Saturday, November 29, 2008

"How'd You Do That?" ~ Leading a Corporate Prayer Experience

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At a recent men's conference, I had the privilege of leading a session of corporate prayer. The speaker who preceded the prayer session asked me if I had notes or a list of instructions on how I led the corporate praying ... I had to confess I had no preset order or format; it was a Spirit-led, Scripture-fed (especially from his message) session. My aim was to listen to what was being preached and then what was being prayed as a way to follow the step-by-step leading of the Holy Spirit.


After reflecting on the prayer session, here are the comments I emailed to my colleague. Let me know if they help you lead corporate praying from a more transformative perspective, Phil

* During your message, I was asking the Lord to let me know the direction he intended to go during the prayer time.
* I highly value inviting everyone to participate, even in discerning the mind of Christ for a session - So I asked for feedback.
* As men prayed, I listened for a thread or theme - "Desperation" came up a few times.
* I try to balance between letting individuals pray as they are led ("What is the Spirit prompting you to pray?") and requesting specifically focused prayers ("Someone pray on our behalf __________" (Thanking our Father for ... or, Inviting the Spirit to ... or, Asking Christ to ...)).
* I wanted everyone to have an opportunity to pray aloud, without going around the circle, so I asked the men to pray with a partner.
* I wanted to teach how to pray a blessing (many have never done that), so I used the key verse from your message, turned it into a blessing format (The person praying speaks the scriptural truth to the person they are praying for, not to the Lord). I then had the first and then the second partner repeat after me because not everyone had a Bible; they could simply repeat the words I gave them in a blessing format.
* Usually I try to incorporate several components in facilitating corporate prayer:
o A scriptural foundation or focus
o Spoken praying
o Sung prayers (as transitions to a new topic or as a way to extend praise beyond speaking out God's names (that usually goes too quickly))
o Silence (with an assignment to think/pray about)
o Scriptural prayers ("Your prayer must start from somewhere in this passage of scripture." - Praying God's word always inspires and ignites praying)
o Scripted (prayers written during the time of silence)

Check out my article on Leading/facilitating Corporate Prayer from the new release Giving Ourselves to Prayer.

Hope this helps - Feedback welcome!

Phil


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Monday, November 24, 2008

Inner~View #50: Prayers that Change the World



Phil Miglioratti interviewed Debbie Przybylski, author of Intercessor Arise: Personal Prayer that Changes the World


Phil ~ Debbie, you write that Intercessors Arise is a "mentoring manual for prayer and intercession for the end times." How is this book able to mentor someone who wants to grow in their prayer life?


Debbie ~ Phil, I want to excite each reader as to the possibilities their prayers can make in their world! Intercessors Arise has thirty-three motivational and practical teachings. It’s designed both for individuals who are learning to pray and for those who are well-seasoned intercessors. Each chapter has three separate teachings that are helpful for personal growth and motivation in prayer. It’s meant to be inspirational as well as instructional. Each teaching is short and practical and can be used for strengthening your personal prayer life and developing group praying. It’s a great way for whole churches to study prayer together.


My desire is to help each reader go further than they have ever been in the tremendous ministry of world-changing prayer. The teachings are designed for reading again and again according to the particular need of the moment and for prayerful consideration and application. The chapters include various areas of prayer and intercession such as: intimacy, worship, passion, faith, character, stillness, the Bible, discipline, fasting, purpose, strongholds, forgiveness, revival, the Kingdom of God, and the world. They are ideal for busy Christian of all ages who want to read a short, challenging teaching about prayer together with a personal, application dimension for everyday life.


Phil ~ What is the significance of "for the end times" in that statement?


Debbie ~ Intercessors Arise International began the week after 9/11. It was birthed in my heart years ago on the mission field as a young missionary trying to reach the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was then that I saw the critical hour and desperate need for intercession for the nations. Over the years my passion has grown into an earnest desire to see prayer and intercession increase and develop worldwide.


Phil, I believe that we are in an extremely important moment of time. It is my intense desire that intercessors and all believers arise in the end times. The days are getting darker, and the need is getting greater. My prayer for the readers of this book is that they arise to the call for prayer and intercession in their own life whether it is for their family, city, nation, or the world. It is time for expansion and an increase in prayer on a global scale. It is time for the art and fervency of intercession to develop beyond anything we have ever seen or imagined.


I pray that God will ignite a greater flame within God’s people for prayer and intercession. Each believer can be a mighty instrument in prayer for Christ in this world. Now is the time for the Church of Jesus Christ to arise in powerful intercession for the end-times harvest. We are entering days of vast opportunity, and the expectation of a worldwide harvest is growing brighter. I pray that intercession will arise in every nation and that God will use all of the Church worldwide.


This is the season for all believers to arise and shine in prayer (Isaiah 60:1-2). The bright light of God’s glory in His church is beginning to arise over the entire earth. As I wrote this book, my heart lept within me as I sensed the urgency of the hour and the spirit of intercession that is stirring the world, bringing forth the rule of Jesus, His Kingdom. I feel an incredible joy as I realize that this is the day for intercessors to arise to their high calling of prayer and intercession.



Phil ~ What is the difference between praying and interceding and why is it important to know the difference?


Debbie ~ Prayer is the act of earnestly asking for a favor, and intercession is pleading in favor of another. When we pray we usually bring our requests, offer petition, and supplication to God. When we intercede we come to God on behalf of another. Through our intercession we bring God’s power to earth, and through this we are able to conquer the world. Through intercession we mediate between God and man as His representatives on earth, standing between Him and a lost world. We bring people to God in prayer asking Him to meet with them.


Petition may be asking for God to meet our own personal needs, but intercession is the primary means God has chosen to release His government on earth. In intercession, we declare God’s mind and will. We partner with Him through intercession, and we see Him open doors of blessing. We are invited to be co-laborers with Him as we represent Him on earth. With His authority, we enforce the victory of Calvary here on earth through our prayers.


God is calling the entire body of Christ to pray and intercede. Jesus is our example as the greatest intercessor, and He invites us to join Him. Intercessory prayer is an extension of the ministry of Jesus through His church on earth. He works through the prayers of His people.


Phil, this is so important because God is seeking for men and women on earth who will enforce His will through intercession. This is our responsibility and a wonderful privilege to partner with Him as we pray. We must awaken to this glorious privilege. I don’t think most of God’s people realize the authority that is available to us. Just to think that we can change the world through our intercession!


Phil ~ You cover a large territory in this book. Give us a glimpse into some of your teachings...


Debbie ~ I have found that writing about prayer is like looking carefully at a beautiful, sparkling diamond.
Different areas of the diamond glitter and sparkle as you turn it and look at it from different angles. Learning about prayer and intercession is like that. There are endless breathtaking ways to look at prayer from so many viewpoints that are far beyond our imagination. Because God is so vast and immeasurable, writing about prayer is similar. It has been a personal delight and joy to participate in so great a topic. Yes, I do cover a lot of territory in this book - 33 motivational teachings in prayer - but I have tried to do it in such a way that the reader can grasp and apply important truths about prayer in their daily life. Here are a few examples:

  • Purpose-Driven Prayer - Discover how to pray God’s purpose rather than your problems. Learn how to live and to pray in a more focused and purposeful lifestyle. Find out how to eliminate distractions in your prayer life. Learn how to discover God’s purposes and plans through listening prayer, prayer that makes you sensitive to hear God’s heart desires.
  • Praying the Bible - This chapter will enhance your prayer life by revealing the benefits and power of employing God’s Word in a very practical way. Learn how to pray the promises of God. This chapter is designed to ignite a hunger in you for the Word of God and teach you how to use it in your prayer life. Learn the value of meditation and how to meditate on God’s Word daily.
  • The Intercessor and Revival - This chapter will help you to prepare for revival personally as well as corporately. You will learn from the examples of past revivals as you discover the characteristics of revival and the supernatural heartfelt fire of revival. Find out how revival brings supernatural manifestations, spontaneous workings, conviction of sin, and a new God-consciousness. Discover how God wants to awaken His Church.
  • Faith-Filled Prayers Developed through Delay - Faith must inspire our prayers to God. Learn how delays develop and enlarge our faith. This teaching will help you learn to pray for the impossible and accept difficult prayer assignments without giving up. You will find that your willingness and weakness plus God’s will and supernatural power will give God unlimited opportunity to bless your life circumstances.
  • The Intercessor and Strongholds - In this chapter, you will discover how to destroy destructive strongholds in your mind. Learn powerful weapons to use against them. Find out the ways to discover and deal with these negative thought patterns. Discover the secret of choosing life over death on a daily basis by making God and His Word your stronghold.


Phil ~ Is it possible some intercessors have an assignment or calling to pray for a nation? If so, does God actually transform nations through the prayers of an intercessor half-way across the globe?


Debbie ~ Yes! Many intercessors are called to pray for nations and missionaries. Personal pray can change the world! Often intercessors can get a burden to pray for a person or nation that needs desperate prayer halfway around the world and later find how God specifically answered their prayers. My husband and I were halfway around the world in India a few years ago and ran into some danger after our vehicle broke down. Terrorists were in that area, it was getting dark, and we had nowhere to go! Individuals from our church met together and prayed for us in Virginia - quite a distance away from India - and God miraculously protected us, provided a place to stay overnight, and got us out of that area quickly and unharmed.


There is a chapter in my book about discovering God’s heart for nations and how to pray strategically for countries. It’s a joy to discover how to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world through your prayers! Phil, my husband and I were missionaries for many years and can testify how important our prayer partners were to us. I don’t think a missionary can be effective without people diligently praying for them in their home church. It makes all the difference in the world. And we have many other personal stories of answered prayer, and it was almost always linked to people praying in other parts of the world for us. All the nations are being touched with the power of prayer. It is my desire to help train and motivate others for this worldwide prayer movement.


Phil ~ What would you like to say to that person who has little training or recognition but has a passion to make a difference in their praying; for another person or their pastor or a nation?


Debbie ~ I want to encourage you to arise in prayer and intercession. God is raising you up to pray at a most strategic hour. Some have said to me, “I don’t have the gift of intercession.” I have seen these same individuals grow into mighty prayer warriors. None of us are born a prayer hero. We learn this through practice. You can make a difference in the life of your church, pastor, family, and city. Your prayers can change your world!


I want to encourage you to make a new commitment to steadfast and earnest prayer. Each topic in Intercessors Arise is written to motivate you further in you prayer life than you have ever gone before. It will help you to focus on intercession and begin to see the multi-faceted aspects of prayer. It is designed to create a hunger for God and for the deeper prayer life.


My prayer for you is that you not only arise to your own calling in intercession, but that you lead many into this tremendous ministry of prayer and intercession. May your prayers become red-hot in their passionate fervency. May you know your authority so as to effectively release God’s power across the territory God has assigned to you. May your love for Jesus grow stronger and stronger with each passing day with your praises ascending to the throne of grace as a fragrant incense filling the heaven with the beauty of your devotion.


Never forget that the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you for such a time as this. Your calling to intercede is during the finest hour, at the greatest moment in all of history. Truly, you have been called to the Kingdom for a time such as this. We must demonstrate to the world, on the earth, that heaven exists and that God is sovereign ruler and does answer the prayers of His people in exceeding greatness and glorious power.



Phil ~ Debbie, please write a prayer seemingly unknown intercessors can pray that will magnify the work of the Holy Spirit in their praying towards that "prayer that changes the world."


Debbie ~ I’ve written an application prayer at the end of each chapter of my book, and I am going to include the prayer in the last chapter called The Intercessor and the World” -

“Lord, help me to bring the touch of Jesus into my world. Make me aware of the needy world around me. Open doors of opportunity in which I can touch another person with Your love. Give me faith and courage to pray for others. Give me a vision for prayer for the world. I want my personal prayer to change my world. Help me to pray for the nations. Lord, I want to be Your salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). Help me to reach out to the lost and needy. I thank you that you have anointed me to preach good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1). Enable me to do this in my world. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Praying God's Agenda for a Nation

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...Note: This teaching may be applied toward your home nation as well as toward praying for the work of the gospel and mission ambassadors in other nations . . .


Strategic Prayer for Your Nation

“The Spirit of God is arresting our attention and focusing us upon His agenda which is the very heartbeat of God. He is a God who has definite strategies and works according to a fixed set of plans. Nothing, absolutely nothing is a happenstance with the Lord for He is a God of order. He has a plan concerning the nations. His agenda is far more serious than anything man can comprehend, for He always deals with eternal issues and the eternity of entire nations is at stake." Adapted from Michael Howard

Dear Intercessors,

It is with great urgency that God wants us to pray for the nations. We have a small window of opportunity to give ourselves to strategic prayer during our short life time. The battle we are facing in the nations is between light and darkness. Making the choice not to pray can bring untold grief and evil into the nations that could affect all our freedoms as Christians. Intercessor, let’s realize that this battle is about God’s righteousness and glory - It’s about praying for what is right in God’s sight - It’s about standing on the firm commitment to Godly principles. It’s all about Him and His Kingdom.


How should we pray? Here are several ways you can pray strategically for your nation.

  • Pray that in the pressures coming upon the world, there would be a great and lasting turning to the Lord - Pray that your nation will learn righteousness (Isaiah 26:9) and that God’s judgments may be tempered by His mercy (Isaiah 54:8, 60:10; Habakkuk 3:2).

  • Pray for godly shepherds and servant leaders who will refuse to downplay the urgency of the hour in the world - Pray that these shepherds will lead the Church in holiness, a commitment to the Bible, spiritual unity, and outreach to the lost.

  • Pray for the President or Prime Minister of your nation and his leadership team - Pray that decisions may be wisely made and that the leaders of your nation would not boast and trust in their own military might, but walk in dependence upon the Lord. Pray that the wicked will be removed from power and influence.

  • Pray for the evangelization and discipling of the lost - Pray that millions of souls will be saved in the coming days. Pray for the Church to reach out to the lost with love and boldness and that Christians will pray for, care for, and share Christ with their neighbors and co-workers.

  • Pray for God's protection over your nation and that the armies of heaven will push back the powers of darkness - Pray that a spiritual shield will contain hostilities. Pray that weapons of mass destruction will be powerless and that the way would be prepared for God’s borders to be established.

When a child of God begins to get a real vision into the need of the church and the world, a vision of the divine redemption that God has promised in the outpouring of His love into our hearts, a vision of the power of true intercession to bring down the heavenly blessing, a vision of the honor of being allowed as intercessors to take part in that work, it comes as a matter of course that he regards the work as the most heavenly thing on earth - as intercessor to cry day and night to God for the revelation of His mighty power."


7 Daily Prayers
Adapted by James W. Goll, intercessory leader and author who just lost his wife (www.jamesgoll.com).

Wednesdays: Praise to God
We enter into Your gates with thanksgiving and into Your courts with praise. Lord we praise You for You are good and Your mercies endure forever. You are enthroned over my nation through the praises of Your people. Let us praise the Lord together! Honor, power, might, and dominion are Yours forever and ever. Praise the Lord! Amen! Revelation 1:4-6; Revelation 7:12; Romans 12:1; Psalm 100:4-5; and Psalm 22:3.

Thursdays: Penitence for our sins
We beseech You, O God, to pour forth Your godly sorrow which leads to true repentance upon Your Church. We ask forgiveness for having other gods before You, bowing our knee to the god of mammon, for our pride and arrogance, and for the shedding of innocent blood. We weep in travail for the iniquity that is upon us! Ecclesiastes 4:1; 1 John 1:9-10; Nehemiah 9:1-2; and Matthew 6:9-13.

Fridays: Petition for those in authority
We pray for the manifold wisdom of God to rest upon all who are in authority in my nation. May truth and discernment guide every decision they make in their public and private lives. Pull down the ungodly and raise up the righteous. We cry for justice and mercy, truth and righteousness, to be established. Proverbs 21:1-2; Ephesians 3:10; Romans 8:26-31; and 1 Timothy 2:1-4.

Saturdays: Proclamation of the names of God
With delight we speak the words Abba Father. You are our strong tower and our place of refuge. We will trust in You and not be afraid, for the Lord JEHOVAH is our strength and our song. We proclaim the name, Jehovah Nissi, for He shall be our deliverer. Come, Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts, and thrust out the enemies before us. Psalm 34:1-7; Deuteronomy 32:3-4; Deuteronomy 33:26-27; and Exodus 15:2.

Sundays: Protection for our land
We cry out to the Lord, Mighty in Battle, to awaken the watchmen to their assignments for our nation, city, and family. Equip us with Your weapons of warfare. We call for the release of the angelic hosts to join with Jesus, the Captain of the Hosts, to war on behalf of our nation to protect our people and to bring forth His purposes for such a time as this. Jeremiah 29:7; Ezekiel 22:30; 2 Chronicles 7:13-14; and 2 Corinthians 10:4.

Mondays: Pronouncement of judgment on the powers of darkness
We place our nation, cities, and families under the blood of Jesus Christ. As we seek God's face and repent of our sins, we pronounce that by grace no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Every tongue that would rise up against us in judgment will be exposed and cast down. Father God, may all of Your enemies bow in submission at the authority of Your word and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Isaiah 54:17; Psalm 149:6-9; Ephesians 6:10-20; Romans 16:20; Philippians 2:9-11; and Revelation 12:11.

Tuesdays: Prophesy life!
We prophesy life to our nation. We say blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord! Blessed are the people whom You have chosen as Your own inheritance. The snare is broken and we have escaped for our help is in the Name of the Lord. We prophesy a bright future, a good welfare, hope and fulfilled destiny over our land. Glory to God! Psalm 124:7; Proverbs 18:10; Ezekiel 37:1-10 and Jeremiah 29:10-11.

“May a united prayer force arise in this hour across the body of Christ to make history before the throne of God and build up a wall of protection against the forces of evil. Let the light of God's power and love permeate this present darkness and may His glory shine! In Jesus Great name - AMEN!" James Goll


Prayer Requests for the Nations

"A person who can pray is the mightiest instrument Christ has in this world. A praying church is stronger than all the gates of hell. God’s decree for the glory of His Son’s kingdom is dependent on prayer for its fulfillment: ‘Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen for thy inheritance, and the uttermost part of the earth for they possession’ (Psalm 2:8). God the Father gives nothing to his Son except through prayer." Andrew Murray

  • Thank God for how He is working in the nations - Philippians 4:6

  • Pray for unity in the body of Christ - John 17:23, Matthew 12:25.

  • Pray for a spiritual awakening among the lost - 2 Peter 3:9, John 14:13-14, 16:24.

  • Pray for an outpouring of God's Spirit in revival on God's people - Psalm 85:6, Isaiah 64:1-3.

  • Pray for leaders - Ephesians 4:11, 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

  • Pray that God's people will walk in holiness and obedience - Psalm 81:11-12.

  • Pray for the fear of the Lord to touch all Christians so they hate evil - Proverbs 8:13, 2 Corinthians 7:1b.

  • Pray for God to send His workers into the harvest field in the world from every nation - Matthew 28:19-20.

  • Pray that the body of Christ will reach out to the poor and needy - Proverbs 21:13, Hebrews 13:3.

  • Pray for revival among children and youth and that God will use them mightily for His glory.

  • Pray for just laws and righteous moral standards - 1 Timothy 2:1-4.

  • Pray that the Word of God will be given its rightful place - Psalm 119:126.

  • Pray that God there will be united intercession in cities and regions with the ability to pray against the major principalities over those areas - Ephesians 6:12-13.

  • Pray that God's people will wage spiritual warfare as directed by the Holy Spirit - Ephesians 6:10-18.

Make a definite determination to pray strategically for your nation in the coming days. I feel in my spirit that this is a critical time in world history, and we have the choice in prayer to turn the tide of evil that is trying to destroy our nations. Please give yourself to prayer, and encourage others to do so in this critical hour. As you make the commitment to pray purpose-driven prayers for your nation, God will meet your own personal needs. This is all about the Kingdom of God and aligning our hearts with the heartbeat of God.

If you would like to purchase my latest book called Intercessors Arise: Personal Prayer that Changes the World, there is a chapter called “The Intercessor and the World” about looking into the heart of God for the nations. Ask for it at your nearest Christian bookstore or purchase it through http://www.navpress.com or http://amazon.com.

“The key to the authority of the intercessor is when his heartbeat aligns with the heartbeat of Almighty God. Nothing is more pressing than that the nations and multitudes who are marching to a Christless eternity should be saved. How I saw the agendas of men: so many and varied and all of such vital importance to them, but there was only one paramount agenda to God: THE NATIONS. I instantly realized that the entire task of the glorious triune God was completely and utterly devoted to this one supreme purpose for which Jesus had so freely given His life. All else was rather trivial in comparison and we all had majored on the trivial." Michael Howard

Together in the Harvest,
Debbie Przybylski, Intercessors Arise
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