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Prayer Journeys

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Sometimes God calls an intercessor to go “on location” to pray.  It may be an extended prayer walk or driving/flying to another location with the purpose of praying on site.  Sometimes God gives specific direction on how and what to pray up front.  Other times, its a process of hearing Him along the way.

I’ve had the privilege of being on a couple of prayer journeys with others.  Once through several states, praying as we drove, getting insights along the way, enjoying the adventure with God.  Sometimes there was the excitement and joy of the journey. Other times, an intensity or even heaviness that we had to battle through.

Don’t take a prayer journey lightly.  Know if you are called to go.  Prepare ahead of time possibly with a season of fasting.  Don’t go alone, unless directed by the Lord to do so.  Know your authority and what you are called or not called to do and stay within those boundaries.  Haphazardly declaring things or engaging in high levels of spiritual warfare is foolhardy and can be dangerous.  Be sent out by the covering you are under.

I’ve been asked to go on a prayer journey to Israel this Spring.  Miraculously, my way has been provided for.  I’m seeking the Lord and His direction, along with the team, how we will move forward.

You may not be commissioned to cross the ocean on a prayer journey, but ask the Lord what your prayer assignment is.  Maybe to drive to a “high place” in your city and pray blessings.  He’s got a “prayer journey” for you!

 

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!

Dec 26, 2012 - Uncategorized    3 Comments

Surrender Prayer

Have you ever tried walking backwards without looking where you are going?  Not a good idea…unless you have someone you trust leading you.  Most of us feel like we have to be able to see where we are going and what’s ahead.  However, in the Christian life, surrendering our control is one of the biggest hurdles to finding true freedom in Christ.  It’s when we let go of our ways, our plans and our desires that He is able to work through us His best good for our lives.

During this Christmas season, I’ve been pondering Mary’s response to the angel when he announced a major shift in her life.  Instead of trying to figure it all out or arguing, she simply replied, “Be it unto me according to Your word.” (Luke 1:38)   This is one of the greatest declarations of surrender.  Recently I’ve been using it as a breath prayer – as you breathe in say, “Be it unto me” opening yourself up for God to work.  Then breathe out “according to Your Word.”  Consider Read more »

Prayers of Blessing – Part One

Blessing the Lord

God began creation by blessing first the fish and birds to multiple and fill the skies and seas (Gen 1:22).  Then He blessed man (Gen 1:28).  At the end of creation, God blessed the seventh day Sabbath (Gen 2:3).  In coming blogs we will look at prayers of blessing in several arenas – how we bless the Lord (Psalm 103:1,2), how we bless our children (Gen 48:20), how to bless our homes (1 Chr 16:43 ) and how to enter Sabbath blessing (Gen 2:3).

What does it mean to bless the Lord?  We start by recognizing He is the source of all blessing and as we receive all He has given, our part is to return it in blessing back to Him.  The first mention of “bless the Lord” is found in Deuteronomy 8:10 “When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.”

It is interesting that the Hebrew word for “bless” is comprised of three letters whose meaning denotes a Read more »

Prayers of Adoration

Adoring Him

Another favorite for me are prayers of adoration.  No asking, just lifting up and proclaiming the glory of who God is.  It is amazing when in the midst of challenging circumstances, a few minutes of just adoring the Lord, what a difference it makes in our attitude and heart!  Can’t sleep?  Begin with the letter “A” and adore God for who He is with characteristics beginning with A (Abundant, Available, Awesome, etc.), most times you will be “zzzz” before you get to the letter Z.  Have kids?  Use this as Read more »

FELLOWSHIP Prayer

One of my favorite prayer models is the FELLOWSHIP Prayer – 10 prayers to strengthen your “inner man” (Eph 3:16).  We often focus on praying for outward things – finances, marriage, kids, job, etc. yet when we take care of the “inner man” the outer things often take care of themselves.   I’ve found this prayer to be Read more »