Missional Prayer
Praying Toward the
Kingdom
Missional Prayer: Key Texts
Psalm 2:8
Matt. 6:9-10
John 17
Acts
Prayer and the Evangelistic Mission
Prayer and Preparation for the Evangelistic Mission
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Prayer for the lost (Matt. 6:10; 1 Tim. 2:1-4)
Prayer for laborers (Mat. 9:35-38; Acts 13:1-3)
Prayer for personal holiness and unity in believers (Ps. 51:1013; John 17)
Prayer for open doors for the gospel to be shared (Col. 4:2-6;
Acts 10-11)
Prayer that creates an divine encounters for the Gospel to be
shared (Acts 10-11:18)
Prayer and the Evangelistic Mission
Prayer and Proclamation in the Evangelistic Mission
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Prayer for bold proclamation (Acts 4:29-31)
Prayer for the proper words to be proclaimed (Is. 50:4-5; Eph:
6:18-20)
Prayer for Kairos timing (Col. 4:2-4)
Prayer for protection to proclaim (Rom. 15:30-33)
Prayer for power to proclaim (Eph. 3:18-21)
Prayer and the Evangelistic Mission
Prayer and Preservation of the Evangelistic Mission
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Prayer for new converts to be protected from the evil one (Mat.
6:13; John 17)
Prayer that new converts will abound in love for believers and
all men (1 Thes. 3:9-11)
Prayer new believers will bear fruit in every good work (Col.
1:2-11)
Prayer that new converts will know and do God’s will (Col 1; 9;
Eph. 1:17-18)
Prayer for the seed of God’s Word to bear fruit in folk’s lives (2
Thess. 3;1; Isa. 55:10-11).
“To the use of Scriptures the early Christians added
prayer as a prime necessity in all evangelistic enterprise.”
Green, Evangelism in the Early Church, 235.
“Prayer is the Tropical Climate of the Soul”
G. F. Gordan, Soul Winner’s Secrets
Prayer and the Early Church
Introduction
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Prayer in Acts builds upon and/or
“coheres” to Jesus’ perspective on
prayer in Luke
Over 30 times Christ’s followers in Acts
are shown in prayer or the narrative
refers to prayer.
Most of the these occurrences are found
in the first half of Acts—setting a
pattern.
Prayer and the Early Church (cont.)
David Crump (Knocking on Heaven’s Door)
Three Prayer Behaviors:
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They sustained a significant degree of unity
through corporate prayer (praying together,
homothymadon, 6 times, 1:14;
2:46;4:24;5:12;8:6; 15:25)
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The emerging church rapidly adopted Christ’s
model and teaching about personal prayer
(priorities of the Lord’s prayer, absence of
personal self-centered prayer)
Prayer and the Early Church (cont.)
3. Prayer is a way for believers to find their lives
realigned with God’s redemptive plans (regular
revealing of God’s presence/power among praying
people (Acts 4, 13). God accomplishes His
sovereign work/plans when and where the church
prays. Through prayer believers become “spiritually
receptive recipients of divine communication.”
Prayer’s Role in the Early Church
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Prayer—a foundational lifestyle and relationship that
was employed for the evangelistic mission (Acts
2:42)
Prayer paved the way for bold and fruitful
proclamation of the gospel (Acts 4:23-33)
Prayer provided the environment for the Holy Spirit
to inspire and fill believers with power to be
witnesses (Acts 1:14; 2:1-13)
Prayer was key element for the overcoming of
barriers to the Mission (Acts 1:14 (leadership); 2:111 (power); 2:41-47 (consistent life, unity, Joy, love);
Prayers role (cont.)
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Prayer prepares both believers and unbelievers for
providential encounters and effective evangelistic
witness (Acts 10-11:18)
Corporate prayer patterns are shown as normal for
the early church (Acts 12:5, 2:42; 1:14)
Prayer is key component for effective leaders (Acts
6:1ff; Acts 14:23)
Prayer plays a vital role in the sending of witnesses
to the world (Acts 13:1-4)
Marks of a Praying Church
The Early Church at Prayer
Acts 4:23-33
1.First Response is Prayer (23, 24)
Praying People, United Corporate Prayer
2. Healthy Bible Based Prayer Theology (24, 27, 28)
Creator God, Providential Lord
3. Strategic Prayer Patterns (29)
God’s Nearness, Boldness, Changed Lives
4. They Experienced God’s Activity, Manifest Presence
(31-33) Faithful Praying, Fruitful Praying, Unified
Ministry, Abundant Grace, Bold Proclamation, etc.
Missional Prayer- A Historical Overview
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Athenagoras-(A. D. 2nd Century) Utilized Scripture as he
prayed for political figures and others.
Origen (230)—On Prayer—Biblical prayer patterns. Prayer
inspired by the Spirit.
Eusebius of Caesarea—Universal practice-use of Psalms,
hymns reciting of prayers AM and PM gatherings called
Horae—Laity prayer gatherings--North Africa, Rome until 5th
century.
Augustine—Confessions—Prayer is abiding state, follow the
biblical pattern in Matt. 6. Use quick prayers. Three stages of
prayer—arousing of inmost nature, seek God Himself, listen to
God to be heard. Seemed to neglect corporate dimensions of
prayer.
Ulfilas (318-88)—Ministered among the Visigoths.
Communicated the good news through sermon, pen and deed.
Translated Bible/Gothic language. Prayer and the holy life was
his mark.
Historical Overview (cont.)
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Patrick of Ireland (390-490?)—Kidnapped, escaped, returned
to evangelize. Started 365 churches, wrote hymns, started
schools. Prayer was vital component of encounters with druid
priests. Godliness and holiness.
John Cassian (Institutiones, A.D. 420) and Monastic orders—
St. Patrick and others, holy lives, proper task of monk, prayer
patterns often follows biblical texts (1 Tim. 2) Prayer’s goal,
dispense with words and images and become inexpressible
sighs. Efforts at continuous praise through use of the Psalms in
prayer. Two theological trends—Use of Psalms, Trinitarian
patterns.
Columba, sixth century missionary to pagan areas of Scotland,
relied on prayer to aid his ministry efforts.
Ansgar of France (A.D. 800-865), prayed and fasted asking
God to draw pagans to understand gospel.
Historical Overview (cont.)
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Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)—Burning zeal to walk with God.
Planted a work in Wormwood which was a hideout for robbers.
Peacemaker, powerful preacher, Prayer warrior, writer—devoted to
renewal and pious life in Christ.
John Tauler (1091-1153), two years in seclusion in prayer and the study
of the Word. Emerged a powerful preacher. Personal prayer closet vital
to effective ministry.
St. Francis and Third Orders (lay groups), prayer books were
developed (Books of Hours) even in the common languages.
Jerome of Savanarola (1452-1498), Florence, Italy—Catalyst for
revival. Interfaced prayer with revival, renewal and the great
commission.
John Knox (1514-1572) interfaced prayer with preaching. Personal
prayer life was extraordinary.
Historical Overview (cont.)
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Reformers (1500-1700)—(1)Luther—prayer is a daily business,
prayed 3 hours daily, we come as beggars to God, advocated
church prayer, biblical prayer, praying in faith and trust, Lord’s
prayer was sufficient, priests before God, prayer and service
go hand in hand. (2) Calvin—Prayer unearths the treasures of
God, labor on behalf of others, Lord’s Prayer, God’s sovereign
work in prayer, pray always, confession prayers, Jesus is our
Intercessor, should be a priority both in public and private,
prayer is always needed.
Pietism—1630-1760--(1) Philip Spener, small groups, prayer
and piety, intimacy, called the church to reform in pious life,
University of Halle, Francke was hired, pious life and
ministry/missions. (2) Ludwig von Zinzendorf (Mustard Seeds),
influenced by Franke and Halle, offerred asylum for Bohemians
(heirs of Huss), Herrnhut (the Lord’s watch), led church in
prayer, concerted prayer for girls at the school, revival came,
100 years of prayer resulted, 48 adults, 24 hours a day—
Moravian Missions.
Historical Overview (cont.)
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Jonathan Edwards (1703-58)– Developed the prayer shack, youth
prayer groups, personal prayer and study of the Word. People praying
for the worship services and concerts of prayer. Famous sermon,
“Sinners”-- people were praying all night.
Charles Finney(1792-1875)--prayer bands, Father Nash/Abel Clary,
revival prayer, prevailing prayer “groups”.
Charles Spurgeon—(1834-92)—Man of prayer, led congregation to pray
in a united way. Regular prayer gatherings in church, “boiler room.”
John “Praying” Hyde, Presbyterian missionary to India (1892-1911),
described his witnessing lifestyle as an “Evangelism of Prayer.”
R. A. Torrey—(1856-1928) Apologist evangelist– worldwide crusades,
“Pray it through,” book How to Pray was used in training prayer teams
for the crusades.
Historical Overview (cont)
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Contemporary Expressions
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Jessie-Penn Lewis -”working prayer”.
Helen Shoemaker - “prayer provides the “base” for
ministry/evangelism/missions or “prayer-supported
evangelism.” Constant prayer is key to effective
evangelism. “It bore fruit in first century-it bears fruit today.”
Evelyn Christensen-”Pre Evangelism Praying”—Prayer
Groups
Howard Tryon—”Praying for You,” prayer visitation.
David Bryant-Concerts of Prayer
Al Vandergriend-”Houses of Prayer Everywhere”
Billy Graham-Prayer tripletts, gatherings, etc.
Historical Overview (cont.)
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Denominational Prayer initiatives-Sweet Hour of Prayer, Prayer
for Revival, Spiritual Awakening, Evangelism, etc.
Since 1900 prayer emphases include: 1904-06 Awakening;
Heberdes Islands (Post WWII);Jesus Movement; Prayer
Rooms; Prayer Evangelism; Prayer Walking; Watchman on the
Wall Initiatives, Prayer Advances; Conferences, Resources,
Summits; Africa--World Day of Prayer; NA--National Day of
Prayer; India, China (small group prayer meetings), Korea
(prayer mountains, fervent prayer), 24-7 prayer rooms on
College Campuses, Offices of Prayer in Denominations,
Tuesday Evening Prayer meetings, Brooklyn Tabernacle,
Biltmore Baptist Chruch.
A Kingdom-Focused Prayer Strategy
Vision
God is calling us as followers of Christ to glorify Him
through a holy lifestyle of passionate, Spirit-led
prayer that seeks His Kingdom purposes (John
17; Matt. 6:5-13)
Three Elements
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Kingdom Prayer Priorities
Kingdom Prayer Practices
Kingdom Prayer Purposes
Kingdom Focused Prayer (cont.)
Kingdom Prayer Priorities
This involves developing prayer
atmosphere or culture. Prayer core values
and beliefs are implemented in this
component. Biblical prayer foundations
are laid so that the church may grow in its
praying life and may become a house of
prayer for the nations (see Mark 11:17).
Kingdom Focused Prayer (cont.)
Kingdom Prayer Practices
This component focuses on the being and
doing of prayer in and through the
church. Practicing the presence of Christ
through Bible based prayer methods and
approaches are key components.
Providing ways and opportunities for
believers to practice prayer passions
individually and congregationally are
accomplished with this component.
Kingdom Focused Prayer (cont.)
Kingdom Prayer Purposes
This element pushes the congregation
toward the bigger picture of prayer
mobilization. Prayer with and for the
greater world-wide body of Christ is the
focus of this component. Strategic prayer
patterns for revival, spiritual awakening,
missions, and the Great Commission are
taught, modeled and implemented.
Methods and Approaches for Mobilizing
Missional Prayer
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Prayer Grams/Lines
Weekly Windows
World Religion Prayer
Guides
State Prayer Lines
Prayer JourneysInternational, SFC
Cities
Adopt People Groups
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Prayer Initiatives
Prayer Groups
Prayer Walking
Prayer Chains
Prayer Rooms
Prayer Stations
Prayer Summitts
Prayer Training
Contemporary Churches
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Biltmore Baptist Church, Arden, NC
Richland Creek Community Church, Wake
Forest, NC
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Boone, NC
Providence Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC
Central Baptist Church, Wendell, NC
Signs of a Praying Congregation
(Contemporary Church)
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Confident and dependent
on God through Prayer
Passionate Prayer Lives
Prayer toward the Great
Commission
Specific Prayer Patterns
Unified toward the Mission
Ripe Environment for God
to Speak and Work
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Multiple Avenues for
Prayer Passions to be
Expressed
Prayer is Foundational
Biblical, Contextual prayer
Patterns
Changed Lives
God-Centered Praying
Considerations
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Prayer ministries will need to
flow out of prayer passions
(affinity prayer groups)
Strategic prayer should be
sensitive to both church and
non-church cultures
Prayer for revival,
awakening and toward the
Great Commission is the
heart of strategic prayer
Web-based networks
provide avenues for
involvement in Kingdomoriented prayer emphases
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Field-based prayer
ministries provide excellent
opportunities for
congregations to utilize
prayer as an avenue for
genuine relationship building
Denominational missions
praying must be taught and
modeled
Participation in Interdenominational prayer
efforts is essential
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