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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
In Genesis 18 Abraham begs and pleads that the sinful city of Sodom be spared. Lord will you spare the city if there are 50 righteous ones to be found there? I will. If 40? I will. If 30? I will. If 20? I will. And if only 10? I will. Imagine Abraham’s boldness asking that the faithfulness of as few as 10 be sufficient to spare the wicked city from God’s wrath. Sadly, 10 were not found. We know the story, but what is the prayer focus here? It is not for us to rejoice in God’s judgment. But rather for us to pray like Abraham, asking that many sinners, even entire cities, be spared by the sufficiency of 10 who love God. Pray with me that in every wicked place 10 faithful witnesses will be found.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Cornell Haan in 1998 suggested 3 steps to extraordinary prayer. Step 2 - Agree with one another in prayer. This second principle assumes that 2 or more are praying together and, as Mt. 18:19 suggests, there must be complete agreement while someone else prays...Agreement involves mental participationl. Listen to the person who is praying. Don't sit there thinking about your agenda or what you might pray next...Agree with the person who just prayed, adding what God has placed on your heart...Pray with your Bible open, and let God suggest passages to be shared.
Cornell Haan in 1998 suggested 3 steps to extraordinary prayer. Step3 – Pray about what is on God’s heart. Haan suggests that we can know what is on God’s heart, and pray with power, if we are thirsty for God. We can know God’s heart through silence (listening to the Holy Spirit). We can know God’s heart if we pray with the Bible open, searching the Word for God’s truth. Extraordinary prayer is 1) not casual and lighthearted, 2) not dry and emotionless, 3) not routine and boring. We pray ordinary prayers all the time. But these times call for extraordinary prayer. Step up and pray with power, God’s power.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Cornell Haan in 1998 suggested 3 steps to extraordinary prayer. Step1 – No prayer requests. He writes, “Don't ask for or give prayer requests. Teach people to pray their request, and others to follow by agreeing in prayer. It's amazing how different an actual prayer sounds from a prayer request. In a prayer request, listeners hear the brain talking. In prayer, listeners hear the heart.” Don’t be a Christian who talks and talks and shares and shares and gives prayer request after prayer request. Be a Christian who puts a priority on talking things out with God directly.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
A blessed gift given humankind is the ability to think, to wonder, to expand the mind and visualize God’s Glory. Philippians 4:8 encourages us to use this gift as we offer the “Think-on” prayer. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things.