Lesson titles include “When You Wish God Would Choose a Different Course of Action,” “When the Early Church Called for Fire,” and “Prayer When Facing Death.”
Michael, a military chaplain with the Georgia National Guard, will schedule events after the beginning of November this year.
“Call for Fire” improves one’s prayer life by studying prayers recorded in the Bible.
When Michael was preaching at a church in Maryland in the 1980’s, he began studying the prayers in the Bible.
“I noticed numerous prayers by men and women of faith in both Old and New Testaments, prayers that reflected not only the situation encountered by the speaker (or writer) of the prayer, but also his or her faith and the history of their faith community,” Michael said.
“Call for Fire” is the result of that study, a title derived from prayer’s place in the Christian’s armor in Ephesians 6:10-18, his military experience, and Elijah’s prayer that is recorded in 1 Kings 18. Because prayer is the only component of the believer’s armor that does not have a military metaphor, Michael says he searched for one that would explain how prayer forms a vital part of Christian armament for spiritual warfare.
A military “call for fire” often includes a warning order, target location, target description, method of engagement, method of fire, instruction as to timing of fire, and the command to fire. Often, Michael said, our prayers do as well.
The seminar can stretch between four and 13 sessions, depending upon the congregation or school’s needs. It can also be adapted it to a gospel meeting format.
Michael has an M.Th., from Harding School of Theology, and a B.A., from Freed-Hardeman University.
Michael can be contacted by email about details and dates.
- I pray to God (randalmatheny.com)
- The effect of prayer upon the Lord (forthright.net)
- From the Editors (thejenkinsinstitute.com)
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three married children and six grandchildren. He sometimes writes “7 Points.” http://randal.us