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Prayer & Revival Articles

Prayer & Revival Articles

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A series of 35 one-page, previously published articles on prayer and revival. May be downloaded and copied for non-commercial purposes. Examples. . . . “Does prayer change God?” “The power of scripture praying.” “Praying into the unseen world.” “Must we be holy to pray?” “The joy of partnership in prayer.” “Bring back the joy!” “Will we welcome revival?” “Change—God’s way.” “Hope for the troubled church.” “What about prayer meeting?” “Have we lost hope for the lost?” (Note this document is sized for A4 paper—when printing to US Letter, specify the print image at about 95%.)
A series of 35 one-page, previously published articles on prayer and revival. May be downloaded and copied for non-commercial purposes. Examples. . . . “Does prayer change God?” “The power of scripture praying.” “Praying into the unseen world.” “Must we be holy to pray?” “The joy of partnership in prayer.” “Bring back the joy!” “Will we welcome revival?” “Change—God’s way.” “Hope for the troubled church.” “What about prayer meeting?” “Have we lost hope for the lost?” (Note this document is sized for A4 paper—when printing to US Letter, specify the print image at about 95%.)

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A collection of articles on prayer in church and personal life
By Ed Gallagher / South Pacific Edition, August 2009
Prayer and biblical understanding
Does prayer change God................................................?
2......................................The power of scripture praying
3......................................God’s authority in your prayers
4........................................Praying into the unseen world
5............................................................Wrestling in prayer
6
Prayer and the personal life
.................................................Must we be holy to pray?
7...........................................The urgency of secret prayer
8......................................How to pray “without ceasing”
9.........................................Transforming the tight spots
10..........................................The miracle of praise in trial
11.................................I’m blessed—so why am I guilty?
12........................................................God of the darkness
13........................................Prayer—good for your health
14...................................................In college—and in God
15
Prayer and relationship ministry
...............................Action steps for powerful praying
16........................................................Companions in pain
17..................................The joy of partnership in prayer
18.................................................Is God in your greeting?
19.......................................Prayer at the hospital bedside
20.............................................Confronting the dark side
21
Prayer and the Holy Spirit
.....................................................Bring back the joy!—1
22.....................................................Bring back the joy!—2
23.....................................................................Imagine this!
24........................................................Praying in the Spirit
25..............................................Will we welcome revival?
26....................................................Careful how you pray!
27
Prayer and the church
.......................................................Change—God’s way
28...........................................Heaven’s power for change
29.....................................................Prayer for your pastor
30........................................Hope for the troubled church
31........................................Will anyone meet for prayer?
32.........................................What about prayer meeting?
33
Prayer and Christian witness
.............................................................Missing in prayer
34.....................................Have we lost hope for the lost?
35.........................................................God and your email
36
Prayer articles … page 1 View and download the whole series of articles at: www.scribd.com/doc/18416650
 
“Prayer doesn’t change God; prayer changes
us
.”You might have heard this assertion. Years ago, I believed it—but not any more.True, my prayers don’t affect God’s character andthey don’t change his ultimate plan for the world. Andin my praying, I should not try to make God see thingsmy way, but rather ask him to help me see things hisway.But it is equally true that prayer actually bringsabout change in Heaven. It does not change God’scharacter or ultimate will, nor does it force him to actagainst his best judgement. But Scripture is clear thatprayer can change God’s choice of actions on my behalf. It can dramatically affect the way God involveshimself in my life.Listen to God on this question: “If my people, whoare called by my name, will humble themselves andpray and seek my face and turn from their wickedways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgivetheir sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.Notice that the promise in this verse is based on acondition: “If my people will pray.” Action on Earth(prayer) leads to action in Heaven—forgiveness andhealing that would not otherwise take place. God has alarge supply of blessings ready for us in our dailyliving, but his gifts carry a condition. The condition ishumble petition. It is prayer that opens God’sstorehouse of blessings, and from this perspective, yes—prayer changes God!Some people have a problem with this. “God doeswhatever he wills, and it’s presumptuous to think thatour puny prayers have actual effect. Will God lovesomeone more because we have prayed for thatperson?”This is a rational argument but not a biblical one. Of course God will not “love someone more” because wehave prayed for that person. His love reaches endlesslyto all his created beings. But God himself tells us wemust pray for those who don’t believe, pray for thehousehold of faith, pray for rulers, pray for the sick,pray for everyone everywhere. This praying is notincidental; it’s not a charade. It’s the essence of God’sactivity on Earth.Are we willing to grant that God has the prerogativeto choose the weapons by which his kingdom willadvance? He has chosen prayer as a primary weapon—and placed that weapon in our hands. If we use theweapon of prayer, the kingdom will advance. If weneglect it, the kingdom will stall. God is not creatinghis kingdom light-years away from us, but in us andthrough us. We are his friends and warriors in a greatexpedition to save the world.Recall the teaching of Jesus on prayer, which wemight summarise this way. . . . “Whatever you bind onEarth is bound in Heaven. If two of you agree inprayer, it will be done. Through prayer and the Spirit,you will do even greater things than I have done. Ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. Ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you. Your‘mustard seed’ faith will move mountains—nothing isimpossible for the one who prays!”Prayer is not an exercise in futility or just adevotional ritual. It is an actual reaching out by faithinto the mysterious heart and will of God. It isobedience to God’s invitation to participate in thedivine plan for saving the world. As John Wesleyexpressed it, “God does nothing but in answer toprayer.” The understanding is well stated this way: “Itis a part of God’s plan to grant us, in answer to theprayer of faith, that which He would not bestow didwe not thus ask.”*Yes, it’s true—prayer can and does change thecourse of history for people and nations. If Godchooses to use your praying and mine as a chief method of the kingdom, the sin of presumption is notthat I employ prayer in such a way, but that I
 fail
toemploy it in such a way!Now the personal part. Will you accept thechallenge of praying right into Heaven for the blessingof the world? It’s a privilege few people exercise, butone that will change course of your life for the better—along with the lives of those around you.
* Ellen G. White,
The Great Controversy
 , p 525._______________This article first appeared in modified form in
 Mid-America Outlook
 , April 2004. Copyright ©2009 by Ed Gallagher (South Pacific edition). / Scripture quotations taken from the HOLYBIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by InternationalBible Society. Used by permission.
Prayer articles … PRAYER AND BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING … page 2Page may be copied in totality for non-commercial purposes / View and download the whole series of articles at: www.scribd.com/doc/18416650
Does prayer change God?
 
By Ed Gallagher
Prayer can change God’schoice of actions on my behalf.
 
Something bothered me as I drove home after aprayer time with the young Christian pastor. “Hisprayers,” I wondered. “What is it about his prayers?They’re unusually powerful. But I can’t put my fingeron it. What is it that makes his prayers so strong?”As I turned into my driveway, it hit me. “It’s theBible!” I exclaimed out loud. “He puts the whole Bibleinto his prayers!” With this pastor it was just as thewriter E. M. Bounds described it—“The Word of God isthe basis and the inspiration and the heart of prayer.”A few weeks later, when we got together again, Ilistened carefully as the pastor prayed. Here’s anexample of what I heard. . . .“Father, we’re not preachingourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord,and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. Thank you for makingyour light shine in our hearts, andfor giving us this treasure in earthenvessels to show that the power isfrom God, and not from us. We dohave some troubles, but we are notcrushed, because we are fix our eyesthis morning on what is unseen—onyou, dear Jesus, our Lord andSaviour. We see you crucified andrisen for us, and in you we acceptour peace.”Of course I recognised Paul’stestimony in 2 Corinthians 4. Thepastor’s prayer continued with amarvellous interspersion between hisown needs and praises, and the words of scripture. Itwas his own prayer—but at every turn he took theteachings and promises of God’s Word, and returnedthem to God as a gift from the heart.This is a pattern given in the scripture. When thesaved gather around God’s throne and express theirpraise, it is with the words of the psalms and prophets—“Great and marvellous are your deeds, Lord GodAlmighty. . . .” Examine Revelation 15:3, 4 and similarpraise prayers in Revelation, and note how much of the scripture—especially the psalms—is in them. Atthe end, we will praise God joyfully with his ownWord. So let’s get some practice now!The pastor’s example inspired me. These days I’mattempting to integrate much more of God’s Word intomy own praying, and I have felt the power of prayerincrease.This is one dynamic of what can be called “scripturepraying”—taking the promises and teachings of theWord and reflecting them directly in the language of our prayers.There is a second, closely related dynamic of scripture praying—and that is taking the privilege of prayer and embedding it in our Bible study. The powerof Bible study multiplies when prayer inhabits anddrives that study.Let’s take an example. Suppose you are studyingMatthew 6:19–24, where Christ taught about moneyand possessions. Instead of studying the passageacademically, then going quickly to another task, taketime to pray over every phrase for understanding andpersonal application. At each step of your study,
praythe teaching into your life
.Here’s an illustration of how you might pray. . . .“Lord, thanks for the reminder that I have been too busy storing up treasures on earth. My heart has beenfixed on those treasures. Now I give my possessions back to you. They are yours, not mine. I want moreheavenly treasure, treasure that lasts. Teach me how tomake you my greatest desire, with everything else insecond place.”It’s important to take time over this kind of scripturepraying, and not to rush it.When we practice scripture praying, we find thatthe distinction between Bible study and prayerdiminishes. Our study becomes our praying; ourpraying becomes our study. The Word comes to life,and so do our prayers—along with our Christianexperience and our testimony to Jesus.
_______________This article first appeared in modified form in
 Mid-America Outlook
 , August 2003. Copyright© 2009 by Ed Gallagher (South Pacific edition). / Scripture quotations taken from theHOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 byInternational Bible Society. Used by permission.
Prayer articles … PRAYER AND BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING … page 3Page may be copied in totality for non-commercial purposes / View and download the whole series of articles at: www.scribd.com/doc/18416650
The power of scripture praying
 
By Ed Gallagher
Our study becomes our praying;our praying becomes our study.
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