Learning To Pray From the Prophets

Learning to Pray From the Prophets
(September 2013 - Week 4)

(1). James 5:16b-18 The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. [Elijah - learning to pray effectively and powerful out of living in righteousness.]

(2). Daniel 9:19-23 “Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name." 20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill-- 21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He instructed me and said to me, "Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed.” [Daniel - learning to confess own sin and others, and being assured that we have been heard by God.]

(3). Jeremiah 42:1-4 Then all the army officers, including Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest approached 2 Jeremiah the prophet and said to him, "Please hear our petition and pray to the LORD your God for this entire remnant. For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left. 3 Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do." 4 "I have heard you," replied Jeremiah the prophet. "I will certainly pray to the LORD your God as you have requested; I will tell you everything the LORD says and will keep nothing back from you." [Jeremiah - learning to intercede for others.]

(4). “When God has something to say, he takes hold of a prophet. So says Amos (3:7), who gives us insight into this line of work. For Amos, as for others, God is One whose voice cannot be ignored. He speaks often, and when he does, there is no recourse but to get up, go out, and deliver the message. God plucks his prophets from the temple, the orchard, and the marketplace, fuses his terrible love into their hearts, and sets them loose in the henhouse. Feathers fly.” [Dan Schmidt, Unexpected Wisdom: Major Insight From the Minor Prophets]

(5). Prayer thought: The prophets prayed and acted in response to what God spoke to them. 1 Corinthians 14:31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. If we are encouraged to prophesy, then we should expect to hear from God in prayer so we can respond to what God has said.