Intercession As God's Vision
Pastor Jamie George - Are we praying for our good ideas or our we praying for God’s will? Is our intersession just a desire to escape pain or is it for His love story to be carried further into the world? True compassion comes from alignment with God's vision.
REVIEW FROM Last Week: Repentance As Alignment
Jesus, as I go through this day, open my eyes and heart to realign with You.
Pray: “Jesus have mercy on me”... FYI this prayer is always answered!
- How was this practice?
- When were you aligned and when were you not?
This Week: PRAYER: Intercession As Alignment
When was a time that you needed to be prayed for?
Have you ever been so concerned for someone that you were driven to pray for them? What happened? Was it successful or not? Was is "success" in prayer?
How different would our prayers for ourselves, and for others be if we lived like this statement were true:
Prayer is NOT, getting God to align with our story.
Prayer IS, us wanting to align with God’s story.
4. What does prayer do for our hearts?
5. Read Romans 8:26-34... If God is for us and His Holy Spirit is groaning (interceding) for us, then how does that help us pray/align with Him?
"If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this will lead us to prayer. Intercession is a way of loving others." Richard Foster's Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home:
THIS WEEKS PRACTICE:
Ask Jesus to show you who to pray for/with this week.
Remember, we are encouraged to ask and intercede for things that we want for others, but really it is a conversation and pleading for realignment to the will and heart of God!
-Pray/ Intercede with and for each other in your Village!
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"Let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to Him" (Romans 12:2).
We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and spiritual powers in the heavens above" (Eph. 6:12).
"God's Spirit is in you and is more powerful that the one that is in the world" (1 John 4:4).