Summary: A simple study on the basic elements of prayer, including - A weapon, Movement, Communication (Giving), Communication (Receiving), Action - suitable for the new or advanced Christian.
5 Weeks of Prayer -
Week One - Lesson One
Super Power through Super Prayer
When you were young, did you ever tie a towel around your neck, or have your mom make you a cape and then go running around the house screaming at the top of your lungs, jumping on and over furniture, throwing haymaker punches, and taking all sorts of imaginary bad guys into captivity? It was awesome to have super powers wasn’t it, even if they were imaginary?
The truth is, even the most ordinary person, or even the most ordinary kid, can see supernatural things take place in their lives and the lives of their family and friends through prayer. Prayer is a powerful, supernatural weapon God has given us to use in our battle against Satan. Listen to how Paul describes this weapon called prayer in his letter to the church at Corinth;
(2Co 10:3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (2Co 10:4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)
Take a look at these three words that Paul uses; flesh, carnal, stronghold. What do you think each one means and why would Paul use them in reference to prayer?
Here’s another thought! If prayer is such a powerful, supernatural weapon, do you think God is going to allow just anyone to use it, for anything they wish?
In the military, you would not be allowed to use a missile launcher to start launching missiles wherever, at whatever, whenever you want. You would have to go through very intense training. In that training process you would be taught who is qualified to use that weapon, why that weapon is used, when to use that particular weapon, what that weapon is capable of, how dangerous it can be if used improperly, how effective it can be if used properly, and of course, the proper technique for using that weapon.
In order to become truly effective in the use of this supernatural weapon called prayer, God is going to require you to go through an intense training process also. The Bible, His Word, is full of rules and guidelines for the proper use of prayer. The Bible teaches us the proper techniques to use in prayer. We are also told why prayer is used, and when it is to be used, what it is capable of, how dangerous it can be if used improperly, and how effective it can be if used properly. Perhaps most importantly, we are told who is qualified to pray and why. The Bible tells us what kind of life we must live in order to become powerful prayer warriors.
In the weeks ahead, you are going to take a look at, and actually go through the steps that are required to become a powerful user of this supernatural weapon called prayer. One of the things that I find most awesome about God, is that He doesn’t make you wait until you are perfect, or know absolutely all there is to know about prayer, before He starts answering your prayers. As we go through this awesome training process, you are going to see some amazing, supernatural answers to your prayers. You are going to learn to pray with a depth that you never dreamed of. Prayer is going to become a vital part of every day of your life. As prayer becomes a larger part of your life, you will see other areas of your life change (for the better) as well.
Prayer, with all its’ benefits, is for you!
When it comes to prayer, God wants you to have SUPER POWER!
Mat 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Prayer for the Day - Read Ephesians chapter 3, and pray that God would teach you the power that comes with praying correctly!
5 Weeks of Prayer
Week One - Lesson Two
We Do Not War After the Flesh
2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
There are two small, but interesting words in this verse. The word “in”
denotes “a particular place”. The place where we walk is “in the flesh”, this vessel of clay, this body of flesh and bones with our features, our thoughts, our ideas, our will, our plans. The word “after”, means “according to the manner of”. So, though we live and breath and have our being in this “house of flesh”, we do not war, or battle, “according to the manner of this dwelling place”.
The reason, of course, is that the source of all strife, whether it be between us and God, or between us and our fellow man, is not a fleshly source. Paul says in Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”