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PRAYER LESSONS
by Rev Steve Forrester
Session #1

Some thoughts on Prayer.

Mark 14:38 (KJV)
38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 

lest - 

i.e. (hina) and (me); in order (or so) that not :- albeit not, lest, that no (-t, [-thing]).

Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

... pray in order that you enter not ... so that you enter not ...

The spirit is willing ... that's not the problem ... the flesh being weak and easily giving into sin that is the problem. Prayer is a key way to fix that problem.

Prayer is more that just asking for things, not that there is anything wrong with asking, but there is more to it than that. 

Prayer could also be defined as worship. Worship is the act of ascribing worth to someone.

Worship can be seen as an act of adoration, or love.

Worship / prayer involves a communion with God, a fellowship with Him.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (KJV)
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

... Changed into the image of the Lord ... the image of the one we are beholding, the one we are spending time with, the one we are fellowshipping with. We take on his image, we partake of the Divine Nature, we partake of His life, and of His strength.

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. 

The word "renew" here means to "exchange", in other words as we waft upon the Lord we take on His strength. He trades us our sorrow for His joy, our confusion for His direction, our stress with His peace, our weakness with His strength. We become strong ... stronger in the Lord and in the power of His might. We are strengthened in the inner man by His glorious power. We are strengthened to be able to resist the temptations that arise. 

1 Corinthians 14:2 (KJV)
2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 

1 Corinthians 14:4 (KJV)
4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 

Should we be only concerned with edifying ourselves? Of course, but if we are not edified, strong, blessed ourselves how will we be able to edify, strengthen or bless others? Edifying yourself, or building yourself up puts you a position to edify someone else.

Jude 1:20-21 (KJV)

20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 

Is praying in other tongues, or praying in the Holy Ghost the only way to edify yourself? No, but it is a scriptural way.

The point of this Selah is to encourage you to spend time in prayer, waiting on and fellowshipping with the Lord. It may seem awkward at first if you are not used to it but the more time you spend with Jesus the more you will want to.

In this day and hour we need to be not only willing in spirit but strong ... strong in
Him, in His might, power and Love.

SELAH

Session # 2

 

Again lets look at a reason for us to pray.

 

Last time we were looking a spending time with the Lord, beholding Him and having fellowship with Him.

 

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (KJV)
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

changed - 

 

from (meta) and (morphoo); to transform (literal or figurative “metamorphose”) :- change, transfigure, transform.

 

Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

 

This is where we get our word metaporphisis. to change ... like a catepillar to a butterfly.

 

The time we spend with the Lord is like being in that cacoon, we get into His presence surrounded by His Glory and things begin to happen in us. Now we are not insects and this process does not happen just once but is ongoing. The more time in the cacoon the more like Him we become.

 

If you consider the insect and its transformation you realize that it takes time ... it isn't in an instant or over night but the transformation DOES HAPPEN and it will with you and I as we continue to wait on the Lord, as we continue to behold Him in times of prayer, worship and meditation.

 

SELAH

Session #3

 

Prayer and fasting

Mark 14:38
Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

 

Mark 9:28-29
And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

 

Matthew 17:19-21
Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief:for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

 

This kind of what? This kind of evil spirit or this kind of unbelief?
We are told we can cast out demons by or in the Name of Jesus, we have authority in that Name. Jesus said the problem was unbelief not lack of authority. (see Mark 16:17 and Luke 10:19)

 

What is the cure for unbelief?

 

Mark 6:6
And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

 

Jesus sets our example. He went about teaching .. teching the Word because .. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word.

What better time to hear than during a purposeful time of prayer and fasting. A time when we are tuned into the Living Word in a purposed and focused way, listening for what He has to say. Remember fasting is something WE CHOOSE to do, even if it is at the direction of The Lord our obedience is still a choice ... Something we do on purpose.

 

Fasting weakens the hold of the flesh and helps us to focus on the spirit

 

Flesh is weak ... It easily falls to temptation or you could say it this way ... The flesh is strong when it comes to sinning but our spirit willing as it is needs to be strong to keep the flesh in order.

 

Paul spoke of keeping his body under ... Keeping its appetites in check.

 

Prayer worship and meditation serve to strengthen our spirit.
Fasting aids that process
Fasting helps us to train our body and bring it into subjection

 

Fasting isn't just about food, you can fast activities also , fasting is about putting the things of God first.

 

Notice to that Jesus connected fasting with prayer ... Fasting without prayer is not much different than dieting. It is the combination with prayer that gives fasting a spiritual benefit.

 

What ever you choose to fast, take that time, that energy and spend it in prayer, worship and meditation in the Word.

 

Be strong in the Spirit, strong in The Lord and the power of His might.

 

SELAH