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Prayer and Profession. Lessons from Gideon, Judges 6-8 Lessons from Jesus, Matthew 6: 9-13. Lessons from Gideon. Gideon and The enemy. Mighty majority: we know what is best for you “New” Age mentality = animism / pluralism They had the ‘right’ to rob others of their Freedom Well-being

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Prayer and profession

Prayer and Profession

Lessons from Gideon, Judges 6-8

Lessons from Jesus, Matthew 6: 9-13


Lessons from gideon

Lessons from Gideon


Gideon and the enemy

Gideon and The enemy

  • Mighty majority: we know what is best for you

  • “New” Age mentality = animism / pluralism

  • They had the ‘right’ to rob others of their

    • Freedom

    • Well-being

    • Prosperity

  • Tolerant of other animists, not of theists


Gideon and his christian colleagues

Gideon and his Christian Colleagues

  • Worldliness

    • Idolatry = compromises at work: secular-sacred split

    • Loss of holy lifestyle  Immoral arts, immodest clothing; family-destructive behaviour/preferences

  • Fearfulness

    • Loss of spiritual impact

      • Give up more than what is demanded

      • Disobedience to God readily rationalized

      • Neglect of God-given responsibilities

    • Formation of Christian ghetto’s

      • Out of touch with the hearts and minds of non-Christians

      • Withdrawal from society (- salt; - light)


Gideon s prayer life

Gideon’s prayer life

  • Based on a clear understanding of the times

  • Integrated into his work situation

  • Confronting God with the gap between promises given and the broken present

  • Brutally honest regarding his questions and fears

  • Expected God to intervene

  • Was willing to become part of God’s solution


Gideon and us

Gideon and us

  • 10 minutes: What else can we learn from Gideon about prayer and profession?

  • 10 minutes: Pray together about the lessons we have learnt from Gideon


Lessons from jesus

Lessons from Jesus


Jesus and the enemy

Jesus and the enemy

  • Tempter vs. The Victorious One

  • Like a roaring lion vs. The Lion of Judah

  • Meta-hodos vs. The Way

  • Liar vs. The Truth

  • Infant murderer vs. The Life

  • Dia-bolos vs. The Reconciler

  • Prince of this world vs. King of kings

  • Deceiver vs. The a-pseudo God


Prayer life of jesus

Prayer life of Jesus

  • Our Father  Relationship-based

  • Hallowed be your Name  Humble servant

  • Your kingdom come  Vision-driven

  • Your will be done…  Transformational

  • Give us this day …  Dependent child

  • Forgive us… Sin dealt with

  • Lead us not into temptation…  Spiritual warfare

  • Yours is the kingdom…  Worship


Jesus and our prayer life

Jesus and our prayer life

  • 10 min: What else can we learn from Jesus about prayer and profession?

    • Prayed also when tired

    • Prayer and fasting; all-night prayer; prayer retreats

    • ?

  • 10 min: Pray about the lessons we can learn from Jesus


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