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By Sing Oldham

Phil Miglioratti opened the winter leadership meeting of PrayerLink asking whether Southern Baptists are more interested in developing prayer guides (booklets and other resources about prayer) or prayer guides (individuals in congregations who help guide church members to be prayer warriors in the house of God).

Drawing his lesson from the purification of Jesus recorded in Luke 2, Miglioratti pointed to two individuals in Scripture who serve as prayer guides for twenty-first century believers—Anna and Simeon.

These two relatively obscure characters in the overall narrative of Scripture were “led by the Spirit to step up at just the right moment to announce God’s redemptive moment,” Miglioratti, prayer consultant for the Illinois Baptist State Association and national coordinator of Loving Our Communities to Christ, said.

Noting that we know nothing about them beyond this single instance, Miglioratti observed that Anna and Simeon both frequented the house of God and were devoted to the Lord in prayer.

“It is interesting to note that Luke 2:40 follows Luke 2:22–39,” he added.

Luke 2:40 states that Jesus grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on Him.

“We cannot underestimate the power of prayer on people’s lives,” Miglioratti noted, urging the PrayerLink leadership team to focus its ministry objectives on creating “Luke 2:40 followers of Jesus”—those who grow strong in the Lord, who are filled with the Spirit, and who reflect the grace of God in how they live their lives.

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If your church is planning a prayer vigil, you might find that some people will hesitate to commit themselves, because they feel inadequate at prayer. To allay those fears, a church can offer suggestions on what to do during a prayer vigil. Here are a few:

  • Bring things to help you talk with God: your Bible, a hymnal, the church directory, and the church's current prayer list.

  • Be yourself. Talk to God as you would talk to your best friend.

  • Get comfortable. The stiffer you feel, the more formal your relationship will be. Sitting is fine. If kneeling helps, do it.

  • Try praying out loud, though not loud enough to disturb others. Being able to hear yourself pray improves concentration, and you'll find your mind doesn't wander as easily.

  • Don't feel you have to do all the talking. Discuss something with the Lord, and then be silent. Sometimes God uses the times of listening to implant his answers in our minds. Gradually you'll find prayer can be a conversation.

Mapping out the Hour

The following outline can help people fill their prayer time meaningfully. People's times may differ, but if they are given times and instructions such as these, they can get started.

Preparation (one minute): Ask God to help you spend this time profitably with him.

Confession (four minutes): Spend a moment going over with him recent sins that weigh on you. Ask for his cleansing, accept it by faith, and thank him for it.

Praise and thanksgiving (nine minutes): Sing your adoration to the Lord using a hymnal or choruses you know. As your heart begins to adore him, you'll sense his presence more deeply.

Petition (nine minutes): Pray about life's difficulties. Use this time to talk over with the Lord your own struggles.

Intercession (nine minutes): Pray for friends, loved ones, relatives, neighbors, fellow workers. Don't just read a list of names to God, but talk to him about their lives and needs.

Prayer for the church (twelve minutes): Pray for your pastor and church leaders. Intercede for the Sunday school children and the youth, the families, the singles, the widows, the sick, the shut-ins.

Prayer for the nation (eight minutes): Pray that God will guide our public officials and those who serve our communities. Pray for righteousness in government and a public policy sensitive to true justice.

Prayer for other nations (eight minutes): Pray for the work of Christ throughout the world. Intercede for unreached peoples. Pray for missionaries, for Third World pastors and churches, for the people of God who are suffering persecution. Pray for peace.

As people see how they can actually pray for an hour, they're more willing to risk it. After one successful experience, they'll be eager to sign up the next time.

Excerpted from our sister publication Leadership journal, © 1988 Christianity Today International or the author. For more articles like this, visit www.Leadershipjournal.net.

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on February 8, 2012 at 5:52pm

A message from Cynthia Bezek to all members of Prayer Leaders on Pray! Network!

A prayer leader just asked me how she could help her prayer team incorporate listening prayer into the ministry's time of intercession for the church's prayer request. I blogged about it (http://blogs.navpress.com/cynthiabezek/My-Blog). But I'd love to hear your thoughts, too. Does anyone do this? How does it go for you?

Comment by Kelly Murphy on December 30, 2011 at 10:03am

Hi friends,

I just posted a blog called A Tool For Family Prayer Time. It's worked for us as we strive to teach/model intercessory prayer to our children. Enjoy! :)

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on September 19, 2011 at 12:39am

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I’m pleased to announce the release of our newest free ebook. You can download my book And When You Pray: The Deeper Meaning of the Lord’s Prayer in Kindle, Nook, and PDF formats. You can download your free ebook by clicking on the link. If that link doesn’t work for you, try this one instead.

 

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Comment by Phil Miglioratti on February 17, 2011 at 11:56am
Try again - worked for me this time ...
Comment by Angela Geddis on February 17, 2011 at 11:31am
ok i got it! thanks. I thought it was me or my computer!
Comment by Phil Miglioratti on February 17, 2011 at 9:09am
Looks like their server is down - Let's try again in a few hours to see if the link is fixed - If you get to it first, please leave an update here - Thanks for the alert Angela!
Comment by Angela Geddis on February 17, 2011 at 8:47am
is "Droppin' a Line" under construction, as i can't view it, i only get an invitation to download umbraco (?)
Comment by Phil Miglioratti on February 17, 2011 at 8:30am
postcards1 Children's Message: Droppin' a Line
Show kids the power of prayer with a postcard to the President.
Comment by Cynthia Bezek on February 16, 2011 at 6:33pm

Way to go, Sherry! Glad you found what you were looking for, and wonderful idea to make the gloves yourself. Let us know how your family prayer summit goes! Great idea!

 

 

 
 
 

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