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Dialed In - Part 4, Our Daily Bread
Miles McPherson - February 11, 2018

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We’re praying for God to do something seemingly impossible -- something that we can’t do on our own.

In this series, we’ve been learning about prayer. Last week you were challenged to come up with a plan for daily prayer: where you will pray, at what time, for how long, what tools to have with you (Bible, pen, and paper), and who will be an accountability partner to encourage you and help to keep you on track.

We’re praying for God to do something seemingly impossible -- something that we can’t do on our own. This week’s challenge is that for the next seven days, you would pray for 15 or 30 minutes each day, using this lesson as a guide.

1. Dialed-in prayer is joining the conversation that is already taking place in the spiritual world.

By dialing in, we are getting our hearts and minds in tune with what God is already saying and doing.

2. Join the conversation in heaven by declaring, listening, and asking in accordance with the conversation in progress.

Sometimes without realizing it, we may be asking for things God has already given us. When we focus on declaring truth, we may realize the blessings and authority we already have. We listen for God’s guidance and ask for our petitions in accordance with what God desires and how He is already moving.


AWCIPA

This is an acronym based on the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6. Pastor Miles presented it today to serve as a guide for our own individual prayer time.

A – ADMIRE: Praise and thank God. Matthew 6:9, Isaiah 6:1-3

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:
 “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
 The whole earth is full of His glory!”

Isaiah 6:1-3

DECLARE: God is holy, perfect, good, faithful and never changes. I can trust God. Declare the glory of God. Dial in your thoughts to what is already true in the spiritual world. For example, instead of praying, “God, I need you to come through for me!” you can pray, “God, you are always faithful and I know I can trust you to provide for me again.”

LISTEN: Speak to me, Lord. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says" Revelation 2:7
What is the Spirit saying?___________________________________________________

ASK: Dear Lord, reveal your holiness and faithfulness to my heart. Give me a heart that appreciates You. If you have a heart to acknowledge and appreciate God’s faithfulness, you will not feel the need to complain!

W – WAIT and submit to His WILL being done. Sit quietly and write what you think the will of the Father is. Matthew 6:10, Psalm 46:10

Your kingdom come.
 Your will be done
 On earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10

DECLARE: Your will for my life is perfect and compete. It may not always feel good, but in the end, it will not disappoint.

God has a plan for you better than your plans for yourself!

LISTEN: Speak to me, Lord. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says” Revelation 2:7
What is the Spirit saying? ___________________________________________________

ASK: Reveal to me Your desires for my life, my gifts, and my talents.

God, I want your will to be done in my life. What do you want me to do for your kingdom? When you declare the truth, your heart can change to be better aligned with God’s will and your desires will better line up with His desires.

C – CONFESSION: God is actively viewing us as forgiven. Matthew 6:11-12, Hebrews 10:16-17, Psalm 103:11

“Give us this day our daily bread.
 And forgive us our debts,
 As we forgive our debtors.”
Matthew 6:11-12

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds, I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:16-17

Do you remember bad things that you’ve done? Are you often reminded of your offenses by your family or even by the mirror? God says He has chosen to forget those things. The devil accuses you to God day and night, but Jesus is your advocate. He says to the Father, “I shed my blood for her. See me when you look at her; she is forgiven.” Once you confess your sins, identify with them no longer; they no longer have a hold on you.

DECLARE: I admit that I realize that you have forgotten my sins; that you see me as righteous and forgiven. I accept your forgiveness.

Identify with your standing in Christ, and declare yourself forgiven and accepted by God. Say the statements, again and again, to train your mind to line up with the truth.

LISTEN: Speak to me, Lord. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says” Revelation 2:7
What is the Spirit saying? ___________________________________________________

ASK: Please purify my thoughts about myself, destroy my self-criticism, and nurture hopeful and positive thoughts about my relationship with You.

I – INTERCESSION: Pleading with God on behalf of someone else. Matthew 6:11-12, Hebrews 7:25, John 17:9-11, John 17:20-21

“Give us this day our daily bread.
 And forgive us our debts,
 As we forgive our debtors.”
Matthew 6:11-12

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25

If someone needs intercession, don’t just say “I’ll pray for you later,” and walk away. Pray now, immediately! Jesus intercedes on your behalf day and night. Be like Jesus in your prayers, willing to turn your attention outward and be others-focused. 

DECLARE: Lord I know that you are pleading for my mom, sister, father. I know that you want them to know You, trust You, love You.

Never pray for something if you aren’t willing to participate in God’s answer. Be willing to be used by God in bringing about His blessings and His will for someone else.

LISTEN: Speak to me, Lord. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says” Revelation 2:7
What is the Spirit saying? ___________________________________________________

ASK: I want to join you in praying for_________________________________. Lord please bless ____________________________ with patience, new job, etc.

P – PETITION: Bless me, Lord. God can Bless you spiritually, emotionally, financially. Matthew 6:13, Philippians 2:12-13, 1 Chronicles 4:10

And do not lead us into temptation,
 But deliver us from the evil one.
 For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:13

But isn’t it selfish to pray for my own blessing? Remember that God desires to bless you because He loves you. In asking, you are not bringing a list of all the wonderful things you’ve done and thus all the wonderful things you deserve because you have earned them. God blesses you by grace. You can’t earn His blessing and you can’t deserve it. Simply come to your petition prayer, open to receive whatever blessings He has given you and acknowledge that you don’t deserve them.

It is Biblical to ask God for everything -- as long as you ask with the intention of honoring Him with those things, not with the purpose of your own satisfaction or glory. If you practice a commitment to helping, blessing, and serving others, your own needs will be met.

DECLARE: I know that you are giving me a desire to pray, to obey, and to develop a passion to read, serve, and love.

LISTEN: Speak to me, Lord. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says” Revelation 2:7
What is the Spirit saying? ___________________________________________________

ASK: Bless me Lord with healthy relationships, wisdom, love, patience, financial overflow (I have my needs met and I have extra to be a blessing to others), and a heart that wants to be a blessing to others.

A – ADMIRE: Praise and thank God. Matthew 6:13, Revelation 4:6-8

We end with acknowledging once again that our lives are all for Him and about Him because He is worthy.

DECLARE: You are Holy, good, perfect, and Your timing is never wrong.

LISTEN: Speak to me, Lord. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says” Revelation 2:7
What is the Spirit saying? ___________________________________________________

ASK: Give me a heart that appreciates, worships, and honors You.


Pastor Miles challenged us this week to pray AWCIPA for 15-30 minutes every day for seven days. Remember, AWCIPA is not a requirement, but it is a great guide to help you get into the practice of prayer using the model that Jesus gave us.

You can do anything for seven days! Practice by sitting in focus on each letter for five minutes and you will have spent half an hour with God. Yes, the amount of time you pray is important! Just as jogging for an hour is much more beneficial to your body than jogging for two minutes, praying for an extended period of time will bring you much closer to God than two minutes of prayer can do.

Get ready to watch God move and write down what happens!

Dialed In

This 10-part series inspires and equips you with the tools to transform your life through prayer. In Part 4, Pastor Miles presents AWCIPA (admire, wait, confession, intercession, petition, admire), a structured prayer module for spending time with the Lord.

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