Fellowship of Word and Spirit – Bible Reading 1

FOWS2013These are my notes from Chris Green’s first bible reading on prayer.  Usual disclaimer: what I wrote down might not be exactly what Chris said.  This session was very useful on overcoming pride or guilt of prayer life.

Who me? In what way am I qualified to speak on prayer. I hope nobody knows about my prayer life.

Why do we feel guilty about it?

Ministry of the word and prayer.
We are expected to pray without ceasing.

How do you think you measure up to your own best desires for prayer.
How does your diary reflect this? What does your diary say about your prayer life?
Prayer hobbles us. Have I prayed enough? Answer will always be “no, how can you ever pray enough?”

Problem. We preach grace but live works.
People don’t get what you preach, but they get what you do.
Don’t go about with a bag of guilt on your shoulder about prayer.
Don’t preach grace and then say “you need to pray more…”

The simple step to a perfect prayer life
Hebrews 7:11-28
“He always lives to make intercession for them.”

You cannot improve my prayer life.
I will not be made to feel guilty about lack of prayer.
Jesus always lives to make intercession for me.
Eternal and effective high priest.
He always prays for his church from his throne.
He is always intimately praying for each of us perfectly.
There is no act that we do which is not covered by his prayer.
There is no sin we commit which is not covered by his prayer.
There is no talk I give which is not covered by his prayer.

I am not the Messiah. The post is already occupied.
We all need time for family, for ministry, for meetings, for preparation, for active ministry as well as time for prayer.
In our hearts, we constantly want to climb back on the throne, but Jesus is already there.

Minister A – trained with lots of high fliers and he ministers in a church with 80 folk on Sunday in all services. Jesus is praying for him.
Minister B – carries a secret which burns him when jogged, like a cupful of acid. He needs to know that Jesus is interceding for him.
Minister C – successful ministry, big church, must remember that the fruit of his ministry is down to Jesus, interceding for him.
Minsiter D – life is a shambles, marriage crumbling, teenage kids rebelling, thinking about time out, life is too hard. Jesus is interceding for him. Problems were foreseen and foreknown for our good and holiness (Hebrews 12)
Minister E – suffocated by everyone elses’ organisational ability and gifting. Jesus is interceeding for him, and the gifts he has are enough.
Minister F – politically ambitious, nudging conversations, focus on climbing the ladder. But Jesus must receive the glory as our great high priest.

What have you brought with you? What are you working on at the conference?
Problem person?
Who do you feel the burden to pray for and pray with?

Before all this, remember that you have been prayed for and are being prayed with, by the great high priest.

About neilrobbie

I am a 6'6" formerly ginger Scot, in a cross cultural marriage to my lovely Londoner wife. We've lived in SE Asia and since 2005, I have served as an Anglican minister in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
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