It’s good to have an action plan in the prayer room during the quieter times when there is no active verbal intercession. This will help you stay focused and engaged. A prayer action plan will keep your mind from wandering. Realize that you are speaking to a real person who loves you. Be attentive, and focus your mind on the Father who sits on His throne (Revelation 4). When there is verbal intercession in the prayer room, listen and pray with them.
Let’s look at some ways we can develop a dynamic prayer life in the prayer room (See mikebickle.org):
- Have a personal Bible plan – Daily read several chapters in the Bible or whole books of the Bible. There are several Bible plans. Find one that is helpful for you.
- Pray the Bible – Pray the apostolic prayers and other Biblical prayers. Pray phrases of what others are praying from the Bible in the prayer room.
- Have a prayer list for others – Include specific places (cities, nations) and people (friends, ministries, unsaved, governmental authorities, etc.).
- Pray for strategic social issues – Pray about current disasters and social crises. Pray regarding the issues of abortion and homosexuality, etc.
- Have a personal prayer list – Pray for your personal circumstances such as your physical, financial, and relational situations.
– Pray for your own heart (intimacy, fear of God, purity,
speech, a spirit of prayer).
– Pray for your mind (your understanding of God’s purposes, a spirit of revelation of God’s emotions, will for your life, and end-time purposes).
– Pray for your ministry (anointed hands and words, contending for God’s purposes, authority and conviction in your words, insight into the secrets of God’s heart, fruitfulness).
- Pray for wisdom. Mike Bickle encourages us to pray for the following:
– Revelation of God’s personality and His Word with wisdom to walk out the practicality of love and humility (Ephesians 1:17).
– Knowledge of God’s personal love for me (Ephesians 3:17-19;
1 John 3:1).
– Revelation of God’s will for my life (Colossians 1:9).
– Revelation of God’s end-time purposes (Daniel 11:35; 12:10).
– Personal revelation of eternity (Psalm 39:4-6; 90:12), the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21), the Judgment Seat (1 Cor. 3:11-15), the resurrected body (1 Corinthians 15) and hell (Rev. 20:11-15).
Houses of Prayer will help us develop dynamic prayer lives.
The prayer room strengthens our personal and corporate prayer life. When we draw near to God in the House of Prayer, he will draw near to us (James 4:8). In the prayer room we get to know God’s love for us in a deeper way. We grow in confidence that God loves us. We discover His heart for us. God’s light drives out darkness and energizes our spirits (Luke 11:36). Our spiritual capacity is enlarged in the prayer room. We experience the supernatural impact of God’s light in our lives. We then turn away from sin, and we come to the realization of Song of Solomon 7:10:
“I belong to my beloved, and His desire is for me.”
In the prayer room we delight in God and His Words, and He delivers us (Romans 7:22-25). He washes us with His Word. The devil can’t get us with his accusations and condemnations (Revelation 12:10) as we spend time in the prayer room.
The prayer room seems to be the place where we can learn to live in victory and wisdom. Let’s pray and ask God for His light to enter our hearts (Psalm 43:3). Let’s pray for His Word to grip our minds (Psalm 119:18, 105, 130; Colossians 3:1-3) and help us to make quality decisions to walk in righteousness daily (Psalm 24:3-6; 119:11, 32). May His Word empower us to obey His commands and daily set our hearts on wholehearted obedience.
God’s end-time strategy is day and night prayer. He is calling us to believe and develop a radical prayer life. It will be costly and sacrificial, but it will be well worth the effort (Romans 12:1-2;
2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 1 John 3:16-18). We are celebrating the life of Jesus in prayer. We are standing for justice and freedom for mankind. This end-time prayer movement will be full of the Spirit and the Word of God. Our prayers will not be lifeless, but they will have power to change nations and cities. As you come to Him in prayer:
- Picture what God wants to do in and through your life.
- Picture with the eyes of faith what He wants to do in your city.
- Picture the answer in your mind, and pray towards that vision.
Your prayers will influence those around you in a powerful way. Developing a dynamic prayer life is the wisest thing we can do with our life. Nothing will happen without it.
“They may start from different points, and travel by different roads, but they converge to one point: they are one in prayer. To them, God is the center of attraction, and prayer is the path that leads to God. These men do not pray occasionally—not a little or at odd times. But they pray in such a way that their prayers enter into and shape their very characters. They pray so as to affect their own lives and the lives of others, and to cause the history of the church to influence the current of the times. They spend much time in prayer, not because they watch the shadow of the dial or the hands on the clock, but because it is to them so momentous and engaging a business that they can scarcely quit.”
E. M. Bounds
By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International