Week 5 Principles of Intercession – Class – 10-16-16 (Note – there was no class last Sunday due to Hurricane Matthew.)
Review: God’s will, God’s kingdom, God’s glory.
More discussion on John Ch. 14-17. These chapters include teaching on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Greek word parakletos – one called alongside (and inside) to help do whatever the Lord wants you to do. That word doesn’t translate very well in English, but it includes helper, comforter, counselor, advocate, or assistant.
Works of the Holy Spirit:
- 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
- 15:26 When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.
- 16:8-11 He will reprove (convict) the world of sin, righteousness and judgment
- 16:13 (a) But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears…
- 16:13 (b) … and he will tell you what is yet to come.
- 16:14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.
His help includes helping you to intercede / pray according to what God wishes, wills, and desires to have happen by way of your prayer.
Jesus’ promises about prayer:
- 14:13-14 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
- 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
- 16:23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
- 16:24 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Ephesians 6:10, 11, 18 – the armor of God and why we need it:
We are commanded to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might – dunamis power. This is not a suggestion, it’s a command. We are told to put on the armor of God, which is a description of everything that we have in our salvation. Every place a piece of armor goes is a place where Jesus’s blood flowed. Then, while wearing the armor, we are equipped to fight – that specifically includes to pray.
The class was asked to be quiet for a moment, ask the Lord what to pray for, then shared what they felt the Lord was saying.
For the remainder of the class time we prayed for the following:
- Lost relatives / loved ones
- The nation, including the upcoming elections
- Christians who need to walk in the Word or who need rescuing
- Greater personal intimacy with the Lord
- Atrocities / persecution against believers (esp. Middle East)
- Outpouring of the Spirit on our church, the people and property
- For us to be set ablaze, filled with God’s fire