Prophetic praying…

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Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience.”   1 Timothy 1:18-19

Prayer fightersAre you still fighting in prayer? If so, what are you struggling and holding on to? Can you put it into simple words?

In the above passage Paul is instructing Timothy in prophetic praying. He brings him back to the living prophetic word that had gripped Timothy’s life. What are the words that have inspired you and your team?

There is a growing trend in the church to worship and intimacy. This can produce hours of contemplative prayer or hours of charismatic praying in tongues meetings. Ephesians 6:18 speaks of “all kinds of prayers” so there must be some validity in all the various expressions of prayer. However, there is a danger that we may be losing the clear underpinning of living prophetic word which leads us into the fighting spirit of prayer. At some point we must be able to interpret a clear word of revelation, (most probably the fruit of careful meditation on God’s word in the secret place and clear leadership definition of our God-given goals and priorities), and communicate it clearly to others. Indeed “by following” such revelation, we hold on to faith, stand united and fight the good fight in prayer.

If we lose the tendency to seek living word we will lose our tendency to fight and end up in neutral, humanistic expressions of mission. If you are not following fresh revelation what are you following?

One of the greatest assets to any work of God is the creative hub of persevering prophetic prayer. As one of the more senior members of the mission “World Horizons”, I think that this grace of corporate praying from revelation was a vital aspect of our early identity.

The enemy fears such prayer and will do anything to silence it. Mysticism, dead liturgy, laziness and unbelief will all sap away at the strength of a clear proclaimed word.Words-out-of-the-bible-books-the-bible-31828295-2000-1057

Romans 4:17 mentions a God who “calls things that are not as though they were.” Made in His image, we can rise to the creativity of prophetic prayer and partner with the Holy Spirit in calling into being the nuts and bolts of God’s Kingdom amongst the nations. A group that perseveres in this creative calling is unstoppable! This is where the true mission is actually done. I can still remember the early prayer days at our base in Glanmor Llanelli, praying around maps of North Africa and calling into being prayer bases to ring the Sahara. Lives were changed in such events and many foundations were laid for the future. Now this is not the time to get nostalgic! It is time to beckon a new “kairos” season of creative prophetic prayer into our movement around the world in all its manifold expressions.

 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.  “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”   Marc 11:22-24

mountain movingJesus didn’t just “pray in tongues” at the mountain. He didn’t just worship at the mountain, light a candle, dance or remain silent. He spoke a clear faith filled understandable command.

Like David who longed to drink at the well in Bethlehem, I so long to be part of a prayer that is inspired, authoritative and born in heaven.

What are you saying? Believe that it will happen!

It is a great gift to be able to “say” with others and be able to create and interpret prophetic word together. It is one of the most satisfying experiences available to Christians and a million miles away from the boring prayer meeting.

“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”  Matthew 18:19-20

 The art of team building is to get a group of people together in prayer who can be in tune with one another and flow together in divine agreement. This “agreement” is not just a superficial nod of the head but it is more like the mature fruit of months of prayer together interpreting the word of the Lord. It is the agreement of loyalty one to another and the common commitment to lay it all down for Christ. As our teams become more global, the challenge of agreement becomes greater as we need to make space for different languages and various church cultures of prayer. I’m convinced that our DNA of prophetic prayer can be expressed within such a global challenge. However we will need to want it and work at it.

If we can find the “agreement” in prophetic prayer the work of mission “will be done for us, by our Father in heaven.”

His working or our striving?

Let’s hear from heaven together.

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3 responses »

  1. Yes to prophetic praying. But isn’t Paul here actually inviting Timothy more to prophetic action? To take hold of God’s promises and purposes spoken over him in prophecy and allow those to continue to guide his daily action? That’s what keeps me, the constant pursuit of what I know as God’s word over my life to be a light to the nations.

    The context of Paul’s words is actually his command to Timothy in verse 3, imposing on Timothy very mundane responsibilities, confronting sin and speculation and teaching Christian love. If taken out of the context of action, “prophetic prayer” can take on a magical identity that has more to do with superstition than the “obedience of faith” that I understand to be our response to the prophetic word that is to guide our lives.

    🙂

    • Thanks for this Neil – great to get a comment. You make important points which I take on board. “Yes” to obedient action…and, amidst it all, even “first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.”…So thanking God for you Neil, keep being that light for the nations:)

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