Ingredients for a Prayer Ministry
Jesus was a prayer warrior. He prayed before every difficult task He encountered. Talking with His Father was His source of power and direction. Shouldnt we do the same? Check out what the Bible (in Matthew 7:7) promises if we pray: "Ask and it shall be given unto you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you."
Its the same for us. Our instruction manual the Bible tells us the first thing to do is pray. God is working at your school and He has instructions for your part in reaching out. Ask Him for them. The first and most important step is to make prayer a priority! Prayer is the greatest tool we have for reaching students on the campus.
Prayer Starts with You
It all starts with you. The way we grow in our prayer lives is by devotion to God. Set aside time each day to pray. Here are some things to remember as you spend time in dialogue with Him:
Dont Do It Alone
Prayer may start with you, but God doesnt intend for you to "do it alone."
Q & A Time
Q: What do you do if group prayer is not happenin?
A: You set the pace. Check your walk with God. Wheres the focus of your groups prayer? Spend some time praising and thanking God. Use Gods Word as a key part of your praying. Are you believing God for supernatural things beyond what you can do (Ephesians 3:20)?
Q: How do I get students stoked to pray?
A: You dont. God does. So pray (Colossians 1:9). Lead by example and make opportunities to pray.
Q: Why is it so easy to "diss" prayer when things start happening?
A: Satan hates prayer and he would do anything to keep you from doing it. Dont cop out, because "greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4). Prayer is a critical part of your spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:18) and is the key to unlocking doors for the gospel (Colossians 4:2-4), and it gives you the power to be His witnesses (Ephesians 6:19).
PRAYER RESOURCE MATERIALS
Destined for the Throne by Paul Billheimer, Port Washington, PA; Christian Literature Crusade
Purpose in Prayer by E.M. Bounds, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House
How to Pray by Bill Bright, San Bernardino, CA: Heres Life Publishers
The Hour That Changes the World by Dick Eastman, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
Fireseeds of Spiritual Awakening by Dan Hayes, San Bernardino, CA: Heres Life Publishers, Inc.
Prayer by O. Howlsby
The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit, Chicago: Moody Press
My Heart, Christs Home by Robert Munger, Intervarsity Press