Sun, 2018-04-29 12:45
40 Days of Prayer Pt 3. PRAYING IN FIVE DIMENSIONS
- God is a multi-dimensional God
God created all dimensions, so therefore He is multi-dimensional Himself.
Our fulfillment in prayer and your fruitfulness in prayer dependent not so much on how much we know about prayer, but how much we know God.
- We see that God is multi-dimensional in God's creation
Romans 1:20 (NIV) For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen,being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Job 11:7–9 (Msg) Do you think you can explain the mystery of God? Do you think you can diagram God Almighty? 8 God is far higher than you can imagine, far deeper than you can comprehend, 9 Stretching farther than earth’s horizons, far wider than the endless ocean.
You can’t make a drawing of God and think you have Him fully figured out.
- We see that God is multi-dimensional in the incarnation of Jesus Christ
God came to earth and became a human being.
John 1:14 (NCV) The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw his glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father—and he was full of grace and truth.
Revelation 1:4 (NKJV) … Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come …
- We see that God is multi-dimensional in how the Holy Spirit moves
John 3:8 (Msg) You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.
- Because God is multi-dimensional we are never alone.
Psalm 139:7–10 (NKJV) Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.
God is everywhere – and He is in every dimension.
Psalm 139:11–12 (NLT) I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— 12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.
We are now talking about five dimensions in our prayer life.
- We look backwards to the Cross of Calvary
When we start our prayers, we don’t start with our problems today or our fears about tomorrow, but we start with what we’re grateful for that happened in the past.
1 Peter 1:18–19 (NLT) For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
- We look upward into the loving face of our heavenly Father
Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Luke 11:1–2 (NKJV) Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” 2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name …
In the Old Testament, they didn’t call God "Father."
John 5:18 (ESV) This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
Its not wrong to call God “Lord”, but Jesus told us to call Him “Father”.
Romans 8:15–17 (NLT) So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory …
i. God wants our prayers to be personal! “Abba! Daddy!”
Mark 14:32–36 (NLT) They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” 33 He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. 34 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 35 He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. 36 “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Our prayers should be simple, child-like and unpretentious.
ii. God wants our prayers to be passionate! Cry out!
Galatians 4:4–7 (NKJV) But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Our prayers shouldn’t be tepid or unenthusiastic but passionate.
James 5:16 (NKJV) Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
iii. God wants our prayers to be in partnership with the Holy Spirit
Romans 8:26 (LB) And in the same way—by our faith—the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words.
When we pray in tongues, it is Holy Spirit-inspired words in a Holy Spirit-inspired language that is totally in line with the perfect will of God.
Romans 8:27 (LB) And the Father who knows all hearts knows, of course, what the Spirit is saying as he pleads for us in harmony with God’s own will.
- We look inward to Jesus & His righteousness inside of us
When we become a Christian, when we become born again, Jesus comes to live on the inside of us, and God puts Jesus’ righteousness in us.
Galatians 2:20 (NIV) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (LB) For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness (righteousness) into us!
Remember though, Christ only lives in us if we have invited Him in.
Because Christ lives in us we are unconditionally accepted by our Father.
This gives us the freedom and the courage to honestly face up to our faults.
2 Corinthians 13:5 (AMP) Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you ….
We look inward to Jesus living in us and then we ask God to help us do a little housecleaning to get rid of the junk in our lives.
Proverbs 28:13 (TEV) You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you.
God already knows what we need to work on. He loves us anyway, but when we start being honest to God, it takes us to a new level of intimacy.
Galatians 5:22–23 (GW) But the spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There are no laws against things like that.
The nine fruit of the spirit are a perfect picture of Jesus Christ in us.
- We look around and ask the Holy Spirit to use us
God has given us gifts and talent to use as we serve Him.
Romans 6:13 (LB) Do not let any part of your bodies become tools of wickedness, to be used for sinning; but give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.
- We look forward to our future toward the Second Coming of Christ
Philippians 1:6 (AMP) And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.
Psalm 138:8 (NKJV) The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.