MTS2 Session Four: A House of Prayer

MTS-2 Bar Montenegro

October 2009


Session Four

Why Am I Here?  To Serve His Church

Becoming a House of Prayer?  Luke 19:46



Introduction:
Yesterday we talked about and practiced the action of prayer called Intercession.  This prayer is the kind that “takes a stand before God on behalf of another’s problems or condition.” But before we even started yesterday’s session, we knew that what God’s Word says about intercession and what we were going to engage in would be perhaps the most important thing we would bring into the weekend.  And the enemy seemed to take some annoying shots at the session:
1.    Rick’s computer froze
2.    The beamer went out
3.    The storm hit right in the middle of our time, and
4.    The morning was somewhat disjointed.
But…
1.    We prayed powerfully for Montenegro
2.    Volker and Natia were here to get prayer
3.    The Lord Jesus was worshiped and honored here

There were some things we didn’t get to do yesterday that we feel would be important to our week together, especially in relation to intercession and the churches we serve alongside of.

Transition:

First we would like to hear from you:
What ways has your field incorporated intercessory prayer into the lives of your team?
How have you tried to create a culture of intercession in your team?
How have you made prayer a priority?

Teaching Intro:

Define CHURCH – hospital, corporation, army, big bible study, small group, my family, temple of God, bride, established on earth for heaven, the church is me, a bunch of believers.
The Apostle Peter said CHURCH is a building – not the brick and mortar type, but a living temple or edifice.  Each stone perfectly fit for its place.
Jesus uses this metaphor, too. My house – shall be a house of prayer

For the church to become a house of prayer, we need to become intercessors!

Define “Intercession” and “Intercede” – in the Greek a compound word – “between” and “to go” – it’s the specific kind of prayer that takes a position before God on behalf of another person or people. Presents their case, appeals to God’s mercy, and asks for God’s active participation in changing the situation or condition.

Successful Intercessors:

1.    Intercessors keep their focus on God’s glory, eternity, and what He values while praying for the needs of a person, city, or nation.
Illus. Peter Lord, author and disciple-maker, said that in our intercession, we should keep our gaze on the eternal and our glance on the need.
Illus. C.S. Lewis quote from Crazy Love by Francis Chan says: “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”

2.    Intercessors are not afraid to get their hands dirty.
Not afraid to hug, grab a hand, put a hand on a shoulder, no matter the condition of that shoulder.
Rick: When I was serving in San Antonio, a lady had gotten an infection in her leg. I didn’t think much of it – how bad could a leg infection be. She showed me her gangrenous leg and I covered it back up, and interceded for her through the cloth bandages. Not really hoping much – next Sunday morning she walked down the aisle to speak with me and we both rejoiced in God’s answer to our intercession.

3.    Intercessors pray early, late, long, short, and often.
There are four timelines for prayer in the Bible:
•    Unceasing Prayer – an attitude that jumps to prayer whenever the needs come about.
•    Prayer of the Moment – Nehemiah prayed a quick prayer before answering the king.
•    Extended prayer – hours, days, 40 days, etc.
•    Specific and consistent time in prayer – Acts the disciples when up for prayer.

One thing is certain, intercessors pray often, and seek to grow in their skills.

4.    Intercessors see the Church as victorious – the Church takes ground, advance, endure until fruit comes.

5.    Intercessors follow the Scriptures – we pray promises and what we find about the heart of God in the Bible. (John 17, the Lords Prayer, epistles)

Rick: Several years ago, I took a weeklong silent retreat and read through the NT, and highlighted every time prayer or one of the key words for prayer was used and spent time thinking about these passages. Prayer is all through the Bible, especially in the NT. God’s people pray, a lot!

God longs for a church that is a house of prayer, praying for the nations and for individuals, defeating the works of the enemy through powerful, “palal” (intercessory) praying.

Table Time:

Flip chart – Go back to your passages from yesterday’s table time on examples of intercession. Let’s write down practical intercessory principles from your discussion that we can use on our fields today.

Closing:
Pray for the fields we have already heard from. Choose which one you want to pray for. Use the principles we have listed here to help you in praying for these fields.

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