Although God does want us to pray and communicate our needs to Him, as stated in 2 Chronicles 7:14-15(KJV), we are also called to be an intercessor. Ezekiel 22:30(KJV) says God is looking for intercessors, “Someone to make up the hedge and stand in the gap for the land before Him but He found none”. In order to intercede for others we need to know what it means to be an intercessor and embody the character of Jesus. The act of intercession is praying for someone else’s needs or desires without direct benefit to oneself. While reading I thought, who is fit to be an intercessor and why would they want to do this?
I do need to begin seeking the heart of God more about how these truths are to be applied to our church in such a brief window of time. I need to appeal to Him for a clarity, conviction, and power of delivery that will make His message impact the lives of His people. I need to pray over every point to be sure I'm wording it in a way that He wants. I must pray for the coming worship services and for those the Lord would have to be there. Often, I preach a message, then realize that someone who really needed it wasn't even present to hear.
I will be discussing about hope and prayer and the definitions, application of both to our lives, and how we need both hope and prayer in our lives. When we read scripture, it talks about how that hope itself is missing from that of a prayer life. God wants us to cling to the cross and to Him through prayer, but if we are praying fervently for something then trust follows with that of faith and hope. I know for some people praying isn’t a priority, they may be fearful, or not believe that God will answer their prayers. If we give up ourselves through giving our entire life to Him, we then develop a personal relationship with God Himself, while are learning to experience the joy and peace that comes with knowing Him.
The task of proclamation is “God alone, rather than humans and the human voice, is the prime factor, because God alone... ... middle of paper ... ...eacher, but is done through the word of God. So often preachers continually try to gain response to sermons on their own accord. It is no words that a human may put together that is worthy of response from God’s people. It is the work of God through the Holy Spirit that work on the behalf of the preacher to move within the heart of the listener to invoke a response to the word of God. In conclusion, “Preaching is divine activity wherein the word of God is proclaimed or announced on contemporary issues for and ultimate response to our God.” It is the seriousness of preaching that goes forth among God’s people, to invoke a call for a response to the good news of God.
It is by sin that we face difficulties in being faithful Christians but only through Christ that we grow spiritually. Also we can see the importance of having faith in the field of work and the power of prayers that can assist you in your life as a messenger of God and how you develop yourself to know and be ready for the second life that is eternal life. Anfenson-Vance (1988) states that there is nothing in this world that we can do alone but with God we can do anything. Therefore it is important to converse with God in prayer and by faith to successfully overcome our burdens. So from there we can learn how important to have faith in us as young people.
In the beginning of the book, Bounds expresses that we depend on God just as much as he depends on us. Our relationship with Christ is simple, but requires a lot of communication. He shows why it is so important to be in communication and prayer with Christ when preparing a sermon. Bounds says that, "Prayer is the mightiest weapon." (p. 46) What he means by this is that prayer gives life and force to all.
These are questions for many students of the Bible. How do I represent God and still reach the lost souls of our generation and at the same time feed the Believers of Christ so they won’t starve to death? Either way we must trust what we have learned to impact everyone who God has given to us to reach. Students of the Word must believe that God has given them a sermon to impact the lives of many. The main factor is we must learn to understand the basic principles of Expository, Topical and Textual preaching.
Many of us miss the importance and the connection between the gift of discernment and worship. The two do go hand-in-hand, but yet you may ask, ‘how is this possible?’ It is imperative for any worship leader leading a congregation to ask God for the gift of discernment in order to lead God's people into a fuller participation of true worship. Amongst other things, the gift of discernment will allow you to detect any unwanted spirit that is not of God, which has been sent to disrupt and to cause confusion. Let us take note of what John says in 1 John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” The word ‘try’ here is the Greek word
This petition is mentioned in Luke 11 when Jesus is teaching his disciples to pray and in Matthew 6:10 in Jesus’ sermon on the mount where the subject was the kingdom of heaven. In Luke 11 the disciples are not only told what they should pray but also how they must pray this. A person who prays on the streets to receive praise from men, would not sincerely mean what they pray. They pray out in the open to give others the impression of their piety but they do not fool God.Jesus told his disciples that they should not pray on the streets giving men the impression of their piety but that they should pray in secret, for prayer is a personal matter and only then will they be putting God in the foreground of their prayer. Jesus teaches His disciples that prayer is not a show but genuinely addressing God, it is creates a relationship between God and man so when we pray the appreciation of this relationship should be existent.
Jesus taught that people must be persistent in prayer. They should not expect their prayers to be answered straight away. Jesus taught that Christians must pray with true faith and devotion. Prayer was the way through which Jesus could talk to his father, God. Jesus believed that God had a purpose for his creation.