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PRAYER OF THE CROSS

Prayer of the Cross - Knowing Christ

The primary purpose of prayer:


KNOWING CHRIST Philippians 3:8, Galatians 2:20 and Galatians 6:14.
To know Jesus better, we must learn from Him. He is our main factor in our prayer life. We can not be greater than the Master. The four points of the cross will show us the life of Jesus and how we must operate.

  • Knowing Christ
  • Brotherly love
  • Love your neighbor
  • Victory over the enemy  

2 Peter 1:2-8 & 11. Grace & peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also add to your faith godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For so an entrance will supply to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Knowledge of Jesus will be determined through the affectionate of your prayer life.  Communication with a person will promote a relationship building; the same is applicable with God. The more time you spend in prayer with God, the better the relationship with Him and it will be growing all the time. 
Philippians 3:8. I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.
 
Matthew 13:45. The kingdom of God is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Jesus is that beautiful pearl.

 

Matthew 6:33. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. The King of the kingdom is Jesus Christ. To seek the kingdom is to find it in Christ; it is to find the beautiful pearl. To find His righteousness is to believe God and His Word. Abraham believed God and therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness. Romans 4:22.

 

1 John 5:12. To seek and find Jesus is to live life abundantly and for eternity. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 
 
In reading 2 Peter 1:2-11 you will find seven advantages of knowing Jesus Christ the Lord:   
  • Grace and peace
  • Given us all things that pertain to life and godliness
  • Called us by glory and virtue
  • Given us exceedingly great and precious promises
  • Partakers of the divine nature
  • Escaped corruption that is in the world through lust
  • Entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

This is why Paul cried out in Philippians 3:8. I count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. The advantages we get if we know Jesus Christ is so huge and wonderful. It cannot be compared to the glamour, pleasure and entertainment what the world has to offer, just for a short time and the end thereof is anyhow eternal damnation. Paul said it is rubbish.
Jesus said in John 15:14. You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.

LOVE FOR YOUR BRETHREN             

1 Peter 1:22. 1 John 3:14-16. John 13:34-35.
James 5:16. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. It is not possible to build a relationship in prayer with God and say that you do not love your brothers who are in faith with you. To know Christ really is also to love the brothers.
1 Pet 1:22. Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.
1 John 2:9-10. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. We must help to carry the burden of the children of God. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart for him, how does the love of God abide in him? 1 John 3:17.
To love your brothers and sisters from the same faith, to pray for them and reach out to them for encouragement and help, is to do what Jesus did for His disciples. John 17:9. Father, I pray for them.
Jesus also prayed for Peter. Luke 22:31-32. Simon, Simon! Satan has asked for you. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR      

Matthew 22:39. You shall love your neighbour as yourself. Be like the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. Jesus asked, who do you think was neighbour to him who fell among the thieves? And Jesus said; he who showed mercy to him. Go and do likewise.
To know Jesus is to know His heartbeat. He loved his followers and He also laid down his life for the whole world, for everyone. Isaiah 53:5. He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities. He died for the sins and sicknesses of the whole world. He prayed for the world, He served them, He healed them. Isaiah 61. He preached good tidings to the poor, He healed the brokenhearted, He proclaimed liberty to the captives, He opened the prison to those who are bound and He proclaimed the acceptable year of our God. Jesus said, go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15. We must go, we must love, we must give and we must love. Just like Jesus did and said. It is the will of God that everybody must get saved.

VICTORY OVER THE ENEMY    

One of the greatest weapons the enemy uses against a child of God is his own flesh. 2 Peter 1:4 shows that we are partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Romans 6:6. Knowing that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. The flesh will always lust against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. But the victory is that, if we walk in the Spirit, we shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16-17 and 22. We must bear the fruit of the Spirit. We must deny our self every day, be dead for the world and sin, take up our cross and follow Jesus. Ephesians 6:11. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We are soldiers for Christ. The enemy wants us down and out. But we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us and we will overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony. Use the sword, the word of God, just like Jesus did when He was tempted by Satan. Jesus said; it is written. Use the scriptures and the promises of God to be a victorious child of God every day. Revelation 12:11. Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19.

Prayer Child of God

Child of God
Romans 8:15. You have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father.
John 1:12. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
God’s children can cry out ! Abba, Father. My Lord and my God. John 20:28. Our Father in heaven. Mat 6:9. Have a conversation with God the same way as to an earthly father.

Heirs of the Father

Romans 8:16-17. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.
Ephesians 3:6. That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel.

Justification through Jesus Christ Righteousness Romans 4:25.
Romans 5:18. As through one man’s offence judgement came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act, the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Romans 6:6,13. Our old man was crucified with Jesus, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your body as an instrument of righteousness to God.
1 Corinthians 6:11. You are washed, you are sanctified and you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God.

Blessings and Promises of God in Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:3. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
Ephesians 2:6. He raised us up and made us sit in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 3:6. We are partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel.
Galatians 3:14. The blessings of Abraham has come upon us in Christ Jesus that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I have received Jesus Christ, now I am your child. I am also an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Through the righteous deed of Jesus' death at Calvary, I am now justified from all my sins according to your word. I am now completely yours and can be a partaker of all your blessings and promises through Christ Jesus. I can freely cry out. Abba, Father! Because I am saved by your grace, I must deny myself, take up my cross and follow Jesus every day and life a victorious life through the power of the Holy Spirit. I thank you.
Amen

Prayer Faith & Thanks giving

The Principal:

Luke 11:10. For everyone who asks, receive. This is the basic principle of prayer.
Faith is always in the NOW! Reaction on faith determines the outcome and answer. Some answers can come immediately and some later, but the principal never changes. God is a God of faith and trust!
The first reaction of receiving is to be thankful. Thanksgiving (thank you) is the greatest proof of receiving. There are two facts to proof this statement:

  1. God has done what He promised.
  2. What God has promised is the truth. He is a God of his word.
John 16:24. Ask and you shall receive, so that your joy may be full. 
Our relationship with God is prayer, faith, thanksgiving and joy. This process must be a deep inner truth, irrespective of our circumstances, fears, emotions and feelings. 
Hebrews 10:38. The just shall live by faith. The moment we say THANK YOU, is the greatest moment of faith. We cannot say thank you if we do not believe. After thank you, we should stand on God’s promises and be glued to His faithfulness.

 

How do we react on our prayers and faith: 
Romans 4:20-24. Abraham did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully convinced that what God had promised, He was also able to perform. Therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness. It was not written for his sake alone, but also for us who believed in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. Abraham could only rely on his faith in the almighty God, but he believed God who gives life to the dead. Romans 4:17. But we, who live after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, know that God’s word is true, He has raised Jesus from the dead, and this fact strengthens our faith in God’s power and that all His promises will come to pass. If we ask in prayer, we receive in faith. Reaction: Say thank you and give the glory to God. The moment we say thank you, the heart opens up, faith is present and God will do the impossible.

 

Hebrews 11:6. Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
God wants to reward and bless his own children. Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ’s greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

 

Philippians 4:6. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Colossians 4:2. Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. 

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Prayer Intersession

Jesus the Intercessor:

Jesus our High Priest entered the Most Holy Place once for all with His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption and He sat down at the right hand of God. He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for us, for such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens. Hebrews 9:12, 10:12 & 7:25-26. 

 

Abraham intercedes for a city:   (50;45;40;30;20;10)

 

Genesis 18:22-33.  The way of the Lord is that people, cities and kingdoms must do righteousness and justice. This was not the case with Sodom and Gomorrah, there was an outcry against the cities because their sin was very great. God decided to destroy the two cities, but Abraham stood before the Lord and intercedes for the cities not to pour out His wrath against them. Because there was not 10 righteous people, God fulfilled His plan to destroy the cities but not before Abraham has interceded for them. 

 

Moses pray for a nation:
Exodus 32:30-32. Moses said to the people, you have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin. Then Moses returned to the Lord and said: If You will forgive their sin – but if not, I pray, blot me out of your book which you have written.

 

Church prayed for Peter:
Hand 12:12. Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the early church. He killed James (the brother of John) with the sword, arrested Peter and put him in prison. But at the house of Mary, the mother of John, many were gathered praying. An angel of the Lord freed Peter from prison and he went to the house where the church was praying for him.

 

Gethsemane – Jesus intercedes for Himself:Jesus intercedes for Himself at the Father. Matt 26:36-46. My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will. Luke 22: 41, 44. Jesus knelt down and prayed. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like big drops of blood falling down on the ground. The fact is that Jesus was interceding for Himself, but He is also God, thus He was actually interceding for the whole wide world and was on His way to lay down His life on the cross to save every human being that believes in Him.

 

This is actually a wonderful example how we also can intercede for ourselves, going into your inner room and pray to God the Father till we get the answer and victory. In most cases it will be an alone wrestling with God, just like Jacob.

 

Genesis 32:26.  A Man wrestled with Jacob and he said, I will not let You go unless You bless me! 
To be a true intercessor, you have to have a humble spirit, a heart to understand the circumstances and the perseverance to get an answer and breakthrough and willingly wait for the answer.  

Prayer Identification 

One of Jesus’ strongest characteristics is that He identified Himself with the people. 

 

Identified with Jesus in prayer:
Romans 6:5. If we have been united in the likeness of Jesus’ death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. To identify with Jesus is to crucify our old man with Him, so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. To deny yourself and the sin nature and take up your cross is to be united in the likeness of His death. Matt 16:24. To be conformable to His resurrection is to live a victorious life and be transformed into His likeness 
1 Peter 5:6. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. 
To humble yourself every day in humiliation before God, deny yourself and take up your cross and be victorious over sin, you are identifying with Christ and can make a difference in life around you and be like Jesus for other people. 

 

Identified with brothers in prayer:
Galatians 6:2. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. James 5:16. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. If someone says I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. This commandment we have from Jesus; that he who loves God must love his brother also. 1 John 4:20-21. Identify yourself with the children of God’s pain, suffering and sickness in your prayers and handling towards them. Do good to everyone but first and foremost to the children of God.

 

Matt 25:35-36. I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was in prison and you came to Me. I say to you, in as much as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.   

 

Identified with sinners in prayer:
Matt 9:36. When He saw the multitude, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. We cannot pray and have no compassion for this lost world that is going to eternal damnation. 

 

John 3:16. God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to this world, to die on the cross for their sin, that everyone who believes in Him shall be saved, healed, cleansed and have everlasting life. Philippians 2:7. God made Jesus of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. Jesus came to serve, and identify Himself with this world. So must we also pray, serve and give ourselves to this world. Matt 9:38. Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 
 

 

Isaiah was a man with unclean lips. One of the angels flew to him having in his hand a live coal from the altar and touched his mouth. Isaiah 6:6-8. His iniquity was taken away, and his sin purged.  Then the Lord asked; whom shall I send, and who will go for us. Isaiah answered: Here am I, send me.

 

Let your heart be on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ. Identify yourself with the need of the brothers and the world. Pray for them, help them and let your life be an extended hand of Jesus’ hand to this world.