Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
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As a former prayer coordinator of a mega-church in Georgia, I established a “weapons of warfare” prayer team, consisting of 5 warriors, that was specifically assigned to develop specific prayer objectives for our pastor, based upon the Word of God, and we targeted our prayers for specific and general needs for our pastor and pastoral support. We also had a group of 5 pastoral intercessors that met every Saturday night to pray for 2 hours to pray during the same time the pastor was studying and conducting preparation for his sermons on Sundays.
Many pastors desire to establish prayer teams but the biggest barrier is trust, or a unwillingness for a congregation to move in the direction of the vision of the church.
Based upon my observation, family pressures, increased ministerial and community responsibilities as well as spiritual warfare are the driving forces that enable a pastor to lead in corporate prayer.
It is very vital that any prayer initiatives be conducted in conjunction with prayer teachings of various levels on the different types of prayer (Ephesians 6:18), because in all of our getting, we must have understanding and wisdom.
Stan, I love that idea about the "weapons of warfare" team! I also appreciate your insight on needing wisdom and understanding regarding the various levels or types of prayer.Our pastors focus very much on Scripture-based praying, which has been so rich for us as a congregation.
I would appreciate any resources you've found that have helped you as a prayer coordinator for your church - books, favorite Bible passages, teachings, etc. I'm currently not leading the prayer team for my worship pastor, as the Lord called me to lay it on the altar back in October. (It was probably one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make.) I know He will restore it to me at some point, and so part of this season is about learning how I can be more effectively used by the Lord in that role.
Thank you for sharing your insight!
Thank you for your comments regarding my note and “may the Lord give you increase more and more” (Psalm 115:14) in everything God has purposed for you.
There are several resources that has helped me in terms of books and prayer conferences, but as I reflect, the most valuable resource has been the encouraging network of prayer warriors that the Lord has aligned me to walk with over the past 10 years. I try to make it a habit to ask other warriors to pray for me, as I pray for them, because we all need prayer and the Lord’s wisdom in our everyday walk with Him. God has called us into community and we all encourage one another.
Through the years, here is a few of several books that continue to be a tremendous resource for me in my personal growth and during prayer leadership, teaching and training initiatives.
Fresh Encounters – Daniel Henderson with Margaret Saylar
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire – Jim Cymbala
One Year Book of Praying through the Bible – Cheri Fuller
Prayer that Brings Revival – David Yonggi Cho
The Power of Personal Prayer – Jonathan Graf
Possessing The Gates of The Enemy – Cindy Jacobs
Praying the Scriptures – Judson Cornwall
Intercession – Thrilling and Fulfilling – Joy Dawson
Knowing God through Fasting – Elmer Towns
The Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster
Watchman Prayer – Dutch Sheets
“If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7) I appreciate your prayers and the prayers of others who desire to pray God's perfect will for my life, my family and sphere of influence. Thank you for your prayers!
i was talking to one of the leaders from TABLE 71 when they held their meeting in hawaii last week. their large organization had just hired a full time employee at going wage to create more prayer for their organization. i commended him, and also encouraged him that he was on the cutting edge--people are figuring out where the power is
ps on feb 11 i turned 68--pray for me in my youth