“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power to us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17-19a)
- Pray specific Scripture – God’s Word is filled with wisdom and so you can pray through most Scripture. I highly recommend the book called Praying the Bible by Wesley and Stacey Campbell.
- Pray the promises of Scripture – Claim God’s promises in Scripture over your city, church and families. God’s Word will not return void. When you pray God’s promises over your family, neighborhood or nation, you are planting seeds of God’s Word that will eventually grow and produce a harvest.
- Pray the apostolic prayers – The apostolic prayers are prayers that we should pray over and over again. Some good apostolic prayers are: Acts 4:24-31, Ephesians 1:15-20, 3:14-21, 6:18-20, Philippians 1:3-6, 9-11, Colossians 1:2-6, 4:2-4, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, 5:23-25, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3, Titus 2:11-13, Jude 24-25.
- Pray for revival in your church, city and nation – It is wise to bathe your area in prayer for revival. This releases God’s Spirit in the city.
- Pray for things that are familiar with others in your geographical area – Pray for the needs in your area that are common to those in the prayer meeting. People can best agree in prayer over common concerns in the city.
- Don’t pray long prayers – Realize that 3-5 minute prayers are long enough. In a corporate prayer meeting, you want many to be involved. When one person dominates the prayer room, others who desire to pray can feel frustrated.
- Don’t inform God or others of the details of specific circumstances – God know the circumstances and others do not need to be informed.
- Don’t teach or preach to others in your prayers – Always remember that you are praying to God and not others. Concentrate on Him, seek His face. Pray to Him directly.
“Knowing God and having Him reside within you is a treasure of infinite value. Jesus likened this value to that of a perfect pearl. The collector would readily sell everything he had in order to possess this one matchless pearl (Matthew 13:45-46). Your relationship with God places an immeasurable value on your life. The treasure of God’s wisdom and knowledge are available to you through Christ (Col. 2:2-3). His love now fills you. His incomprehensible peace surrounds your heart and mind (Phil. 4:7). When Jesus dwells in your life, everything available to Christ dwells within you (Eph. 3:19). Don’t focus on outward appearances and physical strength, for these deteriorate. Rather, allow the Holy Spirit to convince you of the infinite treasure that is within you because of God’s presence.” Henry Blackaby
By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International