Saturday, January 16, 2010

January 16, 2010

I am a member of what our church family refers to as a "Day and Night Intercession." Among about 100 believers, there is a non-stop 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week prayer being lifted until the return of Jesus. A pamphlet has been published to offer suggestion of how to develop an hour of prayer. Obviously, first and foremost develop on where the Lord is leading you, but anyone that's spent an hour a day in prayer knows that there are times you feel a little lost. Anyway, the seven suggested "phases" of prayer are as follows:

1) Praise and Prayer for the Glory of His Name
2) The Readiness of His Church
3) The Salvation of the Lost
4) The Nations
5) Money
6) Spiritual War
7) The Return of King Jesus

As I moved through the phases this morning, I started to appreciate the logical order of their arrangement - one flows into the next easily. The one that really sticks out most to me is that phase one has you begin your prayer with praise for His name. Although it is important to give thanks and praise where it is due, I don't think that God needs my personal "seal of approval" to know He is doing well. The more I delve into the subject, the more I think that praise to God is actually a process for me. By starting my prayers with an admission that God is all-knowing and all-powerful, I am submitting to His authority. It is a process of putting things in their proper order, and coming into agreement with the Lord. When I get myself on the same page as my Father, it is only natural that we would grow and make progress together. This applies easily to daily living - I need to let every morning start with an admission of God's authority and an agreement with His will.

Booklet available at
More information on the Day & Night Intercession at

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