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32 Teach Me to Pray: A Time and Place وقت ومكان


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Section 7: Making a Time and Place for Prayer
Lesson Thirty-Two: A Time and Place

At lunch, a high-level American church leader explained to me (Eddie) that he and the leaders with whom he works have such
weighty and time-consuming responsibilities that they simply don’t have time to pray.

The implication was that they had less time for personal prayer than others. The truth is, every person on earth has all the time there is—twenty-four hours each day!

What we do with our time is a choice we each make. So the question isn’t really so much about having enough time as it is having the Continue reading

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33 Teach Me to Pray: Your Secret Place لديك مكان سري


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Section 7: Making a Time and Place for Prayer
Lesson Thirty-Three:   Your Secret Place

Every effective praying person has a familiar place for prayer. It is usually a place that is far from distractions and interruptions. From our interviews with more than fifty nationally known intercessors, we offer you the following suggestions concerning a private place for prayer:

  • Pray in the least distracting place (such as, facing a blank wall in a room).
  • Unplug the phone.
  • Get the family off to school or to work, or put the kids to bed.
  • Consider placing a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.

Would it surprise you to know that spiritual giants face the same issues you face? Andrew Murray said, “How now does Satan hinder prayer? By temptation to postpone or curtail it by bringing in wandering thoughts and all sorts of distractions through unbelief and hopelessness.”

In order to overcome such things, like the man building a tower of which Jesus spoke, we too must prepare ahead of time.

Salat Prayer - علمني كيفية الصلاةPRE-PRAYER-ATION

In the March 2001 issue of the Community Prayer Circle Newsletter, Annielois Evans encouraged us to try this exercise to prepare the heart for a time of prayer:

  • With a heart full of faith, a soul of contrition and a mind set on truth and love, lift up your hands and head toward heaven.
  • Let your thoughts overflow with images of blessings from God. Meditate on His goodness.
  • As the Holy Spirit dictates, clap your hands as an expression of praise to your heavenly Father.
  • Read or recite a verse from Psalms, your favorite scripture or a passage related to the concerns you plan to share with God.
  • Continue this process until you feel the presence of the Lord.

Now you are ready to pray for yourself and intercede for others. Practice this exercise as often as needed.

Our posture in prayer

While there is certain value in it, there is no biblical command for us to kneel, to bow or to close our eyes when we pray.

For example, Jesus knelt at times. In describing His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, Luke writes, “He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed” (Luke 22:41, emphasis added). When praying with the leaders of the church in Ephesus, Paul also knelt. (Read
Acts 20:36.)

Surprisingly to some, however, there were times when Jesus neither bowed His head nor closed His eyes to pray. John’s report of Jesus’ prayer at the tomb of His friend Lazarus says, “Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me’” (John 11:41, emphasis added).

Earl Pickard, ex-Army officer and director of Campus Crusade’s PrayerWorks, says, “I have a prayer room in my home with an altar area. So, I like to kneel there before the Lord in heart cry.” The Bible also says that we can pray standing or even lying prostrate.

Question: Where do you like to pray? How do you create an atmosphere of quiet and privacy for your prayer time?

Equipment for prayer

In my book Intercessors: How to Understand and Unleash Them for God’s Glory, I (Eddie) have written these statements about the prayer closet:

Not only do I release Alice to love and pursue God, but also to the prayer closet. Perhaps I should say that I released our closet to her! For years her prayer closet was our clothes closet. It contained much more than our clothing. In it were a globe, maps, books, pens, photos, notebooks, Kleenex and other assorted items. The floor of our closet was literally a workstation! It wasn’t until we purchased our new home, which has three walk-in closets in the master bedroom, did I have my own clothes closet! The third closet is Alice’s new prayer closet.

When our children were younger, they thought God lived in our closet. Every time they’d look for Mom, I’d explain, “She’s in the closet with the Lord; don’t bother her.”

One day Alice came walking out of the closet with mascara running down her cheeks. Her eyes were red and puffy. She was clutching a fistful of notes in one hand and a wad of used tissues in the other.

“What in the world do you do in there for three and four hours at a time?” I asked.

“Do you really want to know?”

“Of course I do,” I replied.

“Then sit down,” she said.

She began telling me the details of her encounter “beyond the veil” in prayer. I interrupted, “Whoa! Wait a minute! Let me get a pen and a piece of paper. People need to know this.” I took notes as she shared.

When she finished, I gave my notes to her. “You must write a book about this for the worldwide church to read.” She did. I mentioned earlier that her book, Beyond the Veil, is a source of instruction, affirmation, and confirmation for many who’ve had similar experiences in prayer.

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Christian, do you suffer from an unbridled temper, overpowering sinful habits, overwhelming sadness, or any number of other spiritually defeating issues? Are you seemingly unable to establish and maintain positive meaningful relationships with others?

Counselor or Pastor, do you sometimes wonder why you have such limited authority over evil spirits and why, after evicting then one week, the same spirits show up again the next week.

In Delivering the Captives, Alice Smith draws on her 35 years of deliverance ministry around the world to expose some of Satan’s “slickest strategies”. She explains how he deceives us into building spiritual strongholds in our own lives though will full sin so his demons can operate, develop into strongmen, and access levels of dominion over us.

Let Alice show you how to detect and defeat strongmen, and precisely why Jesus said we must bind the strongmen before we dismantle their strongholds and permanently dismiss them.

Here are your guidelines, including Alice’s much sought after list of Apparent Demonic Groupings that reveals how demons work together. Here are your biblical tools, including prayers, proclamations, and pronouncements to renounce evil spirits and remove them from your life and from the lives of others.

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35 Teach Me to Pray: Praying Aloud يصلي بصوت عال


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Section 7: Making a Time and Place for Prayer
Lesson Thirty-Five:  Praying Aloud

Most effective intercessors do pray aloud in their private prayer. Hearing themselves helps them stay on track and maintain their focus. (Hearing yourself speak to someone you cannot see may be a bit intimidating to you at first, but in a few days you will grow accustomed to it.)

Jesus and many others in Scripture prayed aloud when they prayed alone, for in some cases their prayers were heard and recorded for us to read today.

Praying silently

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36 Teach me to Pray: The Progress of Prayer in Few Years وتقدم للصلاة في سنوات قليلة


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Section 8: The Progress of Prayer
Lesson Thirty-Six:  The Progress of Prayer in the Past Few Years

During the 1950s in the United States, prayer was known to be little more than a devotional exercise. Of course, it always served us as a last resort in times of crisis. Sincere Christians disciplined themselves to maintain a personal quiet time, and sincere churches took time each Wednesday night to mention the names of their ailing members in prayer. This broadly summarizes what Christians generally understood about Continue reading


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37 Teach me to Pray: From Ministry to Our Identity من وزارة لهويتنا


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Section 8: The Progress of Prayer
Lesson Thirty-Seven:  From Ministry to Our Identity

In the latter half of the past century our churches had become houses of preaching and teaching, houses of evangelism and missions, houses of worship and musical production, and houses of sports and recreation. All good things, but they had not become houses of prayer.

Today God is challenging the very identity of the American church. He is showing us that prayer is not simply another ministry to be tacked onto the church’s agenda. Prayer is to be her very identity. Clearly, everything that lies ahead for the church and for this world hinges on prayer.

Christ said, “It is written… My house will be a house of prayer” (Luke 19:46). Perhaps the reason we’ve been so long in seeing this is because we are so blessed of God. The heart of prayer is weakness. Strong people don’t pray. When asked why the Korean prayer movement had lessened in direct proportion to their national prosperity, Dr. David Yonggi Cho explained, “Sadly, God has a problem. He can neither bless us nor leave us unblessed.”

Perhaps prayer in America has been a low priority because we have more faith in what we can do for God than we do in what He can do for us. But now churches are beginning to move beyond building and maintaining prayer ministries to actually becoming houses of prayer!

Salat Prayer - علمني كيفية الصلاةQuestion: Write in your journal, what there is about your church that suggests it is a house of prayer?

What would you suggest your church do to become more of
a house of prayer?

What is “a house of prayer?”

Here is a partial list of identifying characteristics of a house of prayer.

  • A pastor and church staff who are committed to prayer
  • A significant time of prayer in worship services
  • Pre-worship service prayer meetings
  • Prayer during and for the worship service at another site
  • Prayer in committee meetings
  • Instruction and training in prayer, including conferences, seminars and retreats
  • Prayer communiqués, hotlines and reports of requests and answers to prayer
  • A meaningful partnership between pastors and intercessors
  • Prayerwalking and on-site prayer
  • Prayer cells, triplets and chains
  • Prayer vigils, solemn assemblies and concerts of prayer
  • Exciting corporate prayer meeting

Prayer Petitions and Requests

The work of prayer often involves pleading a case for our own needs—our personal prayer list. Paul wrote to the Philippian Christians, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Phil. 4:6).

Everything that exists, exists for a purpose (Rev. 4:11). Our creative God is purposeful. God had a purpose for everything He created. As we look at prayer, we will see that prayer too has a purpose. In fact, prayer has many purposes. We see this clearly in the model prayer that Jesus taught His disciples.

Jesus’ disciple Luke told this story:

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”  —LUKE 11:1–4

The Purposes of Prayer

The purposes of prayer include but are not limited to:

  • Adoring and thanking God
  • Fellowship with God, talking to and listening to Him
  • Requesting things from God (daily bread, forgiveness, direction and protection)
  • Interceding for the needs of others
  • Praying in the kingdom of God

Intercessory Prayer

Intercession is prayer moved to another level. It is no longer prayer for oneself, but rather a form of selfless prayer that involves “standing in the gap” to plead the cases of others (1 Tim. 2:1). Every Christian should bear the burdens of others in prayer.

But intercessory prayer is also a high-level ministry calling to which some Christians are uniquely called as their primary role in the body of Christ. Intercessors literally invest their lives praying on behalf of others.

They are God’s activists. They are not driven into the streets with placards to yell slogans. Rather, they are drawn into their prayer closets with travailing prayer and petitions on behalf of others.

Travailing Prayer

There are times when, in the act of interceding, an intercessor is overcome with emotion. In prayer, when passion collides with compassion, the result is travail—a crying out to plead the case of another before the Father. In Nigeria, for example, ladies who are dedicated to prayer are called “the wailing women.”

The Bible gives us many examples of individuals who knew travail in prayer:

  • Jeremiah—”Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people” (Jer. 9:1).
  • Isaiah—”The Lord, the Lord Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth” (Isa. 22:12).
  • Jesus—”And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:44).

Intercessors who enter into travail sometimes are misunderstood by those around them.

Read 1 Samuel 1:12–16. Write in your journal what Eli the priest thought of Hannah when she travailed in prayer?

Read Galatians 4:19. To what did the apostle Paul compare the travail of prayer?

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38 Teach Me to Pray: Warfare Prayer حرب الصلاة


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Section 8: The Progress of Prayer
Lesson Thirty-Eight:  Warfare Prayer

Paul writes of spiritual warfare prayer when he instructs us to:

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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.   —EPHESIANS 6:17–18

For us to be effective in warfare prayer we need to know:

  • Our Commander, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Captain of the Lord’s hosts. (Read Ephesians 1:20–22; Colossians 2:15; 1 John 3:8.)
  • Our enemy, Satan, who is the prince of the power of the air. (Read John 8:44; 10:10; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2.)
  • Our authority in Christ. (Read Luke 10:19–20; Ephesians 2:6.)
  • How to listen before engagement. All spiritual authority is ambassadorial, meaning that we do not engage in warfare except by specific instruction. Our spiritual authority against the enemy is given to us one assignment at a time. (Read John 5:19.)

Worship Him for Who He Is

Worship and praise are inextricably linked to prayer. Anytime we come before Him to pray, we should “ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” (1 Chron. 16:29). Worship is the art of thanking God for who He is. It is the act of adoring Him and acknowledging His attributes. The psalmist wrote:

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. 
—PSALM 100:4–5

Salat Prayer - علمني كيفية الصلاةPraise Him for What He Has Done

Once inside the gates, we enter the courts of prayer with praise. As worship is thanking God for who He is, praise is thanking Him for what He has done. In Psalm 86:12–13, King David said, “I will praise you, O LORD my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” In these verses, the psalmist praises God for His love and deliverance, for what He has done.

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Worship and praise are inextricably linked to prayer.
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In Exodus 15, after God saved the Israelites by drowning the Pharaoh and his Egyptian army in the Red Sea, Moses and the children of Israel worshiped and praised God.

Blended Worship and Praise
In the following passage, notice how the children of Israel shift between praise and worship as they declare who He is and what He has done:

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted [worship]. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea [praise]. The LORD is my strength and my song [worship]; he has become my salvation [praise]. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him [worship]. The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name [worship]. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea [praise]. The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone.

“Your right hand, O LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O LORD, shattered the enemy [praise]. In the greatness of your majesty [worship] you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble [praise]. By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood firm like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.

“The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.’ But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters [praise]. “Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders [worship]? You stretched out your right hand and the earth swallowed them [praise].

In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling [praise]. The nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people of Philistia. The chiefs of Edom will be terrified, the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling, the people of Canaan will melt away; terror and dread will fall upon them. By the power of your arm they will be as still as a stone—until your people pass by, O LORD, until the people you bought pass by [praise]. You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance—the place, O LORD, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, O LORD, your hands established [praise]. The LORD will reign for ever and ever [praise].”

When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground [praise].   —EXODUS 15:1–19

Throughout the Old Testament, praise and worship were employed as men related to God. Then as Jesus ministered on earth, He taught His disciples to begin prayer with this worship declaration: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matt. 6:9, KJV). He taught them to end prayer with this declaration of praise: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (v. 13, KJV)!

Question: In your journal, make a list of worship and praise statements of your own. First, list worship words and phrases that describe who God is to you.

Now list praise words and phrases that describe what He’s done for you.

The next time you pray, begin your prayer with one or more of these declarations. He loves to hear us worship and praise Him (John 4:23).

What life experience helped you recognize the importance of prayer in your personal life? How is your life different when you do not pray as often as you should pray?

Write a prayer, using at least one sentence, for each of the following purposes of prayer:

  • Adoring and thanking God
  • Fellowshiping with God
  • Requesting things from God
  • Interceding for the needs of others
  • Praying in the kingdom of God

Your Time with God

Did you know that a movement of prayer is growing and developing in America? It began as a simple devotional exercise. From there it grew to a “support” status, which served as a foundation of other ministries. Then it began to be recognized as a vital ministry in and of itself. Today we are seeing prayer become the very identity of the church.
The church in America is actually becoming a house of prayer, just as Jesus prophesied it would!

Lord God, I want to grow up in prayer myself. I choose this day to commit myself to devotional prayer, to pray fervently for the ministries You have led me to support and, like a spiritual attorney, to plead the cases of people and causes in prayer before Your throne. I want my very life to be a house of prayer for Your glory. In Jesus’ name I ask this, amen.

We’ll be looking for you next week,
Eddie and Alice
“America’s prayer coaches”
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Christian, do you suffer from an unbridled temper, overpowering sinful habits, overwhelming sadness, or any number of other spiritually defeating issues?

Are you seemingly unable to establish and maintain positive meaningful  relationships with others?

Counselor or Pastor, do you sometimes wonder why you have such limited authority over evil spirits and why, after evicting then one week, the same spirits show up again the next week.

In Delivering the Captives, Alice Smith draws on her 35 years of deliverance ministry around the world to expose some of Satan’s “slickest strategies”.

She explains how he deceives us into building spiritual strongholds in our own lives though will full sin so his demons can operate, develop into strongmen, and access levels of dominion over us.

Let Alice show you how to detect and defeat strongmen, and precisely why Jesus said we must bind the strongmen before we dismantle their strongholds and permanently dismiss them.

Here are your guidelines; including Alice’s much sought after list of Apparent Demonic Groupings that reveals how demons work together. Here are your biblical tools, including prayers, proclamations, and pronouncements to renounce evil spirits and remove them from your life and from the lives of others.

Order yours today at:  http://tinyurl.com/wv6ya

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40 Teach Me to Pray:The Promise and the Proximity – وعد والقرب


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Section 8: Empowering Our Prayer
Lesson Forty: The Promise and The Proximity

THE PROMISE

No promise could be plainer than the one Jesus gives in Matthew 18:19: “It will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” On every package sent out by a certain Continue reading