“When you’re Max Lucado, everyone asks you to pray. At church. At parties. At sporting events and birthdays and reunions and open houses. If you lead a church, you know the feeling. Most people think of prayer as a solitary act, but for you, it’s much more. It involves standing before others and addressing God on their behalf. It means giving voice to the needs and desires of an entire community. In his latest book, Before Amen (Nelson) Lucado shares his thoughts on the “power of a simple prayer.” We wanted to know what he’s learned about praying in public and leading others in prayer.
What does a good prayer do?
A prayer is simply an honest conversation with God. A good prayer creates a sense of communion between the one who prays and the One who hears the prayer. At our core we’re afraid of being left alone. Ever since Adam and Eve hid in the bush, we’ve all battled with this sense of distance between us and God. So a good prayer reestablishes a sense of communion with God. We know we’re not alone…” Read more>>
Source : Christianity Today
- Enjoys praying – it is not merely a chore. Intercession is not seen as only painful and mournful, warfare and demonic attacks, a dark world in which the intercessor lives.
- The healthy intercessor has learned discipline, a part of which demands that the heart of prayer, the first movement in prayer, not be to the station of intercessor, but to the sweetness of the relationship with the one we represent on the wall.
- They are humble— there is no place for pride or conceit … the intercessor:
- Is a servant to the pastor
- Has a submissive, meek spirit – but they are not a broken reed.
- Respects authority, even if they disagree from time to time. They still honor office, and know boundaries.
- WantsGod to get the glory and is protective of what belongs to God (watchful, guarding).
- Shares insights, concerns, and then is able to “let it go.” They understand, they are watchers on the wall, not elders at the gate.
- Is “other minded” – empathy is a major component of their DNA, along with compassion, and sensitivity.
- Surrenders to the will of God.
- Is motivated by love and is full of grace (forgiving), and supportive.
- Is teachable.
- Wants unity.
- Is encouraging to others – has the ability to share truth in a loving way. God is to edify.
- Is discerning. Hears the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Doug Kamstra, The Praying Church Idea Book: Becoming a House of Prayer – mobilizing members for prayer ministries.
“1.Led by a praying pastor, and aided by a prayer leadership team, we commit to bring prayer to the heart of all we do! “Without Christ, we can do nothing!” Therefore, our resources, spiritual and material; our plans and programs, we will bathe in prayer.
2.We will encourage at-home, daily, to-be-like-Jesus 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. We will champion the idea of ‘prayer rooms/closets’.
3.We will call our congregation to regular ‘Great Days of Prayer!’ with the goal of establishing a regular prayer meeting for the entire church at least monthly, if not, weekly. We will make the prayer meeting as important as Sunday Morning singing and preaching.
4.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…” Read more
Source : http://www.praycog.org