Saturday, September 30, 2006

Uncommon Prayer ~ Praying the Supremacy of Christ

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The Supremacy of Christ

”He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have supremacy.” Colossians 1:15-18

If we want a powerful prayer life, we must believe that Christ is supreme and above all. This needs to go much deeper than head knowledge. This needs to be heart revelation. We need to abide in this truth. It is important to have a high view of Christ because He is our representative, advocate, intercessor, King and Savior. Jesus is supreme in our prayer life. We pray in His powerful name, we glorify and worship Him throughout the day, and we intercede to the supreme Christ who is Head over all, the majestic Savior of the world. This knowledge of the supremacy of Christ should affect us as believers in every way. It should radically affect our prayer life. We live in a world that tries to minimize the supremacy of Christ. Satan knows that his time is short. The antichrist spirit is permeating society in every area. If we are bringing the Kingdom of God and Christ into this world through our prayers, we must know and proclaim the power of this truth, the reality of the supremacy of Christ over every area of darkness encountered on earth. The truth is found in Colossians 3:11b, “but Christ is all, and is in all.”


This week we will look at what supremacy means in His name and how the Scriptures present His supremacy. Next week we will look at how history and humanity present His supremacy. Let the reality of the supremacy of Christ touch you deeply. Let this staggering reality change your life completely. May it touch all who are growing in intercession as Christ’s disciples just as it did the Apostles Peter, Paul and John.

“But the reality of God is staggering! Peter did not succumb under the convicting power of ‘religious knowledge’ - he met the reality of Jesus Christ! On the road to Damascus, Paul was not blinded and devastated by a ‘new doctrine’ - he met the reality of Jesus Christ! When John beheld our glorified Lord on Patmos, it was not a ‘new spiritual insight’ that left him slain as a dead man - he beheld Jesus Christ!” Francis Frangipane

What does His supremacy mean in His name?

It means that His Name is divine.
  • Lord - (kurios) - He is Lord, master and owner.
  • Jesus - (Iesous) - He is Yahweh. Yahweh is help and salvation.
  • Christ- (Kristos) - He is the Anointed One, a title for Messiah.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ - He is our master, owner, the God who brings us salvation, the Anointed one.
The Scripture leaves no question about the incarnation of Christ. God became human, "infinity compressed to a span beyond our comprehension." When Jesus Christ walked on earth He had all the limitation of a real human being: He ate, got tired, wept, suffered and was tempted. It appears that as a real man He used none of His Godhead powers directly for the entire duration of His earthly ministry. He did all that a true trusting son of a father would do. Jesus demonstrated all the characteristics of true humanity without sinning.

How the Scriptures Present His Supremacy

“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:8-11

I encourage you to take time to meditate on the following verses and worship Jesus in His supremacy, glory and greatness. As you worship Him and pray over these verses, He will become bigger in your eyes.

* He is the image of the invisible God, He is the representation of the reality of God - “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven” (Hebrews 1:3).

* He is the firstborn over all creation - Firstborn means His lordship, dignity, excellence, and leadership of all creation - “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15).

* He is the Creator and sustainer of all things - “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4).

* He is the Head of the Church - “And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy” (Colossians 1:18).

* He is seated in the place of absolute authority - “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the majesty in heaven” (Hebrews 1:3).

* He is called God by God - “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy” (Hebrews 1:8-9).

As intercessors, we need to lift our view of Christ higher and higher. See His greatness in your life situation, see His ability to answer your prayers, see His solution to every problem you face. The devil is doing all he can to destroy the reality of Christ’s supremacy. He is trying to convince the world that he has won. But the truth of the matter is this - the greatest battle has already been won at the cross. Jesus Christ is the answer to the world, He is the reason for our existence, and He is our help in every circumstance. He is the living Christ, the head of the Church. As we abide in Him and in the reality of His glorious supremacy, we become partakers of His resurrection life, His victorious life. As we pray in His name, we pray in His authority. We begin to see His power over sin and over every spiritual battle we face. We begin to rise up to our destiny in Christ because we are seated with Him in heavenly places and we know it! (See Colossians 3:1, Ephesians 2:6)

“He who abides in Christ the Risen and Glorified One, becomes in the same way partaker of His resurrection life and of the glory with which He has now been crowned in heaven. Unspeakable are the blessings that flow to the soul from the union with Jesus in His glorified life. This life is a life of perfect victory and rest… Abiding in Jesus, in whom he has been raised and set in the heavenly places, he receives of that glorious life streaming from the Head through every member of the body.” Andrew Murray

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Remember the Lost

You think you have a BIG problem?

We all have our challanges,
sometimes it helps to know that someone
else has a bigger problem than we do.

Remember, even if you’ve lost your elephant, God can help.



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Public Prayers Say Alot

"When I listened to public prayers in evangelical churches,

I heard people telling God what to do,

combined with thinly veiled hints on how others should behave."

Philip Yancey, Prayer

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Uncommon Prayer ~ 52 Weeks of Prayer Meetings

Patterns for Prayer

52 Weeks of Prayer Ideas

A regular, daily model for prayer that keeps you praying for a whole year. (read more)


Patterns for Prayer #216910

A regular, daily model for prayer that keeps you praying for a whole year.

You'll pray for personal needs, for family and friends, for the church, for the kingdom, and for people who are unsaved. Includes a convenient daily Bible-reading guide.

===>Special Note: This is a resource prayer facilitators can use to format weekly prayer meetings. Use as a leader's guide (select a specific day in the book and use the themes presented as the format of your time of praying) or, have each participant use the book as a personal journal throughout the week, bring it with them to the meeting, and pray off of the various scriptures, written prayers and their notes from times of personal prayer

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

A Conference for the Praying Missionary Church



A Conference for the Praying, Missionary Church

Thursday, October 26 – Saturday, October 28
Grace Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
“My House Shall Be Called a House of Prayer for the Nations”

The Prayer-Saturated Church
Learn how to lead your church from being a church that prays to become a praying church.

Pastoral Leadership in a Praying, Missionary Church
(Designed specifically for Pastors)
Designed to encourage and equip you to return to your church with a strong foundation and solid vision for motivating your people and leadership to make your church a “House of Prayer for All Nations.”

Igniting the Heart of the Church
Get the insights and tools to ignite a fresh passion for Christ’s presence and purposes in this world. Great for elders and pastors.

Discovering the Heart of Renewal
Explore ways to make your daily walk more aligned with God and His purpose for you and your church. Through witnessing, prayer, and strategic daily renewal, you will be more open to His purposes.

Becoming an Effective Missionary Church
Discover the strategies and tools you will need to build a missions-focused church. Great for elders and pastors.

Strategies for Effective Missions Impact
Great missions programs don’t just happen. Discover the keys to putting the logistical pieces in place so God can make things happen.

Conference tracks are designed to give you the most impact in a specific area of interest. Space in each track is limited—register early.

Seek Him to Save Them
A Conference for the Praying, Missionary Church
Thursday, October 26 – Saturday, October 28

Registration
By September 21: $150.00 (Includes meals)
After September 21: $160.00 (Includes meals)
One day only: $ 90.00 (Includes meals)
10% discount rates for groups of 10 or more.

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General Sessions
Authentic worship, dynamic speakers, relevant topics, and God-focused inspiration will provide you with encouragement and motivation.

Fresh Encounter ~ Experience true worship-based prayer in a whole new way.

Workshops ~ Gifted prayer and missions veterans will help you discover the new thing the Lord wants to do in you and your church.
International Tour of Nations ~ Grab your passport and travel the globe with sights, sounds,
and tasty samplings from several nations of the world.
Concert of Prayer ~ Join together with multiple tribes, tongues, and nations in a concert of prayer focusing on Seeking Him to Save Them.

Jim Cymbala has been used by the Lord to not only preach the Gospel in the inner city of
New York, but also to see new churches grow out of their congregation in the metropolitan area and in other parts of the world. Through his bestselling books, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Fresh
Power, and Breakthrough Prayer, Christians have been touched by the message of God’s desire to turn churches and believers into powerful testimonies for His glory.

Bob Bakke is one of the Executive Directors of the National Prayer Committee mobilizing our hemisphere for the Global Day of Prayer. For fourteen years he pastored churches in the northeast, and has served as the Executive Director of the National Prayer Advance for the Evangelical Free Church of America, focusing on the issues of prayer and spiritual awakening.

Ghassan Thomas is the pastor of Jesus Is the Light of the World Church (of the C&MA) in Baghdad, Iraq. His congregation has grown to over 1,000 adults and 500 children. The new church, finished last summer, is jammed for its five weekly services. They are currently working on a new Christian Education Center next to the church.

John Piper is the Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, studied at Wheaton College, and went on to earn degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.) and the University of Munich (D.theol.). He accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem in 1980. John is the author of more than twenty books, including Desiring God, The Pleasures of God, Don’t Waste Your Life,
and God Is the Gospel.

Daniel Henderson is President of Strategic Renewal and Sr. Pastor of Grace Church, a large church in suburban Minneapolis. Daniel is a speaker and author; his newest book, Think Before You Look: Avoiding the Consequences of Secret Temptation, looks at God’s desire for us to be pure in our thoughts and actions.


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RESOURCE ~ incenseRising: A magazine for Intercessors

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Welcome to the new issue of incenseRising. We are excited to be sending this publication to you every other month. It is our joy to be encouraging you in your role as
an intercessor.

While incenseRising helps us to connect with you and to stay connected to intercessors around the world, we would love to minister to greater numbers of prayer warriors. That has brought a recent decision by our publishing team. Some of you who have been with us since the launch of incenseRising last year may have wondered why you didn't receive a renewal notice
when your subscription was to run out. Instead, you kept receiving issues. That is because we have decided that we will now offer incenseRising to subscribers for a one-time fee of $10.00 No renewals. No subscriptions will run out--ever. In fact you will have to tell us if you no longer want to receive incenseRising. It is all a part of our desire to focus on ministering to you rather than on turning a profit. The Church Prayer Leaders Network is simply going to fund this publication as a ministry to those who serve the church so powerfully . . . in the prayer closet.
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Friday, September 08, 2006

Quotes for Bulletins & Newsletters



"Pray, and let God worry." - Martin Luther

"When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't pray, they don't." - William Temple

"Personally, I'm less afraid now than I was before Sept. 11, because I have a greater sense of God's sovereignty. He's in control, and he has a plan for the world. Not only that, he has plans for me individually. And he loves me more than any human being ever could love me. So what's really to fear?" - 9/11 widow Lisa Beamer, in Sept./Oct. 2002 Christianity Today

"Make no small plans. For they have no power to stir humanity's blood." - Daniel Burnham, a 19th-century architect ... Now say it replacing 'plans' with 'prayers' ...


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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

P.U.S.H.

A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to Push against the rock with all his might...

So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, Pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind: ( He will do it every time ) "You have been Pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn't moved." Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.

Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough."

That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of Prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to The Lord.

"Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in Your Service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why
am I failing?"

The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to Push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention
to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to Push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back shinny and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard.

Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be Obedient and to Push and to exercise your Faith and trust in My Wisdom. That you have done. Now, I, my friend, will move the rock."

At times, when we hear a Word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just Simple Obedience and Faith in Him. By all means, exercise The Faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God Who Moves The Mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong... just P.U.S.H.! When the job gets you down... just P.U.S.H.! When people don't do as you think they should...just P.U.S.H .! When you can't find the right work. just P.U.S.H.! When
your money is "gone" and the bills are due... just P.U.S.H! When people just don't understand you... just P.U.S.H.!

P = Pray
U = Until
S = Something
H = Happens

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

RESOURCE ~ Coordinator's Responsibilities



An
Important Resource
for
Prayer Coordinators




Mainline churches are among the most well organized institutions in America. However, when it comes to prayer, there is often no plan, no leadership, no goals, no recruitment efforts and no training. We just hope that people are praying. There is good news. Prayer can be organized just like any other ministry.

A key to successful organization of prayer ministry in the local church is the prayer coordinator. Someone other than the pastor must spend prayer, creative energy and time making prayer a priority in the church.

Renewal Ministries is committed to helping prayer coordinators by providing them with fresh new materials, ideas and a way to communicate with one another. You may now use our Message Board to contact Pastors, Prayer Coordinators, and others from around the world. You may share ideas and discuss ways to improve your ministry. Please sign in here or above at the Message Board link and share your experiences.

For a look at the products available click the Store link here or at the top of the page. You can find out more about organizing prayer ministry in Blueprint for the House of Prayer.

CALLING ALL PRAYER COORDINATORS

If you are a Prayer Coordinator or if your church has a prayer coordinator, please register using the Register link here, or in the left menu bar.

Responsibilities of a Prayer Coordinator

1. Identify key people and enlist their support.
2. Gather a wide array of resources regarding prayer.
3. Research the church's/city's current prayer ministries.
4. Help develop and oversee the implementation of the plan.
5. Involve others in leadership roles.
6. Develop an information network.
7. Work closely with pastors and leaders to receive prayer, vision and guidance.
8. Encourage prayer involvement beyond the local church.

Qualifications of a Prayer Coordinator

1. Strong personal prayer life.
2. Spiritual maturity.
3. Gifts to organize, encourage, lead and communicate.
4. Good reputation in their home congregation and confidence of church leaders.
5. Enough free time to attend key prayer events.
6. Not a pastor.



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Monday, September 04, 2006

A Prayer for Revival

I had the privilege of participating in the National Revival Network meetings this week in Colorado Springs, CO ... At the conclusion of our gathering, after much prayer and discussion, we were asked to write a prayer; this is mine...

Father,

Though we "have all deserted you for our idols" you have said "I will recapture the hearts of the people of God." (Ezekiel 14:3)

We bless you for this promise - it is our hope for a Christ honoring revival that produces by your Holy Spirit the fruit of repentance, reconciliation, restitution, renewal and reformation.

Recapture the hearts of your people in the cities and communities of our nation. Soon Lord. Even today.

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Uncommon Prayer ~ Passionate Prayers of Children

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