The test of delayed answers or the seeming monotony of life can make us wonder if our prayers are actually effective. The good news is that Jesus specifically addressed this question. It is important to understand what He taught was perhaps the greatest key to an effective prayer life so that we can labor in prayer in a biblical way.
In Luke 11 Jesus gave us a simple phrase that is not only a mandate for prayer, it is a mandate for mission. Our labor is to be directed towards this ultimate goal: that it would be done on the earth as it is done in heaven. Understanding this phrase from Scripture ultimately gives us a clear ecclesiology, missiology, and eschatology.
We know how to train teachers, pastors, and evangelists, but who knows how to prepare prophets for God’s confrontation with the nations? When God decided to challenge Pharaoh, He sent His prophet to announce His judgments and when He decides to challenge all the Pharaoh’s of the earth, He will again send His prophets to announce His coming and present His demands.
God makes a bold prediction concern Zion and Jerusalem in Isaiah 62, and He intends us to hear the resolve in His voice and the strength of His determination. Given this, it focuses us to ask a question: how much do we understand His purposes for Zion and Jerusalem and how much of our ministry effort are we directing towards those goals?
In order to properly understand Daniel 8 and Daniel 11, it is important to understand that Antiochus is never specifically referred to in either of these chapters even though many assume that he is. Rather than being either “a fulfillment” or “the fulfillment” of Daniel 8 and Daniel 11, Antiochus Ephinanes was only a prototype […]
The book of Isaiah gives us an incredible amount of information related to the expression and ministry of the church in the last days and one of Isaiah’s main themes is the ministry of believers to Israel during the end-times. This is known as the “Forerunner Ministry” because it prepares the nations for Jesus’ return, and Isaiah illustrates three characteristics of the forerunner ministry that we must understand.
God says that He will not rest until Jerusalem is a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62:1-2). This means that if we are at rest in our spirit before Jerusalem is a praise in all the earth, then we are out of sync with His priorities. It is to our great shame when we “rest” in the atonement of the cross thinking only of the salvation it has secured for us, but not sharing in God’s own restlessness until the cross accomplishes all that He intended it to. Is Jerusalem a praise in all the earth? Do the nations all adore Jesus? If not, how can we rest when He cannot? Do we even take the time to know and understand all that is required to make Jerusalem a praise in all the earth? These are the things that should dominate our thoughts and emotions as much as they dominate His.
In Luke 11, Jesus gives the disciples a specific pattern for prayer, but that prayer is actually more than a prayer. It is also Jesus’s missions strategy to see His purposes come to pass on the earth. In it He not only teaches us to prayer, He commissions us to follow the missiology of His prayer and establish the church according to the pattern given to us in this prayer.
14(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), (Exodus 34:14 NKJV) In Exodus 34, God makes a solemn promise to Moses that He will do signs and wonders for Israel that have never been done for any nation (Exodus 34:0). He also instructs the Israelites […]
If you listen to partial preterists present their position it will not take long until they return to Matthew 24:34 as a foundation stone of their position. 34Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. (Matthew 24:34 NKJV) Partial preterists spend a lot of […]
We long for revival because we want His presence as close as it can be in this age, but there are not enough signs and wonders or big meetings to meet the ache in our soul. The primary issue is not that that we need a more exciting Christianity, but that He desires our burning affections. The excitement of revival fuels the flame of our passion, but we must be aware that it is ultimately not about us. It is about Him.
Just as the Scripture gives us specific information about God’s plan for the region of the Middle East, He also gives us specific information about the expression of the church in this generation. It is our responsibility to understand these descriptions of the church and to labor to build the church according to the pattern God has given.This is part of the series God's Plan for Israel, Missions, and the Church.