A new ministry at Community Baptist Church 2015
We have sought God in prayer to form a group of intercessory prayer ministry leaders. The decline of Christian faith in America is accelerating at an alarming rate and the persecution of Christians is on the rise. We at Community Baptist Church have chosen to take up our armor of faith and reignite the supernatural resource available to the Body of Christ, that of intercessory prayer.
We believe the power of prayer is multiplied when we offer prayer requests in group prayer. We are determined with a steadfast and unshakable will, to serve God and advance the kingdom of God through the Ministry of Prayer.
We are about to begin an exciting spiritual adventure in the life of Community Baptist Church.
The basic principles of this group include the following:
Answer God’s universal call to pray His will and power for our world.
As the word tells us in various scriptures, pray constantly, continuously, always, and without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17, Philippians 4:6, Romans 12:12 and Ephesians 6:16) Prayer is a spiritual discipline and in Prayer Partnership, it provides us also with accountability to be disciplined in the ways of God. Praying continuously is hard work so why not illicit some help!
Start with one person – yourself!
“One can chase a thousand, and two can put ten thousand to flight”. (Deuteronomy 32:30) This scripture as well as many others tells us that there is power in two agreeing together! God honors the prayers of one but when two come together there is more power to move heaven and earth.
Use the power of “agreement”
The ministry of prayer is a Ministry of Power! The bible speaks of the power of prayer and the power of agreement. “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything and ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven”. (Matthew 18:19-20) The sincere agreement of two people is more powerful than the superficial agreement of thousands because the spirit of God is with the sincere person.
The Prayer Leader(s)
You may be the one God has called to get the ministry set up but not to lead the ministry (I relate to this because I feel that was my calling - Lud). The leader and members should be strong in their faith, well-disciplined in the things of the Lord and able to communicate well with the other members. The leader and members must also be good stewards of sensitive prayer requests.
Praying with precision and Focus
The focus should always be on prayer unless you are meeting with the ministry to talk about ministry needs, ministry events, and ministry business.
Make sure the time is allotted for intercession (praying strategically for the world and others), not substituting petition praying (praying for your own needs)
Intercession: A prayer partnership helps to target prayer in a more strategic way and takes us beyond praying for just our own needs. God seeks intercessors to pray on the behalf of the land and others who govern over the land in order for His will to be done. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
One writer put it this way, “God is Master, and we are His servants. He is working in the world to reconcile the lost to Himself through Christ…Intercessory prayers are for God’s Kingdom purposes to be completed in the lives of others”. (Hunt & King, 2007)
When & Where (at church, conference call, in person, at somebody’s home?)
It is important to hold your prayer group accountable for what has been agreed upon to pray for (pastor, leaders, the sick and shut in, etc.).
If at all possible, the group should come together to prayIt makes a huge difference when people get together in fellowship and know who they are praying with and for.
Prepare for the flow
Have a clear plan about how the time will be structured and what will take place when the ministry meets. When there is order, prayer flows and the minds and hearts of the people are constantly turned toward God for prayer. There is not much room open for the focus to get off track. It is also a good idea to alternate leaders so others can share and add to the experience!
Keep track of prayer request and answered prayer
Keep a journal that includes prayer request and answered prayer because recording God’s answers in response to our prayers and will encourage the group to continue to pray and pray even more boldly. If possible follow up with persons who have asked for prayer.
Determine to be a Ministry of Power!
Surrender to God and don’t give up no matter what things look like or what comes your way. The enemy will try to do things to discourage you and the group from being effective. John 10:10 says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;” Satan will try to steal your focus from prayer in various ways; relationship conflict and disagreements. He will try to steal your time try to destroy us spiritually, mentally and physically. The enemy is wise and he has studied us and knows our triggers.
Our ultimate strategy is to remain focused and determined to serve God and advance the kingdom of God through the Ministry and POWER of Prayer.
Another useful (and shorter) guide:
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF INTERCESSION
- "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy strength" (Dt 6:5, our translation).
- Thou shalt have God choose each member of an intercessory prayer group.
- Thou shalt not intercede without first hearing God.
- Thou shalt be as specific as possible.
- Thou shalt have expectant faith.
- Thou shalt love thy enemies.
- Thou shalt expect spiritual warfare.
- Thou shalt commit thyself to intercede for a set period of time.
- Thou shalt change thy life-style.
- Thou shalt not be too rigid about some of these guidelines.
For more details on the Ten Commandments of Intercession click HERE.