Praying With And For Our Leaders
(October 2013 - Week 4)
(1). 1 Kings 13:6 Then the king said to the man of God, “Intercede with the LORD your God and pray for me that my hand may be restored.” So the man of God interceded with the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored and became as it was before.
(2). 1 Kings 14:7-8a Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: “I raised you up from among the people and made you a leader over my people Israel. 8I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, ...”
(3). John 19:10-11a "Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?" 11 Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.
(4). Daniel 2:19-21 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and said: "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. 21 He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
(5). 1 Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
(6). “We think it is incumbent upon this people to humble themselves before God on account of their sins... and also to implore the Divine Blessing upon us, that by the assistance of His grace, we may be enabled to reform whatever is amiss among us, that so God may be pleased to continue to us the blessings we enjoy.” [John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence]
(7). Prayer thought: There is a time for politics and there is a time for prayer. Our culture encourages us to spend more time with politics. Our God encourages us to spend more time in prayer and in praying for those in politics.
Praying With And For Our Friends
(October 2013 - Week 3)
(1). Luke 22:31-32 "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."
(2). Colossians 1:9-12 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
(3). Acts 4:23-24(a) & 31 23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God...31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
(4). Romans 15:30-32 30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
(5). “George Muller a man of prayer and man of faith. A definite prayer of importunity follows: ‘In November, 1844, I began to pray for the conversion of five individuals. I prayed every day without a single intermission, whether sick or in health, on the land or on the sea, and whatever the pressure of my engagements might be. Eighteen months elapsed before the first five was converted. I thanked God and prayed on for the others. Five years elapsed, and then the second was converted. I thanked God for the second, and prayed on for the other three. Day by day I continued to pray for them, and six years passed before the third was converted. I thanked God for the three and went on praying for the other two. These two remained unconverted.’ Those prayers? You ask. In 1897, those two men, sons of a friend of Mr. Müller’s youth, were not converted, after he had entreated God in their behalf for 52 years daily. But after his death God brought them in the fold.” [George Müller by Basil Miller, pg. 146]
(6). Prayer thought: Our prayer with our friends can help them find strength in God (1 Samuel 23:16). Our prayer for our friends can be part of loving them deeply, with a love that covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). (Peter learned this when he asked Jesus how many times he should forgive a brother who sinned against him [Matthew 18:21-22]). Praying with and for friends is a means of blessing that extends beyond our resources to the riches we’ve accessed in Christ.
Praying With And For the Children
(October 2013 - Week 2)
(1). Matthew 19:13-15 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
(2). Psalm 127:3-5(a) 3 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
(3). Proverbs 2:1-6 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
(4). Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
(5). “Samuel came into this world and was given life in direct answer to prayer. He was born of a praying mother whose heart was full of earnest desire for a son. He came into life under prayer surroundings, and his first months in this world were spent in direct contact with a woman who knew how to pray.” [E.M. Bounds, Prayer and Praying Saints]
(6). Prayer thought: Acknowledging children as gifts from the Lord, we must seek to establish a genuine and consistent prayer life in them. We do so by instruction and training, however the greatest impact we may have is by example. By teaching and modeling the necessity of a strong prayer life, the Lord will establish a firm foundation within children so that they may always walk with Him.
Praying With And For the Spouse
(October 2013 - Week 1)
(1). Matthew 18:18-20 18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.19 Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” [We are promised transformative power through prayer with our spouse and a guarantee that Christ will meet us uniquely as we come together to do so.]
(2). 1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers [We are warned of what can hinder the husband’s prayer. A husband who mistreats his wife will not be one who fully prays for her.] Genesis 25:21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
(3). 1 Corinthians 7:3-5(a) 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. [Prayer with your spouse invites Christ into your marriage, strengthens the bond of marriage, encourages unity and deepens emotional intimacy.]
(4). “There is a power in conferring and covenanting, on the part of kindred spirits, to come before God, and plead together some special promise.” [J. B. Johnston, The Prayer Meeting and Its History]
(5). Prayer thought: The centrality of Christ within a marriage is displayed by coming together in regular prayer.