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Prayer Pillars – Jesus reminded us that His church is to be a house of prayer (Matthew 21:13). And Paul tells us to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Going back to Jesus, we are also reminded that corporate prayer is an important part of our prayer life (Matthew 18:20).

Here are some  pillars or supporting thoughts to help your personal and corporate prayer times.

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I often teach that “Praising” God is different from “Thanking” Him. Praising God “is Him centered while thanking God is me centered.” But another way of saying that is that we “Praise God” for who He is and the “Thank God” for what He does.

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[a] knowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
    that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 11:33-36 (NIV)

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I run into a lot of people that have never prayed with others. Or they have never even prayed out loud, BUT, every time I lead a group in corporate prayer I hear people say, “We have got to do that again!”

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.

 

I Timothy 2:1-7 (NIV)

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May I make an odd statement to you? You may struggle with it at first, but here it is, “Spiritual warfare IS NOT a big deal . . . when you realize that you ALREADY have victory.” Most people think that one’s POWER is so critical, and while there is some truth to that, my experience is that people think the “power” has something to do with them. No! The power is in the Lord.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 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 Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Ephesians 6:10-20 (NIV)

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Have you considered praying for your pastor WHILE he is preaching? Every pastor that has started a “Pulpit Ministry” eventually says the same thing, “My messages just stick better when you pray while I am preaching.” I heard this first from Dr. Charles Stanley after he returned home from his first trip to Martha’s Vineyard. We prayed all night when he first spoke there. When he returned he spoke to us at the Sons of Thunder Men’s Prayer meeting and said, “My message stuck better when you prayed while I preached at Martha’s Vineyard.”

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—

these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

I Corinthians 2:1-10 (NIV)

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I love this passage below because it reminds us that, sometimes, God brings difficulties into our lives. And you know what? That is okay! Because I would rather the Lord be the One bringing difficulties than it be the evil one, because he “slipped a fast-ball by God.” Isn’t it exciting that God is in control, and not the evil one?

When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace, the Lord appeared to him at night and said:

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

I Chronicles 7:11-16 (NIV)

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When we pray, we are used to praying the way our mamma taught us, but may I challenge you to consider letting the principles in the Word of God direct your life, including your prayer life?

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

II Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.
I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
    that I will follow your righteous laws.
I have suffered much;
    preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.

Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
    and teach me your laws.
Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
    I will not forget your law.
The wicked have set a snare for me,
    but I have not strayed from your precepts.
Your statutes are my heritage forever;
    they are the joy of my heart.
My heart is set on keeping your decrees
    to the very end.

Psalms 119:105-112 (NIV)

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Our children’s book is called Rainbows of Promises because it is based upon the simple truths that the Lord has given us in both the Old and New Testaments. I fear that often we beg God about the things He has clearly promised, rather than simply trusting Him. And the biggest concern is that I think we run the risk of calling God a liar, rather than trusting Him.

But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

II Corinthians 1:18-22 (NIV)

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A prayer mentor of mine always counsels, “follow the peace.” And the reason he says that is because our God is NOT a God of confusion, but is a God of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). I believe that our God often uses a lack of peace to teach us and to protect us. After all, the implication of Romans 8:6 is that if we do not have peace, we are not focusing on the things of the Spirit.

But let me remind you, even Paul said, “there are troubles without and there are fears within.” (see 2 Corinthians 7:5 below) The issue isn’t that you are somehow not godly if you have troubles and fears. The issue is, what do you do with them? Let me give you some counsel that comes straight from the Word of God. Do you want peace? Write at the top of a piece of paper the subject that is keeping you from peace, and then let the Lord show you what you can give thanks for, regarding that subject. You will experience a peace that COMPLETELY transcends your understanding (Philippians 4:6-7).

for God is not a God of confusion but of peace. . .

1 Corinthians 14:33a (NASB)

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 8:6 (ESV)

. . . we were troubled in every way: conflicts on the outside, fears inside.

2 Corinthians 7:5b (HCSB)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

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What is a Sway? SWAYS are digital storyboards that we use in our ministry to visually tell the good news of Jesus and the power of prayer.

Kenya MinistryMinistry in Kenya:

Please enjoy this SWAY with pictures and videos of our ministry there.

 

 

 


Prayer Boot Camp from the movie War Room

2016 Prayer Boot Camps:

The movie War Room has afforded many opportunities to improve men and women’s prayer lives.

2017 Prayer Boot Camp SWAY has been started.

 

 

 


Our Prayer Specifics SWAY

Prayer Principles:

Various teachings on prayer, beginning with worry.

 

 

 


The Pray-ers with all three main characters

The Pray-ers Novel

A new SWAY focusing upon the novel, its characters, its reviews and its prayer principles.

Also a new set of Short Stories related to the book will be released in January.

 


Conference Call IconConference Call Praying

A SWAY designed to encourage you to participate.

These homeschool moms and dads did a great job reviewing my novel, “The Pray-ers”

Read thru some of their reviews. There are about 60:

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles {CTM Publishing Atlanta}

Homeschool Review Crew

Greetings Brother Mark, Thanks so so much for coming to Nakuru Kenya and sharing with us and your team on PRAYER! May the LORD GOD BLESS YOU.

Gordon Onyango
Victory International Fellowship Pastor
Powerful messages on prayer
Lucas Zulu
from Lusaka, Zambia

December Prayer BoardWhat is a Prayer Board? The idea comes from Michael Guido and his prayer board. It is a place on my wall where I keep regular prayers. They become a visual representation of what I need to pray over.

For your own use, write the word “Prayers” in large letters at the top of a blank sheet of paper. Use the space below it to write down in words or pictures your prayer requests and keep it in a conspicuous place.

We will regularly keep you updated about our prayer requests. Below is our current Prayer Board.

Mark’s Most Recent Prayer Requests:

  • 2017 Speaking Engagements – This is always a challenge as I want to speak and share prayer principles every Sunday (Colossians 4:3-4)
  • 2017 Prayer Boot Camps – From the movie War Room, these have become a wonderful teaching platform
  • 2017 Pastor Conferences – These are going GREAT and we have another scheduled for Monroe GA
  • Personal Requests – While the above are ministry requests the following are personal challenges I have, as I try to Steward this ministry:
    • I need to be a better steward of my time, if you will, a PERFECT steward of my time
    • I need to spend more time, DAILY, writing
    • I’m excited about our Kenyan ministry but want to keep it bathed in prayer.

2017 starts soon, so we need to begin filling those dates with speraking engagements.

Prayer Boot Camps (based on the movie War Room) have been a great time of teaching on prayer.

Pray that these will continue. Also, pray for our friends that are organizing these events.

Here is a Ministry SWAY showing our 2016 PBC’s

2017 Prayer Boot Camps

  • January 14, Solid Rock in Columbus GA
  • January 21, Hogansville GA
  • Date TBD, Union Point GA
  • Augusta & Savannah GA
  • Numerous Kenya Locations

This is a one day (Sunday) event that is focused on Intensive prayer.

These events give me the opportunity to meet people one on one and then pray with and for them.

Pray that God will open doors for me to continue to preach this message, and preach it boldly as I know that I should Colossians 4:2-4).

2017 Sunday Prayer Intensives

  • January 22, Belmont Baptist Church in Gainesville GA

This trip at the end of October turned out to be a triumph in accomplishing much, during a short time. Go to our ministry SWAYS to see the results.

Pray also for a return trip in February, as you pray for those we are wanting to disciple in prayer.

I have been looking for “extra” time to write. I am asking for your prayers because I cannot find the time.  I understand that I need to make the time.

And it seems that EVERY TIME I do this, by God’s grace I accomplish much in my writing, “Imagine that!”

This is a prayer for discipline in time management.

Additionally, I have started writing “Short-Stories” that go along with the novel. See those free on Kindle real soon.

We are looking for individuals that want to share in our ministry.  The needs are:

  1. Would you consider this? We are looking for 100 people/churches/organizations to be “Kenya Monthly Ministry Partners” who will commit to $25 a month
    • We’d like one of our indigenous workers to become full time and for Mark to return 3 times per year to Kenya
  2. E-Letter underwriters ($50/month)
  3. And eventually we would like to start doing FOUR TV spots that will be 1/2 hour each. The cost, surprisingly, is only $2,850 per month

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