12. Praying as a Bridal Warrior

The beauty of God’s nature shines out through His love. But also through His holy violence. He is glorious both as Lover and Warrior. His compassionate touch as Lover and explosive zeal as Warrior are both expressions of His Goodness. As His image-bearers we are redeemed to conform to His holy love as well as His holy violence. Both impact the way we pray. Living in the Father’s love gives us a place of safety and confidence to pray from. The romance of being Christ’s chosen Bride impassions the heart of the pray-er and fills the praying with love’s celebration. The same heart has been freed to enter into the zeal God has for His name and kingdom. He is God of breakthrough but insists on His kingdom people moving with Him to possess what the Lamb has purchased. It’s crucial that we know our enemy and the authority,  weaponry and strategy God has given us in Christ. This track draws attention to both the tenderness and aggression that characterizes  the praying priesthood under Christ. What’s at stake? The fame of His name, the fulfilling of our God-given, enemy-contested destiny, and the future of entire communities.

WHAT IT COVERS

  • The Glory of God the Lover
  • The Father’s love
  • The passion of the chosen Bride
  • The Bride on bended knees
  • The Glory of God the Warrior
  • Rest and violence
  • Kingdom conflict and breakthrough
  • Anointed for war
  • Warrior zeal
  • The enemy’s profile
  • Weapon and strategy
  • Fighting for your future
  • Fighting for a city

11. Praying for Transformation of Communities

Each new day provides an arena for God’s mercy to work reconciliation.  His plan is to change lives and transform communities as He reconciles all things to Himself through Christ. Can the foundational beliefs, values and practices of a community be exchanged for those that reflect the nature of God? Can the spiritual DNA of a city, be altered? Can governance, justice, education, commerce and media  receive a new heart and character? Can a nation be given a new song? Impossible for man but not for God. And He calls us to work with Him in His mission to harvest and transform. The Spirit of the Lord empowers His church to displace spiritual darkness and display Light that can transform hearts and cultures. Transformation is not about creating perfect societies on earth. It’s about the Spirit working undeniable changes in communities, transformations that defy natural explanation and point clearly to God at work.  Mercy’s work of reconciliation  will climax and culminate when Christ returns. But until then He works through us  to extend His rule in all the earth and into all of life. Prayer is both core and cutting edge of this Kingdom movement to transform hearts and communities. That is what the track, ‘Praying for Transformation’ is about. It focuses on praying for the Kingdom’s penetration and healing of target communities. It builds understanding of the foundations of earth’s city, and of Christ’s church as the Kingdom’s agent of healing and reconciliation.

WHAT IT COVERS

  • What is community transformation?
  • Kingdom, now and not yet
  • Babel foundations
  • A land in mourning
  • Christ, the protos
  • The church, the agent
  • Destiny-the story of you and a city
  • Seeing the invisible & impossible
  • Create a wisdom map
  • Inner room, Upper room, and streets
  • From humility to healing
  • First sign of transformation
  • Gatekeeper authority

10. Living in the Gap to Influence History

We are Christ’s company of bridal priests. We are both lovers and warriors. He has given us His spirit of rest and violence. We are content yet at the same time restless for change. We are His Kingdom messengers of reconciliation and agents of transformation. We live by a dual compulsion, to make His name famous in all nations and to rescue humanity living on our page of history. We  live now by design not chance. We carry a God-given mandate. It involves placing ourself in the GAP the Father has set between Himself and human need. It’s a gap filled by the Perfect Intercessor who calls His Kingdom people to partner with Him. So we become a voice of prayer in the gap, an incense able to affect God’s heart on behalf of people, communities, even nations. We discover both the exhilaration and gravity of being little people with a major mission. By our praying in the gap we affect the future of communities and the course of history! The privilege is free (thanks to the Lamb!) but the practice is costly. The track, ‘Living in the Gap’ will inspire you to embrace the cost of living in romance and warfare with Christ in the gap.

WHAT IT COVERS

Introducing prayer types
Prayer basics
Focus, goal and passion of prayer
The gap for God’s friends
Releasing incense
Praying God’s nature
Praying God’s promises
Prophetic praying
Fasted lifestyle
Today’s prayer movement

9. Building Agreement in Corporate Prayer

History pivoted on the Cross and the upper room prayer meeting that followed. The power of the age to come rushed into that Jerusalem prayer watch, impacted the city and launched a global mission movement that has not lost momentum. After that the early apostolic church could not reduce corporate praying to being just a peripheral activity. They had been witnesses of God’s powerful response to the sound of His people praying in agreement with Him and with one another. Praying together eclipses the prayer strength of praying alone…if done in agreement. This track, ‘Building agreement in corporate prayer’, feeds passion for corporate praying and explains key elements for praying with “one heart and mouth”. It explains mercy’s miracle of making zeros into ONE, drawing us into union with Him and with one another. Understanding oneness is the essential foundation for the high-rise building of prayer agreement. The track opens the dynamics of ‘upper room’ praying (distinct from the ‘inner room’ personal prayer life) and offers guidelines for leading prayer sessions. It explains the authority of the corporate prayer voice, how to build agreement, and the servant mindset of the upper room pray-er.

WHAT IT COVERS

  • One with God, one in God
  • A community of agreement
  • Keys to corporate prayer authority
  • Upper room prayer synergy
  • Leading prayer sessions

8. How to Pray the Scriptures

Praying is about expressing the thoughts of God not trying to impress Him with ours.  God reveals Himself to feed prayer responses  that agree with His nature and will. So His Word is the pray-er’s inseparable companion. Praying scripture is not new. It has its roots in ancient Hebrew prayer life. But praying God’s Word is a passion and practice that has been lost to many in today’s church. There’s a growing movement to rediscover it. The track, ‘How to pray Scripture’ gives background to the value of praying the Bible and explains various ways to do that. For instance, praying from a scripture text, praying from a Bible narrative, and praying topically using scripture. It demonstrates how to mix these creatively and the part that melody can play in prayer. The track is aimed at deepening enjoyment and confidence in personal prayer, upgrading the heart’s prayer expressions, and increasing accuracy in strategic prayer. The principles are transferable to corporate prayer settings. The track includes a workshop session for coaching in praying scripture.

WHAT IT COVERS

  • Learning to pray like Jesus
  • Prayer scribble
  • Shaping prayer from a verse
  • Shaping prayer from a narrative
  • Using Scripture to pray for a topic
  • Upgrading prayer language
  • Singing prayers
  • Prayers in the Bible
  • Workshop – praying scripture

7. Prayer Basics

WHAT IT COVERS
  • Defining prayer
  • Introduction to prayer types:
    • admiration
    • adoration
    • blessing
    • breath prayer
    • celebration
    • confession
    • consecration
    • contemplation
    • declaration
    • decree
    • desire
    • examen
    • imprecatory
    • intercession
    • lament
    • meditation
    • petition
    • praise
    • possession
    • prophetic
    • recollection
    • reflection
    • renunciation
    • repentance
    • rest, trust
    • thanks
    • warfare
  • Focus & Goal of prayer
  • Faith paradoxes
  • Perpetual prayer
  • Lifestyle prayer