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school of prayer3
School Of Prayer
  • To motivate and outfit Christians in the local church to accelerate the ministry of prayer
focusing upward inward outward
Focusing Upward, Inward & Outward

Lord…What are you saying to me ii

School of Prayer Definition iii

Table of Contents v

I. Upward: The Person and Prayer

1. Purposes for prayer:

Intimacy, Power / Impact, Divine Guidance

2. Listening in prayer

How God Speaks, How to Listen to God,, How to Know it is God.

3. Prayer Practicum 1

4. Hindrances to a successful prayer life

5. Six essentials from The Lord’s Prayer

Praise, Intercession, Supplication, Confession, Intervention, Celebration.

6. Prayer Practicum 2

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Focusing Upward, Inward & Outward

Lord…What are you saying to me ii

School of Prayer Definition iii

Table of Contents v

II. Inward: The Leaders and Prayer

1. The Leaders and the Prayer:

Praying Leaders, Prayer Network

III. Outward: The Church and Prayer

1. Introduction

2. The Role of Prayer in Recent History of the Church

Past Spiritual Awakenings, New Movement of Prayer,

Developing a Praying Church, Prayer Organization

3. Covenant-Wide prayer ministries

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Focusing Upward, Inward & Outward

Lord…What are you saying to me ii

School of Prayer Definition iii

Table of Contents v

Addenda

1. Use of the Names of Christ

2. Lord’s Prayer Model

3. Intervention Prayer- The Invisible War

4. Intervention against Unseen Personalities

5. Offensive Prayer Against Unseen Personalities

6. Prayer Quotes

7. A Prayer Bibliography

8. Evaluation

9. Evaluation for Local Churches

10. Confidential Questionnaire

11. Bringing My World To Christ

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I UPWARD:

THE PERSON

AND PRAYER

purposes for prayer
PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

I Intimacy with God

Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast, boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23,24

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PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

I Intimacy with God

Jeremiah 9:23,24

  • His desire is__________________________
  • -Revelation 3:20 There is a God-shapedvacuum in each of uswhich only God can fill.
  • -Pascal
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PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

I Intimacy with God

Jeremiah 9:23,24

B. Our need is ______________________________________

Psalm 27:4,7-9

______________________________ is to know

another in the closest way possible. O Lord you have made

-Genesis 4:1 us for yourself, and our -Psalm 46:10 hearts are restless untilthey find their rest inthee. Augustine

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PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

I Intimacy with God

Jeremiah 9:23,24

  • C.Examples of Intimacy
  • Old Testament _________________
  • People at both ends of
  • 1. Moses beholds 2. David thirsts for God the religious spectrum
  • God’s glory -Psalm 62:1;63:1,2 are seeking the same
  • -Exodus 33:9-11 thing: a link between their
  • New Testament daily lives and the
  • Mary chooses the 2. Paul’s deepest desire transcendent.
  • “one thing needful” -Philippians, 3:7-11 -John Naisbitt,
  • -Luke 10:38-42 Megatrends 2000
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PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

I Intimacy with God

Jeremiah 9:23,24

D. The Character of Intimacy with God

More Formation than Information -Hebrews 10:16 Our highest calling in life is

More Environment thanEvent -II Corinthians 2:14not serving Jesus but in

More Process than Product -Philemon 1:6being with him.

More Delight than Duty -Psalm 37:3,4-Hope MacDonald

____________________

He prayeth well who loveth

well. -Samuel Coleridge

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PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

IIPower/ *

Impact

The prayer of the

righteous is powerful

and effective.

-James 5:16

_____________

Fellowship is communion, communication, the interaction of lovers

-Peter Lord

Example 1Exodus 17:8-16

The most powerful weapon on earth is

_______________________________

_____________

God does nothing but by prayer and everything with it.

_-John Wesley

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PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

IIPower/ *

Impact

The prayer of the

righteous is powerful

and effective.

-James 5:16

_____________

Prayer is one of man’s forms of cooperating with God. Some things God can never do until he finds a person who prays

-H.E. Fosdick

Example 2Mark 9:14-19

The disciples were _____________________

Because they were_____________________

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PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

Prophets:

Call to me and I will answer you, and will

tell you great and hidden things that you

have not known.

Jeremiah 33:3

IIPower/

Impact

Example 3

Appropriating God’s power through prayer.

*

God’s power is released by prayer. Yet, we are not here to exalt prayer but the God who answers it.

Gospels:

For mortals it is impossible, but

for God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26

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PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

Epistles:

I write these things to you who believes in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. And that is the boldness we have in him, that is we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made to him. –1 John 5:13-15

*

Link between intimacy and power: understanding who God is, how he works, and what he desires to do.

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PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

III

Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing in his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished.”

–John 5:19,20

Divine

Guidance

Basis: Jesus used prayer to discern the mind and the will of God for his life and ministry.

Example 1. to discern P______________(why?)

John 17:1-3, John 10:10

Example 2. to discern S______________(how?)

Mark 1:35-39

Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work.

-Oswald Chambers

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PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

III

–John 5:19,20

Divine

Guidance

Basis: Jesus used prayer to discern the mind and the will of God for his life and ministry.

Example 3. to discern P______________(by whom?)

Luke 6:12,13; Matthew 28:19,20

Example 4. to discern O______________(against what?)

Matthew 4:1-11

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PURPOSES FOR PRAYER

Prayer is _________________________

Prayer is _________________________

  • The plan for Christ’s mission is the same for the Christian’s mission
  • God-breathed scripture illumined through prayer provides clear guidance

____________

The less I pray, the harder it gets; the more I pray, the better it goes.

-Martin Luther

____________

I dare you to pray without using ‘bless’, or ‘lead’,

‘guide’, or ‘help so and so’ of ‘thy will’.

-Chuck Swindoll

listening in prayer
Listening In Prayer

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens—wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. -Isaiah 50:4,5

God is the I __________________

_________________

God is always speaking; he’s always doing something. Prayer is to enter into that activity. Prayer in its most basic sense is just getting into an attitude of saying, “Lord, what are you saying to me?”

-Henry Nouwen

We are the R_________________

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Listening In Prayer

I

-Isaiah 50:4,5

How God Speaks

1. The ____ of ______. Romans 10:17

2. The ______ of God. Psalm 32:8, John 16:13- 15; Acts 16:6,7

Simeon

Peter

Paul & Barnabas

Agabus

Luke 2:26

Acts 10:19; 11:12

Acts 13:4

Acts 21:11

Acts 8:29

Acts 13:2

Acts 20:22,23

Philip

Church

Paul

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Listening In Prayer

I

-Isaiah 50:4,5

How God Speaks

3. The _______ of others. Proverbs 11:14

4. The _____________ of life. 2 Corinthians 2:12

5. Common _____. 1 Chronicles 22:6-10

6. On rare occasions God has spoken and may continue to speak through _______ (Acts 10:3) _____ (Acts 16:9), and ______ (Acts 1:10).

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II

_____________________

I don’t see reality, I hear it.

-Thomas a Kempis

How to listen to

God’s speech

____________________

I will speck of nothing of which I have no experience; either in my own life or in the observation of others, or which the Lord has not taught me in prayer.

-Teresa of Avila

1. ___ God to speak.

2. Be alert in _______ of prayer not _______.

3. ____ talking after each section of prayer (for example, adoration, confession, etc…) and ______.

_________________

God whispers to us in our pleasures; he speaks to us in our work; but he shouts to us in our pains.

-C.S. Lewis

4. ______ for responses, whether you think it’s God or your subconscious.

5. _____ and ______ is and part of learning to listen.

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*

Prayer can be dynamic dialogue rather than monotonous monologue.

III

_________________

Hearing God precedes speaking to and speaking for God…entering into divine dialogue.

How to know it is God who speaks

1. ________ it in the light of the word of God.

2. _______ it in the light of the will of God.

3. _______ it in real life situations.

*

The creative tension of the Christian life is discerning if it is God speaking or some other voice.

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Prayer Practicum 1

We will purpose to be quiet before the Lord in order to enter into an intimate relationship with him, hear from him, and speak to him concerning our lives and our ministry.

Centering prayer (contemplative prayer) is for those who want more--- infinitely more.

It is for those who dare to believe that they are made to be intimate with God and the bearers of his life and love in this world. It is for those who truly love themselves, love themselves enough to put first things first: to give God this time, to give themselves this time in God, so that they can give to others quality time that is loving and creative.

-Basil Pennington

Contemplative Prayer is not a way of being busy with God instead of with people, but it is an attitude in which we recognize God’s ultimate priority by being useless in His presence, by allowing Him to enter into our emptiness. In this prayer, God can show us His love. When we are empty, free and open, we can be with Him, look at Him, listen to Him, and slowly come to realize that He is a loving Father who loves us with a deep intimate affection. It is to know God by heart, rather than by head…

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In silence we leave behind our activities, concerns, plans, projects, opinions and convictions, and enter into the presence of our loving God, naked, vulnerable, open and receptive. It is emptying ourselves of outside forces and influences, inner fears and distractions…

The first thing we often discover in silence is our restlessness, our driven ness and compulsiveness, our urge to act quickly, to make and impact and to have influence, and often we find it hard to withstand the temptation to return as quickly as possible to the world of relevance. But when we persevere with the help of a gentle discipline, we slowly come to hear the still small voice and to sense the gentle breeze of the Spirit.

-Henri Nouwen

First Session Assignment

Spend 5-10 minutes thinking about this before the next sessions.

Answer this question:

If prayer is such a beneficial activity in my life, why do I pray so little? What seems to hinder my life of prayer?

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HINDRANCES TO A SUCCESSFUL PRAYER LIFE

(WHAT STOPS AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE?)

So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. -Matthew 26:40b,41

___________________

We must have what he is, in order to do what he did. -Ian Thomas

1. Wrong power ______.

Crux: A declaration of __________.

-Matthew 6:7,8

__________________

Apart from me you can do nothing. –St. John

2. ________. - James 1:6-8

______________

Prayer is unnatural activity. -Bill Hybels

The contrast between the two views of reality

Western

Eastern

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HINDRANCES TO A SUCCESSFUL PRAYER LIFE

(WHAT STOPS AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE?)

So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. -Matthew 26:40b,41

___________________

We must have what he is, in order to do what he did. -Ian Thomas

The contrast between the two views of reality

Eastern

Western

__________________

Apart from me you can do nothing. –St. John

______________

Prayer is unnatural activity. -Bill Hybels

West thinks of East as superstitious

East thinks of West as spiritually shallow

*

Key: The difference is the way people view _______.

3. Cherished ____

Psalm 66:18; Ezekiel 14:1-6 Isaiah 59:1,2

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HINDRANCES TO A SUCCESSFUL PRAYER LIFE

(WHAT STOPS AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE?)

-Matthew 26:40b,41

The contrast between the two views of reality

*

Key: The difference is the way people view reality.

4. Sense of ____________.

Revelation 12:10,11; Roman 12:1-3; Hebrews 4:14-16

5. Unresolved _____________.

Matthew 5:23,24 1 Peter 3:7

6. Wrong _______.

James 4:3

7. Satanic _____________.

Daniel 10:7-15

  • Interruption
  • Drowsiness
  • Wandering thoughts
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HINDRANCES TO A SUCCESSFUL PRAYER LIFE

(WHAT STOPS AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE?)

-Matthew 26:40b,41

The contrast between the two views of reality

*

Key: The difference is the way people view reality.

8. Unanswered ______.

God’s answer (1John 5:13-15)

  • ___________________
  • God’s children can conquer everything in prayer. Is it any wonder that Satan does his utmost to snatch that weapon away from Christians or to hinder him in the use of it?
  • -Andrew Murray
  • _____
  • _____
  • ____________________
  • ___________
  • _______________________________
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HINDRANCES TO A SUCCESSFUL PRAYER LIFE

(WHAT STOPS AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE?)

-Matthew 26:40b,41

The contrast between the two views of reality

*

Key: The difference is the way people view reality.

9. Disregard for the ____. Proverbs 21:13

  • __________________
  • God’s children can conquer everything in prayer. Is it any wonder that Satan does his utmost to snatch that weapon away from Christians or to hinder him in the use of it?
  • -Andrew Murray

10. Lack of ____________. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

11. Failure to _________. Luke 18:1-8

12. Other _____________

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HINDRANCES TO A SUCCESSFUL PRAYER LIFE

The illustration of prayer that Our Lord uses here is that of a good child asking for a good thing. We talk about prayer as if God heard us irrespective of the fact of our relationship to Him (cf. Matthew 5:45). Never say it is not God’s will to give you what you ask, don’t sit down and faint, but find out the reason, turn up the index. Are you rightly related to your wife, to your husband, to your children, to your fellow-students—are you a “good child” there? “O Lord, I have been irritable and cross, but I do want spiritual blessing.” You cannot have it, you will have to do without until you come into the attitude of a good child.

We mistake defiance for devotion; arguing with God for abandonment. We will not look at the index. Have I been asking God to give me money for something I want when there is something I have not paid for? Have I been asking God for liberty while I am withholding it from someone that belongs to me? I have not forgiven someone his trespasses; I have not been kind to him; I have not been living as God’s child among my relatives and friends (v.12).

I am a child of God only by regeneration, and as a child of God I am good only as I walk in the light. Prayer with most of us is turned into pious platitude, it is a matter of emotion, mystical communion with God. Spiritually we are all good at producing fogs. If we turn up the index, we will see very clearly what is wrong—that friendship, that debt, that temper of mind. It is no use praying unless we are living as children of God. Then, Jesus says—”Everyone that asketh receiveth.”

Oswald Chambers

The Spiritual Index

“Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?”

Matthew 7:9

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SIX ESSENTIALS

FROM THE LORD’S PRAYER

Pray then this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For belonging to you always are the kingdom, power and eternal glory. Amen

-Matthew 6:9-13

*

Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

__________________

We must first focus upward before focusing inward and outward.

-Roland Boyce

1

Upward: Praise

Adoration: Acknowledging God for _________

__________________

Blessed be the Lord who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.

-Psalm 68:19

Definition: An irresistible attraction which evokes an involuntary action.

Synonym: “_________”

Scripture: Psalm 68:19; 99:9; 27:8; 66:4; 45:11; 96:9; 132:2; Matthew 2:11

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SIX ESSENTIALS

FROM THE LORD’S PRAYER

-Matthew 6:9-13

*

Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

__________________

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name -Psalm 100:4

1

Upward: Praise

Thanksgiving: Acknowledging God for ____________.

Definition: An exercise in re-focusing.

__________________

Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor.

-Psalm 29:2

Synonym: “________”

Scripture: Psalm 100:4; 103:1-5; 63:1-7; 107:8,9; 134:1-3; 73:28; 71:14, 15; Philippians 4:4-6; Psalm 29:2

_________________

Authentic prayer is always an acknowledgement of divine adequacy.

-Ray Stedman

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SIX ESSENTIALS

FROM THE LORD’S PRAYER

-Matthew 6:9-13

*

your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is on heaven.

__________________

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.

-1Timothy 2:1

2

Outward: Intercession

Claiming for : ______

Definition: to care by prayer

__________________

One of the things that makes God God is that he knows everything; so when I have wishes in regard to other people, I just say their names. I let him fill in the rest.

-Barbara Grizutti

Harrision

Synonym: “__________”

Scripture: 1 Samuel 12:23; Ezekiel 22:29-31;

Luke 22:31-32; Acts 4:23-31; Acts 12:1-7;

Romans 15:30; Ephesians 6:18;

1 Timothy 2:1,2; Hebrews 10:19-25

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SIX ESSENTIALS

FROM THE LORD’S PRAYER

-Matthew 6:9-13

*

your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is on heaven.

__________________

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.

-1Timothy 2:1

2

Outward: Intercession

Pray for:

  • 1. Family, ______, associates,
  • and _________. Matthew 9:37-38
  • 2. _________of those who do not know Christ.
  • -1 Timothy 2:1-4
  • 3. _______ and church _______
  • (John 17:23; Hebrews 13:7,8)
  • Covenant ___________
  • World __________ Matthew 28:19

__________________

One of the things that makes God God is that he knows everything; so when I have wishes in regard to other people, I just say their names. I let him fill in the rest.

-Barbara Grizutti

Harrision

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SIX ESSENTIALS

FROM THE LORD’S PRAYER

-Matthew 6:9-13

*

Give us this day our daily bread.

3

Inward: Supplication:

Claiming for ourselves ________________

__________ (supply).

__________________

You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.

-Psalm 145:16

Definition: to reckon on his resources

Synonym: “___________”

Scripture: Psalm 25:21, 22; 69:6; 73:25,26;

116:17,18: 130:5,6; 145:16; Philippians 4:19

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SIX ESSENTIALS

FROM THE LORD’S PRAYER

-Matthew 6:9-13

*

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

__________________

If you direct your heart rightly, you will stretch out your hands toward him. If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness reside in your tents

-Job 11:13,14

4

Inward: Confession:

Acknowledging ourselves for ______________/____________

Definition: a lesson in contrasts

Synonym: “__________________________”

Scripture: Numbers 5:6,7a; 2 Chronicles 6:24,25; Job 11:13,14; Psalm 51:1-5; 66:18; 139:23,24; Matthew 5:23,24

______________

Conviction cures; guilt kills.

-Dick Eastman

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SIX ESSENTIALS

FROM THE LORD’S PRAYER

______________

Conviction cures; guilt kills.

-Dick Eastman

-Matthew 6:9-13

*

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,

5

Outward: Intervention:

Claming God’s ________________(________)

Definition: to pray against the work of spiritforces of evil.

__________________

For our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spirit forces of evil in the heavenly realms.-Ephesians 6:12

Synonym: “____________________ ”

Scripture: Exodus 17:9-13; 2 Kings 19:1-19,35-37; 2 Chronicles 13:18; 14:10,11; 20:1-23; Psalm 30:1; John 16:33; Romans 8:37; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 John 5:4,5; Revelation 20:7-10

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SIX ESSENTIALS

FROM THE LORD’S PRAYER

______________

If you cannot win the battle over Satan in prayer, you cannot win it in the ministry.

-Paul Yonggi Cho

-Matthew 6:9-13

*

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,

5

Outward: Intervention:

Three Types of Defensive Intervention Prayer

  • P_________________ John 17:15
  • Illustration: building a wall

__________________

Jericho fell before Joshua because Joshua fell before God - Duffy Robbins

2. R________________ James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9

Illustration: holding a wall

3. D_______________ Matthew 6:13

Illustration: repairing a wall

For further information on intervention prayer see Addenda

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SIX ESSENTIALS

FROM THE LORD’S PRAYER

-Matthew 6:9-13

*

For yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen

6

Upward: Celebration:

Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved for the joy of the Lord is your strength. –Nehemiah 8:10

Definition: to enjoy Jesus

__________________

A truly thankful spirit would radically change Our life-style

-Leroy Eims

Synonym: “_______________”

Scripture: Ester 9:18-22; Psalm 9:2; 32:11; 48:1,2,11; Psalm 97:1; 100; 106:1-5; 118:24-29; Psalm 149:1-5; Philippians 4:4

See Lord’s Prayer model in the Addenda.

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Assignment

Use this page as a guide for your own prayer life

Essential

Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13

Praise/Thanksgiving

And Adoration

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________

Confession

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________

Supplication

_____________________________________________

Intercession

_____________________________________________

Intervention

_____________________________________________

Celebration

Comments:

Prayer Practicum 2

Tarry for and hour

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II

INWARD:

THE LEADERS AND THE PRAYER

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THE LEADERS AND PRAYER

I

Praying Leaders

All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women.

-Acts 1:14

A.

What Keeps Leaders from Prayer

The sin of _____________

1. Promotes _____________

2. Depletes _____ of spiritual

_______.

3. Leaders have difficulty maintaining a

_________ life.

*

Jesus seemed to pray not from a sense of ought or should but from a compelling want.

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THE LEADERS AND PRAYER

I

Jesus seemed to pray not from a sense of ought or should but from a compelling want.

Praying Leaders

Acts 1:14

B.

The Model of the Master

1. At the inauguration of ministry -Matthew 4:1-11

2. After a rugged day of ministry -Mark 1:35

3. Before choosing the twelve -Luke 6:12

4. After healing the leper and to avoid adulation -Luke 5:16

5. After hearing of John’s death -Matthew 14:13

6. After feeding 5000 and healing all day -Matthew 14:23

7. Before revealing himself as Messiah -Luke 9:18

8. With those he was discipline -Luke 9:28,29

9. Before teaching the Lord’s prayer -Luke 1:1

10. Before he endured the cross -Luke 11:39-41

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THE LEADERS AND PRAYER

I

Jesus seemed to pray not from a sense of ought or should but from a compelling want.

Praying Leaders

_________________

I can be active and pray; I can work and pray; but I cannot be inwardly rushed, distracted, or dispersed. There must be deliberate withdrawal from the noises of the insatiable self. The word busy is the symptom not of commitment, but of betrayal. It is not devotion, it is defection. The adjective ‘busy,’ set as a modifier to pastor should sound to our ears like ‘adulterous’ to characterize a wife or ‘embezzling’’ to describe a banker.

-Eugene Peterson

Acts 1:14

C.

The Values of a Prayer-centered Life

1. _________ of direction.

2. ______ from being led by one’s own

neurosis and others’ wants.

3. _____________ all relationships as we

learn to listen and be ___________.

4. We __________ more because we

work more effectively and efficiently.

5. _________ preaching, teaching,

and ministry results.

6. _________-filled lives exemplifying

the character of Christ.

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THE LEADERS AND PRAYER

I

Praying Leaders

_________________

When we work; when we pray, God works.

-Hudson Taylor

C.

The Values of a Prayer-centered Life

_________________

Only when God’s presence floods the preacher’s life will God’s power accompany the sermon. -Calvin Miller

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Being precedes doing

See Matthew 7:28-29

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Before I can stand and proclaim in the courts of Pharaoh, I must remove my shoes and stand before the burning bush. –Donald G. Barnhouse

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The Prayer Network: ______________

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Pray for us; we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.

-Hebrews 13:7,18

A. Why Leaders need a Prayer Network

1. Leaders are constantly under _____________. Luke 4:1-13; Acts 13:49-51

2. Leaders are targeted for _________________. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

3. Leaders cannot ___________________ alone. Ephesians 6:19-20

4. Leaders are set apart to ________________ in the __________

but are _____________. Exodus 17:8-13; Ezekial 22:30

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The Prayer Network: __Force_______

B. Biblical Example of Prayer Support Network

Old Testament

New Testament

1. Peter Network (Luke 22:31,32)

___________________

1. Moses Network (Exodus 17:8-13)

___________________

2. David Network (2 Samuel 23:8-39, 21:15-17)

__________________________

2. Paul Network (Romans 15:30-32; Ephesians 6:18,18; Colossians 4:3-4; 4 Thessalonians 3:1):

______________________

3. Daniel Network (Daniel 2:14-18)

____________, _____________,

____________

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C. The Development of a Prayer Network

Intercessory Prayer Team

1. __________ God for the right people. Goal: ____. These people will have

both a capacity and heart for prayer.

2. _________________ people of your need.

3. Ask God for a ________________ ________________. Goal: ______

4. __________________________ with your network regularly.

5. ___________________ for your prayer team.

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D. Types of Intercessors

Intimate

Chief and mighty intercessors: those with whom you will have closest and most intimate relationships. People who are called to prayer and called to pray for you regularly.

Casual

Those with whom you have less contact and thus with whom you share less often due to separation. People who are committed to pray and called to pray for you regularly.

Remote

Those who will pray for you more because of your position than because of a relationship. You may not even know some of these persons. They will be led to pray for you on occasion.

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Characteristics of persons called to intercessory prayer:

  • Pray longer than most. Acts 10:9-10
  • Gift of intercession / faith. Stephen in Acts 6:8
  • Love to pray. Ephesians 1:16
  • Pray with intensity. Ephesians 6:18
  • See prayer as dialogue not monologue. Acts 9:10-16
  • Often see results. Acts 19:11-12
  • May suffer greatly. Acts 9:16; 16:22-24

Leaders must be surrounded, under girded, and empowered

through the perpetual protection of persevering, protracted prayer.

2 Thessalonians. 3:1

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OUTWARD:

THE CHURCH AND PRAYER

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When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness. Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul.

– Acts 4:31,32a

Giving primacy to prayer is a primary work of the local and worldwide church. Acts 6:4; 2 Thessalonians 3:1,2

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Prayer propels the remnant people of God in any age into offensive action

Introduction:

Prayer promotes a spirit of _________________ and ____________________.

Matthew 6:8; Acts 2:42; Acts 4:31; James 5:16

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It precipitates a spirit of the following within

the church and within the world:

R_________________

R_________________

R_________________

R_________________

R_________________

2 Chronicles 7:14; Nehemiah 1:4-10; Daniel 9:3-19;

Colossians 1:9-14; Ephesians 1:17-23; Ephesians 3:14-21

Prayer precedes the power of God beingunleashed against theforces of evil engaged in spiritual warfare with the church of Christ.

The role if the Remnant is to be “spiritual yeast”

Judges 7: Jeremiah 23:3; Ezra 9:8; Zechariah 8:12

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God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

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THE ROLE OF PRAYER IN THE RECENT HISTORY OF THE CHURCH

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The role of prayer in past spiritual awakenings (Lecture by historian J. Edwin Orr, 1976)

If my people, who are Called by name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

-2 Chronicles 7:14

A. Late 18th century American: moral and spiritual slump (c. 1750)

1. Pleas for concerted, united, sustained prayer

Jonathan Edwards: ‘A Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of All God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth,Pursuant to Scripture Promises and Prophecies Concerning the Last Time’

2. Second Great Awakening: (c. 1800)

Missionary, evangelistic, and educational reform movements

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THE ROLE OF PRAYER IN THE RECENT HISTORY OF THE CHURCH

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The role of prayer in past spiritual awakenings

(Lecture by historian J. Edwin Orr, 1976)

B. Mid-19th century (c. 1850)

  • 1858: New York City noon prayer meetings
  • D. L. Moody

C. Early-20th century (c. 1900)

  • Prayers for awakening
  • Welsh revival
  • Azusa Street
  • Korea

D. Mid-20th century

  • Los Angeles, Billy Graham
  • West Coast, Jesus movement
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A New Movement of Prayer in the World?

A. Examples:

  • Concepts of Prayer International
  • Prayer Summits movement
  • Mission America Prayer Track
  • Jesus Walks
  • National Prayer Committee
  • Lighthouse of Prayer
  • See you at the Pole

More than beginning a program … We are stepping into a movement; we are fanning the brush fire into a full flame; We are moving beyond technique to the basics of the Christian life; We are preparing to cross the threshold of this hour, stand in the gap, buy back the time, claim the day for our Lord before his return.

B. Unprecedented …

  • In numbers
  • In breadth
  • In scope
  • In strategy
  • In leadership

C. Covenant

  • Covenant Prayer Network (CPN) 1-800-FON-PRAY
  • Director of Prayer Ministries: the Covenant is one of the first
  • denominations to have this position.
  • 3. The FEAST (June 1999 and 2002)
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DEVELOPING A PRAYING CHURCH

A. Declare Prayer the ministry __________________.

Acts 1

What Jesus began, he __________________ (1:1), using those

who _____________ (1:4) for the promised _____________ _____________(1:6)

by _________________ ______________

and ______________________ (1:14).

Acts 6:1-7

Prayer as the leaderships’ ___________________.

Acts 10-11

Prayer leading to new ______________________.

Acts 13

Prayer leading to new ______________________.

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B. Cultivate prayer that is Christ-exalting, Kingdom-seeking,

and Body-unifying.

Acts 4:24-35

The Church must be a ___________________ community, not a

________________ association.

C. A Prayer Pattern for the Local Church

1. _________________ (personal prayer)

Acts 9:11,14,40-42; Acts 10:2-4,9

2. _______________________ (small group prayer)

Acts 3:1;20:36

  • Prayer team to provide intercession over the whole church
  • Make prayer a priority in these groups
  • men’s groups women’s groups
  • leadership group boards/committees
  • staff meetings
  • Pastor’s prayer team
  • Prayer triplets
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C. A Prayer Pattern for the Local Church continued

The prayer closet is the spiritual boiler room of the church.

-Charles Spurgeon

3. ____________________(larger group)

Acts 1:12–14; 2:42-47;12:5;21:5

  • Prayer in worship and Sunday School settings
  • Congregational functions and special prayer events like all nights of prayer

4. ______________________ (several groups: churches)

Matthew 9:37-38; 1 Thessalonians 4:2; Matthew 6:10; Isaiah 58:9-14

  • Ministerial – prayer summit movement
  • Covenant churches regionally
  • City/area churches – concerts of prayer

D. Select a _____________ person and form a prayer ____________.

To accomplish the above the local church needs a prayer coordinator and perhaps a prayer commission or prayer board. We should not assume people are praying. There is a difference between a church that has people praying and a praying church. Your goal is to have a P_________________ C____________________!

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DEVELOPING A PRAYING CHURCH

  • E. Identify and mobilize (release)
  • ____________ for leaders and particular ministries.
  • The need to uphold those the enemy __________ . (see “What Keeps Leaders From Prayer” section.)

The prayer closet is the spiritual boiler room of the church.

-Charles Spurgeon

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PRAYER ORGANIZATION

Ideas from Churches that Pray

  • Weekly prayer meetings – “the burning bush of the local church.”
  • Prayer box
  • Fasting and prayer days
  • Prayer room
  • Lay-led prayer
  • Prayer reminders
  • Regularly scheduled prayer sessions each quarter
  • Active intercessory prayer teams
  • Prayer chains for emergencies
  • ‘Preface prayer’ for church meetings
  • Prayer vigils before major events
  • Local church prayer booklets or prayer page in Sunday bulletins with answers and requests
  • Covenant Prayer Network report
  • Regional Conference prayer guides
  • Other

Are we willing to pray the price?

-Willhite