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On a scale of one to ten,how satisfied are youwith the practice of prayer in your life?
What is your first instinct when you get stuck? You like to pray and you believe in it, but you do not have the time t t t It feels like an obligation You worry about an issue before you pray about it
What is your first instinct when you get stuck? Where would you like that number to be? What would happen if every single person gave themselves to personally build in their lives a consistent prayer life?
Exodus 17.8-16 8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” 10So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron
Exodus 17.8-16 and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands
Exodus 17.8-16 up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. 14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will
Exodus 17.8-16 completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15Moses built an altar and called it ‘The Lord is my Banner’. 16 He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord. The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”
Becoming a Person of Prayer 1 You need to recognize your utter dependence on the power of God that happens through prayer • God’s power happens through those who pray • Prayer is hard work • Through Moses’ prayers, God’s power was being extended to the Israelites in battle
Becoming a Person of Prayer 1 You need to recognize your utter dependence on the power of God that happens through prayer • the focus of this story is the posture of his heart — not just his hands • Moses had two friends to help him pray • God is looking for those who will pray
Becoming a Person of Prayer 2 You must intentionally devote time to prayer • at times we believe, “I’m too busy to pray” • do not be obsessed with productivity — our greatest challenge is that we let our world set our agenda • we need to set our agenda on the Kingdom
Becoming a Person of Prayer 3 You need to be intentional to pray for others • what will help you do that? Moses went up a hill and looked over the people • some people get a prayer list • what kind of creative things can help you be more prayerful? • pray quickly for each other — if someone asks you, have them write it down
Becoming a Person of Prayer 4 You must know that prayer is a team deal • if two or more agree in prayer, God will answer you • the true meaning of friendship —can you pray together? • we are all called to pray without ceasing — so pray together