The need for salvation around us is great; how do we know where to start? In Matthew 9, Jesus gives us instruction. Pray to the Lord of the harvest. When we pray in this way, we keep our eyes on Jesus. Then our love for Him overflows in us and spills over to those in the harvest who desperately need it. Learn more in this week’s video, and visit the Paradigm One blog for more discussion on evangelism and the Lord of the harvest.
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Praying for the physical needs of those who are living in trials is important, but we often overlook praying just as fervently for the spirits of those in these trials. Praying for strength, grace, joy, and more can rescue prayer meetings from a list of repetitious requests; it can breathe life into those praying and those who need prayer. Learn more in this week’s video.
Also check out the Paradigm One blog as Joe explores this topic in-depth plus Paul’s prayers for the inner man.
When a church prays together, united under Christ, Jesus is free to come in and get glory as He listens and responds to the requests. He is ready to do this, knocking on the door and waiting (Revelation 3:20). Learn more about this powerful mindset of prayer in this week’s video. Then head over to the Paradigm One blog for more discussion on the united prayer.
In John 15, Jesus said that He is the Vine, and we are the branches. He provides us with all the life we need to bear fruit. When we pray with this mindset, we rescue prayer from self sufficiency and the shaky confidence of our own plans. Learn more about this place of prayer in this week’s video. Follow up on the Paradigm One blog with Scripture to help you pray in the Vine.
Whether praying privately or corporately, we should pray with an awareness of where we are . . . or where we should be. We should pray at the cross of Christ. Here, we let go of self-centered ambition, and we embrace the very life of Christ and God’s will. Learn more about this prayer mindset in this week’s video. Check out the blog at Paradigm One for encouragement and Scripture to help you pray at the cross.
Effective prayer begins in the character of God. The simple practice of recalling and praising God’s character in Scripture and with Scripture gives prayer life. Learn more about this focused prayer in this week’s video. Follow up on the Paradigm One blog where Pastor Joe has gathered some Scripture to use to help you begin praying in the character of God.
“We become what we behold.” Surprisingly, this is especially true when it comes to prayer. When we pray the word of God and use it to focus our prayers, we find our hearts and minds aligning with Him, and we allow Him to have His way in our lives. Learn more in this week’s video, and check out the Paradigm One for more insight on the practice of praying Scripture.
Prayer meetings can cause some to yawn and inwardly groan. Why? Prayer is the unfathomable practice of conversing with the God of the universe; it’s a part of the fellowship we get to enjoy with God because of Christ. So why do so many begrudgingly participate? For the next few weeks, we will be focused on prayer: identifying biblical arenas of prayer, discussing the miracles in those arenas, and learning how to shepherd the flock in prayer. We want to show you how to lead your flock to enjoy participation with God in prayer and the transformative power of the gospel. Watch our introduction video, and check out our blog for more discussion on the importance and power of prayer.
None of us can care for each other like Jesus can. In times of lament within a church, family, or individual, we need Christ’s obvious presence. We need to allow Him to be actively in charge to minister to those who are lamenting, weeping with those who weep. Learn more in this week’s video.
Learn more about Christ in our lamenting in this week’s companion blog.
Jesus’ ministry on earth was successful because the terms and conditions of His success were clearly defined by the Father. Jesus perfectly sought and obeyed the Father’s word and will, and due to this single devotion, He was ultimately successful. Pastors, church leaders, and ministry leaders can follow Jesus’ model to build truly successful churches and ministries where real transformation is occurring from the inside out. Learn more in this week’s video.
Check out the companion blog for more information on how to follow Christ’s example of servant leadership to grow healthy churches and ministries.