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Prayer Is The Strategy Of Heaven

12376824_1071088856287554_8701785010003690252_n“Intercession is standing before the court of heaven and pleading a case or cause before an awesome God. There are things that deeply touch the righteous Heart of the Father and above all, He is jealous of His glory…”

Our God is a mighty warrior. He is a God who has a strategic plan. And you and I can take part in this strategic plan. I doubt if very many of us wake up in the morning and enter the day realizing that we are at war and that strategy is of utmost importance. The truth is that prayer is the greatest strategy in the world. Prayer is the strategy of heaven. As we use this weapon of prayer, God then gives us His strategy for life on earth.

The majority of the Church worldwide has not yet awakened to this strategic weapon of prayer and intercession. If we did, we would be using it, and our prayer meetings would be packed to overflowing. I envision that day coming. We will begin to realize more and more that nothing happens without prayer. Often in the natural we look to man-made methods and schemes to get the job done. We think big money and promotion will reach the world. We try harder with our human ingenuity. No! That will never work, at least not long-term. Prayer and intercession will prepare the way for the harvest. We must set our hearts above. We must choose to use heaven’s strategy rather than man’s human devices. We must set our minds above and learn to intercede. Prayer is the strategy of heaven.

“Since, then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1-2).

It is in prayer that God gives us heavenly strategy to do the work on earth that will touch the world. I have seen this over and over again. In intercession God gives us the greatest plan. In the quiet place God opens to us His greatest secrets. Everything that will make a difference has to have the touch of the supernatural. God does the work through us, and He gives us His plan in prayer. Multitudes did use the strategy of prayer on the Global Day of Prayer. Corporate intercession took place in 169 nations. But it must continue with increasing intensity and commitment. The days we are living in are evil, and nothing but intense intercession will bring in the harvest. These are days of opportunity, and God is raising up intercessors to take back the land in every nation as they use this heavenly strategy. Never underestimate the true potential of prayer and intercession.

Never fail to realize that an hour in prayer can make a huge difference in the strategic outcome of your day.

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

Ways to Touch Heaven’s Strategy of Prayer

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

I find in my life personally that a quicker way to enter into the throne room of God is through worship, praying the Word of God and fasting. This brings us quickly into heaven’s perspective. We touch heaven through our praise, we touch heaven through praying the world, and we touch heaven when we deny ourselves through fasting. We are then able to concentrate more fully on God’s heart.

  • Worship and Praise – Worship, praise and thanksgiving should be incorporated into our lives as much as possible. When you are down or discouraged, try the medicine of praise and thanksgiving. It is a good medicine because it puts our attention back upon the greatness and the glory of God.

    “We can never underestimate praise as one of the greatest and most powerful weapons of war which the Lord has placed in our hands. And, when praise becomes high praise, it commands the unlimited resources of heaven because it gives absolute glory to the Lord. In a way which is beyond our understanding, deliverance and redemption are wrought through praise with great power for such conclusively speak of the supreme victory of Jesus.” 

  • Pray the Word of God – If you want to grow in your prayer life, grow in your study of the Bible and in praying it. God loves us to pray His Word. God loves us to use the sword of the Spirit, His Word, in intercession for the lost. It keeps us on-target, and we begin to think the very thoughts of God.

    “The promises and blessings of God’s Word are conditional. What God has done before, He will do again under the same climate and by the same standards. It is for this reason that intercession must be solidly built upon and directed by the Word. This means that the intercessor must know and quote the word. This is not so the devil can hear but because a case must be made before the Lord… God is committed to His word and the fulfilling of it.” 

  • Fast and Pray – Fasting is a key to a powerful prayer life. Fasting together with prayer will help you to tap into heaven’s riches and strategy in a way nothing else can. It quiets your outer man so that your inner man can hear the heartbeat of heaven.

    “Jesus was always ‘prayed and fasted up’ while the disciples were not. This is why He always had authority in any situation. It is too late in the crisis to ‘get fasted and prayed up,’ so to speak… The benefits, blessings and powers of fasting are clearly revealed in the Word. Firstly, fasting brings the flesh into submission in all areas and herein lies the secret of the power… Fasting is a total denial of self which is mandatory if one is to be a true disciple of Jesus ( 16:24). Thirdly, there is a mysterious relationship between fasting and the power of heaven intervening on our behalf.”

Is it always easy to go heaven’s way? No, we are tempted by earth’s attraction. We are tempted by quick results and man-made schemes, by things that look so good. We are attracted by fleshly fame and fortune. But in reality prayer is what really will get the job done. Prayer and intercession will bring glory to the King and touch earth with heaven’s riches. Prayer is the strategy of heaven. Prayer is the work, the strategic work, of the Kingdom. Prayer will prepare the way for the King.

Never forget this, because your enemy will tempt you in every way possible to get the job done through human resources. He will promise you a quick, painless way to get results. But the quickest way is go straight to the King yourself in prayer. And He will reveal to you a strategy of life that will release His greatest glory through you here on earth. Why is this true? It is because you will be living and doing exactly what you were made for.

And I promise you that this is a joyful and fulfilling way to live.

“God puts no limitations on His ability to save through true praying. No hopeless conditions, no accumulation of difficulties, no desperation in distance or circumstances can hinder the success of real prayer. The promises of prayer are linked to the infinite rectitude and to the omnipotent power of God. There is nothing too hard for God to do. God is pledged if we ask, we shall receive. God can withhold nothing from faith and prayer.” Quotes by Michael Howard

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
IHOPKC

For additional training on the intercessor and strategic prayer, read Deeper Still: Secrets to a Deeper Prayer Life by Debbie Przybylski.

Simple Steps In Establishing A Lighthouse of Prayer

12342810_1071086426287797_4528222219828104224_n“Prayer is the key to reaching the world with the Gospel of Jesus.
The greatest forces of power in the universe are mobi-lized, and history 
is made when we pray. God is looking for men and women 
who will stand in the gap on behalf of the land.” 
Ezekiel 22:30, Isaiah 59:16, 63:5

There are three essential elements of a Lighthouse of Prayer lifestyle:

Prayer, Care, Share. Firstly, we want to pray for individuals and families in our communities. Secondly, we want to show that we care through acts of kindness. Thirdly, these two combined will open opportunities to share our hope in Christ.

Pray

  • Begin praying for a few neighbors you know who do not know Christ – Then start praying for them. You may choose to find a Christian friend or two to pray with.
  • Make a simple map of your neighborhood – You may choose your school or place of employment.
  • Identify your neighbors by name – Add your neighbor’s names to the map as you begin to identify them.
  • Begin prayerwalking your neighborhood – Walk and pray through your neighborhood, or pray around your map for your neighbors while at home.
  • Pray regularly as you learn more about your neighbors – Continue to add information to your prayer map. You may want to add children’s names, etc.
God gets people’s attention when He answers prayer. We recommend that Lighthouse individuals select from five to twenty people who are not presently in Christian fellowship.A simple means of praying is to make a commitment to pray for:

    1) 5 people
    2) 5 weeks
    3) 5 minutes a day
    4) 5 days a week
    5) asking 
5 requestsThis 5 by 5 plan allows even busy people a way to strategically minister to their neighbors.

    The five requests are based on the accrostic B-L-E-S-S.

    B – Body – For health, safety, and physical needs.
    L – Labors – For the success and prospering of their work and/or studies (Jeremiah 29:7).
    E – Emotions – For peace and joy to replace fear and anxiety (Matthew 10:13).
    S – Social life – For families to function well together and in their community.
    S – Salvation – For each to understand salvation in Jesus Christ and grow in their spiritual lives.

Care

  • Be friendly – Greet the people on your list and others God sends across your path. Cultivate friendliness. Many people are very lonely. One quick wave or “hi” may be their only contact with anyone all day or week.
  • Build relationships – Allow yourself time to be outside in your yard when neighbors are usually out. In an apartment, be friendly while checking your mail or doing the laundry.
  • Be ready to listen – People need to know that you care about what is important to them.
  • Watch for needs they have or share – Let them know you will pray for them.
  • Be quick to reach out with “random acts of kindness” – Pick up trash on their lawn, put their paper by the door, or do anything that you see to do.
  • Invite a neighbor in whenever they stop by – Openness will make you a real friend.

Share

  • Seek natural opportunities to share your faith in Christ – Share a portion of God’s Word when appropriate. Pray and ask God for the right timing and when to share more.
  • Be prepared to share some material with them – The Jesus video, simple devotional guides, non-threatening tracts, etc. are excellent materials to leave with them.
  • Know that God may give you an opportunity to share your personal testimony – Make sure that you are ready to share a testimony of how Christ has changed your life.
  • Tell the people you are praying for about any Christian events they can attend – It may be a Bible study, Christian women or men’s luncheon, church event, etc. Invite them to attend with you.
  • Take your time – Know that God will lead you.

For more information, see the Lighthouse Movement website.