Glory to God!
Prayer is the key to transformation! God is calling His people to pray and to seek His face. In his message entitled “4D Prayer,” Richard spoke to us about how wrong expectations can stop us from seizing God’s Kingdom and how the believer can grow in prayer and learn to bring heaven on earth.
Looking at Matthew 11:1-19, we noted how John the Baptist’s expectations caused him to question whether Jesus was truly “the one who was to come” and how Jesus pointed to the evidence of the Kingdom; the healing of the sick, the raising of the dead and the preaching of the good news to prove that “the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing.” Jesus uses the incident to speak to the people about their expectations concerning John the Baptist and Jesus, showing them that they are a generation that expects God to be and act according to their expectations, rather than trusting in the advancement of the kingdom and taking hold of it as God reveals it! Understanding that God wants us to learn to see and hear what He is doing and to take hold of it, Richard showed us how the believer can grow in prayer and learn to pray heaven on earth. Comparing prayer to running, Richard showed us that the believer will only grow in prayer as his or her prayer life moves from discipline, to desire, to dependency and to development. Prayer is to be more than just as regular activity or discipline but must become something the believer desires and depends on in his or her spiritual walk and relationship with God so that s/he can reach a place of communion with God where s/he is hearing and seeing what God is saying and doing. It is in that place of prayer that the believer can develop in prayer as s/he learns to “forcefully lay hold of” the Kingdom. Rather than becoming discouraged and doubtful because of wrong expectations and expecting God to dance to our tune, the believer learns to recognise how the Kingdom is forcefully advancing and how s/he can lay hold of it to bring heaven on earth. Finally, as we looked at Romans 8:18-21, we saw how all of creation is eagerly awaiting the revelation of the sons of God and how it is the responsibility of every believer to lead others into the glorious freedom of the children of God as we bring heaven on earth! Hallelujah!
We praise God for His revelation to us and for teaching us to pray.
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31.07: 19:30 KLF Prayer Meeting at the “Taubenschlag”, Alt-Hausen 34.
29.09: KLF Summer Party in Niederrad