RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP LEADER’S MANUAL 6 DECEMBER 2020
TOPIC: JESUS’ POSITION ON VIGILS AND PRAYING ON THE MOUNTAINS
OPENING PRAYER: Father, please give me the grace to pray always.
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: The leader should allow the members to state their experience of the miracle /s that happened in the cause of their praising God.
A: MEMORY VERSE: “And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” – Luke 6:12
B: BIBLE TEXT: Matthew 6:6-8
6 – But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to Thy Father which is in secret; and Thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 – But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 – Be not ye therefore like unto them: for Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.
C: LESSON INTRODUCTION: Moderation is needed in nearly all Christian virtues except in prayer. Philippians 4:5-6 is a guide on this. Prayer is generally known and seen in christianity as a means of communication between man and God. Jesus’ ministry while on earth evidently illuminated this important mandate. – Luke 18:1, Luke 6:12
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A: LESSON AIM: To explain vividly what praying on the mountain is all about.
B: TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson, members should be able to:
i. Explain what prayer is
ii. and where to pray.
C: TEXT REVIEW: Matthew 6:6-8
i. Abide under the shadow of the almighty God
ii. In the secret place lies safety.
D: TEACHING METHOD: Interactive / Discussion method.
E: TIME MANAGEMENT: Share the teaching time using the suggested time schedule.
Praying on mountains:
What is a mountain? In the ordinary point of view, mountain is a large mass of earth and rock rising above the common level of the earth or adjacent land, usually given by geographers as above 1000 feet (or 304,8 metres) in height, though such masses may still be described as hills in comparison with larger mountains.
Praying on a mountain could mean, climbing the physical mountain for prayer. It could also mean, being in a solitary place (not necessarily a physical mountain) to pray without any distraction. It is a place of spiritual retreat. The important thing is that your mind does not wander away.
a,) Whether you are on the mountain for worship or prayer, or both, you must do so in the spirit. – John 4:23-24
b,) Should you plan to go to the mountain for prayer or personal retreat / revival, be focused on meeting Jesus Christ only and not man, for many false prophets abound everywhere. – Matthew 7:15, 24:11
c,) Jesus prayed on the mountain, – Luke 6:12 and He also prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. – Matthew 26:36-39
d,) Jesus prayed all night, so Christians must hold vigils like their master, Jesus Christ. – Luke 6:12, Luke 18:1
ACTIVITY: Is it only when you pray on the mountain that God answers your prayers?
SUMMARY: Prayer is a mighty weapon for Christians to dislodge any satanic power. So pray without ceasing and pray in the spirit and in understanding also.
CONCLUSION: The importance of prayers to believers cannot be over emphasized. So believers in Christ must pray always (Ephesians 6:18), irrespective of being on a physical mountain or not. We must pray in the spirit without distraction.
1. Thank God for the spirit of prayer and ask for the grace to pray always.
2. Father, please turn all RCCG parishes into prayer mountains.
3. Pray for Daddy G.O. and Mummy G.O.
4. Father, answer by fire every prayer made on the RCCG Mount Carmel, Ifewara, Nigeria.
5. Individual prayer request.
ASSIGNMENT: Diligently carry out all the daily tasks outlined in the GOLDEN DIET below.
GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK (print or write it out so that you can participate daily):
MONDAY: Acts 1:8 – Pray for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
TUESDAY: Look for a solitary place; go there and pray for at least 3 hours.
WEDNESDAY: 1 Kings 18:1-46, James 5:17-18 –Study prophet Elijah’s ministry in line with his prayer life.
THURSDAY: Matthew 15:13 – Command in prayer what is not doing well in your life, to start to do well.
FRIDAY: 2 Kings 4:25 – Plan a retreat with your leader and other members of your centre / parish / area to RCCG Mount Carmel, Ifewara, Osun state, Nigeria.
SATURDAY: 1 Corinthians 12:1-13 – Pray in tongues.
SUNDAY: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Thank God for answers to prayers.
AUTHOR: Pastor E.A. Adeboye
THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD