Level One: Creation’s Praise
Level Two: Angelic Praise
Level Three: “How Great Thou Art” Praise
Level Four: “Osmosis” Praise
Level Five: Praise with Understanding
Level Six: “God Focused” Praise
Level Seven: Battlefield Praise
Level Eight: Ordained Praise
Consider the account of the triumphal entry.
Level Nine: Perfect Praise
Excerpts from the book Glorify
by Marjorie J. Kinnee
In the midst of the darkness you will learn lessons you might never have learned in the day. We all have seen dreams turn to ashes – ugly things, hopeless experiences – but beauty for ashes is God’s exchange. Offer yourself to God and ask for the Spirit of praise so your whole being will be restored
Go to each of the following places and pray for those who frequent the area. Pray blessings on the ministry and on the person involved in the ministry.
Word will be communicated effectively
To go on a prayer walk without leaving the church.
To pray through the entire church praying for each specific ministry.
Talk about the many ministries of your local church. Make a prayer list with the different ministries listed. Divide your group into small groups of three of four and send them throughout the church praying for the different ministries.
Give them a list and include some prayer points for them to pray.
We can win anyone for whom God gives us a burden. If God burdens our heart for a soul, it is evident that He intends to save that soul. It is also evident that He desires to work through us as the human vessel since He gave us the burden. Many times the soul is actually won in prayer. It is one thing to pray, it is another thing to "pray right." Here are seven pointers for praying for the lost to be saved:
1. Pray Believingly
Mark 11:24 "Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
Prayer is the key, but faith unlocks the door. We must pray believing that God is working in the sinner's heart and preparing him for our visit.
2. Pray Realizing That With God All Things Are Possible
Mark 10:27 "And Jesus looking upon them saith, with men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible."
Recognize God in the picture, for nothing is too hard for God. In our praying most of us never get beyond human limitations and boundaries. We whittle God down to our own size and power. We are like the woman who said, "It's no use to talk to my husband. He won't listen to me."
3. Pray Asking the Soul to Be Saved For God's Glory
John 14:13 "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."
We should not pray for a soul to be saved that they may be a better husband or wife. This is selfish praying. We should pray for souls to be saved so they will no longer dishonor God in their sins. Our great concern should be that they will stop trampling over the precious blood of Christ and stop spurning God's love. This should be the real motive in soul winning rather than to put another "notch" on our belt, or add a few more figures to our report.
4. Pray Beseeching God to Awaken Them
Matthew 13:13, 15 "Because they seeing, see not, and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand. For this people's heart is become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed . . ."
Every sinner needs the Holy Spirit to reveal his sinful condition. Then Christ will be revealed to the heart. We should pray that the Holy Spirit will "quicken" their conscience, plow up their heart, and ring conviction in their soul. We should pray that God will give them "hearing ears" and "believing hearts." Pray that God shall open their understanding.
5. Pray Claiming That Soul Which the Blood of Christ Has Purchased
II Timothy 2:26 "And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will."
In one sense every soul is God's purchased possession, though still held by Satan through unbelief. We must through prayer claim and take for God that which is rightfully His. This is praying on the ground of redemption.
6. Pray Claiming the Tearing Down Of Satan's Strongholds in That Soul
II Corinthians 10:4 "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds."
The enemy has built up lies, false doctrine, stumbling blocks and many other strongholds in the minds of the unsaved to keep them from receiving Christ. He has them blinded lest the light of the glorious gospel should shine unto them. We must through prayer rebuke the enemy and claim the tearing down of his lies and warped ideas that are keeping the sinner from trusting Christ as Savior. We must exercise our authority in Christ.
7. Pray Perseveringly
Luke 18:7 "shall not God avenge his own elect, who cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?"
Perseverance is "not giving up." We persevere not to persuade God but because of the enemy. In persistent intercession we are pushing back the forces of evil. We are getting the enemy off of God's territory. Daniel prayed for three weeks before he received his answer from God, though the scripture says that God answered his prayer on the first day. Daniel spent three weeks wrestling with the forces of evil and hanging on to God in order that he might receive his "package."
Now go pray for that lost soul that God has laid on your heart, claiming these truths.
To get the church to be concerned for the lost to the point of prayer and outreach.
Talk briefly to the group on the mandate of Christians praying for the lost.
Pass out Most Wanted and Idea flyers to the group.
Have each person list two people in each of the categories.
1. Family 2. Friends 3. Neighbors 4. Co-Workers
Ask each person to commit to praying daily for the people on their list for the entire week or month.
Have them target one person that they will make personal contact with this week.
Encourage them to put their list in a prominent place that they see
daily. (refrigerator, mirror, etc.)
To teach people to pray conversational prayers (prayers in a normal tone of voice).
Explain the importance of being able to pray for someone in a public place. Remind them that many people they come in contact with every day do not attend church and have had no exposure to Pentecostal praying. If we prayed as we do in church, we would draw attention to ourselves and would most likely scare or embarrass the person who has a need. Think of all the times we miss taking advantage of an opportunity to pray for someone. Encourage them to step out in faith when they see someone in need and ask if they would like for you to pray for them.
When we pray in our churches, it is generally a collective roar. In this roar, often our prayers are hidden. We must learn to pray sensible, clear and concise prayers. Have you ever stopped to listen to yourself pray? Sometimes it makes no sense at all. Too often our volume is greater than our content.
Divide into small groups of three or four . Set the scene up for the groups. You are at Wal-Mart and someone approaches you and asks you to pray for them.
Have each person in your group give a request, one at a time. The have the person to their left pray out loud for them in a NON-CHURCH way—just like they would if they were in the middle of Wal-Mart. The rest of the group will be silent.
Please emphasize that we are Apostolic and there in nothing wrong with the way we pray and worship in our services. It is biblical. But we also need to know how to pray clear, simple prayers when the need should arise. For those who are shy and scared to pray, relieve their mind by reminding them the prayer doesn’t have to be long and eloquent. Short and to the point sometimes works just as well.
2 Chronicles 20:3-4
1. To try to locate or discover; search for.
2. To endeavour to obtain or reach
3. To go to or toward:
4. To explore.
Scriptures on Seek:
Psalm 9:10 - And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Psalm 34:10 - The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
Psalm 105:3 - Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
Psalm 119:2 - Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Proverbs 8:17 - I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Proverbs 28:5 - Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
Lamentations 3:25 - The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him
Matthew 7:7-8 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Psalm 10:4 - The WICKED, through the pride of his countenance, WILL NOT seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
To learn to make a prayer meeting out of key messages preached by your pastor.
This particular prayer meeting was based on a sermon my pastor preached with our congregation as we were about to enter into a time of prayer and fasting.
The goal of this prayer meeting is helping people understand how important it is to actively seek God in our life. It is not something that should be done just during church services, but should be done each day of our life.
Go through the scriptures on “seeking God.” Place emphasis on what the Bible says about those who will not seek Him.
Dismiss the group to seek God. Encourage them not to ask for anything other than God’s presence in their life. Ask them to make new commitments to God for their daily prayer time.
At the end give each person the tracker sheet to help them keep up with exactly how much time they are spending with God.