Pastor Timothy L. Dortch

Subject: “Prayer That Gets Results”

Primary Scripture Reference(s): James 5:16-18

Sermon Notes and Nuggets

  1. You must pray with a clean heart.
    • Righteous man = not perfect, but in right-standing with God; in right relationship.
    • Imputed righteousness = we have been made righteous by faith in Christ; credited to us.
    • Practical righteousness – (James 2:26)
      • faith = belief in action.
      • living righteously means living as God would have us live, including confessing our sins, as well as forgiving those that have sinned against us or offended us.
    • We must come clean as we approach God’s presence in prayer.
  2. Pray earnestly.
    • Fervent = to boil or be hot with passion; be passionate in spirit; having or displaying passionate intensity.
    • Earnestly = seriously.
    • Elijah prayed with focus, in faith, and with an intensity that got God’s attention.
  3. Pray specifically.
    • He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain for 3 years and 6 months.
    • He prayed again that it would rain, and the heavens set rain.
    • We must get specific in this hour.
  4. You must pray in God’s will.
    • 1 Kings 17:1
    • 1 Kings 18:1
    • It was God’s will to change the rain pattern over Israel.
    • You can pray in confidence if you know God’s will.
    • Sometimes God’s will is something totally different than our will.
    • James 4:13-15
  5. We must pray with God’s glory in mind.
    • What was the motivation of Elijah’s prayers?
    • We need to pray with the right motive.
    • 1 Kings 18:36-27

** These notes are just highlights and nuggets from the sermon. To have the message in its entirety, please purchase a copy on CD or DVD from the media ministry.**