The objective of the Leader 101 Course is to cultivate the habits of highly effective spiritual leaders. We started last month (June 2015) with cultivating the habit of joy. As we move to a new habit for July, remember that joy is foundational to everything else that we do. So, continue the spiritual disciplines you began in June. All of the articles on joy can be found here.
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LESSON TWO (July): Cultivating the habit of praying the 10:2b prayer
(Our learning process in LK10 always starts with our relationship with the Holy Spirit as our Coach (Paraclete) He is the One who leads us into all truth. So, read until He stops you. Use that as the beginning point for dialogue with Him. Repeat.)
Synonyms: persistent, continuing, constant, continual, continuous, nonstop, never-ending, unabating, interminable, incessant, unceasing, endless, unending, unremitting, unrelenting
“PRAY LIKE THAT!”
As I have told you, once Kenny and I began praying Lk 10:2b, we soon added a second prayer, “Holy Spirit, teach us how to pray 10:2b.” One of the first things the Coach did was to point us to the Widow Lady in Lk 18 and He said, “Pray like that!”
As we meditated on that story, we saw three things.
- The Widow Lady knew exactly what she wanted. “Grant me justice against my adversary.” Her request was very specific.
- She was relentless. Every day she got in line and made her request to the judge. We pictured how every day, the judge dismissed her. “You again?! I saw you yesterday. Get out of here.” But, she kept coming and coming and coming until the judge finally relented. “I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!” (v. 5). Kenny and I determined that we were going to seek to “wear God out with our coming”. Now, we knew that we couldn’t wear God out. But, we discovered that something important happened in us when we prayed that way.
- Jesus told his disciples to pray like the Widow Lady. Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (v. 1)
- Watch my video interview with Kenny below. (Click on the picture.)
- Read the story of the Widow Lady. (Lk 18:1-8) Put yourself in the place of this lady. Imagine what it would be like to come to the judge day after day after day. Read until the Coach stops you and ask Him what He wants to say to you about that sentence or idea. Use this as a starting place for dialogue.
- In the same way, read the story of the man asking for three loaves at midnight in Lk. 11:5-13. (This powerful story teaches similar lessons as the one in Lk 18.) Again, put yourself in the place of the man asking for the three loaves (not one loaf! not four loaves! exactly three loaves!). What would it be like to continue to knock after being told to “Go away!” Read until…
- Pray relentlessly. Set your smart phone or watch to ring every day at 10:02 am as a reminder to pray 10:2b. As close to daily as possible, pray 10:2b with your CO2 partner.
- Spread the virus. Imagine what might happen if there were a dozen people in your harvest field praying the 10:2b Prayer every day. How about 100? Ask the Lord for one person to “infect” with the “virus” this week.
- Share what you are learning. Share what the Coach is teaching you about the 10:2b Prayer with your CO2 partner and your Leader Team. Also, share about any people you have been able to “infect” and any 10:2b answers you have seen. (One of our objectives in the LK10 Community is encouraging one another by sharing 10:2b answers.)