Devoted to Prayer, Part 1, Jan 27, 2013

Romans 12:1-3,9-12
– verse 12: rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer (NASB), – rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer, – rejoice in our confident hope. Be patienct in trouble, and keep on praying.
Mark 3:9
– Devoted: dedicated for a task, appointed for it. Greek verb communicating “a steadfast and single-minded fidelity to a certain course of action.” to persevere and not to faint
Acts 1:14,2:42,6:4, Col. 4:2

Pray Your Kingdom Come, Jan 20, 2013

Matt. 6:5-10
– Eight Biblical Truths Abou tthe Kingdom:
  1. The Kingdom of God is Divine (Ps. 103:19)
  2. The Kingdom of God is Messianic (Matt. 12:28)
  3. The Kingdom of God is Revolutionary (Luke 17:20-21, NIV)
  4. The Kingdom of God is Opposed (Eph. 6:12)
  5. The Kingdom of God is Missional (Rom. 16:20, 1 John 3:8)
  6. The Kingdom of God is Progressing (Rev. 21:1,5,1 Cor. 15:24)
  7. The Kingdom of God is Responsive – the Kingdom of God comes through prayer
  8. The Kingdom of God is Personal – the Kingdom of God is a present reality that requires your response (Josh. 24:14-15)

Seeing When You Pray, Jan 13, 2013

2 Kings 6:8-17
– praying is engaging with God in a personal way
Ps. 35:1-10 – imagine and see God as your defender when you pray
– see your weakness as your enemy and ask God to defend you
– see God standing up – Hebrew is to arise in a hostile sense, become powerful, come on the scene
– see God blocking the way – also draw out the spear and stop those who pursue you
– see God speaking to you – God saying “I am your salvation”
– see your enemies confounded, confused, turning back – resist temptation by replacing the thought with something else
– see angels working on your behalf
– see your enemies tangled in their own net
– see your soul joyful in God
– see yourself delivered from that which is too strong for you – this is the posture of humility

3x5x21 Take the Challenge, Jan 6, 2013

– profession is not the same as possession
– profess things by faith and call those things as not as though they were
– Christ in you is the hope of glory
– when things share, when nations rage, you discover where your confidence is, who it is in, and what it is in
Ps. 55:17, Gen. 22:3, Ps. 141:2, Acts 3:1, 2:1, 10:9, 30, Ps. 5:3, 88:13, 92:2, Dan. 6:10
– Significance of the number 3: it’s the first geometrical figure, 3 lines are necessary to form a plane figure, 3 dimensions of lenght, width, and height are necessary to form a solid. Three, therefore, stands for that which is solid, real, substantial, complete, and entire. All things that are specially complete are stamped with this number
– three great divisions completing time: past, present, and future
– three persons, in grammar, express and include all the relationships of mankind
– thought, word, and deed, complete the sum of human capability
– three is the number of divine fullness, the Godhead is made up of Father, Son and Holy Spirit
– a disciple was considered whole or disciplined with a life of prayer, fasting, and giving
– facts were to be established at the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses
– three is a number of resurrection (Luke 13:32)
– it was at the third hour He (Jesus) was crucified
– Jesus raised three people from the dead
– the inscriptions on the cross in three languages show the completeness of His rejection by man
– the perfection of Jesus’ offices are shown in His being Prophet, Priest, and King, raised up from among His brethren (Deut. 17:15, 18:3-5, 15)
– the divine completeness of the Shepherd’s care (John 6:39) is seen in His revelation as: the ‘Good Shepherd’ in death (John 10:14), the ‘Great Shepherd’ in ressurection (Heb. 13:20), the ‘Chief Shepherd’ in glory (1 Peter 4:5)
– His three appearances in Hebrews 9 show that His work will not be divinely perfect and complete until He appears again.
– He ‘hath appeared’ in the end of the age to ‘put away sin,’ and to ‘bear the sins of many’ (Heb. 9:26,28);  ‘now to appear in the presence of God for us,’ He has ascended into Heaven (Heb. 9:24); He ‘shall appear’ again part from all question of sin for those who look for Him (Heb. 9:28)
– man’s three great enemies are the world, the flesh, and the devil
– the world is set over against the Father (1 John 2:15-16); the flesh is set over against the Spirit (Gal. 5:17); the devil is set over against the son (the Living Word (Matt. 4:1, 1 John 3:8) and the Written Word (John 8:44))
– the three temptations: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16)
– Jesus prayed three times in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest
– Jesus was crucified at the third hour and died at the ninth hour
– there were three hours of darkness that covered the land while Jesus was dying
– Types of prayers (1 Tim. 2:1-4)
  1. supplications – seeking, asking, entreating, gives prominence to the expression of personal need
  2. prayers – is a word of sacred character, being limited to prayer to God, the element of devotions a broad word, referring to all communication with the Lord
  3. intercessions – a falling in with, meeting with, a coming together to visit, converse or for any other cause, that for which an interview is held, a petition or supplication
  4. thanksgiving – thankfulness, the giving of thanks