Prayer and Discipleship

FEW GENERAL THINGS AND THEN TALK PRAYER (2 weeks)

 

WHAT ARE OUR PRIORITIES          

1) know our god

2) know ourselves (affirmations of who we are in jesus

3) know our enemy (ephesians 6:12)

4) keep perspective

WHAT IS OUR IDENTITY IN JESUS (Eric Boles story)

* who we are in jesus sight vs what we think and what we feel about ourselves

WHAT IS OUR AIM – jesus, eternity, evangelism and discipleship of the world

* “life as mission” (kingdom of god is forcefully advancing – Matt 11:12)

WHAT IS OUR INHERITANCE – FREEDOM (not for ourselves and for others)

God desires us to be FREE; absolutely and totally free

God given us the “keys” to freedom (II Pt 1:3) – PROMISES OF GOD

TWO CRITICAL QUESTIONS FRAME OUR LIVES

1) is god good?

2) is god enough?

PRAYER –

SCRIPTURES SAY – Ist John 5:14-15 – This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

WHAT IS GODS WILL – Saved – sanctified – spirit filled – submissive – suffering (key to transformation)

  • PROBLEM – much of our praying focus on avoidance of pain
  • brother Yun – no pray get out of jail; pray stronger back to handle the circumstances god has given in his perfection

 

In fact – suffering is god’s will –

Hebrews 2:10 –jesus made perfect through suffering

Hebrews 5:7-9 – jesus learned obedience by what he suffered

Romans 5:3-5 – suffering produces perseverance, character, hope

James 1:2-4 – suffering so can be mature and complete

  • god came to make us holy not happy
  • butterfly/cocoon (pray protect /provide not pray no discomfort)

DO WE PRAY GOD’S WILL OR OUR WILL?

Said another way – do we pray for our comfort/preferences or his will?

SELFISH PRAYERS VS SELFLESS PRAYERS

JAMES 4:1-3 – You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

 

God thinking eternity – we think about this planet (the world is not our home)

 

CORE QUESTIONS

1) Do we want god’s will? 

2) Does god know what is best for us? 

3) Are we afraid of what god’s will might be? 

* to know Jesus more is the antidote to fear

FEAR will kill the fruit and power of the holy spirit – WARNING (ladies, don’t give way fear – 1st Peter 3:6)

 

BACK TO BEGINNING

1) is god good?

2) is god enough?

 

TWO BIGGEST PRAYERS –  1) “help me”     2) “not my will but yours be done”

WHAT HINDERS PRAYER?

Disobedience – I peter 3:12

Mistreat your mate – I peter 3:7 and Ephesians 5:22-24

Busy / out of control – I peter 4:7

Unconfessed sin – psalms 66:18-19

Unforgiveness, bitterness and resentment – matthew 6:14-15

OTHER HINDER – pride and rebellion, immorality, shame and guilt

BAD NEWS – sin blocks prayer

THE GOOD NEWS –

jesus came to forgive sin and wipe it out (I john 1:9 and acts 3:19)

jesus came to cast it as far as the east is from the west

jesus remembers our sin no more (HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!)

jesus came to set the captives free – isaiah 61:1

jesus came that we might be pure and blameless (phil 1:10 and 2:15)

HOW PURE / BLAMELESS?    CONFESSION AND REPENTANCE  OF SIN (I John 1:9, Acts 3:19)

KEY POINTS for FREEDOM

1) hate sin

2) love to forgive (others who have hurt us)

WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO PRAYER

1) bible

2) prayer

3) perseverance

PRAY GOD’S WILL

Saved

Holy Spirit – filled

submissive

Mature and complete

Pure

Free of sexual immorality

Men and women of god

Wise

Protected by the blood of jesus

HOW DO WE LEARN TO PRAY

Prayer learned behavior – “Lord, teach us to pray” – Luke 11:1

Prayer as learned just like children learn anything and everything at home

1) by observation – they watch us

2) by implementation – they do it and we watch them

same principle as discipleship / spiritual parenting – 1) we do it    2) we do it, they watch   3) they do it, we watch    4) they do it

we pray; we pray they watch; they pray we watch; they pray

we learn how to pray by observing others and then praying ourselves

watch wise people pray and the pray with them (provs 13:20 – walk w/ wise grows )

PRAY GOD’S WILL (which equals pray god’s words in the bible)

PRAY THE PROMISES OF GOD IN THE WORD OF GOD

PRAY “2 by 4” (pray according to the word of god, by power of god, for the glory of god)

Ist John 5:14-15 – This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

PROMISES TO HOLD ONTO AND SPEAK CONTINUOUSLY

GOD SAID

Open wide your mouth and i will fill it – psalms 81:10

Ask of me and i will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession – psalms 2:8

Every place where you set your feet will be yours – Joshua 1:3

Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory – Ist Chron 4:10

KNOW THE PROMISES OF GOD

SPEAK THE PROMISES OF GOD

SPEAK THE PROMISES OF GOD

KEEP ON SPEAKING THE PROMISES OF GOD

 

ROLE PLAY PROMISES OF GOD FOR FAMILY/LOVED ONES/ENEMIES

 

 

TOOLS AND RESOURCES (that the SHE group leaders can give to their tables)    

GALS, LET  ME KNOW IF YOU WISH THESE PASSED ONTO YOU FOR OTHERS

1) Affirmations Sheet (of “who we are in jesus)

2) Binding and loosing prayers (two different prayers via email)

 

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

God guides, by mary geegh (listening prayer)

All books by EM Bounds

Stormie Omartian – prayhing parents

 

 

When praying, always factor in the sovereignty of god

1) We see through a glass dimly (Ist Corinthians 13:12)

2) Our ways are not gods ways and thoughts are not gods thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9)

3) God is in authority and in charge, we not – God “does whatever pleases” (Ps 115:3, 135:6)

4) we do our job – he does his job – we must not don’t mix up the jobs

5) our job is to pray – his job is to BE GOD

DOCTRINE OF THE MYSTERY OF GOD

1) god is unchanging – god’s character does not change. however, he does “change his mind” about things (at some level, though incomprehensible to us at times)

2) definition of the word “Relent”, used in the NIV translation of the bible 10 times – definition  (softens / bends) – god “does” soften and bend to the prayers of the saints

BOTTOM LINE – prayers move god at some significant, profound level –

1) david wondered, “who knows if god might change mind?” (considering that he might do so)  – 2 sam12:22

2) Hezekiah – 2nd kings 20 –  god said, “you’re going to die” – hezekiah wept – god then “softened/’bent” and added 15 years to his life

BOTTOM LINE – if you tie your prayers to the observable results to your prayers, you will stop praying (when things don’t “look” to the visible eye like things are changing/moving, people tend to give up praying)

 

DOCTRINE OF “MORE AND DIFFERENT” (my terminology)

1) praying has impact – Fasting while praying has “More and different” impact

2) praying has impact – praying while Laying on hands has “More and different” impact

3) praying has impact – crying out to god while praying has “More and different” impact

DOCTRINE OF PERSEVERENCE IN PRAYER

Concordance – how many times do you find a verse that says something like, “if you continue” (in prayer)

matthew 7:7 – Ask and keep on asking – seek and keep on seeking……. – knock and keep on knocking

Parable of the persistent widow – luke 18:1-8 (WOW, WOW!)

Daniel 10:12-13 – Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. –

KEEP AT IT, YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN GOD WILL BREAK IN AND BREAK THROUGH

If you seek me, will find me if seek with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:13

the concept of “Q over Q” = praying with a:

1) quantity of force

2) over a quantity of time

 

 

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