Prayer: Moving Forward

As you become more practiced and experienced in your prayer life, you will want to move beyond the 4-step ACTS Prayer. Here are some guidelines for you:

1. Pray out loud with an audible voice!

Many of us have only prayed in our heads, our minds. We have never spoken the prayer words out loud. Throughout the scripture the spoken word is very important.

Gen. 1 - God said and it was. He spoke and it came into being. Prov 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

In the New Testament there are many examples of Jesus praying and speaking the Word of God; i.e., We know that Jesus used scripture when standing against the temptation of the enemy.

2. Pray in the Spirit or your prayer language: Eph 6:18 "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Praying in the Spirit allows the Spirit of God to pray the will of God through you when you do not know what to pray in your native tongue.

3. Learn to pray God's perfect will. God has a corporate purpose which is His will for the earth as it was originally, and a personal purpose which is His will for what you are specifically called to do. Both of these provide material for your prayer life. Have you received a prophetic word? Do you have a burden on your heart, a passion that won't leave? That is substance for your prayer life. God burdened you, so have confidence and ask for it. I John 5: 14,15 "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him."

4. Stop praying to just make it through life and to get to heaven. Instead, pray to take dominion. Pray for position, that God would put Christians in places of influence as He did with Daniel and Joseph. Start taking authority. Don't pray for the harvest, pray for laborers. (The harvest is already ripe and waiting in the fields.) Luke 10:2 2 He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.". Pray for salvation of the king/leader. I Tim. 2:1,2 "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."

5. Pray the word of God. When God gives you verses while you are in prayer, you can take those verses and pray them, knowing that that is what He wants to do. For example: I was praying Isa. 49:8-12 for Okinawa. God gave me this verse one night while in prayer and I know without a doubt that that is what He wants to do here. It is so exciting! I will just write part of it here and how I prayed it:
Lord, I thank you that this is the time of your favor and that you will answer us. Thank you that this is the day of salvation and you are helping us. Lord, we acknowledge that you have made us to be a covenant for the people of Okinawa, to restore this land and to reassign its desolate inheritances. Father, we know that you have a purpose for this land and in the name of Jesus and by the blood of Jesus, that was shed for this land and the people in this place, we set aside this land and this people for you. Jesus, we invite you to come and reign over Okinawa. We call to those that have been held captive, in the snare of the demonic forces that have ruled over this land, and we say, "Come out,"" and to those in darkness, "Be free!"

6. Talk to God, ask questions, listen for answers, and believe He wants to answer! The word says He wants to answer and even show you what to pray. Say "Yes!" to the idea that He delights to spend time with you. (Song of Solomon)

7. Don't fret if you end your prayer time and find out that you have not covered your own needs. If you have prayed God's heart, He will supply your every need. He may even show you who prayed for you that day!