Phase 1: Worship & Praise
Phase 2: Confession - Agreeing with God that we are wrong.
I. Phase Three: Petition
Make Your Request Known
A major sign of intimacy with God is your freedom to tell Him every desire and need of your heart.
Philippians 4:6 NKJV - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
We are to make our request known to God.
Philippians 4:7 NLT - Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
James 4:2–3 NLT - You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
Matthew 7:7–11 NLT - “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
TWO STEPS TO POWERFUL PRAYERS OF PETITION
If we desire to build an intimate relationship with God, then it demands that we move from solely petitioning God for the things we want/desire.
Philippians 2:13 NLT - For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
1 John 5:14–15 NLT - And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
1. Regularly pray through each fruit of the Holy spirit and ask God to develop the image and holiness of Christ within you.
Galatians 5:22–23 NLT - And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
As you pray through each fruit, God not only answers, but He cleanses and corrects our lives to align our heart with His.
2. Regularly pray through the Beatitudes and ask God to conform you to these godly characteristics.
Matthew 5:3–10 NLT - “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. 6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. 7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. 9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. 10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
The Beatitudes become a spring board that launches us into powerful prayers of petition that reflect Kingdom priorities.
II. Phase Four: Powerful Intercession
1 Timothy 2:1–5 NLT - I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.
Intercession is the type of prayer that is primarily focused on the needs of others.
INTERCESSION OF BURDENS
Galatians 6:2 NLT - Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
It is especially important to combine your intercession with the biblical promises that God has quickened to your heart.
Ezekiel 22:30 NLT - “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.
III. What to do when God is silent
God answers in 3 ways.
Yes, No, and later.
Five Actions When God Seems Silent
When God Is Silent, Read His Word
When God Is Silent, Ask for His Wisdom (James 1:5)
When God Is Silent, Trust His Guidance
When God Is Silent, Don’t Give Up Spiritual Disciplines
When God Is Silent, Act in Faith (Isaiah 30:21)
PRAYERS FOR DAILY GROWTH
Father, cause me to pray according to Your priority of holiness and sanctification in my daily life. Cleanse and transform me by the washing of the water by the Word (Eph 5:26). God, instill the spiritual fruit and the Beatitudes into the very fabric of my heart.
Father God, fill me with the spirit of genuine intercession. Help me stand in the gap for my land (Ezk 22:30). As an intercessor teach my hands to war and fingers to fight. Grow me up into powerful biblical prayers that spring from Your heart.