Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 | Spiritual Life | No Comments
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- THE PERSON WILL BECOME CONFUSED.
- THE PERSON WILL LOSE POWER TO DO WHAT THEY WANT.
- FRUSTRATION RESULTS.
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?”
Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.
…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
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.
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.
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.