The Purpose of Prayer
I am highlighting my way through Jennifer Kennedy Dean’s book – Live a Praying Life: Open Your Life to God’s Power and Provision. We just completed our first week of online Bible study in this Facebook Group. (you are welcome to join us).
Below are my top 10 take-aways from Chapter 1 – the Purpose of Prayer.
1. To say God is sovereign is to say that He is under no rule or authority outside Himself. His sovereignty is combined with His all-powerfulness. He not only has all author, He has all power!
2. He is never confronted with a situation He had not expected and planned for and woven n His sovereign and redemptive plan.
3. When God wanted to intervene and change the natural course of events, what did He do? He looked for an intercessor.
4. The heart of God had become the heart of Moses. So Moses felt the urgency to intercede for what was breaking God’s heart. God called on Moses’ self-less love for the people and his loyalty to the eternal purposes of God. Moses did not change God’s mind, he shared God’s mind. He didn’t alter God’s plan, He implemented God’s plan.
5. What God wants to do on this earth, He will do with intercessors. Prayer releases the will of God, bringing His will out of the spiritual realm and causing it to take effect in the material realm.
6. Different outcomes – mercy or judgement – hinged on the availability of an intercessor.
7. Prayer doesn’t change God, but prayer does the change the circumstances of earth..
8. One form of prayer is active, aggressive obedience to God’s revealed will. When we respond in obedience to God’s voice (like Moses) we become the conduit through which God would do what He had always planned to do.
9. The purpose of prayer is to release the power of God to accomplish the purposes of God.
- to discover God’s will, not to obligate Him to do mine
- to reflect God’s mind, not to change it
- to release God’s power to bring about the best possible solution in every situation, because that is always God’s desire.
10. Power praying does not require that you master a skill, but that you pursue a PRESENT-TENSE relationship with the living and indwelling Christ, so that your heart is shaped to His heart.
Father, Jennifer Kennedy Dean said it best when she said, “Download Your will into our hearts so that it overwrites any other desire. Download courageous faith that deletes fear. Synchronize our heart’s desire to Yours.” I ask Father, that you show each of us where we are missing that synchronization. Give us a clear picture of how to be better linked with You. Thank you for your patience with us as we journey through these lessons, and we are believing that our faith, and our prayer lives will be strengthened by your Word. – a prayer from our Bible study co-leader – Sundi Jo Graham.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.