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How to Mediate on the Word

IHOP-KC GUIDE

Encountering God: Pray-Reading the Word (Communing with the Word) 

39 You search the Scriptures (Bible study), for in them you think you have…life; these are they which testify of Me. 40 You are not willing to come to Me (dialogue) that you may have life. (Jn. 5:39-40

39 Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard (encountered) His word. (Lk. 10:39
 
D.    It is not enough to study the Word, we must give our heart to God and receive from Him as we read it. Bible study must create an active dialogue in our heart with God. Scripture gives us the “conversational material” in our prayer life. It creates the language of our heart with God. Using the Word in our prayer language with God makes prayer easy and enjoyable. We must actually speak the Word back to God and against Satan’s attack on our lives. Many do not speak the Word back to God or against Satan (they only speak it to others). The power of God’s love touches us as we declare back it to God. We thank Him for the love that He declares over us.

E.    Two broad categories of truth related to pray-reading the Word (meditating on Scripture):

1.    Scriptures that focus on promises “to believe” in God’s Word. For example, use Scriptures that declare that God loves, forgives, leads, protects, or provides for us, etc.2.    Scriptures that focus on exhorting us “to obey” God’s Word. For example, use Scriptures that command us to bridle our tongue, serve others and give time and money to God, etc.

F.    We actively dialogue with God by praying promises that we are “to believe” from His Word. Spiritual warfare: we speak these truths against Satan’s attack on our lives.
1.    First, we thank God for a particular truth. We turn these truths into simple declarations of thanksgiving or trust. For example, declare, “Thank you that You love me or have forgiven me. I trust that You will lead, provide and protect me.”

8 God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8
38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Lk. 6:38
 
2.    Second, we ask God to reveal (release) particular truths to us. Ask God to release a spirit of revelation (Eph. 1:17). For example, pray, “Father, reveal to me the certainty of Your provision, or how much You love me, forgive me, or how I have ravished Your heart.” Or, “Father, release Your promised guidance, provision, and protection, etc.”

G.    We actively dialogue with God by praying truths back to Him that exhort us “to obey” His Word. Spiritual warfare: we speak these truths against Satan’s attack on our lives.

1.    First, we commit ourselves to obey God in the specific way set forth in a biblical person or passage. Make simple declarations of your resolve to obey the Word or imitate the faith of the godly.
37 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart… (Mt. 22:373.    For example declare:
a.    “I set my heart to love You and obey You with my speech, time and money, etc.”

b.    “I set my heart to love you like David or to endure hardship like Paul.”c.    “I set my heart to pray like Daniel or do miracles like Paul in the Book of Acts.”

4.    Second, we ask God to empower us to obey a particular truth or to imitate godly examples of people in Scripture. Ask God for help to give you wisdom, motivation and power to obey in specific areas.5.    For example pray:
a.    “Father help me to love You, to bridle my speech, or use my time and money in full obedience.”

b.    “Father, I resolve to love You more, give me power to love you like Davidc.    “Father, lead me away from temptation” (Mt. 6:13), or “deliver me from the works of the evil one” (Jn. 17:15).

H.    Two ways to focus our mind in seeking God: God on His Throne (Rev. 4) and God in our spirit
 14 …The love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Cor. 13:14, NAS)
38 Out of his heart (belly, KJV) will flow rivers of living water… (Jn. 7:38

I.    Linger in God’s presence: in dialoging with God in the Word. Take time to linger as you speak slowly to God (include declaring your love and praise, praying with your spirit and being quiet).

J.    Journaling: take time to record thoughts and prayers as you “pray-read” through Scripture. This helps us capture the truths that the Spirit gives us and to grow in our prayer dialogue with God. The anointing of the Spirit in you is your best teacher. When you pray the Word in spirit and truth, you and the Spirit work together to provide you with a tailor made teaching in the Word.

27 The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things… (1 Jn. 2:27
 

II.    Examples of Pray-Reading the Word 

A.    Jesus promises to reveal the Father’s personality to us as the way to impart love in us for God.

26 I (Jesus) have declared to them Your name (Father’s), and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. (Jn. 17:26

1.    Pray: “I thank You for Your commitment to declare (reveal) the Father’s heart to me, release more.2.    Pray: “I thank You for imparting Your love to my heart, please release more.

B.    God promises to show His power to those who are loyal to Him. Pray: “I thank You committing to show Yourself strong in me, release it. I set my heart to be loyal to the Spirit’s leadership in all that I do with my speech, eyes, actions, time and money. Help me to walk this out.”

9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (2 Chr. 16:9)

C.    Jesus promises to manifest His presence to those who obey His commandments.
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him… (Jn. 14:21

1.    Pray: “I thank You for committing to manifest Your presence to my heart, release it more. I set my heart to keep (obey) Your Word in my speech, time, money, etc. Holy Spirit, help me to do this.”2.    Note: the Father loves everyone in the sense of valuing, caring for and pursuing them. However, He only loves the lifestyle, choices, sacrifices and fruit of those who pursue 100-fold obedience.

Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit – Mike Bickle

Notes from Mike Bickles Series :Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit

*please also visit this guide on “how to walk in the Spirit

Fellowship of the Spirit

-A Way of Life The Only Means to Effective Intercession

God Created Man

            1 Thessalonians 5:23—God created man in three parts:

  1. Spirit or innermost man
  2. Soul or innerman
  3. Body

In man’s innermost man dwelt the uncreated God.  In the innermost man is where God lives, but in the innerman is where God is experienced.  The Holy Spirit lives in us, in our innermost man.  Eph 3:16 uses the term innerman, John 7:38 says belly (rivers flowing out)

When God created man, He made him to walk in the consciousness of his Spirit.  Until man walks in that consciousness again, no man or woman will ever live as God intended them to live.

The Design

You were designed to walk by your Spirit.  When you don’t walk by your Spirit, you cannot do what God has called you to do.  We ‘walk by the Spirit by talking with the Spirit, and the Spirit is most engaged when we talk about the anointed Word of God, the Scriptures.  This also strengthens our ability to percieve and experience the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:17 : He that joins himself with the Lord, becomes one Spirit with the living God again. 

Hebrews 7:16 : The power of an indestructible life living in you. 

Three Activities

The three activities of God’s Spirit in the soul of man.  Distinguish the old covenant from the new covenant.

  1. Wisdom:  From your Spirit you will find there will be a continual spontaneous flow of wisdom.
  2. Godly Desires:  From your Spirit will flow desires for holiness.  If God’s Spirit is not in you, you cannot desire holiness.
  3. Power:  The power that raised Jesus from the dead.   This power is the means to an effective ministry.

Your Soul

¨     Soul

¨     Heart

¨     Inner Man

see Ephesians 3:16 – Galatians 4:19

God dwells in your Spirit, but He needs to be formed in your heart.  How much of God is moving and active in your soul?  Many ask: “do you ask God for love, or do you thank God for love?  You do both!  You thank Him that love dwells in your Spirit(innermost man), but ask Him to cause that love to rise mightily in your soul(innerman/belly).  The burden of God is in your Spirit right now, but it isn’t doing any good until it’s in your soul.

The premium issue within the Church of God is to get our souls healthy: getting filled with the wisdom of God, rising up in Godly desires, and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 3:20

The area of your body in which you are sensitive to your Spirit is your belly.  The area of your body in which you are sensitive to your soul is your heart. 

2 Peter 1:19

Pay attention to the Word of God so that Jesus will be revealed in your heart.  Your soul will become one with the soul of God.

Christian Maturity

How do we get the activity of God’s Spirit to rise up mightily in our souls?  If God will arise and do might things in us, we could do great things.  It’s true that on one hand, you could never receive more God than you have right now in your Spirit, but on the other hand, you have much of God to receive in your soul.  So it is true to say of one Christian, he has all of God, but he has none of God.  It depends on what part of his makeup you are talking about.

Mathew 11:29

Jesus said that everything that we are called to do in the will of God is easy!  Praying is the most easy thing in the world, if you contact your Spirits.  If something is hard it’s only because of one of two reasons:  You’re new to something, or because you are looking to your own wisdom and your own natural desire, because we don’t know how to connect to the Spirit easily.  We must take our attention off ourselves and put our attention on the Spirit.  Prayer gets very, very easy if you persevere.  Actually, there is a third reason, you haven’t given your whole heart to it yet.  Until you make a decision that you are going to grow in something, it’s very difficult.

How Do You Get the Spirit of God To Rise Mightily in You?

see:            2 Corinthians 13:14           Philippians 2:2

Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit.  If you don’t fellowship with God’s Spirit, things are going to be very hard for you.  You don’t have a chance to make it in victorious living.  What’s victorious living?  The book of Acts.  That’s the only valid standard to compare living by.  Everything must be judged by the absolute  standard of the word. 

You will never be victorious until fellowshipping with the Spirit has become a way of life.  Paul dwelt with God’s Spirit all day, every day.  The development of Paul’s soul is a picture of God’s will for every hungry soul in the 21st century.

Paul’s Life

  • He never spoke an ungodly word in his life
  • His thoughts were always obedient
  • He always walked in the Holy Spirit
  • He prayed at all times

This is the standard in which God can bring a soul in the grace of God.  God put the life of Paul and He opened up his heart in the scriptures as a picture of what God could do in the life of a desperate saint.  God gave it as a picture.  He gave it as what He would give the soul of the diligent.

Romans 8:6

If you will be able to behold the Spirit of God and fellowship with the Spirit within you, it will rise up in you.  If your soul is weak, you are weak.  If you don’t get from the potential to the actual then it doesn’t matter.

When you set your mind, not on the things of the Spirit, but on your Spirit, or the Holy Spirit, it will result in life: living water out of your innermost being.  You have to set your mind on your Spirit.  You do it with an attitude of obedience.  You do it with an attitude of faith.

An Attitude of Obedience

You set your mind on your Spirit, and in your heart, in the physical aspect of your being there is no deliberate sin in your life.  If you have an area of deliberate sin in your life, you will never, never see the activity of God rise up mightily in your soul.  You don’t have a chance for reality.  God will only say one thing to you: stop.

Many of you have decided to obey, and it wasn’t until much later that you got the victory over whatever it was that you were battling with.  God’s only asking that you decide.  You make the wholehearted decision, and deliverance will come.  Do not ever confuse the decision of obedience with the obtainment of obedience.

An Attitude That Activates God’s Spirit in You

If you want the activity of God to be mighty in you, you must submit to His rules

Attitude of Faith

            You agree and thank God for what said in His word.

Approaching Your Spirit

It’s not enough to have an attitude of obedience.  You’ve got to approach the Spirit of God on a friendship basis, face to face.  You’ve got to turn your mind straight to your Spirit, and you’ve got to talk to Him like a real person with an attitude of obedience and an attitude of faith and that will activate the Spirit of God in you.

Roman 8:6

The mind set on the flesh is death.  The flesh is not just lustful things, or dirty pictures.  That’s a very, very small aspect of what the flesh is.  In its broadest sense of the word, in the way that Paul means it here, the flesh is the created part of your being.  The flesh is your mind, emotions, and will uninspired by God.  You could have noble thoughts, but it is still the flesh, resulting in death.  God said to set your mind on your uncreated part, your Spirit.  The flesh is that which does not have the supernatural breath of God on it.

John 6:63

It’s the Spirit that gives life, the flesh profits nothing (in terms of Spiritual reality).  We need wisdom, and if your mind is set on your mental powers instead of your Spirit, that’s when we make mistakes.

When you set your mind on the flesh, you’re setting in on the created man.  When you set your mind on the Spirit, you’re setting it on the uncreated man.  That’s the source of life, all wisdom, all power.

John 14: 16

Jesus did not leave us orphans, or helpless.  Even thought he world cannot behold Him or know Him, He is in us.  Beholding the Spirit of God is when you set your mind  on God’s Spirit or your Spirit and with an attitude of faith and obedience the Spirit  flourishes.

St. Augustine,  “I spent many years looking for God on the outside until I finally realized that He is found on the inside.”

There are two things that we cannot do without the Spirit:

  1. Worship
  2. Pray—Zachariah 12:10 The Spirit of supplication in the Last Days.

If you’re going to pray in the Sprit, it takes the activity of the Holy Spirit in you.  If effectiveness before the throne is to be your way of life, you’ve got to have deep fellowship with the Holy Spirit.  Most people go right to the Father in flesh, and that’s why they don’t have the results in the Book of Acts.  We need to spend a great amount of time today beholding our Spirit, waiting on God.

2 Corinthians 3:17

Liberty in your soul.  We only have a dim view of the glory because of our humanity.  When you behold God’s glory within you, although dimmer than He that sits on the throne, that is the source of being transformed in to the same image of Jesus, the same wisdom and power.  Even the word of God must lead us to Jesus.  In of themselves, they are nothing if the Spirit of God doesn’t move on you.  Communion with God is what changes the soul of man.

      The word without the Spirit dries up.

The Spirit without the word blows up.

      And the Spirit and the word grows up. 

The Spirit and Intersession

You’ll never be an intercessor until you learn to commune with the Spirit in a somewhat mature fashion.  An intercessor is a man or woman who contacts the Spirit and leans how to flow in the wisdom, the burden,  and power of prayer. All mighty intersession flows from the Spirit.  Intersession is the most supernaturally high thing you’ll ever put your hand to.  Jesus is always interceding for us.

Isaiah 62:6-7

Remind God night and day of His word.  You agree with God that His word is true, and you thank Him for it as it has already happened in the Spirit.  You agree with His promises, and offer prayer with thanksgiving.  Thank Him that it’s a reality before you see it.  Faith will begin to rise within your Spirit.

Two Burdens Necessary for an Intercessor

  1. Pray the Compassion for afflicted human beings will consume you = LOVE.
  2. Pray for a zeal for the glory of God.

Ezekiel 36:20

For His Name.  We’ve got to have a zeal for the glory of God.  We were created  to worship God, so that Jesus would receive the reward of His suffering through redeemed peoples.

Intercessory Prayers

□   Daniel 9

□   Isaiah

□   Ezekiel                       

□   Jeremiah

□   Psalm 120-135

□   Psalm 80-90

  1. Pray the scripture
  2. Agree that it’s true
  3. Thank Him that He’s released it to you

Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit:   A Way of Life

The Only Means to Effective Intersession

Session 3

See: Philippians 2:2

2 Corinthians 13:14

Ephesians 3:16

1 Corinthians 6:17

I believe that we’ve failed in separating that which is ours in our spirit and that which is ours in our soul.  In confusing the two, we’ve stepped out in presumption in  a great deal of things.  And it causes a lot of problems for people.  They begin to try to be that which is resonate in their spirit.  They try to live up to all the power that dwells in them until they’ve matured into it and then they fall flat on their face saying, “What happened?  What happened?  I thought I was confessing the truth all the time.  I don’t understand.  Does God live in me, or doesn’t He?

We’ve seen a lot of sincere, even foolish things done because people have confused the power that dwells in their spirit and the power that is being manifested in their experience and is being strengthened in their inner man, the realm of the soul.

What We Really Need

So our big need is to get the Jesus that dwells in our spirit to dwell in our heart. To get the holiness, and the purity, and the power, and the wisdom that dwells in our spirit to be dwelling in the place where we are conscience of it so we can use it and walk in it.  Jesus will do no good in your spirit if you don’t experience Him in the realm of your heart.

Hebrews 13:9

The whole point of Christianity is God’s grace strengthening your heart.  Your heart needs to be strengthen by the prescience of God.  Important to know what you’re praying for.  Do you ask for power or do you thank Him for the power that is in you?  When God’s presence descends on you it fills you with the power of Himself.  Through the knowledge of God, you will increase in power.

Ephesians 1:17

            How do you begin to walk in greater power?

­ The eyes of your heart are opened, a surpassing revelation.

­ Then you might know the great power that is in you!   You receive the seed of the living God when you get saved, but that will do you no good until you receive the knowledge of Him.

Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit:  A Way of Life

The Only Means to Effective Intersession  Session 4

The function or the place of the Lord Jesus in the life of a believer.

Jesus as the Source of Life

  • John 15  Jesus says that He is the true vine.  He is the source of life that you live on the earth. 
  • Colossians 3:4

Jesus is our life.  The Spirit of God that dwells in our Spirit is the source                                     of life.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:10

We live together to share life with God.

Jesus said that we were called to bear fruit.  As you bear fruit He will cause a deeper fill of the Spirit to move away darkness in you.  That’s the character and the power of God in your life.

v.4 The one that abides in Him and He in them will bear much fruit.

The Joy of the Lord: Fellowship With the Radiance  of God’s Life In Us

Nehemiah 8:10  When the Spirit of God’s joy rises up in your heart, nothing can conquer you.

Isaiah 40:10  An old testament way to abide in Christ.  They that wait upon Him.

            see: Romans 5:17 , Revelation 1:5-6

This is Eternal Life

The problem is that the Gospel isn’t presented as a chance to live with God.  Instead of invite sinners to live in this Earth possessed by eternal life, we only tell people they will live forever in eternal life one day.  God’s life comes to live in our Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:16-17: We are a new species, a new creation on the earth, joined together with Christ on this earth, in this lifetime.  The Spirit of God lives in us.

Divine Love

The highest expression of God in the soul of man is divine love.  God’s desired that love would not just be an act of your will, but that love will completely consume your emotions that divine love would be you.  A Christian characteristic will first start in your will, then it will be in your mind, then when Godly virtue has a hold of you, your emotions become filled with love.

Galatians 4:19

Labors in prayer so that Jesus would abide in the soul of man.  As long as Jesus just abides in your Spirit, you are not going to enjoy God, and you are not going to be a blessing on the earth.  Revelation—the Laodician Church, He’s talking about those who are saved.  Jesus is already in your Spirit, He wants to reform your emotions in your soul.  The condition of your heart has much to do with the amount of conditioning the Spirit of God has done to you.

Bearing Fruit

To the degree that we abide in Him, He will abide in me.  To that degree we will bear much fruit.  St your mind on your Spirit.  You look to your Spirit and grow.  It takes time.  Apart from drawing life from Him we can do nothing.

vs. 7: Fellowshipping with the Spirit of God in you.  If you’ll fellowship with God, you’ll abide in Him, God’s voice will be presently in you, speaking to you direction.  Then anything you ask, is done for you.  The voice of God cultivated in the soul of man is done by fellowshipping with the Spirit.

vs. 16: He chose us to go and bear fruit.  We did not choose Him.

John 6:52           

            Unless you abide in Him, you have no life in yourself–Zoe life.

John 5:19

            Jesus looks to His Spirit, and until the voice of God is in Him, He does nothing.  When God’s voice speaks to Him, He does it.

John 5:30

Jesus abides with the One in Him.  He does nothing on His own. He sought the will of the One in Him.  Jesus abides in the Father.

Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit:  A Way of Life

The Only Means to Effective Intersession  Session 5

A Sober Mind

1 Peter 4:7 Be of sound judgment and of sober spirit  for the purpose of prayer.  If we don not learn how to cultivate a sober mind, we will not learn how to pray.  If you want to walk in communion with God you must cultivate a sober mind.  A sober mind is the mentality that allows you to dwell with the Spirit of God that dwells with you.

Sobriety is the ability to see reality, or the ability to gain a real perspective on life.  The only real true perspective on life is how God sees it.  You’ll never have a sober mind just by showing up one day, it must be defined and cultivated.

2 Essential Aspects of  Sobriety

  1. The fear of God: Acts 9:31
  2. 2.     The joy of the Lord: Acts 13:52

The early church was a church that was rooted in the fear of the Lord and the joy of the Holy Sprit.

The fear of the Lord is not being afraid of Him.  It is coming into a comprehension of God’s majesty and His awesomeness.  You give Him the respect of His name.  The joy of the Lord is that sense of well being that is rooted in the sense that God loves you.

We are not just sons, but we are servant.  He’s not just a father, but He’s a master.  We don’t just understand His love, but also His majesty and His holiness.  It’s not just a relationship, but it’s walking out the responsibility as His mouthpiece on this Earth.  There’s the fear of God, there’s the love of God.  Those two threads regard man’s relationship to God.

Losing a Sober Mind

There are several different ways that we lose a sober mind.

Ephesians 5:4—Silly talk, when your mouth is filled with silliness you cannot stay in the concept of the joy of the Lord or the fear of the Lord.

Mark 7:21-23—Foolishness will defile you, like adultery will.  It cuts out your ability to enjoy God.  No sober spirit, no ability to pray.

A trifling mind, a mind that pursues many things of this world.  Living in this age as though God’s perspective was wrong.  They don’t see the privilege of living in God in His fullness.

Luke 10—Mary of Bethany.  Only one thing is necessary.  Martha was bothered by so many things.  Mary chose the one thing.  Martha was the picture of a “practical, balanced Charismatic”.  She wasn’t a backslider.  It’s hard for us to imagine ourselves being compared to Martha.  She loved Jesus.  When you begin to see things as God sees them, your whole value system will change.  You will be labeled as a radical, a fanatic.  Martha couldn’t comprehend Mary’s single-mindedness.

Jesus rebuked Martha for worry that distracted her.  Sobriety and anxiety are complete opposites.  Anxiety cannot exist in a sober mind.  If you don’t have sobriety, you cannot pray.  Worry is another word for fear.  As long as you do not attack fear, you will never attain sobriety.

Martha also was so bothered.  When was that last time that you linked being bothered to being distracted?  Some of you cannot pray because you are bothered so easily.  Bothered is having an opinion that is not necessary.  The essence of being bothered is being opinionated.  Another way to describe it is: majoring on minors, and minoring on majors.  Their energy, opinions, time, and speech is centered on minor things in life.  What Martha viewed as major, was really minor.  Being opinionated is step one for keeping a revival from coming to your city.  If you are opinionated, you will be distracted, if you are distracted, you will never have a sober mind, if you don’t have a sober mind, you will never know how to pray. As long as you continue in anxiety without refusing it and as long as you continue your opinions and your human right to hold onto them, you will never have communion with God.  Irritations and opinions are exactly the same things, because 99% of them are born of man, and not in heaven.

What Do You Do

It is my idea more important than the work of the Lord going out in the Earth?  You  refuse the arrogance that puts value on your opinion more than the word of God  going from you.

Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit: A Way of Life

The Only Means to Effective Intersession Session 6

The Design of Life

Ephesians 3—Jesus came so that He might bring life. 

1 Corinthians 2:10—The Spirit of God searches even the very depth of God’s vein so that He might reveal it to His people.  The Spirit strengthens us with the revelation of God.  We were created to live in this fellowship with God continually.  Man was created to live in the communion of the life within them, communing with the one that is in our Spirit.  That is the beauty of the Gospel, that is the beauty of the new covenant.

John 14:17—Believers will behold the Spirit of God.  You behold Him by setting your mind on the Spirit.  Sit with your mind on your Spirit focusing on the living Spirit within you.

Zachariah 12:8

In the day of visitation, the last day, the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, He will defend the people of God against the powers of darkness.  They will be like David, and the House of David will be like God.  We will have the grace of God strengthening our Spirit.

Strengthening of God’s Grace in the Inward Man

Acts 9:22—Paul continually was strengthened in God.  Praying that the Spirit of God would dwell in their heart.

I Timothy 1: 12—Until the one that lives in you strengthens your soul, you will not do the will of God.

2 Timothy 4:17—The Lord stood with me and strengthened me in order that through me the proclamation would be fully processed, so that the Gentiles would hear.

1 Thessalonians 1:5—The full proclamation of the gospel.  We will never be satisfied until we fully proclaim the Gospel of God: in power, in the Holy Spirit (revelation of God’s Sprit, supernatural revelation of the Spirit of God, visions, dreams, and revelation), full conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment from the Holy Spirit.

The Power That is in You

1 Peter 4:11—Being strengthened by the power in you.

            2 Thessalonians 2:16—May He now come in comfort and strengthen your heart.

2 Thessalonians 3:3—He will strengthen your heart.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

Philippians 1:21—For me to live is Him.  To live as Jesus did.  There should be no difference.  The glory of the new covenant makes us sons as God, ruling and reigning in His power.  Ephesians 5:1—Imitate God by the grace that dwells in you, adore him, behold him.

James 5:8—The day that we are living in is a day of glory.  Be patient, strengthen your heart for the coming of the Lord is at hand, in the clouds and in you today.

1 John 4:17—As He is, so also are you in this world.  Gen. 1:26.—We are made to be like God.

How Do You Do It?

You do it in prayer and by the word.

Luke 21–Jesus  warned us not to let our hearts be weighed down with dissipations, indulgences, drunkenness, and the worries of this life.  It will come upon everyone like a trap, unless you are on your guard.  Pray that you would have strength in the inward man.

1 Corinthians 14:4—Pray in tongues and build yourself up.

Jude 20

Receiving the Strength of God

The warning of Jesus: Luke 22:31—Satan wants to sift you like wheat.

So you must be strengthened through:

  • Personal prayer and getting in the word
  • Praying with and for your brothers and sisters.  Ephesians 14:21
  • Calling on the angels of God to strengthen you, asking God for the ministering of angels.

It is deeply crucial for this age and the Body of Christ to be strengthened in our innermost being.

What To Do In Our Personal Prayer Time

The Necessity of Developing a Prayer Life – A Resource from Ihop

We must offer specific prayers, not just think about our needs. God requires that we ask because it causes us to interact with His heart. He requires that we verbalize our prayers not just think on them.  This also helps us to control our thoughts in prayer.  Here’s some biblical starters on prayer.  Scripture contains the blessings God wants to give, guaranteed to be answered if we stay persistance, it’s what we were created to need and be fulfilled with.  Print this out and keep with your devotional material.

2 You do not have because you do not ask. (Jas 4:2)

6 In everything by prayer…let your requests be made known to God… (Phil. 4:6)

God’s resources are withheld to “starve us out of prayerlessness”. He jealously protects His relationship with us by not answering our need until we ask for them. There are blessings that God has chosen to give, but only as His people ask Him in faith (confidence with focus).

18 The Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you…19 He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. (Isa. 30:18-19)

If we invest the effort to draw near to God, He will draw near to us by manifesting His presence.

8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (Jas 4:8)

Do not grow weary when the answer to our prayer is delayed.

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 He who sows to his flesh will…reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will…reap life.

9 Let us not grow weary…in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Gal. 6:7-9)

We encounter His glory in various ways and measures including our heart being tenderized by the Word. We must not despise the small measures in which God releases His glory in us.

10 For who has despised the day of small things? (Zech. 4:10)

We focus our mind on the Father who sits on His Throne (Rev. 4) or on the Spirit who lives in our spirit (2 Cor. 13:14). We are not speaking to the air but to a real Person.

Take time to repeat the request often and slowly; and occasionally express your affection and thanksgiving to God. We are speaking to a Person that we love and who loves us. Take time for moments of silence with spontaneous sighs or groans (Rom. 8:26) and praying in the spirit. Do not think praying fast and loud is proof of being passionate. Being engaged is to be attentive.

Pray much in the spirit: seek to pray in the spirit for 1 hour a day focusing on the Throne. Paul prayed in the spirit more than all (1 Cor. 14:18). We edify our spirit and receive mysteries (revelation) when praying in the spirit (1 Cor. 14:2, 4). In corporate prayer meetings, show consideration to others by praying in tongues quietly to avoid distracting others (1 Cor. 14:28).

2 He who speaks in a tongue…speaks mysteries…4 He edifies himself…28 Let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. (1 Cor. 14:2, 4, 28)

II. WHAT TO DO IN THE PRAYER ROOM

What to do in the Prayer Room: engage with what is happening on the platform by ‘repeating’ some of the ‘prayer phrases’ heard on the mic as we focus on God.

When not engaged with what is happening on the platform, we pray, read Scripture or study. I strongly encourage all to have an action plan to provide focus for their prayer and study time.

Personal Bible study action plan: read 10 chapters of the NT per day (6 days a week in order to read through the NT once a month). Read biographies of people who lived in the Spirit, study the individual books of the Bible (use FSM courses and commentaries) and read godly books.

Personal prayer action plan: establish a simple prayer list to provide focus to your prayer time.

We want the optimum benefit from our prayer time thus, we need to be focused in these times. I select and omit different parts of my prayer list each day and I leave it whenever I feel led to.

Three main prayer categories: my personal life, for people and places then for social issues

1. Prayer for personal life: inner man, ministry and circumstances (finance, health and relationships) along with prayer-reading the Word (turning it to conversation with Jesus)

2. Prayer for people and places: individuals, ministries, marketplace and governmental authorities and the destiny of cities or nations (Israel, Egypt, etc.)

3. Prayer for strategic social issues: justice (abortion, human trafficking), civil unrest (riots) or calamities (hurricane, drought, famine), or social crisis (Sept. 11, genocide, etc.)

Three main prayer requests: the gifts of the Spirit (God’s manifest power or favor), the fruit of the Spirit (godly character) and the wisdom of the Spirit (insight, revelation)

1. The gifts of the Spirit (God’s manifest power or favor)

7 The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one…8 for to one is given the word of wisdom…to another the word of knowledge…9 to another faith…gifts of healings…10 working of miracles…prophecy…discerning of spirits… (1 Cor. 12:7-10)

2. The fruit of the Spirit (godly character)

22 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23)

3. The wisdom of the Spirit (insight, revelation)

17 The Father of glory may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him… (Eph. 1:17)

III. PERSONAL LIFE: RELEASE OF GOD’S GLORY ON MY INNER MAN

A. GIFTS: supernatural encounters with God: visitations, dreams, visions, manifestations (fire, etc.)

17 I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. (Acts 2:17)

51 You shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending… (Jn. 1:51)

B. FRUIT: (heart and speech): love for God and people with purity and humility

  • 37 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul… (Mt. 22:37)

Pray: Holy Spirit Release God’s love into my heart. The anointing to walk in love is our greatest reward (Jn. 17:26; Phil. 1:9; 2 Thes. 3:5; Rom. 5:5; 1 Thes. 3:12).

  • 5 The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit… (Rom. 5:5)
  • 26 That the love with which You loved Me may be in them… (Jn. 17:26)

2. Grace to set my heart to love to God by fully obeying His Word (Ps. 19:12; 139:23)

3. Tenderize my heart with the power and fire of God’s Word (Lk. 24:32; Jer. 20:9)

4. Impart God’s zeal to my heart (Jn. 2:17; Num. 25:11)

5. Guard my lips from loose speech (Ps. 19:14; Ps. 141:3; Ps. 17:3; Ps. 39:1). Sustained communion with the Spirit requires restrained communication with man (Eph. 4:29; 5:4).

6. Release the fear of God in my heart (Jer. 32:40; Ps. 86:11; Isa. 11:3; 66:2)

7. Fill me with perseverance in godliness, labors in ministry and persecution (Col. 1:11)

8. Fill me with joy, peace and comfort (2 Thes. 2:16-17; Rom. 15:33)

C. WISDOM: revelation of God’s personality and Word with wisdom to walk out the practicality of love and humility (Eph. 1:17). Knowledge of God’s love for me (Eph. 3:17-19; 1 Jn. 3:1).

Revelation of God’s will for my life (Col. 1:9). Revelation of God’s End-Time purposes (Dan. 11:35; 12:10). Reveal to me eternity (Ps. 39:4-6, 90:12), the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21), the Judgment Seat (1 Cor 3:11-15), the resurrected body (1 Cor. 15) and hell (Rev. 20:11-15).

  • 17 The Father of glory give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation of Him… (Eph. 1:17)
  • 9 Do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding… (Col. 1:9)

IV. PERSONAL LIFE: RELEASE OF GOD’S GLORY THROUGH MY MINISTRY

A. GIFTS: the full release of the gifts of the Spirit in my life (1 Cor. 12:7-10)

1. Power on my hands: Spirit released on those we lay hands on (Acts 8:18; 19:11-12)

2. Power on my eyes: prophetic insight to see God’s secrets for others (1 Cor. 14:25)

3. Power of my mouth: power of conviction on my words (speaking or singing)

  • 8 He will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment… (Jn. 16:8)

4. Spirit of prayer: release God’s burdens in me (Ezek. 9:4; Zech 12:10; Rom. 8:26)

5. Spirit of boldness: fearlessly and fully proclaim God’s word (Acts 4:29-31; Eph. 6:19)

B. FRUIT: that those I impact walk in sustained godliness and reach others (multiplied impact)

  • 16 I appointed you that you…bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain… (Jn. 15:16)
  • 19 The wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. (Mt. 13:19)

C. WISDOM: inquire of the Lord to know the who, what, when, where in my ministry (Col. 1:9)

  • 12 Epaphras…always laboring fervently for you in prayers that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Col. 4:12)

V. PERSONAL LIFE: CIRCUMSTANCES (PHYSICAL, FINANCIAL AND RELATIONAL)

  • 2 I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 Jn. 2)

A. GIFTS: God’s power and favor on all my circumstances (Ps. 91, Deut. 28:1-14)

1. Physically: on my body for heath, protection, strength to fulfill my assignment in life

2. Financially: abundant blessing that I may help others

3. Relationally: for unity (remove all division) and favor (strategic connections)

B. FRUIT: that God’s blessing on my life results in righteousness and joy increasing in others instead of resulting in oppression or harm. We are blessed so that we may be a blessing to others.

  • 10 That you…being fruitful in every good work… (Col. 1:10)

C. WISDOM: inquire of the Lord to know who, what, when, where related to my circumstances. To have paradigm shifts as I receive creative wisdom for my family, relationships, marketplace, etc.

Sixteen Values of Enjoyable Prayer – IHOP-KC

The promise of enjoyable prayer is for everyone—weak and strong.

Value #1             Enjoying Intimacy with the Beautiful God
Value #2             The Necessity of Combining Worship and Intercession
Value #3             Praying in the Spirit & Spontaneous Singing
Value #4             Cultivating a Prophetic Spirit on the Musicians
Value #5             Antiphonal Singing and Team Ministry in Prayer
Value #6             Prayer with Authority and the Joy of Answered Prayer
Value #7             The Joy of Evangelism, World Missions & Serving the Poor
Value #8             Path to Fullness: Joy in Loving & Needing the Whole Church
Value #9             God-centered Spiritual Warfare
Value #10             Biblical Prayers Using God’s Language
Value #11             Platform Ministry Style – Exalting Jesus
Value #12             The Necessary of Perseverance – Staying Engaged in Prayer
Value #13            Militant Boldness Against the Works of Darkness
Value #14             Conviction of Coming Revival & the Victorious Church
Value #15             Revelation of the End-Time Judgments of God
Value #16             Structure and Leadership in Prayer Meetings

The Promise of Enjoyable Prayer is for Everyone 

“Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to the LORD…to love the name of the LORD…EVEN THEM I will bring to My holy mountain, and MAKE THEM JOYFUL in My house of prayer.”  (Isa. 56:6-7)

  1. The Lord will release joyful or enjoyable prayer to His church.  The only type of prayer that will continue night and day is enjoyable prayer.  Anointed enjoyable prayer is for everyone.  “Even them” – Isaiah referred to the idolatrous barbaric nations around Israel as being invited to enjoy God in prayer. God promises to release enjoyable prayer – Isa. 56; 62; Ps. 149; Rev. 4-5.
  2. The most significant passage related to enjoyable prayer outlines the beauty of God in context to the heavenly worship around the Throne (Rev. 4-5).  The beauty of God fascinates the heart and makes prayer enjoyable.

Value #1 – Enjoying Intimacy with the Beautiful God

“ONE THING I HAVE DESIRED OF THE LORD, that will I seek:…all the days of my life, TO BEHOLD THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD….”  (Ps. 27:4)

  1. David’s life-long preoccupation was gazing on the beauty of God.  God’s beauty was central to the prayer ministry led by King David.  In eternity, the subject of the beauty of God is our eternal preoccupation with God Himself.  He is the delight and the pleasure of His people forever.
  2. The revelation of God’s emotions and affections (burning desires) was also part of David’s special focus.
  3. The combination of God’s beauty with His emotions for human beings provides the essential ingredients of enjoyable prayer.
  4. The sustaining reality behind the IHOP-KC prayer model of 24-hour-a-day prayer is to encounter God as we understand His beauty and affection.  Some who are interested in the IHOP-KC vision of 24-hour-a-day prayer are more interested in the structure and model of “Harp and Bowl.”  However, the power to engage in night and day prayer is found in having a heart that soars in God.
  5. Our primary focus in prayer must be on God rather than on repenting of sin or binding the devil.  You cannot do this 24 hours a day for years and years.  Yes, we engage in these spiritual realities, but they are not the main focus of 24/7 prayer.
  6. King David’s theology of prayer provides essential dynamics for enjoyable prayer  (Ps. 149; 16). David wrote of God’s pleasure, delight and affection for His people.
  7. King David taught the people to enjoy God.  In place of the word “rejoice” or “joyful” think of the word “enjoy.”

“Let Israel rejoice (enjoy) in their Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful (enjoy) in their King.”  (Ps. 149:2).

  1. God delights or takes pleasure in His people.  At the heart of Davidic revelation is the understanding of God’s delight in us (even in our weakness).  The beauty God possesses, is the beauty He imparts to His people through redemption.

“For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.”  (Ps. 149:4)

  1. The first Person of the Trinity is a tender Father, and the second Person of the Trinity is a passionate Bridegroom.  The subjects of God the Father and Jesus the Bridegroom God are vital to the End-Time prayer movement.  I cannot over emphasize the value of Song of Solomon and the doctrine of the Bride of Christ.
  2. The bridal paradigm of the kingdom is essential to experiencing enjoyable night and day prayer.

You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD will name.  You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.  You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah…for the LORD delights in you…  For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.  I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night.  You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent,”  (Isa. 62:2-6)

  1. Understanding our new name refers to understanding our new spiritual identity as being delighted in by God.
  2. The strength to the End-Time prayer movement is rooted in having a new paradigm or a new picture of God.  When we have a new view of God we inevitably have a new view of who we are in God.  Our spiritual identity is found in first being lovers of God before being workers for God.  We are lovers before we are workers.  Lovers will always outwork the workers.
  3. The night and day perseverance in intercession (Isa. 62:6) is fueled by the confidence and assurance that God delights in us (Isa. 62:2-5).

Value #2 Necessity of Combining Worship and Intercession

“The twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a HARP, AND GOLDEN BOWLS full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”  (Rev. 5:8)

  1. The harp speaks of music and songs of worship to God.  The bowls speak of prayers to God.  Around the throne of God worship and intercession flow together.
  2. Spiritual warfare is essentially agreement with God.  Worship is agreement with who God is (“You are worthy, You are good,” etc.).  Intercession is agreement with what God promises to do (“Lord release Your Spirit,” etc.).  When we declare the truth of who God is (worship), our faith expands to agree with what He promised to do (intercession).  When we are preoccupied with who God is, we sustain our faith in interceding for the revival the He promised to release.

Value #3 Praying in the Spirit: Developing a Flowing Heart

  1. We sing with our spirit and with our understanding.

I will sing WITH THE SPIRIT, and I will also sing WITH THE UNDERSTANDING.”  (1 Cor. 14:14-15)

  1. Singing with our spirit in tongues.

“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God…  however, IN THE SPIRIT HE SPEAKS MYSTERIES…He who speaks in a tongue EDIFIES HIMSELF…”  (1 Cor. 14:2-4)

  1. Singing with our understanding from the Scriptures.

“…in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, SINGING AND MAKING MELODY in your heart to the Lord,”  (Eph. 5:19)

“Let the WORD OF CHRIST dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching …one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, SINGING WITH GRACE IN YOUR HEARTS to the Lord.”  (Col. 3:16)

Value #4 Cultivating a Prophetic Spirit on the Musicians 

  1. Learning to flow in prophetic music and song is essential to establishing a corporate model of enjoyable prayer.  Why music?  Why the harp?  Why is operating in anointed music important?  The mystery of music is in the being of God.  God is a musician.  The Holy Spirit is a musical Spirit.  Music is the greatest form of entertainment in every culture.  Why?  Because the human spirit is musical.
  2. Around the throne of God, the saints and angels experience the anointing of the Spirit in music and singing as they worship.  The combination of anointed preaching with anointed music brings new dimensions.  For example, the whole room can feel the same thing together in a deep way.  Even 100,000 in a stadium can enter into the same depth of emotion together, feeling the same thing together for hours at a time with the combination of anointed music and anointed truths.
  3. King David invested great amounts of resources (time and money) into cultivating anointed music and singers.

“Moreover David…separated for service…sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should PROPHESY WITH HARPS, STRINGED INSTRUMENTS, AND CYMBALS…Of the sons of Asaph…, WHO PROPHESIED according to the order of the king…six sons under the direction of their father Jeduthun, WHO PROPHESIED WITH A HARP to give thanks and to praise the LORD.”  (1 Chr. 25:1-3)

  1. Why did David invest so much resource into cultivating prophetic musicians?  Because this dimension in the Spirit does not come automatically.  It comes through much intentional training and impartation.  It takes time.  I tell pastors to get singers who operate in a prophetic spirit and who have a spontaneous spirit.  This is critical to cultivating a vibrant spiritual atmosphere in the Church.
  2. It is not enough to add worship songs as a warm up to a prayer meeting or to have them merely as background music.  Musicians must cultivate a prophetic spirit that flows like a river inside them.
  3. Elisha the prophet asked for a musician to release the anointing of the Spirit.

“‘But now bring me a musician.’  Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.”  (2 Kings 3:15)

  1. The trumpets and harps are prominent in God’s End-Time strategy as seen in the book of Revelation.  God releases His judgments on the earth through the music of Divine trumpets (Rev 8:13; 9:14).  They were also important in King David’s prayer ministry (2 Sam. 6:15; 1 Chr. 13:8; 1 Chr. 15:24, 28; 16:6, 42; 2 Chr. 5:13; 7:6; 13:12, 14; 15:14; 20:28; 23:13; 29:26-27; Neh. 4:20; 12:35, 41).

Value #5 Antiphonal Singing and Team Ministry in Prayer 

Antiphonal singing means responsive singing.  The harp and bowl model is built around antiphonal praying (singing) of the Word.  Antiphonal singing involves functioning in team ministry in the Holy Spirit in the realm of worship and prayer.  Antiphonal singing (praying) is a dynamic way to provide diversity that helps to sustain long hours of worship and prayer with greater intensity.  In team ministry in prayer, we are experiencing more of the flow of the Spirit.  This is another principle important for a corporate model of enjoyable prayer.

  1. Antiphonal singing is the model of God’s choice around the Throne.  In this scene around the Throne, there are five different groups breaking forth in a heavenly crescendo as they minister to God together as one team.

“Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.  And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,  And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.’  Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’  And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!’  Then the four living creatures said, ‘Amen!’  And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.” (Rev. 5:8-14)

  1. The four living creatures and 24 elders sing in Rev. 5:8-10.
  2. The myriads of angels join them in Rev. 5:11-12.
  3. Every creature joins the first two groups in Rev. 5:13.
  4. The four living creatures cry out in a chorus of “amen” in Rev. 5:14.
  5. The 24 elders break out into worship in Rev. 5:14.
  6. Value #6 Agreeing with God’s Heart & Joy IN Answered Prayer
  7. Prayer that comes from God’s heart is the kind of prayer upon which the Holy Spirit releases Divine authority.  Understanding God’s heart helps us in several different ways to enjoy intimacy with Jesus.

“Most assuredly, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you …Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”  (John 16:23-24)

  1. Inspired prayer that comes from communion with the Holy Spirit.  The result is answered prayer that makes our joy full.

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it will be done for you.”  (John 15:7)

  1. Informed intercession.
  2. Accurate information about God’s heart for a people or an area is critical to reaching the fullness of partnering with the Holy Spirit in intercession. Prophetic observation (sometimes aided by human research) identifies the past activity of God, which can lead us to understand the redemptive purposes and prophetic promises for a specific people or geographic area.
  3. Learning to ask strategic questions.  Spiritual mapping is the process of asking strategic questions to God and from researching history.
  4. Asking God to reveal what is specifically on His heart for a people or a geographic area will lead us to partner in a deep way with Him.
  5. Asking questions about the history of a people or area will lead us to prayer strategically with informed hearts.
  6. To discern the social and spiritual dynamics at work in a specific geographic area helps the intercessors to sustain fervency in prayer.  This is done by enhancing our understanding of what God desires to release by His Spirit.  Two things that help sustain concentrated and focused intercession are progressive revelation and clear provable results.  People are motivated by gaining new info as the Divine drama in prophetic prayer unfolds.  This is the same motivation that makes a person listen intensely to a great story.  Each detail draws them in with great attention as they understand more.  They begin to see the where the end of the story is going.  There is a clear sense of momentum when new information is discerned and new breakthroughs occur.  The revelatory focus that progressively unfolds more and more information contributes to sustained fervency and effective prayer.
  7. See George Otis’ book – Informed Intercession
  8. See Lou Engle’s book – Digging the Wells of Revival


Value #7 Joy of Evangelism, World Missions & Serving the Poor

  1. Enjoyable prayer is prayer that is active in the Great Harvest.

“‘Even them…I will MAKE THEM JOYFUL in My house of prayer …for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.’  The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, ‘Yet I will gather… others besides…’”  (Isa. 56:6-8)

  1. Enjoyable prayer is prayer that is active in the Great Harvest.  The joy of God’s heart is imparted to the angels and the church when the lost are saved.

“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  (Luke 15:10)

“…describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren.”  (Acts 15:3)

“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?  Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.”  (1 Thess. 2:19 -20)

  1. The joy of God’s heart is imparted to the church as we partner with Him in serving the poor.

“We make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: …the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in …their liberality.  For I bear witness that according to their ability…they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift… ministering to the saints.”  (2 Cor 8:1-4)

  1. Evangelism fires up intercession, and intercession fires up evangelism.  Each one contributes to the other.  The success of evangelism brings such joy to the prayer room.  However, lack of success in evangelism brings added urgency and burden to the prayer room as well.  We must be active in evangelism, healing the sick and feeding the poor while we pray night and day expecting “revival to break out.”  We must actively minister to others while we seek for a release of more of the Spirit’s power in our labors.  We are empowered as we “pray and go.”  We cannot afford to neglect either the praying or the going.  They must operate together.  God has joined together prayer and evangelism.
  2. Anna the intercessor was the first evangelist in the New Testament (Luke 2:37-38).  Jesus the evangelist called for diligent prayer for anointed evangelists to be released in the harvest (Luke 10:2).

Value #8 Path to Fullness – Joy in Loving & Needing the Whole body

  1. Loving the whole church in all nations and from all denominations.

“may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height”  (Eph. 3:18)

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!…for there the LORD commanded the blessing….”  (Ps. 133:1-3)

“fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”  (Phil. 2:2)

  1. We emphasize our need of the Church.  Paul had a revelation of his need for others knowing that there was a “ceiling in the spirit” in his personal prayer life until the others in the Church helped him in prayer.  Paul pleads for help in prayer from others weaker in faith, so that he may overcome the counter attack of the enemy and have a more effective ministry to the Church.

“Now I beg you, brethren…through the love of the Spirit, THAT YOU STRIVE TOGETHER WITH ME IN PRAYERS TO GOD FOR ME, that I may be delivered from those in Judea…and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,”  (Rom. 15:30-31)

“you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons …for the gift granted to us….”  (2 Cor. 1:11)

  1. Paul knows that his deliverance from persecution and his anointing for boldness was released in part from the prayers of the saints.

“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ…”  (Phil. 1:19)

  1. The International House of Prayer is not the effort of one local church.  It belongs to the whole church in the city.
    1. value #9 God-centered spiritual warfare
    2. The general rule is that God-centered intercessory worship is God’s primary strategy for the church to resist and dislodge demonic spiritual forces.  As a general rule, we focus our proclamations directly to God. 
    3. The New Testament distinguishes between two categories of demonic spirits – i.e. demonic spirits who dwell inside people and demonic spirits that dwell in heavenly places called principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age and spiritual hosts of wickedness (Eph. 6:12).  The Bible teaches two different strategies in confronting these two different categories of demonic spirits.  As a rule (there are exceptions), we directly rebuke spirits that dwell inside humans.  However, we dismantle principalities in the heavens (dislodging or wrestling with the disembodied evil spirits in the heavens) by directly addressing GodThere are exceptions to this general rule, in which case, we focus our proclamations directly to the enemy.
    4. Engaging in spiritual warfare is essentially done by agreeing with God and disagreeing with the enemy.  Spiritual warfare operates through agreement with God’s heart and is manifest in various ways.
    5. Worship is agreement with who God is (Holy is the Lord, You are worthy, God is good).  Worship is expressed by declaring the truth of God.
    6. Intercession is agreement with what He promises to do (Lord, release Your Spirit in revival and judgment).  Intercession is expressed by declaring what He will do.
    7. Repentance is coming into agreement with God’s heart for us (holiness) and breaking agreement with darkness in our hearts.
    8. Healing prayer is coming into agreement with God’s heart for healing and breaking our agreement with sickness.
    9. Serving is coming into agreement with the servant heart of Jesus and breaking our agreement with selfish pride.
    10. God-ward prayers – the intercessory prayers in the Scripture are all God-centered.  In other words, all of the approximately 25-30 New Testament apostolic prayers are directed to God instead of sin or the devil.  There are no New Testament intercessory prayers directed at the devil or at sin.  Therefore, our primary focus is God-centered prayers instead of demon-centered or sin-focused prayers.  On specific occasions the Holy Spirit may lead the church to war against a principality in a direct way.  This is a governmental function that requires unity with the Holy Spirit.

Value #10 Biblical Prayers Using God’s Language

  1. Biblical prayers are the actual prayer and worship texts from the Scripture. Locating the actual prayer verses of the Bible is not the same as merely praying Bible verses (that are not prayers).  Biblical prayers are the language of God’s heart.  They are such a valuable gift to the Church because they originated in God’s burning heart for His people.
  2. I encourage people to avoid “preaching prayers.”  These are “prayers” which have more exhortation to people than praying to God.  They result from selecting a good Bible exhortation and seeking to use it as a prayer.  These prayers are then turned into mini–sermons on the mic during times designated for intercession.
  3. New Testament prayers are positive prayers.  In other words, they focus on asking God to release good qualities instead of asking Him to removing negative qualities.  For example, Paul prayed for the releasing of love, faith, unity, peace, righteousness and power instead of asking the Lord to remove hate, unbelief, division, fear or sin.
  4. The positive focus of New Testament prayers helps people connect with God and His people.  The very positive nature of these prayers was designed by God to help weak people soar in the Spirit with a heart of unity and love.  In other words, biblical prayers are not designed to make it easier for God to hear us, but to make it easier for us to be united with one another and experience God.  God answers many negative prayers.  God can sort through the confusing negative “preaching prayers” to answer the cry of our heart.
  5. Negative prayers with a focus on sin often result in a judgmental angry type of railing prayer against the Church and its people.
  6. Identificational repentance as demonstrated by Ezra and Nehemiah is good and effective when the Holy Spirit orchestrates it in context to unity with governmental leaders in the Body of Christ.

Value #11 IHOP-KC Platform Ministry Style – exalting Jesus

Core Value – using the Scripture as we learn to flow in the Holy Spirit to draw attention to Jesus and not to people on the platform.

The Holy Spirit’s zeal to exhibit Jesus, not the servants of Jesus

“He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:14)

  1. The Apostle Paul’s zeal to exhibit Jesus, not himself

“For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus …”  (2 Cor. 4:5)

  1. John the Baptist’s primary value as a friend of the Bridegroom

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”  (John 3:30)

  1. Genuineness in ministry style is a very important value to IHOP-KC.  This speaks of our commitment to refuse exaggeration of the Holy Spirit’s activity or to seek to produce (manipulate) a human response that is not genuinely from the heart.
  2. In this hour, the spiritual culture in many charismatic ministries is platform theatrics, soulish exhibitionism and hype that draw undo attention to conference personalities.  Soulish exhibitionism refers to activity that seeks to draw attention to oneself.  In our zeal to magnify Jesus such things have no place in the IHOP-KC platform ministry style.  Our desire is to pursue excellence, humility and a spirit of hiddenness (even though in front of multitudes) in all that we do on the platform.  This will involve being more restrained than some are accustomed to in their previous ministry involvement with other charismatic ministries.
  3. For more on expressions of exhibitionism (see session on platform ministry style).
  4. Overly animated public ministry style.  Some people develop personal “signature platform expressions” that distinguish them from others.  This is common in the entertainment world, but not the goal for the House of Prayer. Physical expression on the platform such as overly waving hands, arms, and body motions, etc., should be kept to a minimum so as to not draw undo attention to people on the platform.  We ask our team to be as inconspicuous and subtle in at all times when ministering on the platform.

Value #12 Necessity of Perseverance – Staying Engaged in Prayer

“And there is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us…”  (Isa. 64:7)

“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints”  (Eph. 6:18)

  1. We value perseverance in prayer, in order to be attentive with spiritual intensity that engages with God and in order to remain in the flow of the Spirit during prayer meetings.  The place of perseverance in prayer for others is to labor in love for their breakthrough.  Such wrestling in prayer is a dynamic expression of love.
  2. A culture of spiritual aggression and boldness in the prayer room is vital to experience God’s fullness.  Aggressive prayer in the Holy Spirit opens the door to benefits that many are content to live without.  We are not content to live without the fullness of what God has.  The blessing of God is sometimes withheld until we aggressively respond in our cooperation with God’s grace.  It is rare today to see a corporate people press in to the Spirit with spiritual alertness and perseverance for extended periods of time.
  3. It is natural to passively disengage while others are praying.  However, it is important to rise up to be aggressive and not passive and lethargic in the prayer room as we stir ourselves up to overcome a wandering mind, tired body and distracted heart.

Value #13 Militant Boldness Against the Works of Darkness

Cultivating a militant spirit with bold faith will result in greater blessing being released.  Boldness to stand against demonic activity in those we pray for will often make a significant difference.  Sometimes it will be the difference between life and death.

A militant spirit enables us to rise up to aggressively withstand and then quench the attacks of the devil.

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that HE MIGHT DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.”  (1 John 3:8)

“…that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”  (Eph. 6:11)

“…taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”  (Eph. 6:16)

“from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and THE VIOLENT TAKE IT BY FORCE”  (Matt. 11:12)

  1. The combination of a militant spirit with a spirit of devotion in intimacy with God is rare.  This combination is vital in the Harp and Bowl model.

Value #14 Conviction of Coming Revival & The Victorious Church

When the conviction of revival runs high, faith for night and day prayer runs high.  Believing God for the big things He has promised is essential fuel for night and day prayer ministries.  God has promised great things for His church.  Therefore, we will not draw back with religious timidity and false humility, which is unbelief.

Bold agreement with God is essential for the breakthrough of revival.  The zealous pursuit of a historic breakthrough of the Spirit is a value at IHOP-KC.

    1. Paul Cain’s word – the stadiums will be filled with nameless and faceless ministries doing “greater works” and leading multitudes to Jesus (John 14:12).
    2. A word from the Lord given to Mike Bickle in Cairo, Egypt, (Sept. 1982).

“I will change the understanding and expression of Christianity in the whole earth in one generation.”

Value #15 Revelation of the End-Time Judgments of God

  1. The End-Time judgment of God (Lk. 17:22-37) was the context that Jesus used to call His people to night and day prayer for the release of “speedy” justice in the earth (Lk. 18:1-8).

“‘As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.  Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.  Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.’  And they answered and said to Him, ‘Where, Lord?’ So He said to them, ‘Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.’  Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart….”  (Lk. 17:22-18:1)

Value #16 Structure and Leadership in Prayer Meetings

  1. Principle – the Harp and Bowl model is seeking to establish a structure that is designed to launch the highest amount of spontaneity possible for a 24-hour-a-day schedule.  We are seeking a worship model that combines both structure and spontaneity and reflects the worship around the Throne in the heavenly symphony (Rev. 4-5).
  2. The Harp and Bowl model is a “prophetic liturgy.”  Our desire is to worship God with spontaneity (prophetic); therefore, we have structure (liturgy).
  3. Prophetic – includes spontaneous fresh new expressions and creativity.
  4. Liturgy – includes form and structure that facilitate more spontaneity.
  5. Our structure is a permission-giving mechanism.  We experience more spontaneous flow of the Holy Spirit within the boundaries of a model if the model is properly designed.  A good and effective structure helps a group of people cooperate better with the flow of the Holy Spirit as it aids the team in boldness and unity.
  6. The necessity of human leadership is a God-given principle necessary to flow in the Spirit (Matt. 16:19; 18:18).  Within God’s sovereign plan, the Holy Spirit allows what we allow and neglects what we neglect.
  7. There is one primary “governing principle” in the Harp and Bowl model.  It is the principle of “developing a passage by antiphonal praying (singing).”
    Note – four terms related to this principle: 1) the biblical stanza; 2) developing a “biblical sentence;” 3)“developing a theme;” and 4) “isolating a phrase.”
  8. This one “governing principle” expresses three values that relate to flowing in one accord as we lead the congregation in worship and prayer.  They are: team ministry (we go farther together in the symphony of God), inclusiveness (everyone can participate even the weak) and the centrality of the Scripture (God’s language unifies our heart with His and others).
  9. We recognize in God’s wisdom the principle of combining structure with spontaneity as seen in our solar system as well as in the human body.  For example, precise scientific order that is predictable exits in our solar system alongside spontaneous air currents that are unpredictable.  Also, human life itself flows in context to our human skeletal structure supporting the spontaneous functions of air and blood flow, etc.  In other words, in God’s creative order spontaneity is enhanced and benefited by correct structure.
  10. In developing the governing principle of the Harp and Bowl model, we are seeking a simple structure that facilitates diversity and spontaneity as we flow in team ministry on the platform and in one accord in the congregation in worship and prayer.  The challenge is between free expression from the platform leadership and the ability of the congregation to fully participate with engaged hearts.

Why “develop a passage” by developing the themes within a biblical passage?

  1. It provides opportunity for team ministry in worship and Holy Spirit ministry to the congregation.
  2. It provides opportunity for diversity and creativity which is so necessary for 24-hour-a-day prayer. It provides opportunity for a “crescendo” in the Holy Spirit to be released to us through worship.
  3. It is a way to function as a “singing seminary” (Col. 3:16).

We are seeking to receive revelation from God concerning ways to move forward in our journey to establish a new model of Harp and Bowl spiritual warfare.  We want to learn how to enjoy Jesus as we combine God-centered worship and intercession with musical prophetic anointing that reaches the lost and loves the whole church.  One that focuses on intimacy with God in the beauty realm and yet, is aggressive and bold with zeal to destroy the works of the devil as Jesus is magnified in all nations of the earth.

Some traditional models of prayer today are not seeking to experience God with enjoyable prayer, nor to be energized by experiencing intimacy with enjoying intimacy with the beautiful God, nor to combine intercession and anointed worship, nor to training the singers to develop a flowing heart, nor by cultivating a prophetic spirit on the musicians.  They are individualistic, without team ministry in intercession (antiphonal singing), without understanding prayer with authority, are unrelated to the joy of evangelism, world missions and the poor and do not seek to experience the joy of loving and needing the whole church with a spirit of unity.  They are not God-centered, are negative and lack positive biblical prayers, and have a platform ministry style of hype and manipulation.  These models are passive without perseverance to stay engaged with God, lacking militant boldness against the works of darkness without a conviction of revival or the victorious church and without revelation of the End-Time judgments of God.  Finally, they do not have a proper structure to minimize timidity (self conscious) and increase bold leadership in prayer meetings.

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