Paradox - Jan 20 & 21

Pastor Sergio De La Mora

Acts 5:12-18 (NKJV)

PARADOXICAL PRAYERS OF AN UNCOMMON CHURCH!

An uncommon church prays prayers that break rules others can’t fathom, and experiences an uncommon favor that others cannot deny! 

Each one of us will have to decide whether God is going to break the rules for us once or if He’s going to be the God who continues breaking the rules for us over and over again. Again shouldn’t just be about going through the motions. It’s stepping up, stepping in, and stepping out every time as though it’s the first time. - from Paradox, chapter 10

Prayer spiritually cleanses you so that you can hear God again with clarity! 

3 [The Lord says,] "Call on Me in prayer and I will answer you. I will show you great and mysterious things which you still do not know about." Jeremiah 33:3 (NET)

What Happens When You Pray Paradoxical Prayers Again!

1. God Opens Doors You Could Never Open On Your Own! 

8 [The Lord says] “I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut.” Revelation 3:8 (MSG)

Prayer give you new faith for new doors by awakening what has been dormant in you!

 26 [Saul] tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. Acts 9:26-28 (NIV)

When God is moved by your prayer life, God will send a Barnabas to open doors you couldn’t open on your own!

 9 There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me. 1 Corinthians 16:9 (NLT)

What Happens When You Pray Paradoxical Prayers Again! 

2. God Reveals Himself To People Who Thought They Could Never Be Reached!

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband.”…27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?” 28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did.” John 4:16-18,27-28 (NKJV)

Prayer Increases Your Love And Compassion For Others!

Prayer keeps a leader’s priority clear: Love them, follow up with them, disciple them until Christ is formed in them! 

19 Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I'm going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives. Galatians 4:19 (NLT)

3. God Produces A Return You Could Never Have Expected On Your Own! 

12 Isaac planted seed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord blessed and favored him. Genesis 26:12 (AMP) 

When you pray for your seed, God will release a hundredfold harvest where you’re were only expecting one harvest!

You have one revelation of God’s blessings, but God wants you to have a lifetime of revelation and blessings!

20 Now glory be to God, who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. Ephesians 3:20 (TLB)

4. God Displays Uncommon Power Through Uncommon People To Release Uncommon Miracles!

11 God worked unusual miracles through Paul. 12 People would take handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched Paul’s skin to those who were sick. Their sicknesses would be cured, and evil spirits would leave them. Acts 19:11-12 (GWT)

30 [All the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God:] “O Lord, stretch out Your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:30-31 (NLT)