The Mandate of Increased Prayer by Rev. Sharon Wooten
The Mandate of Increased Prayer
Pastor Ron and I feel so strongly that there is a need for the church worldwide to enter into increased and consistent prayer.
I believe one of the goals of all that is happening in the world right now is to stop the church from praying. The devil wants the church to be weakened, discouraged, hopeless and most of all not praying. When the church arises together to cry out to God, God will hear and He will act! I believe that there is an increase of anointing and power when we join our prayer together. We become a mighty force connecting Heaven with earth, destroying the works of the devil (which is one of our assignments) and declaring the will of God over the schemes of the devil. Heaven WILL prevail when we pray!
There is a wonderful example of this in Acts 12. Peter had been arrested with the intention of Herod having him killed. “5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.”
- “BUT…” The church did not accept the circumstances. They went to prayer.
- There was constant prayer! Prayer is our spiritual strength! Prayer is our invitation to the supernatural work of God on the earth. They would not stop praying until something happened.
- Offered to God for him by the church. There was a determination to reach heaven on Peter’s behalf or Peter was going to die!
- We can only speculate but what might have happened if the church had stopped praying and just accepted that Peter would die? How much might have been lost for the church and for the purposes of God! I am so convicted because I have been and I think the church (in general) has been conditioned by the world systems to just accept whatever comes. We don’t have to! We can pray! God can turn things around!
The angel of the Lord intervened under Heaven’s orders and miraculously rescued Peter. There was supernatural power because the church was praying! Chains fell off, they walked past guards undetected, and even the iron city gates open on their own for the angel and for Peter.
The Supernatural of God is our inheritance. It’s our season to see chains fall off, people walk out of bondage and every hinderance turn into open gates! But it will only come through prayer first!
Acts 12:11-12 11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.” 12 So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.
When the church prays:
- The plan of the devil is stopped. (The plan was to kill Peter. Peter was very securely guarded. But God so easily released him!) There are some things in our day that the devil will not be able to do if the church will pray! We are able, through prayer, to intercept and destroy his plans and his works and establish the Kingdom of God’s Rule. The Bible says so. 1 John 3:8 – If it was Jesus’ agenda, then it is our too!
- The Supernatural intervention of God is invited. (The Angel came and the Light of God’s glory and power shone in the prison cell!)
- Peace comes to the situation. (The night before Peter was to be executed, it says he was sleeping! He must have had the supernatural peace of God).
- Faith is strengthened as we see God at work! Verse 16 16 “Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.”
I am so hungry to see some astonishing things in my day!
The Book of Acts is full of scriptures of Group or Corporate Prayer:
Acts 1:14 14 “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
Acts 2:42 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 4:23-31 (Verse 23,24) 23 And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: …”
Acts 6:3-4 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Acts 13:2,3 2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
Others scriptures in Acts: Acts 14:23; Acts 16:22-25; Acts 20:36; Acts 21:5; Acts 28:7,8.
Prayer was the core of the existence of the church in Acts. They prayed about everything. It was out of prayer that they were directed by Holy Spirit. The things of God are birthed through prayer!
I believe that there is an increase of anointing and power when we joined corporately to pray! We become connectors of Heaven and Earth!
Matthew 18:20 20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Wherever Jesus is there is victory!
Things are different right now, but they don’t have to hinder our praying. It is vital that we continue praying, in fact, that we increase our praying in this season! We may not be able to meet physically right now but we can absolutely be joined in unity and faith in prayer Spiritually. We have tools for us to pray together through Zoom, through Facebook Live, through FB Messenger and even through WhatsApp.
Oswald Chambers: “Prayer is not a preparation for battle. Prayer IS the battle!”
Thoughts on Prayer:
- Worship and Prayer are closely tied together. Psalm 100:4,5. Begin your prayer time with praise and thanksgiving. Worship until you know you are in His presence. Exalt Him. Psalm 68:1 says, “Let God arise and His enemies be scattered!” When He arises, victories are won! Honor God first then enter into what you are praying about.
- Surrender yourself to the Lord every day. Pray with all your heart. Give Him all of you. Ask Him to search your heart and see if there is any wicked way in you. Confess your sins. Make sure your heart is clean. Then you can give Him your full heart. Jeremiah 29:13 says that you will find Him when your search for Him will all your heart. Make declarations like: “Lord I am Yours!” Jesus, You are the Lord of my life! You are the Lord of our marriage! You are the Lord of our family! You are the Lord over this nation!”
- Desire for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Matthew 6:10. Ask God to direct you to pray His will in each situation.
- Pray from the position of trust, not worry. God is trustworthy. Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 100:5. If you pray from worry you are wasting your prayer because worry is faithless. First position yourself in the goodness of God and that you can trust Him, then commit what concerns you to Him in faith.
- Prayer is always advancement when prayed with faith. Pray with expectancy. Pray seeing the Lord intervening. Be consistent in prayer. Don’t give up. It is won in the Spirit before you see it in the natural. The early church was devoted to prayer. Set a time that is your prayer time each day. Do your best to be consistent in your prayer time. But also, be flexible if God calls for prayer at a difference time.
- Speak in Faith as you pray: Recall the Word of God. It is your sword. Don’t use the Word of God to try to manipulate God but to speak His will on the earth. Speak out: “Father I know that You want…” See by faith. See the prayer answered!
- Keep God as your focus as you pray. It is about relationship with Him. Don’t get sidetracked by focusing on the problem. Don’t allow thoughts like “Well, I ‘m praying for (Susie) but she is such a heathen and I don’t know if she will ever get saved.” Expect a miracle as you pray!
- Pray with an attitude of gratitude. Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, keep alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.”
- Lean on the Holy Spirit as you pray. Partner with the Holy Spirit to lead you as to how to pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to pray the will of God. Listen for the Holy Spirit directing you.
- Keep a notebook of scriptures on various topics that you can use as you pray. Praying the Word of God is praying the Will of God. List scriptures on Salvation, Deliverance, Healing, Protection, Provision, or anything thing that you want to pray about. Whatever the need, the Word of God has direction.
- Make a prayer list and refresh it each week. Pray expecting advancement! Record when a prayer is answered so that you can go back and see what God has done.
- Keep a notebook near you as you pray to write down anything God reveals to you or instructs you to do so that you don’t forget it.
- Stir yourself up to pray even when you don’t feel like it. The more you pray, the more you will want to pray. I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying again and again, “Increase prayer! Increase prayer!”
- Close your prayer with rejoicing for the victories that God has won! This is faith expectation.
EXPLAIN THE PRAYER REVIVAL:
- A time to draw near to God and stir ourselves in prayer as we prepare for coming back together.
- I will be posting a prayer list for each day of the week on this Friday. Day 1 will be Sunday. Please pray through each day’s directives.
- Then each evening beginning with Sunday evening we will have church wide prayer from 6-7pm. We will have it on Facebook live, You Tube and WhatsApp. You can connect and pray from wherever you are. We are praying for many things but particularly that God will ignite us in prayer. We must become a house of prayer!
- In preparation for this Prayer Revival I would like everyone to make themselves an Evangelistic Prayer List. Write a list of people that you know who are not saved on a piece of paper and we are going to pray for them every day. Keep the list in your Bible so you will know each day exactly where it is. We are going to claim their lives for the Lord!
- Sunday Night – Honoring God
Monday Night – Repentance, Restoration, and Consecration.
Tuesday Night – Marriages, Families and Friends.
Wednesday Night – The church: worldwide and Calvary Worship Centre
Thursday Night – Our City and Nation
Friday Night – The Lost
Saturday Night – Ministering to the Lord as a Kingdom of Priests.
There are deeper dimensions of prayer than where we are currently at. God wants us to pray and see supernatural things happen. He wants to give us revelations of His purposes in our lives and in the nations of the world. ! There are souls that will be saved as we cry out to Him! There are battles that He is going to win; He’s just waiting for you to ask Him to!