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Standing in the GAP

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I’m excited about a project in our region called GAP – Gospel Advancing Prayer.  My friend, Jeff Krieser, who is leading this describes it this way:

“Gospel Advancing Prayer (GAP) is simply an initiative to regularly and strategically pray for the community in the way Jesus taught us – “thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.  We pray for the Church that includes all of the many life giving congregations.  We also pray for all of the domains of authority in the city – Business, Government, Media & Technology, Arts & Entertainment, Education and Social/Non-Profit.   We gather the insights Read more »

Prayers of Martin Luther King, Jr

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As we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr today, I was made aware of a book of compiled prayers from him titled, “Thou, Dear God; Prayers that Open Hearts and Spirits”.  As I read some of the prayers, I was moved by the beauty, simplicity and heart cry for racial harmony.  God created us each uniquely and ordained the splendid array of nationalities for His glory.  Let’s join in the spirit of Jesus’ pray that we would be one as He and the Father are one (John 17:21)

Enjoy this excerpt below from a radio broadcast in 1953:

“Most gracious and all wise God before whose face the generations rise and fall; Thou in whom we live and move and have our being.  We thank Thee all of Thy good and gracious gifts, for life and for health, for food and for raiment; for the beauties of nature and for the love of human nature.  We come before Thee painfully Read more »

Physical Expressions of Prayer, Part 8

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Art as an expression of prayer might be a new concept for many.  I’m no artist, but a few years back, when I had more time, I enjoyed painting the things that God was speaking to my heart.  I’ve found that it can unlock new understanding and expression of my prayers in a unique way.  Sometimes it related to intercession for other people, but often it had to do with things He was doing in me.  The physical expression in art helped to process what God was saying or my cry to Him.

One time, I felt like God was saying He wanted my “yes” to be bigger, wider, higher, etc.  I didn’t know what that looked like (on canvas or in real life), but I bought Read more »

Physical Expressions of Prayer, Part 5

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“Come let us worship and bow down.  Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”  Psalm 95:6

I loved to read as child and disliked being put to bed, especially if I was right in the middle of a good story.  One night, I got out of bed so I could try to read by the light coming in from under the door.  I don’t know how my mom knew that I was up, but she did.  She came into my room and found me on my knees by my bed.  She asked me what I was doing.  Trying to cover, I said, “I’m praying.”  She knew I wasn’t that devote or maybe it was the telltale book beside me.  She said, “Yes, you’d better start praying now” as she confiscated my book.

Growing up, kneeling for prayer was an Read more »

Physical Expressions of Prayer, Part 4

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Standing in prayer is often in Scripture associated with worship and praise.  “…to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord and likewise in the evening.”  1 Chronicles 23:30  In contrast, bowing down (kneeling) is more often associated with supplication, humility, and sacrifice.  (We’ll look at this more next week).

When we stand, we come from a place of confidence to exalt God and to lift Him high.  Those who know their own weakness, but also the joy of being covered by the blood of Jesus, come with boldness to the throne of glory, with assurance that their prayers are heard.  (Hebrews 4:16, Jude 24)

Standing is also associated with Read more »

Physical Expressions of Prayer, Part 2

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One of the most challenging positions of prayer for me is laying face down, prostrate before the Lord.  I don’t find it comfortable or convenient and maybe that is where its power lies.  To prostrate ourselves before God is an act of humility, desperation and worship.

Moses interceded for Israel, 40 days and nights, fasting and crying out to God for them (Deuteronomy 9:18).  Some translations say he “fell down before the Lord” or “Threw himself down before the Lord.”  That is some serious praying!

After the defeat at Ai, Joshua fell down with his face before the ark all day (Joshua 7:6-10), crying out to the Lord for wisdom and strategy.

David spent the night with his face to the floor praying for the life of his child (2 Samuel 12:15)

Faced with unspeakable calamity, Job chose to worship, throwing himself to the ground and crying out, “….the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20)

Prostrating oneself also demonstrates Read more »

Types of Intercessors and Corporate Prayer

Why does it matter what type of intercessor you are?  It can make a big difference when we come together to pray corporately.  If you are a list intercessor, you’re interested in an organized prayer meeting that is focused and “gets something accomplished.”  A warrior intercessor feels best when finishing a prayer meeting with great passion and zeal.  If a watchman intercessor doesn’t feel heard, he may not come back next time.  If there isn’t worship, the priestly intercessor may leave feeling dry.

One of the reasons I believe our prayer meetings tend to be poorly attended is that we often focus on only one style of intercession.  Many others may want to pray, but when they come they don’t connect, feel heard, or find what fills them up.  If we want increased participation in corporate prayer settings, we need to consider the different types.

While we won’t be able to satisfy every need every time, we can do some things to accommodate more styles of prayer.  If you don’t already, consider adding a time of worship.  Having a focus will encourage list pray-ers who feel chaotic when there’s no direction.  Is there time given for prophetic expression?  Does the service have some passion in it?

People will come to prayer meetings where there is life, where they feel they can connect with God and with others.  Think about the prayer meetings you are a part of.  Ask God what can be done to increase participation and ways to incorporate different styles of prayer.  You just might be surprised at the results!

Types of Intercessors, Part 4 (Priestly Intercessors)

For many years, I didn’t think I was really an intercessor.  Worship is my passion.  I enjoy prayer when not worshipping.  I didn’t fit into the intercessor stereotype of praying long, passionate prayers.  However, I came to understand that just as the high priest would minister to the Lord and carry on his heart intercession for Israel, so the priestly intercessor worships the Lord while carrying intercession on their heart.

It looks much different from the list intercessor who needs to go through the list and pray for each item and finds pleasure in doing so.   The priestly intercessor simply worships God while carrying on their heart intercession.  They may Read more »

Types of Intercessors, Part 2 – (Watchman Intercessor)

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I love God’s creativity and how He made each one of us unique as we reflect who He is.  As we look at the second type of intercessor, the watchman, we appreciate the benefits that they bring to the body of Christ.

The watchman or prophetic intercessor are those who are on the lookout to see what the enemy is doing (strategy for battle) or what God is up to.  They usually have great discernment and are alert to danger.

The weaknesses of this type of intercessor are that they may tend to be “loners” off in the watchtower and may be misunderstood by others.  Watchmen may tend to be more Read more »

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