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Strategic Intercession for Pastors and Leaders

The tragic statistics are that 1500 pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches. 4000 new churches open each year, but over seven thousand established churches close.

*  50% of pastors’ marriages end in divorce.

*  50% of pastors are so discouraged, they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way to make a living.

*  80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry leave the ministry within the first five years.

*  80% of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession. The majority of pastor’s wives surveyed said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry.

*  70% of pastors constantly fight depression.

Without a move of God, these numbers are unlikely to change for the better.  Pastors often say they know there are people praying for them, but what is often lacking is unity and strategy.

The Roman army was able to conquer much of the known world because of their unique strategy against the Barbarians.  While both armies had the same weapons and armor, Read more »

Simple Expressions of Love

While I highly value various prayer models, I don’t want to ever underestimate the  power of simple expressions of love as prayer.  I enjoy waking up in the morning and simply saying “Jesus, I love you” and experiencing His love.  My thoughts may drift to the day and what is ahead, but then I return and just express my love again.  In Song of Solomon 4:9, it says that He, our Bridegroom,  is ravished with one look of our eyes.  It is astonishing that the God of the universe is moved by just one glance, one phrase, one moment that I turn my attention to Him!

Once I’m up and about, my expressions of love take the form of spontaneous songs of love and adoration.  Whether you can carry a tune or not, He loves to hear your voice!  The shower is a great place to practice!  He says “…let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your countenance is lovely.”  (Song of Solomon 2:14).

When I get in the car, Read more »

Healing Proclamations

In the book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins, shares about an interview he had with James Stockdale, a survivor of the POW camps in Vietnam.  Though experiencing 8 years of torture and near starvation, he resisted the enemy, developed a communication system for the prisoners, and sent important intelligence information secretly encoded in letters to his wife.  James told the interviewer:

“I never lost faith in the end of the story, I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”[1

When the interviewer asked James, who didn’t make it out of the POW camps, he said,

“Oh, that’s easy, the optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”

This surprises us and has come to be known as the Stockdale Paradox which James sums up as:

“This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”

I appreciate understanding this paradox because many times, Read more »

Turning Declarations into Thanksgiving Prayer

We all have different styles of speaking and praying.  For some people, declaring flows more naturally.  For others, thanksgiving is more comfortable than declaration.  Try the same declarations we’ve looked at the last three weeks, but this time use them as thanksgivings:

1.  Thank You, Father, that my prayers are powerful and effective (2 Cor 5:21; James 5:16b)

2.  Thank You for making me dead to sin and alive to obeying God (Romans 6:11)

3.  Thank You, Father, that through Jesus, I am 100% loved and worthy to receive all of God’s blessings (Gal 3:1-5)

4.  Thank You for being on my side today and giving me confidence that I cannot be defeated (Romans 8:37; Psalm 91)

5.  Thank You for the wisdom of God for every decision and situation I face (1 Cor 2:16)

6.  Thank You for life, health, joy and favor – the abundant satisfaction that I have in You. (Deut. 30:19; Neh 8:10, Psalm 36, Psalm 103:1-3; 2 Tim 1:6, 7)

7.  Thank You, Father for ever-increasing health (Isa 53:3-5)

8.  Thank You, Father, for supernatural protection (Psalm 91)

9.  Thank You for using me to bring God encounters to other people.  (Mark 16:17, 18)

10. Thank You for richly supplying my financial needs.  (Phil 4:19)

How does it feel this way?  Are you more comfortable with declarations or thanksgivings?  I personally find thanksgivings easier than declarations, which probably reflects my personality.  It actually frustrates my children Read more »

Declaration Prayers #3

Our spoken words can promote good or evil.  While we want only good to come from our mouth, we often find ourselves declaring things that are contrary to God and His will for us.  James addressed this issue in his epistle saying, “And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”  James 3:10  Using declaration prayers doesn’t mean we deny our circumstances or our feelings, but we make conscious choices regularly to agree with what God says about them.

Declarations stir our faith to believe God’s promises for us, however, if we don’t understand  God’s ways and how to partner with Him, we can be disappointed and lose hope if we don’t see the immediate results we think we should get.   God’s ways are so different from ours.  He is always good and faithful, whether Read more »

Declaration Prayers #2

Declarations aren’t about convincing God of anything.  They are about convincing ourselves of God’s Word and His truth about us.  Satan unceasingly speaks his lies to us and if we don’t have a solid foundational understanding of who God is and how He feels/thinks about us, we can easily fall for his trap.

We also don’t declare them in a frivolous, flippant or arrogant way.  It is humbling to consider the God of the universe who created all things actually loves, intimately cares for and desires relationship with me.

Make these declarations regularly.  Put them on Read more »

Declaration Prayers #1

A friend of mine, Gina Hyatt, recently shared with me some declaration prayers that I believe are powerful tools in strengthening our prayer life.  I could list them all here at once, but feel there’s value in sharing a few at a time.

Words are powerful.  God used them to create our world (Genesis 1).  When He spoke, it happened.  We aren’t God, but we are created in His image and our words also have power.

This doesn’t mean that Read more »

Apr 2, 2013 - 1-50, Everyday Prayers    No Comments

Cellphone Prayers

Here’s a great way to pray I heard from a friend.  She told me how she goes through her contact list on her cellphone and says a brief prayer for each one as she has time.  I especially like this since my name begins with “A” – I’m at the top of her list! : )

Have those moments when you are waiting for an appointment?  Instead of becoming impatient, pull out your phone and look through your contact list.  Who does God want you to pray for today?

Help! Prayers

While most of the time my prayers center around praise and gratefulness to God, the last couple of months it seemed, HELP! was more on my lips.  It wasn’t so much about circumstances, but a deep sense of my need for God.

At first, since it was so different from what naturally came as prayer, I wondered if somehow I’d “missed it” and should press into adoration prayers (see blog).  However, I came to realize it was a good thing to recognize my deep need for more of God and that it really flowed from a hunger for more of Him.

God is moving on my heart more and more the truth of John 15:5 – “…for without Me, you can do nothing.”  While its true I can do a lot of things in the natural and can excel at them, I am realizing Read more »

T-R-U-S-T Prayer

A friend and I were discussing the Holy Spirit the other day.  In the conversation, we reflected how it is easy to pray to Jesus or the Father, but we often have a harder time praying to Holy Spirit.  Not that we don’t want to, but the typical images of a dove or some force or power source somehow don’t seem personal.

I love the words Jesus used to describe the Holy Spirit – Helper and Comforter!   He is more than a “Spirit” or “Ghost” as the KJV puts it.  As one of the Trinity, He desires a close connection with you and I – to actually dwell within us!

How do you view Holy Spirit?  Is He Read more »