July 12, 2011 § Leave a comment
Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church…(45).
Life is war because the maintenance of our faith and the laying hold on external life is a constant fight (46).
Every athlete strives and uses self-control in all things (46).
…struggling on your behalf in his prayers (Col. 4:12) (46).
He (Paul) runs a race, he fights a boxing match, and he strives against the forces of his own body (46).
“No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits” (2 Tim. 2:4) (47).
…missions and ministry are war (47).
In wartime, we are on alert. We are armed. We are vigilant (47).
…casualties of this war do not merely lose an arm or an eye or an earthly life but lose everything – even their own soul…(48)
the disciples…have been sent to bear fruit (49).
We have stopped believing that we are in a war. No urgency, no watching, no vigilance. No strategic planning (49).
We cannot know what prayer is for until we know that life is war (50).
God aims to save people from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. But one of the great obstacles to victory is when people are swept up into social, political, and militaristic conflicts that draw away their attention, time, energy and creativity from the real battle of the universe (50).
…one of his (Satan’s) key strategies is to start battles in the world that draw our attention away from the real battle for the salvation of the lost and perseverance of the saints (50).
…pray for peace…(50)
God has given us prayer because Jesus has given us a mission (51).
Until we feel the desperation of a bombing raid or the thrill of a new strategic offensive for the gospel, we will not pray in the spirit of Jesus (51).
His purpose in all of history is to uphold and display his glory for the enjoyment of his redeemed people from all the nations (52).
If the infallible Scriptures promise that all nations will one day bow down to Christ, and if Christ is sovereign and able by his Spirit through prayer to subdue all opposition to his promised reign, then there is good hope that a person who goes as an ambassador of Christ to one of these nations will be the chosen instrument of God to open the eyes of the blind and to set up an outpost of the kingdom of Christ (53).
“Prayers and pains through faith in Christ Jesus will do any thing!” (53)
John 10:16, …means that Christ has people besides those already converted (55).
the doctrine of election … makes missions hopeful (55).
Paul was deeply aware that the success of his mission was the Lord’s work and not his own (56).
…jealousy for the glory of God in the mission of the church drove the apostles to minister in a way that would always magnify God and not themselves (56).
…Peter drove home the absolute necessity of serving in the strength that God supplies and not our own (57).
…the new covenant promises were that God would overcome hardness of heart and make people new on the inside (57).
…supremacy of God in the mission of the church is clear…He is the main combatant (57).
…the ultimate purpose of prayer is that the Father be glorified (58).
We ask God to do for us through Christ what we can’t for ourselves – bear fruit (58).
Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that he will provide the help we need. Prayer humbles us as needy and exalts God as all-sufficient (59).
They called on God:
- to exalt his name (59)
- to extend his kingdom
- that the gospel would speed and ahead and be honored
- for the fullness of the Holy Spirit
- to vindicate his people in their cause
- to save unbelievers
- to direct the use of the sword
- for boldness in proclamation
- for signs and wonder (60)
- for the healing of wounded comrades
- for the healing of unbelievers
- for the casting out of demons
- for miraculous deliverances
- for the raising of the dead
- to supply his troops
- for strategic wisdom
- to establish leadership
- to send out reinforcements (61)
- for the success of other missionaries
- for unity and harmony in the ranks
- for the encouragement of togetherness
- for a mind of discernment
- for a knowledge of his will
- to know him better
- for power to comprehend
- for a deeper sense of assured hope
- for strength and endurance (62)
- for a deeper sense of his power
- that their faith not be destroyed
- for greater faith
- that they might not fall into temptation
- that he would complete their resove
- that they would do good works
- for forgiveness of their sins
- for protection from the evil one
…the great goal of God to uphold and display his glory for the enjoyment of the redeemed from all the nations (63).
The missionary purpose of God is as invincible as the fact that he is God (63).
…the proclamation of the gospel in Word and deed is the work of missions (63).
The frontline work of missions is the preaching of the Word of God, the gosepl (63).
…the Spirit becomes active to save people precisely where the gospel of Jesus is preached (63).
…it is vain to pray that the hearts of people will be opened where there is no gospel portrait of Christ to see (63).
…faith is a response to Christ (64).
…prayer as God’s instrument to release the power of the gospel (64)…
The world thinks Jesus is done for – out of the way. They think his Word is buried and his plans have failed. But Jesus is at work in the dark places…(66).
…the success of preaching hang on prayer…the prevailing, earnest, faith-filled prayers of God’s people (66).
When missions moves forward by prayer, it magnifies the power of God. When it moves by human management, it magnifies man (67).
The call of Jesus is for prevailing prayer…(69)