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21 Day Fast | Day 9: Prayer

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21 Day Fast | Day 9: Prayer

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Matthew 21:13 ERV
Jesus said to them, "The Scriptures say, 'My Temple will be called a house of prayer.' 

Matthew 6:6 ERV
But when you pray, you should go into your room and close the door. Then pray to your Father. He is there in that private place. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you.

Matthew 18:19-20 ERV
… if two of you on earth agree on anything you pray for, my Father in heaven will do what you ask.  20Yes, if two or three people are together believing in me, I am there with them."

Matthew 7:7-8 AMP
"Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.  8For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.

James 4:2-3 AMPC
You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3[Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.

Matthew 6:9-10 NIV
"When you pray, pray like this: "'Our Father in heaven …  10let your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”


CONSIDER

• According to these verses, how, when and where should we pray? 

• How does God respond to our prayers?   What determines how he responds?

• Jesus quoted the Old Testament Scripture, “My Temple will be called a house of prayer.”  How does this apply to the local church today?


PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that God would move in our hearts to give us a great desire, burden for and obedience in prayer.  

2. Pray that our church would grow into a true “house of prayer.”  

3. Pray that we might always ask and God might always answer our prayers in the manner that brings Him the greatest glory.

 

 

 

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21 Day Fast | Day 8: Spiritual Warfare

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21 Day Fast | Day 8: Spiritual Warfare

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Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 4:25-27 NIV
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.  26"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  27and do not give the devil a foothold.

1 John 4:4-5 NIV
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.

James 4:7-8 NIV
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.


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CONSIDER

• We are in a spiritual battle against an enemy who opposes God’s work in our lives, families andchurch.  The more God is at work doing good things for His glory in and through us, the more of a threat we are to the enemy. In light of this, how much of a threat is our church to the enemy?   What evidence is there that God is at work in and through us?

• What does this mean about what we can expect from the enemy? How can we prepare for this?  

• What are some ways that Satan and his demons might attack a church to hinder or even stop God’s work in and through it?  (Look at Ephesians 4 for starters).

• What happens when we forget that our “struggle is not against flesh and blood” (that is, our fight is not against one another)?

• What power are we given over our enemy?

• What are you personally responsible to do to help guard the church from being crippled by the enemy’s attacks? 


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PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that God would protect us from the attacks of the enemy. Pray for His hedge of protection to surround our families, our leadership and our church.  (Job 1:10)

2. Pray that we would each have wisdom to recognize and pray against the attacks of the enemy, and never treat one another as the enemy.

3. Pray that God’s Spirit would help us (you) to always respond to one another with grace, humility and understanding.  

4. Pray that all attacks and conflict would be resolved in a way that defeats Satan, honors Christ and builds our church stronger.

5. Satan often attacks a church by attacking its leaders – morally, spiritually and physically.  Pray for God’s protection upon our leaders and their families. 
(See list from last week).

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