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.
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 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.
An audio message delivered at the Antioch Prayer Society Convocation for Prayer and Revival from Isaiah 6 on the call to live before the Lord as a priest in this age.
This is part of the series Living Before the Throne. The previous post in this series is Living Before the Throne – Understanding Jesus’ Intercession.“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” – Hebrews 7:25 NKJV The […]This is part of the series Living Before the Throne.
This is part of the series Living Before the Throne. The next post in this series is Living Before the Throne – Responding to Jesus’ Intercession.“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” – Hebrews 7:25 (NKJV) […]This is part of the series Living Before the Throne.
It has been very encouraging to my heart to see more and more people studying the book of Revelation studying it to find the revelation of Jesus (Revelation 1:1) and to prepare their hearts to both boldly declare the gospel and endure persecution. Because of this, I plan to share some ideas on how to […]
Praying the Scripture is something that I believe is often overlooked, but has incredible value. Recently I’ve been making an intentional effort to pray the Scripture and it has really moved my heart. Just to clarify what I mean by praying the Scriptures, I am not talking about what I call “pray reading.” Pray reading […]
We were recently discussing some of the ways prayer is misused and it immediately came to me that perhaps some of our error in praying is that we have so mystified it that we really do not have a solid paradigm for exactly what we are doing when we pray. Because our governmental model of […]