Elder Team Meeting December 2020: Prayer and the Ministry of the Holy Spirit

We are privileged to be co-laborers with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wants to open the eyes, ears, and hearts of every believer and establish them in the truth—revelation of who they are in Christ, their identity and their purpose. The Holy Spirit wants to use us in prayer to facilitate this work. We can have tremendous influence by embracing prayer as a ministry.

Last month we talked about how we can be effective in giving biblical encouragement using the E. S. P. N. model.  Praying for others puts us in a position to speak into their lives giving encouragement, sharing scripture, praying with power, giving a practical next step.

I want to stress the importance of embracing prayer as a ministry.  It is absolutely essential! The Apostle Paul was dedicated to the ministry of prayer for the churches he founded, praying continually with thanksgiving. This is expressed in his letters to the churches…

Therefore I also, after hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, mentioning you in my prayers, -Ephesians 1:15-16 MEV

We give thanks to God always for you all, mentioning you in our prayers. -1 Thessalonians 1:2 MEV

We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. -Colossians 1:3 MEV

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing, I mention you always in my prayers. -Romans 1:9 MEV

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.  Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, -Philippians 1:3-4 NLT

I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience as my forefathers did, as I continually remember you in my prayers night and day, -2 Timothy 1:3 MEV

We believe in the power of prayer! We can pray and get results!

The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God-it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. -James 5:16 AMP

We have been given a command in Ephesians 6 to be strong in the Lord and to put on the armor of God so that we can engage our adversary and win. The win takes place when we pray. This is the posture we take in prayer…

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. AND pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan… -Ephesians 6:18-19 NLT

DISCUSSION:  What praying for others has done for you?