before leading others, you must...
Lead Yourself in Prayer
Build your authority to lead in the secret place of prayer.
James 5:16 - “The prayer of righteous man is powerful and effective.”
Perseverance in Prayer
Luke 18:1-8 - “Cry out to him day and night.”
Coverage in Prayer
Ephesians 6:18 - “Keep on praying for all the saints.”
Praying through Trials
Psalm 42 - “Put your hope in God.”
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“ ‘Our Father in heaven, GOD-FOCUSED
hallowed be your name, WORSHIP
your kingdom come, GOD’S PLAN FIRST
your will be done GOD’S WAYS FIRST
on earth as it is in heaven. INTERCESSION
Give us today our daily bread. ASK FOR DAILY LIFE
Forgive us our debts, REPENTANCE
as we also have forgiven our debtors. FORGIVENESS
And lead us not into temptation, STRENGTH TO CONQUER SIN
but deliver us from the evil one.’ SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Jesus taught us to lead out in ministry and mission through prayer. Prayer is the work of ministry. Evangelism is the fruit.
Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Jesus taught us to join him in prayer, to receive his heart in the place of prayer. This takes listening and watching. Also, Jesus taught us that prayer has the effect of guarding us from temptation.