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12. Praying as a Bridal Warrior

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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


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11. Praying for Transformation of Communities

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PRAYING FOR TRANSFORMATION


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


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10. Living in the Gap to Influence History

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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



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9. Building Agreement in Corporate Prayer

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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
  • From oneness to agreement
  • Keys to prayer symphony
  • Upper room prayer synergy
  • Leading prayer sessions


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8. How to Pray the Scriptures

 

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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 scripting
  • Praying a scripture text
  • Praying a scripture narrative
  • Praying a topic using scripture
  • Upgrading heart expressions
  • Singing prayers
  • Prayers in the Bible
  • Workshop – praying scripture


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7. Prayer Basics

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PRAYER BASICS
 
 
 
 
WHAT IT COVERS
  • Defining prayer
  • Introduction to prayer types:
    • confession
    • consecration
    • celebration
    • praise
    • thanks
    • adoration
    • desire
    • petition
    • intercession
    • blessing
    • imprecation
    • lament
    • prophetic declaration
    • contemplation 
  • Focus & Goal of prayer
  • Faith paradoxes
  • Perpetual prayer
  • Lifestyle prayer

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6. The Authority of Blamelessness

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THE AUTHORITY OF BLAMELESSNESS

The highest motive for living blamelessly is the pleasure it brings God. His Spirit in us gives us the capacity to shine as His image-bearers, but our personal purity influences the strength of the shining. Righteousness, holiness, purity, consecration, blamelessness. These are not just different words with common meaning. Each is a thread of brilliant colour making up the tapestry of our life that has “ever-increasing glory”.  The track, ‘The authority of blamelessness’, builds understanding of the beauty of holiness and gives perspective on the holy and the common in everyday living. It looks at the God-given grace for making choices that form our future in Him. It sets the challenge to live as a friend of God’s purifying fire. Blameless living is not optional. It’s a Kingdom essential. If praying is to carry the weight of Jesus’ authority in heaven and on earth it’s essential that the pray-er’s life  be free from anything that knowingly clashes with His will. Not perfect pray-ers, but blameless ones. Compromising blamelessness weakens our prayer authority against Darkness. Blameless living is not a popular message but is an urgent and non-negotiable essential for every Jesus-lover who is serious about Kingdom praying.

WHAT IT COVERS

  • The great exchange
  • The beauty of God’s holiness
  • Understanding the fear of God
  • Consecration
  • The holy and the common
  • Future-forming choices
  • Purity
  • Temptation
  • Purifying fire
  • Blamelessness
  • God’s pleasure or punishment


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5. Praying From God's Rest

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PRAYING FROM GOD’S REST

God has made us to function best from rest. His revelation of Himself to His people is purposeful. He wants us to enjoy an ever-increasing experience of His nature. That includes His restfulness. He is the busiest person in the universe yet constantly at rest. He never has a fearful thought or anxious moment. And He has chosen to share His restfulness with us! Not just the promise of future rest in His celestial city, but rest now in the chaos of the earthly one. The Fall wired us to be people of unrest. But redemption’s Grace rewires us and empowers us to learn how to live in the restfulness of God….in a world of unrest. The ability to rest when things shake is a powerful testimony to earth’s audience of the Lamb’s triumph. Resting in the Lord is essential for accurate praying (which is foundational to relationship with Him). We distinguish the sound of His voice more easily in rest. We see His perspective more clearly from rest. And if we’re to be prayer-warriors that do serious damage to Darkness it’s essential that we war from rest.

 

 

WHAT IT COVERS

  • Living in God’s restfulness
  • The security of Father’s love
  • Carried by the Perfect Protector
  • Hope’s guarantee of future
  • The authority in resting
  • The blessing of peace
  • Staying in rest
  • Wisdom’s restful house
  • Taking refuge in God
  • The celebration of God’s goodness


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4. Worshiping on the Way

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WORSHIP ON THE WAY


The ‘Worship on the Way’ track aims to impassion God’s followers of the Way to live as worshippers. We live in exciting chapters of God’s promised restoration of  the Davidic tabernacle. He has extraordinary works of grace prepared for this time in the history of nations. His plan calls for the church to work with Him for the display His glory on earth.  God's nature compels worship as our first work. All other activities of life overflow from the undivided heart of worship. The pattern of David’s tabernacle finds its fulfillment in Christ and His eternal order of New Covenant priests. We live as plainclothes priests of God’s presence. Each day brings fresh opportunity to learn responses to the Enthroned Glory with us. We become deliberate altar-builders. Practicing lifestyle worship is the core of God’s “house of prayer” community on earth. The ‘Worship on the Way’ track celebrates God, looks at keys for sustaining a heart of worship (even in times of trouble), explains prophetic worship, introduces the prayer-music dynamic, and makes the connection between extravagant worship and Kingdom extension in the nations.

 

WHAT IT COVERS

  • Explanation of worship
  • Essence of worship
  • Davidic tabernacle
  • Lifestyle altar-building
  • Celebrating God
  • Offerings enjoyed by God
  • The order of the new song
  • Worship under pressure
  • The culture of giving


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3. Priests for God's Pleasure

 

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PRIESTS FOR GOD’S PLEASURE


Christ's death not only freed us but elevated us to be an order of priests under Him forever. Not an exclusive band of professionals but plainclothes priests who do everyday living with an extra-ordinary mandate. We see the invisible Throne. Our every activity becomes an offering of eternal significance. At the cost of the Lamb’s life we have been installed as those who live (now and forever) to serve the Glory of God.  The final passing away of the earth will bring closure to a dimension of our priesthood on earth. But the solid core of our priestly ministry will continue forever, viz. sharing Christ’s passion to honour and please the Father. Redemption has awakened our capacity to (in ways we can’t fully understand) bring joy to God. His worthiness compels us to be an altar of constant fire and offering. Living as priests for His pleasure is liberating and stretching. It places an overlay of eternal significant on our daily living. This track unpacks the truth of living as priests of God’s presence in a way that affects our own world arena and, above all, affects the pleasure of God.

 

WHAT IT COVERS

  • Christ’s company of plainclothes priests
  • Servants of God’s pleasure
  • Priesthood’s first rule
  • Life’s highest goal
  • Thundering with heaven
  • Living to stir God’s heart
  • The power of choice


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2. Growing an Appetite for God

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GROWING AN APPETITE FOR GOD


We have received God fully but none of us experience Him fully. The miracle of God-with-us includes grace to know Him more and more. God has written appetite for Himself into the DNA of our faith. That hunger for God will be the most powerful ‘mover’ in our lives. It compels our hearts, reforms our thinking, orders our values, and influences our behaviour. That is, as long as our God-given desire for Him is not stifled by self-serving appetites. When we allow God-hunger to lose the war of appetites the biggest casualty is our own future. We have been redeemed to live as pilgrims. Our hearts are set on the unearthly city of God while at the same time enjoying Him in this earthly city. Faith’s appetite for God requires that we learn to manage our hearts and muscle-up our wills to keep moving closer to Him. All of living serves this appetite. And the more we know Him the more we hunger to know Him. The yearning for God is sustained by prayer and at the same time sustains the passion of the pray-er. This track follows logically after the track, ‘Living in God’s presence’, and is preparation for the track, ‘Priests for God’s pleasure’.

 

WHAT IT COVERS

  • The heritage of hunger for God
  • Understanding faith’s appetite
  • Pilgrim adventure: learning to know Him
  • Learning raised heart living
  • The will to move closer
  • Living defined by hunger for God
  • Disciplines and Habits of God-hungry people


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1. Living in God's Presence

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LIVING IN GOD’S PRESENCE


The presence of God with rescued sinners defies understanding. But our faith has been wired to explore the miracle of Emmanuel. Learning to live with God is the most satisfying, life-changing adventure written for the days of our earthly journey.  Enjoyment of God’s presence is more than a future hope. It’s a current experience. The Spirit of God is our life-coach, training us how to recognize Enthroned Glory in the most mundane daily activities. He schools us in living extra-ordinary lives. He teaches our tiny lives the celebration of living with Immensity. The miracle is not simply about God with us but about grace for intimate exchanges with Him in all of living. Celebrating His presence is at the heart of lifestyle prayer. This is the essential starting place in the equipping tracks and lays a foundation for an enjoyable, effective prayer life.

 

WHAT IT COVERS

  • The Emmanuel sign
  • Kingdom now and not yet
  • Living with Enthroned Glory
  • From mundane to extra-ordinary
  • Celebration of Tabernacles
  • House of Presence, house of prayer culture
  • Re-training the mind for responses


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