How to Pray for Other People

(Original Message by Pastor Tom Wolf, Church on Brady, Los Angeles, CA, 1986)

— Thank you to TKA faculty member Emily Carlisle for sharing this helpful information that she presented to TKA staff and faculty during a morning prayer meeting.  As you read this information, keep the letters A,B,C,D,E in mind to help you remember how to pray!

Often we pray, “God be with this person,” or “God, deal with this person.” Our prayers are often non-specific. When we pray non-specifically, we may not know how God is answering our prayers. Here is a specific way to pray in five steps for someone who may be (1) unable to pray for themselves or (2) in rebellion against authority and not walking with the Lord. It may also offer a way to pray for someone who needs protection.

A. ASSURANCE OF YOUR OWN SALVATION

I John 5:13

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.

THIS IS A CONFIDENCE AT A DEEP LEVEL OF CONVICTION. THE FIRST STEP IN PRAYING FOR OTHERS IS TO PRAY FOR OURSELVES. BEFORE GOD CAN HEAR OUR PRAYER OF INTERCESSION FOR ANOTHER PERSON, HE MUST FIRST HEAR OUR PRAYER OF REPENTANCE. REPENTANCE COMES BEFORE INTERCESSION.

Romans 10:9-10, 13

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation…for whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

Proverbs 15:29

The Lord hears the prayers of the righteous. But He is far from the wicked.

I John 5:14-15

And this is the confidence which we have before him, that, if we ask anything according to his will he hears us, And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from him.

DON’T DOUBT IF IT IS GOD’S WILL FOR A LOVED ONE TO BE RESCUED.

Verses 21-22

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.

HOWEVER, WE KNOW THAT GOD’S WILL IS NOT ALWAYS CLEAR (e.g., WHEN A LOVED ONE IS SICK)

  • THERE ARE NATURAL DISASTERS THAT AFFECT US ALL. IT RAINS ON THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE UNRIGHTEOUS.
  • GOD MAY BE GETTING PEOPLE’S ATTENTION.
  • GOD MAY BE TEACHING US LESSONS ON DEATH.
  • IT IS FAR BETTER TO ASK THE QUESTION OF GOD: “WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING US THROUGH THIS ILLNESS OR CALAMITY?

B. BIND SATAN

Mark 3:27

But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.

THESE ARE THE WORDS OF JESUS HIMSELF. THE STRONG MAN IS SATAN. HE HOLDS POWER OVER PEOPLE’S LIVES.

Ephesians 6:12

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

IF WE ARE GOING TO DO BATTLE, WE HAD BETTER KNOW THE ENEMY, AND WE HAD BETTER GO ARMED.

PRAY, “LORD, BY THE RESURRECTION POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, BIND SATAN. PLUNDER HIS HOUSEHOLD AND TAKE OUT THAT PERSON WHO IS UNDER HIS INFLUENCE.

 C. CONSTRUCT A HEDGE OF THORNS AROUND THAT PERSON

THE OLD TESTAMENT STORY OF HOSEA’S MARRIAGE TO HIS UNFAITHFUL WIFE, GOMER, IS NOT UNLIKE GOD’S RELATIONSHIP WITH US.

Hosea 2:6

Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns, and I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths.

THIS IS A HEDGE OF THORNS. THAT MEANS THE PROCESS MAY BE PAINFUL FOR THAT PERSON. SOMEONE MAY GET HURT. WE HAVE GOT TO BE WILLING TO LET GOD DO HIS WORK OF DISCIPLINE.

ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN WE PRAY FOR PEOPLE IN THIS KIND OF SITUATION IS THE PERSON WILL LOSE DIRECTION.

  1. THE PERSON WILL BECOME CONFUSED.
  2. THE PERSON WILL LOSE POWER TO DO WHAT THEY WANT.
  3. FRUSTRATION RESULTS.

Hosea 2:7

And she will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them; and she will seek them but will not find them…

OTHERS WILL LOSE INTEREST. WRONG RELATIONSHIPS WILL BE DESTROYED. THERE MAY BE A FIGHT OR DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THAT PERSON AND THE OTHER THEY ARE INVOLVED WITH. YOU MAY ASK, “HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?”

Zechariah 4:

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.

Hosea 2:7

…Then she will say, “I will go back to my first husband, for it was better for me then than now.”

THE PERSON WILL RETURN. LIKE THE PRODIGAL SON CAME TO HIS SENSES AND WENT HOME.

NOTE Mark 9:29  SOME THINGS ARE ONLY ACCOMPLISHED BY PRAYER.

NOTE Ezekiel 22:30         WE MUST BE WILLING TO STAND IN THE GAP FOR THE PERSON. WE ARE PRAYING FOR. THE PERSON CANNOT DO THIS AND OFTEN WILL NOT PRAY FOR THEMSELVES.

THERE ARE BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF “HEDGES.”

  • JOB 1
  • JESUS PRAYS FOR CHRISTIANS (Luke 22:31-32)

ASK GOD TO DO WHAT WE CANNOT DO.

D. DELIGHT IN THEIR RETURN

Hosea 2:14-16

Therefore, behold, I will allure her. Bring her into the wilderness, and speak kindly to her. Then I will give her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. And it will come about in that day declares the Lord, that you will call me Ishi and will no longer call me Baali.

WHEN SOMEONE “RETURNS” OR ATTEMPTS TO RECONCILE, WE MAY BE TEMPTED TO SAY, “IT’S ABOUT TIME YOU COME BACK!” OR “I TOLD YOU SO!” WE MUST GUARD AGAINST THAT RESPONSE. IF WE ACT THAT WAY, SOME WILL LEAVE AGAIN.

WHEN PEOPLE ARE BLEEDING FROM THE THORNS, WE CAN:

  • TAKE A RETREAT, ALLOW TIME FOR HEALING TO OCCUR.
  • SPEAK KINDLY, TALK TO THEIR HEART
  • BE A GOOD LISTENER
  • REFLECT UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
  • HOPE OUT OF “ACHOR” (VALLEY OF BLOOD)
  • THE LORD INHABITS THE PRAISE OF HIS PEOPLE.
  • BAALI – AUTHORITARIAN RELATIONSHIP WITH IMPERSONAL GODS.
  • ISHI = AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP. THIS IS THE REWARD. RESTORATION, RECONCILIATION, THINGS MADE RIGH

E. EVERY THOUGHT IS TAKEN CAPTIVE.

THIS IS A LIFESTYLE CHANGE.

HOW SHOULD WE LIVE AFTER SOMEONE LIKE THIS RETURNS?

II Corinthians 10:3-5

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

PERSONS IN RECONCILIATION MUST WORK TO KEEP AWAY FROM ALL IMPURITIES AND GREED.

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Philippians 4:8

Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, of there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise let your mind dwell on these things.

GOD UNDERSTANDS HOW EASY IT WOULD BE FOR US TO BLAME ONE ANOTHER FOR OUR HURTS, FOR US TO LOOK TO THE PAST AND FIND REASONS FOR OUR PROBLEMS. PERHAPS THAT IS WHY THERE ARE SUCH STRONG TEACHINGS TO US ABOUT WHAT AND HOW WE ARE TO THINK. EVEN OUR THOUGHTS ARE TO BE WHOLESOME. AND WHEN WE FEEL LIKE BLAMING SOMEONE FOR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED, WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH AND HOW MANY TIMES GOD HAS FORGIVEN, AND WILL CONTINUE TO FORGIVE US. THAT WILL ALLOW US TO APPROACH ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE.

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Significant Number of TKA Students Qualify for Duke TIP

The Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) offers enrichment opportunities for students who demonstrate advanced academic abilities.  Students in 3rd through 6th grades who score at or above the 95th national percentile in select content areas on the TerraNova assessments qualify to participate in the Duke TIP the following year.

Based on the 2013-2014 test results, 46% of last year’s 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students at The King’s Academy qualified to participate in the Duke TIP this fall.  We are excited for an outstanding number of students to have this opportunity!

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TKA Student Katie Dunn Places Third at the World Championship Horse Show

Andy and Katie

Katie and her road pony “Sheriff Andy”

Sparrow Driving

Katie with road horse “Sparrow Express”

2014 WCHS Bronze

The happy 3rd place winners! (L to R) Sparrow Express, Katie, and Sheriff Andy

The King’s Academy is pleased to announce that TKA senior Katie Dunn placed third at the World Championship Horse Show with both her road horse (S Sparrow Express) and her road pony (Sheriff Andy). This is the first time that a juvenile driver has scored in the top three in both the Youth Road Horse and Youth Road Pony divisions in the same year!

Due in part to her show ring success, as well as her academic achievements, Katie was also named the 2014 recipient of the American Road Horse and Pony Association Scholarship for outstanding juveniles. Katie’s family thanks everyone at The King’s Academy for supporting her through this accomplishment.

 

 

Thomas Newman Returns from Slovakia

Newman at Mount Vesuvius

Thomas Newman at Mount Vesuvius

A familiar face returned to the halls of TKA when Thomas Newman returned from Slovakia and began his senior year at King’s.  Thomas was one of 60 students who participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange program in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  He spent the last year living with host families and attending a Slovakian school.  Thomas commented he had opportunities to experience many cultures he would not have encountered in the States.  Thomas and his family are providing another student with the unique opportunity to be immersed in a new culture as they are currently hosting an exchange student.

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Gummy Bears Generate $3,479 for TKA Athletics

2014 Lions Pride Winner

Candy guess game grand prize winner Jordan Gunter and his son Jaren receive two season passes to University of Tennessee football games from Lion’s Pride member Jimbo Thornton.

The King’s Academy’s Candy Guess Game fundraiser was a success for the second consecutive year, generating $3,479.26 for the TKA athletic program.  The Lion’s Pride, TKA’s athletic booster organization, invited participants to guess how many gummy bears were in a jar for a chance to win three prizes. There were 387 guesses.

Lion’s Pride parent leader Jimbo Thornton said the activity far exceeded the $2,500 goal he challenged the TKA family with on orientation day.  “This goes to show you how much the community and TKA families love this school. The support really is amazing if you think about it. We are very blessed.”

Grand prize winner Jordan Gunter received two UT football season tickets for his winning guess of 667 gummy bears in the jar.  Second place finisher Connor Baizan won a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Kent Jones was the third place winner and took home the jar of 663 gummy bears.

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TKA Student Eniola Lasisi Attended National Student Leadership Conference

Eniola Lasisi 2013Before beginning her senior year at TKA, Eniola Lasisi attended the National Student Leadership Conference for Business Programs at Northwestern University where she had valuable experiences to prepare her for college and her future career. High school students participating in the leadership conference had the opportunity to work closely with student leaders who attend prestigious colleges and universities across the country as they participated in lectures from college professors and business owners. Eniola’s team developed a mock company and had to design and market a new product, hold press conferences with shareholders, and evaluate the outcomes of resolving legal issues in court or through out of court settlements. Students experienced the collaborative and competitive aspects of operating a business as they competed with other teams.

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Back to School Challenges

It’s that time again! TKA faculty and staff are greatly anticipating the new school year. There is much excitement on campus as final preparations are being made for classes which begin on Monday.

Hopefully, there is excitement in your home as you prepare for the beginning of a new school year. But, with the excitement can come challenges. Focus on the Family has some great advice and encouragement for you.

Click here to read how you can help your children (and family) get off to a great start!

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TKA Fourth Graders and International Students Come Together

TKA fourth graders and high school international students who are learning English have become friends this year. Fourth grade teachers Mrs. Rollins and Mrs. Campbell have teamed up with ESL (English Second Language) teacher Mr. Molden to bring the students together. The students have been writing letters back and forth to one another and have gotten together occasionally. Friendships have blossomed and English writing skills have improved.  Watch the slideshow below for highlights of the students together!

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Marc Weekly leaving Tennessee softball to coach The King’s Academy

The King’s Academy Athletic Director Marc Weekly has made a tough choice that he is excited about. Weekly is resigning his position as volunteer coach for the University of Tennessee softball team to become head coach of the new softball program at TKA.

Learn more about Weekly’s decision and his plans for TKA softball in The Mountain Press!

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Eight TKA Football Players Named to All-Sevier County and All-State Teams

Four TKA football players have been named to Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State teams. Jason Maduafokwa and Ridge Palmer were named for Offense while Adam Deatherage and Drew Slomski were named for Defense.

Maduafokwa, Palmer, Deatherage, and Slomski were also named to the All-Sevier County Offense team. Their names and positions follow: Jason Maduafokwa (Running Back) , Ridge Palmer (Wide Receiver),Adam Deatherage (Quarterback), and Drew Slomski (Offensive Line)

L to R: Jason Maduafokwa, Ridge Palmer, Adam Deatherage, Drew Slomski

L to R: Jason Maduafokwa, Ridge Palmer, Adam Deatherage, Drew Slomski

 

Read the full article in the Knoxville News Sentinel here:  http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/dec/31/area-nets-92-tennessee-sports-writers-all-state/

TKA football players Isaiah Jeffers, Sam Herbert, Zane Sutherland, and Ben Sexton were named to the All-Sevier County Second Team.

L to R: Isaiah Jeffers, Sam Herbert, Zane Sutherland, Ben Sexton

Read about the All-Sevier County Team in the 12/25/2013 issue of The Mountain Press!

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