Fortify | Message 4: Radical Prayer | Pastor Scotty Dingess

May 7, 2023   /   Bethesda Church

(definition): to protect or strengthen against attack; surround or provide with defensive military works. To furnish with a means of resisting force or standing strain or wear: to make strong; impart strength or vigor to: to increase the effectiveness of, as by additional ingredients: to strengthen mentally and morally.

In the Greek, Radical means “Rooted

Isaiah 59:16 (ESV)
He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede;

Mark 5:5-6 (NKJV)
Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief.

Radical Prayer is placing yourself so deep in God, that you trust God to make yourself vulnerable to change.

First one, Radical Prayers Do Not Limit God.

Psalm 78:40-43 (NLT)
Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland. Again and again they tested God’s patience and provoked the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power. They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt.

Matthew 23:37
How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”

Luke 1:37
For with God nothing will be impossible.”

Secondly, Radical Prayer will Pray, “God break my heart from what breaks your heart.”

Jeremiah 8:18, 22 (NLT)
My grief is beyond healing; my heart is broken. Is there no medicine in Gilead?  Is there no physician there? Why is there no healing for the wounds of my people?

God’s Greatest Blessings, Come from God’s Greatest Breakings.

Radical Prayers will break your heart and move you out of your comfort zone to the divine zone given by God.

Philippians 3:5 (NLT)
 I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law.

Philippians 5:7-8 (NLT)
I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.

Romans 9:1-3 (NLT)
With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it. My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.


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