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Praying in the War Room

Matt Herndon - Feb. 17, 2019

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I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there, so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed. The God of peace be with you all (Rom. 15:30-33).

I hope to visit you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. (15:24)

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. (15:30)

Pray that God may open an a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ… (Col. 4:3)

Pray that I may be delivered from wicked and evil men… (2 Thess. 3:2)

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Pray for all the saints. And pray for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. Pray that I may declare it fearless, as I should.” (Eph. 6:10-20)

Why Matt Struggles with Prayer

  1. Busy (with pic)
  2. Distractable (with pic)
  3. Conceit (with pic)
  4. Ineptitude (with pic)
  5. Doubt (with pic)

How Busy, Distracted, Conceited, Inept, Doubting People Like Pastor Matt Can Still Change the World through Prayer

  1. Confess your doubts about prayer. And then keep praying.
  2. Don’t excuse yourself from prayer, no matter how unnatural or difficult it is.
  3. Never forget how important prayer was to Jesus.
  4. Stop doing whatever you need to stop doing so you can pray more.
  5. Seize every opportunity to pray that you can.
  6. Pray for matters close to your heart.
  7. Use somebody else’s prayers if you don’t know what to pray.

     Day 1: Psalm 1, 31, 61, 91, 121

     Day 2: Psalm 2, 32, 62, 92, 122


8. Pray with others for added power and accountability.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father

Who is in heaven

Holy is your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us today our daily bread

Forgive us our sins

As we forgive those who sin against us

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from the evil one

For yours is the kingdom

The power

And the glory forever