The church:                        her worship in                          prayer and                         thanksgiving...
2  Rom 12:1-2, Heb 13:15-16, suggest 4 sacrifices a Christian  should make.  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, i...
3Worship in this age is not aboutcircumstance or form:“God is spirit, and those whoworship him must worship in spiritand t...
4A. Prayer before the first advent of ChristIndividuals have always offeredprayer to God - though in ahousehold it would a...
5B. Prayer in expectation of the kingdom   Jesus taught his early disciples to   pray for the kingdom on earth.   Matt 6:9...
6Chafer also suggests that Matt 6is not the real Lord’s prayer butJohn 17 is - where the Lordinterceded for the churchreco...
7C. The prayer of ChristJohn 17 reveals the utmost freedombetween Father and Son. HereJesus prays as High Priest forbeliev...
8D. Prayer under the relationship of gracePrayer is different through alldispensations. With NT revelation ofprayer in the...
8D. Prayer under the relationship of gracePrayer is different through alldispensations. With NT revelation ofprayer in the...
91. Prayer includes not only praise butyour own needs and interceding onbehalf of others.The rational mind says prayer ism...
91. Prayer includes not only praise butyour own needs and interceding onbehalf of others.The rational mind says prayer ism...
10Prayer is elevated here - Gods action isconditioned by the believers prayer!Whilst we might not understand how itworks w...
112. Prayer in the name of Jesus isthe highest possible form ofprayer - and supersedes allprevious grounds of prayer, Jn16...
12      Unanswered prayer may be because we      look for the things of self - Jas 4:22-23      We should be praying His n...
12      Unanswered prayer may be because we      look for the things of self - Jas 4:22-23      We should be praying His n...
133. What is the scope of prayer? Jn 15:7defines it;If you remain in me and my words remainin you, ask whatever you wish, a...
133. What is the scope of prayer? Jn 15:7defines it;In the same way, the Spirit helpsIf you remain in me and my words remai...
144. The practice of prayer shouldbe given careful attention byevery believer - regular times ofprayer, no irreverent pray...
144. The practice of prayer shouldbe given careful attention byJude 20 - But you, dear friends, byevery believer - regular...
15E. The prayer of thanksgiving“True thanksgiving is the voluntaryexpression of heartfelt gratitude forbenefit received.”It...
16Prayer is mentioned many times inthe OT, especially n the Psalms -thanksgiving offerings arementioned in Lev 7:12-15prai...
16Whenever the living creatures giveglory, honor and thanks to him whoPrayer is mentioned many times insits OT,the throne ...
17OT thanksgiving involvesappreciating the Person of Godapart from all his benefits - Ps30:4, 95:2, 97:12, 100:1-5, 119:62R...
18Paul uses the phrase “thanks beto God” in connection with;Unspeakable gift 2Cor 9:15Victory over the grave throughthe re...
192 important features of NT thanksgiving:1. It is connected to prayer withoutceasing - Heb 13:15Through Jesus, therefore,...
192 important features of NT thanksgiving:1. It is connected to prayer withoutceasing - Heb 13:15Through Jesus, therefore,...
20Giving thanks always is not the sameas giving thanks sometimes!If we accept Rom 8:28 - And we knowthat in all things God...
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  1. 1. The church: her worship in prayer and thanksgivingMonday 29 August 2011
  2. 2. 2 Rom 12:1-2, Heb 13:15-16, suggest 4 sacrifices a Christian should make. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Offer your body, praise, good works, stewardship/sharingMonday 29 August 2011
  3. 3. 3Worship in this age is not aboutcircumstance or form:“God is spirit, and those whoworship him must worship in spiritand truth." Jn 4:24It is not about a spectacular placebut about a heart of adorationexpressing prayer and intercessionthrough Christ.Chafer states, “Prayer and praiseare the principle elements ofworship and are acts of directcommunion of men with God”In OT and NT there is a progressiverevelation about this subject.Monday 29 August 2011
  4. 4. 4A. Prayer before the first advent of ChristIndividuals have always offeredprayer to God - though in ahousehold it would appear thepatriarch offered the main prayer,Job 1:5Between Moses and Christ it wasdone by the priest on behalf of thepeople - pleading in prayer wouldbe on the basis of covenants and ofthe character of God - and followedthe shedding of sacrificial blood.1Ki 8:22-26, Neh 9:32, Dan 9:4,Gen 18:25, Ex 32:11-14, Heb 9:7Monday 29 August 2011
  5. 5. 5B. Prayer in expectation of the kingdom Jesus taught his early disciples to pray for the kingdom on earth. Matt 6:9-13 - including, “Your kingdom come...” Chafer states this is about the millennial kingdom to be established here on earth - and suggests the ending of Matt 6:13 further substantiates this thinking, “ for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”Monday 29 August 2011
  6. 6. 6Chafer also suggests that Matt 6is not the real Lord’s prayer butJohn 17 is - where the Lordinterceded for the churchrecognising God’s purpose in thisage.He says Matt 6 has some usefulitems suitable for all ages andcircumstances - adoration of theFather, asking for daily bread,deliverance from temptation. Healso says it is not wrong to praythis prayer - but we have torealise the millennial kingdom willnot come about by human effort.Monday 29 August 2011
  7. 7. 7C. The prayer of ChristJohn 17 reveals the utmost freedombetween Father and Son. HereJesus prays as High Priest forbelievers in his age and afterPentecost.On earth Christ spent long times inprayer: Matt 14:23, Lk 6:12The prayer of Christ does not reston covenants but on his own personand priestly work of sacrifice.Jn 17 reveals the intercessory workof Christ which continues throughthis dispensation.Monday 29 August 2011
  8. 8. 8D. Prayer under the relationship of gracePrayer is different through alldispensations. With NT revelation ofprayer in the name of Christ and inthe light of his sacrifice on the crossit takes on a new dimension.Christ teaches on prayer in 3 majorplaces: Jn 14:12-14, 15:7, 16:23-24Prayer under grace is lifted free ofearthly limitations into the eternalsphere of being a new creation.Monday 29 August 2011
  9. 9. 8D. Prayer under the relationship of gracePrayer is different through alldispensations. With NT revelation ofprayer in the name of Christ and inthe light of his sacrifice on the crossit takes on a new dimension.Christ teaches on prayer in 3 majorplaces: Jn 14:12-14, 15:7, 16:23-24Prayer under grace is lifted free ofearthly limitations into the eternalsphere of being a new creation.Monday 29 August 2011
  10. 10. 91. Prayer includes not only praise butyour own needs and interceding onbehalf of others.The rational mind says prayer ismeaningless - God is omniscient andtherefore is ahead of you in what youpray for.God has sovereignly chosen prayer as away of accomplishing his will and hascommanded us to do it. Jn 14:13-14,And I will do whatever you ask in myname, so that the Father may beglorified in the Son. You may ask me foranything in my name, and I will do it.Monday 29 August 2011
  11. 11. 91. Prayer includes not only praise butyour own needs and interceding onbehalf of others.The rational mind says prayer ismeaningless - God is omniscient andtherefore is ahead of you in what youpray for.God has sovereignly chosen prayer as away of accomplishing his will and hascommanded us to do it. Jn 14:13-14,And I will do whatever you ask in myname, so that the Father may beglorified in the Son. You may ask me foranything in my name, and I will do it.Monday 29 August 2011
  12. 12. 10Prayer is elevated here - Gods action isconditioned by the believers prayer!Whilst we might not understand how itworks we know God has ordained someform of partnership with us in prayer - weget to share in the service of prayer andalso the glory of it - Heb 10:19-20, Eph5:30Jn 14:12 14, greater works, is connectedto prayer...Very truly I tell you, whoeverbelieves in me will do the works I havebeen doing, and they will do even greaterthings than these, because I am going tothe Father... You may ask me for anythingin my name, and I will do it.Monday 29 August 2011
  13. 13. 112. Prayer in the name of Jesus isthe highest possible form ofprayer - and supersedes allprevious grounds of prayer, Jn16:24Using the name of Jesuscommands the attention of theFather, and inclines Him to do whatis asked - the name of Christ = theperson of Christ, and recognisesthat we are part of Christ in thenew creation. Prayer in Christ’sname is like him signing ourrequest.Monday 29 August 2011
  14. 14. 12 Unanswered prayer may be because we look for the things of self - Jas 4:22-23 We should be praying His name as we are in Christ - 2Cor 5:17-18, Col 3:3 What of the prayer of unbelievers? - Chafer states, “since prayer is possible only on the ground of the shed blood and by virtue of the believers vital union with Christ, the prayer of the unsaved cannot be accepted by God.”Monday 29 August 2011
  15. 15. 12 Unanswered prayer may be because we look for the things of self - Jas 4:22-23 We should be praying His name as we are in Christ - 2Cor 5:17-18, Col 3:3 What of the prayer of unbelievers? - Chafer states, “since prayer is possible only on the ground of the shed blood and by virtue of the believers vital union with Christ, the prayer of the unsaved cannot be accepted by God.”Monday 29 August 2011
  16. 16. 133. What is the scope of prayer? Jn 15:7defines it;If you remain in me and my words remainin you, ask whatever you wish, and it willbe done for you.Remain in me - you must be in Christ forprayer to be heardWhatever you wish - as we are in Christwe shall ask Christ centred, God-glorifying prayers.Phil 2:13 - for it is God who works in youto will and to act in order to fulfill hisgood purpose.Rom 8:26-27Monday 29 August 2011
  17. 17. 133. What is the scope of prayer? Jn 15:7defines it;In the same way, the Spirit helpsIf you remain in me and my words remainusyou,our weakness. We do not willin in ask whatever you wish, and itknow what we ought to pray for,be done for you.but the in me -himself intercedes forRemain Spirit you must be in Christfor us to be heardprayer through wordless groans.And he who searcheswe are in ChristWhatever you wish - as our heartsknows the Christ centred, God-we shall ask mind of the Spirit,becauseprayers.glorifying the Spirit intercedes forPhil 2:13 - for it in God who works in youGod’s people is accordance withto will and to act in order to fulfill histhe will of God.good purpose.Rom 8:26-27Monday 29 August 2011
  18. 18. 144. The practice of prayer shouldbe given careful attention byevery believer - regular times ofprayer, no irreverent prayers, nouseless repetitions,Matt 6:7-8 - And when you pray,do not keep on babbling likepagans, for they think they will beheard because of their many words.Do not be like them, for your Fatherknows what you need before youask him. Jn 16:23 - In that day youwill no longer ask me anything. Verytruly I tell you, my Father will giveyou whatever you ask in my name.Monday 29 August 2011
  19. 19. 144. The practice of prayer shouldbe given careful attention byJude 20 - But you, dear friends, byevery believer - regular times ofbuilding yourselves up in your mostprayer, no irreverent prayers, noholy faith and praying in the Holyuseless repetitions,Spirit,Matt 6:7-8 - And when you pray,Chafer states the order of Jn 16:23do not keep on babbling likeand Jude 20 is important:pagans, for they think they will beWe do not pray to Christ whichheard because of their many words.abandons his mediation butDo not be like them, for your Fatherthrough Christ - and we do notknows what you need before youpray to the Spirit of God but byask him. Jn 16:23 - In that day youhim, otherwise it implies we arewill no longer ask me anything. Verydoing it in our own sufficiencytruly I tell you, my Father will giveyou whatever you ask in my name.Monday 29 August 2011
  20. 20. 15E. The prayer of thanksgiving“True thanksgiving is the voluntaryexpression of heartfelt gratitude forbenefit received.”Its effectiveness depends on the sincerityand intensity depends on what value isgiven to the received benefit - 2 Cor 9:11This is not a payment for the benefit - buta recognition in receiving, that we areindebted to the giver - all thanksgiving isclosely related to praise and worship.In this age we make sacrificial offerings ofthanksgiving to God.Monday 29 August 2011
  21. 21. 16Prayer is mentioned many times inthe OT, especially n the Psalms -thanksgiving offerings arementioned in Lev 7:12-15praise and thanksgiving seemed tobe prominent under Nehemiah,Neh 12:12-40The prophets anticipatethanksgiving as a special part ofworship in the kingdom - Isa 51:3,Jer 30:19There is continual thanksgiving inheaven - Rev 4:9, 7:12, 11:19Monday 29 August 2011
  22. 22. 16Whenever the living creatures giveglory, honor and thanks to him whoPrayer is mentioned many times insits OT,the throne and who lives -the on especially n the Psalms forever and ever,thanksgiving offerings are...saying: in Lev 7:12-15mentionedpraise and thanksgiving seemed to   “Amen! Praise and glorybe prominent under Nehemiah,and wisdom and thanks and honorNeh 12:12-40and power and strength be to ourGod prophetsand ever. Amen!”The for ever anticipatethanksgiving as a special part of... saying:   “We give the kingdom - Isa 51:3,worship in thanks to you, LordJer 30:19God Almighty, the One who is andwho was, becausethanksgiving inThere is continual you have takenheaven - Rev 4:9, 7:12, 11:19your great power and have begunto reign.Monday 29 August 2011
  23. 23. 17OT thanksgiving involvesappreciating the Person of Godapart from all his benefits - Ps30:4, 95:2, 97:12, 100:1-5, 119:62Remember not to neglect this idea:Ps 92:1 -It is good to praise theLORD and make music to yourname, O Most HighThanksgiving is mentioned 45x inNT - for earthly and spiritualblessings - both Christ and Paulgave thanks for food - Matt 15:36,26:27, Mk 8:6, 14:23 etc. Acts27:35, Rom 14:6Monday 29 August 2011
  24. 24. 18Paul uses the phrase “thanks beto God” in connection with;Unspeakable gift 2Cor 9:15Victory over the grave throughthe resurrection, 1 Cor 15:57Present triumph which is oursthrough christ, Cor 2:14Thanksgiving for believers1Thess 1:2For Titus 2Cor 8:16In commanding thanks be givenfor all men 1Tim 2:1Monday 29 August 2011
  25. 25. 192 important features of NT thanksgiving:1. It is connected to prayer withoutceasing - Heb 13:15Through Jesus, therefore, let uscontinually offer to God a sacrifice ofpraise—the fruit of lips that openlyprofess his name.2. Thanksgiving should be offered for all -Eph 5:20 - always giving thanks to Godthe Father for everything, in the name ofour Lord Jesus Christ.1 Thess 5:17-18 - pray continually, givethanks in all circumstances; for this isGod’s will for you in Christ Jesus.Monday 29 August 2011
  26. 26. 192 important features of NT thanksgiving:1. It is connected to prayer withoutceasing - Heb 13:15Through Jesus, therefore, let uscontinually offer to God a sacrifice ofpraise—the fruit of lips that openlyprofess his name.2. Thanksgiving should be offered for all -Eph 5:20 - always giving thanks to Godthe Father for everything, in the name ofour Lord Jesus Christ.1 Thess 5:17-18 - pray continually, givethanks in all circumstances; for this isGod’s will for you in Christ Jesus.Monday 29 August 2011
  27. 27. 20Giving thanks always is not the sameas giving thanks sometimes!If we accept Rom 8:28 - And we knowthat in all things God works for thegood of those who love him, who havebeen called according to his purpose.Then thanks can be offered to God forall things, (if we are Spirit filled, Eph5:18)Jonah 2:9 Daniel 6:20Ingratitude is a sin - 10 lepers - Lk17:11-19, 2 Tim 3:2 - People will belovers of themselves, lovers of money,boastful, proud, abusive, disobedientto their parents, ungrateful, unholy,Monday 29 August 2011
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