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Discover the Book - July 29, 2008

  • 2008 Jul 29

Praying From the Pits

LIKE DAVID--PRAY FOR OTHERS WHILE YOU GO THROUGH THE PITS. Remember that Psalm 40:13-17 (Psalm 70:2-5) 16 “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!” 17 But I am poor and needy; Yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.”

Though we at times are desperate—God is not. He knows what is coming before it ever starts. God is managing every detail. What does David do in verse 4? He prays for others who sought God.

  • Psalm 40:4 Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

What does that say to us? When we are alone and struggling it is the perfect time to pray for others who may be going through what we are facing. Here is a simple plan we can remember:

  • Are you sick? Then pray for others who are sick—you know what they are going through!
  • Are you abused by co-workers, family members, or classmates? Then pray for others going through the same pains and hurts.
  • Are you in a dead end job? Then pray for hope for others that also face the daily struggle of what to do to survive in the days ahead.
  • Are you successful and tempted to be selfish? Then pray for others you know who are also experiencing prosperity and ask God to keep them from selfishness and pride. 

Like David, we need to intercede for others. 

  • AS YOU PRAY—FEEL ANOTHER’S PAIN.  (Strong’s #4834 sumpatheo 'feel together with’; # 835 sumpasko ‘to experience the same thing’; this is our shared concern or sympathy) 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;  
  • AS YOU PRAY—REMEMBER YOU SERVE THE SAME MASTER. (Strong’s # 4889 sundoulos ‘sharing same master’ (not service) this is our shared master.) Colossians 1:7 as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf; Colossians 4:7 Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.  
  • AS YOU PRAY—REMEMBER YOU ARE HEADED TO THE SAME DESTINATION. Sumpolites = fellow citizens (Phil. 3) Philippians 3:20-21 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Fellow citizens Eph 2:19 > Phil 3:20 = our shared rules of conduct; #4847- sumpolities(n) Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,  Politeuomai (v) Acts 23:1 Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” ; Ph 1:27 Let your conversation be Politeuma(n)  Ph 3:20 For our community(lit) is in heaven; Polites = citizen of same town 
  • AS YOU PRAY—REMEMBER YOU WORK ON THE SAME CREW. Sumergoi = fellow workers (Rom. 16) Romans 16:3, 9, 21 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved. 21 Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my countrymen, greet you. Fellow Workers Rom. 16:3,9,21 Our shared labor union.   Sunergos(adj) Rom 16:3,9,21  My---; I Cor. 3:9  We are----with God working w/God; 1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. II Cor. 1:24 Are----of your joy produces joy in church; 2 Corinthians 1:24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.; II Cor. 8:23 My partner and ---concerning you; 2 Corinthians 8:23 If anyone inquires about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker concerning you. Or if our brethren are inquired about, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ; Phil 2:25 My brother and --- lifts lowly work to the high calling; Philippians 2:25 Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; Phil 4:3 Other My --- Reflects on our eternal design; Philippians 4:3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life; Col 4:11 Focus on kingdom tasks; Colossians 4:11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me; 1Th 3:2, Philemon 1, 24; - Laboring for truth; 1 Thessalonians 3:2 and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith; Philemon 1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer; Philemon 24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers. 
  • AS YOU PRAY—REMEMBER YOU SHARE THE SAME PARTNERSHIP. Sumkoinonia = fellow partners; Fellow Partners/Partakers Phil. 1:7 = Our Shared Fellowship Sugkoinoonos(n); Eph 5:11 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of sin; Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.; Phil 1:7 You were --- in defense and conf pos grace; Philippians 1:7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. ; Rev 18:4 Be not --- of her sin; Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.  
  • AS YOU PRAY—REMEMBER WE STRUGGLE WITH THE SAME THINGS. Our Shared Struggle Sunagonidzomai  Romans 15:30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, Sunathleo Philippians 1:27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,  Philippians 4:3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.
  •  AS YOU PRAY—ASK FOR STRENGTH FOR ANOTHER’S WEAKNESSES. (Strong’s #4837 sumparakaleo ‘to console jointly’; this is our shared encouragement.) Romans 1:12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. It is the Spirit empower desire and action to – Draw near to God through His Word. The Spirit of God is our PARAKLESIS (#3874) as seen in Acts 13:15 “word of exhortation” is speaking God’s word. 
  1. By personal ministry in the power of Holy Spirit. Romans 12:8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
  2. By the powerful ministry of God’s Word. Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
  3. By the powerful consolation that comes from God. Romans 15:5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,



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