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What should be our focus when praying?

Is it to seek God’s face or his hand? We need to seek his face first. If we do so, He will gladly extend His hand. ‘When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek’ (Ps27:8 KJV).

How do you lead prayer?

Is it by coming up with requests? Key principles of prayer are that it should:

  • Be scripture fed
  • Worship based
  • Spirit led

When we gather, the question should not be: Do we have requests? But rather ‘let’s open our Bibles’. Let the word of God shape our praying.

The ultimate purpose of prayer is the glory of God. One powerful approach is 4/4 pattern: Upwards, Down wards, Inwards and Outwards.

1. Upwards focus – ‘Our father who art in heaven …’Matt 6:9. Open the Bible, read the passage, ask what it tells us about God and his character. Interact with each other in these truths. Worship the Lord for who He is.

2. Downward focus. Yield to Him ‘Thy kingdom come’ v.10. Surrender. Ask the Holy spirit to control us. Align your heart with his. The spirit will at this moment give you the requests.

3. Inwards – Bring requests to God. ‘Give us this day …’ v. 11. Ask Him what you need.

4. Outward focus – Readiness. ‘And lead us not …’ v.13. Now prepare for battle. Stand with the sword of the spirit. Claim promises. End with the upward stroke – ‘For thine is the kingdom …’ v.13. Glorify God. End with worship.

Adapted from The Herald of His coming, December 2011 article

MYTHS ABOUT PRAYER

This is an edited version of The power of praying together by Daniel Henderson.

  1. People in the church already know how to pray. You Must however, lead people in learning how to pray through exhortation and example. What moves the heart of God? Look at Jesus’ and Paul’s prayer model. Be passionate and teach people to pray.
  2. We do not need a culture of prayer to have a significant ministry. Effective ministry is not about what we do, but why, how and for whom. We need to spend time in God’s presence. We need to be Acts I leaders devoted continually in prayer.
  3. Private prayer is more important than corporate prayer. Both are essential. The greatest tool the devil can use would be that which would make Christians not to pray together. The early church prayed as one.
  4. Prayer ministry will grow without leadership. You cannot point the way, you must lead the way. The prayer level of the church or your group seldom rises above the personal commitment and example of the leader/senior pastor. Pick/appoint people to assist you. The devil will not work to destroy you but to distract you. Set your priorities right.
  5. A pastor/leader must be a prayer giant. You do not need to. Just start doing it and keep doing it. When you start praying with others, you start praying yourself.
  6. Because it is prayer, my motives will always be pure.  The main motive in prayer should be GOD IS WORTHY TO BE SOUGHT. Other motives like praying out of guilt, for church growth so that we may have a name, revival for the sake of excitement etc should never be tolerated. Seek his face, not his hand.
  7. Because it is prayer, my methods will always be effective. They may not; you need a balanced biblical approach to lead prayer. See notes on the prayer leader.
  8. Additional prayer leaders will automatically emerge. We must train confident leaders for growing prayer ministry. Train them and help them to feel confident in prayer.
  9. People will flock to prayer if I just lead the way. Do not expect a big crowd when God is the only attraction. Because it is prayer, many people may not turn up, but do not give up.
  10. Prayer ministry will always be easy and enjoyable. Though prayer can bring joy and intimacy with God, it can also bring battle with the enemy. Beware of the pride divide ie, looking down on prayerless. Let us desire to lead people into his presence.

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  • God told the Israelites to BE CAREFUL to obey all his commandments.    Deut 11:22
  • God has a plan for us, and that plan will be carried out if only we are obedient
  • Obedience is an act of faith.        Heb 11:8
  • Adam and Eve disobeyed and never even repented. They were chased from the garden. Had they repented they could have been allowed to eat from the tree of life and live. (They had eaten from the tree of Knowledge of good and evil which led to death). Gen 2:9
  • Disobedience is categorized in the sins of the class of witchcraft. 1 Sam 15:23
  • God’s anger is upon those who disobey him. Eph 5:6

The sin of disobedience is quite common among Christians.

  • We disobey in going against the leading of the Holy Spirit
  • We disobey in giving and tithing
  • We willfully sin
  • We need to repent. 1 John 1:9
  • We listen to suggestions of others and disobey. We ask “Did God really say …”Gen 3:1. This is really a Devil’s lie.
  • We give in to sins that easily attract us, like Samson and Delilah.
  • We find ourselves sinning to please others.
  • Like Saul, we do it out of impatience.

=>We will never prosper in disobedience. Think of this. Isaiah 48:18 says

“Oh, that you had listened to my commands, then you would have had peace flowing like a river (other translations say ‘your prosperity would have been like a river’” NLT.

Remember, to reach your destiny, and to dwell the land of your destiny, you MUST OBEY the word of God, period. Consider the prayer bullets below:

  • O Lord my God, I repent of my disobedience (mention any sin of disobedience you may know).
  • I have disobeyed your word and your spirit
  • I rise against every seducing spirit operating in my life. I bind you and cast you away from my life in Jesus name.
  • I bind every spirit of lying, and every spirit of compromise. I renounce you now and cast you out of my life in Jesus name.
  • Spirit of God, send forth your word and your truth in my life
  • Holy Spirit, you are a wonderful counselor to me, give me wise counsel this day.
  • Lord give me courage and boldness to walk in obedience to your word.
  • Help me to patiently wait upon you.
  • Let your word build faith in me my God.
  • Give me hearing ears, seeing eyes and a heart willing to obey you always.
  • In Jesus name I pray.

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