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E-ZINE ARTICLE #038

THE ROLE OF PASTORS IN MOBILIZING PRAYER

 

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#038   THE ROLE OF PASTORS IN MOBILIZING PRAYER

 

THE ROLE OF PASTORS IN MOBILIZING PRAYER

WE HAVE THE JESUS MODEL: PASSION

John 10:11  ³I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life

for the sheep.14  ³I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know

me ‹

1Peter 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

John 2:14 In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves,

and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of

cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he

scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To

those who sold doves he said,  ³Get these out of here! How dare you turn my

Father¹s house into a market!² 17 His disciples remembered that it is

written:  ³Zeal for your house will consume me.²

·        Do your sheep know you are zealous for prayer?

·        Are you brave enough to turn over the tables of tradition that keep hinder your church from becoming a house of prayer?

 

 

WE HAVE AN APOSTOLIC MODEL: PRIORITY

Acts 6:4 ³(We) will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the

word.²

·        Is prayer a priority equal to the Word?

·        Have you released the ministry (deaconing) to the church?

 

 

WE HAVE PAUL¹S METHOD: PARTNERSHIP

Acts 16:13  On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.

·        Do you know where to look for the people of prayer in your church? Your city?

·        Go there! Find them!

·        Build a team...Bless and use the intercessors

 

 

WE HAVE A CHURCH MODEL: PERMEATED

Ephesians -6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

·        Standard prayer begins with me ... Strategic prayer begins with God! (18: pray in the Spirit)

·        A House of Prayer Church prays:

.Every where (all occasions)

.Every way possible (all kinds of prayers)

.Every time we¹re together (always keep on praying)

.for Every one in their church (all the saints)

.for Every one in their world (19: whenever I open my mouth)

 

 

WE HAVE A PASTORAL MANDATE: PEOPLE

1Tim. 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone ‹ 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men ‹ the testimony given in its proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle ‹ I am telling the truth, I am not lying ‹ and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.

·        You have been appointed the messenger (7: apostle)

·        Your message? (5-6: Jesus died so that we may live)

·        Your motivation? (3-4: God loves the world, every person, every neighborhood)

·        Your mandate? (2: Pray comprehensively; from your leaders to your neighbors)

·        Your means? (1: Pray with urgency; make prayer a priority)

 

 

NOW WHAT...?

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

·        Is your congregation devoted to prayer?

.Pastor?

.Leadership Team?

.Children¹s Teachers?

.Youth Workers?

.Choir Members?

.Ushers & Trustees?

·        Prayer that connects them to, draws them toward sharing their faith?

·        Prayer for their neighbors and their city?

 

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis.

·        Have you found the Epaphras intercessors who agonize in prayer (12: wrestle)?

·        Are you training everyone in the discipleship of prayer, so that, your prayer ministry prays people into their maturity and assurance in Christ (12)?

·        Are you hearing and seeing a passion to pray for and to serve the cities (13)?

 

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