A Prayer For Your One!
Romans 10:1-4 (ESV)
"1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes."
i. A Desire for Prayer (v. 1)
"1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved."
ii. A Need for Prayer (v. 2-3)
"2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness."
iii. The Result of Prayer (v. 4)
"4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes."
"After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.  And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." Luke 10:1-2 (ESV)
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled… let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” -Charles Spurgeon
Week2 - A Prayer for Your One!
Sunday’s message conveyed to us the importance of praying for the lost. So, today’s study will look at how we pray for each other--it is called ‘Intercession’.
1. Read Col 1:9 as a group. Who is praying and who is being prayed for?
Where is “Intercession” in the Bible?
2. Read Gen. 25:21. What do we see here?
3. Read 2 Kings 6:15-17. What do we see here?
4. Read John 17:9, 17, 20. What do we see here?
5. Read Acts 7:60 and Luke 23:34. What do we see here?
As a group, discuss these types of ‘Intercession’. Which type is the most difficult for you? The easiest?
Intercession Means Asking! – Col. 1:9C-11 (Supplication)
The act of intercessory prayer includes and is based on “asking” (Supplication) for things. Supplication is the act of humbly requesting something in prayer from GOD. (The example in Col. 1:9c-11 happens to take place in an intercessory prayer but PLEASE MAKE SURE that you understand, supplication does not have to take place in intercession…we can ask GOD for things on our own behalf too.)
7. Read Col 1:9c-11 and identify all that Paul asks GOD to do for the Colossians?
Consider this - Praying for Your One--not only requires selflessness and a heart for the lost, but it also requires that you have unwavering faith in God’s Sovereignty. Think for a second if you will--how do you pray for a lost person? What, specifically, do you ask God for or to do in their life? How would you plead with GOD to save those you are praying for?
1. Most people use statements like:
a. GOD, open their eyes, soften their hearts, show them the truth, woo them, bring them to yourself, etc…
b. Even people who may struggle with acknowledging God’s sovereignty pray like a "sovereigntist" when they are asking God to save the ones they care about! When we have a burden for the lost and pray for someone’s salvation...we can only do so by appealing to the power of an all-Sovereign God!
c. If at any point we ask GOD to intervene, we are acknowledging that HE is supreme and sovereign over salvation...that concerning salvation--HE must do something we can’t do ourselves!
We must have a heart for the lost, and we must pray for the lost. But if we do not believe in God’s sovereignty over salvation--what exactly are we asking God to do? It is absolutely impossible to pray for our lost friends and family members if we do not also have a strong faith in God’s sovereignty over salvation! God is all-powerful and all knowing. He is in fact so sovereign, that he allows his immutable plans to hinge on our prayers--yes, even the prayers for lost people to come to know Him!
As a practice, take what you have learned today about prayer and pray together as a group for lost family, friends, coworkers, etc. Pray to God and acknowledge that only He has the power to save. Submit to the Power of His Sovereign Work and Power in the way that you prayfor your one!