We have 3 different times for intercessory prayer, and are growing as a house of prayer so we have intercessors and prayer meetings most days of the week. We also partner regionally with the ‘One Voice‘ Intercessory Gathering locally. You can use this link for Daily Prayer.
Links for prayer outlines.
WHAT IS INTERCESSION?
Intercession, a form of prayer, and it is partnership with and agreement with God and His purposes. Prayer is an exchange of heart between the intercessor and the Lord. We begin to feel and do what God feels and does.
“For Zion’s sakeI will not hold My peace,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest.”
“I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest.”
Intercession is the means by which God’s will is established on earth. Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” God does acts with human beings partnering with His heart, which they learn in prayer. This is how we learn heart and mind agreement with what God has promised to do. When we ask God to do what He desires to do, we are declaring that we agree that His desires are good. In this way, intercessory prayer is the chief means of faith and confession in God’s word, also moving us and the Church into action.
Truly, prayer expresses God’s definition of the Church.
“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
“Pray without ceasing,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Our primary reward is not the breakthrough of revival,
but knowing the Majesty of God.
Revival is fantastic, but it is our secondary reward. Jesus Himself is our primary reward. We carry this reward inside our hearts. In other words, we live with a fascinated heart as we drink deeply of God’s beauty and desire for us.
Experience God’s Majesty in Worship and Prayer. This means we need to understand and experience revelation. Such revelation leads to an elation of our spirit, which can be felt in our emotions transforming the way that we think and feel about God, ourselves, and others.
Some Tips and Guidelines for Developing a Healthy Intercessory Prayer Life
We recommend going through the wealth of resources on prayer from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO. They started non-stop prayer in 1999 and have still be engaged in prayer with over 400 intercessors on rotating schedules.
Ask God to reveal His beauty to you.
“PLEASE, SHOW ME YOUR GLORY.”
“That the Father of Glory would GIVE TO YOU A SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM (JESUS), THE EYES OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING BEING ENLIGHTENED, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us…”
Read the Word, turning it into dialogue with God.
The Bible is the written Word of God. The Bible is the inspired message from God to us about Jesus Christ. When we dialogue with God about His Word, we invite Him to tell us about who He is and we open our hearts to the very nature and therefore, beauty, of God. Pray the Scriptures.
Pray in the Spirit and sing spontaneously.
Pray in the Spirit.
Our personal prayer language edifies us by renewing our inner man, or, charging our “spiritual battery.” It tenderizes our spirit with the knowledge of God. Praying in the Spirit makes us sensitive to small fragments of divine information. The Lord imparts divine information about who He is and how to pray.
The way the Bride prepares for war is that she engages with the Holy Spirit through speaking in tongues. When we speak in tongues, our heart becomes connected with God’s heart in an exchange of love between Him and us. Tongues open the human spirit to God as we focus on the Father’s Throne with a heart cry of “I love you” to Jesus.
Singing spontaneously releases both the faith and intensity to encounter the manifest presence of God. This opens the human spirit to the Holy Spirit in an enhanced way.
There are two ways to sing spontaneously:
- Singing with our spirit in tongues. The human spirit both prays and sings.
- Singing with our understanding from the Scriptures. The human mind both prays and sings.
“I will sing with the Spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.”
(1 Cor. 14:14-15)
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Col. 3:16)
“Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord.” (Eph. 5:19)
The Benefits of praying and singing in tongues
- It is a universal benefit. It is not just reserved for those with a special calling.
- It is easy to operate in tongues. It does not require special training.
- It is a free gift to all without the need to earn anything, therefore, there is no pride of attainment.
- It unifies intercessors instead of isolating them in individual prayer.
- It inspires our spirit rather than leaving us with spiritual dullness before God.
- It focuses our spirit on God rather than requiring the need for constant creative language.
- It has a deep impact reaching the inner man and not just our intellect.
- It expands our capacity in the Lord. In other words, when our spirit is engaged, our mind can still receive from God and others.
- It gives us the ability to continue long hours in prayer without being limited by our human language and affection.
- It is a springboard into other spiritual gifts.
Experience God’s desire. This means to understand and sense, or feel, what God wants do in us, in others and in the events of human history on the earth and into eternity. When the Holy Spirit reveals this information to us, we can actually feel the emotions of God’s heart inside of us. It is an exhilarating sensation that energizes and frees us from wrong mindsets.
How do we experience God’s desire?
Pray the prayers of Scripture. Prayer that comes from God’s heart expresses His desires. This is the kind of prayer that the Holy Spirit releases Divine authority on. This is the kind of prayer that God answers. Praying the prayers that come from God’s heart enhances the enjoyment of our intimacy with Jesus. Apostolic prayers are prayers that the apostles prayed. The chief apostle is Jesus, and the 12 apostles have prayers recorded in the New Testament. These apostolic prayers are God’s very prayers, or desires.
Praying the Psalter is the long-standing practice in Israel and in the Church. For English speaking Christians, praying the Psalter on a 30 cycle has been the practice of the Church for centuries. Psalter PDF.
Practice Praying Positive Prayers. When we pray positive prayers, we enter into the delight of asking for the things that bring pleasure to God. This is a gateway into feeling His desire in our inner man.
New Testament Biblical prayers focus on releasing God’s grace instead of hindering or removing negative realities like demons. The New Testament focus usually flows along themes of joy, thankfulness and victory, which overflow the powers of sin and the devil.
Practical tips for Praying Positive Prayers:
Pray to God instead of talking to people when you pray corporately. Focus on “asking” instead of “explaining.” Speak directly to God – be more conscious that He is watching and listening than that others are watching and listening. This will prompt you to direct your heart toward Him in love and partnership.
Lift specific promises of Scripture up to God and ask for their fulfillment in our present day context.
Ask for the in-breaking of positive things rather than the removal of negative things.
Example: Positive Prayer: “Father, I ask that Your light and truth would break in upon my church!”
Negative Prayer: “Father, I ask that You would remove darkness and deception from my church!”
Because of our natural human tendency to become weary and discouraged, praying positive prayer allows us to maintain constant prayer by helping us engage in joyful supplication rather than trying to bear the emotional weight of negative realities expressed through negative prayer. It is because of both the Biblical model and human dynamics that we encourage positive prayer.
ARTICULATING YOUR PRAYERS
Why is it important to articulate our hearts?
It is exhilarating to develop language to express the truth that God deposits in our hearts through His Word. We feel the sensation of pleasure in our heart when we express God’s truth through our own understanding and with our own vocabulary. Human Beings are the only creatures on earth who are given the gift of language. It is an awesome and fascinating privilege to be able to communicate the depths of our heart to each other and to God.
By developing an ability to put the ideas and feelings that are in our hearts into words, we do a couple of things:
1. We explore the emotions of God’s heart more deeply.
2. We inspire others to identify stirrings in their hearts.
3. We expand our own understanding of the Word of God.
How to lead others in intercession:
When you pray on the microphone, you are helping to lead a prayer meeting. When prayer leading or praying on the microphone, the goal is to serve the room.
The following are values that are important to remember when praying publicly:
- Team ministry – we go farther together;
- Inclusiveness – everyone can participate;
- The centrality of the Scripture – God’s language unifies our heart with His and others.
The following are some dynamics to keep in mind when you are praying publicly.
- Volume – Though it is necessary to hold the microphone very close to your mouth and to speak clearly, there is no need to shout on the microphone. A moderate volume level is encouraged, with an occasional projection or shouting volume. The room is not engaged by continual shouting, but rather by dramatic contrasts. Theologically, shouting does not mean that we are more gripped with the Holy Spirit or that we are making a greater impact in the spiritual realm. Authority is not manifest by volume, but by Divine activity.
- Clarity – This means that it is clear to the room what your prayer focus is. Your main points are clearly defined and prayed through and they follow each other in a logical way. Repeating key phrases and using concise statements creates clarity.
- Topic – Is your prayer focus one that the majority will be eager/excited to partner with you on? Praying for the church in Canton, or the government of our nation, etc., are examples of focal points that the majority can join with you in. Praying for a friend or relative that no one knows except you may cause disinterest and disengagement of others. Again, we pray on the microphone to lead and serve the room in intercession. Praying on the microphone does not make our prayer any more important to God; rather, it is a tool that helps us join together in prayer.
- Enthusiasm – Are you passionate about your prayer? Does it show? Others will be more inclined to join in with your prayer if they sense that your heart is engaged and burning. This does not mean shouting or exaggerating your emotions. This means being aware that you are being heard by others and that you are trying to bring them along with you in intercession. Monotone speech or a casual delivery may cause others to disengage. Remember that you are speaking to God – connect with Him and your passion will be expressed.
- Length of Prayer – depending on the particular prayer service, sometimes a 5 minute prayer is suitable. However, in most public prayer settings, a few sentences lifting Thanks or a Petition is enough. You want to lift your voice to God, and leave room for others.