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PRAYER:


Dear Lord, You have brought family members and friends into my life. Let me love them, let me help them, let me treasure them, and let me lead them to You. Our community is a blessing to each one of us. I desire, as a prayer warrior to pray with all my sisters and brothers, but things get in the way; please forgive me Lord. Bless us to pray as a Christian community together, even if we are not here online. Bless our hearts to join together in prayer for our community here, and community wherever we may be. Jesus prayed in the community, and we desire to do the same. We ask that You bless eyes to be open to pray more for our Church community, family community, friend community, and whosoever we meet community. Bless us to learn from this study concerning praying in and for the community. We pray for a powerful move of God’s Holy Spirit upon this earth. Move, Lord Jesus, move on us as the Body of Christ to pray more in these last days. Change hearts, Lord, change hearts in every community. We pray that the Holy Spirit will move us to honor, glorify, and respect our Father in Heaven. Holy Spirit, convince the world of wrong doing right now in Jesus’ name. Help us to embrace a true sense of repentance in our communities everywhere. We pray the prayer of Numbers 6:24-27; “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.” AMEN.

Scriptures: Matthew 18:19, Luke 9:28, Matthew 17:1, Mark 9:23; Matthew 14:19; Matthew 15:36; Acts 27:35; I Corinthians 11:24

Lesson 4 Jesus prayed in community:

This is a short lesson, but very important to our witness for the Lord.
Jesus practiced what he preached. He not only prayed alone, as the previous study discussed; but he also prayed with other people in community and gatherings. Let’s contrast two verses in close proximity to one another:

First, notice that Jesus prayed privately: “While He was praying in private . . .” (Luke 9:18). But then he balances private prayer with group praying: “About eight days after these words, He took along Peter, John, and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.” (Luke 9:28) Our relationship with God is personal but not private. Jesus balanced his personal relationship with the Father with the community aspects of prayer. In other words, Jesus not only encourages us to get alone to pray; he also wants us to pray with others. AMEN.

Praying with the people of God is foundational to worship. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20) Community worship was a vital part of Jewish life. Community worship is a vital part of our worship, too. And, we can’t worship without praying to God. Jesus reminded his hearers that the temple was to be a house of prayer for the nations (Mark 11:17).

It is no accident that the Lord’s Prayer begins not with “My Father,” but with “Our Father.” We have many recorded prayers of Jesus. Why is that? Well, that is because those prayers were uttered in the company of other people. Jesus wants us to be on our guard with a “me and Jesus only” approach to God. Jesus criticized the Pharisee who distanced himself from others in his prayers. Read Luke 18:10-11 Jesus pointed out that the Pharisee stood by himself. I think this is an intentional jab at an individualistic approach to God. We all have blind spots and we need the discernment and wisdom of others to point out those flaws. Praying with others helps identify our weakness and needs. Group prayer strengthens private prayer.

Praying in Community for the World:

Abiding in Jesus on behalf of our global community

What a wonderful opportunity we have as followers of Jesus to pray together with our community.

Praying together could bring more joy than we expect. The reason is that our Lord Jesus Christ encourages us to intercede to the Father on behalf of others. When we pray, that God’s will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven we are acting on God’s promise that the World will be affected by our prayers. We intercede with the assurance of being heard. This world includes our global community and also our immediate community, our nation, our state, our city, our neighborhood, and our own family. Jesus teaches that we will bear much fruit if we abide in him. Prayer and interceding is our way to abide in Jesus. How can we abide during these days of troubles and the advancement of darkness in this world? By praying and putting action to our beliefs. In other words, envisioning this global community: nation, state, city, neighborhood, and family as it is in heaven. But how? Let’s begin with our own hearts.

Believers pray together:
• Together, ask the Lord for a clean heart. What does the Lord want to remove from your inner being? Ask for forgiveness. What is blocking you from showing God’s love to your community? Remember, you want to see your world as it is in heaven, and that will start in your own world.
• Together, pray for open eyes. Eyes that can see injustice, poverty, racism, corruption, wasted food, prostitution, human trafficking, consumerism, materialism, etc., and eyes that keep us from seeing the hurt. The Scripture says that the prince of this world blinds our understanding so that we do not believe. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
• Together, pray that you and others may not give into human philosophies and religious beliefs that are blocking the knowledge of Jesus.
• Together, pray for our neighborhood, city, state, and nation, asking for forgiveness for the past and present actions against God’s sovereignty.
• Together, pray about your own lack of involvement and that of your church in the things God desires for your community.
• Together, pray for a powerful move of God’s Spirit that will put the chaos of this world in the right order according to heaven. Pray that the Holy Spirit will convince the world of wrong doing. Pray that we will embrace a true sense of repentance.
• Together, pray a blessing for your enemies in your community, your city, your world. Bless your enemies, Jesus says, in order to be like your heavenly Father.
• Together, pray for opportunities to express God’s love in your world.
• Together, pray for the authorities, their advisors, their families, etc. Pray that their agenda and beliefs would be guided by the Holy Spirit.

Practical steps
In what ways is God asking you to be an answer to these prayers?
Is there one step God is inviting your church to take for the sake of seeing his kingdom come on earth?

Week # 4 PRIVATE DEVOTIONS TIME: Solitary Communion (Luke 5:15-16)
“15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.”

Week # 4 NOTABLE PRAYERS: Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)
“9 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”

Week # 4 QUESTIONS:
1). Name some places Jesus prayed in solitary.
2). What kind of prayer was Jabez’s prayer?
3). What is the difference between a prayer focus and a prayer request?

Week # 4 PRAYER FOCUS:
To be more sensitive to pray for others, and to join in with others believers in prayer more often than I do now. Seek God’s face concerning community prayer.

Week # 4 PRAYER REQUEST:
Pray for believers to use the kingdom model, “On earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

Week # 4 APPLY IT: A Daily Quiet Time with God

Week # 4 THOUGHT4TODAY:
Ponder how you can more consistently live in the Light of My presence, celebrating your relationship with Me.

Week # 4 Reading Assignments……Book of Genesis Chapters 16-20


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This week’s Prayer………….


Dear Lord, You have brought family members and friends into my life. Let me love them, let me help them, let me treasure them, and let me lead them to You. Our community is a blessing to each one of us. I desire, as a prayer warrior to pray with all my sisters and brothers, but things get in the way; please forgive me Lord. Bless us to pray as a Christian community together, even if we are not here online. Bless our hearts to join together in prayer for our community here, and community wherever we may be. Jesus prayed in the community, and we desire to do the same. We ask that You bless eyes to be open to pray more for our Church community, family community, friend community, and whosoever we meet community. Bless us to learn from this study concerning praying in and for the community. We pray for a powerful move of God’s Holy Spirit upon this earth. Move, Lord Jesus, move on us as the Body of Christ to pray more in these last days. Change hearts, Lord, change hearts in every community. We pray that the Holy Spirit will move us to honor, glorify, and respect our Father in Heaven. Holy Spirit, convince the world of wrong doing right now in Jesus’ name. Help us to embrace a true sense of repentance in our communities everywhere. We pray the prayer of Numbers 6:24-27; “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.” AMEN.


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Week # 4 Scripture Reading:

Matthew 18:19
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Luke 9:28
28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

Matthew 17:1
17 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

Mark 9:23
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Matthew 14:19
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

Matthew 15:36
36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
Acts 27:35
35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

I Corinthians 11:24
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.


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Week # 4 Sharing


Week # 4 PRIVATE DEVOTIONS TIME: Solitary Communion (Luke 5:15-16)
“15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.”

Week # 4 NOTABLE PRAYERS: Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)
“9 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”

Week # 4 QUESTIONS:
1). Name some places Jesus prayed in solitary.
Jesus prayed on the Sea of Galilee, Garden of Gethsemane, Bethany Road, Jordan River, Mountain top, and other places too.

2). What kind of prayer was Jabez’s prayer?
Jabez cries out to God for protection and blessing. Using a play on words, Jabez, the “man of sorrow,” asks God to keep him from that sorrow which his name both recalled and foreboded. Jabez’s goal in his prayer was to live free from sorrow, and the last thing we read about him is that God heard and answered his prayer. Like Solomon’s humble prayer for wisdom (1 Kings 3:5-14), Jabez’s devout prayer for blessing was answered. The success Jabez enjoyed outweighed the sorrow of his beginning. The prayer of Jabez overcame the name of Jabez. It was a petition prayer. Amen.

3). What is the difference between a prayer focus and a prayer request?
Prayer request is an act of asking politely or formally for something. Prayer focus is the center of interest or activity in our prayer time, and the state or quality of having or producing a clear visual view of something we are asking for, and paying particular attention to. We need this in our pray time.

Week # 4 PRAYER FOCUS:
To be more sensitive to pray for others, and to join in with others believers in prayer more often than I do now. Seek God’s face concerning community prayer.

Week # 4 PRAYER REQUEST:
Pray for believers to use the kingdom model, “On earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

Week # 4 APPLY IT: A Daily Quiet Time with God
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done Lord God Almighty; as it is in heaven is our prayer today. Father God, let Your will be done in every one of us today. We desire to do Your will, Lord. Father God, what we need today is a higher daily dose of You love, peace, assurance, and your presence. Your Word teaches us that we acquire these blessings from our Creator through much prayer, meditation, worship, and trust in You. O Lord, our Creator, conform us to Your image. Create in us a clean heart, a renew our heart that reflects Your love in us. When we need to change, change us, Lord, and make us new today. Amen.

Week # 4 THOUGHT4TODAY:
Ponder how you can more consistently live in the Light of My presence, celebrating your relationship with Me.

Week # 4 Reading Assignments……Book of Genesis Chapters 16-20

I am finished with this week’s reading!


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Words of Encouragement:


IAM the firm foundation on which you can dance and sing and celebrate My Presence. This is my high and holy calling for you; receive it as a precious gift. Glorifying and enjoying Me is a higher priority than maintaining a tidy, structured life. Give up your striving to keep everything under control, an impossible task and a waste of precious energy. My guidance for each of My children is unique. That’s why listening to Me is so vital for your well-being. Let Me prepare you for the day that awaits you and point you in the right direction. IAM with you continually, so don’t be intimidated by fear. Though it stalks you, it cannot harm you, as long as you cling to My hand. Keep your eyes on Me, enjoying Peace in My Presence. I delight in your heartfelt desire to “kick up your heels” in celebration of who IAM. Those who walk in the Light of My Presence can rejoice in Me all day long, exulting in My righteousness. Glorify Me by living joyously in My energizing Light. Come into My presence.


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More Scripture Reading:


Psalm 5:11
“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”

Ephesians 3:20-21
“20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Jude 24-25
“24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

Joshua 1:5
“5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”


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I have finished reading my weekly assignment, and now reading this week's reading.


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