23 Mar R3 Online Prayer Wednesday, March 22, 2017
PRAYER: The Key to Awakening and Reformation
(The Conjoined Twins of Heaven’s connection)
What could you not tarry with Me one hour?
Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation;
the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. –Jesus (Mt. 26:41)
“Prayer is the key to revival” are the words penned by Dr. David Yonggi Cho. God created men and women as “creatures that pray” or the “speaking spirit”. We were designed to commune with God and have dominion over all things with Him as co-heirs in Christ.
Today, we are praying for prayer! It sounds odd, but God has chosen us to co-labor with Him in advancing the kingdom of heaven on earth and proclaiming the Gospel to all nations.
Scripture and history makes clear that prayer-shakers are history-makers! John Wesley wrote in his journal at the height of his revivals: “It appears that God will do nothing except through prayer.” D.L. Moody said, “Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.” And noted theologian Matthew Henry observed: “When God intends to do a great work the first thing He does is to set His people to a praying.”
It is obvious that Awakening and Reformation awaits the INTENSITY, FREQUENCY, and TENACITY of God’s people to lay hold of in prayer!
Today, let us stir ourselves to take hold of God and fan the flames of revival in our time—in this generation!
- THANKSGIVING WITH PRAISE (The Acts of Appreciation and Adoration)
- Enter into his gates with THANKSGIVING, and into his courts with PRAISE; be thankful to him, and bless his name. (Ps. 100:4)
- Our Father which art in heaven, hollowed be thy name. (Mt. 6:9)
Definitions: Thanksgiving: confession of gratitude; to express thankfulness as an offering; to be grateful both in attitude and ways of appreciation.
Praise: declaration of adoration; to use verbal praise as an offering; to make a show or celebration; to ascribe due honor and exaltation.
Scripture: 2 Chron. 5:13-14; Ps. 50:23; 63:3; 66:8; 22:3; Ps. 150:2; Phil. 4:7; Col. 4:2; Mt. 11:25; Mk. 8:6; Heb. 13:15; Eph. 5:18,20; 1 Pet. 2:9
- For God’s people to take their assigned place as a royal priesthood called to minister to God.
- For God’s people to cultivate the attitude of gratitude as did Jesus, the Son of man.
- For God’s people to understand that whoever offers praise glorifies God. (Ps. 50:2)
- For God’s people to know the power the sacrificial of praise. (Mt. 26:7; 2 Sam. 24:24)
- For God’s people to exercise the power of praise. (Ps. 149:6ff)
- For God’s people to enlarge God because of where he enthrones Himself. (Ps. 22:3 NIV)
- For God’s people to refuse to remain silent when it is our responsibility to make the voice of His praise to be heard changing the atmosphere through thanksgiving with praise.
- CONFESSION WITH REPENTENCE (The Acts of Admission and Agreement)
Definitions: Confession: (homologeō; compound) homo-same; logeo -to speak = to say the same thing or come into agreement with what God said; to make covenant in confession: to admit sin and faults.
Repentance: (Metonoina) to change one’s mind and purpose; reformation of attitude; to change in reverse or turn around in return.
- IF My people…will turn from their wicked ways…(2 Chron. 7:14)
- IN repentance and rest is your salvation…(Is. 30:15 NIV)
- IF we [truly] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive us our sins (lawlessness) and [continually] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action.]
Scripture: Ps. 24:3-6; 51:10; 66:18; 130:3; 139: 23-24; Rom. 4:2
- Realize that judgment begins at the house of the Lord. (2 Pet. 4:17-18)
- Repentance is the key to reformation and restoration. (Is. 30:15; 2 Chron. 7:14)
- Conviction of the Holy Spirit to fill the church and nations. (Jn. 16:8)
- God’s people to understand that open sin unrepented of means God will not hear us and separates us. (Is. 59:1; Ps. 66:18)
- It is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. (Rom. 4:2)
- Worldly sorrow leads to death, but godly sorrow leads to salvation. (2 Cor. 7:10)
- True salvation awaits true confession with repentance. (Lk. 13:3; 1 Jn. 1:9; Pro. 28:13-14)
- PETITION WITH SUPPLICATION (The Acts of Expressed Desires and Personal Needs)
- Praying always with all prayers and SUPPLICATIONS in the Spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and SUPPLICATION for all the saints. (Eph. 6:18)
- And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know we have the PETITIONS that we desired of him. (1 Jn. 5:15)
Definitions: Petitions: to request or entreat, to ask regarding personal desire; inquiring of.
Supplications: to seek favor in finding; to find grace; prayer expressed in personal need.
Scripture: Ps. 138:8; Mt. 6: 32; 7:11; Phil. 4:6; Heb. 4:16; 1 Pet. 5:6-10
- For the people of God to understand they have not because they ask not. (Jam. 1:5-8: 4:4)
- For the people of God to realize that without faith it is impossible to have prayers answered. (Heb. 11:1, 6)
- For the people of God to know that Jesus provided a way and wants us to ask. (1 Pet. 5:6-7)
- For the people of God to come to the awareness of what Jesus offers in His name. (Jn. 14:13-14)
- For the people of God to exercise their creative order and divine right as a royal priesthood. (1 Pet. 2:9)
- For the people of God to ask with confidence knowing God will accomplish what concerns us. (Ps. 138:8)
- For the people of God to learn that the Father already knows what we have need of but requires us to ask, seek, and knock. (Mt. 6:32; 7:11)
- INTERCESSION and WARFARE (The Acts of Earnest Appeal and Spiritual Contending)
For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies,
but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,
against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
(Eph. 6:12 NLT)
Definitions: Intercession: to meet and advocate; to intercede for oneself or on behalf of another; plead one’s case; to stand in the gap or in defense.
Warfare: to inact; to contend in military strategies and maneuvers; to confront opposing forces; to clash in conflict in warring kingdoms and terrestrial disputes.
2 Cor. 10:3-4 TLV
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but powerful through God for the tearing down of strongholds.
Scripture: Is. 59:16; Rom. 8:26-28; Eph. 6:10-16; 1 Tim. 1:18, 2:1; Heb. 7:25; Rev. 12:10-11; Lk. 10:19-20; Mt. 11:12: Lk. 18:1-8
- For God’s people to learn that prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.
- For God’s people to tap into the power of intercession as their first resource not their last resort.
- For God’s people to learn to pray until the Spirit of prayer and anointing falls.
- For God’s people to understand that we sometimes have to contend for God’s promises.
- For God’s people to pray as more than conquerors and war in prayer as over-comers.
- For God’s people to learn how to defend ground, stand ground, and take ground.
- For God’s people to claim God’s promises and pray from the place of victory, not defeat, and intercede from high places not heavy loads.
- WATCH AND PRAY (The Acts of Mental Alertness and Spoken Intervention)
The end of all things is at hand:
Be therefore sober and
WATCH IN PRAYER. (1 Pet. 4:7)
Definitions: Watch: to stand guard; to keep watch; to remain alert and vigilant on call; to stay awake and expectant on assignment.
Pray: to judge; to meditate between two parties; to urge in intervention; to intercede; to plead ones’ case in advocacy.
Scripture: 2 Chron. 7:14; Ps. 141:3; Is. 21:6; Ezk. 3:17; 1 Thes. 5:6; Rev. 3:2
- For God’s people to learn informed, intelligent, intercession.
- For God’s people to discern between praying for the most urgent from the least important.
- For God’s people to pray the priorities of God in Scripture.
- For God’s people to exercise the power of praying in the Spirit. (Jude 23; Rom. 8:26-27)
- For God’s people to know what “pray without ceasing” means.
- For God’s people to awaken up and take their post on the wall as watchmen in prayer.
- For God’s people to learn how to breakthrough in prayer and resist the enemy.
- WAITING and LISTENING (The Acts of Soul Surrender and Spiritual Reception)
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him:
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
(Lam. 3:25-26 NKJV)
Definitions: Waiting: to hope in expectation; to collect and expect; to bind together in assurance; to stop, look, and wait.
Listening: to hear intelligently; the attention of obedience; to receive and discern; to give ear; to listen with intention.
Scripture: Is. 40:31; Ps. 27:14; 37:7, 9; 62:5; 130:5; Heb. 3:15; Rev. 3:20; Jn. 10:27; Deut. 28; 30:2-10; 1 Sam. 15:19-22; 1 Kgs. 19:13; Jude 2-3; Lk. 18:1-8
- God’s people to learn that warring and winning are born of worship and waiting.
- God’s people to fine tune their hearing to the still small voice of God.
- God’s people to distinguish between the voices of strangers and the Shepherd.
- God’s people to understand the essentialness of hearing God’s voice in the last days.
- God’s people to exercise the power of praying in the Spirit and seeking to interpret their praying.
- God’s people to learn to wait to birth spiritual Isaac’s, not spiritual Ishmael’s.