The Meaning of Prayer and Supplication Part 2

March 24, 2014

The Meaning of Prayer and Supplication

Part 2

The Word

What do we mean by supplication?

In Philippians 4:6-7, it says that when you pray this way, you will be able to come to a place of peace. The term that’s used there for peace means to guard as would a sentry.

Background: Throughout the Roman empire, there were cities in which there was a contingent of Roman soldiers. Philippi, to whom the letter was written, was such a Roman colony, a center of representative strength of the Roman government. It was to that people that the Apostle Paul uses a term they would more understand than many other communities would. When he uses the term “keep” or “guard” it is the same expression used of the soldiers who, like sentinels or sentries, would go marching about that city, preserving its boundaries, its defenses. It was the first place that would be attacked by an enemy that wanted to lay hold of that territory, but it was the last place that could be successfully overtaken because of the strength of its fortressing.

Philippians 4:6-7 says 1) we are not to worry but to 2) make our request known to God 3) with thanksgiving, and that 4) God’s peace will march about our request like a sentry.

The teaching of Scripture is that when we pray, we can be secure in that place of peace, like the citizens of Philippi who could look out at their city and see the soldiers guarding it. We don’t have to get up from praying and then spend the day wondering if God heard us or will answer our prayer. Supplication is the prayer that moves in the confidence of that peace.

The word supplication is directly related to the simple verb for “to bind” (Matthew 18:18). Wherever you encounter the term “supplication,” it is presenting to us that kind of prayer where we come to the Lord and move into the dimension of controlling by the power of God that which is uncontrollable by human power.

What can you do to stop the rising tide of evil?

You can do more than being indignant, condemning or vexed. According to the Word of God you can make supplication. That’s where you begin to enter in to the place of control, and binding.  Where we draw lines, as you are directed by the Holy Spirit.

We have the privilege to draw lines in prayer as we are directed by the Holy Spirit. “Ask what you will” doesn’t mean that God is obligated to answer prayers spoken without having entered into consultation with Him. The Holy Spirit will teach you how to pray. Where you don’t understand how, then you can pray in the Spirit, and He will make intercession with you, joining together with you in prayer so that effective imploring of God in behalf of the situation can be made.

Supplication is where I come into conference with God. Father, what is Your will in heaven that I may declare it on earth? It is where we are moving in partnership with the heavenly Father. His will for us is to learn how to move in response to what He has designed and is intending to do in any given situation.

The Lord wants those who will learn how to draw specific lines and begin to bind up (supplication) by the strength of the hand of God. There’s a pattern to binding, knots to be tied properly, if it’s to hold. “Binding” and “loosing” not spiritual guesswork; there’s a methodical approach to prayer when you come to binding. It’s not in the multitude of words, but the Lord will show you how to pray.

Binding and Loosing

Those who learn to pray with supplication are not people that have earned something from God, but they learned something of God. God has not taught us to pray prayers of destruction, but to bind up the works of darkness. It’s not our responsibility to tell God how to go about it, but it is our responsibility to take a posture of prayer against those things that are alien to His purpose for mankind, and to bind up their operation.

We are to pray for God’s righteousness to be revealed. God doesn’t give us the right to make judgment on any situation in binding it up otherwise it can wind up being no more than Pentecostal witchcraft. God wants us to enter into consultation with Him and while you’re functioning on the earth side of things, He’s guiding things sovereignly on the heaven side. You find out what He has in mind, what He’s already got bound there, and as He shows you His mind, then you bind those things on earth. Though He’s got them bound in heaven, until you take things over on earth, nothing will happen.

Prayer and the Word go together

Supplication is where we enter into the presence of God. Let Him talk to you from the Word and find out the grounds for your authority or what His mind is about how to deal with things.

Prayer is not just one side of devotional life and reading the Bible the other. Both enter into the same flow. We need to come into His presence, and let Him teach us, speak to us and direct us. Then we begin to learn where we can function and see what we’re supposed to do.

When someone asks you to pray, take a moment to ask the Lord how He would have you to pray over the situation. Ask Him to bring the Word to your mind with regard to it, and ask Him to show you how to pray. Then begin to pray in the Spirit. While you’re praying in the Spirit, you’ll find that, very likely, the Holy Spirit will bring to your mind exactly what you’re praying.

Praying as the Lord shows you how is revelation praying. You stymie the flow of evil, cut off the works of darkness, see health begin to be loosed, and the power of God manifest. With all kinds of prayer, spiritual battle is being done and supplication is going forth. When you have prayed that way, you know that you have entered into the counsels of eternity and loosed in time or bound in time what is the Father’s will for that situation, and when you’ve done that, Scripture says that peace comes to your heart.

 

 

The Meaning of Prayer and Supplication

March 24, 2014

The Meaning of Prayer and Supplication

 Part 1

The Word

Text: Acts 2:41-42; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6-7; Matthew 18:18

Authority, Transparency, Unity

Life together for the early Church was centered under steadfast teaching of the truth under the authority of the Word, with leadership appointed by Jesus. He gives the same kind of leadership to the Church today (Ephesians 4:11-12). Fellowship was transparent, and they continued in the “breaking of bread” to foster a unity of spirit.

…and Prayers

Not just the singular prayer, but plural — in all manner of prayings. Not even counting those expressions of worship, thanksgiving, and praise that are exalting to the name of the Lord, but in just those terms that speak of our approach to God to petition, to entreat, to make request or specific call for action, there are no less than eight or nine expressions used in the N/T scriptures basically wrapped up in three concepts:

  • General kinds of prayers, asking, beseeching the Lord
  • Supplication
  • Intercession

They include:

  • Prayer that invokes God’s blessing
  • The generic term of praying to God
  • The beseeching or imploring of the Lord, almost begging, but not as a beggar.
  • The explicit asking, calling to Him with a desire of our heart
  • Prayer that is a binding action

It’s this binding action that comes into relationship with the term supplication.

Whenever we pray, something happens of divine intervention. Ephesians 6:18 underscores prayer in the sense of spiritual warfare because we are a people that are going toward the Lord in a generation that is moving away from the Lord.

His good grace toward us

The word used most commonly in N/T scripture for prayer is proseuchomai Three things comprise the word: the preposition that means “toward,” the EU—we use that for eulogy—meaning good. The ending of the term is from the Greek word for grace. If you were to put it all together it is known to mean prayer, but the whole concept used here in Acts 2 is talking about coming toward the Lord on the basis of His good grace toward us.

Coming toward the Lord because we have full acceptance. It emphasizes that movement toward Him on the grounds of grace, on the grounds of what He will do for us irrespective of what we have done. That’s not only in terms of receiving the forgiveness of God for your sins but also regarding your petitions in prayer.

The early Church was not just piling up hours of prayers (Matthew 6:7). The compounding of prayers — praying continually — was built on the fact that they knew that they had good access to the grace of God, and they were moving toward Him, seeking to see His kingdom worked as they were praying. They were asking on the basis of His grace.

This term is interesting also because of the two other words between which it appears in the Greek lexicon. The preceding word means “to approach, to move toward, or to come toward where you’re accepted.” It seems the Lord even arranged a language with its surrounding and related words to make a speech to us. The one just before saying, to come toward Him in open approach. The word following it means to hold toward.

This skein of words convey the whole concept of prayer. To make a bold approach to the Lord, to ask on the basis of His good grace, and then “hang in there,” and hold on.

Prayer Fasting and Supplication

September 17, 2013

Today is Fast, Prayer and Supplication day at the Craig household, and it is always amazing to me how this flesh of mine just screams out for attention in areas and for things that as a rule I would never want or consider!

There has never been a time when I’ve thought that a Macdonald hamburger was even appealing yet, today one was flashed up on my screen as I was finishing a meditation for CMoTWS&F website and immediately my flesh began craving for this horrible for my health hamburger!

Isn’t it common that when we are denied something we want it more or when we are told that we can’t do something we often will go out of our way to do it! I have come to the awareness that my flesh if its desires were left unchecked would have more over eating to the point of obesity and death, over drinking to the point of total dependence upon alcohol or death, over canalization to the point of abomination or death and over selfish and prideful to the point of human alienation, isolation, hatred and murder!

Galatians 5:16-26 warns us against our flesh and admonishes us in this manner; “16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
I thank my God for His truths and for shinning His light on the depravity of my heart if it were not kept in check by the divine power of His Holy Spirit. Let no one deceive you or let not you be deceived by yourself. All of the emotions and passions we are bombarded with are those that are common to a fallen human race! Only through Jesus Christ and the acceptance of His perfect liberty which He secured for you and me on the Cross are we set free from the bondage, power and sting of sin and death.

Crucify your Flesh and crucify it regularly! Have a great Week!

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