If you haven’t already, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.
Below are ways we can connect with the Lord in prayer as we seek to grow in intimacy with Him. These include devotional prayer, intercessory prayer, pray-reading God’s Word, and praying in the Spirit. Each has its place in living a lifestyle of prayer.
1. Devotional Prayer
Devotional prayer focuses on our own spiritual growth, needs and refreshing. In simplest terms, it is engaging God in conversation about our relationship with Him and growing in Christlike character and actions. Continue reading →
Before we can cultivate a life of prayer, we must choose to do our part. As Mike Bickle (director of International House of Prayer in KCMO) says, God will do His part, but He will not do our part.
God has given us a free will; in this, He has given us the freedom to choose. He has given us this choice because He does not want a people who are forced to be with Him, but who voluntarily choose to be.
“Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power, in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning; to You [will spring forth] Your young men, who are as the dew.” Psalm 110:3 (AMPC)
This article begins a four-part series on living a lifestyle of prayer. This series is for anyone who wants to grow in prayer; however, if you are new to prayer/following Christ and want to start with more general information about beginning a life of prayer, first read this.
Before we venture into the practicals of a lifestyle of prayer, I want to share regarding the posture of our hearts. When we approach God, we must believe the truth about Him in our hearts. Otherwise, we will lack motivation. Likewise, we may find ourselves fighting lies about the Lord as we seek to grow in friendship with Him.
The following are three keys to posturing our hearts before God in prayer. Continue reading →
Earlier this month I was given the opportunity to teach at our house of prayer. I shared on the importance of prayer as our foundation.
Below are a few excerpts from this teaching. I know these will bless and benefit you as well. Also, you can download my full teaching notes here.
1. God has specifically called His house a house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7).
The Lord has not primarily named His house a house of evangelism, service, missions or healing. He called us His house of prayer first and foremost because prayer must under gird all we do for God’s Kingdom. Continue reading →
On Fridays at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mike Bickle recently began a series on the Bridegroom/Bride message throughout the Bible concerning us and Jesus. I have been tuning in to their online stream during this series as I seek to stay faithful to the assignments God has given me as an intercessory prayer missionary and messenger through worship, song and teaching.
This is such an important message, and in this post I wanted to share some of the points that stood out to me. If we neglect the pursuit of intimacy with God, we are missing the primary purpose of our faith and our lives. In connection with Him alone do we fully come alive!
What Is the Bridegroom Message?
In one sentence, the Bridegroom message is the call to intimacy with God by encountering His heart and love toward us, and to walk in partnership with Him. Continue reading →