May 30, 2021 |Talking With God

Praying Together

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05.30.21 | Talking With God

Praying Together

Noel Heikkinen


Our prayers are not only a personal thing. Do you join together with others in prayer? Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen wraps up our series by reminding us that as followers of Jesus, we can collectively pray prayers of worship, of petition, and of repentance.

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When he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song.
Revelation 5:8-9
LORD, I call on you; hurry to help me. Listen to my voice when I call on you. May my prayer be set before you as incense, the raising of my hands as the evening offering.
Revelation 5:8-9
Therefore, I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.
Revelation 5:8-9
I exalt you, my God the King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
I will bless you every day;
I will praise your name forever and ever.
The Lord is great and is highly praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation will declare your works to the next
and will proclaim your mighty acts.
I will speak of your splendor and glorious majesty
and your wondrous works.
They will proclaim the power of your awe-inspiring acts,
and I will declare your greatness.
They will give a testimony of your great goodness
and will joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and great in faithful love.
The Lord is good to everyone;
his compassion rests on all he has made.
All you have made will thank you, Lord;
the faithful will bless you.
They will speak of the glory of your kingdom
and will declare your might,
informing all people of your mighty acts
and of the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;
your rule is for all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words
and gracious in all his actions.
The Lord helps all who fall;
he raises up all who are oppressed.
All eyes look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all his acts.
The Lord is near all who call out to him,
all who call out to him with integrity.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry for help and saves them.
The Lord guards all those who love him,
but he destroys all the wicked.
My mouth will declare the Lord’s praise;
let every living thing
bless his holy name forever and ever.
Psalm 145
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me,
agony in my mind every day?
How long will my enemy dominate me?
Consider me and answer, Lord my God.
Restore brightness to my eyes;
otherwise, I will sleep in death.
My enemy will say, “I have triumphed over him,”
and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
But I have trusted in your faithful love;
my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
I will sing to the Lord
because he has treated me generously.
Psalm 13
But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God: “Lord, why does your anger burn against your people you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and a strong hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘He brought them out with an evil intent to kill them in the mountains and eliminate them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger and relent concerning this disaster planned for your people.
Exodus 32:11-12
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
Matthew 5:44
LORD, I call on you; hurry to help me. Listen to my voice when I call on you. May my prayer be set before you as incense, the raising of my hands as the evening offering. LORD, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing or perform wicked acts with evildoers. Do not let me feast on their delicacies. Let the righteous one strike me — it is an act of faithful love; let him rebuke me — it is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. Even now my prayer is against the evil acts of the wicked.
Psalm 141:1-5
How joyful is the one
whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered!
How joyful is a person whom
the Lord does not charge with iniquity
and in whose spirit is no deceit!
When I kept silent, my bones became brittle
from my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was drained
as in the summer’s heat.Selah
Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not conceal my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the guilt of my sin.Selah
Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to you immediately.
When great floodwaters come,
they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance.Selah
I will instruct you and show you the way to go;
with my eye on you, I will give counsel.
Do not be like a horse or mule,
without understanding,
that must be controlled with bit and bridle
or else it will not come near you.
Many pains come to the wicked,
but the one who trusts in the Lord
will have faithful love surrounding him.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice,
you righteous ones;
shout for joy,
all you upright in heart.
Psalm 32

Share a time in your life when you had the opportunity to pray for someone else, or you had someone else pray for you, and it made a noticeable impact for you and/or for others.

Read Psalm 145. Why are the Psalms of worship important? How do/can you incorporate Psalms of worship into your life?

Read Psalm13. Why are the Psalms of intercession important? How do/can you incorporate Psalms of intercession into your life? How can you be praying for one another in your Life Group?

Read Psalm 32. Why are the Psalms of confession important? How do/can you incorporate Psalms of confession into your life?

This is the final week of our series on prayer. What have you learned/been reminded of when it comes to prayer? What would you like to put into practice in the coming weeks?