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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVHUx_EJnUs

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

Day and Night Prayer

Many years ago, I would wake up in the night and since I couldn’t sleep, would get up to pray.  This became a habit as I would have my “quiet” time sometime between 1-3pm.  The only problem was that I was drowsy from sleep and often had to pace and use written prayers to keep focused.

After a number of years of this, I asked God persistently to put me back on the “day” shift, reasoning that I would be more awake and could  pray more effectively.  He did answer my request and I stopped waking up in the early hours of the morning.  At first, I was very pleased with this, but soon found Read more »

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 »