Rick & Patti Roberts

Intercultural Missionaries
"REaching the nations within our nation"

TEach us to pray

"Your effectiveness in life will always be determined by the depth of your relationship with God."WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER?1. Partner with God. (God has placed the enforcement of Calvary's victory in the hands of the church. Billheimer) Prayer is always effective when we pray what God wants instead of what we want.2. Time (fellowship) with God. DEEPEST PURPOSE. Nurture and enjoy the relationship.3. Let God take care of you. (Matt 11:28 Come to me ...)What do you struggle with in prayer? distracted, restless, don't feel Him, feel unworthy, Let's learn and discover together. We want to be in a place where we know that every time we pray heaven is listening and responding.Luke 11:1 "Teach us to pray" Mat 6:9 — Mat 6:13 Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from  evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.Now, many see this as a pattern of prayer. Or maybe as a list of ingredients for prayer. For example: Acknowledgement (Our Father who is in heaven) – Jesus taught us to pray, "Our Father..." Wow! When you think of God as your Father, it opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. He's easier to talk to, and you can ask him anything. praise (Hallowed be Your name) - Submission to His will and His glory (Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven ) – Spread of the Gospel maybe hinted at here provision (Give us this day our daily bread) - forgiveness (both ways) (And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors) - protection (And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from  evil) – submission (For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.)I see this maybe not as a standard prayer, but an example of prayer. Jesus never gave instructions on how to preach, or to heal, or to cast out devils, or how to show compassion. He just had men with him, watching him when he did it. They learned by example. So wouldn’t it possibly be the same with prayer. “Here’s how I pray. Watch, Listen and learn.” ➡.6 "But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO IMPRESS? DON’T DO IT FOR SHOW, TO IMPRESS MEN. LET IT BE BETWEEN YOU AND GOD. You should spend more time in private prayer than in public prayer. ➡.7 "And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. Are you praying mouth prayers or heart prayers? LET IT COME FROM THE HEART. GOD HEARS HEART PRAYERS. GOD IS IMPRESSED WITH YOUR HEART, NOT YOUR WORDS..8 "Therefore do not be like them for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him..9 "Pray, then, in this way: Jesus is saying, Okay, you want to learn how to pray. Watch! He didn’t say, Here is the perfect prayer. Here is the pattern of the right ingredients. Here are the words you should repeat. (In fact, he just told us not to use empty repetitions.) ➡So, what do you see in his attitude as He prays? What do you see of His heart? (respect and honor, submission to God’s will, His concern and compassion for man – material, physical, emotional, and spiritual, and dependency on God) What do you think is the most important factor in prayer? The presence of God. ➡ first and foremost, the most important thing about prayer and the greatest benefit of Prayer is not getting answers but deepening your relationship with God. Psalms 41.10The key to everything is your relationship with God. The deeper your relationship is the better your prayer life is going to be and the more effective it is going to be. The sons of Sceva - Acts 19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?”Smith Wigglesworth was one of the greatest men of faith in the past century. He was like a modern day Elijah. He was never more than 30 minutes out of prayer. ➡You will have more effective and fulfilling prayer life if you concentrate more on developing your relationship with God than on getting answers. But what do you do when you don't feel His presence, when you don't feel like you're getting through, etc.? You keep praying. It's tempting to give up. Do you have a plan for prayer? when, how, what you pray for, etc. Most of us pray, at least when we are in need. But too often our prayer is haphazard. How many have had golf lessons, cooking classes, any other kind? How about training on your job? How about prayer lessons? I dare say some people spend more deliberate effort, energy and concentration learning how to swing a golf club than they do on learning how to pray. ➡What if we approached our work the way we pray? Shouldn't prayer be approached with the same focus and determination as we approach our work? Investors do research before spending money. Builders draw plans before beginning construction. Most things we do, we go by a plan. But then in prayer we wing it. We need to go to prayer with a plan. Approach prayer like a business. Not every time, of course. Prayer must come from the heart and embrace spontaneity and HS leading. But it also requires knowledge and forethought. ➡ A good plan: Get alone with God - quiet place, no distractions Be consistent (not necessarily militant/legalistic) Be persistent (don't give up) Be focused (deliberate) - make a list Be bold Be biblical (ask and receive not - pray for strife) TAKE AWAY ➡ SEEK THE PRESENCE - FUEL THE PASSION - MAKE A P

Do you know how to share the gospel?

What is the gospel?Do you know the principal truths that are essential to Salvation? Is there a necessary pattern or a prescribed prayer for salvation?4 Spiritual Laws -1. God LOVES you and offers a wonderful PLAN for your life. John 3.162. Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life. Rom 3.233. Jesus Christ is God's ONLY provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life. John 14.64. We must individually RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives." John 1.12
Romans Road - 1. Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”2. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”3. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.”4. Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”5. Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”6. Romans 10:10 “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”7. Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
EE PRESENTATION 2 questions: 1. Have you come to the place in your spiritual life where you can say that you know for certain that if you were to die today you would go to heaven? Did you know that it's possible to know for sure? 1 John 5:13  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.2. Let me ask you another question. If you were to die today and you were to stand before God and he were to say to you why should I let you into my heaven? What would you say? (most people are going to give you an answer that is typical. I'm a good person. I don't hurt anybody. I try to keep the Commandments. Or any number of other answers.) At this point you would begin your gospel presentation.I have great news for you! •Grace. Heaven is a free gift. It cannot be earned or deserved. ○ Romans 6:23 the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ Our Lord. The problem is man. • Man is a sinner. ○ Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. See God's standard is perfection. And no man is perfect. So man cannot save himself. ○ Ephesians 2:8-9 by grace are you saved through faith, not of Works lest any man should boast. At this point you want to note some other scriptures which basically say the same thing, that by The Works of the law no man can be saved. So that sounds pretty hopeless doesn't it? •
But here's the thing:God is: ○ just and so he must punish sin. Sin is breaking God's law. § (Eze 18.4 the soul that sins shall die) But God is also ○ merciful. He does not want to punish you. He does not want you to die and suffer for your sins. So the question is how can God deal with sin through his Justice and yet rescue man through his Mercy. There has to be a payment for sin. And here's the solution,Jesus. • Jesus Paid the price for our sins. How could he do that? Because he was God. ○ John 1:1 in the beginning was the word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Verse 14 says the word became flesh and dwelt Among Us. ○ Jesus was actually God manifested In the Flesh (1 Tim 3:16) Acts which means that he took on human flesh he became a man. How can I do that? Because he's God. He can do anything. Way back in the Old Testament hundreds of years before Jesus was born the prophet Isaiah predicted the purpose of Jesus coming. ○ Isaiah 53:6 all we like sheep have gone astray we have turned every one to his own way and the lord has laid the iniquity of us all on him. So God took our sin and put it on Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross he died for your sins. He took your punishment. That's why § Romans 6:23 says the gift of God is eternal life. § Ephesians 1:6 tells us that we have Redemption through his blood the Forgiveness of sins. • Faith. Now if Jesus paid the price for all of our sins, for every sinner, then does that mean that we're all saved? No. It means that we all have the potential to be saved. remember the Bible says that salvation is a gift from God. but in order to possess a gift you have to receive it. And you receive God's Gift of salvation by faith. That is by believing. ○ Ephesians 2:8 says by grace are you saved through faith. ○ So now the question is what is faith. Well I'll tell you what it is not. simple intellectual agreement. Many people believe that Jesus came and died and rose again. but that doesn't mean they have put their faith in him. See faith is a lot like the word love. We misuse it so much we don't understand it. For example I love ice cream. But I have not made a commitment to ice cream. And that's the difference. ○ Faith is a commitment. Faith is complete Trust. This means that we have to put our faith in Jesus for our salvation. In other words we have to trust him and nothing else to get us to heaven.
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