Developing a Dynamic Prayer Life
“To the average Christian the command ‘pray without ceasing’ is simply a needless and impossible life of perfection. Who can do it? We can get to heaven without it. To the true believer, on the contrary, it holds out the promise of the highest happiness, of a life crowned by all the blessings that can be brought down on souls through his intercession. And as he perseveres, it becomes increasingly his highest aim upon earth, his highest joy, his highest experience of the wonderful fellowship with the holy God.” Andrew Murray
God desires that we partner with Him in prayer. We have a dynamic role in determining the measure of the quality of our life because God opens doors of blessing when we pray. But we have to rise up in prayer and partner with Him or we will not see these blessings (James 4:2). It is wise to develop your prayer life. God seeks for those who will stand in the gap and pray (Ezekiel 22:30). The prayer room is an excellent place to develop a dynamic prayer life both personally and corporately. I have seen it happen many times. Individuals seem to leap forward in prayer in an incredible way when they catch the vision of 24/7 prayer.
Why does God love our prayers?
It seems to be a mystery, doesn’t it? Prayer and intercession draws us into intimacy and at the same time, humbles and transforms us. When we ask God in prayer, we interact with God’s heart. He loves when we verbalize our prayers. He wants us to ask in order to receive (James 4:2). He even withholds blessing if we do not ask. God will answer and be gracious to us if we pray and ask (Isaiah 30:18-19). When we pray we are in governmental partnership with Him, and we are changed on the inside as His Word abides in us. We are filled with His heart, and our effectiveness in prayer increases. We then decree God’s decrees with power from on high (Job 22:27-28). Wrong things are made right, the sick are healed, the bound in sin are freed, and revival is released in geographical areas. It’s marvelous!
God initiates prayer by declaring his will in His Word. We respond by praying His Word. Then He answers us by releasing His blessing because of our prayers. Our prayers are actually very powerful even during those days when we feel they are very weak. Prayer and intercession cause us to internalize God’s Word because when we speak His ideas back to Him, our minds are illuminated and our hearts are touched. His Words impart life as we saw in the last chapter (John 6:63). His Word builds us up and delivers us (1 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 4:12, Acts 20:32, James 1:21). God’s mind then dominates and saturates ours, renewing us as we pursue Him in prayer.
I like to hear stories about Charles Finney because my husband comes from New York. Charles Finney was a lawyer from New York in the 1800’s who was greatly used in revival in that state. He soon quit his law practice and went into times of prayer and fasting. In 1857 in just eight weeks 500,000 people came to the Lord through his ministry, and 80% of them continued on with the Lord. Daniel Nash and Abel Clary were two men who believed in prayer. They would go ahead of Finney to the cities where he was going to preach, and they would cry out to God in prayer for those cities. Within three months after Nash had died Finney’s traveling ministry stopped, and he became a pastor. These amazing results were because of prayer!
In the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8, Jesus exhorts us to cry night and day. We must learn to be steadfast in prayer with great endurance. But Satan’s warfare against us is to undermine our faith by losing heart and confidence in prayer. But the Bible promises us that will reap if we do not grow weary (Galatians 6:7-9). If we look at Jesus’ disciples, their request was not to have a big ministry or great fame. They asked Him to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). They saw that everything that happened in Jesus’ ministry was because of His prayer life. Throughout the Bible we see that those who God used greatly were men and women of prayer.
“Christ, who in this as well as in other things is our example, spent many whole nights in prayer. His custom was to pray much. He had His habitual place to pray. Many long seasons of praying made up His history and character. Paul prayed day and night. Daniel’s three daily prayers took time away from other important interests. David’s morning, noon, and night praying was doubtless on many occasions very long and involved. While we have no specific account of the time these Bible saints spent in prayer, the indications are that they devoted much time to prayer, and on some occasions long seasons of praying were their custom.” E. M. Bounds
Action Plan for Your Prayer Time
It’s good to have an action plan in the prayer room during quieter times while listening to the worship when there is not active verbal intercession. This will help you stay focused and engaged. It will keep your mind from wandering. Realize that you are speaking to a real Person who loves you. Be attentive, and focus your mind on the Father who sits on His throne (Revelation 4). As people pray in the prayer room, listen and pray with them. Let’s look at some ways we can develop a dynamic prayer life in the prayer room.
- Have a personal Bible plan - Daily read several chapters in the Bible or whole books of the Bible. There are several Bible plans. Find one that is helpful for you.
- Pray the Bible - Pray the apostolic prayers and other biblical prayers. Pray phrases of what others are praying in the prayer room.
- Have a prayer list for others - Include specific places (cities, nations) and people (friends, ministries, unsaved, governmental authorities, etc.).
- Pray for strategic social issues - Pray about current disasters, and social crises. Pray regarding the issues of abortion and homosexuality, etc.
- Have a personal prayer list - Pray for your personal circumstances such as your physical, financial, and relational situation.
Pray for your own heart (intimacy, fear of God, purity, speech, a spirit of prayer, etc.)
Pray for your mind (your understanding of God’s purposes, a spirit of revelation of God’s emotions, will for your life, and end-time purposes).
Pray for your ministry (anointed hands and words, contending for God’s purposes, authority and conviction in your words, insight into the secrets of God’s heart, fruitfulness).
- Pray for wisdom - Mike Bickle, founder of the International House of Prayer, says to pray for the following:“Revelation of God’s personality and Word with wisdom to walk out the practicality of love and humility (Ephesians 1:17).
Knowledge of God’s love for me (Ephesians 3:17-19, 1 John 3:1).
Revelation of God’s will for my life (Colossians 1:9).
Revelation of God’s End-Time purposes (Daniel 11:35, 12:10).
Reveal to me eternity (Psalm 39:4-6, 90:12), the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21), the Judgment Seat (1Corinthains 3:11-15), the resurrected body (1 Corinthians 15) and hell (Revelation 20:11-15).”
Houses of Prayer will help us develop dynamic prayer lives. The prayer room strengthens our prayer life. When we draw near to God in the House of Prayer, he will draw near to us (James 4:8). In the prayer room we get to know God’s love for us in a deeper way. We grow in confidence that God loves us and discover His heart for us. We then turn away from sin, and we comes to the realization that “I am my beloved’s, and His desire is for me” (Song of Solomon 7:10). The devil can’t get us with his accusations and condemnations (Revelation 12:10). In the prayer room we delight in God and His Words and He delivers us (Romans 7:22-25). He washes us with His Word
God’s end-time strategy is day and night prayer. God is calling us to believe and develop a radical prayer life. His end-time prayer movement will be full of the Spirit and the Word of God. Our prayers will not be vague and without life. As you come to Him in prayer, picture what God wants to do in and through your life. Picture with the eyes of faith what He wants to do in your city. Picture the answer in your mind, and pray towards that vision. Your prayers will influence those around you in a powerful way. Developing a dynamic prayer life is the wisest thing we can do with our life. Nothing will happen without it.
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“They may start from different points, and travel by different roads, but they converge to one point: they are one in prayer. To them God is the center of attraction, and prayer is the path that leads to God. These men (and women) do not pray occasionally - not a little or at odd times. But they pray in such a way that their prayers enter into and shape their very character. They pray so as to affect their own lives and the lives of others, and to cause the history of the church to influence the current of the times. They spend much time in prayer, not because they watch the shadow of the dial or the hands on the clock, but because it is to them so momentous and engaging a business that they can scarcely quit.” E. M. Bounds
Together in the Harvest,
Debbie Przybylski, Intercessors Arise
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