“On Prayer” by Chris Hodges #GrowLeader22

In Birmingham, Alabama, The Church of the Highlands hosted their 13th GrowLeader Conference.

Jesus never intended us to just pray The Lord’s Prayer as our only 16 seconds of prayer for the day.
Jesus intended us to use the Lord’s Prayer as an outline for what to be praying about.

It’s Spiritual.

You have to win the war in the spiritual realm first.

In your family, marriage, city, and church, the things going on are spiritual.

There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.

– A.T. Pierson

1. Improve your personal prayer life.

Put time with God on my calendar.

2. Enlist personal intercessors.

Get people praying for me.
Some people love to pray. They just need information.

3. Develop a solid prayer ministry.

Corporate prayer and fasting.

Prayer small groups.

Prayer Teams praying through the service.

Teach people how to pray.

Provides the church with Pray First booklets and bracelets.

Ways to Pray:

The Prayer of Jabez

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain. ‘ So God granted him what he requested.” – 1 Chronicles 4:10

The Lord’s Prayer

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one. – Matthew 6:9-13

Warfare Praying

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:10-18

Tabernacle Prayer

“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” – Exodus 25:8-9

Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament, but the Old Testament acts as pictures and examples for us.

“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.” – Exodus 33:11

The Outer Courts: Start with Thanksgiving.

Don’t just start with what you want. Thank Him for what He has already given!
Come up with a new way to thank God each day.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” – Psalm 100:4

The Brazen Altar: Focus on the Cross.

Spend time thanking God for the fivefold benefits of the cross:

  • Regeneration
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Divine Healing
  • Blessing
  • Advent (Return of Jesus)

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” – Psalm 103:2-5

The Laver: Offer every part of my life to God.

While going through the purification cleansing, you can see your reflection.

Spend time asking God to show you what you are not seeing. Ask for ways I need to repent and ask for forgiveness.

Offer every part of your body over to the Lord.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” – Romans 12:1

The Candlestick: Invite the work of the Holy Spirit in my life.

This is when Chris prays in the Spirit.

Spend time praying for the fruit of the Spirit, for spiritual gifts, for the 7 Spirits in Isaiah.

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and of might,
    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. – Isaiah 11:2-3a

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7

The Table of Shewbread: Claim the promises in God’s Word

Ask God for revelation from the Word of God.

Meditate on God’s Word.

Memorize Scripture. Get the Word of God in you.

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4

The Word of God is the only offensive weapon in the Armor of God!

The Altar of Incense: Worship

Spend time praying the Hebrew names of God:

  • Yahweh – “The Lord”
  • Adonai – “Lord God”
  • Elohim – “Father God, Creator God”
  • Abba – “Father or Daddy”
  • Yahweh Jireh – “The Lord who provides”
  • Yahweh Rapha – “The Lord who heals”
  • Yahweh Nissi – “The Lord is my banner”
  • Yahweh Shalom – “The Lord is Peace”
  • El Quanna – “A Jealous God
  • El Roi – “The God who sees me” 
  • El Shaddai – “God Almighty” 
  • El Elyon – “My Redeemer lives” 

“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice….” – Psalm 95:6-7

The Ark of the Covenant: Intercede for Others

Spend time interceding for the 4 levels of authority:

  • Government authorities.
  • Work authorities.
  • Family authorities.
  • Church authorities.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

God will give you every place you put your foot, but you are going to have to be strong and courageous!

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