Prayer

Pray for reign : the eschatological Elijah in James 5:17-18

Author
James Marion Darlack
Abstract
James uses the prophet Elijah as an example of righteous prayer. This thesis explores the possibility that James may have intended his readers to recognize both historical and eschatological imagery associated with the biblical prophet. First, it shows that in early Jewish literature the eschatological and historical Elijah traditions were not held in isolation of each other. Imagery from descriptions of Elijah’s eschatological return is used to describe the pre-ascension ministry of the prophet, while the eschatological mission of the prophet is described using elements of the historical narrative. Second, the thesis demonstrates that James’ prescript “to the twelve tribes of the Dispersion,” sets a tone of inaugurated and yet-to-be-consumated eschatology, and that the mention of Elijah helps form an eschatological inclusio that frames the letter. Third, the New Testament use use of Elijah’s drought outside of James is explored showing again that elements from the Elijah’s drought in 1 Kings were used in eschatological contexts, and that Elijah’s three and a half year drought, as mentioned by James, is used to illustrate a period of judgment for the sake of effecting repentance in these contexts. Fourth and finally, the images of rain and drought are viewed through an eschatological lens, revealing their role as covenant blessing and curse, and eschatological judgment and restoration. It is concluded that James’ readers could have recognized the eschatological implications of using Elijah as an example of faithful, righteous prayer, and that James assigns his readers a role similar to that of the eschatological prophet. They are called to endure in the midst of eschatological trials and to effect repentance before the arrival of the soon-coming King.

Promoting the Psalms as prayer through Bible classes and preaching

Author
David H. Petersen
Abstract
The goal of the project was to increase the Redeemer Lutheran Church congregation's knowledge and appreciation of the Psalms and of their use of the Psalms as prayer. Research was conducted on a Lutheran definition of prayer for the Psalms, the use and role of imagination in interpreting the psalms, and on homiletic strategies tailored to the Psalms as prayer. The research method was to take surveys and observation notes throughout an intensive period of Bible classes and sermons and then again at a later date. The results were positive but most pronounced in those for whom the concepts were new.

Praying the Church Beyond the Walls

Author
Redonia M Thomas
Abstract
What kind of intercessory prayer ignites and energizes a church to become more engaged in the community? Research shows there is a consistent decline in people attending church. The two congregations I serve are experiencing this decline. They were more inward focused and less missional minded. At one time, the four walls of the church were sufficient for ministry, because people came to the house of God. However, there has been a shift in the demographics, the attitudes and behaviors of the community. This project focuses on how intercessory prayer helps congregations seek the welfare of the city.

Prayer agreement: a strategy for multigenerational health and growth

Author
Gideon A Thompson
Abstract
Gideon Thompson researched the principles supporting multigenerational local church health and growth and concluded -- the missing link is prayer agreement. In this thesis, he outlines by biblical precept and example the structure and strategy for building a "House of Prayer;" this became the foundation for building a mega-church of thousands in New England from a handful of faithful believers meeting in a downtown hotel functional meeting room. The structure of prayer agreement supported by godly character and accountability has created an "open heaven" atmosphere in his local church empowering truth to penetrate and transform multitudes. Praise the Lord!

The association between prayer and evangelistic attitudes in selected evangelical churches

Author
Paul L Utnage
Abstract
Few pastoral leaders include evangelistic prayer as a strategic methodology for motivating evangelism. This project studied the association between prayer for non-Christians and evangelistic attitudes and behaviors. Does a directed focus upon evangelistic prayer increase intrinsic evangelistic attitudes and behaviors toward people without faith? Does prayer increase receptivity towards non-Christians -- an attitude change that leads to behavior change? Research focused upon qualitative analysis in case study methodology. The researcher discovered that directed prayer efforts for the lost increased intrinsic and sustained receptivity towards individuals who do not share one's faith, thus encouraging evangelistic prayer as a strategic methodology.

Impacting the spiritual well-being of recovering addicts from the Greater Piedmont Teen Challenge through inner healing prayer

Author
Robert B Shaw
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the spiritual well-being of a select group of men from the Greater Piedmont Teen Challenge in Greensboro, North Carolina through a twelve-week small group meeting using the inner healing prayer model found in the Healing care group curriculum. Teaching of God's word, experiential activities, and inner healing prayer encounters had a substantial impact upon the spiritual well-being of the participants. These results showed a positive effect upon the participants' false beliefs and emotional wounds. Overall, there was a measurable change in the participants' spiritual well-being.

Intercessory prayer ministry as a spiritual tool to manage conflicts in the church

Author
Koo Yoo Jae
Abstract
There may be various spiritual factors that help get over conflicts in the church, yet I will focus on intercessory prayer as a strong one to cope with conflicts. The spirituality of prayer is vital both in an individual life and in the life of a community. When faced with personal difficulties, family issues, social conflicts, and relationship problems, we pray and ask others to pray for us. It is natural for us to ask for intercessory prayer when troubles come in our daily lives. A theology of prayer regards prayer as a key to all these troubles. I will provide a variety of evidence from the Bible and theological theories about intercessory prayer and discuss how to systematize intercessory prayer as a tool to handle conflicts in church ministry.

A missiological study of Ambaricho International Prayer and Missions Movement

Author
Desta Langena Letta
Abstract
The focus of this study is to formulate effective strategy for current and future ministry direction of Ambaricho International Prayer and Missions Movement (AIPM), by catalyzing prayer and missions for successful evangelism and church planting movement in Ethiopia and beyond. To that effect a triangulation or integration of both quantitative and qualitative research methods were applied to this study as best research methods during collection and analysis of data. Therefore, the archival research, questionnaires responses from 55 missionaries in Ethiopia, the literature reviews of scholars and interviews of respective people were intensively conducted as part of data collection. The findings of this research affirmed that prayer is the most important factor that causes awakening in the churches, brings revival and transformation in the lives of believers in the church and others in the society, and causes mission movements for world evangelization, resulting dynamic Church Planting Movement (CPMs).

Making the principles of formational counseling accessable to Lutheran clergy of northeast Ohio

Author
Christian F Just
Abstract
The project developed a two-hour presentation on the principles of Formational Counseling, with special emphasis on Formational Prayer, which was delivered to gatherings of Lutheran clergy in eight states. A survey to measure the response of participants to that presentation was administered and the results of that survey tabulated. As a result, it has been shown that, by a ratio of 21:5, Lutheran clergy are open to the concepts of Formational Counseling and its theological underpinnings.
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