Last week our lesson was on Purpose and Potential. Both have great impact on your reason for living.
In 2011, Prayer with Purpose ministry started with this purpose: to pray for three groups of people that impact the nations: The Church—The Lost—Elected Leaders.
For a born again Believer in Jesus Christ, everything begins and ends with scripture.
We not only receive knowledge from scripture, we also receive life, for God’s Word is our daily bread that has many nutrients, especially faith, which produces answered prayer. (See Mark 11:22-24)
Last week we looked at the Centurion soldier who went to Jesus on behalf of his servant who was very sick. The soldier told Jesus He didn’t have to come to his home, but rather speak the word and his servant would be healed. Jesus said this man had great faith. This is a picture of intercessory prayer: going to Jesus on behalf of another…in faith.
In Isaiah 62:6-7, Father called for His chosen people to intercede for the city:
“I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,
And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
JESUS CHRIST—INTERCESSOR ON THE CROSS
“He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:11-12)
JESUS CHRIST—OUR HIGH PRIEST
“But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:24-25)
JESUS CHRIST—HEAD OF THE GLORIOUS CHURCH
Father has put all things under the feet of His Son and placed Him as Head of the Church. (Ephesians 1:22-23) He is the vine, we are the branches.
Jesus is at work through His church changing nations. Jesus and His Body are one. As the Chief Intercessor He works through His Spirit who is abiding in each member to intercede for The Church, for the lost, and for elected leaders; to bring all things under subjection to Himself in our cities, our states, our nation, including nature itself.
“For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.” (1 Corinthians 15:25)
“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” (1 Corinthians 12:27)
THE CALL TO PRAYER
Whether alone with Father, or gathering with other pray-ers, your voice, being connected to your heart, has abilities that can bring forth mighty changes.
Your work is an inside job, as it is coming forth from the place that Holy Spirit resides.
“The Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21)
Don’t think you can fulfill your purpose without the Word of God.
Your heart will be void of God’s anointing, like a balloon lying flat on a table.
HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US WHEN WE PRAY (Romans 8:26-27)
Don’t think you can maximize your divine potential in prayer without the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”
A few days later, the Holy Spirit made His glorious entrance through the heavens into the upper room and sat upon each of the disciples, and they spoke in tongues. (Acts 2:1-6) Wow!
Speaking in tongues is necessary for effective praying, otherwise the LORD would not have given it to us.
When we pray in the Spirit we are speaking mysteries to God. (1 Corinthians 14:2)
As we grow, we can develop our ability to interpret what we are speaking.
Tongues come out of the heart to quiet the mind and to give voice to what God wants spoken or disclosed. We don’t know everything! He does! Rely, trust, depend, on Holy Spirit while praying. If you venture off into self will, you will enter into error.
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit…” (Jude 20)
Knowing who you are in Christ will help you to pray more effectively.
This is that…which affects answered prayer.
“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 AMPC)