How to pray in a desperate situation by Pastor Don Moore

Sunday, October 07, 2007

How to Pray in a Desperate Situation by Pastor Don

I wish I could be in two places at the same time. I attended my daughter’s field hockey game, they play so hard.  I had to miss Wednesday’s Bible study and later learned it was an important topic. I begged a copy of Janine’s  notes to share the highlights with you and will try to get the tape. Janine tells me when the topic gets good, she stops writing.

Our Wednesday Bible studies have praise and worship, prayer, and then the study. This week there are several people attending who are in desperate situations and needed prayer, so a good portion of the Bible study was agreeing in prayer.

The text used was 2 Corinthians 12.

Pastor Don told the group, Our desperation may not match God’s desperation. God sees the big picture.

Pastor Don used an example of a two-year-old trying to eat jello, having a temper tantrum to the point of self-destruction. In the child’s eyes his situation is currently desperate, but to the parent (God) it is something quite minor.

Some things are desperate situations for us as humans, but are seen differently by God. In a desperate situation we must get back to basics – FAITH. Without faith it is impossible to please God.

Pastor Don asked the group:

Are you praying in faith? or Are you praying out of desperation?

Acts 4:1-3 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening..Peter and John were to be imprisoned – in a desperate situation. They praised God, taught God’s Word, and verse 21 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Pastor Don said, when praying in a difficult situation, begin by praising God in remembrance of what He gave to us. Remember all the hard (desperate) times God has already brought you through.

Acts 4:23-24 And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them.”

Pastor Don pointed out they prayed WITH ONE ACCORD. If people are praying for a person and not praying with one accord, there can be confusion in the heavenlies. Some may pray for a person’s passing, another may pray for progressive healing, and another could be praying for instantaneous healing. To pray effectively you need to pray in one accord.

Pastor Don told us to find what you’re praying for in the Word and pray that. You must pray the will of God as He has already spoken in the Word. You need to rebuke the enemy.

Constant prayer is needed in a desperate situation.

Acts 12:5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.

Daniel 2 & 5 Daniel prayed in Remembrance, Faith, Focus, and constant prayer.

Keep the target small and simple so God gets all the glory. Don’t change the target. Don’t limit your expectations of what God will do and how He’ll do it. Pinpoint your focus very clearly. Leave all expectations on how God will handle the prayer.

Acts 16:25-26 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosened.

God inhabits the praises of His people.

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

There is a progression: Faith ->Grace. Tribulation produces perseverance, perseverance produces character. Character produces hope. Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

John 11:38-40 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

It MUST, MUST, MUST, MUST be FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.

These notes make me hungry to hear more of this teaching. I want to thank Janine for sharing them with me. This Wednesday my daughter is playing a home game, so I won’t have to miss Bible study, PRAISE GOD.

Hoping your day is blessed!

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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