PRAYER SPECIFICS

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

  http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

Main idea: basics of prayer

 

INTRODUCTION

 

How many of you prayed this morning?

            Do you pray every day? 

            And during the day?

Are you satisfied with your prayer life?

What if we couldn’t pray – what would be missing?

            (let them answer)

 

TRANSITION

Prayer important – talk about it now this morning

 

 

I. THE COMMAND TO PRAY  Ephesians 6:18; 1 Timothy 2:1-4

 

Ephesians 6:18  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

 

1 Timothy 2:1-4  I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

 

Someone read this in your language?

 

I URGE:  Gk parakaleo – encouragement and order 

            encouraged and ordered to pray

            like soldier encouraged and ordered to fight

                        prayer really is a battle! 

                        Prayer is the battle, not preliminary to the battle

 

FIRST OF ALL:  before anything else Timothy must pray – top priority

            Before ministering to people, pray for them!!!

 

REQUESTS:  Gk deeseis, prayers focusing on special needs

            Pray for special needs in lives of people

            Plead and beg for them

            Intense and deep brokenness before God in behalf of others

            “you have not because you ask not”  James 4:2

 

 

PRAYERS:  gk proseuchas – special times of prayer set aside for devotion and worship

            Daily time for prayer and worship to God a must!

            Attitude continue all day – pray without ceasing  I Thes 5:17

            LISTENING TO GOD important part of this

 

INTERCESSIONS:  Gk enteuxeis bold praying

            Standing before God in behalf of another as Christ stands before God in our behalf

            Stand in the gap between them and God

 

            Pray for more laborers  Luke 10:2

 

THANKSGIVING:  Gk eucharistias  (eucharist) thank God for hearing and answering

 

 

II. THE CONTENT OF PRAY 

 

CONFESS SINS

 

NEEDS OF OTHERS

Keep lists, write things down

I give lists on back of bulletin

 

OWN NEEDS

PROTECTION, hedge, like Job

FRUIT OF SPIRIT – Gal 5

ARMOR OF GOD – Eph 6 (piece #7 is prayer)

 

WORSHIP

Need both:

WORSHIP – Who and What God IS

THANKSGIVING – What God DOES

Worship gets our eyes off ourselves and onto God

Best antidote for worry, fear, discouragement

            Big God = little problems

            Little God = big problems

     Worship reminds us what a big God we have

Focus today is on worship as ENTERTAINMENT

            On what WE get out of it

            Does it make US feel good?

Focus must be on GOD, not on us

We are too aware of our feeling good

            Not if God is feeling good

When awake during night, early in morning – praise worship!

            If God waking you up, that’s what He wants

            If the enemy waking you up, praising God will soon stop his doing that!

 

PRAYER: PUBLIC in church

            FOR OTHERS

            PRIVATE personal devotions

 

Matthew 7:7  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

 

James 5:16-18  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

 

Pray daily for the world, for all people

For needs of sheep, by name regularly

 

TRANSITION

COMMAND – just seen

HOW TO PRAY – next

 

 

III. THE EXAMPLE OF A PRAYER

 

Colossians 1:9-14

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

Someone read this in your language?

 

POWER OF THE PRAYER

Know all of this is God’s will to pray

Appropriate to pray for anyone and everyone

Meets every need, no matter what it is – applies to everyone

Encouraging prayer – for one praying it and one prayed for

God-centered (our prayers are us-centered)

Can pray this with confidence, assurance and authority

 

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will

Understand clearly the will of God for their life

Can’t obey God if don’t know His will

First priority is to know God’s will for things

 

through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

In detail, how applies, what means, future goals, etc

 

10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way

bring glory to God

honor to name Christian

holy, righteous life

others watching, attract them to Jesus –want what we have

SALT: changes flavor, heals, preserves

Do people see something different in you?

 

bearing fruit in every good work,  

being busy doesn’t mean being fruitful

what difference does this make 20 or 100 years from now

anything that impacts others lives in positive way

            not just self-centered, focused on self

            focus on self instead of building into children, mate,

fruit = life has eternal consequence, not things just for this

life but for next

God wants us to be FRUITFUL

 

growing in the knowledge of God,

do you have a hunger and thirst to know more about God, know HIM better?

            How much time spent in pursuing God? Deeper knowledge of God?

            How is intimacy growing?  Where is god working in your personal relationship?

Phil 4 – Know God (not about God)

Knowledge = head, then into heart

 

 

11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,

pray for God’s power to work in their life so they have patience, steadfastness

pray for power of God to be released in their life

don’t pray for circumstances to change

            pray for perseverance to go through the trial

 

and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father,

pray they would be thankful, attitude of gratitude

 

MOTIVATION to pray

Notice all are present tense – not future tense

 

who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

Jesus’ blood qualifies us, nothing else

We are sons and daughters of God

Eternal inheritance awaits us – greater than what we suffer

 

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness

Jesus saved us from Satan’s kingdom brought us into light

 

and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

transferred into Jesus’ kingdom

present tense, no chance of going to hell for believer

we didn’t put our self into the kingdom so can’t take ourselves out

 

14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins

What would man pay to have sins forgiven?

Ours gone eternally, forever

 

 

IV. HOW TO LISTEN TO GOD

 

1. WHAT DOES GOD’S VOICE SOUND LIKE?

 

a. Gentle Whisper (still, small voice)

 

1 Kings 19:11-13 The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” 

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind.

After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.

12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. 

Ten a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Someone read this in your language?

 

NOT verbal voice, sensational or emotional experience

            Very easy to overlook, think just our own thought, excuse or decide against it

ME: day before wedding decline to marry people

 

in pain, hurt – magnifies His voice so listen better, hear clearer – like Job

causes us to focus and listen better, want/need to hear more

TRANSITION

What to listen for (HOW God speaks)

1. A gentle whisper (still, small voice)

Where to listen (WHERE He speaks)

2. Rich and enlightened thoughts

 

 

b. Rich & Enlightened Thoughts

 

John 2:22  After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

 

John 14:26  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send        in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

 

Someone read this in your language?

Can God put a new idea directly and immediately into our minds

ME: what to go over in these conferences

WISDOM when setting up sermons & lessons,

            INSIGHT when counseling

 

TRANSITION

What to listen for (HOW God speaks)

1. A gentle whisper (still, small voice)

Where to listen (WHERE He speaks)

2. Rich and enlightened thoughts

3. Warm, burning heart

 

         c. Warm, Burning Heart

CONTEXT: Road to Emmaus resurrection morning

 

Luke 24:32  They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Someone read this in your language?

 

Ps 39:1-3  I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence.” 2 But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased. 3 My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:

 

Someone read this in your language?

 

ME: to INDIA and back to India

 

TRANSITION

 

HOW GOD SPEAKS TO US

GENTLE WHISPER – subjective awareness

 

WHERE GOD SPEAKS TO US

RICH & ENLIGHTENED THOUGHTS – speaks manly to our mind, rational thoughts

WARM, BURNING HEARTS – speaks mainly to our emotions, feelings

 

WHAT GOD SPEAKS TO US

    Next topic

 

2. WHAT DOES GOD’S VOICE SAY?

 

a. Conviction

 1. Of need of salvation

2. Of sin in life after salvation

 

b. Information, Guidance

Listen to God in spiritual warfare – how to proceed, counsel, pray, command

Listen to God in counseling – what to ask, challenge, comfort, advise, focus on

Listen to God in preaching – sermon prep, focus, MI, delivery, invitation, etc.

            INSIGHT – God reveals new meaning in a passage or situation

 

LOOSE KEYS, all of a sudden find/remember

 

c. Encouragement, Peace

Strength, comfort, encouragement

Scripture passage in mind

MSBC: God give peace about size, finances, future, etc

            Passages, songs abut perseverance, faithfulness

 

d. Enablement in Ministry

USE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS  (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)

ME:  teaching & counseling

            Pastor role of leading sheep

 

e. Revelation of Himself = Worship

 Praise, worship in response to His greatness spoken toUS

Enjoy His presence, fellowship

New idea, revelation about God’s person

 

Waves of appreciation, praise, worship sweep over me

 

 

V. THE KEY TO EFFECTIVE PRAYER 

John 1:1-17

 

TIME: Late at night, Thursday, April 2, 33 AD (night before the crucifixion)

PLACE: Jerusalem streets, walking and talking

PARTICIPANTS: Jesus and the 11 disciples (minus Judas)

 

John 15:1-17

Someone read this in your language?

 

 

 

I. THE PRODUCER: GARDNER & VINE

 

        A. THE TRUE VINE  1

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.

            True = genuine, real

            Israel pictured as vine, God as owner/gardner

                        Was to produce for God, but often didn’t

 

“The vine lives to give its lifeblood to the branch.”

 

        B. THE UNFRUITFUL BRANCHES  2-3

2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

            The whole purpose of the branch is to BEAR FRUIT

                        Wood no good for building, furniture, anything

 

            Salvation not in view, but FRUITFULNESS is

                        Lost reward, not salvation

 

            Pruning to bring more fruit, not to punish (Rom 8:1)

 

            EXAMPLES OF PRUNING in your life, others???

 

3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

            Make sure they know they aren’t losing their salvation

        C. THE FRUITFUL BRANCHES  4-6

4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

 

Remain, abide, continue, cling to

Analogy: branch to vine, us to Christ

            WHAT IS THE PARALLEL?

            WHAT LESSONS FOR US?

 

apart from me you can do nothing 

not ‘very little’ but can do NOTHING

Same SAP shared between vine & branch (Jesus & us)         Sap =HOLY SPIRIT

 

II. THE PROCESS: ABIDE & OBEY  

(THE CONDITIONS)

               

        A. ABIDE  7a, 9b

7a If you remain in me

9b Now remain in my love.

 

        B. OBEY  7b, 10a

                   7b and my words remain in you

                   10a If you obey my commands

 

III. THE PRODUCT: FRUIT OF LOVE

 

A. WHAT FRUIT OF LOVE IS (RESULTS)

 

Fruit  8b, 16a

8b bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

16a I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit

“FRUIT” – product of a living entity

      fruit of the vine – grapes

      fruit of the womb – infant

      fruit of the Christian – traits like Jesus

                  not just 9 or 11 listed above

                  anything we produce like Jesus

 

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

LOVE for those who do not love in return

JOY in the midst of painful circumstances

PEACE when something  counting on doesn’t come thru

PATIENCE when things aren’t going fast enough for you

KINDNESS toward those who treat you unkindly

GOODNESS toward those who have been intentionally insensitive to you

FAITHFULNESS when friends have proved unfaithful

GENTLENESS toward those who have handled you roughly

SELF-CONTROL in the midst of intense temptation

 

Love  12, 17

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have

loved you.

17 This is my command: Love each other

            LOVE = INTIMACY with others

                        Also with God

 

B. WHAT FRUIT OF LOVE DOES (BENEFITS)

        1. To God: Glorifies God  8a

          8a This is to my Father’s glory

                        INTIMACY WITH GOD

 

2. To Others: Display Discipleship  8c

8c showing yourselves to be my disciples.

 

3. To Self:

 

Experience Jesus’ Authority  7c, 16b

7c ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

16b Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

 

Experience Jesus’ Joy  11

11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

JOY not the same as HAPPINESS

 

Experience Jesus’ Friendship  14-15

14-15 You are my friends if you do what I command.

15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

 

Experience Jesus’ Love  9, 13

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

 

CONCLUSION

 

 

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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