Week 2- Prayer Application
Pastor Mary Inman
This morning we will not only study prayer, we will engage in prayer together. We will spend time standing, praying together, and agreeing with another congregant, who will lead us.
Just before his death, Jesus walked with His disciples into the Garden of Gethsemane, and prayed aloud. When someone knows they are dying, we add great weight to their prayers.
Praying for those closest to us
In Jesus’ prayer in John chapter 17, Jesus begins by praying for those closest to him. He says,
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. I even posted a night watch. And not one of them got away. (John 17.9,12 MSG)
So, let’s begin today by praying for those that have been given us—our children, parents, siblings, nephews, nieces, friends. Take a moment to think about those closest to you. We will begin today by praying for them, using the some of same words that Jesus used when praying for his close disciples.
Praying for the world
Jesus went on to pray…
I’m praying not only for them (those God gave him) but also for those who will believe in me because of them and their witness about me.(John 17.20)
Jesus was including us in that prayer. He expanded the prayer to all who would believe in Him because of His disciples’ witness. So, now we will pray for those who have not yet received Christ, or who have wandered away, but will come to belief in Him because of our witness.
If you have your list of 5, let’s include them in this prayer.
Asking the Father for Boldness to take Prayer to the Streets
Now let’s talk about how we can take prayer to the public arena. We may be bold in the prayer closet, but weak-kneed when we care, confronted with a prayer situation on the streets. For our model, we will look at what Peter and John did in a similar situation.
In Acts 3, Peter and John are simply on a routine walk to the temple, when they meet a lame man at the Beautiful Gate.
Suddenly the morning becomes anything but routine as Holy Spirit gives them instructions on how to relate. He begs, but they have no money. Then Holy Spirit intervenes, and their prayer is,
“We have no money, but what we have we give to you. In the Name of Jesus, rise up and walk!”
You see, it is an ordinary morning until they listen to Holy Spirit, between the “no money” and the “rise up and walk.” The “rise up and walk” prayer is a great example of taking prayer to the streets.
A crowd gathers, and they use the miracle as an opportunity to teach the people about Jesus. The religious leaders and teachers of the law seize Peter and John and put them in jail overnight. When questioning them the next day, Peter and John refuse to back down on their story that this miracle was done by Jesus. After warning them to not speak again in Jesus name, they release them.
Now comes the prayer, after being jailed and threatened--a prayer for boldness to stand up to religious authorities, a prayer to not crumble in the face of adversity. They could have prayed for protection, safety, and that life would become more comfortable.
This is what they prayed…
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:29,30 NIV)
Let’s pray this together:
Father, enable us to pray boldly on the streets. Give us courage, wisdom, anointing, and convincing words. We declare that fear of the face of man will no longer silence us! We will pray in the name of Jesus in the marketplace, for healing and signs and wonders. Amen.
TAKING PRAYER TO THE STREETS
In our “politically correct” society we are often intimidated about praying in public. We don’t need to be. We have the Spirit of Christ in us—Holy Spirit. We also do not have to be obnoxious. We always present Christ with respect.
So how do we let Holy Spirit minister to those around us?
- We have to use our physical eyes.
- We rely on Holy Spirit for spiritual eyes.
I pray that the eyes of your heart (kardi’a) the knowing, understanding part of you, may be enlightened Eph. 1:18 NIV
Holy Spirit lives in us, wants to teach us, and guide us.
- H.S. will give us boldness
- Learn by listening--listen to His still small voice
- Act on what you hear
- Every time we obey we must step over fear into faith.
- Again and again
- Begin to know when you are obeying and disobeying HS
- H.S. will tell us what to do—don’t do anything out of guilt or compulsion. Holy Spirit will reveal to you what the Father is doing.
The Apostle Paul explains his method of spreading the gospel.
And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Cor. 2:4,5 NIV)