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Partners in Prayer

Our purpose and how to use the Scriptures to pray:
Our desire is to create partnerships in the ministry of prayer for our church.  The purpose of this ministry is to unite the members of our congregation around the throne of God each week with a special theme for prayer.  The manner in which this takes place is simple; each partnership determines the time, location or means of connecting for prayer.
One of the most effective ways of praying is to use Scriptures in conjunction with one’s conversations with God.  When one does this, the Spirit of God will use the Scriptures to help you align your prayers with His priorities thus effectively conforming your prayers with what pleases Him.  One noted Prayer Warrior said, “The Spirit rides best in His own chariot and His chariot is the Word of God.” For this reason, along with each topic, you will find Scriptures that relate to them.  If you will read the passages from your Bible before you pray and consider the context in which you find them, you will discover a source of words and ideas that will help your prayers align with God’s Word and thus, enhance your experience and accomplish much.
James 5:16, “…The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
 Our theme this month will focus on being a disciple of Jesus.  Everyone who is born again in our church is a disciple of Christ in the School of Faith.  We want to encourage you to pray for the development of true disciples at UBC. 
Week of the 4th — A disciple of Jesus must have the right priorities for life.
God must have a disciple’s highest love in every area of life.
Deut. 6:5 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” 
Matt. 22:36-37 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."

Christ must have a disciple’s full commitment.
Luke 9:23-25 “And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”
Luke 9:57-62 “As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Week of the 11th — A disciple of Jesus must be utterly dependent upon God.
A disciple must learn to depend on God’s provision. 
Matt. 6:25-34, “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?  “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!  “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat or ’What will we drink? or ‘'What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

A disciple must learn to depend on God the Holy Spirit.
To give us understanding of the gospel and make it effective in our lives.
1 Cor. 2:4 “and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power”
1 Cor. 2:12 “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God”
1 Thess. 1:4-5 “knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you; for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.”
To seal us for the day of our redemption, Eph. 1:13-14 “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”
To abound in hope, Rom.15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
To have access to God, Eph. 2:18 “for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.”
To serve God, Rom. 7:6 “But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”
Week of the 18th — A disciple of Christ must be focused.
On the kingdom of God and His righteousness, Matt. 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Being Christ’s witness, Acts 1:8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Serving Christ’s Church, 1 Cor. 12:7 “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

Week of the 25th — A disciple of Christ must become a disciple maker.
Matt. 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Acts 5:42 “And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” 
1 Cor. 3:5-9 “What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
1 Cor. 11:1 “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”