If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of
Exodus chapter thirty. The book of Exodus chapter thirty.
And when you reach the book of Exodus chapter thirty, please
signify by saying amen.
Praise the Lord. Tonight we’re going to be talking about
prayer. We’re going to be coming from the book of Exodus
chapter thirty, talking about prayer.
And when you reach Exodus thirty, please stand for the
reading of the word. In Exodus thirty and verse one it says,
1. And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of
shittim wood shalt thou make it.
2. A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth
thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the
height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same.
3. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof,
and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and
thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about.
4. And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the
crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of
it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves
to bear it withal.
5. And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and
overlay them with gold.
6. And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the
testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony,
where I will meet with thee.
7. And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every
morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense
8. And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn
incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD
throughout your generations.
9. Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt
sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink
10. And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it
once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of
atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it
throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for
who You are and for what You do. Father, hide Your servant
behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me.
And Father, as I decrease I ask that You would increase. Dear
Jesus, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my
Redeemer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
You may be seated in the house of God tonight.
Our objective tonight is to develop a prayer habit, and more
effective prayer life by sharing principles of prayer, and
challenging believers to pray a matter through through it’s
When we look at the word to “develop,” it means to bring or
to come to an active or visible state, or to a state of maturity;
to come into existence, or even to construct.
Jesus asked the disciples to tarry for Him while He went away
to pray. How important is it to pray? In order to get results,
we have got to learn how to pray.
Even when we come for intercessory pray, I have noticed how
must of us can pray for five or ten minutes, but we can’t even
pray for the twenty minutes before we get ready to get up and
get into worship. You don’t want to talk to me tonight.
You see, but I’m not the one that’s supposed to pray you into
results. You are the one that is supposed to pray yourself into
a place of results.
You see, as your under-shepherd, I am your teacher. And
therefore I must teach you how to pray. But it’s up to you,
and it’s your job to get into a place where you develop a habit
of prayer, where you come into a place where your
relationship with God is thus and so that you are praying
without ceasing, in other words, an attitude of prayer. Not an
attitude of flesh, but an attitude of prayer.
A habit is a regular tendency. You see, when the Bible says
that we need to pray without ceasing, unless you’ve gone
through something you don’t know what that really means.
You see, but when you’re in the midst of a battle and you’re
in the midst of warfare, the more you pray the better your
results is going to be from your prayer time.
But if I’m going through something, but if I allow myself to
come out of that relationship because of my situation and
circumstance, then I’m going to find myself constantly in a
place of going through, and never coming out of that place.
It’s going to happen over and over and over and over again.
But tonight we have to learn how to construct that place of
prayer. You see, many of us think that we know how to pray,
but we have no discipline in our prayer life. You see, if I’m
going to really be an intercessor, if I’m really going to be
somebody that prays, I’ve got to have discipline in my prayer
You see, Jesus asked the disciples. He said, “Could you not
tarry with Me for an hour?” In other words, “Is there no
discipline...” Oh, you don’t want to talk to me tonight.
You see, I’ve got to learn how to get discipline in my prayer
life. It’s not about whether I’m going through or not. It’s
about my relationship. That’s what it’s all about. You see,
when I have a real relationship with somebody I want to
spend time with that person. Do you hear what I’m saying?
If I have a real prayer life, then I want to spend time with my
God. I don’t want it to be a boring time. But I want it to be a
time where (glory to God) He comes into me and I go into
Him. I abide in Him, and His Word abides in me.
You see, too many of us, when we come to the house of God,
our faith is all the way down on the ground. See, because a
lot of us are looking for man to do something for...
Let me tell you something. I can’t do nothing for you. But He
can do everything for you. He’s the El Shadai God. He’s the
God of more than enough. I’m not enough for you. He’s
more than enough for you. Oh, somebody hears me now.
Developing a prayer life takes sacrifice, and it takes time.
God allows us to find ourselves out. And many of us have
prayer famines in our lives. You see, we have prayer famines
in our lives. Our prayer life is dry. And so therefore we
cannot tarry for five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty,
thirty... Let alone an hour. We can’t tarry for five minutes in
prayer, because our prayer life has a famine in it.
But in order to get my prayer life watered, I’ve got to get into
a place where I say, “God, I’m committing this time to You.
And I’m asking You to meet me right where I am. Not that
I’m asking You to be a “bless-me” God. But I’m asking for a
relationship with You.”
We’re guilty of disobedience and negligence. We need to
construct and make prayer a regular tendency in our lives.
God wants to do business with us on a deeper level. But first
He must deal with our rebellion. You don’t want to talk to me
In the book of First John, chapter one and verse nine, it tells
us (glory to God) that if we confess our sins He’s faithful and
just to forgive us of our sins, and to cleanse us from all
You see, when once God can deal with our rebellion, then we
can really establish a prayer life. But as long as we allow our
flesh to stay in a place of rebellion, our prayer life still doesn’t
mean anything. We’ve got to learn how to get this flesh
You see, you know people that really want to pray. Because
they’ll come at the appropriate time to pray. You don’t want
to talk to me. It’s tight, but it’s right. It’s real. I’m telling
you something that you can take for the rest of your life.
See, when somebody really wants to pray, when there are no
circumstances beyond their control, they’ll be there for prayer
time. But see, when they really don’t want to pray, then
they’re going to make every kind of excuse in the world why
they could not make prayer. You don’t want to talk to me.
But I’m going to talk to you tonight.
He said, “My house shall be called a house of,” what? Prayer.
He didn’t say, “My house shall be called a house of blessing.”
He said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.”
Come on, give God some glory tonight.
Now I need to say this because some of you have not heard
this before. But when we look at the tabernacle, when we
look at what was going on here in Exodus chapter thirty, that
tabernacle in the wilderness, it represents three basic areas of
our lives. Listen.
The Outer Courtyard surrounded by a high curtain represents
the externally visible part of our being, being the body. It
represents the body. It represents (glory to God) this physical
flesh that you’re able to see.
The Holy Place is a place of daily activity within the confines
of the tent, like the structure. And it represents the soul. It’s
a place (glory to God) that represents the soul. It represents
the intellect of man.
And the Holy of Holies represents the spirit, or our capacity
for communion with the Lord.
You see, you’re not going to commune with the Lord with
your flesh or with your soul. You’re going to commune with
the Lord with your spirit.
The Bible says out of your belly shall flow rivers of living
water. In other words, out of your spirit is going to flow
rivers of living water. That is where your relationship with
God must be. It can’t be a mind thing. It’s got to be a heart
You see, I can quote Scriptures all day long. But except it be
right here, it don’t mean nothing. And even when we’re
practicing and we’re reading (glory to God) from a piece of
paper about different prayers, even though I might not know
by memory exactly what it says, I still have got to be sincere
about what I am saying for it to get through this ceiling.
Otherwise it’s going to hit the ceiling and bounce back and
bounce back and bounce back. And we’ll wonder why there
are no results.
But when it’s from the heart... Whether you’re reading it
don’t matter. It’s going to reach the third heaven. When
there’s sincerity about it, God’s going to make sure He hears.
He said His eyes are open and His ears are intent to the
prayers of His people. He’s going to listen for what you have
to say, as long as your heart is in it.
In Exodus thirty, verse one through verse ten, these qualities
are outlined here, and are of great significance regarding the
practice of prayer.
Intercession is as much the taking of a position as it is the
making of a petition. Intercessory prayer is as much of taking
a position as it is making a petition. You’re not just making a
petition, but you are taking position in the spirit realm. You
are taking what’s rightfully yours.
The Bible says in Ephesians you’re seated in heavenly places
in Christ Jesus. You’re taking your position. You’re saying,
“Satan, you have no victory. You have no rule over me. You
are under my feet. And I’m not under yours.”
In Exodus thirty and verse six... Look at that verse. It said,
6. And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the
testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony,
where I will meet with thee.
In other words, the altar of incense was positioned between
the Mercy Seat and everything else in the tabernacle. It was
the last component the high priest saw before entering into the
Holy of Holies.
An intercessor’s position is both before God and between God
and the person for whom is being interceded for.
See, as an intercessor you’ve got to understand where you are.
You are not just standing here in the flesh praying words. But
you are standing before God, so that you can petition for
someone else that’s standing behind you. You have become a
And when I pray with this in mind, when I’m praying for my
loved ones that are not saved, then I will have a clearer and
better understanding of where I am in prayer. I’m not just
praying something hoping that God will hear me, hoping that
I’ll hit something in the dark. I know my position.
When we look at Abraham, when he was praying for Sodom
and Gomorrah, he was in a position as intercessor. And his
position was between those that were in Sodom and God.
And he said, “God, if You can find fifty.”
God said, “Fifty’s okay.” And the number just kept on
Let me tell you something. After while as an intercessor you
are going to understand your position so much until you come
to the place where when you’re asking God for mercy on a
people, God has already shown you that judgment is already
about to fall, and they ain’t no need of praying no more. You
don’t want to talk to me tonight.
Sometimes even as an intercessor you’ve got to let the
judgement of God fall. See, too many times we ask for mercy
on people. And therefore we’re in a position of asking and
asking God for mercy, and asking God for mercy. And then
they’re never coming to the place of salvation. Why?
Because we’re standing in between what God is trying to do.
Sometimes God got to shake them up to get them right.
Shake them. Shake them to get them right. Sometimes it’ll
take them having to fall on their knees for themselves and
saying, “Lord, I’m sorry.” Do you hear what I’m saying?
See, but when you get to that point where you are truly an
intercessor, you’ll know in your spirit when God is telling you
to move out of the way and let judgment fall. And if
judgment must first begin where? It must begin at the house
See, you’ve been praying for folks. But you don’t understand
your position of where you are.
I have someone that’s dear to me. And I’ve been praying for
them for a long time. And I have prayed for them. And they
got saved. But see, they want to still stay in they mess.
See, I don’t believe in that once saved, always saved stuff, no
matter what nobody say. See, to me you got to live
something. You got to have some type of picture about you,
about your salvation, what you do.
So I’ve been praying. And I’ve been saying, “Lord, just have
mercy on them.” Because I’m not looking at their salvation.
But I’m looking at all their other family members. And I’m
seeing how sad they are and how sad they will be if
something happens to them. But then I got to realize, “Now
God, there’s got to come a time when they have got to pay for
See, but if I stay in that position and I keep blocking God
from doing what He’s doing, I’m going to wind up vexing
myself just like Moses did. And I’m going to walk in a place
of disobedience to God, trying to protect somebody else. And
I won’t be able to enter my promised land. You don’t want to
talk to me.
You’ve got to understand that you’ve been called to pray.
Many of us in here, we think that we only supposed to pray
for ourselves. And every time we get down on our knees, the
first person we ask Him to bless is me, myself, and I. The
first person we ask for God to deliver is me. The first person
we ask for God to touch is me. And we been down on our
knees for five, ten, fifteen minutes. And we ain’t got to sister
so and so yet. We ain’t got to brother so and so yet. We still
But see, that’s not where your blessing is. See, even though
you may be going through a hard place, your blessing is
praying for somebody else to come out of their situation.
I’ve got to get into a place where I persevere. Perseverance in
prayer. You remember the man that came to his neighbor’s
door. And he asked his neighbor for a loaf of bread. And it
was late. His neighbor came to the door like, “Bam!” It was
either the door or the window, one of them. It shut it up.
But he kept a knocking. He kept a knocking. And finally he
wore the man down. And he said, “Here, take this bread,”
and closed the window or door behind him. But he got what
he needed because he persevered.
See, many of us give up too easily. Stop giving up so easily.
I cannot give up too easily. I’ve been through too much. You
don’t understand. I’ve been with God for too long. I can’t
give up now. I got to press on towards the mark of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus. I got to persevere.
Perseverance in prayer.
You remember how Jacob wrestled with God? He said, “I
can’t let You go until You bless me.” In other words, “I can’t
let You go until I get some sort of result in my life.”
Why do we let go so quickly? Because we don’t believe that
God is going to answer the prayer anyway. In order to get
God to answer prayer, we’ve got to pray in faith. The Bible
says in James with nothing wavering. If I’ll waver in my
prayer life, I’m not going to receive anything from God.
And though we have a prophet in the house, two of them,
three of them, a whole bunch of them, still can’t get nothing
from God. And mad at everybody else.
See, there comes a point in your walk where God is requiring
you to be more mature. See, He’ll make you wait on purpose.
He don’t care what you say. The answer ain’t no, but it’s to
wait. But we don’t like to wait. We rather give it up and start
something else before we wait too long. But that’s a sign of
God knows what you have need of before you even ask. He
knew you needed it. But you didn’t have the patience to wait
on it. So now you’ve settled for Ishmael. You could have
waited for the real thing. But now you got the fake and the
See, when you pray about something, and when God blesses
you with it, He’s going to bless you with the real thing. See,
when God blesses you...
Let me tell you all something. I heard a preacher say every
good and perfect gift comes from above, down from the
Father of Lights. If it’s a gift from God that He is giving to
us, like a house, car, job, if it was really from Him, can’t
nobody... I don’t care what they say. They can’t take it away.
God is not an Indian giver.
But if they come and take it that meant that I couldn’t afford it
in the first place, or I wasn’t supposed to get it. And let me
tell you something. If you were not supposed to get it before
you got it, there was an unction in you that you should not
have gotten it.
But now you trying to talk about you walking by faith. But
He gives us what? Wisdom. It’s a fine line. A fine line.
Perseverance. Perseverance. Perseverance. Praying without
ceasing. But am I willing to pray without ceasing, until God
reveals His will about the situation?
You see, when I learn to pray without ceasing, even though I
may be asking God for something in prayer, when I have an
attitude of prayer, He’ll let me know whether or not it’s His
will that I receive that thing that I’m praying for at that time,
wether it be fore me or not, or whether I need to wait a little
while longer. But see, if my attitude changes, then I’m going
to miss God.
(Are you all hot in here, or is it just me?)
A willingness to pray. Persistence in prayer. Persistence.
Saints of God, the reason I’m preaching this message tonight
is because I’ve been watching. And everybody wants the
Lord to bless our church. Everybody wants us to have a new
church. But nobody really wants to pray.
See, when you really asking God for something, you got to
make a commitment to prayer. Oh, don’t get quiet on me
You know, I have more people asking me about the new
building and all of this. And I say, well, to myself, “Well, I
sure ain’t seen you in prayer.” Hello, somebody.
See, God wants us to come together, together in prayer and
seeking Him. Seeking Him for His will. Seeking Him for
what He really wants, how He wants it, and when He wants it.
If we’re going to get anything from the Lord, it’s going to
demand a sacrifice.
Another reason why I preached this sermon tonight is because
many of us have committed ourselves to the intercessory
prayer team. But I have not seen you. Hello, somebody. Oh,
you might as well say hallelujah.
See, when God knows that you want something, you won’t let
nothing stop you from getting it. But if you really
comfortable, and ah, it don’t really matter, then there’ll be no
sacrifice. God is calling for more sacrifice. He already
knows you got a need in your house. But He has a need in
His house. He’s looking for somebody to stand in the gap and
make up the hedge.
If you have said you would be on the intercessory prayer
team, then not just me as your pastor, but God as your Father,
He’s been looking for you. He’s calling your name. And
He’s asking you, “Where are you?” It’s sort of like Adam in
the garden. He said, “Adam, where are you?” But Adam was
Don’t hide any more. It’s time to pray. Make a new
commitment. Say, “Lord, I’m going to pray. Lord, I’m not
going to try to put it off on somebody else. I’m going to pray.
Lord, I’m not going to just keep on asking somebody else to
pray for me. I’m going to pray for myself. I’m going to pray
for everybody else. Everybody I know by name, I’m going to
call them out by name, Jesus. I don’t know what they need,
but You know what they got need of.”
New commitment in prayer. That’s what God is saying.
That’s what He’s calling for.
Don’t lift your hand, but how many of you are ready for the
commitment and the challenge?
Saturday mornings the church is open for everybody from
five to six. Intercessory prayer starts at Friday nights at six-thirty to seven o’clock. Intercessory prayer starts on Tuesday
night at seven o’clock to about seven-twenty or seven-twenty-five. Sunday morning intercessory prayer starts at ten-thirty
We need a new commitment. There is nothing more
important in your life. I don’t care what it is. It’s not more
important than praying. Prayer has got to precede you before
you go forth. Before you do anything you’ve got to pray.
It’s not in there sitting in some place waiting for a credit
application to be approved. (Tongues.) Let them approve it,
Jesus. Let them approve it. That ain’t what I’m talking
about. We prayed and God moved. I just wanted to get a
little smile out of some of you all looking all dry.
But we’re talking about praying, even when you don’t feel
like it. Yes, Lord Jesus. Even when you don’t feel like it.
Don’t tell me, “Well, pastor, I pray at home.” I mean, that’s
the biggest cop out and excuse. God moves corporately too.
When we come together for corporate intercession, this place
ought to be saturated.
All these tongue talkers we got in here. All these tongue
talkers. And all you can hear is one person praying in English
and about two people praying in the Spirit. And everybody
else sitting there looking. “I wish they’d hurry up and finish
praying.” As soon as praise and worship start, “We should
hurry up and stop singing. I’m tired.”
Saints, it’s got to be better than this. We want so much from
God. We want so much from God. Can we sacrifice?
I want a show of hands now. How many going to sacrifice
and come out to pray when they can come out to pray? If
they’re not working at that time, they’re going to get up, get
dressed, and come on out to the house of the Lord, and not
say, “You know, I got to... Oh, oh, I got to run and do this.
Oh, I got to run and do that. Oh.”
That’s what it requires. If you want results in your life, you
have to pray. We pray to get results.
Don’t just spend time on your knees. The effectual, fervent
prayer of a righteous man availeth much. In other words,
that’s the one that’s going to really get answered.
We have commitments all over the house for prayer. And I’m
so glad about it. I’m so glad about it. I’m so glad about it.
There’s nothing that you can’t pray your way out of.
Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing at all.
And don’t let your job be something that is a stumbling block
for you, to where you say, “I can’t pray. I don’t have time.”
You got a lunch break. Take about twenty minutes. Eat. At
least ten minutes to pray. But put some kind of prayer time in
And we will go higher. We’ll go to the next level. God will
move mountains and stumbling blocks out of the way. And
we don’t have to worry about the “bless-me” line. Because
you already know you blessed.
You say, “Pastor, you ain’t doing nothing but confirming
what the Lord done already told me.” Oh, I love those kind.
But it’s the kind that when they be looking at me like, like,
“What in the world is he talking about?” You ain’t been in
prayer. Pray. And you’ll know what I’m going to say before
I even say it.
Saints come up to me and say, “Pastor, I already knew you
was going to... I was in that today. I was in that Word today.
We were talking about that today.” Because of prayer.
“Why do you keep saying this, pastor, over and over and over
again?” Because I want to make sure you’ve heard it tonight,
that when I stand before God as an under-shepherd, that He
would never say to me, “Why didn’t You tell My people to
How many of you do not have your prayer language? In other
words, how many of you do not pray in tongues? Thank You,
Lord. How many of you... Now listen. How many of you
really want to pray in tongues? Okay. You’re going to
receive a teaching on this, on praying in the Spirit. I’m going
to set it up.
Now let me tell you something. If there’s sin in your life...
Not... I’m talking about unconfessed sin or something that
you don’t want to come out of or whatever. Then it’s not
going to happen. But when you’re at a point where you’re
giving it up and you’re giving it all to the Lord, it’s going to
And when you pray in the Spirit, the devil don’t have a clue
what you talking about. But you can pray for the
We’re going to be talking about
prayer and staying in prayer, seeking the Lord diligently,
earnestly, that we may get results in our lives.
Come on, give God a handclap of praise.