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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