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Corporate Prayer

Level One: Creation’s Praise

  • Created things like trees, rocks and nature praise by keeping their order.
  • This is the most basic level of praise.
  • It is done unwittingly or without understanding.
  • Remember: Someone or something is going to praise God – Period.

Level Two: Angelic Praise

  • Angels and heavenly hosts were created to praise God.
  • They have knowledge and understanding of Who He is and how worthy He is – but they do not experience the miracle of salvation.

Level Three: “How Great Thou Art” Praise

  • Head knowledge is not the same as heart knowledge.
  • One can mentally assent to the majesty and power of God and even render some sort of praise at this level.
  • Some time ago, there was a cartoon character who was standing on a hill watching shooting stars. He was applauding and saying, “Yeah, God!” This is a summation of level three.
  • This still holds God at a distance.

Level Four: “Osmosis” Praise

  • This kind of praise happens when someone nearby enters into the presence of God.
  • As they enter into the courts of praise and their vessel becomes full, it overflows and spreads to others.

Level Five: Praise with Understanding

  • This kind of praise is born out of a heart full of thanksgiving.
  • “God healed me when I had cancer.” “I was hit by a car and God spared my life.” “God delivered my father from a life of alcoholism.”
  • Praise begins to focus on the goodness of God, on the great things He has done, on His mighty acts – to deliver, to save to heal.
  • A thankful heart can usher one further into the courts of praise.

Level Six: “God Focused” Praise

  • At some point your mind will start to consider His goodness, His greatness – not just to you, but to us all.
  • James says that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16).
  • There is little doubt that the praise of a righteous man is worth something to God also.
  • There are times when the praise of one is joined to the praise of another. This occurs in corporate worship.
  • More is accomplished by a joint effort than could be accomplished by one alone.
  • This kind of praise invites the presence of the Lord and allows it to flow like a sweet fragrance throughout the room. It begins to minister to those who came empty - to fill and bless them, ushering each one into the Holy Place where His Spirit has free course.

Level Seven: Battlefield Praise

  • Fear and doubt are combated and defeated. Those who were entrapped by fear and doubt can now move into the realm of thanksgiving, and from there, into praise. Then this happens, praise is strengthened and moves into yet another level.

Level Eight: Ordained Praise
Consider the account of the triumphal entry.

  • The ministry of Jesus had crescendoed to a level which could no longer be denied. Praise had to occur.
  • There is a level at which the foundations have been laid, they have been built upon and “the tower” has reached the heavens – a spiritual tension is at its climax and the result is – something has got to give praise!
  • When this level of praise occurs, souls are effected for eternity’s sake. Chains of fear and doubt are loosed. The brokenhearted are healed, deliverance is preached, blind recover their sight, and the bruised are set at liberty.

Level Nine: Perfect Praise

  • Perfected praise, is praise without an agenda of any kind, praise at its most sincere, praise in its purest form, and it is high praise indeed.
  • It’s the place where all thought of self is gone and no other remains but the desire to love, exalt and please God.
  • It is a holy possibility.

Excerpts from the book Glorify
by Marjorie J. Kinnee

In the midst of the darkness you will learn lessons you might never have learned in the day. We all have seen dreams turn to ashes – ugly things, hopeless experiences – but beauty for ashes is God’s exchange. Offer yourself to God and ask for the Spirit of praise so your whole being will be restored
Barbara Johnson

Go to each of the following places and pray for those who frequent the area. Pray blessings on the ministry and on the person involved in the ministry.

Places:

  • Sound booth – PA system, video, overhead, online service
  • Platform - instruments, musicians, praise singers, pulpit, area where leaders sit, baptismal, pastor, guest speakers, service leaders
  • Sanctuary
    Altar – where people commit their life to God and come for prayer
    Pews – pray for the saints who sit on the pews and for God to fill the empty seats with new people
  • Fellowship Hall - children’s church, children’s pastor or leader
  • Sunday School Rooms - teachers, Sunday school superintendent, students
  • Preschool and School Rooms - students, school principal, teachers, parents
  • Youth Room - youth, youth pastor, youth staff
  • Hosting Room - new converts class, meetings that take place
  • Gym/recreational area - families of your church, youth functions, outreach tool, senior saints
  • Offices - church staff, church finances, nursery, bookstore, hosting ministry
  • Board room - that church board/leaders will make wise decisions
  • Church entries - that all who enter will be receptive to God’s Word and its power in their lives.
  • EC office - that every ministry and leader of the church be blessed and effective.
  • Front doors - for all visitors to feel welcome, loved, at home and the Hosting Ministry
  • Nursery - that the children will be taught and walk in the way of the Lord all their lives
  • Bookstore - that the Word of God will be planted permanently in the hearts of all who hear His Word
  • Ushers - that God will reward their efforts and commitment to the ministry and that they will be effective in helping people
  • Outreach Room - the daughter works (Warrenton and Harvester), Nursing Home Ministry, etc.
  • Deaf Ministry - That the ministry will become an outreach to the community and that God's

Word will be communicated effectively

Goal:
To go on a prayer walk without leaving the church.
To pray through the entire church praying for each specific ministry.

Instruction:
Talk about the many ministries of your local church. Make a prayer list with the different ministries listed. Divide your group into small groups of three of four and send them throughout the church praying for the different ministries.
Give them a list and include some prayer points for them to pray.

Goal:
To teach people to pray conversational prayers (prayers in a normal tone of voice).

Instruction:
Explain the importance of being able to pray for someone in a public place. Remind them that many people they come in contact with every day do not attend church and have had no exposure to Pentecostal praying. If we prayed as we do in church, we would draw attention to ourselves and would most likely scare or embarrass the person who has a need. Think of all the times we miss taking advantage of an opportunity to pray for someone. Encourage them to step out in faith when they see someone in need and ask if they would like for you to pray for them.

When we pray in our churches, it is generally a collective roar. In this roar, often our prayers are hidden. We must learn to pray sensible, clear and concise prayers. Have you ever stopped to listen to yourself pray? Sometimes it makes no sense at all. Too often our volume is greater than our content.

Divide into small groups of three or four . Set the scene up for the groups. You are at Wal-Mart and someone approaches you and asks you to pray for them.

Have each person in your group give a request, one at a time. The have the person to their left pray out loud for them in a NON-CHURCH way—just like they would if they were in the middle of Wal-Mart. The rest of the group will be silent.

Please emphasize that we are Apostolic and there in nothing wrong with the way we pray and worship in our services. It is biblical. But we also need to know how to pray clear, simple prayers when the need should arise. For those who are shy and scared to pray, relieve their mind by reminding them the prayer doesn’t have to be long and eloquent. Short and to the point sometimes works just as well.

Leader’s Notes

We can win anyone for whom God gives us a burden. If God burdens our heart for a soul, it is evident that He intends to save that soul. It is also evident that He desires to work through us as the human vessel since He gave us the burden. Many times the soul is actually won in prayer. It is one thing to pray, it is another thing to "pray right." Here are seven pointers for praying for the lost to be saved:

1. Pray Believingly
Mark 11:24 "Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
Prayer is the key, but faith unlocks the door. We must pray believing that God is working in the sinner's heart and preparing him for our visit.

2. Pray Realizing That With God All Things Are Possible
Mark 10:27 "And Jesus looking upon them saith, with men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible."
Recognize God in the picture, for nothing is too hard for God. In our praying most of us never get beyond human limitations and boundaries. We whittle God down to our own size and power. We are like the woman who said, "It's no use to talk to my husband. He won't listen to me."

3. Pray Asking the Soul to Be Saved For God's Glory
John 14:13 "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."
We should not pray for a soul to be saved that they may be a better husband or wife. This is selfish praying. We should pray for souls to be saved so they will no longer dishonor God in their sins. Our great concern should be that they will stop trampling over the precious blood of Christ and stop spurning God's love. This should be the real motive in soul winning rather than to put another "notch" on our belt, or add a few more figures to our report.

4. Pray Beseeching God to Awaken Them
Matthew 13:13, 15 "Because they seeing, see not, and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand. For this people's heart is become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed . . ."
Every sinner needs the Holy Spirit to reveal his sinful condition. Then Christ will be revealed to the heart. We should pray that the Holy Spirit will "quicken" their conscience, plow up their heart, and ring conviction in their soul. We should pray that God will give them "hearing ears" and "believing hearts." Pray that God shall open their understanding.

5. Pray Claiming That Soul Which the Blood of Christ Has Purchased
II Timothy 2:26 "And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will."
In one sense every soul is God's purchased possession, though still held by Satan through unbelief. We must through prayer claim and take for God that which is rightfully His. This is praying on the ground of redemption.

6. Pray Claiming the Tearing Down Of Satan's Strongholds in That Soul
II Corinthians 10:4 "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds."
The enemy has built up lies, false doctrine, stumbling blocks and many other strongholds in the minds of the unsaved to keep them from receiving Christ. He has them blinded lest the light of the glorious gospel should shine unto them. We must through prayer rebuke the enemy and claim the tearing down of his lies and warped ideas that are keeping the sinner from trusting Christ as Savior. We must exercise our authority in Christ.

7. Pray Perseveringly
Luke 18:7 "shall not God avenge his own elect, who cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?"
Perseverance is "not giving up." We persevere not to persuade God but because of the enemy. In persistent intercession we are pushing back the forces of evil. We are getting the enemy off of God's territory. Daniel prayed for three weeks before he received his answer from God, though the scripture says that God answered his prayer on the first day. Daniel spent three weeks wrestling with the forces of evil and hanging on to God in order that he might receive his "package."

Now go pray for that lost soul that God has laid on your heart, claiming these truths.


Goal:
To get the church to be concerned for the lost to the point of prayer and outreach.

Instruction:
Talk briefly to the group on the mandate of Christians praying for the lost.

Pass out Most Wanted and Idea flyers to the group.
Have each person list two people in each of the categories.
1. Family 2. Friends 3. Neighbors 4. Co-Workers

Ask each person to commit to praying daily for the people on their list for the entire week or month.
Have them target one person that they will make personal contact with this week.

Encourage them to put their list in a prominent place that they see
daily. (refrigerator, mirror, etc.)

2 Chronicles 20:3-4


Seek Defined:
1. To try to locate or discover; search for.
2. To endeavour to obtain or reach
3. To go to or toward:
4. To explore.


Scriptures on Seek:
Psalm 9:10 - And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Psalm 34:10 - The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
Psalm 105:3 - Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
Psalm 119:2 - Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Proverbs 8:17 - I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Proverbs 28:5 - Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
Lamentations 3:25 - The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him
Matthew 7:7-8 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
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Psalm 10:4 - The WICKED, through the pride of his countenance, WILL NOT seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

Goal:
To learn to make a prayer meeting out of key messages preached by your pastor.
This particular prayer meeting was based on a sermon my pastor preached with our congregation as we were about to enter into a time of prayer and fasting.
The goal of this prayer meeting is helping people understand how important it is to actively seek God in our life. It is not something that should be done just during church services, but should be done each day of our life.

Instruction:
Go through the scriptures on “seeking God.” Place emphasis on what the Bible says about those who will not seek Him.
Dismiss the group to seek God. Encourage them not to ask for anything other than God’s presence in their life. Ask them to make new commitments to God for their daily prayer time.
At the end give each person the tracker sheet to help them keep up with exactly how much time they are spending with God.

Proclaiming God’s glory - Take a few moments to praise God for who He is.

  • Have each person in the group share who God is to them (in one or two words)
    Ex. Jehovah-Jireh (Provider), friend, savior)
  • When everyone is done, take a moment to praise God for being that to you.

Seeking the King through holiness – Have a time of repentance

  • Ask the following questions to your group
    o Is there any unconfessed sin in my life?
    o Do I have unforgiveness and bitterness in my life?
    o Are there any doubtful practices or activities in my life?
    o Am I always obeying the Holy Spirit promptly? (often we think that the only sin we may have in our life is sins we “commit.” Omitting to do what we should, can be sin as well.)

Seeking the King through the salvation of the lost

  • Have each person give one name of an individual or family that needs salvation.

1.______________________________________
2.______________________________________
3.______________________________________
4.______________________________________
5.______________________________________

Pray for their salvation, that God will bless them spiritually, emotionally, financially, physically

  • Have each person give one name of an individual or family that is a backslider and pray the same

1.______________________________________
2.______________________________________
3.______________________________________
4.______________________________________
5.______________________________________


Seeking the King for the church

  • For your church to be a house of prayer for all nations (Is.56:7; Mt.21:13)
  • For your church to fulfil the Great Commission (to go and teach all nations) (Mt.28:18-20)
  • For your church to fulfil the Great Commandment (love the Lord with all thy heart – love thy neighbour as thy self) (Mt.22:37-40)
  • For spiritual revival in the church

Seeking the King by praying for your personal needs

  • Have each person give one personal need.
  • Insist that they are brief. No details!
  • Take time to pray for the needs given.

Seeking the King by watching and listening to Him

  • Ask the Lord to reveal the things that He wants you to notice and pay attention to. Ask Him to reveal His will and plans and the things that are on His heart that He wants you to pray about. If we are Spirit filled, we will be led by the Spirit. Take time to listen.

Seeking the King for the nations

  • Pray that the nations will see that Christ Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn.14:6).
  • Pray that the unreached people groups of the earth will be reached with the gospel.
  • Pray for the missionaries your church supports.

Seeking the King by breaking strongholds

  • immorality
  • witchcraft and idolatry
  • injustices - harmful acts and deeds
  • racism - racial hatred and ethnic pride
  • alcoholism, drug addiction, pornography

Seeking the King in the following global challenges

  • The HIV/AIDS epidemic. (over 30 million in Africa alone infected – by 2010, it is predicted their will be over 25 million orphans from AIDS)
  • The increasing number of poor and needy people.
  • Corruption on all levels.
  • The persecuted church in many nations.
  • Wars, bloodshed and ethnic violence - pray also for the millions of refugees.

Seeking the King for youth

  • That this generation of young people will reach their generation with the gospel.
  • For young people to come into a new intimacy with God and obedience to Him.
  • For radical committed disciples, living in holiness.
  • To radically serve God and to follow Him wherever He leads.
  • For compassionate hearts
  • For moral purity

Seeking the King through forgiveness and reconciliation

  • That nations will confess their sins of hurting, suppressing and abusing their own people and other nations.
  • For reconciliation on all levels (in families, between churches, ethnic groups or races, between countries, etc.).
  • For the breaking of strongholds, structures and political systems that destroy the lives of people.
  • That individuals, families, clans, and ethnic groups will forgive those who violated them in any form.

Seeking the King through praise and worship

  • End your time of prayer with praise and worship. Thank God for His goodness and take time to bless individuals who come to mind, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Goal:
To seek King Jesus for your church and the world.

Instruction:

  • Talk briefly about the importance of seeking God for things other than your own personal needs. We must seek God for our country, other nations of the world, missionaries, the lost, the youth of today, etc. It is up to the people of God to pull down strongholds so that worldwide revival can take place. We must seek God and have His involvement to see these prayers answered! It is the responsibility of all Christians to seek God on behalf of those who do not know Him.
  • Divide your group into small groups of four or five people.
  • Pick a leader and give them a copy of the Seeking the King’s Glory prayer guide.
  • Instruct the leader to go through each question with their group and then lead in prayer. If they do not wish to lead each time, they can choose someone in their group to pray.
  • When each group is done, have the entire group as a whole praise God in advance for answering the prayers that were prayed.

Items Needed:
Seeking the King’s Glory prayer guide.
Group leaders

Luke 15:11-32


Strategies for Prayer

Approach the Father in that positional place of covenant that the prodigal has with Him.
Remind the Lord that the prodigal is one of His children, and that He is the Father of the Lost. Ask the Lord to go rescue him as a shepherd rescues a lamb that strays from the flock.

Pray for supernatural love.
Pray for a love that would be open and warm to the prodigal even when they are still in sin. Love does not mean condoning their actions, however. Pray from the position of love, not the position of judgment and anger.

Pray for the Grace to let go of the prodigal.
The prodigal’s father let the son go. He didn't lay a religious guilt trip or bash with the Bible, but he let the prodigal go.

Pray for people not to lay judgment on the prodigals. Pray for grace to keep our mouths closed and our hearts open with love and compassion.
Pray for grace and endurance to pray for the prodigals.
It can take years to see the fruit of intercession for the prodigals.

Pray for famine.
Pray that whatever or whomever the prodigal is placing their trust in outside of Jesus would dry up. Pray for disillusionment towards the very things that draws them and holds them captive. Pray that what once brought them pleasure would be dry and barren to them. Pray that the novelty will wear off.

Pray for holy hunger or holy homesickness.
"Oh I remember what it was like to be in fellowship with God, the sweetness of our relationship." Pray that they would long for the cleansing relationship they once had with the Father.

Pray he would come to himself.
Pray he would realize something is wrong. Pray for his eyes to be open to the truth of his situation, and pray against the delusion the enemy would try to bring him.

Pray for gifts of repentance.
"I will arise and go to my Father." Repentance is a gift. It brings life and freedom. Repentance is breakthrough and deliverance.

Pray that the prodigal will have the ability to receive the grace of God.
Pray that the prodigal would be able to receive the Father's love and forgiveness. Some of the prodigals may have lived very immoral lives, and they can't imagine the Father ever wanting them back. They feel they have crossed some sort of line that the Lord would not be able to bless them again.

Pray that the Lord will pour out his riches when the prodigal returns.
Ask the Lord to dump on him blessings of every kind. Pray that the Lord would lavish His love on the prodigal. Pray that when he returns that the prodigal will receive blessing upon blessing.... spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially.

Pray for the elder son.
The church members (the elder brother) needs the Lord to prepare their hearts to receive the prodigals back. Pray that when the prodigals come home, judgmental attitudes toward them would be gone. Pray against jealousy and envy as God's blessing pours on the prodigal. Pray for the grace that when the prodigals are blessed that those in the church would not hold envy, but feel excited. Pray for financial blessing upon them, spiritual blessing, that they would lead many to the Lord. God does not show partiality. If the blessing comes to the prodigal it will come to the other children too!

Pray for those raised in church.
Pray that they will have the grace to accept those who are not quite so polished. Pray that the prodigals who have literally lived on the streets would be loved - bad manners, rough edges and all - into total wholeness.


Goal:
To pray for all prodigals.

What Is A Prodigal?
A prodigal is someone who has been a Christian and has for whatever reason, walked away from God.


Instruction:
The week before the prayer meeting ask your congregation or prayer group for a list of names of known backsliders from your church. Take the names and print them a piece of paper—four or six names per page. Cut paper. When the prayer meeting begins, tell the story of the prodigal son. Explain how we need to reach out to sinners but we must never cease to reach for the prodigals. Give every person a Praying for Prodigal prayer guide and a piece of paper with the name of a prodigal. Post the individual posters with the prayer points at various places in your sanctuary. Divide into groups of three or four and go to each of the signs and pray together for the particular point.

Encourage them to spend the entire week praying through the guide each day for the prodigal they have. If they know the person, have them send a card or an “I Prayed for You Today” postcard letting the prodigal know they were being prayed for and thought about.

**I recommend only using names of people who do not attend church in any fashion. For someone who attends another church or a church of another denomination, it could be highly offensive to them for their name to be included. We must always use wisdom in these situations.

Goal:
To teach people to pay attention to the news and current events going on and make them a matter of prayer.

Instruction:
Talk about our responsibility as Christians to pray for our world. Take a newspaper and read through some of the headlines on the front page. Where applicable, point out the areas where we have missionaries and the situations that may be affecting them. Divide into small groups of three or four and give each group a section of the newspaper to use for their prayer list. Have the group go through their section—making each headline a matter of prayer.

Example
If there is a famine—pray for food and water to be available.
Where there is bloodshed—pray for peace.
Story about the president—pray for our government leaders

Items Needed:
Several newspapers (I recommend using USA Today)

Goal:
To pray for all recent visitors to your church.


Instruction:
Talk to your group about how it is God’s will for your church to grow and to reach the lost. Ask each person to pray that they will assume personal responsibility to see this happen.

  • Get a list recent visitors to your church from your outreach department or pastor.
  • Make a card with each visitor’s name on it and give each person at the prayer meeting a card.
  • Ask them to pray for this person by name each day this week.
  • Encourage them to pray specifically. Too often we pray “bless them” prayers when we need to pray very specific things such as: save them, heal their sickness, provide for their financial needs, etc.

A good way to show this is to choose someone in the room and without any of the above mentioned instruction, have the group pray for that person. Then you pray for the person alone praying very specific things. For example, “God I ask that you bless pastor with a new and fresh anointing. I pray he would be in good health. I pray Your abundant blessings on his finances and on his family. Help him not to be weary in well doing. Give him wisdom as he counsels and knowledge to help those in need. In a non-condemning way, ask the question “Now which will benefit the pastor the most, if your prayer is answered or if mine is?

The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. – Samuel Chadwick

How can I pray for our staff during the week?

Sunday: Rest and strength Psalm 23
Monday: Intimacy with God 2 Corinthians 13:14
Tuesday: Family Ephesians 4:32
Wednesday: Ministry effectiveness Ephesians 4:11-13
Thursday: Obedience to God Luke 9:23-24
Friday: Leadership Romans 12:6-8
Saturday: Wisdom James 1:5

How can I pray for our church?

1. That people would sense the glory of God
2. That we would follow the Word of God
3. That we would be united in the love of God
4. That we would go forth in the mission of God
5. That we would experience the joy of God


How can I pray during the service?

Pray for believers to experience true worship.
 Pray for an outpouring of God’s glory in His church as people acknowledge Him, not only with their lips
but also with their lives.
 Ask God for a spirit of worship to manifest itself in our church.
 Pray for revival in our church and in our land.
Pray that believers will know, accept, and obey the Word of God.
 Pray that God’s Word would be preached continually in our church.
 Pray for spiritual understanding and discernment among the people.
 Ask God for grace to be obedient to His Word.
Pray for unity in the church.
 Pray for humility among the church’s leaders and body of believers.
 Pray that a spirit of humility and repentance will rise up among all believers.
 Ask to break down walls of pride in our lives.
Pray for souls to be won to Christ.
 Ask God to give our church a vision for reaching the lost.
 Pray for laborers for the harvest – for believers who will consistently share their faith.
 Pray that we would reach out to the lost in our community.
Pray for joy in the hearts and lives of believers.
 Ask God to reveal our church’s potential to our leaders and the people.
 Ask God to bring joy to our leaders and the people of the church as we walk in obedience to Him.


The man who mobilizes the church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelism in history. –
Andrew Murray

Praying for the Church Staff
Goal:
To raise the awareness of how badly the church staff needs our prayer covering. To have people commit to praying for those who have dedicated themselves to full-time ministry.

Instruction:
Talk about the things that the church staff does. It is helpful to bring in some ‘not-so-well known’ things. (For example, the pastor often gets calls in the middle of the night when there is an emergency. The maintenance man has to sit and wait for the church to clear out on Sunday night before he can go home.)

You might also point out that the enemy always targets those who are full-time in ministry. What better way to cast a bad reflection on a church than for one of the staff to fall into sin? The church staff must always have a smile and be willing to have a good attitude, even though at times they may be treated in a less than Christian way. Before the prayer meeting, ask those full-time at your church if they have any specific requests that you could put in list form and pass out to your group.

Items Needed:
Specific requests from the church staff

A Focus on God's Attributes


I’ve always been able to hold up my end of a conversation without difficulty. Except, that is, when it came to prayer, and particularly when I tried to express my praise to God. Attempting to begin and end my prayer times with praise and adoration, I often found myself flat-out speechless. I wanted to praise God with all that was within me, but I couldn’t think of one sensible thing to say. I recently read a book called Invading the Privacy of God by Cecil “Cec” Murphey. The book describes how Cec’s prayer life was revolutionized when he settled on the practice of praying God’s attributes as praise. I began imitating that practice in my own times of praise, and over the course of a few months, I developed a “program of praise” that has proven wonderfully helpful. It has opened a door for me, and my praises to God now flow freely from my heart and lips during prayer. I focus on one attribute of my awesome God and Father each day, using the Scripture-based sentences as “praise starters.” At the end of each month, I start the list over, combining traits when the month is shorter than 31 days.


1. God the Creator. “Creator God, I praise You because ’you made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all
their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the
multitudes of heaven worship you’” (Neh. 9:6).
2. The Only God. “God, I praise You because You are ’the LORD, and there is no other; apart from [You] there is no
God’” (Is. 45:5).
3. The Almighty God. “’O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness
surrounds you’” (Ps. 89:8).
4. The Everlasting Father, the Ancient of Days. “I praise You, Lord, as the ’Ancient of Days’ (Dan. 7:9), the ’Everlasting
Father’ (Is. 9:6), who lives forever and ever.”
5. A Loving God. “I praise You because You are a loving God, whose very nature is love”
(1 Jn. 4:16).
6. A God of Justice. “Lord, I praise You and magnify You, who is ’just and the one who justifies those who have faith in
Jesus’”
(Ro. 3:26).
7. A Faithful God. “Heavenly Father, I give You my praise and adoration, because You are a ’faithful God, keeping
[Your] covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love [You] and keep [Your] commands’” (Dt. 7:9).
8. A Merciful God. “’You are a gracious and merciful God’ (Neh. 9:31), and I praise You for Your great mercy.”
9. God, My Refuge, My Fortress. “I praise You, Lord, for You are ’my mighty rock, my refuge’” (Ps. 62:7).
10. A Patient, Persevering God. “Father, I praise You because You are ’patient with [Your children], not wanting
anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance’ (2 Pet. 3:9). Thank You for Your patience with me.”
11. Eternal, Saving God. “I give praise to You, Father, ’the only God our Savior.’ To You ’be glory, majesty, power and
authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore’” (Jude 25).
12. The Holy One. “Holy, holy, holy [are You] Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come” (Rev. 4:8).
13. A Personal God. “I praise You, God, because You are a personal God, who gives me the honor of knowing You
personally, even inviting me to feast at Your kingdom’s table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (Mt. 8:11).
14. A Giving God. “All praise and honor be Yours, O God, because You are a generous God, who did not even stop
short of giving Your own Son” (Jn. 3:16).
15. A Provider God. “I praise You today, Lord, as my Jehovah-Jireh (the Lord Will Provide), who makes all grace
abound in me and generously provides all I need” (2 Cor. 9:8).
16. God, My Shepherd. “I bless Your name and praise You as my Jehovah-Rohi (The Lord My Shepherd), who will
shepherd me and guide me in the paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake” (Ps. 23:1-3).
17. God, My Victory. “Praise to You, my God, because You are my Jehovah-Nissi (The Lord My Banner), God, my
victory, ’who always leads [me] in triumphal procession in Christ’” (2 Cor. 2:14).
18. God, My Peace. “I praise You with all my heart, Lord, because You are my Jehovah-Shalom (The Lord Our
Peace), ’the God of peace [who] will soon crush Satan under [my] feet’” (Ro. 16:20).
19. The God Who Heals. “Father, I praise You because You are the Lord who heals me” (Ex. 15:26).
20. The God of All Comfort. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and
the God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3).
21. The God of Miracles. “Lord, I praise You because ’you are the God who performs miracles; you display your power
among the peoples’” (Ps. 77:14).
22. A Forgiving God. “I want to bless You with praise, Father, because ’you are a forgiving God, gracious and
compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love’” (Neh. 9:17).
23. The Burden Bearer. “Praise be to the Lord, to God [my] Savior, who daily bears [my] burdens” (Ps. 68:19).
24. A Faithful God. “I praise You because ’your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies’
(Ps. 36:5), and ’great is your faithfulness’” (Lam. 3:23).
25. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. “All honor and praise be to You, my God, ’the blessed and only Ruler, the King of
kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light’” (1 Tim. 6:15).
26. God the Liberator. “I will praise You because ’you are my help and my deliverer; O LORD’” (Ps. 70:5).
27. The Lifter of My Head. “Father God, I praise You because ’you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory
on me and lift up my head’ when I am weary or despised” (Ps. 3:3).
28. God of Light. “I praise You, Lord, because You are ’my light and my salvation’ (Ps. 27:1), and because You know
’what lies in darkness, and light dwells with [You]’” (Dan. 2:22).
29. God of Joy. “I give You praise, O Lord, because ’you have granted [me] eternal blessings and made [me] glad with
the joy of your presence’” (Ps. 21:6).
30. The God Who Answers Prayer. “I praise and honor You, Father, because You are a God who loves to answer
prayer and who begins to answer even before I pray” (Is. 65:24).
31. The God of All the Earth. “I praise and adore You, Lord, as ’the Holy One of Israel . . . [my] Redeemer . . . the God
of all the earth’” (Is. 54:5).
Following this “praise program” has energized my praise life, helping me to worship and adore God more plentifully
and purposefully in prayer. It has also enlarged my vision and awareness of the praiseworthy God I love and serve
and, I believe, increased the evidence of His godly character in my life. I pray that it may do the same for you.


A Vocabulary of Praise
Goal:
To spend an entire prayer meeting praising God for who He is.

Instruction:
Talk about the many things that scripture describes God as being.
Begin to praise God for being these things. Spend the entire hour focusing on the attributes of God rather than asking Him for anything. Have different people come up and lead in a prayer of thanksgiving for who God is. Example: “Lord, I praise you because you are
Jehovah Jireh, my provider….”

Luke 15:11-32


Strategies for Prayer

Approach the Father in that positional place of covenant that the prodigal has with Him.
Remind the Lord that the prodigal is one of his children, and that He is the Father of the Lost. Ask the Lord to go rescue him as a shepherd rescues a lamb that strays from the flock.

Pray for supernatural love.
Pray for a love that would be open and warm to the prodigal even when they are still in sin. Love does not mean condoning their actions however. Pray from the position of love, not the position of judgment and anger.

Pray for the Grace to let go of the prodigal.
The prodigal’s father let the son go. He didn't lay a religious guilt trip or bash with the bible, but let the prodigal go.  Pray for people not to lay judgment on the prodigals. Pray for grace to keep our mouths closed and our hearts open with love and compassion.

Pray for grace and endurance to pray for the prodigals.
It can take years to see the fruit of intercession for the prodigals.

Pray for famine.
Pray that whatever or whoever the prodigal is placing their trust in; outside of Jesus would dry up. Pray for disillusionment towards the very things that draws them and holds them captive. Pray that what once brought them pleasure would be dry and barren to them. Pray that the novelty will wear off.

Pray for holy hunger or holy homesickness.
"Oh I remember what it was like to be in fellowship with God, the sweetness of our relationship." Pray that they would long for the cleansing relationship they once had with the Father.

Pray he would come to himself.
Pray he would realize something is wrong. Pray for his eyes to be open to the truth of his situation, and pray against the delusion the enemy would try to bring him.

Pray for gifts of repentance.
"I will arise and go to my Father". Repentance is a gift.  It brings life and freedom. Repentance is breakthrough and deliverance.

Pray that the prodigal will have the ability to receive the grace of God.
Pray that the prodigal would be able to receive the Father's love and forgiveness. Some of the prodigals may have lived very immoral lives and they can't imagine the Father ever wanting them back. They feel they have crossed some sort of line that the Lord would not be able to bless them again.

Pray that the Lord will pour out his riches when the prodigal returns.
Ask the Lord to dump on him blessings of every kind. Pray that the Lord would lavish His love on the prodigal. Pray that when he returns that the prodigal will receive blessing upon blessing.... spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially.

Pray for the elder son.
The church (the elder brother) will need the Lord to prepare their hearts to receive the prodigals back. Pray that when the prodigals come home, judgmental attitudes toward them would be gone. Pray against jealousy and envy as God's blessing pours on the prodigal. Pray for the grace that when the prodigals are blessed that those in the church would not hold envy, but feel excited. Pray for financial blessing upon them, spiritual blessing, that they would lead many to the Lord. God does not show partiality. If the blessing comes to the prodigal it will come to the other children too!

Pray for those raised in church.
Pray that they will have the grace to accept those who are not quite so polished. Pray that the prodigals who have literally lived on the streets would be loved, bad manners, rough edges and all, into total wholeness.

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