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Monday, 17 December 2018

Fully Understanding the Doctrine of Prayer and Prayer Skills

The Importance of Prayer

The Biblical Pattern of Prayer

Types of Prayer

Supplications
Prayers
Intercessions
Thanksgivings

The Importance of Prayer

1. Relationship not Religion

a) Prayer is man’s unique mark – he prays, instinctively.
b) Prayer is Christianity’s distinctive mark – There are profound differences between Christian prayer and the prayers of other religions
c) Christian Prayer is Public not Private

A minimum of 4 persons (You, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit) – often there are more…      angels, demons, etc.
For example: The Lord’s Prayer – ‘Our Father’, ‘Give us’, ‘Forgive us’, ‘We forgive’, ’Lead us’, ‘Deliver us’ Matthew 6:9-13

d) Prayer is Personal – we are in a Relationship with the Living God

i) Prayer is a Dialogue, not a monologue
ii) Prayer is Conversation not meditation

Christian meditation is different from prayer – it is based in scripture, meditating on it – not in transcendentalist practices.
There is a danger in the ‘Emerging Church’ practices of Christian mysticism, a supposedly a ‘higher’ or ‘abstract’ form of prayer.

iii) Prayer is Asking

Prayer in scripture is not only conversational – it is also asking
The example of Yeshua – the vast majority of His prayers, as recorded on scripture, were about asking
The example of the Lord’s Prayer – asking both things God desires and asking things we need

iv) Prayer is Listening

A two-way conversation – so let God speak
We have to still our hearts to listen – what is on the Lord’s heart? – What are His desires? – What has He to say?
If we don’t listen we may miss His guidance and answers

v) Pouring Out Prayers

Pouring out or hearts to our loving Father
There are many examples in scripture – e.g. David in the Psalms
Spend time listening after ‘pouring out’

vi) Prayer is Praise & Thanksgiving

Recognising with whom we are in relationship
Praise for who He is, His character, His works
Thankfulness for His love, mercy and grace to us
In a healthy marriage or friendship there is mutual praise and thankfulness – we praise each other and thank each other

e) Prayer is ‘Part Of’ not ‘Partitioned From’ our walk with God

We cannot separate our prayer life from the rest of our spiritual life
If we are in rebellion then our prayer life is affected – like a disobedient child

2. Our Unique Position – On Earth & In Heaven

a) The Christian’s unique place – on earth yet seated in the heavenly realm Ephesians 2: 4-6

At one and the same time we are on earth, engaged in the physical and mental, and also seated in the heavenly realms, engaged in the spiritual

b) We are ‘In Christ Jesus’ – where is He? Ephesians 1:20b-23

He is seated at the Fathers right hand
He is above all
He has all things under His feet
He is head of His body, the church

c) We are in a Prayer Battle – as soon as you pray you realise you are in a spiritual battle

In prayer there is Opposition – Ephesians 6:12
Opposition from principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual hosts of wickedness
The Father’s will is to bless – but the enemy seeks to destroy
We have the Weaponry to Overcome – 2 Corinthians 4: 4-5
Prayer is a mighty spiritual weapon – mighty in God

The one concern of the Devil is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less work, prayer-less religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” Samuel Chadwick

d) There are Special Promises for Corporate Prayer

There is Delegated Power & Delegated Authority Matthew 18:19-20
This different from the Word of Faith teaching – we have to first hear from God, what is His will – we need to discern

The example of Yeshua – discerning what The Father was doing
Beware: ‘Word of Faith’ teaching takes scriptures out of context, uses them as Proclamations or Decrees, regardless of what the Lord is saying in a situation – Faith is deified not God

e) The Privilege of Prayer

We have a ‘hotline’ to the Almighty God – Prayer is a privilege not a problem
Prayer is not so much about ‘mastering the mechanics’ as it is about ‘practicing the presence’

This is not a ‘new age’ type of presence – it is the continual awareness of His indwelling presence by the Holy Spirit

Focus on ‘methods’ develops ritual not relationship
Pray at all times – as scripture urges us – Ephesians 6: 18

There is no technique of a ‘quiet time’* in scripture – we are to develop a life of continual prayer and communion with God

[*though ‘quiet times’ are a good practice!]

3. Our Unique Status – Kings & Priests

a) The Disciple is unique in being both King and Priest – Revelation 1:5b-6

This is echoed in Revelation 5: 9-10 the song of the 24 elders

Note – we are kings and priests ‘unto God’ – i.e. under His authority

In Israel there was separation of these two roles – between the Kingly line (Judah) and the Priestly line (Levi)
Yeshua came as a King/Priest – of the order of Melchizedek

b) Kings Rule – we are to reign in life

We are to reign – over sin, the flesh, circumstances and situations, and over all the power of the enemy.
Beware – this is not ‘Dominion’ or ‘Kingdom Now’ Theology’ which some teach in error – it is the Lord who is King and He is our head
Prayer is an integral part of this kingly rule

c) Priests offer to God sacrifices

We are to offer our lives sacrificially to the Lord
In Prayer we offer praise and prayers for ourselves and others
Prayer is an integral part of this priestly role – all prayer is in some sense a priestly service
Intercessory prayer is especially a priestly function
It is a Priestly role to bless – and we can pray for God’s blessing on the lives of others

The Biblical Pattern of Prayer

1. To The Father

a) Prayer to The Father is Faith not Fortune – trust in a loving Father, not trusting to luck

b) Seven ‘Articles’ of Faith – in Prayer (acknowledgements to David Pawson)

Faith, in Prayer, is far more than simply believing that God will give us what we ask:

i) Believe that God is there – Hebrews 11: 6

Spiritual awareness, not physical or mental
Believer’s prayer vs Agnostic’s prayer or Atheist’s prayer

ii) Believe that He is personal

Someone not something
Personal not merely a person – He is 3 Persons
He is a communicating God (see Psalm 2)
A Living God, not your religious feelings

iii) Believe, in faith, that He can hear – Psalm 139: 4

Problem of Distance – highest heaven
Problem of Numbers – millions of prayers

iv) Believe that He will listen – Song of Songs 8: 13

There is no ‘right’ to be heard
Because He loves…He listens
In mercy, He hears and listens – God is a good listener

v) Believe that He will reply

Prayer is conversation – not a monologue – let God speak
We must listen for His reply
He answers in many ways – so don’t be prescriptive

Audible voice
Through scripture – pray with your Bible open
Inner voice
Circumstances
Sometimes He says ‘no’ or ‘not yet’ – trust Him

vi) Believe that He can and will act

Theism – we believe in a God who is in control of the universe, one who intervenes and acts – e.g. Elijah at Mount Carmel
The living God is in control of this universe – Job 38

vii) Believe that God will give us what we ask for

We can pray in faith – Mark 11: 24

We are praying to a loving heavenly Father
We are praying in trust – believe His promises
We pray having listened and discerned God’s will
Follow the example of Jesus

c) Don’t doubt – James 1: 5-6

Don’t try to feel your faith – tie your faith to the facts
Don’t try to force your faith – stimulate and stretch it
Encourage yourself – build faith

Listen to testimonies of answers to prayer
Read your Bible

Pray within your faith – what you truly believe is possible – not what you ‘religiously’ hope God will do (we know He can do far more…)

d) The Relationship of Faith

i) Fatherhood – Abba

He is Our Father (Abba) Matthew 6:9
We are to be like children – simple trust in Daddy
A Father’s care – A Father’s love Matthew 6:26
How well do we relate to Him as Father?

ii) Sonship

We are Chosen and Adopted, Co-heirs with Christ
Romans 8: 16-17
We have a spiritual relationship – a spiritual status

2. Through The Son

a) Yeshua’s prayer roles on our behalf – it is helpful to recognise Yeshua has a role in praying for us:

He is our Mediator – 1 Timothy 2:5
Yeshua is our mediator with the Father – His blood pleads for us

He is our Intercessor – Hebrews 7:25
Yeshua is our intercessor to the Father – He prays for us
He intercedes for us because He identifies with us – our sin was borne by Him, He is our Kinsman Redeemer

b) Praying ‘Through the Son’ – what does it mean?

i) Through His blood

Clean hands and purified heart – Psalm 24:3-4

Yeshua’s blood cleanses and purifies – 1 John 1: 9, the Christian’s bar of soap

We enter God’s presence by the blood of Jesus – Hebrews 10:19-22

Through Yeshua’s blood we have direct access to the Throne Room of Heaven

His blood protects us in the spiritual battle – Revelation 12:11

Prayer often involves a battle

ii) Following His example and teaching

When He prayed

When in Need
When in Conflict
When in great Emotion
When making Decisions
When Joyful

…in fact…all the time

How He prayed

With Sincerity – not like the hypocrites
With Simplicity – not lots of words
With Humility – not with spiritual pride
With Intensity – sometimes sweating drops of blood, sometimes all night
With Meekness – not my will but yours be done

What He prayed

For His Needs
For the Father’s Will to be done
In Thankfulness

iii) Following many other examples in scripture

For example; David, Daniel or Hezekiah

c) Praying Under His authority – that is ‘in His name’

We can come in faith like the Centurion – Matthew 8: 5-13
‘In My Name’ –  John 14:13-14

i) Not something we need to do in every prayer

ii) Not just a form of words – attaching ‘In the Name of Jesus’ to a prayer. Rather, it is claiming the promise that Jesus made…so we had better understand it!

iii) We are part of His body, and He is the Head

The limbs do what the head commands – in a healthy person
The head coordinates the various parts of the body
We are to ask according to the Father’s will, like Yeshua – Mathew 18: 18-20

iv) He is present and we are in fellowship with Him

Be in awareness of His presence

v) Under Yeshua’s authority and for the Father’s glory

Not a blank cheque – it is a prayer to which Jesus says ‘Amen’
Not soulish prayer – James 4:3
We ask the Father in Yeshua’s name and Yeshua says He will do it – so that the Father will be glorified
The Holy Spirit & the Word of God (two witnesses) make known to us the purposes of God
If we don’t know what the will of God is, then that is itself the subject for prayer
Sometimes seeking for God’s will changes us and our petition
Knowing God’s will we can pray in confidence – 1 John 5:14-15

3. Prayer In The Spirit

a) Prayer is spiritual

Pray In the spirit, not from the soul (soulish prayers) – Ephesians 6:18a, Jude 1:20
In Ephesians 6 it is corporate, in Jude it is personal

b) We need the help of the Holy Spirit to pray

We have weaknesses
The Holy Spirit (the helper) intercedes for us – Romans 8:26

c) Our battle is spiritual

We do not war according to the flesh  -2 Corinthians 10:3
The enemy tries to stop us praying, to dishearten us, to make us think it is difficult – if he can stop us he will weaken us
Therefore…our weapons in the battle are not humanistic – 2 Corinthians 4:4-5

d) What is ‘Praying in the Spirit’?

i) Governance by the Holy Spirit – spiritual not sourish
ii) Initiation of the Holy Spirit – He inspires us to pray
iii) Development by the Holy Spirit – He helps us to pray
iv) In Faith created by the Holy Spirit – He gives faith
v) The Holy Spirit takes over our mind, as it were; He gives us God’s thoughts and the words to express them

e) Can be in an Unlearned Language

Praying in the Spirit is not ‘tongues’ (which is praying with your spirit) Tongues – where the Holy Spirit, within your spirit, takes over your tongue, and ‘your mind is ‘unfruitful’:

i) Praying in a tongue can be an important part of our prayer life – but we should not think of it as a higher form of prayer
ii) It is praying in an unlearned language
iii) It is a gift of the Holy Spirit – so you can ask Yeshua for this gift
iv) It is always exercised in the context of the fruits of the Spirit, one of which is self-control
v) Corporately this type of prayer is undesirable unless there is an interpretation
vi) There are too many examples in the church today of the counterfeit – ‘tongues’ which are counterfeit, that is, of another spirit

f) Praying in the Spirit will always be in accord with Scripture. The Spirit and the Word always agree

g) Praying ‘In’ not ‘To’

Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit but prayed to the Father – We too have the Holy Spirit in us
The Epistle writers prayed to God (Greek: Theos the supreme deity)
There is no scriptural precedence for prayers addressed to the Holy Spirit

We need to get our theology on a biblical basis:

i) We have the Holy Spirit in us – we are born again
ii) How much of the Holy Spirit is in you? Answer: All of Him!

You have no ‘cut down, person-sized’ Holy Spirit

iii) Being full of the Holy Spirit

Is not a matter of how much of the Holy Spirit have you got
But it is how much of you has the Holy Spirit got! How submitted are we to God

iv) The Holy Spirit always points to Yeshua, never to Himself

v) Those who pray or sing to the Holy Spirit should be addressing the Father through the Son, Yeshua – it is He who asks the Father to send the Holy Spirit

vi) ‘Come Holy Spirit’ – is wrong theology

The Holy Spirit is already here – he is in us, personally and corporately
Asking for ‘the spirit’ to ‘come’ can bring another spirit into a meeting which results in unbiblical manifestations and disorder

vii) ‘Come’- the call of the Bride and the Spirit together to Yeshua – Revelation 22:17

4. Prayer Without Ceasing

a) Scripture encourages us to pray all the time and at all times – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Unceasing means just that…never stopping
Relationship means always communicating

b) Scripture encourages us to pray always and not to give up – Luke 18:1

In every circumstance we should pray – there is nothing in our lives which cannot be a subject for prayer
Yeshua urges ‘never give up’…don’t lose heart – sometimes we need to keep praying the same prayer for many days
Prayer changes us – especially when we have been asking in a soulish prayer for the wrong thing

c) How on earth do you pray without ceasing?

i)Not just for spiritual giants…but for every disciple
ii) Example of marriage or friendship – communicating all the time
iii) Continual conversation – doesn’t need to be spoken
iv) The presence of God

Be aware – we are always in His presence
Be always conscious of His Holy Spirit within

v) Not necessarily consciously – relationship is a way of being
vi) Living out of our spirit, not living from our flesh
vii) The Spiritual (eternal) is more real than the Physical (temporary)

An Insightful Quotation

David Tidy says ‘Prayer changes me, because in His presence things happen to me that are for my good; it helps me relate to the one I pray to, the one I pray for and the one I pray with; it is Spiritual communication’

Types of Prayer

There are many types of prayer – Paul’s list to Timothy:
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.’ 1 Timothy 2:1-2

1. Supplications

Paul puts this first, interestingly – indicating how much of prayer is asking
Supplication is asking (Dictionary: a humble prayer, entreaty or petition)

We appeal to God for Him to act
We persevere

Supplication is a beseeching to a King – a beseeching fervent enquiry of the Lord
Supplication can lead to Intercession – because of our supplication, an understanding of a problem can be gained and lead on to intercession.

2. Prayers

The simplest and commonest form of prayer

It includes many common aspects of our prayer life

a) Confession Prayers

A vital part of our relationship 1 John 1:7-9
Keep short accounts – never resist the conviction of the Spirit

b) Forgiveness Prayers – Receiving and Giving

We need to know, deep in our spirit that we are forgiven – Psalm 103:11-14
Knowing God’s forgiveness helps us to forgive ourselves – it sets us free from guilt and the power of guilt
Knowing God’s forgiveness helps us to forgive others – indeed we must forgive others to set ourselves free …hanging on to grievances cripples us – Matthew 6:14-15
Keep short accounts – never resist the conviction of the Spirit

c) Pouring Out Prayers

God does not despise or discount our ‘pourings out’ – e.g. David
Telling the Lord our troubles is the beginning of healing
As we ‘pour-out’ to God, He comforts us and helps us to gain a new perspective, His perspective
It is important to actively listen after we have poured out – pray with your Bible open
Crying out in distress – simply crying ‘Jesus’ can be a prayer

d) Hit and Miss Prayers

God does not despise or discount these prayers either – He knows our weaknesses
Lift up problems or situations to the Father, your loving Father
Such prayers enable Him to lead us into seeking His will

e) Seeking Prayers

When we are not sure what to pray we can ask God to show us
This is one of the functions of the Holy Spirit – John 16:13-14

3. Intercessions

a) Intercession is the deepest form of prayer – it begins with a knowledge of God’s will
b) Intercession has to be conceived in you by the Holy Spirit

Once conceived it will not leave you until it is finished.
Maturity is required – you have to be of a certain spiritual maturity to be an intercessor

You cannot conceive if you are a baby.
The church is full of babies – so there are so few intercessors

When you offer yourself to the Lord as an intercessor He will snap you up – there are few genuine intercessors

c) Intercession involves ‘standing in the gap’

The intercessor acts like a priest in pleading before the Lord on behalf of others – Ezekiel 22:30

Example of Moses – pleading to be blotted out from God’s book on behalf of the Israelites Exodus 32:30-32

d) Intercession involves identification

The intercessor identifies with those for whom he is interceding

Example of Daniel – he prays as identifying with the sins of his people the House of Israel Daniel 9:1-19
For example: Intercession for the sin of Anti-Semitism in the Church involves identifying with the sin of the Church

e) Intercession is costly

The intercessor is prepared to pay the cost of being the answer to the intercession

Example of Hosea – he took an unfaithful wife because he was called to speak to unfaithful Israel

The intercessor is often engaged in spiritual warfare
Intercession exposes one’s own weaknesses

f) Intercession can be like a prayer siege – I’ll say more of this later – prayer skills

Dictionary definition of a ‘Siege’

The surrounding and blockading of a town or fortress by an army intent on capturing it.
A prolonged attempt to break the resistance of a person or group…
The investing and attacking of a fortified place.
A continued endeavour to gain possession.

Example of Ezekiel Ezekiel 4: 1-3

g) Yeshua is the supreme example of the intercessor

The Lord teaches us – and helps us grow, in intercession

4. Thanksgivings

a) Thanksgiving is allied to worship and praise

By worship we acknowledge God’s holiness
By praise we acknowledge God’s greatness
By thanksgiving we acknowledge God’s goodness
There seems to be a link between prayers & supplications and thanksgiving and knowing the peace of God – Philippians 4:6-7

b) It is linked to supplication

Once you have God’s answer then thank and praise the Lord
Ten lepers were cleansed but only one – the one who returned to thank Yeshua – was totally healed -Luke 17:11-19

c) It is linked to intercession

It is a key to the release of power – feeding 5,000 – John 6:11
Once the battle has been fought – then praise the Lord – Isaiah 12:5

d) It is linked to proclamation and executive action

The example of Hezekiah – Isaiah 37:14-20
The ‘two-edged sword’ – Psalm 149:6-9

More Insightful Quotations
Andrew Murray: ‘Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part.  Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine.’
John Bunyan: ‘In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.’
‘Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.’

Prayer Skills

The title ‘prayer skills’ indicates that there are skills, practices and habits that can be learned and developed in our spiritual life

Skills – Main Points (this is not an exhaustive list!)

Listening
Personal Prayer
Corporate Prayer
Crafted Prayers
Prayer Warfare

1. Listening

a. Dialogue not Monologue

– Prayer is a two way conversation
– So we need to listen as well as to speak
– Do you talk too much?
– Learning to still or heart
– How much time do we spend listening?

b. Prayer Changes Us

– When we listen to God, to what is on His heart and to what are His desires – we change

o Our attitudes change
o Our thinking changes
o Our prayers are refined
o Our relationships change

c. Prayer is Responsive to God’s Heart

– When we listen and hear what is on God’s heart we find we change and our prayers change
– We become more conformed to the Lord’s heart and mind and to His will and desires – Romans 12:2

d. Discerning God’s Voice

– We learn, through listening, how to distinguish God’s voice from the voice of our own soul and from other voices – John 10:27
– We have the Holy Spirit to help us – 1 John 4:4

o The context of this verse is learning to distinguish the Spirit of God – it is not about spiritual warfare

– As well as the Holy Spirit, we have the Word of Scripture – we have two witnesses who always agree to lead us into truth – so always listen with your Bible open
– The Spirit and the Word help us discern God’s voice – 1 John 4:6

It is all about relationship, it is not religion nor a religious exercise – each of these points speak about an intimate relationship with the Living God.

2. Personal Prayer

a. Personal not Private

– Minimum of 4 persons involved, and often more…e.g. devil etc…and angels…
– Secret Prayer – on your own, not for show – Matthew 6:6
– Example of Yeshua – often went off to the hills alone to pray

b. Practice makes Perfect

– Learning by doing/living – it is more about a living relationship than a religious ritual – don’t be afraid of making mistakes, learn from them
– Learn from others – if you want to learn to pray get together with an experienced saint, one whose prayer life will teach you how to pray

c. Aware of His Presence

– Personal prayer is the outworking of a love relationship – our Lord is seated in the heavens – and we are too, but we are on this earth and we have the Holy Spirit within – when we pray we need to be conscious of Yeshua’s presence with us by His Holy Spirit
– It is a spiritual relationship – not one experienced through our human senses
– Becoming more aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit within is something we can learn by experience as we pray Matt. 28:20b

d. Persevere

– If you find personal prayer difficult, even dry and boring – then persevere
– If we persevere – then we find that duty becomes delight
– Press on through difficulties – let your faith push you onwards – Romans 5:3-5

e. Praying out Loud

– Praying in your mind is not always the best way – pray out loud
– It helps to prevent wandering thoughts
– It helps when it comes to praying corporately – some hardly ever pray in a corporately because they’ve never prayer out loud in a personal setting
– We can pray in our minds, that’s OK – but it often helps to pray aloud

o The example of the Lord’s Prayer: ‘say’… Luke 11:2

– Jewish custom is often to pray aloud – Yeshua criticised the Pharisees for doing so on the street corners, but notice that the prayers were spoken
– The reason Yeshua’s prayers are recorded in Scripture is because they were spoken out – even the very personal ones, someone overheard them and recorded them for us.

3. Corporate Prayer

A Lost Art – sadly today, in the modern church, vibrant and effective corporate prayer is a lost art. There are many congregations in these days that do not even have a corporate prayer time together.

The Essentials of Corporate Prayer

There is widespread ignorance that there are ‘essentials’ when we meet together to pray – too often the prayer meeting is like the gathering of a disorganised rabble all firing in different directions
a. The risen Messiah in the midst of His own people

– Together we need to recognise Yeshua in the midst
– Where to or three are gathered in my name…this links to key promises for corporate prayer – Matthew 18:18-20

b. Believers being together under the governance of God

– ‘In My name’ means under the headship of Yeshua – all of us, together submitted to the Lord as head, no one dominating the corporate prayer time – John 14:13-14
– Asking ‘in His name’ means our prayers will be answered – 1 John 5:14-15

c. Corporate Prayer is Strategic in Nature

– True corporate prayer is strategic in nature – Ephesians 6:12

o There are powers to dislodge
o Obstacles to be removed
o Keys to be used
o God’s will to be fulfilled

d. Unity

– The key principle of Corporate Prayer is Togetherness (or mutuality – something shared) – prayer meetings are too often a collection of individual prayers.

o Unity not Uniformity – in the Spirit

– Christ in the midst by the Holy Spirit is key – learn to discern – 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
– Disunity is a hindrance to corporate prayer – get relationships sorted before you pray – this actually applies in our personal prayer time as well as corporately – Matthew 5:23-24
– The Level of Unity will influence what can be achieved in prayer – this is a subject for a sermon in its own right

e. Be Harmonised by the Holy Spirit

– We don’t ‘agree to agree’, rather, we are symphonised (active) by the Holy Spirit (Christ in our midst), so we are identified with one another in prayer Ephesians 4:4-6
– There is no real prayer, certainly no intercession, without the Holy Spirit
– Corporate prayer is all to do with the risen Messiah in the midst of His own people
– It is like the harmony of the church spoken of in Acts 2:42-47

f. Pray in the plural – ‘we’, ‘our’ and ‘us’

– We have seen that prayer is not a private thing – there are at least 4 persons involved… more so when we pray corporately – so pray ‘We’ not ‘I’, ‘Our’ not ‘My’, ‘Us’ not ‘Me’.
– This is also a help to stop us praying things out of our own agenda or our own heart or desire

g. Learn to discern together what the Holy Spirit is doing and saying

– Learn to discern His will, together 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
– Learn to stay together – not each one firing prayers off in different directions
– Learn how to stand on the Word, and how to use the Word in prayer – bring your Bible to the prayer meeting
– Learn how to stand and withstand – the enemy loves to disrupt and divert

The Aim of Corporate Prayer

a. The aim, as in the Lord’s Prayer (the pattern prayer) is: Matthew 6:9-13

– Your Kingdom Come
– Your Will Be Done
– As in Heaven, So on Earth

b. To dislodge the works of darkness

– Remove the enemy’s strongholds
– Overcome every attempt of the enemy to destroy the work of the Lord and the people of God – 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5

The Divine Anointing

a. What is the Anointing – it is:

– the grace of God on a person/group
– the power of God on a person/group
– the wisdom of God on a person/group

b. For the corporate prayer time there is an anointing

– There is an anointing of GOD for the task He wants accomplished – just like the Israelites in battle, or like New Testament disciples sent out on a mission –
– The whole value of that time in prayer is determined by whether the members of the body discern the anointing, and get under it, and stay under it

c. Discerning of the Anointing of the Holy Spirit in the prayer time is all important:

– It is like touching an electric wire – keep to it, don’t let it go – follow it
– Don’t flog it to death – discern when the Holy Spirit moves on
– The Holy Spirit is the conductor of the orchestra – we are many instruments but all must keep their eye on the conductor, then we move together

d. Abiding in the Anointing

– When we abide in the anointing everything is life, power, progress and fulfilment
– Without it everything is death, confusion and futility

Learning Process

a. The Holy Spirit knows we are learning

– Learning to discern and abide in God’s anointing for the prayer time
– We will make mistakes – but we need to learn from mistakes.

b. The flesh is our problem in corporate prayer

– The flesh is never anointed Exodus 30:31-32
– We have to learn how to overcome problems in corporate prayer and let the Lord lead us back under the anointing

c. In the corporate prayer time we must learn to:

– Discern the anointing
– Follow the anointing
– Overcome the problems
– End in the anointing

This has been just a brief overview of corporate prayer – it is a subject for a study all of its own

4. Crafted Prayers

a. What Are Crafted Prayers?

– Prayers composed by seeking the LORD to know how to intercede for a particular person or purpose
– Prayers the LORD gives by revealing the real needs or the principalities and powers that need to be addressed

o Examples

♣ Prayers for fellowship and fellow disciples
♣ Personal prayers for family members
♣ Prayers & Declarations written by others (e.g. Derek Prince)
♣ Prayers for the aliyah and aliyah highways

b. Why Use Crafted Prayers?

– Focus on the Key Issues and staying focussed – crafted prayers help to keep to the important things God has revealed, especially in corporate prayer
– Unity in Intercession

o Without a crafted prayer it can be difficult to maintain togetherness and focus where an intercession continues for some time

o Using a crafted prayer does not preclude other extemporary prayers about the subject matter

– Consistency in Intercession – always addressing the issues the Lord has highlighted

o Especially helpful if an intercession last over several weeks/months, or has several people/groups involved in different locations – this may apply to the different home groups where we want to praying consistently for a specific person or situation
o Ebenezer examples – prayer for the protection of the aliyah highways from the spirit of Islam / prayers of repentance for anti-Semitism in the church

– Putting on the Armour & Standing – crafted prayers are helpful to take us through the preparedness stages before we enter the battle in prayer – Ephesians 6:10-20
– Praise and Proclamation – using the Sword of the Spirit

o Praise is giving glory to God for who He is – His character, His glory, His power and His love – but it is also a powerful weapon in prayer
o Proclamation is the declaring of God’s word for a specific matter – it can be words given directly by the Lord, more often it is a declaration from God’s Word – the specific scripture He gives become a sword in our hands
o The Sword of the Spirit is the word the Lord gives for the specific situation – the Word of God is powerful – Hebrews 4:12

– There is a recent phenomenon in the charismatic church of ‘making decrees’; it has come out of the Word of Faith and Kingdom Now movements, and can lead to misuse of scripture and to error.

o Beware of plucking out of scripture a verse to use as a decree, like a declaration of Kingdom authority – unless the King has approved it – Decrees can be presumptuous!
o ‘Proclamation’ is prefe3rable to ‘Decree’ – it gets the right emphasis…because the power is the Lord’s not ours – His word is the mighty weapon, not our decree.
o The correct way to use Proclamation is:

♣ First pray and listen
♣ Then discern what the Lord is saying and doing
♣ Then ask the Lord for His word for the situation
♣ Then proclaim it.

o Proclamation of God’s word has the ability to pull down strongholds and cast down things which set themselves up against the Lord and His purposes – 2 Cor. 10:3-5a

Examples of Crafted Prayers

– Praying for the fellowship
– Praying for the Jewish People – aliyah, salvation etc.
– For your family or your children –use such prayers regularly
– Derek Prince Proclamations
– Prayers for particular issues (e.g. Anti-Semitism in the Church)

o Breaking Down Strongholds
o Casting Down Arguments
o Pulling Down High Places of the Enemy
o Releasing from Captivity
o Breaking the Power of Curses and Soulish Prayers
o Identificational Repentance

Crafted Prayers can be used by yourself or by a small group
Crafted Prayers can be used daily or for a specific season

5. Prayer Warfare

This is just a brief overview of prayer warfare – it is another subject for a message all of its own

a. We are in warfare

– Christ came to make war – and we are born (again) to war – 1 John 3:8b
– The enemy and his spiritual forces see the Christian as ‘marked with Christ’ – we are marked men and women, whereas when we were unsaved we were of little concern to the enemy
– Prayer will often involve us in very real conflict
– We wrestle not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12)

o Wrestling is a ‘contact sport’
o In prayer we can sometimes get ‘up close and personal’ with the demonic

b. Protection in Warfare

– God has provided us with total security – there is no need to be afraid – but it is helpful to remind ourselves of the armour as we come to pray
– Armour from head to foot (Ephesians 6:14-18)
– Don’t get neurotic about putting on the armour – it is putting on Yeshua – God has placed us ‘in Yeshua’ – it is our place of absolute safety
– This underlines the importance of our relationship with the Lord; of having clean hands and a pure heart – how often we come back to this connection between prayer and relationship

c. The Weapons of our Warfare

– The weapons of our warfare are mighty 2 Corinthians 10:4
– Two (offensive) weapons Ephesians 6:17

o The Sword of the Spirit – the word of God

♣ When the Holy Spirit shows you what word in the Word of God to use, then it becomes the Sword of the Spirit in your hand

o Prayer and Watchfulness

d. How the war is won

– The key scripture is Ephesians 6:10-20
– The battle is already won – Yeshua has won the victory over Satan and all his demonic forces and power
– Our role is to Stand…Withstand…Stand…Wherefore Stand
– The war is won by standing – but this means knowing what the purpose of God is in the situation we are praying about, knowing the revealed heart and mind of God
– Stand Together – Two or a Small Group is best – we need prayer cover
– Stand Against – ‘Wiles’, ‘Evil Day’, ‘Fiery Darts’
– Bring Down – the weapons we have (Ephesians 6:17-18) are the sword of the Spirit and Prayer – it is these that can bring down ‘Strongholds’ and ‘Imaginations’ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Prayer Skills – Don’t forget, skills have to learned and practiced and developed

More Insightful Quotations

Andrew Murray: ‘Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part.  Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine.’

John Bunyan: ‘In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.’
‘Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.’

CH Spurgeon; ‘We should pray as if it all depends on God and act as if it all depends on us’

JC Ryle: ‘Prayer will consume sin, or sin will choke prayer’

David Tidy: ‘Prayer changes me, because in His presence things happen to me that are for my good; it helps me relate to the one I pray to, the one I pray for and the one I pray with; it is Spiritual communication’

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