Partnering With God In Prayer
Phil Hardy (Sun, 21 May 2017)
Phil spoke about the importance of partnering with God in prayer.
• We are encouraged in scripture to
o Pray Scripturally
o Pray Strategically
o Pray Systematically
• Sometimes it’s hard
• Sometimes there are barriers, distractions and our minds wonder, our praying on detours
• God has told us he wants us to strengthen our prayer muscle, to be stronger and more effective in our praying, He said we could have this building but we would have to fight for it in prayer
• Prayer is a key factor in any advancement of the Gospel and the church
• Prayer should precede any kingdom activity
• God wants our future / your future to be better than our / your past
God wants us to have influence in every sphere of our life, workplace, where we live in our community,
Prayer has been the Key to our Past History right back from the beginning in Genesis
Right back in our history we find prayer in the Old Testament is in Genesis 15 - God reveals his plan and purpose to Abram
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.”
Isaac praying because Rebekah was barren and so she had Jacob and Esau. The promise made to Abraham his Father would be fulfilled because of this prayer, and continues to be fulfilled
Jesus obviously prayed – Obviously!
On the day of Pentecost what were they doing?
When the early church were being persecuted what did they do?
When Peter was imprisoned how did they respond?
Prayer was the key in the Old Testament and the New Testament church
The point is Prayer was the key to our past, our heritage.
As a nation we once prayed and it was prayer that once made this nation great
We are where we are
We are who we are …..Because of prayer
Over the years there has been much prayer in the church for the church to bring us to this point
Prayer was important, it still is important, even of greater importance maybe; it always will be until Jesus comes again, and it’s the key to our future – to yours and mine
3 points about Prayer
• Prayer expresses our trust in God and the means whereby our trust him can increase as well as a way of expressing our love to him and fellowship with him
• Prayer changes the way God acts
James 4:2 you do not have because you do not ask
Prayer not only does us good but also affects God and the world
When we ask, God responds
Luke 11: 9-10 for everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks the door will be opened.
There is a clear connection between seeking things form God and receiving them
When we ask, God responds
• Pray in accordance with Gods will
1 John 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
Wayne Grudem:- It’s appropriate that we should have great confidence that God will answer our prayer when we ask him for something that is in accord with a specific promise or command of scripture
What’s your prayer life like – occasional, when we remember? when its convenient? , when we’re in need? Is it passive?
Does it go something like this -?
Good morning God please help me today or Good night
Bless me and mine
Look after my house and family
Just maybe what he means for us to strengthen our Payer muscle maybe we need to adopt a lifestyle of praying
Continuous, Effective, Hell destroying, Bondage breaking, Stronghold crushing, Life generating, Soul saving and power releasing spiritual intersession
Conclusion & Application
There is much God has planned for you and us to do, God’s not done with you or us yet, his purpose for the Peak District and this church has yet to be fully fulfilled
Prayer is the key to seeing it all happen
Maybe if you don’t already set aside just some time say 15minutes every day to pray with and in the spirit like that and see what change God will bring about.
Chris Spear – Prayer Room
We have opportunities in church life to pray together, I want to encourage you to strengthen your own prayer life and that we continue to strengthen the Prayer life of the church.
Questions for Groups
• What’s your prayer life like? What obstacles hinder prayer?
• How can you strengthen your payer muscle?
• What do you think hinders people from getting together for prayer?
• What would church life be like if we prayed more and prayed like this - Continuous, Effective, Hell destroying, Bondage breaking, Stronghold crushing, Life generating, Soul saving and power releasing spiritual intercessory prayer
Remember The Poor
Jim Harper (Sun, 14 May 2017)
Jim Harper from Hope Church, Worcester, shared his passion for reaching the poor with the gospel and explained some of the things that they have been doing in Worcester.
Further notes and questions may be available in due course.
God In The Dark Places
Peter Williams (Sun, 07 May 2017)
Peter spoke from Psalm 22 about hearing from God in the dark times.
To view Peter's slides (in PDF format), click here.
To view Peter's full notes (in PDF format), click here.
When on the cross, Jesus quotes Psalm 22. We can copy Jesus’s pattern of communication with God when we feel forsaken.
● Recognise your separation
● Express your angst, where are you God?
● Recognise who you are
● Recognise who God is
● Tell the facts of the situation
● Seek prophecy
● Request in faith
● It is finished
Questions for Groups
In your experience, where is God in your dark places?
How do you struggle to get perspective when it's dark?
Does the pattern of Psalm 22 help you?
The Vision and practicalities for The Lime Tree building
Phil Hardy Neal Garratt Justyn Pride Graham Kemp (Sun, 30 Apr 2017)
In our first formal Sunday meeting at the Lime Tree Building, Phil, Neal, Justyn and Graham outlined both the vision for the building and the activities of the church and design modifications that will be made to the building.
Please note that the questions in the Q&A session were not given through the mic. Hopefully you can work out what the question was from the answer that was given!
To view the slides about the Elder's vision (in PDF format), click here.
To view Graham's slides in relation to the design and layout of the building (in PDF format), click here.
Old Testament Prophecies
Dave Harper (Sun, 23 Apr 2017)
Dave outlines some of the Old Testament prophecies.
Please note that not all of Dave's preach was recorded.
Isaiah 19:19-25 Isaiah prophecies of a day when God will do a remarkable thing among the peoples of the Middle East turning them to the Lord and bringing unity through worship.
Using Isaiah 19:19-25 we can find a number of prayers we can confidently pray for the Middle East since they come straight from God's word, the bible. What are some of these prayers?
Burglar Bill And The Easter Story
Neal Garratt (Sun, 16 Apr 2017)
Neal read the story of Burglar Bill and explained how it fitted into the Easter Story.
Jesus Is Risen. Praise The Lord.
The Last Supper Hospitality and Community
Peter Williams (Sun, 09 Apr 2017)
Peter talked on Jesus and the last supper, and looked at how we could live out community and hospitality.
To view Peters' notes (in PDF format), click here.
The Gifts Of The Spirit - What They Are And What They Are Not
Neal Garratt (Sun, 02 Apr 2017)
Neal concluded our series on Spiritual Gifts by summarising what they are not and what they are.
Further notes and questions may be available in due course.
Phil Hardy (Sun, 26 Mar 2017)
Phil continued our series on Spiritual Gifts preaching on discernment.
We apologise for the poor quality of this audio file.
To view Phil's notes (in PDF format), click here.
This gift of discernment is for every believer and is necessary for everyday living that we would not be blown about by every wind of doctrine, that we would know when our enemy is trying to deceive us.
That as we minister the kingdom to others we are more effective because we are able to discern and deal the root cause of any issue rather than just try to ease the symptom.
Paul when writing concerning spiritual gifts encouraged us to desire the best gift, he was not setting up one gift as more important than another, he was saying what’s the most appropriate gift for the situation that will deal with the root cause bring truth, healing, Freedom and deliverance.
1. In what ways can we test the spirits as described in 2 Timothy 2 v 15
2. Paul writing to the Ephesians “Our fight is with the unseen realm” how do we recognise these attacks and how do we resist them?
3. Is discernment only to be used when praying for some one? At what other times do we need to be able to the gift of discernment?
4. Paul encourages us to desire the best gifts? How are we to know what the best gifts are?
Nick Grayshon (Sun, 19 Mar 2017)
Nick Grayshon from Holy Trinity Matlock Bath spoke on God's glory.
To view the bible verses Nick referred to (in PDF format), click here.
Jesus prays to be glorified
After Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed: ‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
1 John 1:1-3
The incarnation of the Word of life
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
1 Nick talked about us being those who God has chosen to show his Glory in, how does God show is glory in us? And how does his glory shine through us that others may see.
2 All that Jesus did was to bring Glory to his father the father always glorified his son. How do we understand this relationship? If we are sons of God what should our relationship with the father be like?
3 how do we keep ourselves humble when God shows his glory through us to others when they praise us for what he did through us.
4 John 15:8 "This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples"
How is it to the fathers Glory when we are fruitful? What is the fruit that brings glory to God?