The Ninety-Five Percenters - chapter 2 (to copy text, select starting at the bottom of the page going up, then paste into your word document)
By: Reverend Timothy Vink – used by permission
Text: 1 Corinthians 7:17; 2 Corinthians 10:13-18; 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (Verse summary: retaining the place in life that the Lord assigned and which God has called, work the field that we have been assigned, it will take the prayers of many – every believer has a “field of service” in prayer).
Topic: There is a “field of Prayer” assignment for every Believer.
Big Idea: Each Believer’s part in rebuilding the Wall of Prayer is no less important than what the Prayer Warriors do as they take up their spiritual machetes on our behalf.
Keywords: Spiritual Homesteading, Wall of Prayer, Do-Able Praying
Do-Able Prayer, Chapter 2 Summary - When we become a Believer, we receive spiritual homesteading privileges. The Lord has given us each a “field” in which to work. One thing we share in common with one another is having a “field of service” in prayer. Working together in this field, we are each doing our part in rebuilding the Wall of Prayer for our homes, our workplaces, our churches, our cities and the nations.
SERMON OUTLINE POINTS – chapter 2
(Based on the book: Do-Able Prayer by Ginny Kisling - includes optional group study guide at the end of each chapter)
Discussion starter question:
Which part of the human body seems to be the most about prayer? (knees with callouses? hands folded or lifted in prayer? voicebox to cry out? eyes closed? bowed head? tender surrendered heart? active brain?
Which part of the body has no need for prayer? Ahhh...none?
Illustration from the book to seize attention: Rees Howell of Wales, and the effects of prayer on World War 2.
"At the time, Hitler was boasting of setting up a Nazi regime throughout the world which would last for a thousand years. In her book The Intercession of Rees Howells, Ms. Doris Ruscoe, former Headmistress of the school for missionaries’ children founded by Rees Howells, says “As each crisis in the war developed, the Holy Spirit guided our prayers, and each time we knew that victory had been gained in the spirit before news came over the radio or in the newspapers of victory on the field of battle.” Many key victories were won in prayer during this time. Moscow did not fall, and the attack on Britain which happened in the autumn of 1940 failed and the invasion did not take place."
King on the Mountain
•Seven mountains of cultural influence that deeply shape our way of life in North America, and where most of us spend our time and talents: family; education; government; businesseconomics; churchreligion; media and the arts; sports and entertainment.
•Abraham Kuyper, reformed theologian: There is not one square inch of creation where God does not make the claim, "This is mine!"
•Daniel, exiled in a pagan world, yet raised up by God to influence a nation through godly governance, was also a notable man of prayer. (three times daily blocked out)
•Through such intimacy with God in prayer, Daniel was able to interpret the dream of the king Nebuchadnezzar in chapter 2 of this book named after Daniel. 4 mighty superpower nations, over many centuries would rule the known world, but God would set up a Kingdom that would never be destroyed during that fourth kingdom of iron, representing the Roman Empire (Daniel 2:44-45). "The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth."
•We are saved by grace through Jesus Christ and called to fill an assigned territory on one or more of the seven mountains of influence in our culture. (1 Cor. 7:17; 2 Cor. 10:13-18) Our prayer life (like Daniels) will shape how much of the "mountain of the Lord" (Kingdom of God blessings, righteousness, and life) will rise up in those spheres around us to bless many others.
•Daniel also exhibited strong godly convictions and mature character and wisdom. The source of that? Terry Teykl, noted author and speaker, has a great understanding of prayer. “The purpose of prayer," he says, "is to conform us to the image of Christ.”
•95% of the body of Christ may be underdeveloped in our prayer life and impact. How much room is there in the seven mountains of culture around you for more of the mountain of the Lord still? Think about the chapter 2 illustration on using only half the fuel or power available, or a business working at only 50% efficiency? How can you bring more of heaven to earth in the sphere of influence where you have been assigned by the Lord, your spiritual homestead, your field to retain and develop to its full potential in Christ?