Sunder Krishnan a man whose whole ministry is surrounded by prayer – a church built on the prayer soaked ground of faithful service.
“History belongs to the intercessors who thus believe the future into being” Walter Wink
People pray as though God is ignorant of our lives. How do we pray differently? Turning to Acts 4 to hear the prayer of the church. Peter and John have healed the man at the beautiful gate, been dragged before the council and told not to preach Jesus
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.
Prayer ONLY makes sense if God is totally sovereign – totally able to do and to act. A sense of humility arises out of God’s sovereignty.
You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: "`Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.'
These words from Acts 2 underline that any opposition to God’s purpose is totally futile!
Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.
God is in charge – God is the one who crushes the negative and defeatist ideation of the situation. God is Sovereign in his totality.
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
Rather than ask for protection, rather than ask for removal of the situation – they ask for boldness to make Jesus known in defiance of the authorities and the outcome…
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
God’s power breaks in and the people of the Church are emboldened.
Praying for an imprisoned pastor of a church -
- The Sovereign God rules
- The Creator God is present
- examples from scripture
Joseph: faithfulness and success in service, opportunities to have access to the influential men and women of his day which led to his eventual release.
Paul: to sing in persecution and lead jailers to Christ, that he would be a more powerful preacher, that he would have great boldness and resiliance to withstand any mental strain.
How might we pray for the unemployed?
- that they might know that God organises the economy
- that there might be an unleashing of creativity and in the time of slowness there might be an unfolding of creative joy.
- that john would be helped to do the applications well
- that in the unemployment there might be a release of grace in John growing to know the word better.
- Pray that they will have a clarity of sovereignty as they go for interviews – they would be clear and comfortable not seeking to prove themselves.
Prayer is not about getting answers! If you bring God the creator, God the sovereign saviour, into the heart and mind of every situation circumstances will change BUT you would be unrecognisable.
What SORT of people will we be? Would we not be totally transformed!? OH YES WE WOULD!
The pastor who Sunder had pray for was transformed in jail and what is more preached the gospel through the air ducts of the prison! He is now pastoring in Seattle.
HISTORY BELONGS TO THE INTERCESSORS!