Thursday, March 23, 2006

CPLN TeleConference Notes for 3/23/06


A HOUSE OF PRAYER NEEDS CHAMPIONS OF PRAYER

•JESUS, Our Prayer Champion, WAS ON A MISSION

Mark 11: 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. 19 When evening came, they went out of the city.

Prayer That Shapes The Future:
"Jesus was the ultimate Creator, building a New Creation, which is to grow and grow until it fills heaven and earth for all eternity. His methods for building this new reality include prayer...(especially) a certain type of prayer, based on the conviction that prayer is for builders and shapers. [not movers & shakers] If we want to build and shape the Kingdom of God, we must learn this type of prayer. This is not the meditative prayer that New Agers recommend as a way of dealing with stress in the workplace. It is not ritualistic prayer that Muslims pray five times a day as they face Mecca. It is not the flowery and poetic prayer of the pietistic movement of the past. It is bold and gutsy stuff, a tool for creative people, like the rough hammer-and-nails materials used by framers of buildings. This prayer builds new realities - spiritual homes, safe neighborhoods, new churches, missions outreach - where before, none existed. By prayer, we are challenging to envision realities in the midst of the world's devastation and emptiness. By sharing in this work of prayer we will shape God's future.” Long, McMurry


•JESUS WAS DRIVEN BY A VISION

Luke 19:41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it. 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes... 45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
...because ...
Matthew 21:14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.

Isaiah 56:6 "I will also bless the Gentiles [also eunuchs; outcasts (4)] who commit themselves to the LORD and serve him and love his name, who worship him and do not desecrate the Sabbath day of rest, and who have accepted his covenant. 7 I will bring them also to my holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations. 8 For the Sovereign LORD, who brings back the outcasts of Israel, says: I will bring others, too, besides my people Israel." (NLT)


•JESUS WAS CONSUMED BY PASSION

John 2:14 In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
   
Jesus is not asking our permission
He is calling for our participation!


• A PRAYER CONDITIONED CHURCH
Needs a Prayer Champion
Working with a Prayer Coordinator
Who is recruiting & resourcing a Prayer Core
Of Prayer Catalysts
Who work together to build a Prayer Culture
By establishing a Prayer Coach/Cheerleader in every ministry
Encouraging through Prayer Communication (Prayer Cards - Prayer Calendars)
Equipping through Prayer Conferences (workshops, seminars)

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