Outrageous Faith

19th February 2015

 
What’s this all about?

Prayer is at the heart of all we do at St. Andrew’s. In essence it is two-way communication with God, without it our relationship with God becomes flat and we can miss out on his will and promises.

Faith is at the heart of who we are, it’s all about trusting in God’s will and promises. It fuels our prayers because we trust God’s desire is to keep his promises and do his will.

This Lent we’d like to encourage everyone at St. Andrew’s to pray a prayer of outrageous faith, just one prayer, something only God can answer (after-all that’s faith), each day at least until Easter Sunday.

Here are some tips and suggestions about how to pray, what to pray for, recent testimony and quotes to inspire you.

Our prayer is that as we do this our faith will increase and we’ll see more of God’s Kingdom and his will done ‘on earth as it is in heaven’.

What should I pray for?

There are all kinds of things you may want to pray about. The hardest thing can be discerning what to pray for, so before you do anything else take some quality time to be still before God and seek him and his will – it’s his will we’re after.  Matt.6.10

Here are some pointers of things to pray for:

The concerns of your heart. They are on God’s heart too.  1 Pet.5.7

The lost, especially in our own families & area. This is the prayer the Lord loves to answer!  Jn.3.16

The Church.  Ep.5.25-27

The local community.

Yourself, God loves you too! Perhaps a work or home situation, healing, provision, etc…

Even if you think you know what to pray for remember, bring it before God first. Always ask the question: does it fit with the bible and God’s promises within?

How should I pray

- Pray audaciously and at least once everyday, or perhaps throughout the day.  Lk.11.8

- Don’t hurry, draw close to God and he promises to draw near to you.  Jam. 4.8

- Come with confidence that God longs to meet with you.  Heb.4.16

- Wait expectantly for God with his word –the bible– reading any portion you feel the Holy Spirit guiding you towards.  Ps.46.10-11

- Take time to allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart;receive God’s cleansing & forgiveness.  Ps.24.3-5

- Be accountable. Share or meet with a prayer partner or in a triplet, perhaps someone from your missional community.  Mt.18.19-20

- Write down what you pray and what God gives you. Perhaps you could keep a prayer diary or journal. Hab.2.2-3

To inspire you:

Testimony from St. Andrew’s:

Christine had been praying for a new house for a while. Things were really stalling so Christine prayed in faith (out loud & in front of people) that she trusted God would provide a place for her & her partner. Only a few minutes later the phone rang, It was a landlord offering her a new house. Now Christine has moved in and loves her new home.

On outrageous faith:

‘Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.’ - Saint Augustine

‘Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a person could stake their life on it a thousand times.’ - Martin Luther

My Prayer:

‘So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.’  Heb.10.35

‘Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’  Hebrews 11.1

 

 

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