people, chief among them is when God speaks directly to the human soul. One inspired word to a thirsty, hungry traveler can refresh and sustain more than a thousand meals. It was Elijah who heard God’s instruction to “rise and eat” that received nourishment to navigate 285 miles for the following forty days

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Leaning...

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth, but...

Supersign of Prophecy

  The Supersign of Prophecy The Final Countdown by Robert D Pace The best way to help prepare...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

How to Maintain Spiritual Fervor Robert D Pace Spiritual fervor is necessary to advance the...

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

PROPHETIC INSIGHTS Robert D. Pace Your Appointed Time Released from Babylonian captivity, the...

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

Robert D Pace Assurance of Salvation People often face inner conflict concerning their salvation,...

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 2:1--11 (Illustration) For many years the cinema and...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The book of...

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

Robert D. Pace The boast of the Laodicean Church was, “I am rich!” (Revelation 3:17) Gloating over...

GOD IS WITH YOU!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 6:1-10 A while back a man heard an alarming rush hour...

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The Bible is clear: There’s a pronounced command for an...

THE COMING WINDS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The presence of wind...

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I. Types of Fasts Fasting can be broadly characterized in...

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The Second Coming of Jesus...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Your TImes are in God's Hands Robert D. Pace Psalm 31:14--15 From the beginning, God ordained time...

Your Call to Rulership in Life

Robert D. Pace Your Call to Rulership Revelation 3:21 Jesus said in Revelation 3:21, “he that...

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 6:9-22 Five chapters had been written in Genesis and...

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Edited by Robert D. Pace In a...

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Romans 14:7-9 The Holy Spirit, the inerrant Author of...

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:7 The chief concern of the third of the Ten...

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus knew the...

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Jesus was surrounded by...

The Spirit of Python

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 16:16-34 INTRODUCTION This particular account takes us out of the...

PREPARE THE WAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist was no psychologist but he...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

Five Provisions of Christ’s Blood Revelation 12:11 Robert D. Pace Introduction My text is from the...

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONSRobert D. Pace What was true about Jesus 2000 years ago is still true today....

The Comfort of Communion

Communion Devotional Robert D. Pace World War II left London ravaged by Nazi bombs. The artillery...

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

Imagine the perfect Endtime strategy designed to dispirit Christians and turn them from their...

A Man of God

Mark Hardgrove Ezekiel 22:30 INTRODUCTION A little boy was lost in a large crowd and was...

A REVELATION OF GOD

  Robert D Pace A Revelation of God God has an assignment for you and you should never doubt...

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks The name of today's message is “Always...

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace There is a...

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 Christ’s birth in Bethlehem is the greatest...

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks The Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle,...

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace The ability to...

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

Robert D. Pace Human nature drives people to succeed. While the pursuit of human achievement is a...

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

Robert D. Pace Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled! In Isaiah 41, the Bible discloses an odd prophecy...

BEGGARS OF MERCY

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The story is...

Are You Ready for Jesus

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Ephesians 6:17-18

In Christ’s day few men demonstrated a righteous standard of living. The religionists–the Pharisees and Sadducees–were eccentric, out-of-touch, and aloof. The Romans were brutes that exploited people whenever possible. The Greeks were cultured but arrogant and immoral. But Jesus was different! He was spiritual but not weird; compassionate but not permissive; authoritative but not suppressive; cultured yet holy; and refined but humble. Everything about Jesus was perfect. When He preached and taught He addressed relevant issues and answered questions people were asking. When He ministered, He exercised divine authority that met needs and alleviated crises—“even the [storms] obeyed.” Those most impressed by His achievements were His closest companions—the apostles. And despite the many failures of the Apostles to second-guess Him, misunderstand Him, and ignore His predictions, this is one time they got it right! After a season of traveling and fellowshipping with Him they finally figured out that He was employing a special strategy that brought Him success. They linked His successes to His prayer life.

I think Jesus breathed a sigh of relief when they finally made the connection. They watched Him retire to the mountains to pray, escape to the desert to pray, and repeatedly go to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. And they perceived the connection between communing with God and experiencing His blessing. So surrounding Him with intrigue they made perhaps their greatest petition: “Lord, teach us to pray.” We get the message. Show us how to pray with Your results.”

How many want that? How many here would like to pray with greater results? What everyone clearly understands is, all praying isn’t effective! If all praying were equally effective this sermon wouldn’t be needed. In all candor, there have been times when I’ve been disappointed at the results of my praying. You probably have been too. That means we need to discover what makes prayer effective and what makes it ineffective.

(Example) Whenever you ever need a model of religious defection and distortion always count on the Pharisees and Sadducees to demonstrate it. They totally maligned prayer. Let me explain: some Pharisees blocked out three hours a day, three times a day for prayer. But even after praying nine hours of seeking God, they were still ineffective. And no wonder:

Jesus said in Matthew 6:5 that prideful prayer-on-display is rewarded only by the momentary attention it attracts.

James 4:3 says praying with a self-centered attitude won’t secure answers (James 4:3).

James 1:7 says unbelieving prayer is unanswerable.

And the Psalmist says God ignores the prayer of that refuse to deal with sin in their life (66:18).

Conversely, Scripture talks about prayer that prevails; and that’s what we want to practice. Prevailing prayer is the kind that’s offered under the Spirit’s influence. He is the catalyst, strategy, and success to every spiritual endeavor.

For years, I’ve stressed one spiritual strategy for living: There is no assistance like that of the Holy Spirit. Through Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit offers the grace, power, favor, wisdom, direction, support, and success for every situation. He’s the ultimate Impacter for life. And He especially empowers our intercession! That’s why He needs a wide-open invitation to your praying.

In preparing this message, I wondered how I could illustrate the meaning of praying under the Spirit’s influence. It seems this message might imply two ways of praying and getting results. That is, you can pray without the Spirit’s presence and possibly get results or you can pray with the Spirit’s presence and definitely get results. But prayer doesn’t operate that way. You can’t pray with any degree of success without the Spirit’s influence.

(Illustration) The illustration isn’t a comparison between trying to catch fish with your bare hands and trying to catch them with hook and bait. It’s tricky and the results are meager but the bare hands can catch fish. When I was a teenager I vacationed at the beach with my cousin’s family. One night we took a lantern into ankle-deep water and as we spotted the fish we scooped them up with our hands and put them in a bucket. We didn’t catch ten-pound grouper, but we did manage to scoop out some minnows. But there’s only one way to pray successfully and that’s by the power of the Holy Spirit.

There does appear to be one prayer God answered that was totally uninspired by the Spirit and completely against His will. In the Old Testament Israel rejected God’s counsel and requested a king like the other nations had. Their demand grieved the prophet Samuel who took their request before God. God told Samuel Israel wasn’t rejecting his leadership they were rejecting God’s leadership. And God consented and installed Saul. It seems their prayer was answered. But when you examine this closely you discover God didn’t answer their prayer, He responded to their rebellion! When they flagrantly violated Scripture and persisted in having their way God judged them by enthroning Saul.

We need to be careful what we pray for. If we pray contrary to the written Word God and persist in having our way God could allow those prayers to return to us in the form of our just desserts! Prayer is only truly answered as the Holy Spirit works with us in “spirit and in truth.” And that’s what it means to “pray under the Spirit’s influence.” As mysterious as the working of prayer is praying under the Spirit’s influence is when He infuses us with the ability to articulate God’s will and purposes for this earth.

(Transition) And the Holy Spirit inspires and moves us in prayer several ways. First, Praying under the Spirit’s influence involves praying with His insight.

I. Praying under the Spirit’s Influence Occurs when we Pray with His Insight

One proof that Jesus was divine was His infallible usage of language. He said in John 14:24, “These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me” (14:24). That meant the Holy Spirit inspired every utterance—His dialogue, sermonizing, and praying. Now don’t get super-spiritual, because we can’t operate that way! But there are occasions when the Holy Spirit inspires us to pray in complete compliance with Heaven and it’s powerful when that happens.

Let me offer two ways we can pray with the Spirit’s insight:

A. One way this happens is by praying a portion of Scripture the Spirit quickens to you. This is called “praying the Word.” “Praying the Word” is more than thumbing the edges of Scripture and groping for a promise. It’s more than Bible lottery; that is, throwing open the Bible and claiming whatever pops forth. It’s permitting the Holy Spirit, according to His sovereign power, to activate a passage that you can claim.

Turn to Exodus 32. You remember when Moses caught Israel worshiping the golden calf. God was ready to wipe out everyone until Moses prayed the “Word.” Let’s read that:

Exodus 32:11-14

B. Another means of praying with the Spirit’s insight occurs by praying His impressions apart from Scripture. It takes maturity to ascertain God’s voice but He does speak to His people. The impressions may come through a strong inward impulse, a word of knowledge, a dream, or a vision. There are numerous ways the Holy Spirit speaks to us.

(Illustration) I can remember one of the first times the Lord spoke to me as a young man. I was seventeen years-old and painting in a cafeteria. My mother and dad were away eating dinner with friends. Instantly I was overcome with an urgency to pray for my dad’s safety. I descended the latter, fell to my knees, and prayed. Later that evening my dad and I stood in the kitchen of our home as he related how his life was miraculously spared that evening from a head-on car collision.

I’m sure some here have interceded in response to an urgent prompting of the Holy Spirit. That’s praying under the Spirit’s influence!

(Illustration) In 1989 a minister named Dick Eastman was visiting the Berlin Wall when the Holy Spirit prompted him to lay his hands on it and pray for its destruction. The toppling of that wall seemed impossible in the 60’s and 70’s but you know the story. In 1989 Mr. Gorbechev “tore down that wall” and communism continued collapsing! That’s praying the Spirit’s impression and it’s powerful when that happens!

(Transition) Second, Praying under the Spirit’s influence involves earnest praying.

II. Praying Under the Spirit’s Influence Involves Earnest Praying

You generally don’t imagine Jesus praying this way but it’s exactly how He prayed. You imagine Him praying in soft, mellow tones that wouldn’t offend anyone. But Hebrews 5:7 says: “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.”

God honors passionate, fervent praying. And again, when you check the Scriptures it bears out this:

Exodus 2:23 shows God responding to the “groaning” of the Israelites while they were in Egyptian captivity: “The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. (24) God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.”

Psalm 102:19 says, “The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, (20) to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.”

James 5:16 says: “He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. (18) Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

Listless, lethargic, half-hearted praying possesses no heavenly persuasion! It’s not that we’ve lost the art of fervent prayer, there’s nothing artistic about it. Passionate prayer isn’t cultured or refined; it doesn’t necessarily use an outline or diagram; it simply explodes from brokenness, pain, or distress and pours itself out before God’s throne.

Anyone that’s been on the brink of disaster or watched a loved one self-destructing knows what I’m talking about. You resorted to praying with desperation! And with your heart turned inside-out your troubled soul ignored grammar, eloquence, and dignity and the gushings of your heart released its sighs!

(Illustration) A few years ago, our Church held early morning prayer meetings. One Friday morning the Holy Spirit moved on an elderly sister in the church to pray for the city walls to collapse. I admit it was a strange and intense outburst, but everyone sensed it was of God and agreed with the prayer. Several weeks later the city ordered a wrecking crew to flatten a barrier wall in a housing project. What’s interesting is those walls concealed drug-lords in their dealings and it was where snipers fired guns. But when those walls were destroyed the drug dealers were forced to move on.

(Quote) I like what John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress, said about the matter: “When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words without heart.” You see, Heaven marks perfunctory, complacent praying apart from fervent, hot-hearted praying as distinctly as night is from day! The Bible says, “God is a consuming fire.” How can a consuming fire God respond to ice-cold prayers? God is disposed to respond to prayer that burns with red-hot intensity!

Moses’ prayer, Paul’s prayer, Elijah’s prayer, Christ’s prayer—analyze them from any perspective and one quality is evident. They were hot-hearted Spirit-anointed prayers and they were productive.

(Transition) Thirdly, praying under the Spirit’s influence is, Praying in other tongues. Pentecostals identify this as praying in the Spirit.

III. Praying Under the Spirit’s Influence Occurs by Praying in other Tongues

I mentioned earlier that one cause for unanswered prayer is selfishness. Although praying in tongues is a subjective experience it’s not a selfish experience. It’s edifying! The Spirit’s inspiration upon our lips blocks selfishness, identifies needs, and unleashes power! And God commands us to pray in tongues:

Ephesians 6:18 says: “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

Jude 20 says: “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”

Paul wrote the same to the Corinthians: “I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind [“understanding,” KJV]; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind [“understanding,” KJV]” (1CO 14:15).

Romans 8:26 says: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

There are huge advantages to praying in other tongues. I like what David Wilkerson said about it. He said, praying in tongues is the “only code the devil can’t crack.” It keeps Satan from eavesdropping on your communication with God. And since Satan can’t understand the Spirit’s language he’s impeded from thwarting the prayers. Here are a couple of testimonials of those that have employed this type of prayer:

(Illustration) Awhile back, an unsaved husband demanded that his wife attend an X-rated movie with him. Upon hearing the news she went to another room and began “praying in the Spirit.” The woman said she received no word from God but felt confident He would take care of matters. As show-time neared her husband ordered her in the car. She wondered, “Is a tire going to blow?” It didn’t. They drove to the adult theater and bought tickets. Before entering she thought: “This place is going to blow up.” It didn’t. They entered and the movie began with sexually explicit scenes. Again, she bowed her head and continued praying in tongues. After about ten minutes she noticed her husband squirming so she said: “Let’s get out of here.” Incredibly, he stood from his seat and was delivered from X-rated films. (PARACLETE, Cox, Publications., General Council A/G, Fall, 1975, page 5.)

(Illustration) Another Christian wife tells of her experience with her lost husband. Each night after she thought her husband was asleep she placed her hand on his head and prayed in tongues. The woman preceded her husband in death and two months after her passing the man secured a counseling appointment with the pastor and accepted Christ as His Savior. Here’s what he told the pastor: “It’s been two months since I’ve been able to get much sleep. My wife always thought I was asleep when she touched my head and prayed, but I wasn’t. In fact, it got so I couldn’t fall asleep until after she prayed. And now she’s not here to pray. I want what she had.” He got it! (IBID., Cox, page 6.)

Praying under the Spirit’s influence is prayer that produces victory. Commit yourself to it! It is prayer that works!