Service of Prayer by Stephen Nielsen: Table of Contents and a Short Excerpt

 

SERVICE OF PRAYER

 

CONTENTS

 

  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii

 1    Ministry of Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

2    The Word and Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

3    Holiness and Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

4    Evangelism and Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84

5    The Possibilities of Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

 6    Survey of Prayer – Part 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

7    Survey of Prayer – Part 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153

 8    Survey of Prayer – Part 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

 9    Survey of Prayer – Part 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

 10    Survey of Prayer – Part 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210

 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239

 

 Here is a short excerpt from chapter 5.

 

                                                               CHAPTER 5

THE POSSIBILITIES OF PRAYER

 

I really believe that all things can be done through prayer.  Whatever God wants to accomplish in this world, prayer will be the backbone of it.  If you desire to be part of His great work, you can be if you grab on to this great truth, that all things are possible through prayer.

 

 THE WIDE SCOPE OF PRAYER

 God elected us, His children, for prayer; and He purposed that our prayers should encompass all things.  Jesus says to us, just as He said to His twelve disciples, “I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you” (Jn. 15:16).  Just think about it, whatever we ask for in His name, no matter how big or little, all that we need and all that we wish for can be ours.

I suppose we could divide “whatever”—which includes all things—into two groups: eternal things and temporal things.  Eternal things are the things that last forever.  They are the things of His Kingdom, of which we are to seek first (Matt. 6:33).  The list of these things would be, first of all, salvation, along with the filling of the Spirit, of which love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc., are all included.  Then we could pray for faith, spiritual strength, holiness, discernment, humility, and wisdom.  And of course we could pray, as Paul did, to know the love of Christ and to be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:19).  All these eternal things and much more, if we really decide to have them, will not be denied us.  And we may ask for these things for others also; and if they accept them, they also will not be denied them.

But there are also temporal things to pray for, some which are essential for the body (things we need to survive), such as food, drink, clothing, and shelter, etc.  And there are also other things that are not so essential for survival, but they are needed to prosper and to grow.  The list of these things would be a car, a truck, a bigger house, a computer, a TV, a VCR, a telephone, a desk, a table, a book, and a picture on the wall. 

And there are many other temporal things to pray for, all of which God will surely give us if He sees that they are good for us and will fit into His plans.  For the promise He gives us in Matthew 6:33 is that if we seek His Kingdom first, that is, if we are busy with His work and with asking for things that are eternal, then He will make sure that all the temporal things we need to accomplish His work will be supplied to us.

Tucked away somewhere within these two groups of either eternal things and temporal things—for all things are either eternal or temporal—are things of the mind, the will, and the emotions.  These things are the parts of our soul, and contribute to the way we feel, how we think, and what decisions we make. We need to pray that these parts of us will work properly so that we will make the right decisions, have the right attitudes, and that we can make sense out of, and control, and be comforted in the many and various feelings we have.

Prayer also should go beyond ourselves to include all of nature, because though we are somewhat separated from nature we are always affected by it.  Thus we must pray for such things as good weather, for rain, for the growth of crops and gardens, and for protection from storms.

Last, I want to mention that prayer is to be often made for God’s working out of all things for good (Rom. 8:28).  That is, that He would arrange circumstances (“all things”) so that they would be fitting into His perfect plan—for the good of the gospel, for the good of God’s purpose, and for our ultimate good.

The scope of prayer is indeed wide; it includes all things.  And the possibilities of answers to prayer are infinite—for prayer can do anything God can do, and we should put no limitation on His ability. He has absolute power over nature, over circumstances, and over our lives. 

 

 ASKING GOD FOR BIG THINGS

 God is eager to give us big things.  There is ample evidence throughout the Bible that God is eager to have us ask Him for big things and to give us big things.  As you view the following scriptures, let them transform your praying and your faith.

                       Psalms 81: 10 

I the LORD, am your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide and I will fill it.”  

 From this verse and its context we get the impression that God is jealous.  He does not want to share His children with other gods.  He in effect said to the Israelites, and He says to us now, “I will be your provision and your comfort just as I have been all along.  Let me provide for you.  I love you.  Open your mouth wide.  I’m eager to give you all I have.”

John R. Rice comments about this verse: “This scripture was a favorite of George Muller…who received and dispensed over seven million dollars for the Lord’s work without ever asking a man for a penny.”  It all came to him through prayer as he opened his mouth wide.

  

 

 

 

 

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About Stephen Nielsen

I'm an author, a self publisher, and a painting contractor. I live in beautiful Minnesota, USA . Welcome to my blog site.
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3 Responses to Service of Prayer by Stephen Nielsen: Table of Contents and a Short Excerpt

  1. Heidi Viars says:

    Just recently I asked God for something big … He did answer … now I move on to pray for bigger faith to step into the things He answered … I see how He uses prayer to show Himself to us. He truly helps us to see how truly big He is … with each step I stand more in awe of Him 🙂
    Blessings to you for your faithful teaching!

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