Sermon Notes 4/18 – Mark 2


                                     Chapter Two
verse 4 – when they had broken through
                    Breakthrough means:
       to smash and obstacle to make progress
       to penetrate e=nemy territory
       to remove anything that restricts a flow
Who gives the breakthrough?  The breaker who is Jesus Christ – Micah 2:13
Roof – the 4 men dug a hole in the roof and created an opening from floor into the sky
                  -this represents prayer and an open heaven
                  -we need a breakthrough in our nation.  There are 5 elements that are needed for there to be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit
       What can we learn about prayer?
1.) PRAYER IS A PRIVILEDGE – Hebrews 4:16 and Ephesians 2:18
-we get to know the Lord better
-the Lord wants to spend time with us
           a. this privilege includes personal and prayer gatherings
Personal Prayer – is our every day time with the Lord – Psalm 90:1-2
Prayer Gatherings
Acts 3:1…Lev 26:1-13…Matthew 18:18-19
-in prayer gatherings everyone needs to be praying – all 4 men were praying
           b. this privilege includes work – Phil 2:12-14
—prayer is works and works – Psalm 34:4 & 1 John 5:14-15
2.) PRAYER IS BELIEVING – Mark 1:14-15/9:23-24/11:22-25
-to receive we must believe
a. Believe when things take time – Gal 6:9
b. Believe no matter what you see – 2 Cor 5:7
c. Believe because all things are possible – Luke 1:37
PRAYER MUST BE CONTINUAL  – Luke 11:5-11 and Genesis 32:24-30
-the 4 men kept digging until they received a breakthrough
-41 is coming…the #40 is the number for trials, but on the next day or year  which is  #41 a breakthrough happens…………
-So persevere and keep on praying because your breakthrough is coming…