Apr 14 2008

Bible Study Week 7 - What Is The Role Of Intercessory Prayer?

Published by Rose at 12:01 am under Weekly Reflections

Purpose of This Lesson

Today we will examine the role of in the life of the and the .

Lesson Objective

This lesson will guide the participants to:

  1. Know the importance of .
  2. Know the necessity of
  3. Know the power of

Introduction

is a powerful weapon in the hands of believers. It is a means by which a medium of communication exists between God and His people. Today we will examine what really happens when people pray together as a corporate body of Christ in the unity of the .

Today’s Lesson:

Begin today’s lesson by reading 2 Chronicles 7:14-162 Chronicles 7:14-16
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

14 if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent, unto the prayer that is made in this place. 16 For now have I chosen and hallowed this house, that my name may be there for ever; and mine eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.  

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and Acts 12:1-19Acts 12:1-19
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

12 1 Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. And [those] were the days of unleavened bread. 4 And when he had taken him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quarternions of soldiers to guard him; intending after the Passover to bring him forth to the people. 5 Peter therefore was kept in the prison: but prayer was made earnestly of the church unto God for him. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and guards before the door kept the prison. 7 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shined in the cell: and he smote Peter on the side, and awoke him, saying, Rise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And he did so. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9 And he went out, and followed; and he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel, but thought he saw a vision. 10 And when they were past the first and the second guard, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth into the city; which opened to them of its own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and straightway the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a truth, that the Lord hath sent forth his angel and delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12 And when he had considered [the thing], he came to the house of Mary the mother of John whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together and were praying. 13 And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a maid came to answer, named Rhoda. 14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for joy, but ran in, and told that Peter stood before the gate. 15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she confidently affirmed that it was even so. And they said, It is his angel. 16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened, they saw him, and were amazed. 17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him forth out of the prison. And he said, Tell these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went to another place. 18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. 19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and tarried there.  
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Standing in The Gap

There are many notable cases in the of people who offered on behalf of others and how God moved to act by granting them their request. One such was made by the saints on behalf of the apostle Peter during the time when Peter was in prison waiting to be executed by King Herod. This was after James had been killed by the same king, so chances of Peter’s release did not really exist.
But God’s power and might was revealed because as they prayed in unity, God moved and sent an angel to release Peter from prison. The king ended up executing all the soldiers that were on duty that night because they failed to keep Peter in prison!

We therefore see that are powerful and very much needed today more than ever because the Church is facing many trials as the coming of Christ approaches. The devil has gone on the rampage, inflicting much pain and confusion in the Church. For example, who would have thought that homosexuals would be ordained as ministers in the in this day and age? Who would have thought that the could endorse condoms to be used by people today?

But needless to say that as we have witnessed these things happening as the coming of Christ draws near, we have not been left without a weapon with which we can fight the enemy, and this is the weapon of corporate . They are still as effective as they were during the times of the early church, when God intervened for the apostle Peter by sending an angel to deliver him from the hand of King Herod. We therefore need to stand in the gap for the church and pray in unity by interceding for each other because shatters the plans of Satan and devastates his kingdom!


Week 7: Questions for Discussion

  1. How can you define corporate prayers?Please explain……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
  2. What is the importance of corporate prayers?Please explain……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
  3. Why do you think that the apostle’s life was centered on prayer according to Acts 6:4Acts 6:4
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    4 But we will continue stedfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the word.  
    ?Please explain……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
  4. Do you think intercessory prayers are necessary today in the church?Please explain……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
  5. Give an example of the significant ways that God has moved in your church recently because of corporate prayers.Please explain……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
  6. Do you think it is possible to have effective prayers without unity in the church?Please use Acts 2:1-4Acts 2:1-4
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    2 1 And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  
    to explain………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
  7. Would you agree that there is a connection between corporate prayer and the manifestation of God’s power?Please explain and give examples from the ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
  8. Would you say that your church’s is vibrant and effective? If no, what measures can you recommend to have an effective and vibrant ?Please explain……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

For Meditation: James 5:16James 5:16
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

16 Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.  

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b- The Fervent and Effective

“… The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”
Without effective and powerful prayers, a church ceases to be a powerhouse and becomes a mere clubhouse where members meet only on Sundays. Again, without effective and fervent prayers, the church ceases to be powerful and becomes a like a toothless bulldog, which cannot fight against an invading enemy.

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One Response to “Bible Study Week 7 - What Is The Role Of Intercessory Prayer?”

  1. cmbuguaon 21 Apr 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Rose, keep on blessing people, and teaching the flock. May the good Lord bless and enrich you greatly

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