Published on February 21, 2014
The Life of Prayer
What is the life of prayer? Is it about my righteousness before God? Is it about my calling and purpose? Is it about being significant? Is it about fixing myself and inner healing? Is it about hiding from the world and sin? Is it about the church or the Kingdom of God? Is it about me or about us?
What do you want to accomplish? Change outward conditions Change your inner man Get close to God Both Other
Are we all treated the same by God?
Streams of God The Prayer-Filled Life The Virtuous Life The Spirit-Empowered Life The Compassionate Life The Word-Centered Life The Sacramental Life
Called Use gifts and talents to fulfill life’s calling. Find communion with God in fulfilling or working at my calling. My passion is ________ . Wonder why others don’t _________ . Called to Prayer Use gifts and talents to pray. Find communion with God in prayer. My passion is prayer. Wonder why others don’t pray. Everyone Prays
The Resources The Real Distractions Pride Anger Fear Suffering Pain / Sickness Ambition Coveting Greed Lust Jesus Christ Scripture Song Humility Endurance Contentment Hope Love Faith Daily life
The battle for the inner man
Place of Prayer Prayer closet Prayer meetings Prayer rooms Daily Living Practice of His presence Sacrament of the Moment Burden Bearing Spirit Warfare ◦ Through lifestyle ◦ Through focused words and deeds Life of Prayer
Types of Prayer -Normal Intercession Fellowship Waiting / Listening Bodily Worship Some people pray just to pray and some people pray to know God. --Andrew Murray
Types of Prayer – Non-typical Wishing Dreaming Hoping Worship (Rom. 12:1) Submission Serving Giving Forgiving There is a mighty lot of difference between saying prayers and praying. --John G. Lake
Intercession Praying scripture Crafted prayer Journal / List Circle prayers Group prayers Prayer stations Prayer boards I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it. —John Wesley
Fellowship Worship Praise Conversation ◦ ―Lord Jesus have mercy on me a sinner‖ ◦ ―Come Lord Jesus‖ Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire? -- Corrie Ten Boom
Waiting / listening Silence Solitude Meditation Contemplation Pray, and let God worry. -- Martin Luther
Bodily worship Kneeling Bowing Lying prostrate Dance Clapping Singing Sitting Standing There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers. --Teresa of Avila
What is hindering you the most? What you don’t know What you don’t know in your heart, what you are failing to grasp through experience is the thing that is hindering your transformation into Christlikeness.
Prayer Networks http://www.globalprayermovement.org/ http://idop.org/ http://nationaldayofprayer.org/ http://www.24-7prayer.com/ http://www.ihop.org/ http://www.globaldayofprayer.com/ http://www.worlddayofprayer.net/ http://www.praybook.com
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