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I have been tasked with building an Intercessors Prayer List for my church.  I knew exactly where to come and whom to ask for help with this task.  Thank you in advance for sharing.

Please pray and ask God for guidance then share what He gives you with others here in this discussion.

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What size church do you have?
Do you have small groups?
I can email a list of how developed our Prayer Ministry Team in our church.
Jerry

We have approx 300 members and are just now beginning to form small groups.  I would appreciate the email

Karrol,

We're about the same size church.

First I put together a Prayer Advisory Team.

We started by emphasizing prayer with the Pastor's sermon series on Prayer.

Got the idea of building a temporary Prayer Wall. (It was so successful, we now have a permanent Prayer Wall.)Requested volunteers for Prayer Ministry Team.  (Initial sign-up was 12 people.)

At the same time, we designated a Prayer Room (open during church services) and staffed with members of Prayer Ministry Team.  (Prayers for morning sermon / pastor, staff, those attending services, and visitors who come to the prayer room for personal prayer.)

We now have 42 people on the Prayer Ministry team.  Do weekly Prayer Chain, Intersessor Prayer, staff Prayer Room on Sundays, and other prayer request needs. 

Once you commit and focus on prayer, the Holy Spirit will move and bless your church in many ways. 

Jerry

 

 

Just doing a general signup for those interested is only the start.  You then have to screen out the New Agers, spiritists, Buddhists and counterfeits who want to lay hands on Christians, putting them under demonic influence.

Here's a way to do that: http://orderofsaintpatrick.org/teachings/ministry-sanitation.htm

The agent will come late to duck this and ask to minister anyway.  Don't Do It!

Here are some quick tips:

  1. Upgrade the prayer list – Have two lists: one with all the details for the prayer ministry group and an edited list for the congregation. Each entry on the prayer ministry list should also have: a date for when it was received, date of the most recent update, contact information, and weather or not the information is confidential. It should be a priority to keep this information up to date. If an item hasn't been updated; remove it or call the contact and update it.

  2. Keep the prayer list fresh and exciting . Advertise the prayer ministry in the community so you always have new requests coming in as answers are going out. When people give you a request, ask them to tell you as specifically as possible what they want the team to pray for then pray big on their behalf.

  3. Pray topically. Lead the team members to pray short prayers for one need at a time. This conversational approach to prayer is more natural and helps the group pray in agreement.

  4. Don't forget prayer team needs. Be an under-shepherd to them. Pray as earnestly for each other as you do for the folks on the prayer list.

  5. Keep your team connected to those they pray for. Provide postcards and stamps so they can write personal notes each week to a few of the folks they've prayed for. Keep track of who's contacted so everyone on the list receives a card every few weeks.

  6. Don't get in a rut. Plan your prayer times so they're a little different each time. Prayer Guide - A Manual for Leading Prayer could be a big help to you.

Hope that helps.

Lowell Snow

http://lowellsnow.com/Assets/Help%20pages/help%20prayer%20ministry.htm

Wow I love these suggestions, there are some things here that I had not thought of or seen done in other groups. Thanks for your suggestions and I will get the book.

Karrol, is it a list OF intercessors? (people of prayer)

Or, is it a list FOR intercessors? (i.e. prayer needs)

The list is for the intercessors to use for prayer needs

If you are looking a list of things to pray for, here are some starters:

Pray for Kings and all those in Authority that they may have wisdom and govern well, regardless of their politics:

  • Pray for your mayor, city council, city manager, and their staffs (and employees).
  • Pray for your police, firemen, and ambulance drivers.
  • Pray for your governor, lt. governor, state legislators, judges, department heads, and their staffs.
  • Pray for your President, Vice President, Senators, Representatives, the Cabinet, all their staffs.
  • Pray for the military.

 

Pray that the gospel be preached throughout the world:

  • Pray for each of the missionaries that you and your church supports.
  • Pray for each of the organic missions that you and your church supports.
  • Pray for each of the unreached people groups (check out joshua.com).
  • Pray for everyone on your block, then the next one over, then the next one after that, etc. (check out neighbors.whitepages.com/)

Pray for ministries:

  • Pray for your Pastors and associates, pray for the department heads, the support staff, all the volunteers. Pray that they are all filled with the Holy Spirit, Wisdom, and Understanding. Pray for their health and well-being (and for their families.)
  • Pray for the Mission America Coalition and each church or organization listed on their website (especially pray for Paul Cedar and Phil Miglioratti). Pray for the board of directors.

Pray for your relatives:

  • Pray for your spouse, your children, your grandchildren, your siblings and their spouses, your nephews, your nieces, your aunts, your uncles, your grandparents, etc.

Pray about current events:

  • Get a newspaper. Every article will give you many opportunities to pray for God to act in that situation to expand his kingdom.

When praying for unbelievers you can pray for these things:

  • You can pray that God will call them to Him.
  • You can pray that God will send workers across their path; workers filled with the Holy Spirit, who can boldly and clearly proclaim the word of God.
  • You can pray that God will draw (compel) them to come to Him.
  • You can pray that their ears will be opened, so they will hear the word.
  • You can pray that their eyes will be unblinded, so they will see the power of God.
  • You can pray that hearts will be softened, so they will understand the words they hear.
  • You can pray that their necks be un-stiffened, so that they will repent and bow down to Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

And that's just the warm-up.

 

Wonderful prayers...thank you so much!

Great start for the list and superb suggestions

Joshua.com should be JoshuaProject.net

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