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In this Issue:

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

In the February newsletter; we began this series from the 18th chapter of Matthew with an introduction titled The Great Commission of Prayer. We continue with No Purer Motive. Future installments will be:

  • No Greater Ambition - April
  • No Stronger Fellowship - May
  • No Higher Power - June

Part Two – No Purer Motive

If you want the power of God in your life; step outside the self centered society you live in and try to see yourself from His perspective. Then ask this question, ‘In all areas of my life; do I want what Jesus wants?’

One of the most common reasons for frustration in prayer is that people tend to spend all their prayer energy telling God what to do. Pretty absurd when you think about it. Your Heavenly Father wants you to talk to Him about your need, but talking to Him as though He needs you to tell Him what to do about it is not the appropriate attitude. Notice Jesus’ introduction to this passage:

"Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 18:3 NKJV

As a child, did you ever wonder what would happen to you if your parents died? I can remember pondering how many heads of lettuce and loaves of bread the coins in my top drawer would buy. As I recall, my calculations resolved the issue to my childish mind.

No matter how fiscally independent I thought I was; at the end of the day I was totally dependent on my parents to provide my needs and give me guidance. This is the reality Jesus is trying to get across. You are totally dependent on Him not only to provide your needs, but also to give you guidance. Consider the follow verse written years later by James the half brother of Jesus:

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” James 4:3 NKJV

The apostles had ignored the things Jesus was teaching about servitude and were continually trying to manipulate Him into their visions of wealth and power. Before you begin talking with God about your struggles; you will do well to spend some time meditating on this conflict of wills.

Your motive in prayer is probably for an easier life. You just want God to make your struggle go away. Think for a moment about His motives. If you could listen in on a conversation between Jesus and the Heavenly Father as they talked about the issue you’re facing; you’d likely find that their motives and goals are very different than yours.

A careful study of Matt. 18 reveals what motivates Jesus. He wants to see:

  • The weak protected (vs. 6)
  • The lost saved (vs. 11)
  • The fallen reconciled (vs. 15)

Nowhere in the New Testament will you find that giving you an easy life is important to Jesus. Even His statement in Matt. 11:30 that, “…my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” is a picture of team work not a life of ease.

What’s the most difficult problem on your prayer list? The next time you talk to God about that issue; would you be willing to pray:

Father, I realize that you may prefer to walk through this struggle with me rather than deliver me from it. If you can use my struggle to strengthen a weaker Christian, encourage a fallen brother, or draw a lost soul to yourself; I want what you want.

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Ministry news:

We're getting very close to having the DVD presentation of the Journey Into the Presence of God conference of prayer ready. I know I've been talking about it for two years, but we're really close. More about that next month.

Are you wanting to do something significant for your fall or spring revival. What about a prayer revival? Just recently a pastor said to his congregation at the conclusion of the prayer conference, "This is the best thing we've ever done." He then went on to talk about how the commitments people had made were the kind that will make a difference in both them and the church for many years to come.

We’ve added two worship services to the conference options: ‘Hearing God Speak’ and ‘Praying with Purpose’. In this optional ‘prayer revival’ format, the Prayer Guide teachings become morning/afternoon breakout sessions. There’s more about it on the ‘ Prayer Conference’ page of the web site.

We have weekend dates available during the summer, late October, early November, and Dec.

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The Journey Into the Presence of God prayer conference is so unique that many struggle to understand what it is. If you're considering hosting the conference; the Promo DVD is a big step toward solving that problem. It contains three segments.

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