Friday, May 30, 2008

Personal Prayer that flows from the Lord's Prayer

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Personal Prayer From the Lord's Prayer

We are committed to helping the Church in their corporate prayers and also in their personal prayers. You probably know that the Lord's Prayer has been a pattern of my own personal prayer life for many years. Praying this prayer has consistently been my deepest and richest times of prayer. Recently, as I was praying through it, this chart came to my mind. (Sorry I am so "left brain"!) I share it with you with the hope that it might help you appreciate and apply this prayer more effectively.


Down the left hand side are the seven petitions of the Lord's Prayer. The middle column brings the requests out of history and places them within our reach and realm.


The right-hand column is a Scripture related to the request which allows us to pray the request more from God's perspective. You can "point" this prayer in many different directions - your family, your congregation, your city, missionary friends, etc. I invite you to use it as a launching point for some of your prayers.


The Lord's requests

The desired time frame, place and standard

Related Scripture

Let Your name be holy

"This day" (He wants us to pray in this manner each day)

"On earth" (Our world - home, school, work, etc.- is the place He wants these requests answered)

"as it is in Heaven" (just as earth is the target of our prayers, Heaven is the standard for them)

John 17:6 I have revealed Your name to those whom you gave me out of the world

Let Your kingdom come

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit

Let Your will be done

Mark 12:30 - 31 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart... soul... mind... and strength... Love your neighbor as yourself."



Give us this day our daily bread

Phil 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Forgive us as we forgive others

Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive... your heavenly Father will... but if you do not forgive... Your heavenly Father will not forgive.

Lead us not into temptation

1 Cor 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear... he will provide a way out...

Deliver us from the evil one

Luke 22:31-32 Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.


Blessings,
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Dennis Fuqua
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What Do You Say to a Silent-Type?

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Several weeks ago on the National Day of Prayer, I participated in a large-group prayer gathering in our city. As with most corporate prayer events, much of the praying was done aloud. At times people used a mic to lead the rest of us in prayer. Other times, leaders instructed us to pray with the people nearby. At one point, everyone was encouraged to talk to God at the same time. People said, sang, and even shouted their prayers of agreement. It was a delightfully noisy event. Yet despite all the opportunities and encouragement to speak up in prayer, I didn’t have a lot to say. Although I was completely engaged in the prayer going on around me, you probably wouldn’t have known it by listening to me.

Perhaps you can relate to my experience. Or perhaps you lead prayer meetings and have wondered why, despite your best efforts, some participants remain nearly silent. Either way, some realizations I've had about my tendency toward silence might provide insight and encouragement.

First, I’ve realized that part of my struggle to pray aloud stems from how I’m wired. As an introvert, I don’t naturally “put myself out there” with people, especially those I don’t know well. I also like to process what others are saying and think through what I want to add before I speak up. Unfortunately, by the time I’ve thought of what I want to say, the group has moved on. So to keep up, I focus on agreeing with others’ prayers rather than scrambling to create my own.

Even if I don’t end up getting many original prayers in, however, the Holy Spirit has reassured me that I’m still an important member of the team. By being fully engaged, listening to what others are praying, and silently pleading with God to fulfill those prayers, I multiply their petitions and contribute to the spirit of unity and agreement that God desires.

So if you’re a silent type like me, don’t be discouraged. Speak up when you can, perhaps by verbalizing an “Amen” or a “Yes, Lord.” But know that your nonvocal participation is also a vital part of corporate prayer. And leaders, next time you feel bewildered or disheartened about the quieter members in your prayer gatherings, take heart: What’s said during a prayer meeting is only the tip of the iceberg. More than likely, there’s a lot more prayer going on than what meets your ears.


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Equipped to Lead Corporate Prayer

Equipped to Lead Corporate Prayer



Dear Pastors and Leaders,

It is less then a month until Reaching the Summit . We are so excited about what God is going to do! We already have registrations from all over the US and Malaysia ! We believe that this is the most strategic opportunity a pastor can take advantage of in the quest to lead his people in seeking God. We pray you are planning on joining us!

We realize that with rising fuel prices the cost of flying to Reaching the Summit is getting higher. We wanted to make sure that you were aware of the other options available to you besides flying into Lynchburg , VA. Please check out these options when you are booking your flight:

* Roanoke, VA - Roanoke (ROA): 43 mi / 69 km W

* Shenandoah Valley, VA - Staunton (SHD): 66 mi / 107 km N

* Charlottesville, VA - Charlottesville (CHO): 68 mi / 110 km NE

* Greenbrier, WV - Lewisburg (LWB): 69 mi / 111 km NW

* Greensboro/Highpoint, NC - Greensboro/Highpoint (GSO): 94 mi / 152 km SW

Your Expedition Leaders,
Daniel Henderson, Dennis Fuqua, and Phil Miglioratti

THE EXPEDITION:

This unique time will allow you to experience “Spirit-led, worship-fed, corporate prayer” and, at the same time, learn how to reproduce it in your congregation. It is a Prayer Summit Plus, in that we will give explanations, answer questions, supply resources, and address specific situations. It will be a “show and tell” experience with some of the most experienced Prayer Summit facilitators. The primary purpose of this time is to equip you as a leader in your local setting.

CLIMBING PARTY:

Sr. pastors (or Sr. ministry leaders), their spouse, and the staff they invite. We believe the Sr. pastor (or Sr. ministry leader) is essential to incorporate prayer into their congregation. Because the focus of this time will be to equip people to facilitate summit-styled prayer in congregations and other ministry settings, we believe his/her presence is vitally important.

CLIMB DATES:

June 23-26, 2008, noon to noon

BASE CAMP:

Liberty University 1971 University Blvd., Lynchburg, VA

BENEFITS OF THE CLIMB:

  • a deeper love for the Lord, Jesus Christ
  • an ability to help others develop a deeper love for Him through worship-based, corporate prayer
  • an increased skill in facilitating dynamic corporate prayer experiences
  • an awareness of how corporate, worship-based prayer can be included in many areas of your congregation
  • an understanding of Scripture, music and creativity as they relate to facilitation
  • an understanding of how to plan a Prayer Summit in your congregation, no matter its size


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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Pet Prayer Peeves

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I LOVED your "It Seems to Me" article in Prayer Leader OnLine (see below). My husband and I have literally said the same thing word for word. Thank you expressing what many were already thinking but didn't want to say it. I have one to add to your list...one that drives me nuts big time. Those that always start their greeting to God the same way as if they are saying the typical "How are you?"

(Our most gracious and loving heavenly Father) Yeah, no doubt He is the most gracious and loving person you'll ever know and He is our heavenly Father...but come on. Do you even hear what they're saying? It seems to me when someone addresses God the same way every single time it's about as un-intimate as you can get.

Patti

It Seems To Me. . . I have developed more than a few pet prayer peeves over the years. At the risk of sounding like one of the judges on "Dancing with the Stars," sometimes I want to interrupt a brother's prayer by holding up a paddle with a number on it while yelling "5!" Or follow-up a sister's praying with a "6 and please stop!"

Now, go ahead and tell me this column is personal therapy and that you've never blanched when that someone in your congregation stood to pray or that you've never silently groaned (or even prayed!) when your pastor selected that other someone to begin the class with a prayer (often ending any sense of joy or faith!). So, since this is my unique confession, I'll expect you to pray for me, that is unless less-than-completely-sincere prayer requests is one of your personal pet prayer peeves!


These never bother you, but they sure trip me up when a gathered group begins praying:

  • "Be with them Lord." If I'm bugged by this how much more so the Lord must be! What do we mean when we ask the Lord to "be with" someone who is already indwelt by the Holy Spirit? Is He not with them until someone asks Him to GPS a struggling saint and go to that location? Is our omnipresent Lord somewhere else or is He failing to express His omnipresenceship so that we need to ask Him to find our sister or brother and announce His arrival to them? Of course, we all know, every "be with them Lord" prayer request is in actuality intercession on their behalf, that they will have an increased sense of the Lord's already and always presence in their life. That they would have a realization of what it means to "pray wit out ceasing."
  • "Close in a word of prayer." I promise (well, maybe) the next time someone asks me to open or close a meeting with a word of prayer I will pray a one word prayer! Are we just beginning a meeting? "Hello!" Stuck over a decision? "Clarify!" Celebrating a new birth (biological or spiritual)? "Joy!" Are we quickened to our sin and sins? "Forgive!" or "Mercy!" How about at the close of one of those meandering sermons that never got into the text or into our lives? "Huh?"
  • "Everyone bow their head." I complained about this before (but that won't stop me now!). Bowing of one's head is a cultural expression of submission, something the Body of Christ certainly needs when we come to our Lord and King in prayer. So what's my beef? I almost always get the impression that the person directing our posture is of the opinion that the external act insures an identical internal response. Bowing our head (or for that matter, standing while we sing praise and worship songs) can become routine and worse, a substitute for the real thing.) I made the mistake of observing a congregation of several hundred standing in worship some time ago and saw so few singing--maybe the not moving their lips were praying. Oh that that were so!)
  • "Lord." How, you are wondering, can I have a problem with a praying person speaking directly to their Lord? I don't. Unless the term is dropped into the end of every phrase of a Pauline-style run-on-sentence. One of my favorite songs from the 60s ("Fun, Fun, Fun" by the Beach Boys) has three brief verses, each with two sentences. Every one of these lines ends with the word "now." What sense does that make? It is a throw-away word in the song (because the rhyming word needed actually precedes each "now" anyway). "Lord" should never be a throw-away word or a sound to just fill up space. He remembers who He is.
  • "Will you lead us in prayer?" I wish! When was the last (should I say first?) time anyone asked to lead a group in prayer actually led? We hear "lead us" as an invitation to monologue-pray; and a longer than normal one, at that. Truly leading a group into prayer would require me to cause their participation in ways other than merely listening to me. Please, would someone REALLY lead us, all of us, into the praying of the prayers of the Church gathered in that place at that time for God's unique purposes for that group.

It seems to me . . . I may have just become one of your pet prayer peeves "Lord, be with my friends as they close in a word of prayer for me . . . Help!"


Pastor Phil


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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pray Beyond the Sick-Sad-Struggling Prayer List


How Your Church Can Pray Globally

The church body is connected as the body of Christ. Romans 12:5 says, "We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members of one another." The opportunity to lift one another up in prayer is one that should not be taken for granted. People need to be encouraged as they live their lives for Christ. We are all in a position to shine the light of Christ to a broken world, no matter where we are living--especially through prayer.

Global Day of Prayer: The Global Day of Prayer movement was begun by a man with a passion for prayer named Graham Power. His vision was to focus prayer on repentance for the people of South Africa, full of hurt in the post-apartheid era. Over the years, this movement has grown astronomically through the power of God; now all nations are invited to participate in a day of prayer. Last year, 204 nations joined together in prayer for the world. Get more information on how your church can be a part of this movement at www.globaldayofprayer.com.

Pray for Missionaries: Have an individual (or a team) keep in contact with the missionaries you support. They can pass each missionary's praises and requests on to the congregation so the church family can pray for them. Remember to praise God as he reveals answers to your prayers.

Set Up a Pen Pal System: This can be done in a variety of ways. Adults and kids could connect with other Christians one-on-one. With the Internet and email, keeping in touch is easier than ever before. Pen pals could be military personnel from your church, Christians from other countries, or missionaries and their family members. Organizations such as Christian Children's Fund, the Watoto children's ministry, and Children International offer opportunities for monetary support along with encouraging letters and prayers.

Follow the News: Information gathered from newspapers or other news sources can be used as prayer prompts.

Prayer Station Theme: If your church has a prayer room or prayer station, give the room an international focus. For example, visuals of Iraq or Afghanistan such as maps, pictures, and news reports, along with information on military personnel stationed overseas, can be used as prayer prompts. Offer opportunities for interactive prayers by having paper and pencils available.

Other Global Prayer Resources:



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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Small-Group Tip: Prayers with Feet



Small-Group Tip: Prayers with Feet

by Sue Kline

When the days get longer and the air gets balmier, some small groups start winding down toward a summer break. Instead of losing touch with each other for three months, set up a schedule to walk together with various small-group members. But not just to walk. Take turns walking in each other's neighborhoods and praying for the families there.

Here's how it works.

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Facilitating Prayer ~ Make It Personal


I recently had an opportunity to facilitate a one-hour time of prayer with just over 20 pastors. For several days I had, on occasion, asked the Lord what His heart was and how He wanted this time to go. It was not frustrating, but I had not received any specific direction. About 15 minutes prior to start time, I slipped away one more time to be with the Lord. At this point I found myself praying, "Lord, I am not sure how You want this time to go and I feel very poor spiritually at this point." I felt the Lord said, "Good, that is exactly how I like it! In fact, it is the poor in spirit who will receive the kingdom." It seemed like I had heard that before!


So, I soon found myself praying through that and the other beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-12. At this point, I was not processing how I should lead others in prayer, I was simply praying this way for myself. Within just a few more moments, I had a clear sense that the Lord had answered my prayer without me knowing it. What the Lord had just taken me through was not just for me. This was how the Lord wanted our time of prayer to start. Soon after I realized this, I said to the Lord, "Okay, since this is the 'what' what is the 'how'? How do you want this to take place?" Nearly as soon as I asked that question, I saw the group, in my mind's eye, standing in groups of three. So, after some brief introductions, I simply asked the group to gather in groups of three and pray the blessings of the beatitudes on the other two people in the group. I gave an example or two and they gathered and prayed.


It was very clearly the Lord's leading. Not only were there 24 people in the group (making exactly 8 groups of three) but very soon there was a clear sense of God's presence among us. The rest of the hour was also clearly directed by the Lord to the point where I felt it was one of the best one-hour times of prayer I had experienced in a long time.


This illustrates an aspect of facilitating corporate prayer that has become more and more real to me. Many times the most effective prayer activities in corporate prayer have come from what the Lord is doing in me on a personal basis. Facilitating others in prayer is an extension of living my life in healthy relationship with the Lord. As a verse is read and I notice some key words in a special way, or as a song is sung and certain words stand out to me, I try to respond to them personally. Often times, flowing out of my response - and even simply inviting others into my response - has lead to wonderful times for the group.



Dennis Fuqua, International Renewal Ministries

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RESORUCE ~ Simultaneous Global Series on Prayer

Four weeks. One Prayer.

The Church stands together like never before.

LifeChurch.tv is partnering with hundreds of churches globally to do a series simultaneously called One Prayer. The series will begin on the weekend of June 7-8 and run for a total of four weeks. The premise of the series is, "If God would answer 'one prayer' for the church at large, what would you pray?"

// why

This series serves several purposes. Specifically, we believe it will...

  • Promote unity in the body of Christ.
  • Expose churches to other great teachers and ministries.
  • Empower churches to experiment with video teaching.
  • Infuse spiritual passion into a typically challenging month.
  • Give the senior pastor a three-week break from teaching.
  • Raise money for a mission project.
  • Teach our people to fast, pray, and seek God in concert with thousands of other believers.
  • Participate in the larger work of God in His church.

"One Prayer" is designed to be flexible enough to serve the mission and schedule of each local church. Most churches will likely participate for the entire four-week series. However, other churches may choose to do it for fewer than four weeks, or even for more, depending upon the heartbeat of the church.


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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Keeping Company with God

Prayer means keeping company with God who is already present.
Prayer offers the chance to attend and respond to that presence."

Philip Yancey, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

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