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Bible Way Ministries                               Lonnie Green III, Senior Pastor

Spiritual Sacrifices

Lesson One

Facilitator: Lonnie R. Green

Notes From: The Foundation of Truth  By Bishop Lonnie Green  PH.D, D.D

1 Peter 2:5

You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a royal priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (NKJV)  

The Apostle Peter writes to the church as being a holy priesthood offering up spiritual sacrifices.  In these three lesson we shall study a few spiritual sacrifices the church offers up to the Lord.

I. Prayer

  1. The Importance of Prayer

The importance of prayer cannot be over-emphasized.  In Revelation we see the prayer of the saints as incense upon the golden altar before the throne (Rev. 5:8; 8:3).  The greatest sin of the church is that of prayerlessness.  Prayerlessness leads to coldness, indifference, and unbelief.  Prayer is the church’s greatest weapon, and it moves God towards man, and man towards God.  God does not bless machinery and methods, but God does bless a church that prays.

  1. The Church is Commanded to Pray:

The church is instructed to pray according to the Word of God. 

                                                                    I.      1 Thessalonians 5:17

                                                                  ii.      Luke 18:1

                                                                iii.      Luke 21:36

                                                                 iv.      1 Timothy 2:1-3

 

  1. What is Prayer:

Prayer is communion with God.  It is speaking to the Lord and hearing the Lord speak.  It consists of communion, intercession, supplication, travailing of souls, and allowing the Holy Spirit to pray through the saint with groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26)

  1. Manners of Prayer:

There is no definite manner or time of prayer.  The Bible gives examples of all bodily postures while praying.  Standing, kneeling, and lying prostrate are some examples of body positions while praying.  There is also no special time or place for prayer.  We should be in a prayerful attitude at all times and ready to pray anytime.  It makes little difference whether you pray audibly or silently as long as you pray from your heart with faith.

 

  1. Power of United Prayer:

If we pray in unison and agree as touching any thing on earth, then Jesus promised that our prayers would be answered.  (Matthew 18:19)  It is on these grounds that there is power in united prayer.