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God’s Plan for Praying in Difficult Times (Matthew 18)

In the February newsletter; we began this series from Matthew 18 with an introduction entitled The Great Commission of Prayer. We continued in March with No Purer Motive, April with No Greater Ambition, and June with No Stronger Fellowship. The series concludes this month with No Higher Power.

Part Five– No Higher Power

Almighty God wants to partner with you. Do you remember how Jesus comforted the apostles in the upper room the night before He was crucified?

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever…for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. John 14:16-18 NKJV

Notice that Jesus says that He will pray for His followers after he gets back to Heaven and the Holy Spirit will implement those prayers. Take a look at this same truth expressed by Paul.

…It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Rom 8:34 NKJV

Many have missed a great truth by misunderstanding the word intercession as it relates to Jesus. You may think that when you pray, your prayer goes to Jesus who then turns to the Father and relays your prayer to Him. That isn't the meaning of intercession. The Heavenly Father doesn’t need hearing aids. He can hear your prayer just fine. In fact, when Jesus was asked by his disciples to ‘teach us to pray’; who did He teach them to pray to? The Father.

The Greek word translated intercession is actually a secular word that means to have a meeting to discuss an issue. In scripture, it refers to prayer on behalf of another person. Think about that as it relates to Jesus interceding for you. Can you see Jesus and the Father sitting on their thrones talking back and forth (having a meeting) about your problem?

Visualize it like this: you and your prayer partner are praying together about a big problem. Jesus steps up, puts a hand on each of your shoulders, puts his head between the two of you and listens to your prayers. Then He begins to talk with the Father about the issue you’ve been praying about. Wouldn’t you love to hear that conversation as they discuss how to accomplish the greatest good as they help you with your problem?

Hearing that prayer and getting your prayers in agreement with it, is the highest level of prayer we can achieve in this life. It is the No Higher Power that we’ve been working toward in this study of Jesus' Great Commission of Prayer.

Remember that triangle of prayer that we left incomplete last month? Jesus completes it.

 

The agreement in prayer that Jesus is teaching was never intended as a way for Christians to manipulate God. It’s always been about the followers of Jesus joining God’s symphony to get in harmony with Him.

You may be thinking that I’ve gone to the opposite extreme from the name-it-and-claim-it crowd and abandoned belief that our prayers have any purpose beyond some psychological benefit to ourselves. As we discussed in earlier segments of this study; when we begin praying about a problem, we're often selfish and short sighted. However, as we persevere in the strong fellowship of prayer and we begin to see things from God's perspective and want what Jesus wants; our prayers become more and more powerful.

God invites you to partner with Him as a valued member of a team. As you and your prayer partner pray together, read scripture, and share insights with one another; you will begin to realize that Jesus is interacting with you by way of His Holy Spirit. He has joined your prayer partnership and is working along side you.

[Read the 'Ministry News' below and see how God partnered with us to answer our prayer in a way we could never have done by ourselves.]

Does that make sense to you? Do you see that this is the highest and most powerful form of prayer? It’s not something you accomplish over a weekend. It is the hard work of prayer and is God’s Plan for Praying in Difficult Times.

 

Next time - Hearing the voice of the Shepherd.

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Ministry news:

Lay Renewal Prayer Weekend

Peggy and I are always praying for God to multiply our ministry and take the Prayer Guide message beyond our reach. The weekend of August 14-16 is an example of God's answer to that prayer. I'll be teaching sessions for a Lay Renewal Prayer Weekend at Woodlawn Baptist Church, Conover, NC.

If you're not familiar with lay renewal; it's kind of like a revival mission trip. A group of volunteers come to a church and lead worship and testimony services both in the homes and at the church. There are five kinds of these weekends: Awakening, Equipping, Commissioning, Empowering, and Sending. I'll be involved in an 'Empowering' weekend. This is the newest and still in development. Let me tell you how Got got me involved.

Sometime last year I sent out several thousand Broadcast Emails about our ministry. A short time later I got an unsubscribe (request to be removed from the mailing list) from a lady in North Carolina. Later that same day I got an email from the same lady saying she and her husband wanted to be put back on the list and actually bought a book and CD-Set from my web site.

She later told me that she was going through email and didn't recognize my name so she clicked ' unsubscribe'. Later that day she saw something about me on her husband's desk and mentioned the email. He'd been wondering how to find out more about my ministry.

The couple is Bob and Phyllis Foy. He's the coordinator for Lay Renewal in NC and for the North American Mission Board of the SBC. A couple of weeks later he called and said he'd looked at everything on my web site and that my emphasis on training prayer leaders fit what they were trying to do with the 'Empowering' weekend mentioned above.

He asked if I ever came to the NC area. Just so happened I was already scheduled to speak at the Woodlawn church. Guess what? He knew the pastor. Pretty soon the Sunday speaking engagement had turned into a Prayer Lay Renewal Weekend.

Our prayer to multiply this ministry is being answered. Please pray for me and Bob Foy as we seek to integrate these two ministries to best serve the purposes of God. Put the weekend of August 14-16 on your prayer calendar and lift us up during those days.


In Christ,

Lowell

 

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