Author: Pastor Graham

May 18: Prayer School: Quiet Prayer, Silent Prayer and Not So Silent Prayer

If you gain nothing else from this message the listener should come away with the understanding that God, Our Father, is not into guilt and condemnation. That this Grace applies to the believer’s prayer life as much as any other aspect of their life.

Through reading the word we can discover the purpose and operation of order in the believer’s public and private prayer life. As well as a deeper understanding of Paul’s classic teaching about prayer in 1 Corinthians.

Praying WomanQuiet Prayer and Silent prayer have often been criticised in Charismatic, Pentecostal and Evangelical circles in the past. But, there is a time for Quiet Prayer and Silent Prayer. As well as a proper place for  “Not So Silent Prayer.”

In preparation for learning about Intercessory Prayer these three kinds of prayer need to be considered to equip the pray-er’s arsenal.

Neither God, nor the devil are deaf and as a tool to defeat Satan, silent prayer can certainly be effective. However, how can others ad their “Amen!” of agreement if they haven’t heard what has been prayed.

Striving will not bring results and spiritual warfare doesn’t always have to be loud. However, to have the greatest effect in our prayer life we need to allow ourselves to appreciate the ‘Rest’ that God has to offer to anyone who will accept it.

John 3:16 has so much more to offer than we have ever allowed ourselves to understand. For a pray-er’s prayer life to develop, a period of return to this precious message is not only essential. But, it will provide a deeper revelation about the whole reason we need to pray in the first place. Great Grace is on offer, so that we can then become instruments of that same Grace to others.

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 Quiet Prayer Silent Prayer and Not So Quiet Prayer

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May 11: United Prayer

United prayer is often misunderstood because, as human beings we like to pin things down; to pigeonhole them; so that we can look like we know what we are talking about.

However, united prayer draws upon one of the very important and difficult to demonstrate mysteries of God. The concept of a loving God who can be everywhere, know everything and exhibit authority in more than one place at a time is the kind of stuff that causes pour human minds to do a double-flip.

This mystery becomes much more plausible in our God given imaginations.

United Prayer

Particularly in this age where science has developed to the place where the concept of Time and Space and its related dimensions; the realm that we human beings inhabit; does not constrain our omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God.

This is one of the places where Faith and science interact to demonstrate how amazing God really is.We look at the power that is made available through our united voices; the concept of practising the presence of God and we blow apart some of the  mythology that hides the true nature of prayer; making it appear inaccessible, yet so important for our success in this life.

How important is the Praise and Worship service? When you consider the importance of this part of the meeting you may find you look at “all that singing and clapping” in a very different light.

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United Prayer

May 4: The Prayer of Worship

This week we examine the role and purpose of worship in the life of the believer.

It is important to understand the distinction between Praise and Worship. Although these are not meant to be a set of legalistic rules that constrain. Rather, the intention is provide a clearer understanding of the different phases we can move through in both our personal and our corporate prayer life.

Worship provides a distinct opportunity to minister to the Lord himself; to come into his presence for no other reason than to simply honour and thank him for all Worship 1that he has done in our lives. We do not enter into worship looking at what we can get. It is in fact centred around an attitude of being attentive to and spending quality time with our father.

Sometimes worship can be more about the stillness than what is said. It is about simply basking in the presence of God; soaking; being immersed in the opportunity to spend time in the peace of God.

In the Old testament one of our best examples of the changes that can occur, even physically is the story of Moses. After spending 40 days in the presence of God on the mountain and coming down with the tablets bearing the commandments Moses face was so transfigured that the people could not look at it.

Now, under the New and Better covenant we have become the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and are transformed outwardly in our actions and our words by virtue of the time we spend in God’s presence.

Be renewed, strengthened and learn to be effective as a believer by spending that time practising the presence of God in Worship. You won’t regret it.

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 The Prayer Of Worship

April 27: Prayer School Part 2 – Effective Prayer

In this week’s teaching we continue our look a the different kinds of prayer and the rules that apply to increase their effectiveness.

Spontaneous prayer is, of itself, a good thing. But, prayer should not just be treated as a slapdash affair. It actually requires thought, effort and study, as James puts it, to be: “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working.” Jam 5:16(b)Explosion

Jesus himself demonstrated a clear thought out process when the disciples came asking him to teach them “How to Pray.”

The reasons that many people don’t pray are usually: 1 they don’t get answers to their prayers. So, as a result 2 they get despondent and see no purpose in prayer.Or, they 3 feel confused by not knowing whether or not what they are asking for, in prayer, is in line with God’s will.

To be effective in prayer we need to know 1 What our motive is. 2 What God may have already had to say about the subject of our prayer. 3 Can we apply the Love test to the prayer. Then, 4 are we confident and applying Faith to the prayer.

As James says: “you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss,”

If this was happening in the early church, it is more likely to be happening in the church today.

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Effective Prayer

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The Love Confession

April 20: Resurrection Sunday: Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Unlike other cultures and other religions Christians do not have a dead prophet; a dead leader or founder. As a matter of fact Christianity, true Christianity is not a religion at all. Religions have been made out of Christianity, but it is more a nature; a nationality; than an empty set of rituals and rules.

Jesus Christ, the Nazarene, significant enough to be noted by Josephus the Jewish historian and by Philo the Greek historian, to name but two, lived. He was known to be an honourable man; a teacher and a prophet; reputed to have performed miracles and also cause a disturbance in Jerusalem. He was executed, as an innocent man, in the fashion of the worst of criminals. He died and was buried among the rich, in a borrowed tomb. Empty-Tomb-Picture-07

But, the thing that makes this tale different to all of the other mythologies and philosophies out in the mix is the fact that after fulfilling the religious period to be declared officially dead, Jesus rose from the dead and showed himself to a large contingent of his followers for 40 days before his ascension; not as a ghost; but as a fully resurrected and glorified man.

At the meal that is referred to as “The Last Supper” Jesus informed his disciples that he was establishing a “New and Better Covenant.” Since his resurrection he has been alive to ensure that that new covenant is both fulfilled and its promises enforced for those who will only believe and live by faith.

As the final part of this series on “A New and Better Covenant”  the scriptural keys  to beginning to understand the principles that inform and support this new covenant relationship. A relationship that is available to anyone who will simply accept it and say yes; to accept the opportunity to become part of the covenant of strong friendship as a member of God’s very own family.

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Christ Is Risen – He Is Risen Indeed

 

April 18: Good Friday: What Really Happened At The Cross?

 

Good Friday: April 18: 3.00pm:

What Really Happened at the Cross?

Many Christians have spent time at Good Friday services around the globe year after year. A priest, who is a good friend of mine told me once “There would be enough splinters and relics of the ‘true cross’ to make a forrest.” They have heard the story of Jesus betrayal, conviction and execution many times over. As a result many have stopped listening; switched off.

The thing that is key to understanding what really happened there on the cross at Golgotha, Jerusalem’s midden heap; the place of the skull; is the focus on those words of Jesus: “It is Finished!”

What had finished? What had been accomplished? With his execution his CrucifictionV08disciples were scattered; disheartened and fearful for their  own lives. Sure that they would probably be next, Jesus’ death stunned them all.

“Like a lamb to the slaughter” Jesus was silent throughout the torture. We are told that he was so bruised, beaten and emaciated that he no longer looked human hanging there on the tree; upon the Roman implement of execution reserved for the most heinous of criminals.

What laws, promises, prophecies and rituals did jesus fulfil there; abandoned by the Father himself?  What part did Jesus’ crucifixion play in the establishment of the New Covenant?

Stripped completely naked, without the smallest thread of dignity left to him. His mother, his younger brother and a woman he had saved from being stoned by a mob, were all that remained of his followers at the foot of his crucified body upon that implement of a torturous death.

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What Really Happened at the Cross?

April 6: The Prayer of Commitment

“Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God. Casting all your cares on him. Because he Cares for You.” 1Peter 5: 6-10

We need to remember that it is always God, Our Father’s desire to fulfil the desires of our heart; if those desires are in line with his will.

This message is a lifesaver for those who will learn its principles. A lifesaver because if we as believers learn to cast, or commit our cares and worries to God and learn to rest in his peace the effects of fear, worry and impatience will be dissipated; the physical and mental turmoil that can lead to physical illness and disease need not be a dominating force in and on our lives.

This form of prayer helps you to learn discipline by learning to leave those cares, once cast into the hands of the Lord, right there in his hands; allowing Him to deal with them as we have asked.

no fishingWe look at the importance of maintaining a positive confession about our life and our circumstances. As well as looking at where the real battle in our lives takes place.

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 Prayer of Commitment

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March 30: The Prayers of Petition and Consecration

In this week’s teaching we look at two types of Prayer.

The Prayer of Petition, which is to change things and situations, never people. It is a prayer that is made in Faith because it is based upon the promises of God covering the situation that you are bringing before him. It is a confident, heartfelt prayer that is prayed with a confident expectation of a result. This form of prayer requires a knowledge of God’s will, as revealed in his word, for the life of his children in this earth.

The Prayer of Consecration, or Dedication, which is the only form of Prayer where the phrase “If it be your will!” is ever used. The example we have from Jesus’ own Christ-in-the-Garden-of-Olives-Paul-Gauguin-1889life is the prayer he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before he faced torture, beatings, crucifixion and death as an innocent man. This kind of prayer would be prayed by someone dedicating their life to the service of God and his people; such as: “Father I dedicate my life to your service and if it be your will even to the mission fields in Africa.”

We must always remember that it is God’s desire that his children live a full and prosperous life, in this world. That is of course in direct proportion to the level at which our souls prosper.

A short message but an important one in learning how to be effective in our prayer life.

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