Monday, October 16, 2006

Uncommon Prayer ~ Prayer Prompts for a "Christ is All!" Focus


Christ is All

“In the eternal counsel of God, in the redemption on the cross, as King on the throne in heaven and on earth, - Christ is all! In the salvation of sinners, in their justification and sanctification, in the upbuilding of Christ’s body, in the care for individuals, even the most sinful, - this world prevails, Christ is all. Every day and every hour, it affords comfort and strength to the child of God, who accepts it in faith: - Christ is all.” Andrew Murray

Dear Intercessors,

As you enter into this day, meditate on the reality that “Christ is all!” This reality should keep us steady in the midst of change, should keep us focused in the midst of so many options and should keep us rejoicing even in the midst of pain. Last night we were listening to some youthful music where the singer kept singing over and over again, “You are my One Thing”. As we went to bed, my husband said, “That phrase keeps running through my head!” The truth is that Jesus Christ is our one thing; He is everything. We must keep this continually before us on a daily basis - “You are my One Thing. You are my All!”

In our last letter, we looked at the supremacy of Christ and how Scripture presents His supremacy. Today we will look at how history and humanity presents His supremacy. Some of this material was from a message my husband, Norman, preached when we were living cross-culturally on the mission field. The word “supremacy” in Noah’s Dictionary gives this definition: “State of being supreme or in the highest station of power, highest authority or power, holding the highest place in government or power, highest, greatest or most excellent, in the highest degree, to the utmost extent, over, above and beyond.”

How History Presents His Supremacy

"This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all the philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator of poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, volumes, works of art and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times." Phillip Schaff

  • No one was born like He was.
  • No one spoke like He did.
  • No one could do what He did.
  • No one could claim absolute innocence like He did.
  • No one was tried for what they claimed to be like He was.
  • No one ever humbled himself as He did.
  • No one died like He did.
  • No one rose from the dead like He did.
  • No one's fame increased after his death as His did.
  • No one has changed the lives of so many people as He has.
  • No one changed history like He has.

"After 1900 years, Jesus Christ still counts for more in human life than any other man that ever lived." Dean Inge



How Humanity Presents His Supremacy

"When criticism has done its worst, the words and acts of our Lord which remain are not those of ‘a good and heroic man,’ but of one deliberately claiming unique authority and insight, and - conscious of a unique destiny.” C. S. Lewis

  • Proof of His followers - Of the twelve men He discipled, eleven were martyrs on the basis of two things: the resurrection and their belief in Him as the Son of God.

  • Proof of His enemies - Christ is often portrayed as being a little baby in a manger or a poor weak man hanging on a cross and the devil has done all he can to mar the truth of what he really is.

  • Proof of the world - He was a good man, He was a good teacher, a prophet and a religious leader.

Open the Eyes of our Heart

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power, and dominion and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come" (Ephesians 1:18-21).

We must pray that the reality of the supremacy of Christ would affect His Church worldwide. We must pray that Christ is all and that “You are my One Thing” is true for each one of us. This is more important than any of us can presently comprehend. Therefore, we must pray this reality into the life of every intercessor and Christian. Take time to praise, thank and pray for the following:

  • Worship Jesus Christ for His position of supreme authority in Ephesians 1:20-21 - Christ is the supreme Ruler over all rulers, the supreme King over all kingdoms, and the supreme Governor over all governments. Pray that all believers would realize this. See Philippians 3:20 and Psalm 103:19.

  • Pray that believers would comprehend the magnitude of what it means that “Christ is All” - This revelation cannot come by natural reasoning or by head knowledge. Christ’s authority is now supreme over the universe and that same power that raised Christ to that position of authority now works in us who believe.

  • Praise Jesus that He rules now in the midst of his enemies - Christ’s Kingdom is supreme. Jesus rules by “the rod of His strength” (Psalm 110:2). The rod is the mark of the ruler’s authority. The rod of Christ’s authority, exercised in His name, is sent forth through our prayers. In every direction that the rod is extended, the forces of evil are compelled to yield, and Christ in turn is exalted and His kingdom advanced.” Derek Prince

  • Pray that believers would live out the reality of Christ’s supremacy in their daily lives - Pray that “You are my One Thing” becomes true for the entire body of Christ.

  • Praise God that it is His purpose to share the authority of His kingdom with His people - Pray that all Christians worldwide would understand and lay hold of the reality of Christ’s Kingdom. We are made alive, raised up and enthroned in the heavenly kingdom. It has already been accomplished (past tense). This is the position He shares with us. Pray Ephesians 2:4-6 over the Church.

  • Pray that we as believers would know our position in Christ at God’s right hand - Pray that we would understand our rights and responsibilities as citizens of heaven. Pray that God’s Spirit would reveal this to each one of us. See I Corinthians 2:9-10.

"And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way“ (Ephesians 1:22-23).

Jesus Christ holds the highest place. He is above and beyond everything else, and He is supreme to the utmost extent. If Jesus was God as He claimed to be, and is God being raised from the dead, and will forever be God in mercy and wrath; when we call Him Lord, it should produce a marked difference in our conduct, values, study and passion. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. We are ridiculous to be living for such a Savior and not believe that He is willing to do all that we ask and pray. Something inside us should quake, something should beam, and something should bow in awe. Can you say to Jesus Christ today, “You are my One Thing!” “You are my All!”

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“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 2:9-11).

Together in the Harvest,

Debbie Przybylski

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