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The Prayer Driven Church

“And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves” (Matthew 21:13).

Every church is “called”. Jesus came to his home church and found a church that was killing its calling. The calling is to be a house of prayer. The killing of that calling happens when we remove and refuse the priority and practice of prayer.

The church that prays is keeping the calling! Please be clear, Jesus showed up that day in order to give the church back to God. “My house” means that a church can only be God’s through prayer.

Transformative leaders support and strengthen prayer in the church. The culture of prayer has to be cultivated by prayer leaders. Prayer must be a constant and contagion in the congregation.

What makes a church a “den of thieves”?  – the failure of prayer! What do you know about a den? It is only for the pack. A den is not welcoming to those who are not in the pack. What do you know about thieves? They are takers and not givers. They don’t and won’t add value to your life.

Churches that don’t pray become closed to others. They never grow beyond the “den”. Churches that move away from prayer begin to exist for their own comfort and convenience. Notice the “seats and tables”. What ever happened to the altar?

Jesus quoted one verse and had one vision for His churchIsaiah 56:7. When Jesus says, “It is written”, He’s quoting Isaiah 56:7. The house of prayer is called by God, endorsed by Jesus and filled with the Spirit.

The Place Where We Pray

Are you in a place where you can pray? Are you in a place with people of prayer? Are you at that place where prayer is the priority? Jesus had a place. He had a place of prayer. He had a praying place and nothing else could occupy its space.

“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). Jesus was praying in a certain place.  The Greek construction of the word certain gives us an ancient word used of persons and things concerning which the writer either cannot or will not speak more particularly.

Dr. Luke was the most prolific and detailed of all Gospel writers. He does not however go into the details of the place where Jesus was praying. Perhaps the sacredness of Jesus’ private time with the Father was in consideration. We all need a certain place for prayer. We need a place of intimacy that gives us unbroken moments in the presence of God. The certain place needs to be private, so it can be deep. Jesus also called it a “closet” (Matthew 6:5-6). In your prayer closet is the place where you can be “naked and not ashamed”.

People who experience Jesus want to pray. Prayer is panting for more of God and His presence in your life. Prayer is a craving for Christ. Praying is reaching beyond humanity for divinity. Prayer is an act of faith. Prayer asks. Prayer seeks. Prayer knocks on God. Prayer desires. Prayer inquires. Prayer requires of God. Prayer diligently seeks God and wants His rewards. Prayer is not a drudgery. Prayer is an opportunity to participate in God’s plans.

Teaching prayer is what Jesus does. When we have been in a certain place praying we too are enabled as educators. We can instruct and inspire prayer only when it has become intimate to us. The School of Prayer has one Head Master. It is only open to and enrolling those who want to be what they see in Jesus. The prayer life of the disciples was caught and then it was taught. Prayer is not learned in the library of weekly piety. Prayer is learned in the laboratory of daily Christianity. Prayer is inspired and then instructed. Spending time every day with Jesus teaches us prayer. The more we desire to be like Jesus the more provoked, profound and pointed our prayers will become.

Prayer was the place in the life of Jesus. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation” (Luke 22:40). The place where Jesus chose to spend his most purposeful moments were punctuated and peppered with prayer. While Jesus was in his place of prayer he was able to call others into a place of prayer. Is this what we are missing in the modern Church? We have prayer less preachers and leaders in our churches and we wonder why there is no prayer revival? Those who claim to have been with Jesus seem not to have followed Him all the way to the place. The place is where we pray and lead others into prayer. Are you in that place, yet?

Pray and don’t enter. Prayers and temptations can take you places. Temptations are distractions by the devil. Temptations are opportunities for sin. Temptations are pressures on the flesh. The only safe place from your temptations is in a praying place. The place where Jesus prayed kept him in a place where he could not fail. Staying in a praying place keeps you from entering the traps and snares of the evil one.

Praying is a place outside of your flesh. You pray so you won’t enter into a temptation. You don’t have to wait and pray after you have succumbed to a temptation. Prayer is key to the victory over your “inner me”. In the place where we pray we can take authority over the world, the flesh and sin. In the life of the one who prays daily greater faith, faithfulness and focus will emerge. The power of prayer is divine potential. Prayer puts us in that place where God can get the most out of us.

Prayer is a place. Prayer is a station. It is a station in the kingdom of God. It is from where God launches His eternal purposes through mortal people. Prayer is a habitation. It is a habitation in the Spirit. It is from where God shares and hears His prayers through us. Prayer is a condition. It is a condition of the heart. It is from where God gives more grace to the humble. Prayer is that place!

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Apostolic Assignments Have Arrived

Dr. T. L. Lowery is the late and great apostolic patriarch of Prayer Everywhere. Few men knew God in the Word and prayer like Dr. Lowery. He is the spiritual father of founder and visionary, Bishop Sean Teal.  

Dr. Lowery imparted the revelation and of apostolic assignments, spiritual authority and the double portion anointing into his spiritual son. Bishop Teal was privately tutored countless hours by Dr. Lowery. Dr. Lowery literally wrote the book on Apostles and Prophets: Reclaiming the Biblical Gifts. It is now considered the seminal work on modern apostles throughout The Body of Christ.  

Prayer Everywhere is an apostolic assignment. We have entered into this season ready to embrace our apostolic authority and anointing. We will apprehend the possibilities and opportunities we have to reach nations and change generations!

Identifying Apostolic Leaders

The “apostle” is not an expired gift. Most of us (even those of us who are gifted as apostolic leaders) struggle with the idea of calling something “apostolic” or someone “apostle”. This means that so many in The Body of Christ are missing out on maximizing their callings. Too many are operating out of an identification and ministry that they (we) don’t have the grace or passion for.

Embracing and empowering apostolic leaders and apostolic assignments is key to ministry expansion. Apostolic leaders are effective in expansion because of their innate ability to catalyze new ministry. Apostolic leaders are launchers, pathfinders, trailblazers, globetrotters and mavericks.

Here are seven key indicators that could evidence an apostolic gift in you or in the ministry you are connected to. This will also help you to identify the emerging apostolic leaders in your midst.

  • Praying for Miracles and Supernatural Manifestations

Apostolic movements will always have their origin in praying people. The word “apostle” means, “one sent forth first”. The first ministry of any apostolic assignment is to pray and to teach prayer The supernatural is released through prayer.. Miracles, signs and wonders are attached to the apostolic anointing. Corporate prayer is the key connection to the effectiveness of the apostolic leader. Apostolic leaders will have prayer networks and intercessors undergirding and underwriting their ministry. The people that pray with apostles will also be used by God to provide for apostolic vision and ministries.

  • Leading and Launching New Things

Perhaps the surest sign of an apostolic gift at work is the series of new things that have been started due to their influence, whether spiritual or not. Apostolic leaders demonstrate a remarkable ability to get things off the ground, whether it is a new initiative, gathering, or community. Gifted apostles leave behind a trail of new communities that have come into being due to their vision and initiative.

  • Demonstrating Spiritual Passion and Intensity

A visible indicator of the apostolic gift at work is an unusual spiritual intensity, especially focused toward one subject, doctrine or revelation. Apostles have assignments that consume their energies and focus their efforts. Apostolic leaders are zealous and their passion leads them to act. They are risk takers and will act on a vision even when the odds are stacked against them.

  • Thinking Kingdom and Divine Order

Order is God’s strategy for increase! Apostolic leaders are consistently thinking about the strategies, systems and structures (wineskins) that undergird an apostolic community. Greater effectiveness, efficiency and excellence is the ambition of the apostolic leader. Redesigning, devising new overhauls to  current structures or implementing brand-new initiatives is the vision of the apostle. Apostolic leaders often release new energy and increase in ministry.

  • Communicating a Burden for Expansion

Apostolic leaders express an almost overwhelming burden for what is not, yet. Apostolic assignments are for the people not in the room, the communities that are not being reached, the territories no one else is going after. Apostolic leaders have more than a vision to reach new territory, they have a genuine burden to do so. It’s housed not just in their mind, but burns in their soul.

  • Responding to Major Challenges

Apostolic leaders have huge vision. They are consistently required to respond to big challenges. They are challenged to envision and engage the tasks others wouldn’t dare to face. “Global”, “world”, and “international” are apostolic words. The apostolic leader has an assignment that only God through a person partnered with  a people could accomplish. The more impossible the dream, the more motivated the apostles are to achieve it. The willingness to jump off the cliff, with both feet into the water, is a hallmark of emerging apostolic leadership.

  • Turning Moments into Movements

Apostolic leaders desire to turn moments into movements. Apostolic people demonstrate an uncanny ability to recognize moments that are filled with possibilities, and often know instinctively how to capitalize on those events for greater influence and momentum. There is a constant thought to “parlay” moments into opportunities for further and future ministry. Apostolic leaders are constantly looking to pivot off catalytic moments and release movements that will bear more fruit and fruit that remains.

These indicators are derived from studies in Matthew Chapter 10.

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What To Say When You Pray

 School of Prayer

Anchor Texts: Luke 11:1-4; Psalm 5:1-3; I John 5:14-15.

Proposition: The Father wants to hear us say when we pray.

Father Us – God is a loving and listening Father.

Faith Us – Claim His name. His name reveals His nature.

Fulfill Us – God has a will that needs to be filled.  We are dust filled with Divinity.

Feed Us – Daily bread is what is necessary for your ministry.

Forgive Us – Forgiveness is for giving goodness.

Focus Us  – Prayer takes you away from what you want. No more distractions.

Free Us – Prayer delivers us from the demonic. Evil is live spelled backwards.

Pastor, Why Don’t You QUIT?

“You don’t have to stay! You can quit. You can leave. You can resign. You are the pastor!” These were my words to the younger pastor as he looked at me incredulously. I could have been kinder, perhaps. But why not shock him out of his spiritual spiral? The thirst that quitting quenches is short-lived and short-sighted. I’ll give you four factors that must be considered before you quit.

50% of the ministers starting out will not last 5 years. The average American pastorate last 4 years. 1 out of every 10, (10%), of ordained ministers will actually retire as a minister or doing some form of ministry or non-profit work. Most pastors quit their pastorates and leave the ministry because they are unprepared for conflict, overworked by expectations, overexposed to criticism, underpaid on purpose, and undermined by internal politics.

4,000 new churches begin each year while 7,000 churches close. Christianity in America has a growing 3,000 church planting deficit every year. So what? Why do we need more churches? New churches, even in old communities, are still the best way to evangelize. New churches are much more likely to do outreach and missions. New churches are more likely to take the risks and dare the different to engage its community and the city.

When pastors quit, churches are in transition. Churches in constant transition are not  effective in discipleship, administration, evangelism or conflict management. It takes long-tenured pastorates and long held convictions about the core vision any church to make it and keep it strong and effective. It really comes down to having and building relationships of trust with church and pastor. Some churches will never acquire that with any pastor. Some pastors will never acquire that with any church.

If you are considering quitting here are the four factors you are asked to consider:

QUESTION. Spend some time asking yourself the tough questions about what you are thinking and what you are feeling. Ask the Spirit and the search the Scriptures. Are you in the Father’s will? Are you thinking clear or are you just feeling blue? Most of us in ministry do a lot of feeling. Quitting should not be done from an emotion, but rather from a conviction. If the Holy Spirit has pressed upon you and you must abide His calling, then of course, follow the Spirit. But you can’t quit if you don’t have or ask the hard questions about yourself. Will you allow the right questions to come from those who know you the best, before you quit?

UNITE. Spend more time working on what you and the “they” have in common. Everybody wants something new and improved. Discover what their new and improved is. Create unity around the most obvious thing that needs to be improved. If you are still really serious about quitting, then don’t quit until you have repaired relationships, promoted peace and have shown kindness to your toughest critics. Conflict resolution should be a higher priority when you are winding out of a ministry. Give more attention and time to the institutional leaders. You don’t want your successor to have to enter into a new pastorate having to heal the hurts you left behind, especially in the leadership.

INTERCEDE. Spend much time first in prayer for your spouse, your family, the church, especially the members who support the vision. Your calling includes being a prophetic intercessor. There is nothing to be decided or done in the pastor or the church until much prayer has been invested. Praying for those affected by your quitting will give you greater insights and a keener discernment about them. The Holy Spirit will begin to show you things to come in response or in reaction to your resignation. You may be warned in a dream. You may be corrected in an open vision. You may receive a rhema word. You may receive a confirmation to quit. You must first pray and trust the Holy Spirit for your prayers for other people. The Holy Spirit has the prayers you need for those you love and for those you loathe. You will see people more like how God sees them when you truly pray for them.

TRY. Spend some more time trying to rediscover why you felt called and compelled to enter the pastorate and why you accepted the call to serve where you are right now. I used to criticize “trying”.  (I think Star Wars and Yoda got the best of me.) I no longer criticize trying. If you are still trying, then you are not rushing. Good for you. If trying gives you time to work on you, then try. If trying gives you a pause on all that causes you to want to walk way, then try. If trying is you questioning, uniting and interceding in the meantime, then try. When there is no more try, you will do and the Lord will help you do. Try and try again, until you know that there is no more try. We should all war against our impulses to give up on others and ourselves. The “path of least resistance” is real. Travelers and tourists, pastors and preachers beware!

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