Praying our Petitionsby Nancy Missler
Someone taught me years ago that when I prayed the Scriptures, God would do powerful things, not only in me, but also in the ones I was praying for.
The King’s High Way has a local outreach in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho called “The King’s Place.” We have been blessed over the years to minister and counsel hundreds of hurting Christians. We are dedicated to encouraging and teaching Christians how to “walk out” their faith, and our passion is to focus on the practical application of Biblical principles.
Over the years we’ve found that summer is a time where the Body of Christ can get out of the routine of prayer, personal Bible study, assembling with other Believers or attending church regularly. Consequently, when summer winds down and fall begins, the outbreak of family dysfunction, children problems, and marriage crises peak. We get flooded with hurting Christians needing counseling, encouragement, prayer and intercession. We are in contact with many pastors and counselors throughout the United States who say the same thing.
This summer, don’t put your “Christian walk” on hold. It’s so easy to slowly walk away from reading or hearing the Word. Get involved in a daily Bible reading plan. I have been so blessed by KI’s Bible study by Dan Stolebarger. Dan is Executive Director of Koinonia Institute-Israel. Right now, we are going through the books of Hebrews, John and Proverbs. Monday-Friday he picks out verses from the readings of the day that personally have ministered to him. I can hardly wait each day to find out what the Lord has shown or directed him to share with all of us. If you are interested in this daily anointed walk of insight, you can email him at email@example.com and he’ll add you to the list.
Prayer and worship are so essential for keeping us intimate with our Lord. Don’t forget to make it part of your daily routine. Nancy wrote an article in 2005 about worship and prayer that we pray will encourage and bless you as we enter this summer season. Make it a choice to stay personally connected in your daily walk of faith.
Executive Director of King’s High Way Ministries
Worship is the whole reason we have been called, because the Bible tells us we become “like” what we worship. (Psalm 135:18) Consequently, if we want to become more like Christ—more conformed into His image of Love—we must learn to worship more.
Worship, we have found, is a two-way communication. When we humble ourselves, love and worship God, He then hears, answers and reveals Himself to us. He reveals Himself to us not only to give us the strength to continue on, but also the encouragement to pray more. So, experiencing God’s presence in our worship times not only leads us to deeper, heartfelt personal intimacy, but also to more intercession for others. Since we are (at that time) truly one with Him in spirit, Scripture promises that He will hear our prayers and also answer them. “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24)
Just as the perfume of incense and the cloud of Glory intermingled and became one above the Golden Altar of Incense in the Temple of Solomon, when we worship the Lord we become united in love and one in spirit with Him. At that moment we can ask whatever we will and the Lord promises to hear us. We haven’t just verbally attached “in His Name” to our prayers, we are literally joined and united “in His Name” while we are praying. Big difference! And because we are “one,” He promises to hear and answer. So, not only will “our joy be full,” but our prayers will be according to His will.
John 9:31 also validates that God hears true worshipers. So again, those who become one with Him by worshiping can be assured He will hear and answer their prayers.
King David is a perfect example of a worshiping and praying man. Scripture tells us that nothing could take him away from his times of prayer with the Lord. Prayer and worship were central to David’s life. Three times a day He came before the Lord to spend time with Him. And Psalm 119:164 tells us that he praised the Lord seven times a day. Try this yourself! Make a concentrated effort to praise God seven different (not consecutive) times in one day. You’ll find that it’s not as easy as you think. You have to actually plan it out. So, maybe this summer put an app on your smart phone to gently remind you, it’s time to praise Him.
But because of David’s intimacy with the Lord, he didn’t have to turn to others to tell him what he should do. He was so united with God (“in His Name”) that the Lord freely answered his prayers and personally told him what to do.
Daniel is another example of one who was at one with the Lord. Daniel was so beloved by God that the angel Gabriel came and told him that the Lord had given him special skill and understanding. (Daniel 9:21–23) What a glorious message to receive from God Himself! Wouldn’t you just love to receive a word like that? Wouldn’t that give you exceeding joy, beyond anything you could ever think or imagine? Well, that’s the kind of intimacy that Daniel experienced with God because he was a worshiper.
Nebuchadnezzar, on the other hand, was not a praying or worshiping man, and, thus, he had to continually seek other people to tell him what to do. He had all the power and all the influence of an emperor, and yet he had no peace, no joy and no answers from the Lord.
I learned long ago that if I wanted anything at all to be accomplished in my life, it must first be brought before the Lord in prayer. I also learned, however, that there is an appropriate way to pray and an appropriate time to pray. When I followed the Lord’s prescribed instructions, tremendous results would occur. When I did things my own way, everything would fall apart!
Someone taught me years ago that when I prayed the Scriptures, God would do powerful things, not only in me, but also in the ones I was praying for. Bob Sorge, in his book Secrets of the Secret Place, states that “when we pray with God’s Word on our lips, we know we are praying prayers that are living and powerful.” In other words, we are specifically praying “according to His will.” Hebrews 4:12 validates this. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
It’s true! When the language of our prayers is shaped by the Scriptures, we gain confidence in knowing that we are praying according to the will of God. This way we bypass our own self-centered, pity-party prayers and step into God’s thoughts, His mind and His wisdom. Now, there’s no reason to be afraid of repetition. God knows our heart and what is important to us, and by repeating the same prayers we become like that persistent friend in Luke 11 who would not take “no” for an answer.
(The ineffectual prayers that we must watch out for are those mechanical prayers that the Pharisees prayed in order to be seen, heard and thought of “as godly.” These were not genuine prayers from their heart, nor from the Spirit of God.)
Also, when you go into your prayer closet to worship, always have your Bible handy. Then, you not only can pray the Scriptures, but the Lord can also speak His will back to you through the Scriptures.
Since it’s always been very difficult for me to memorize Scripture, I found writing the Scriptures out and then praying them to be extremely helpful and beneficial. So, the following Scriptures are simply suggestions for prayer. They are not intended to be an in-depth thesis on prayer and worship. They are simply some personal thoughts and ideas that have helped me in my over 50-year walk with the Lord. If they minister, wonderful! If not, skip them and continue reading. Just as in worship, it’s imperative to allow the Holy Spirit to direct your prayers. Remember, we are not under the law, but under grace. Therefore, I do not mean to imply some sort of “methodology” or “ritual” here. We certainly don’t have to “work our way to heaven.” However, I do believe God has given us His Word and He is very pleased when we pray it back to Him.
Some personal prayers that have ministered to me over the years are:
In addition to your own daily prayers for each member of your family, here are some further Scriptures you might want to pray for them. (Again, let the Holy Spirit pick which ones.)
Think also about praying Acts 16:31, 1 Kings 8:23–53, Daniel 9:3–19, and Colossians 1:9.
Someone once gave me this list to pray for others. As I tried it, I was amazed to see so many I prayed for changed.
I might also suggest making a special prayer notebook or prayer journal with all of your own special Scriptures. Then, you can take it into the prayer closet with you. My prayer diary goes everywhere with me. Those who have seen it laugh, because it is so dog-eared and so beat up. But, never mind, I know what it says and it helps me remember the Scriptures.
The late David Wilkerson, again one of my favorite pastors, says, “After I end my prayer time, I linger in my secret closet of prayer. I bow before the Lord and say, `Jesus, I’m here just for You. I won’t bring any more requests or petitions. This is Your time and Yours alone. I’m here to listen to Your heart.’”
He goes on to say “I simply stay in His presence, loving Him and waiting on Him. I know He will come to me and speak His Mind.” Then, just like the priests of Solomon’s Temple, when their worship and prayer time was over, they went out and ministered to the congregation.
We, too, at this point, can go out and share of the fullness that we have received while worshiping the Lord at the altar of our hearts. By doing this, we will bless those we come in contact with by His continuing presence in us.