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Types of Intercessors, Part 1 (Warrior Intercessor)

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Just as God created us with different personalities, we also pray in unique ways.  While we don’t want to put people “in a box,” there are patterns that can help us better understand one another.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at four different types of intercessors.  You may be thinking of many more, but these give us a starting point.  Each type has both strengths and weaknesses, which if we recognize, can help us relate better to one another and have more enjoyable prayer meetings.

Warrior Intercessors

When you think of an “intercessor,” the warrior type may come to mind.  You’ve seen them – the fiery prayer warrior who can pray on and on and on.  Praying “the paint off the walls” is Read more »

Jul 2, 2013 - Corporate Prayer    No Comments

Rock Pile Prayers

A rock mound near Mono Lake in teh Sierra Nevada area, California, USA.

I don’t know where the name came from, but heard my friend, Nick refer to a certain way of praying as “rock pile prayers.”  You know, one of those prayer meetings where one person after another is praying long, boring prayers and it feels like a pile of rocks – dry, hard, difficult.  I don’t know that the Lord intends for our prayers to feel heavy, burdensome or boring.  I would hate to describe a conversation with my husband or a friend like that.

However, I’ve found that some people Read more »

Harp and Bowl Prayer

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One of the foundations of the house of prayer movement is harp and bowl prayer.  What is this and why do we do it?

The reference is taken from Revelation 5:6-8 “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders… the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”

From this Scripture, we understand the incense to be the prayers of the saints and the harp representing worship.  Harp and Bowl prayer is simply the combination of worship and prayer.  I love the flow between the two and it makes prayer much more enjoyable. Adding musical worship to prayer enhances the experience and enforces the prayers with praise, thanksgiving and declarative song.

In the past, the typical prayer meeting consisted of what we like to call Read more »

Interacting with the Prayer Room, Part 2

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Every prayer room will be unique in its expression and form, but going beyond simple observation and finding ways to interact will make it a much more meaningful experience.  At the Rock House of Prayer, we have several “live” sets each week as well as hours of streaming video from the prayer room at IHOP (www.ihopkc.org – see previous blog).

While each live set has a basic structure, it may differ from week to week depending on the prayer leader and what God is doing as we follow the flow of the Spirit.  On Tuesdays, our healing prayer set begins with worship and then intercession led by a prayer leader.  There are opportunities for you to come and pray up front as well as time for receiving healing prayer.  On Wednesday, our revival set focuses on  praying for pastors and leaders in the region, for unity and revival.

The advantage to a “live” prayer room is Read more »

Interacting with the Prayer Room

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I thoroughly enjoy listening/watching to streaming video from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (www.ihopkc.org) and find great benefit spiritually as I interact with what is happening there.  I’m usually the first one up in the morning and like to listen to it while I get ready and have my breakfast.  While it can be great background music, I’ve found a richer experience when I actually interact with it.

I think some people don’t understand the value of the prayer room because they don’t know how to go beyond observing others worshipping and praying and actually “enter in.”  Sometimes we can become jaded to the same worship songs and sing without thought to what is coming out of our mouths.  Or, if it is a song we don’t know, it can be easy to disengage and our minds to wander.

I find it helps to Read more »

24/7 Prayer

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Besides personal prayer in the day and in the night, a number of 24/7 prayer movements and initiatives  have been birthed around the world.  Some involve a specific location, while others focus on spreading out through churches or even individuals.  Each one may do things a little differently, but the heart is the same, to see Jesus exalted in prayer and worship as well as people (and regions) being transformed.

Some of these include:

    International House of Prayer in Kansas City – www.ihopkc.org

     24-7 prayer begun in England in 1999 – www.24-7prayer.com

     www.Burn24-7.com

     Operation Rolling Thunder – http://www.ortprayer.org/

If you can, take some time to explore the websites, hear/read testimonies and consider what type of 24/7 appeals to you the most.  Feel free to post your favorites.

Enjoy these creative videos of why 24/7 prayer matters:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjCHzkoog1I

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In our region, we have been having 24/7 prayer Read more »

Corporate Repentance

While corporate repentance and identificational repentance may be very similar in the content of the prayers, corporate repentance is done by a group or a representation of the group.

Daniel prayed individually for his nation (Indentificational repentance), however, in one of the biggest examples of corporate repentance, the city of Nineveh all came together to repent.  It had dramatic results!  A city doomed for destruction was saved!  God heard the prayers of a pagan city and turned away the judgement He had declared through Jonah.  The king of Nineveh himself bowed low in sackcloth and ashes and required everyone to do the same. He decreed: “But let man and beast be covered with sackcloths and cry mightily to God; yes let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?”Jonah 3:8-9

in 1977 South Africa experienced a severe drought.  The president of the country called for a national day of repentance.  Masses of people left Read more »

Identificational Repentance

It takes a great love to identify with someone else, to be in touch with who they are and how they feel.  But even greater is the one who identifies with the sins and weakness of someone and is willing to cry out to God on their behalf.

Jesus is the ultimate example of this as He became one with us, identifying with us in our weakness and even taking on our sin so that He could redeem us.  While we don’t take on the sin of others (only Jesus could), He does call us at times to express His love by identifying with them and repenting corporately.  Two Biblical examples of this are Nehemiah and Daniel.

The first chapter of Nehemiah records Nehemiah’s response when he hears that Jerusalem is in ruins and the survivors are distressed.  Nehemiah wept many days and fasted and prayed.  In his prayer, he cries out to God to hear him and confesses: “…we have sinned against You.  Both my father’s house and I have sinned.  We have acted very corruptly against You….”  (Neh 1:6,7).  To the best of our knowledge, Read more »

Feb 11, 2013 - 1-50, Corporate Prayer    No Comments

Group Lectio Divina

While meditation is typically an individual discipline, it can be done in a group, building community and a shared experiencing of the Word of God together.  There can be different ways to do it, but here is an outline adapted from an article by Luke Dysinger (www.http://www.valyermo.com/ld-art.html).

Lectio Divina can best be done with 4-8 people in a group.  Provide each participant with a written copy of the Scripture to be shared and the basic outline so they can follow along.  There are three parts to Group Lectio Divina, each beginning with a reading of the Scripture.  

Listening for the Gentle Touch of Christ through the Word

1.  One person reads aloud the passage twice, as the rest listen attentively for what phrase or word especially touches them.

2.  Silence for 1-2 minutes as each participant ponders the word they received.

3.  Each person briefly shares (one or two sentences) the word or phrase that touched them.

How Christ Speaks to Me through the Word

1.  A different Read more »

Praying in the Spirit

Although praying in the Spirit or tongues can be a controversial subject, I share my own experience as encouragement to study it out and experiment.

I was raised in a church where “tongues” were considered from the devil.  I even wrote papers in college against it.  However, a number of years later I was invited to attend a Pentecostal church with a friend.  Not wanting to be rude, I accepted her invitation and went with much fear and trepidation.  During a pause in worship, the congregation began singing in the Spirit.  I was amazed at the beauty of it and it touched my heart.

A couple of years later, in a prayer group with some Spirit-filled Christians, we encountered “tongues” again.  We were deeply moved and saw the impact that it had.

When we eventually left our traditional church and joined a Spirit-filled church, I desired to speak in tongues, but didn’t know how it worked.  Somehow I thought Read more »

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