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Series Title: Handbook of Positive Prayer

Sermon Title: You Can Do Hard Things

Guiding Scripture: Matthew 17:14-21

And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying,  “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 1So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” 1And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Sermon Points

What is Positive Prayer?

Positive prayer is the way to form a permanent attitude of mind that reflects the eternal, benevolent activity of God so that we may truly express our nature as the children of God, created in God’s image to express God’s likeness here on Earth.

How to Build Mustard Seed-Sized Faith

Fast: All Purpose Denial: (This) is powerless to take or keep my good from me.

•”When we think or say denials, we tell our subconscious minds that they are not to react to the negative appearances but are to act upon the affirmations, which we then make. The process opens us to receive whatever divine idea we need to deal positively with the appearance and prepares us to allow the activity of God to do its perfect work.” From Handbook of Positive Prayer (Hasbrouck)

Pray; Affirmation are your “YES” state of mind. The mental movement that asserts confidently and persistently the Truth of Being in the face of all appearances to the contrary.

Fast and Pray

Fast – Denial: This situation is powerless to take or keep my good from me.
Prayer – Affirmation: What God has done for others, God can do for me, and more

Employment
Fast – Denial: The lack of a job is powerless to take or keep my good from me.
Prayer – Affirmation: There is the perfect job at the perfect pay open for me right now.

Forgiveness
Fast – Denial: This offense (insult, snub, unkindness, and so on) is powerless to take or keep my good from me.
Prayer – Affirmation: The freeing love of God liberates me from mistakes of the past and the results of the mistakes of the past. I am a new creation through the power of God, the Christ, within me.

Whatever it is
Fast – Denial: This headache, This debt, This heartbreak, This argument, This car accident, This loss of a loved one, This diagnosis, This fear, This pandemic.
Prayer – Affirmation: Greater is the Power and Presence of God in me than anything circumstance or situation that appears. Nothing is too big for God.


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