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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

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
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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