Diane Knaub – Prayer – Olympia Convention, 2023

I’d like to read from Acts 9:3.

As Paul journeyed, vs. 4, He fell down and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Vs. 5 Who are you, Lord? The Lord said, I am Jesus. Vs. 6, He, trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do, And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what to do. V8, Saul arose from the earth and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. Vs. 9, And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. Vs. 10, the Lord asked Ananias to go to him. Vs. 11, And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth.”

When does bitter become sweet?

Behold, he prayeth.

When does night become day and dark become light?

Behold, he prayeth.

When does fear become courage?

When does restless become restful?

Behold, he prayeth.

When does perplexity become simplicity?

Behold, he prayeth.

It’s quite a thing when a man prays like that.

It wasn’t in the list of things to do.

In Vs. 6, Jesus didn’t say, you need to pray.

But when we face a fact about ourselves, and we face our own reality, there’s no other communication besides praying that we really want.

We crave to pray when we face a fact about ourselves.

There’s no one else we really want to talk to at that instant.

New frontiers are not north and south and east or west, but new frontiers are when a man faces a fact about himself.

There’s really no other communication when we’re looking at our own selves.

Praying is just an invitation from God to empty our heart so he can fill our soul.

When we’re hunkered over our bed; our feet are turned up; we show God where we’ve been.

Our hearts are tipped over and everything comes out and our eyes are shut.

Did you know you can see further when your eyes are shut?

You can see the hereafter when you’re praying.

You can see the very throne of God when you’re praying.

You can see beyond this earth when you’re praying.

You can see the Almighty and the help of angels when you’re praying.

I like what is happening with Paul.

A lion is becoming a lamb.

And a man is becoming a child.

Behold, he prayeth.

Bold is becoming begging, and proud is becoming praise.

Behold, he prayeth.

There’s no greater communication.

It’s how we face ourselves the best, with God.

There’s no other communication I crave like to pray.

It is my best communication.

When does hard become soft?

When does an agenda become, thou sweet beloved will of God?

Behold, he prayeth.

God knows what no other man knows.

No other person knows that Paul is praying.

For three days God has been listening.

God knows what no other person on this earth knows.

He knows a man is unburdening his heart and soul before God.

Behold, he prayeth.

It makes all the difference in the world.

It is my best time; it is my finest moment when I’m alone with God.

There’s nothing like that.

We were out to dinner at a busy restaurant in Denver with two little girls on a Friday night.

It was time to give thanks for the food.

I kind of bowed my head to give quiet thanks.

Oh, no, oh, no.

Those little girls want to sing!

I’m thinking, Sing!

Oh, they want to sing.

We’re in a booth so they hop up on the seat.

They want to sing “Day by Day.”

I wanted to whisper, “day by day”, but oh no, those little girls start singing in a busy restaurant on a Friday night.

Day by day thy children.

They’re singing it.

Was I humiliated?

No, I was humbled by these children who were not afraid to give thanks to God.

In Denver on a Friday night, in a busy restaurant, these children singing “Day by day thy children.”

Behold people who pray.

Behold a woman who prays.

Behold men who pray.

Behold, he prayeth – all the difference in the world.

An agenda is being changed.

A man’s nature is being changed.

Attitudes are being changed, and direction is being changed.

He is being changed.

His change will now change others.

It is incredible the effect of a simple little statement.

Behold, he prayeth.

The world will be different because this man is praying.

The people he affects will be different because this man is praying.

Behold, he prayeth.

Nothing like it.

When do mountains become molehills?

When do obstacles become opportunities?

Behold, he prayeth.

It’s not just the new news; it’s not just the bad news.

It’s just the whole story.

It’s just the opportunity to empty your heart.

It’s marvelous to be able to do that.

I don’t know so much about it.

I do know that I crave it and there’s no communication like that.

That I know.

And I do know what it’s like to empty my heart out and have my soul filled.

I do know what that’s like.

It’s not in some instruction posted somewhere.

I just yearn for it.

I’m at my best when I’ve emptied my soul to God.

I like me better when I have prayed.

I’m not great, but it’s me at my best when I have prayed.

I like what happens in Acts 10:9, “On the morrow as they went on their journey and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray. He becomes very hungry, would have eaten. He falls into a trance and saw Heaven opened.”

See, I like that.

I would like to know how to pray that way, that deeply, so oblivious of my surroundings that I could pray as if in a trance.

When you pray like that Heaven can teach you and earth can’t touch you.

That’s what I like about it when I’m just oblivious to what’s going on around me.

Heaven can teach me, and earth can’t touch me.

That’s how he was praying that day.

He gets a credible vision that will change the outcome for the Gentiles, and that’s you and I.

Heaven is teaching, and earth isn’t touching and a man is praying.

I like what happens in Acts 16:8. ”And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, come over into Macedonia, and help us.”

I like just an uncluttered prayer.

It’s just, “Come over and help us.”

It’s so uncluttered.

It’s void of defensiveness.

What he’s really saying is we’re teachable, our heart is open, our house is ready.

We don’t want band aids.

We want the help of God.

We pray, come over and help us.

Just come.

Come in our direction.

Come visit us.

It’s a cry.

We’re over the Aegean Sea 110 miles away.

We pray you come and help us.

It’s so uncluttered.

It doesn’t say, we have our boundaries; we have our limits; you can only address certain issues.

But it’s just come and help us.

We’re wide open asking for help, so uncluttered.

He doesn’t wade off into things he can’t solve.

It’s like he’s saying, my skillfulness cannot solve the question of my sin.

My creativity cannot solve the feeling of condemnation.

I cannot solve the household.

I cannot solve myself.

We pray you, just come and help, so uncluttered.

It sets loose an unfettered ministry.

It’s an uncharted course, but it’s all about prayer and answering a prayer.

When we cannot solve our own needs, it’s just an uncluttered prayer.

Don’t want a Band-Aid; I want help.

I want help for my soul.

I need help for my heart.

I cannot solve this.

I discovered a man named Manasseh last year.

He’s one of the kings in the Old Testament.

He’s really a poster boy for sin.

He’s a train wreck of a king.

He’s a shoo-in for a lost eternity.

It says of him he made Jerusalem run with the blood of innocent people.

He ruled for over 40 years.

He is a poster boy for iniquity.

They don’t come any worse.

It says there was no king as evil as he.

That’s how bad he is.

He gets carted off to Babylon and thrown in a dungeon.

It says they put a hook in his nose and pulled him to Babylon over 500 miles and threw him in a dungeon.

Nobody worse.

He begins to pray.

Isn’t that incredible!

It’s amazing to me when authority becomes humility.

A trainwreck begins to pray.

This is what it says in II Chronicles 33:12, “And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. And prayed unto him: and God was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom.”

Then later, as it sums up his life in Vs. 19, “His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his sins, and his trespasses.”

God forgave him when he was humbled.

God forgave that, because a man begins to pray and he’s in the dungeon and he was at his weakest, and death is just a breath away.

He’s far from hearts that pray and lips that preach.

He’s over there in a hole; and he begins to pray, and God heard him.

God forgave him and brought him back to Jerusalem.

It’s incalculable what prayer can really do.

No one knew about Manasseh because he was in a hole 500 miles away, but God knew.

God heard a man pray.

Behold, he prayeth.

Behold, a woman who prays.

Behold, you who pray and bow your knee to God.

One more.

I do like what happens in Genesis 47.

It doesn’t use the word pray, but it’s the continually coming to the bread giver to a man named Joseph, and they come over and over.

Year after year they come to the bread giver Joseph.

Then they finally say to him, “we cannot hide it from you.”

So that’s what prayer does.

It keeps us from hiding things from God.

It moves us to not hide.

In Vs. 13, there’s a famine in the land that’s terrible.

Vs. 15, when money fails – it always does.

You may not run out of money, but it does fail you.

They come unto Joseph and say give us bread.

We don’t want to die.

Money fails.

They learn to let go.

Joseph says, give me your cattle if money fails.

They have food but they don’t have bread.

That’s why we go back and back again.

Vs. 17, they brought their cattle in exchange for bread.

He fed them with bread all year.

Vs. 18, when that year ended, they come the second year.

They say, “we will not hide it from my lord.

Money is spent, herds are gone.

Why should we die?

We don’t want to die before thine eyes.

Buy us and our lands for bread.”

Joseph does that.

In Vs. 25, “thou hast saved our lives.”

That’s how we feel about this coming to the bread giver.

Over and over.

We don’t want to die.

We don’t want to lose our soul.

Give us bread.

We say to him, nothing else is working.

It’s failing.

I spoke at a funeral of a teenaged girl.

She turned 16 on Wednesday, got her driver’s license.

She was dead on Friday, car accident.

The funeral was in Austin, Texas.

I just needed a little quiet moment, so I asked the director for just a room, can I just sit in a room a little bit before the service started.

So, he flings open a door and flips on the light.

There’s the father of the girl, on his knees, praying.

Praying!

He found a room and was just praying.

Behold, parents that pray on their knees at a funeral for their girl.

I like what it says of Revelation 8, ascending, an angel goes up to God and it takes a censer with incense, and with that incense are the prayers of the saints.

What is greater than a dark world?

Prayers of the saints.

What is greater than nations that rise and fall?

Prayers of the saints.

What’s greater than a devil that circulates to every corner of this round earth?

Prayers of the saints.