Insane Christians?

Insane Christians?

Posted on 09. Nov, 2009 by in Kingdom Notes eZine

Apostolic Notes Vol 3 No 17 (download PDF)

Insanity – doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result!

I recently heard a conference speaker and spoke with a church leader who both agreed that to have a book of Acts church and kingdom demonstration, more prayer and fasting are needed.

The more I thought about this, the more I disagree with the statement and here’s why:

  • First, I believe most church leadership is sincerely praying and seeking God.
  • Second, it seems to imply that a certain level of prayer and fasting earns God’s favor.
  • Third, do we attempt to use prayer to convince God to perform His will, instead of changing us?
  • Fourth, somehow it feels like it then falls into a “works” category.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a strong advocate of prayer – it is necessary.

So why do I say there are a lot of insane Christians? Because we are continuing in the same form of religious activities with misdirected focus, hoping someday, something will be different. I say pray, but with a different focus and understanding: the Kingdom first and then He will take care of our real needs. Jesus taught that we should pray the kingdom come and His will be accomplished before we asked for our needs (Lk 11:2-4).

I have noticed some of Paul’s prayers; for instance the one for the church at Ephesus in chapter 1:17-22.

“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.“ NKJV

Now let me point out a couple of key points of this prayer:

First, he was asking God to send a spirit of wisdom & revelation regarding Himself – to who? To the CHURCH! Not to sinners. Obviously, Paul felt there was more of God for the church to grasp!

Second, he was asking for their eyes to be opened to what God desired for them and to what was IN them.
• The hope of God’s calling
• The glorious inheritance IN THE SAINTS
• His power towards us – “towards” in the Greek indicates a place entered. So, Paul referencing a power IN us.
• Then he goes on to describe that power as that which raised Christ from the dead!

Basically, Paul’s prayer for the church was that God would reveal more of himself and they (church) would wake up to what He had placed within them!

Forgive me now the personal illustration. It was about six years ago when I changed my prayer to one like Paul’s that the Lord began to open my understanding regarding Him and his kingdom. It was at this time, He began to challenge my traditions and change “my” theology to be more like His theology. It was also at this time He began to reveal to me the principles for the spiritual authority He has placed with in the body.

Food for thought: What are you asking God for in your prayer? Is it a shopping list of things? Or is it a greater knowledge and illumination of Him and his purpose?

For your further consideration Col 1:9-10 “So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. NLT”

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4 Responses to “Insane Christians?”

  1. Alan Hosch

    09. Nov, 2009

    Prayer for revival is often used as a means to achieve something that others have pressured us to believe is a necessity.

    My question (which I think will be in agreement with the premise of your article) is: “Why are we praying?” For numbers? The answer is usually, “Yes!” Then I would ask why are we praying for numbers? The answer would probably be along the lines of: “without numbers the church can’t grow.”

    This type of thinking is prevalent and is contrary to the Scriptural Apostolic model of early church growth. Early church growth was based on the move of the Spirit and a group of Apostles and other disciples who obeyed God’s every command. They weren’t as interested in numbers as they were in going and doing what God said to do. This obedience came from a closeness to God borne of holiness and a certain sensitivity to the Spirit. In short, their love for God cause them to want to pray more and obey more. And pray they did-“without ceasing”.

    The Lord can and will add to the church “daily such as should be saved”. It’s His job. Ours is worship. Evangelism is a form of worship. However, evangelism focused on numbers rather than the pure joy of publishing the Gospel is misguided.

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  2. peter juma

    10. Nov, 2009

    lts true that we are bound with this attitude of doing things the same way ,we need to seek the will of God,thanks

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  3. Nathan

    10. Nov, 2009

    Another great article, concise, to the point. I find it interesting that your choice of scripture in Ephesians dealt with God revealing Himself to the church. I’ve often thought about how most (if not all) major movements, or turning points, in church history from the reformation until today have accompanied a greater and greater revelation of God to the church. Growth in the church has always been a natural (even essential) by-product of this revelation. Jesus said, “if I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me”. Of course, He was speaking of the cross here, but He is the one who draws. I, for one, want to be drawn by God, not by man.

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  4. Paula

    20. Jan, 2011

    Another great post! It’s NOT in our works and I appreciate you clarifying this! Prayer is important BUT it won’t change the mind of God it is made to change us! Keep on posting these fine truths, with boldness and love. Thanks!

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