The Importance of Prayer Part 3
In the article, The Importance of Prayer by Dr. Richard J. Krejcir, he pinpoints very relevant points concerning the priority and purpose of prayer. Over the last few weeks I have been sharing excerpts from the article with the intent of amplifying the preeminence of prayer not only in our personal lives but also within the fabric of our church experience. In this third installation from the article we will focus on what it means to Be a Church of Prayer. May we all become inspired to position ourselves in a constant posture of prayer.
- Craig L. Oliver, Sr.
Be a Church of Prayer!
What is the essential thing to do before each activity, meeting, or event at your church or potential church? Pray. Prayer is the platform on which plans begin, end, and rest. There should never be anything that goes on at a church that does not have prayer at the central core. Remember confidentiality. Prayer requests are not ammunition for gossip. If your church is not a church of prayer, your church is not healthy; it is not in God's will, nor is it focused on Christ. Your church is a mere club for the prideful.
Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of Grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:4-6
- Begin each meeting in prayer, and spend at least four-fifths to one-third or more of that meeting in prayer. You say you do not have the time? Well, most meetings are taken up by poor preparation, not following the agenda, and trivial discussions that go in circles. Have the agenda given out a day before and require all to read it before the meeting. Then, by putting the focus on prayer, meetings actually go faster because people will be of one mind and direction. (Well, mostly.)
- Spend significant time in prayer between meeting sessions about the decisions that need to be made. Do not just fret over them. Prayer will move the focus away from our perceived agenda to His agenda. We then can surrender selfish ambitions to do what is best for His church.
- Have a specific core of people pray before each worship service and event at the church. So, if the Junior High group is having a "lock in," have a small group come before it starts and just pray. Before the event, for safety, get specific requests from the leaders of the event. Have teams pray before and during ministry programs, such as ones for children and youth. While the youth meeting is going on, have a prayer team in another room praying. Do this for all ministries and activities of the church.
- Sunday service prayer group is a small group of people who are there early to pray (the longer the better), and pray in authority for satanic removal. This type of prayer is in the authority and the name of Christ. The group can literally go through the church and cast away demons and any evil curses, incantations, hexes, spells, etc. One would be surprised at the number of satanic and witch groups in our towns and cities, trying with all their little hearts to distort and destroy us in the name of Satan!
- Continue to have prayer walks through your neighborhood.
- Have assigned people to pray for each church planter, pastor, and missionary of the church on a constant basis. Do this for both individual prayer warriors and, collectively, for a prayer group.
- Have a team of prayer warriors to pray for government officials. Invite city and government officials over for social events in the church, and see if you can pray for them in person. Be cautious and tactful but never forceful to others. See if you can make appointments with them at their offices, and ask their permission to keep them in prayer. Pray for them on the spot if they desire. You will be surprised at the response; most elected officials will not turn you down. If they do, then do as Matthew 10 tells us. If you are in a country where Christianity is outlawed, this approach may put you in danger, so it may be best just to pray at home.
- This may sound on the edge, but it is not, and is totally Biblical. Have a trained team of people to engage in spiritual warfare. Simply put-pray against the strongholds (an area of demonic activities such as pornographers, cult groups, temples or any evil). Keep it simple and focused upon Christ and the work of the Spirit.
- Have a trained team of people to pray for people after each Bible study and church service. That way, a sufficient number of people are partaking so no one is being rushed.
- Fasting is for today! It is not a tool to force God to comply, but for us to comply with His will.
- Have 24-hour prayer vigils on a regular basis, where two or more people are at the church, potentially praying all the time. (Do this in short sessions so they do not "burn out.")
Have "Concerts of Prayer," on a monthly basis and, eventually, on a weekly basis. That is, have a prayer service with directed prayer and silent prayer. Pray for revival, for individuals, for government, etc.
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posted by Bernard Toney
Friday, 01 December 2017 21:36
Pastor Oliver, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you and my EBC Family for the Veteran $25.00 gift card. I'm always honored by your continued support of veterans. Again, Thank you.Report Comment Link
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