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.
“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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Pray Attention To Friday the 13th
This Friday the 13th I set a prayer guard over your faith and finances. There is an attack of lack that is about to test your willingness to trust God. The enemy wants to draw you away from relying and depending on God’s way of doing things. He wants your doubt about money to bring you into rebellion to the Word of God. Stand and withstand the wiles of the devil. Obey and honor God first!
Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number of thirteen. Why is the number 13 considered an unlucky number? Why won’t most hotels in the world have a 13th floor? Why do airlines avoid numbering any of their fleets or routes 13? Why is the number 13 connected to the occult? Why is Friday the 13th a day dreaded by many?
From Genesis to Revelation the number 13 in the Bible represents and reveals rebellion against the order and government of God. In Genesis 13:13 (NLT) we read, “But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the LORD”. In Revelation 13:1 (NLT) we read, “Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. And written on each head were names that blasphemed God”.
“The dragon” is mentioned 13 times in the Book of Revelation. The dragon represents an end-time revolt and rebellion against God.
In the Bible the “Valley of Hinnom” is mentioned 13 times. It is the place where babies were sacrificed to the idol god Molech. It was the place of ritual rebellion.
King Solomon built a palace for himself, and it took him 13 years to complete the construction. After he moved into his palace his life was in rebellion to God with his pagan wives and their idolatry.
There are at least 13 famines mentioned in the Bible. Famines are often judgments against national rebellion.
In Mark 7 Jesus mentions 13 things that will defile a person.
The primary reason for all rebellion is idolatry. The reason Adam and Eve committed rebellion against God is in order to “become as gods”. There is no idol god or false religion greater than “mammon” (Luke 16). Money is the false altar of the world.
Mammon is the spirit of money. The spirit of money demands to be worshipped. Money wants to rule your decision. Money wants to control your peace of mind. Money, the spirit behind it, wants to be loved (I Timothy 6:10). Mammon is deceitful. Money wants to control hearts and minds (Mark 4:19).
On the dollar bill America professes its religion and rebellion. “In God We Trust”. The god America trust is the money it mints. 98% of all elected officials in Washington are millionaires. The current President’s cabinet has more billionaires than any other in the nation’s history. Capitalism is the power of the dollar. The Golden Rule of America is, “Whoever gets the gold gets the rule”. The dollar bill is the global sign and token of American worship.
Take a look at the dollar bill and its connection to the number 13. There are 13 arrows being held by the eagle, 13 stars above the eagle, 13 leaves on the olive branches, 13 berries on the olive branch, 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM. 13 letters in ANNUIT COEPTIS, 13 vertical bars on the shield, and 13 horizontal stripes at the top of the shield.
Chattanooga Pastors and Intercessors / The Rainmakers Revival at 4204 Ohls Avenue, Wednesday, August 1- Friday, August 3rd, at 6:33pm. Praise and Worship by anointed psalmists. The Word preached by Bishop Sean Teal. The prayer of faith and the laying on of hands for the sick and afflicted. Please visit www.PrayerEverywhere.org and let us know you will be attending.
Dear Spiritual Leaders,
Please accept this correspondence as a sincere request for your prayerful affirmations for the upcoming “Rainmakers Revival”, August 1st -3rd, 2018. You, your members and especially your prayer ministry leaders are cordially invited.
Prayer Everywhere Partners are sponsoring, a “drought breaking” encounter with the Holy Spirit. The prophet Zechariah dares the remnant, “You ask of the Lord rain…” (10:1). We are that remnant! This will be a remnant revival for those desperate to see power again in prayer and miracles again in ministry.
I am summoned by the Spirit to convene revival and call for prayer. We return to Chattanooga to initiate another intercessory initiative. Prayer Everywhere, the 120 Prayer Meeting, The National Prayer Call, The Prayer Bowl, The School of Prayer, The Gathering and the World Prayer Congress all begin with a vision and a remnant in Chattanooga.
We have now ministered prayer in over 200 cities around the world. We are a global prayer hub. Prayer is our business. Possessing property for The Praying Place is our next vision.
Chattanooga is a pivotal portal for prayer. Like no other city in America and the world, Chattanooga has “prayer potential”. Chattanooga was recently listed as the “Most Churched City In America”. Churches are about to be “houses of prayer”! We are believing for God to transform Chattanooga into the “Prayer Capital of the World”.
Chattanooga, Tennessee –The Rainmakers Revival 2018. Welcome to worship and Word saturated and soaked in prayer! Rainmakers Revival is a “prayer and power” encounter to be held Wednesday, August 1st- Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at 4204 Ohls Avenue, Chattanooga, TN. Bishop Sean Teal is the visionary and evangelist. Come expecting miracles, signs and wonders! FREE Admission.
Praise and Prayer Atmosphere begins nightly at 6:33pm lead by Pastor Billy Elliott (Devoted 2 Prayer Ministries). Minister Monty Billingsley will serve as music director.
The revival theme is based on the Zechariah 10:1, “Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain”. The vision of this revival is to anoint and add to the atmosphere of prayer in the city.
The Prayer Everywhere Dream
It is the dream of transforming lives by demonstrating the love of Jesus and the power of prayer around the world.
It is the dream of a movement where people of all nations, ages and backgrounds can receive unconditional love, enjoy genuine fellowship, build godly social networks and discover personal destiny through united, anointed prayer.
It is the dream of the “Prayer Palace”, a world prayer center equipped to host global gatherings for thousands of intercessors from around the world for training, networking and corporate prayer. It will be a spacious and serene atmosphere that engenders spiritual reflection and meditation. It will have an opulent oasis-style with palatial landscaping.
It is the dream of inspiring “Prayer Everywhere”. Thousands around the world will join our prayer passion and strategy. We will identify, certify, impart, network and deploy no less than seven thousand intercessors to cover the earth in prayer.
It is the dream of winning thousands to faith in Jesus Christ and bringing them into the movement of prayer; enjoying, encouraging and empowering one another as we pursue a Kingdom agenda.
It is the dream of evangelizing and empowering young people with relevant and radical gospel ministries with contemporary facilities that are conducive to education, intercession, recreation and relaxation.
It is the dream of owning and operating dozens of properties around the world as prayer outreach centers to host and train native pastors and church leaders who are committed to corporate prayer, winning the lost and eradicating illiteracy.