The Beauty of God’s Diversity


“Each prayer group is tempted to think its approach is the most effective way to pray.  Yet we find – if we’re willing to take the first step and actually get out there and pray with those who are different from us – that it’s Jesus we have in common.  When we’re standing in His presence together, focusing on Him, theological walls come tumbling down.  Prayer is not about us.  It’s about Jesus, His fame, His purposes, His desires.” Fawn Parish

May we not deprive ourselves of the richness, the wisdom and the many dimensions of God. Recently I was able to live with people from over 40 nations.  We lived with this diversity for many years in the past, and it was a tremendous experience to live with so many cultures once again.

Presently we are in Germany training people from many different countries who are working in many nations. It is wonderful and reminds me of what heaven will be like. In the same way, I have had the experience of praying with and meeting intercessors of not only different countries, but of different denominational backgrounds, ages, personalities and approaches to prayer.  It is a real delight for me to meet and get to know such a diverse group of people.  Some have been praying for years and some are beginning and wanting to learn more. I sense the delight of God in every single person who wants to learn to pray.

He enjoys all these different types of prayer warriors, and we should too!

Open your heart to others who may have a different denomina-tional background or prayer style than yours.  Know that God is not limited to just one style of praying.  He enjoys them all and is thrilled with every young Christian who is learning to pray. It is really time that we begin to focus on Him and forget our differences. This does not mean that we shouldn’t pray with those who are like us, but we must be willing to pray with those who are different and not judge their approach to God.

Remember that Jesus is the treasure, the Word of God is the treasure map, and each one of us is a clue to that treasure. We miss out if we never mix with those who are different, because they have clues to the treasure that we need. We see a wider spectrum of God’s nature as we see the diversity of one another.

The main thing that keeps us apart from one another is our pride. Someone has said that pride is like bad breath. You’re the last person to know you have it. God wants us to walk in humility, and to esteem and honor one another. The richness of God is wild, untamable and unfathomable. We must passionately seek to embrace humbly anyone who has a clue to the treasure of Jesus. Intercession is diverse in so many ways – cultural backgrounds, gender, denomina-tional background, spiritual maturity, etc.

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ” (1 Corin-thians 12:12).

The Diversity of Intercessors

“God didn’t make a mistake when He made us different.  He did it for a purpose.  Just as we need all the parts of our physical body, we need all the different prayer styles in the body of Christ.  We need all the different prayer styles to pray everything that is on God’s heart.” Alice Smith

The following are many prayer styles that show forth the treasure of diversity in the body of Christ.

  • Worship intercessors – They like to worship during prayer times or sing their prayers to God.
  • Warfare intercessors – They like to uncover the enemy’s evil plans and stop him through their prayers.
  • Crisis intercessors – They like to pray for emergencies.
  • List intercessors – They like to pray from a list.  They often have missionaries, unsaved friends or the sick on lists.
  • Issues intercessors – They like to pray for issues in the news such as government decisions, disasters or scandals.
  • Nations intercessors – They like to pray for countries or over a map.
  • Prophetic intercessors – They like to listen to God as much as they speak.  They like to pray on-target prayers.
  • Mercy intercessors – They feel the heart of God and pray in a way that brings God’s mercy into situations.
  • Special assignment intercessors – They like to pray for situations or people that God puts on their heart.
  • Administrative intercessors – They like to organize others to pray.  They inform others of prayer needs, organize prayer chains and help others to pray more effectively.
  • Evangelism intercessors – They like to pray for the lost until they are saved.
  • Flexible intercessors – They like to use a variety of prayer styles in prayer and can move from one style to another according to the need of the moment. 

“Prayer should enlarge, not limit, our view of God.  God is so enormous,
so multi-faceted, that no one prayer group could ever fully express or represent Him.” 
Fawn Parish

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International


Evangelism and Kingdom Living

12373256_1069628439766929_8331322635533185901_n“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him”
(2 Corinthians 2:14).

Every intercessor should be involved in some form of evangelism. You cannot pray without reaching out to the people around you. Intercession and outreach to the needy must be cultivated. God is preparing us for the final harvest. He wants us to see the big picture and be His kingdom people. We are called to pray in the Kingdom of God (Lord’s prayer) and take part in bringing in God’s kingdom rule on earth. We are taking back the earth for the Lord Jesus. Every time you witness, every time you pray for someone, every time you bring encouragement, every time you lead someone to the Lord, you are bringing in God’s kingdom.

The kingdom of God by definition is the arena of God’s rule, the place where God is king.
 We need a vision of the big picture, because there is a big gap in the tapestry of what God is doing if we don’t do our individual part. There is an enormous significance to your life and ministry because you are in a worldwide tapesty of what God is doing in bringing in His kingdom. Your individual responsibility and part is so important right now. It is assigned to you by God, and you are united to a worldwide prayer and evangelistic movement.

Paul said, “The kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:20). We are now entering into a time where the power of God is of utmost importance. God wants us to be men and women of power who proclaim and live the kingdom of God. The true word is verified by the true power of God. Jesus often performed miracles before he taught. He knew that if people had an encounter with God, they would be more open to what he had to say. The kingdom of God is now. Jesus came to teach the way of life in the kingdom of God, and He does it in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. The Sermon on the Mount is the description and instruction for kingdom living. The kingdom is mentioned 160 times in Scripture. It is here available to everyone.

Everything revolves around bringing God’s kingdom on earth. Christ will rule on earth. We must reclaim our high ground of hope for the future. We can live in the reality of the age to come and experience his glory right now. The great hope that Jesus gave us about His kingdom was that it was at hand (Mark 1:15). Our message of the kingdom is that Jesus is king. When darkness is covering the earth, the glory of the lord will arise. We can build for the age to come. We can enhance our worship of the king. We can live as God’s kingdom people practicing the Sermon on the Mount right where we live and work. As we begin to bring God’s kingdom into our neighborhoods and work environments, here are four powerful ways to begin to practice kingdom living in your own life.

Ways to Practice Kingdom Living

  • Study the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 – Begin to pray it into your own life.
  • Worship God as king, and give Him extravagant praise – God’s power is released as you worship over the area you desire to reach.
  • Study verses on the Kingdom of God – Prophetically proclaim God’s kingdom over the land God is giving you.
  • Understand the tremendous authority you have in Christ in praying God’s kingdom on earth, and live it out in your daily life – Demonic spirits fled wherever Jesus walked, because He walked in holiness and practiced kingdom living (Mt. 5-7).

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International