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Paul’s Prayer for a Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

2 Jun

by Dr. Jonathan Doctor

Paul’s Prayer for a Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

Why do we need a Spirit of Wisdom and revelation? Because God’s Word is spirit: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” ( John 6:63, nas).

There is a wealth of spiritual treasure we need to discover in God’s Word. Most Christians are living in ignorance far below their rightful privileges.

Don’t just read the Word. Prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and you’ll start to get revelation. Divine wisdom will be imparted to your spirit man as you gain an intimate and growing knowledge of Him through the Word.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8 (nas)

The Christian life should be described as getting to know God better every day. A friendship that does not grow closer with the years tends to vanish with the years. Paul prayed “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened”— that inner illumination of the spirit.

Ephesians 1:18 says,

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.”

Eyes gather information. Through them you know what’s happening around you. Many Christians have a dull spiritual perception. They daily skim over the surface of the Word and mostly miss the message God’s trying to communicate to them. Neither do they pick up what’s happening in the spirit world around them. Paul prays for their spiritual eyes to be enlightened so they might know three things; they must know these three things:  That you may know (by divine revelation) the hope of His calling. 

Ephesians 1:18  

The hope to which He has called you …

We are all called by God, not just the pastor and the elders. Not all are called to full-time ministry, or to stand in the fivefold office of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher.

To all the Hebrews … Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling … Hebrews 3:1a (nas) 

 

To all the Corinthians … For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong … 1 Corinthians 1:2627 (nas)

 

Where is your church to which He has called you? It is the spiritual duty of the pastor and the members to press in to discover their calling and place in the ministry. The hope of His calling includes the eternal reward waiting in heaven for all who discover and obeying their calling.

 

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. Titus 2:1114 (nas)

 

This hope should inspire us to pursue our calling. Too many Christians are without vision, focus, or direction. They need to discover the hope of His calling. As you daily begin to pray this prayer over your life, your calling will become clearer to you. You’ll also have the corresponding desire, will, and grace to walk in it.

 

That you may know (by divine revelation) what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints … Ephesians 1:18

 

The word inheritance in the Greek is kleronomia (klay-ron-om-ee’-ah); which means heirship; an inheritance, property a son inherits on the death of his father.  The root word of inheritance in the Greek is kleronomos (klay-ron-om’-os); in Messianic usage it means one who receives his allotted possession by right of sonship.

If you’re born again, you qualify for the inheritance.

Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:1214 (nas)

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El Shaddai; One Cry Away

15 Aug

By Jonathan Doctor

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of b o n d a g e again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.

Calling on God is a cry in every born again persons heart. It is something God gave us. Everyone has a “cry”, a cry in a time of need, a cry for help, a cry for deliverance, or for someone else’s deliverance. I HAVE GOOD NEWS.

Whatever the reason for the cry, we serve a God who is a Father to us, and His name is El Shaddai. He is greater than anything that comes against us. He is healing, He is power, He is love, He is our Provider, He is a deliverer, He is help. He is our shield, our protector, He is anything and everything. He is one cry away. He is more than enough for us.

Nothing is too hard for El Shaddai, nothing is impossible.

This lesson focuses on His faithfulness to answer our cry, for we have a prayer answering God who is more than enough to meet our needs. We will take a quick walk through the Bible to see Him in action. He answers our cry. He is one call away.

Deliverance

Exodus 2:23-25, Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the b o n d a g e , and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the b o n d a g e . 24So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

Exodus 3:6-9, Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
7And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. 8So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. 9Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.

Intercession

I Sam 7:8-12, So the children of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the LORD our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines.”
9And Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. Then Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him. 10Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the LORD thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel. 11And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and drove them back as far as below Beth Car. 12Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name £Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”

Help to win a battle
2 Chro. 14:11-12, And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, “LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”
12So the LORD struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.

2 Chro. 18:31, So it was, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, “It is the king of Israel!” Therefore they surrounded him to attack; but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him, and God diverted them from him.

Point: In Job 38:1, 41,and in Luke 12:24 The birds are even wise enough to cry out to El Shaddai for their needs, how much more shall God provide for us when we cry out to Him

Healing
Psa. 30:2-3, O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. 3O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Protection from enemies
Psa. 56:9, When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me.

Deliverance from fear and troubles
Psa. 34:4, I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
Psa. 34:6, This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

He performs all things
Psa. 57:2-3, I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me. 3 He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah
God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.
He is good and provides to all that call upon Him

Psa. 86:5-7, For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive. You are abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
6Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me.

Rom. 10:12-13 for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

He is waiting for us to cry to Him
Psa. 34:15, The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
Psa, 34:17, The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

He will answer
Psa. 91:15, He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

Pas. 99:6, Moses and Aaron were among His priests, and Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the LORD, and He answered them.

El Shaddai wants us to call upon Him, so He can answer
Jer. 33:3, Call upon Me and I will answer you

Psa. 2:8, Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.

Isa. 45:11, Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.

Eze. 22:30, So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

Eze. 36:37, Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock.

Matt. 7:7-11, Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Luke 18:1, Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

Luke 18:7-8, Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.”

Luke 21:36, Pray always

Eph. 6:18, Pray always

Prayerlessness: Ps.53:4 Is. 43:22 Is.64:7 Dan.9:13 Zeph. 1:6 James 4:2

Prayerlessness is sin
1 Sam 12:23, Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.

Question: Since God is El Shaddai, who is more than enough, who answers our call when we cry unto Him, and now we know that prayerlessness is a sin, why aren’t we calling on the One who
answers? WHERE ART THOU? (IN PRAYER)

Let’s call on El Shaddai and tell people about our prayer answering, saving Jesus, who is more than enough. Let’s bring GOOD NEWS.

Romans 10:9-15, 9that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the d e a d , you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” 14How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”