help believers answer God's call to pray and walk together in fellowship and intimacy through the local church. God is calling His followers to glorify Him through a holy lifestyle of passionate, Spirit-led prayer that seeks His Kingdom purposes.
Three Major Components
A careful study of John 17 and Matthew 6:5-13 produces a Kingdom-oriented vision of individual and congregational prayer. Churches that desire a Kingdom-focused prayer vision should consider developing three basic local church components:
Kingdom Prayer Priorities
This involves developing prayer atmosphere or culture. Core values and beliefs of prayer are implemented in this component. Biblical prayer foundations are laid so the church may grow in its prayer life and become a house of prayer for the nations (see Mark 11:17).
Kingdom Prayer Practices
This component focuses on the being and doing of prayer in and through the church. Practicing the presence of Christ through Bible based prayer methods and approaches are key components. Providing ways and opportunities for believers to practice evangelistic and mission centered prayer passions are accomplished with this component.
Kingdom Prayer Purposes
This element pushes the congregation toward the bigger picture of prayer mobilization. Prayer with and for the greater worldwide body of Christ is the focus of this component. Strategic prayer patterns for revival, spiritual awakening, evangelism and missions are taught, modeled and implemented.
Jeremiah 33:3 says, "Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things of which you do not know." Will you consider leading your church toward a Kingdom-Focused prayer vision and begin to pray as Jesus prayed?