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Prayer - Little Girl“But, I just don’t know how to pray.”

It is true that prayer can seem rather daunting at times, or we find ourselves getting stuck in knowing what direction to take in prayer.

In honor of the 1st Birthday of The Sweetwater Prayer Center, I offer a collection of the Apostolic Prayers of the New Testament.  These are prayers taken directly from the pages of the Bible. 

I invite you to meditate upon these prayers offered up by those who pioneered the first steps of the faith we find so dear.  Allow them to sink into your heart.  Let them pass over your lips as you speak the very words of Scripture in prayer.

 

“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.”  — Acts 4:29-30

 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  –Romans 15:5-6 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  –Romans 15:13 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.  –2 Corinthians 1:3-5 

(I) do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.  –Ephesians 1:16-19 

(I pray) that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  –Ephesians 3:16-19 

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.  –Philippians 1:9-11 

For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.  –Colossians 1:9-12 

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  –1 Thessalonians 5:23 

To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  –2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 

Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith.  But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.  We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command.  May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.  –2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 

 Scripture quotations taken from New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA : The Lockman Foundation, 1995

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Change the Shape of Your World

Change the Shape of Your World

As I helped my father-in-law build a tree house for my sons, I was amazed at how the right tools can make a difficult job easier and much more enjoyable.

My sons have been begging for a tree house for years, and I have wanted to build one for them.  The simple truth is I kept putting it off because I didn’t have the knowledge or the resources to get the job done.

Doesn’t that describe how so many of us feel about our prayer lives?

We want to be a prayer warrior and greatly desire to shake Heaven with Bullet Train Prayers for the nations.  We just keep putting it off because we don’t know how.

Not anymore!

Here are 5 tools to equip you to pray for the nations, or that one nation that God has laid on your heart.  It is time to take your prayer life from thinking and wishing to standing and declaring!

Check out these tools and resources for world missions prayer.

  1. The CIA World Fact Book is an amazing place to start your search for world prayer information.  Here you can find information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.  Now that’s sure to awaken a sense of calling toward a specific place or people.
  2. Operation World is a complete global missions prayer guide.  It is like the encyclopedia of world missions prayer!
  3. Voice of the Martyrs is a sobering website for those of you who feel your heart being led to pray for a persecuted country.  It is a remarkable resource that will take your prayers from focusing on maps and flags to seeing the faces of men and women who put their life on the line because of their love for Christ.
  4. Prepare International is the website of a dear friend and visionary ministry that is helping to develop leaders and churches in Eastern Europe.  Those of you who’s hearts are drawn toward this geographic location will find specific prayer points and meet ministers who are laboring in the forgotten fields of Eastern Europe for our Lord.
  5. Once you determine your world prayer direction, I encourage you to log onto the Sweetwater Prayer Center website and take action to express where your prayers will be focused.  You will find a map on the site indicating which countries are currently being prayed for by friends of the Sweetwater Prayer Center.  I invite you to email me with your name and the country you are praying for so we can count you among the intercessors who will change the shape of the world through prayer.

Now you have some tools.  Go build something!

May the Lamb who was slain receive the full reward of His suffering.

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