When I intercede, I almost always use the prayers of the Bible. The prayers that Jesus, Paul, and Peter prayed are recorded for our benefit. Ihopkc refers to them as the “apostolic prayers” because they are the prayers that Jesus prayed as our chief apostle (Heb. 3:1) and that the Spirit gave to the apostles. Including doxologies, there are about thirty apostolic prayers (see a list of these on mikebickle.org). It doesn’t mean only Apostles can pray them etc.
When I pray, when I intercede in a prayer meeting, I almost always, if not always, use the prayers of the Bible. That is not the same thing as using a Bible verse. Some people use a Bible verse. That is not exactly what I mean. They will say, “The Sermon on the Mount, blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” They close their eyes, and they give an exhortation in the prayer room on purity. “Well, Lord, You said the pure in heart. They are not becoming pure. You know they are going to get in a mess.” They preach for a while. They are praying from a Bible verse, but they are actually preaching with their eyes closed.
Over the years, Mike Bickle has said, “The best way to kill a prayer meeting is to have preaching prayers in the prayer meeting, where people are giving exhortations to people with their eyes closed.” he said, “It is better in a prayer room to talk to God about people, and then in ministry we talk to people about God.” Of course we can mix those two together, but what you do not want to do is have an exhortation to righteousness in the form of a prayer. That is one of the clearest ways to make a prayer room really boring. One by one people get up and give an exhortations with their eyes closed. I encourage them to pray the prayers of the Bible using the vocabulary of the Bible, not just base their prayer on a verse. That steers them away from preaching prayers. They are actually talking to God. People in the room are far more likely to talk to God as well if the intercessor is talking to God, as opposed to just listening to the exhortation. It is far more edifying. When I talk about the prayers of the apostolic prayers, I am talking about the prayers that the Holy Spirit gave the apostles. The chief apostle is Jesus. He is called the chief apostle. Even His prayer I consider as an apostolic prayer.
A Gift from God
The apostolic prayers are a valuable gift to the church being the prayers that burned in God’s heart and give us the language of His heart. He never changes, so be assured they still burn in His heart.
These prayers are a valuable gift. There are about thirty of them. Mike Bickle has a two-page document on his website called, “Key Apostolic Prayers and Prophetic Promises.” It is a summary of the apostolic prayers. Then there is an expanded nine-page version called, “Apostolic Prayers (9-page expanded version) linked above.” It has applications of how to pray, language to pray. I give you a lot of beginner’s guides if this is new to you. Like, “how do you pray it this way? How do you pray that verse? What is that verse about?”
The apostolic prayers are a valuable gift. These are the prayers that burned in God’s heart. These were burning in His heart, and He gave them to the Holy Spirit to give to the church. Because God never changes, they are still burning in His heart. I assure you that when He inspired Paul to pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that request is still burning in His heart right now. We can know 100 percent God will answer that prayer. It is exactly what He wants to be prayed in the church. It is the language of His heart. Over time it becomes the language of our hearts.
These prayers are guaranteed! They are like checks already signed in heaven and waiting only for a co-signer on the earth to be cashed. They are as relevant today as they were in the early church. Continue reading