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Houses of Prayer Protect the City

11351384_963508680378906_3200653058450209561_nThere is not a better way to protect our cities and touch the needy than to have Houses of Prayer.

This is going to be a necessity in the coming days. Through prayer and intercession we can pray into the atmosphere of heaven and bring heaven’s will to earth, praying the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. The word used for inter-cession in the Bible is “paga.” This word can also be translated as “boundary.” Through prayer we can build boundaries of protection around our cities. Through united prayer together with heartfelt action, we can protect God’s purposes and plans for our cities.

What is the central dream of your city? What is the plan or purpose of God for your city?

God has a good plan for your city, but the enemy has an evil plan. God anticipated your city and planned it. Your city does have a divine purpose; there is the need to cry out to Him 24/7 for the fulfillment of that purpose. You need to protect the dream of God for your city through prayer. Read what well-known intercessor and author, Dutch Sheets, says about watchmen:

“Protection is an important aspect of the watchman anointing. Watchmen are guards, bodyguards, doorkeepers and, generally speaking, those who protect by covering in prayer.”

We used to live in the city of Virginia Beach, very close to the Atlantic Ocean. Often we were threatened by possible hurricanes that occasionally came up the east coast of the United States. I remember a time when a group of Christian leaders, made up of pastors and intercessors, decided that the threat was too serious. They called the region—which included seven cities—to day and night prayer for the protection of our area. God protected each city.

In the Old Testament times, a watchman would keep watch on the walls for enemies or watch after the crops at harvest time (Isaiah 1:6-8; Ezekiel 22:30). We need watchmen to watch over God’s harvest in our cities and protect it as well. Just as God appointed mankind as guardians and watchmen of the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:15, He wants us to be watchmen and guard the land where we live. The Greek words used for “to guard” are “gregoreuo” and “agrupneo,” which both mean to be awake or sleepless. This implies protection. We need to be God’s night watchmen and be on the lookout for danger.

In an area of Africa, the first Christians were very serious about watchful prayer. Each believer had their own special place outside the village where they could be alone to pray in solitude. They reached these out door “prayer rooms” by walking through their own private footpath through the brush. But when the grass began to grow over one of the trails, they knew something was desperately wrong—someone wasn’t praying.

They were perfect examples of watchmen because they were so concerned about the spiritual welfare of each other. A custom sprang up among them. Whenever one of them noticed an overgrown prayer path, they would go to the person and warn them in a loving way by saying: “Friend, there’s grass on your path!”

God wants you to be a watchman just like these villagers in Africa. He wants you to join with others in 24/7 prayer for your city and for one another.  Isaiah 62:6-7 stresses the need to give God no rest, and to pray day and night for the city of Jerusalem:

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.”

The same is true for each one of our cities. As you begin to look at your city through the eyes of God and with His heart, realize that it belongs to Him. We read in Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” God wants you to contend for your city in prayer. He wants you to pray for His authority to rule supreme in your city.

Although Satan has invaded our cities, through prayer and action we can take them back.

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

Watchmen for Your City

cropped-11295696_968829226513518_6763007680125419221_n1.jpg“A watchman on the wall does many things. He carefully watches what is happening and alerts the community when good ambassadors approach the city… A watchman also warns the city far in advance when an enemy approaches. He sounds an alarm to awaken the people because he knows ‘to forewarn them is to alert and arm them.’ Then they quickly can rally to take their stand on the wall against the enemy before he wrongfully tries to enter into the city.” Dutch Sheets

Day and night prayer is not only enjoyable, leading to heartfelt action and abundant fruitfulness, it will also change the atmosphere of your city. If there was ever a time when we needed to be alert for our cities and pray day and night for our neighborhoods, it is now. Too many evil things are happening at an increasing rate. We have the secret of prayer and God’s presence that can touch our cities and ward off the evil intent of the enemy. Day and night prayer is much more powerful than we realize. It can release the power of God and His anointing in even the darkest of places.

In the House of Prayer we welcome and honor the Holy Spirit,
asking Him to lead us in our prayer time. We need to pray by the power and at the initiation of the Holy Spirit. We can’t do it ourselves (John 5:19). Sometimes He whispers to us with an impression in our heart as to what to pray. Sometimes He directs us to specific Scriptures to pray. We need to be watchful and attentive to the Spirit’s leading (1 Peter 4:7; Ephesians 6:18). We ask the Lord what He is doing and listen. We spend time in worship when we come into God’s presence.

It’s almost like putting up the sail in a boat on a lake when the weather is calm. Suddenly the sail catches the wind even with the most gentle breeze, and the boat begins to move. We position our heart to listen carefully for the knowledge of His will; then we pray it back to Him. Many times God’s leading is like a whisper. If we pray faithfully and thankfully during the day of small beginnings, God will lead us into action and will bring increase (Luke 16:10; 19:17; Matthew 25:21). Sometimes the action God wants us to take is prayer for protection. Sometimes it is reaching out in love to a needy person in the inner city. Look at what happened to a 47-year-old woman named Martha:

“I was walking down the street on my way home from work around two years ago. A lady told me there were people inside praying. She said they prayed here every week and invited me to come. I was looking for God everywhere and knew He was speaking to me, so I went in. I have struggled with loneliness for many years. These people told me I belonged and had a place with them. I am now serving God and know my place is truly with Him. I still have struggles, but I now have people to help me walk it out.”

“Watchmen are ordinarily placed on the walls of a city to give notice to the rulers of coming danger. God appoints watchmen not only to warn menoften they will not hearbut also to summon Him to come to their aid whenever need or the enemy may be threatening. The great mark of the intercessors are that they are not to hold their peace day or night, to take no rest, and to give God no rest, until the deliverance comes. In faith they may count upon the assurance that God will answer their prayers.” Andrew Murray

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

How to Find Eternal Life

11390094_968828946513546_3817218908514737680_n-2Maybe you are not sure if you would go to heaven when you die. Salvation is a wonderful experience and leads to a fulfilling life. I accepted Jesus into my life over forty years ago, and I wouldn’t trade my relationship with God for anything.

If you are not sure and want to receive Jesus into your life as your personal Savior and Lord, then here is how. Read the following, together with the Bible verses, and with a sincere heart pray the prayer at the end. It will change your life forever. It did mine, and I have never regretted it. Jesus helps me every day of my life, and I know He will help you too.
How to Find Eternal Life

  • God loves you – “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”
    (1 John 4:10).
  • You have sinned – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
  • The result of sin is death and separation from God – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
  • Jesus died for your sins – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
  • Jesus is the way to eternal life – “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).
  • Heaven is a free gift – It can’t be earned or deserved. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of Godnot by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • Receive Jesus today as your Savior – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Admit that you are a sinner and can’t get to heaven yourself. Be willing to turn from your sin. Believe that Jesus died for you on the cross. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come into your life.

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You are God and You died for my sins. Forgive me for my sins. I now invite you to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank you for the free gift of eternal life. In Your name I pray, amen.

After receiving Jesus as your personal Savior, it is important to develop your relationship with Him. He loves you and desires an intimate relationship with you. You can learn more about growing in your relationship with God on the Intercessors Arise website.

A Heart for the Lost

cropped-11295696_968829226513518_6763007680125419221_n1.jpgThere is power in prayer and the heart of God is released in the prayer room. I had just experienced a tremendous prayer meeting for Israel right in the middle of the day. I hated to leave—the presence of God was so strong. But I knew that I had to work and run some errands, and so I hesitantly left.

I felt excitement and joy as I walked out of that prayer room.

Immediately after leaving, I drove to the post office in my city. The post office is not my favorite place to go because it takes time, especially when I have many things to do. It was right before Christmas—the worst time to wait in line—and I had to mail a package. So I anticipated a boring, long, and tedious wait. Sure enough the parking lot was full.

But when I walked in, my heart suddenly had a new agenda. LOST people were all around me. And there I was standing in line with nothing to do (or did God have something eternal in mine?). I looked at those people in line. Perhaps in a small way God had called me to bring the reality of heaven on earth. I looked, I prayed, and I began to share with the woman in front of me. I discovered that the lady behind me was a Christian, and the lady in front of the one I was witnessing to was one as well.

It turned out to be a glorious experience where others heard about Jesus, and Christians were encouraged in their faith—including me. The very powerful presence of God had gone with me from the prayer room. And it had all started in a prayer meeting.

Let’s let our prayers lead to heartfelt action. Make sure your House of Prayer focuses at times on outreach and praying for the lost. One youth pastor in Spain was amazed at what happened to his young people in the prayer room:

“For years I’ve been trying to get my young people to have a heart for the lost and a desire to pray. Last night I found eight of them on their faces in the prayer room at two A.M. weeping for their non-Christian friends. What’s happening?” Peter Greig and David Blackwell

In God’s presence we change as God gives us His heart for the lost. As we leave the prayer room, the presence of God goes with us and flows through our lives to all those with whom we come into contact.

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

Prayer and Evangelistic Outreach

11181991_968829049846869_1466086838544524189_nThe Houses of Prayer that God is raising up are not just little prayer meetings without power. They are leading into fervent outreach where lives are transformed by God’s power. God wants to give us revelation—He wants to change our lives—He wants us to care for the lost. When day and night prayer meetings begin to take hold of us, and when God actually begins to arrest our attention right in the middle of the prayer room, we will be dramatically affected in our lifestyle. We will begin to see the world as God sees it.

The world is in desperate pain, and it is time that we die to our own plans and get in the center of the prayer room long enough to hear His heart. I don’t know about you, but I desperately want to have the heartbeat of God for the world. The prayer room will lead to works of justice in the city. This includes taking care of the needy, orphans, widows, the homeless, and feeding the poor. It also includes helping to alleviate the oppression of poverty, abortion, racism, and so much more.

Read this passionate testimony of what one young man named Pete expressed at a prayer gathering regarding his anorexic sister. It’s a challenge to all of us:

“But God’s been challenging me to feel my sister’s pain, because that’s actually what it means to truly intercede. I also believe God is challenging us as a movement of young people to dare to feel the pain all around us. To move from praying ‘for’ people from the comfort of our own salvation to interceding ‘with’ them from a position of need… Here’s the question:

Will we allow the things that break God’s heart to break ours too?’ 

It’ll mean more tears, more listening. It may even be the reason why so many of us struggle with our own personal burdens and heartachesGod is allowing us to feel the pain, to be weak and broken so that our prayers have power. Intercession means weeping for the earthquake victims in the news right now; and for the anorexics, the drug users, the sexually abused, the friends who don’t know Jesus. And God says that if we will stand in the gap in this way, bridging the ravine between a hurting generation and a healing Godwe will see breakthroughs, a new level of effectiveness in prayer… But what if the call to pray is a call to bleed as well as receive blessing? Maybe we’ll run out of words in the prayer room and just join the Holy Spirit in praying with ‘groans that words cannot express.’ Maybe our passion will consume us until we actually live out our prayers in practical action. Will you carry this cross? Can you receive it?”
From Red Moon Rising, Peter Greig

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

Our Prayer for Unity

How to Pray for Your CityLord, thank You for bestowing blessing when we live and pray together in unity (Psalm 133). Teach us as Your people to walk shoulder to shoulder in unity. Help us to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). We thank You for the power of corporate intercession. When we combine instruments, songs, and prayers together, help us to be unified for Your glory. Thank You for the harmonious unity of prayer that You are creating among Your people throughout the earth. You promise that where two or three of us come together in Your name, that You are with us (Matthew 18:19-20). Unite our city in 24/7 prayer. We choose to join in unison as with one voice because You deserve our praise. You are good; Your love endures forever (2 Chronicles 5:13-14).

Lord, we want to keep Your Word central in our lives and in our prayer meetings. We want to be those who make music in our heart to You, always giving You thanks (Ephesians 5:19-20). Help us to let Your Word dwell in us richly as we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts to You (Colossians 3:16). Help us to partner with Your heart as we sing and pray Your Word. Release Your united creativity in our prayer room. We celebrate Your united creativity and diversity in the Houses of Prayer that are spreading worldwide. Thank You for the beautiful tapestry of prayer that You are fashioning throughout the nations. “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you…” (Revelation 15:3b-4). In Jesus’ name, amen.

Verses to Memorize

“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them”
(Matthew 18:19-20).

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

How to Build Harmony in Houses of Prayer

11053165_964488170280957_3100103821663776017_nUnited Prayer Life Application

There is an incredible power in united intercession. God brings harmony through song and intercession in Houses of Prayer throughout the world, and there is great expression of creativity in the prayer room through united prayer. Take time to incorporate this into your own prayer life and House of Prayer by carefully doing the following:

  • Meditate on Psalm 133 – What blessings have you experienced in your life when you have been united with other Christians? In what way do you think there is power in united intercession?
  • Study Colossians 3:12-14 – Look carefully at the values that help facilitate unity in prayer: mature team ministry, inclusiveness, and centrality of the Word. Have you experienced these values in the prayer meetings in which you have been involved in the past? Explain. How can you improve?
  • Study Ephesians 5:19-20 – Have you ever experienced the combination of singing and praying the Word? In what way does this partner with God’s heart? Write down your answer. Explain antiphonal singing from what you have learned.
  • How is the united creativity of God expressed in the prayer room and around the world? – Write a prayer thanking God for what you have learned about united prayer, and ask Him to build united intercession in your city.

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

Gods United Creativity Expressed

Possible Hindrances to Unity in a House of Prayer“There will be an understanding that will go forth: The Father’s house is not first the house of preaching. The Father’s house is not first the house of sacraments. The Father’s house is not first a house of fellowship or supernatural gifts. My house shall have many of these things, but My Father’s house shall be known first as a house of prayer for all nations—of people being built together, holy, on fire, compassionate; of living stones being brought together as they seek My face. And there will be a smoke that shall come forth from these living stones being built together. And the smoke signal shall rise up to the highest heaven and will be received. This smoke is called the incense of prayer.” James Goll

The incense of prayer is rising up to heaven all throughout the earth. A passion for prayer is springing up in many nations. We are seeing the creativity of God expressed in the prayer room in ways we have never seen before. God is showing up in the most unusual places with creative ideas and expressions in worshippers and intercessors. I have been to many prayer meetings, and I am amazed at how filled each one is with God’s creativity and uniqueness.

God is putting this together into a united tapestry of creative prayer all throughout the earth. Each prayer meeting is a creative expression of God’s glory. He is a creative God. Just as no two snowflakes are the same, no two prayer meetings are exactly alike either; each one is beautiful in its own way. We can go to prayer with anticipation and ask:

“God, what are you going to do today? How will you lead us? Show us your glory and majesty as we pray.”

We may have a plan, but God expresses it in His own way through our prayers and worship. The prayer room is a dynamic place where the united creativity of God is expressed in all its dimensions of magnificent beauty.

“Creative and unusual environments can be highly conducive to prayer. The prayer room enables people to pray nonverbally by posting artwork, poetry and graffiti on the wall. The environment can be designed artistically to stimulate and direct prayer.” Peter Greig and David Blackwell

There is a united creativity within diversity that gives us a bigger picture of what God is like. He does not want everyone to sing exactly alike. In His wisdom He brings unity through the various expressions of praise from His people. The word “create” in Webster’s Dictionary means: “to produce, to bring forth, to bring into being from nothing, to make or form, to form anew, to generate, to shape or organize.” God shapes and produces a beautiful sound from His people as they praise Him. The following are just a few examples of creativity expressed in 24/7 prayer.

  • Creativity in antiphonal singing – Each singer has a unique way of singing not only in voice but also in the phrases sung that spring from the Word.
  • Creativity in intercession – Intercessors are all unique in the way they pray. Some may praise God in intercession while others like to pray warfare prayers. Some may pray for cities while others pray for countries or individuals.
  • Creativity in prayer rooms – Prayer rooms are all decorated in different ways. Some are large and some are small. Some are colorfully decorated and bright while others may have a dimly lit lamp.
  • Creativity in action – Some are very action-oriented towards reaching the lost while others are more interested in helping the poor and needy.
  • Creativity in age – Some prayer meetings are filled with youth and louder music while others have older or more seasoned intercessors. Others may have every age group represented.

It is exciting to see how uniquely creative Houses of Prayer are that are springing up throughout the world. Think about it. If you have children, do you want them to all be alike? No. You probably delight in their unique design. One likes to paint while another likes to read. Another child is good at sports. Their unique gifting and expression of life is a delight to your family. If everyone in your family were exactly alike, it certainly would be boring. We need diversity to compliment our unity. And together you, as a family with a wide array of unique looks, personalities, gifting, and talents, make a solid family unit that is such a delight to God.

The prayer room is like a uniquely created family.

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

Antiphonal Singing

11390094_968828946513546_3817218908514737680_n-2God loves it when we make music in our hearts to the Lord. He wants us to speak and sing His Word. It’s a safeguard for our hearts because when we sing God’s Word, we are singing about who He is and who we are in Him.

When we corporately pray and sing the Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit, He reveals His will and heart to us. This renews and transforms our minds. It touches our spirit and impacts our emotions. We begin to align our hearts and thoughts with God’s. Instead of talking about all the negative things in life (which is so easy to do), he teaches us to speak to one another in psalms and spiritual songs with a thankful heart. How easy it is to look on the dark side of life, but this is a much better way to live. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 5:19-20:

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

There is a powerful way to do this where singers interact back and forth with singing and the Word. This type of responsive singing is excellent for the prayer room. It’s called antiphonal singing. The singers interact with the intercessors and musicians in singing the Word. Day and night prayer is team ministry where the team works together. Nobody gets the spotlight except God Himself.

This is the beautiful thing that God is doing with his end-time Church. He is beginning to get all the glory. Everyone takes part in the House of Prayer, and nobody takes the spotlight. Everyone gives way to one another because there is the understanding that all of us in harmony are better than one of us alone.

This is a learning experience for some of us who like to be up front because we are good musicians or strong intercessors. We need to realize that we must give way to others. But if we do, in the end God brings a beautiful harmony that we couldn’t have done on our own. There is no more room for lengthy ten-minute prayers or a personal concert where we show off our musical talents. No! It is all for God and Him alone—an audience of one—and we all work together to bring about His will in the prayer room for His glory.

It is time that we join in unison as with one voice. In 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 we see how the musicians and singers were so united in song that they were as with one voice:

“The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: ‘He is good; his love endures forever.’ Then the temple was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.”

God wants to invade your prayer environment with His presence and power. This will eventually spill over into your city and nation. This team ministry is God’s end-time way. He uses musicians, antiphonal singers, spoken intercession, and proclamation to bring about this unity in prayer.

  • Worship and prayer becomes dynamic.
  • Worship and prayer becomes enjoyable and not boring.
  • Worship and prayer becomes intense but without exhaustion.

And revelation takes place right in the midst of it all. Instead of a labored, grueling experience, every meeting becomes a joyous occasion. I say this because I see it happening and personally experience it myself. I have seen worshippers and intercessors come in with the burdens of the week and leave with the joy of the Lord. Some find it hard to wait until the next prayer meeting. This also enhances our own prayer times during the week.

“Harp and bowl” prayer is not a burden. It is a gift of God for the end-time Church. 

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

Our Prayer for Praying God’s Word

11230031_994913747238399_3289985085759092424_nLord, teach us to pray your Word. Teach us to make it central in our House of Prayer. Your Word is alive and activeIt’s sharper than any double-edged swordIt judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12). We long to align ourselves spiritually with You and Your Word. We want to pray your Word with Your authority, and with greater faith and obedience in our lives. Lord, we want to be passionate about the things you are passionate about. We want to be students of Your Word. Teach us to pray Paul’s apostolic prayers with power and faith. Teach us to pray the hymns from the book of Revelation with reverence and awe. Teach us to pray Your Word out loud in such a way that we see mighty spiritual breakthroughs in our House of Prayer. Help us declare the prophetic promises and decrees from Your Word.

We want to experience the “zoe”, life-giving power of Your Word on a daily basis. Show us truth in Your Word, and bring it to life through our prayers. Let us be ones who have learned to pray Your Word out loud, continually experiencing life-giving, “zoe” revelation through our prayers. Thank you so much for Your Word. It is precious to us. We rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. We meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. We delight in Your decrees. We will not neglect Your Word. Open our eyes that we may see wonderful things in Your law. We run in the path of Your commands, for You have set our hearts free (Psalm 119:14-16, 18, 32). In Jesus’ name, amen.

Verses to Memorize

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:17-19a).

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International