Lessons In This Module
There is no more amazing reality in the Christian life than the invitation that is extended to us as children of God to come into the presence of our Father in heaven, and there to present our requests to the Creator of the universe. Countless books have been written, the out-breathing of those whose hearts have been conquered by Christ’s love, and swept away by His intimate and inexorable fellowship. Beyond this there is the kingdom privilege of participation in God’s eternal purposes, partnering with Him to bring His kingdom to the earth, and ensure that His will is done in our generation. This session considers the heart and passion for prayer, and seeds a fresh impetus in the prayer life of the believing heart.
There are few things as disturbing and upsetting as Christianity without the Spirit; a form of Godliness that denies the real power. Prayer is to be endued with power from on high, it is to be a river of life, a great deluge, flowing from a heart aflame for Christ and His purpose in the universe. In this session we talk about filling the form with the tremendous vitality of God’s Spirit, and how to yield to that flow from within. It is a powerful session and one not to be missed.
Ephesians 6:18 makes it clear that there are different kinds of prayer that God has provided to obtain the results we need to see, God’s will established in the earth. Each manner or kind of prayer has different rules, which when applied bring promised results. In this session we look at some general principles, and then at specific truths concerning particular kinds of praying spoken of in the Scriptures. This is a nuts-n-bolts session that will equip you in what you need to know about the prayer tools God has placed into your believing hand.
Not only does the Bible encourage (indeed command) private prayer, but also calls for a corporate expression in prayer, the results of which are startling. Examples are seen in both the Old and New Testaments of the efficacy of many people agreeing in prayer concerning the purposes of God, and releasing God’s awesome power into the earth. Be inspired to join with your brethren to synergise your effectiveness and apply the maximising principles of agreement and unity to your prayer life.
Prayer in the Spirit essentially is any utterance in prayer that proceeds not from the understanding but directly from the spirit of the Believer. We have already considered to a small degree the dynamic of the spirit of prayer. We will here be more particularly focused upon what the Bible terms praying in (or with) the spirit (1 Cor 14:15). These expressions include prophetic utterance and declaration, simple tongues and what the Scriptures call groanings and travail. What are they, and how does this spiritual dynamic of prayer operate in the life of the believer?
The disciples of Jesus clearly saw the power of their Master’s prayer life. So much so that they came to Jesus to ask Him the question, “Lord, How do you pray? Can you teach us also?” Jesus responded with this dynamic model prayer for the disciples. We will look in this session at how this model can be practically utilised by the believer to enrich their devotional prayer times; Powerful Practical Principles of Prayer!
One of the most extensive and detailed types presented in the Old Testament is the Tabernacle of Moses (and the Temple of Solomon which is based on the same plan of approach to God). The Scriptures teach that this earthly tabernacle was a shadow of the heavenly tabernacle which exists in heaven itself. In this lesser known but power-packed prayer track we consider this form of approach to God in a New Testament context. Honestly, you will not regret looking into the holy of holies – it is beyond glorious!
In this session we will consider the subject of intercessory prayer, a form of prayer which encompasses many others. Essentially meaning simply to pray for someone else, intercessory prayer is nevertheless the most potent force available to man. Nations and the history of civilizations have been determined by the presence of a man or woman willing to intercede. We also include in this session the subject of warfare prayer because engagement with the enemy is most often experienced when we venture into intercessory prayer, because it is through intercession that satan’s strongholds are destroyed and the Kingdom of our great God established.
During His time on earth Jesus taught His disciples the principles of the Kingdom of God. In the sermon on the mount a triplet of principles is presented: when ye pray, when ye give, when ye fast. Jesus did not say if you fast, but when. He placed fasting alongside prayer and giving as a normal and expected part of Christian lifestyle. In this session we look at kinds of fasting, when, where and how. We cover both spiritual and practical principles of fasting for immediate and dynamic application in the life of the believer.
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