Pastor Joe Campbell – Sunday AM July 24, 2016
“If you set yourself apart…you will discover the secrets of prayer.” – Pastor Joe Campbell
“(1) Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; (2) and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. (3) And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. (4) Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ (5) While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!'”
Far more occurs in prayer than you and I realize. Through prayer, there is an observable transfiguration in which the power of God overcomes externalities. 2 Corinthians 3:18 states “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Through prayer, Jesus was transfigured before the disciples.
Luke 9:29, “As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.” The glory of God became evident in Christ during prayer and His countenance was altered. Can this be said about you? Is your prayer life evident? Praying people force others to become aware of God.
Exodus 34:29, “Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.” Through prayer, the Holy Spirit that lives within us has the ability to break through and overshadow the flesh, the flaws, the stains, the outward appearance that everyone sees.
Moses’ burning bush experience is a perfect example. Moses doesn’t feel qualified and expresses that to God. Exodus 3:11, “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?'” God quickly answers and reveals to him the power he has through Christ. Exodus 4:2-4, “So the Lord said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’ He said, ‘A rod.’ And He said, ‘Cast it on the ground.’ So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Reach out your hand and take it by the tail’ (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand.)’
This scripture reveals that through Christ, we have dominion over the physical (represented by the staff) and the demonic (represented by the serpent). Through prayer, God will begin to touch every aspect of our life and we will begin to impact the material world.
As we pray, God will not only send a spiritual word to us, but He will give us words to speak. If we are going to survive and make it in our pursuit of God, we must be aware of whom we will allow to speak into our lives. As Pastor Campbell says, “If you want to know your future, take a photograph of your friends. If you want to know your destiny, consider those you allow to speak into your life.”
The devil is the master of sending the wrong people at the right time, but God will give us discernment and authority as we draw closer to Him. In Matthew 17, Jesus has been transfigured on the Mount and is speaking with Moses and Elijah. Peter is among the disciples who have witnessed the transfiguration and in verse 4 answers, saying “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”Verse 5, “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!'” How many good people miss God because they don’t listen? We must become sensitive to the Holy Spirit and listen for God’s voice.
Prayer also provides a supernatural connection. In Acts 10, we read about Peter and Cornelius. Through prayer and fasting, Peter and Cornelius receive divine direction and make a connection with someone critical to their destiny. Their commitment to seeking God’s will opened a door that was otherwise closed.
Within this same sequence, Peter receives a vision and a voice. God causes people to want to hear him and revival breaks out. These scriptures reveal the importance of prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting effectively laid the foundations for revival and breakthrough. Will you take part and fast and pray for what God wants to do? Of course you can. People do what they want to do.
“You’ll never rise above your prayer life” – Pastor Joe Campbell