Types of Prayer
- 1 of those types is the prayer of Consecration to the will of God
- Identifying it. Choosing it. Going with it.
Last week – Things that produce stability – When Can We Know What God Will Do?
I John 5:14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
I John 5:15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (NKJV)
- If we don’t know His will
- We don’t have confidence in Him
- We don’t even know if He hears us
- If we don’t know He hears us we dont know if we will get answers to our prayers.
Doubt, wondering. Not sure, confident.
- Faith begins where the will of God is KNOWN
Confidence is dependent, leveraged, on KNOWING HIS WILL
Why wouldn’t you know the will of God?
- Didn’t know you could know
- Don’t know how to find it
- Too lazy to find out
- Just want to put it all on God by praying IF IT BE THY WILL
Perish because of lack of knowledge
Breaks every rule and example of prayer except for the prayer of consecration
Jesus prayed that prayer
Yes, BUT Jesus ONLY prayed if it be thy will on one occasion.
He prayed this NOT because he didn’t know Father’s will
He knew the will of God
He had found where it was written about Him – Lk 4:16, John 3:14 – 16 – as Moses
He wanted to see if God’s plan/purpose for Him could be changed
Let’s look at the prayer of consecration
Matt. 26:36 hen Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.”
Matt. 26:37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed.
Matt. 26:38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Matt. 26:39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Matt. 26:40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?
Matt. 26:41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
Matt. 26:42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken awaya unless I drink it, your will be done.”
Matt. 26:43 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.
Matt. 26:44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again.
Matt. 26:45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Matt. 26:46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”
Mk 4:39 he arose and rebuked the wind
Two blind men – stood still Mat 20:32 / Mk 10:49
Stood before Pilate – Matt 27:11
Stood in the temple to read – lk 4:16
Stood over Peter’s mother-in-law
Stood outside in a plain to teach and heal Lk 6:16 (5:1)
Stood with Moses and Elijah on the mountain Lk 9:32
Stood and commanded blind man to come near – healed – Lk 18:40
Stood in the midst of them – peace be unto you – Lk 24;36; Jn 20:19, 26
Stood and cried with a loud voice Jn 7:37 come to me and drink
Stood on the shore after resurrection / many fish Jn 21:4
Standing at the place of honour at God’s right hand – Acts 7:56
Standing in the midst of the churches – Rev 1:13
Matthew 26:39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine”. (NLT)
Matthew 26:45-46 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!” (NLT)
Philippians 2:5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (NLT)
Philippians 2:7-9…he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honour and gave him the name above all other names,
Phil. 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NLT)
True Humility produces true boldness
Under His hand makes you confident before man
Brash, crass, arrogant, cocky
Knowledge puffs up.
authority that comes with position
Authority that comes with knowledge
To the degree that you humble, you come up into boldness