Saturday, December 27, 2008

Simple Steps to Praying "For & With" Unbelievers

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The 'chainsaw method' of the Kingdom

Eight years ago Tineke Hanique started a 'Practice for Prayer Healing' in her hometown Eindhoven. People who suffer from all kinds of illnesses or disabilities can call in or come along to receive a prayer of blessing or healing in the name of Jesus. Since she started her practice, over 1,200 people have come to faith in Jesus. Every week on average three people come to Christ.

The first step in this process is offering prayer. "Jesus always gave people what they really needed," says Tineke. "He healed the sick, delivered those who lived under demonic oppression, gave strength to the weak, and food to the hungry. This is also what I give to people by praying for their needs. I can do this everywhere and it's quite simple. Whether it's on the phone, or in the street, or in the shop, there are always people willing to share about their problems and illnesses."

Tineke is convinced that we need the power of the Holy Spirit when engaging with people about Jesus. "You can cut trees with an axe, a handsaw, or a chainsaw," she says. "Now, there's nothing wrong with an axe or a handsaw, but a chainsaw is so much more effective! We can help people encounter God and enter the Kingdom with words, or with compassion in combination with miracle power. Jesus always did the latter, which is what I call the chainsaw method of the Kingdom!"

"First I always listen to people," says Tineke. "Then I express that I really feel sorry for them, and offer to bless them with a simple prayer, asking God to heal them or meet their need. I always add: 'Of course only if you want me to pray'. People always appreciate it if you offer to pray for them. Sometimes they say: 'Yes, but I don't really believe in God'. My reply is always: 'You don't have to believe in God, what matters is that I believe, which is sufficient.' Then I offer to pray for them straight away, assuring that it only takes two seconds and that I will keep my eyes open. Every time I found that God really meets people and they sense it, either at that very moment, or in the following days."

Source: Tineke Hanique, Joel News Netherlands

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Prayer Guide ~ 640 Names & Attributes of Christ

>>>Note: This is a simple but most extraordinary document. We've never seen anything like it! It could re-charge Christmas prayer celebrations with fresh hope in the fullness and supremacy of the One who came for us and now reigns over us forever. We wish you a new year overflowing with marvelous demonstrations of His sovereign grace and Kingdom advances. Truly.... CHRIST IS ALL! David and Robyne Bryant


"If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me."

Compiled by Pastor Ted Corley

These names come from years of study, reading and research. I am grateful to many ministers who have written about, preached about and taught about the wondrous names of Yeshua. I wish that I could give credit to everyone who has contributed to this list, but sometimes during a sermon or teaching, the name will just explode off the page and I will write it down and later I can’t remember who was preaching or teaching. It is a growing list and if you have a name that is not on the list please send it to me so that I may fully expose the majesty and power of Yeshua.


First Day: December 22, 2008

1. Advocate - 1 John 2:1

2. Alien - Psalms 69:8

3. Alive for Evermore - Revelation 1:18

4. All, and in All - Colossians 3:11

5. All-Knowing - Psalm 139:1-6

6. Almighty - Revelation 1:8

7. Alpha and Omega - Revelation 1:8

8. Altar - Hebrews 13:10

9. Altogether Lovely - Song of Solomon 5:16

10. Amen - Revelation 3:14

11. Ancient of Days - Daniel 7:13 & Daniel 7:22

12. Angel of God - Genesis 21:17

13. Angel of His Presence - Isaiah 63:9

14. Angel of the Lord - Genesis 16:7

15. Anointed - 1 Samuel 2:35

16. Another king - Acts 17:7

17. Apostle of our Profession - Hebrews 3:1

18. Ark of the Covenant - Joshua 3:3

19. Arm of the Lord - Isaiah 53:1

20. Author of Eternal Salvation - Hebrews 5:9

21. Author of our Faith - Hebrews 12:2

22. Balm of Gilead - Jeremiah 8:22

23. Banner to Them that Fear Thee – Psalms 60:4

24. Bearer of Glory - Zechariah 6:13

25. Bearer of Sin - Hebrews 9:28

26. Before All Things - Colossians 1:17

27. Beginning - Colossians 1:18

28. Beginning and Ending - Revelation 1:8

29. Beginning of the Creation of God – Revelation 3:14

30. Beloved - Ephesians 1:6

31. Bishop of Your Souls - 1 Peter 2:25

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

RESOURCE ~ Set Sail for a Year of Prayer

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Christ Bell - Christ-Centerd, Scripture-Based Identity Praying

>>>Note: Print out the text below to use as a format for a Christ-centered, scripture-based prayer format. Ask individuals to first select one of the truths to proclaim as praise for who we are in Christ, then refocus, using lines of scripture to ask forgiveness for not living into and up to our new identify in Christ. Conclude with a section of praying that petitions the Holy Spirit for strength and faith adn opportunities to live into and up to our Christ-ness. And give thanks for the person who took the time to format these empowering truths!

Christ Bell



THE BELL
I KNOW WHO I AM
I am God's child (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3:20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28 )
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).. I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven (Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
Who you are?


Keep this bell ringing...pass it on

'The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you;
The LORD turn His face toward you
And give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Please Advise . . .

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Phil,
I would like to know what your recommendations are for resources for Pastors and Prayer Coordinators / leaders. We are helping them to realize and strengthen 3 areas in the New Year

[Note: My replies are under each of the 3 goals] . . .

1. Trying to inspire them to deepen prayer in their personal lives.

Most pastors I know who express a deeper life of praying identify a common factor; a personal experience that altered their understanding of what prayer is. That can happen:
- By listening to another pastoral leader who has a personal experience of a deepened prayer life (rather than a preacher or teacher who primarily tells others what they already know they should be doing) … followed by an unhurried, unscripted opportunity to respond to the Lord’s word in the message
-During a personal prayer retreat, possibly under the guidance of a spiritual formation coach (search at Praying Pastor blog)
-By reading and praying through a book, such as Jon Graf’s The Power of Personal Prayer or Alvin VanderGriend’s Learn to Love to Pray
-With others who devote an extended period of time, possibly in a retreat setting, to seek the Lord under the leadership of the Holy Spirit (usually facilitated by someone from outside that group with extensive experience in scripture-fed, Spirit-led praying) (extensive help at PrayerSummits.net)

2. The need for leaders to have personal prayer shields/networks.

This is a vital component many pastors never seriously consider. By asking persons (of all ages; give youth and children the opportunity of learning to pray for their pastor) in their congregation to devote themselves to praying for their spiritual leader(s), the pastor is lifting high the value of intercession and teaching the reality of spiritual warfare. Prayer Shield by Peter Wagner is a good first step toward introducing and inviting church members into this realm of prayer. Connecting pastors to the National Pastors’ Prayer Network (NPPN.org) provides ongoing communication of new resources and strategies related from pastors’ prayer groups from across the nation and around the globe.

3. Helping pastors / leaders to develop healthy prayer ministries in their churches. We are currently using Prayer Saturated Church (Awesome and practical) for this, but that seems to be a big jump for beginners. Is there another good resource to get it people started with prayer / intercession in their churches?

The Prayer Saturated Church is so comprehensive that it might intimidate some who are just realizing the need to integrate prayer into every meeting and ministry of the church. While that book is essential, here are a few that may be a better first step: My House Shall Be Called a House of Prayer (NavPress) and A House of Prayer: Prayer Ministries in Your Church (LifeWay) provide vision and foundation along with practical ideas to begin a ministry of praying. Fresh Encounters (Henderson) and And The Place Was Shaken (Franklin) are excellent guides for pastors and prayer leaders who want to introduce (or revive) scripture-fed, Spirit-led prayer in their congregation. Both enable leaders to see the difference between directing and facilitating corporate praying.

Start here to check out these resources!
- PrayerShop
- LifeWay
- NavPress

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