Motivate and mobilize your congregation toward deeper levels of prayer.
THE MOVEMENT: A network of local prayer leaders who are on a journey to bring prayer to the heart of all they do.
THE PURPOSE: To encourage, challenge, inspire, and resource believers as they seek to motivate and mobilize their church toward deeper levels of prayer.
THE MISSION: To connect prayer leaders with something bigger than themselves, such as, national initiatives, Prayer Trainers Program, Prayerborne – Intercessor’s Alliance.
The Seven Markers of a Praying Church
- Led by a praying pastor, aided by a prayer leadership team, we commit to bring prayer to the heart of all we do! “Without Christ, we can do nothing!” Without prayer, we fail to invite Him into the process. Therefore, our resources – spiritual and material – our plans and programs, we will bathe in prayer.
- We will encourage at-home, daily, Jesus-be-in-Jesus-me praying. We will reestablish our personal and family altars. We will embrace the discipline of daily times with God, with one another as couples, and as families until daily prayer is a delight, and we take joy in spending private time with God. We will champion the idea of personal prayer rooms/closets.
- We will call our congregation to regular prayer, with the goal of establishing a regular weekly prayer meeting for the entire church. We will make the prayer meeting as important as Sunday morning singing and preaching. We will emphasize special days of prayer laced prayer into the fabric of the Sunday worship service. We want a pervasive movement of prayer, not merely prayer activities. Eventually, we will offer numerous ways to connect in prayer – prayer groups, prayer chains, embedded intercessors for various ministries and more.
- We will honor those who carry a special calling to pray – intercessors. We will identify intercessors, encourage them, train them, team them, deploy them and debrief them. But we will not confine the intercessory ministry to this team; rather, we will see them as models for prayer, as those with white-hot hearts whom God has called to be at the hidden forefront of spiritual beachheads we are called to claim. We want a spirit of intercession to grip our entire church, a spirit of prayer – and particularly, prayer for others, selfless prayer, prayer for the lost, prayer for the nations, prayer for spiritual awakening!
- We will engage in prayer evangelism, turning prayer outward onto the neighborhood, the city, state and nation, and we will adopt a mission field for prayer, one near and one far. We will pray for the harvest. We will seek to identify the people for whom God has made us most responsible, and we will begin the process of evangelism in prayer, look for ways to care, and steward the opportunities to share the gospel. We will employ the strategy of the ‘three Greats’ – we will pray, care and look for opportunities to share the good news.
- We will offer regular training in the area of prayer – for our people, leaders, intercessors, prayer evangelism, our youth and children, our families.
- We will work toward the creation of a prayer room or center, a physical space dedicated to prayer at our church, and we will encourage the use of such a space by members and prayer groups. We will provide resources for prayer that run through all our departments, until we have a praying church and not merely a prayer ministry.
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Ten Prayer Values
What we believe, and how we behave:
We value prayer; therefore, we will feature prayer in our worship and make prayer a central element of all ministry.
We are a praying people; therefore, we will nurture at-home daily prayer, family prayer, husband-wife, parent-child prayer connections, providing resources, training and nudging new and old Christians to deepen their prayer lives.
We believe that we are a kingdom of priests and that prayer and worship is our highest calling, and that as priests, we are not only recipients of blessing, but the conveyors of blessing; therefore, in prayer, we commit to pray for the favor and blessing of God upon others; for protective care, upon our pastor, the church staff, the church family, our city and our nation. We bless, we do not curse. We ask God not for what we deserve, but for blessing – for continued grace and mercy!
We value holiness and righteousness as the mark of God upon a people, and we recognize that the church desperately needs revival and our nation needs a great awakening; therefore, we regularly and consistently cry out to God for revival in the church and a great awakening for our nation.
We believe in the power of petition, that God answers when people pray rightly; therefore, we faithfully take the needs of the church, one another, the city and the world before the throne of God and ask for grace! We provide a means whereby requests for prayer are taken seriously and held up in prayer persistently, beseeching God expectantly for an answer.
We believe in the power of God through intercession; therefore, we identify, train, team and mobilize intercessors for the under-girding of the ministries of the Church, and for the support of the various mission endeavors of the congregation.
We believe that prayer is essential to the success of every endeavor, that without Him we can do nothing, and whatever we do in His behalf without dependence upon Him is less than it might have been, given dependence in prayer; therefore, our rule is no one works unless someone prays!
We believe that the reception of the gospel unto salvation is a spiritual issue; therefore, we pray for the harvest, that blind eyes will be open to the gospel, ears will be enabled to hear and receive the truth of Christ, hearts may be receptive to the good news that goes forth in power out of prayer.
We believe that there is a definitive connection between prayer and the harvest; therefore, we insist that prayer must have a missional dimension, that we must pray for lost loved ones, for the unreached in our city and the world.
We believe, “God governs the world by the prayers of His people;” therefore, we pray for our city, state and national leaders. We pray about world conditions and various global crises. We invite God’s intervening reign. We pray, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.”