Cultivating Prayer that Counts!
And the gospel must first be preached to all nations [ethnos]. — Mark 13:10 (NIV)
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world [oikoumene] as a testimony to all nations [ethnos], and then the end will come. — Matthew 24:14 (NIV)
It is true that I am an ordinary, weak human being, but I don’t use human plans and methods to win my battles. I use God’s mighty weapons, not those made by men, to knock down the devil’s strongholds. These weapons can break down every proud argument against God and every wall that can be built to keep men from finding him. With these weapons I can capture rebels and bring them back to God and change them into men whose hearts’ desire is obedience to Christ. — 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (TLB)
“Stronghold” (Ochuroma): “To fortify through holding”
A Stronghold is a “power grip!”
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. — 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 (NIV)
No one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up [NKJV: “binds”] the strong man. — Mark 3:27 (NIV)
The Why of Our Warfare:
In a Word: ________
Only Two Things Are Eternal: God’s Word and Man’s Soul
Three Unalterable Convictions (The “Why” of the EHC Ministry!)
1. The Great Commission must be taken ___________.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” — Mark 16:15 (NIV)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. — Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. — Acts 5:42 (NIV)
2. Without _________ the task is ___________________
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” — John 17:20-23 (NIV)
3. Prayer will ___________ every ______________ that stands in the way!
And Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” — Mark 11:22-23 (NKJV)
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. — Acts 4:31 (NKJV)
“Strategic”: That which counts the most.
“Level”: The place or position of a person, object or concept in relation to another.
- Prayer that ___________ the most!
- Prayer that takes us to another __________!
- Prayer that confronts the __________________!
- Prayer that concerns the _____________!
- Prayer that is ________________ in nature!
Note: The Reason Joshua Set up 12 Stones after Crossing the Jordan…
He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the LORD’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the LORD your God forever. — Joshua 4:24 (NLT)
Joshua Was a Strategic Thinker!