ION Prayer models prayer as a first priority that is foundational, an invisible, yet tangible foundation of prayer for all we do in and through ION. Seeing the reality of prayer being valued as a priority. As we watch and pray, we continue to look for what God is doing in growing His work of building an army in prayer for the Orality Movement and for Oral Peoples & the Oral Bible-less Peoples around the globe. If you are a prayer leader, would you consider this question and take a few minutes to read further:
The Emerging Role of the Prayer Strategist and Strategies of Prayer
by Liz Adleta
We believe prayer is the indispensable key to the unfinished task among the ‘Forgotten Fourth World’-the one-fourth of the world with little access to the gospel. Unquestionably God has impressed that upon us as a Body and He has been growing a global prayer movement for decades now. The Lord has been calling people of prayer to model and assist others in cultivating conversational relationships with God and to ignite movements to Christ based on extraordinary prayer and intimacy with Him. This urgent necessity quickly became obvious, not only to survive, but to see fruit flourishing in these mostly hostile environments. In the course of pursuing loving obedience to His call, major prayer innovations have been and are being birthed. One of these seems to be the emerging role of the ‘prayer strategist’ that links passion for and practice of prayer and connection to prayer movements and networks with strategic field efforts to catalyze cascading movements to Christ.
A strategist is someone skilled in planning to find the best way to gain advantage or achieve success. Thus, a ‘prayer strategist’ serves on a team (strategy team, church, denomination, organization) and, in partnership with others on this team seeks to engage in and catalyze prayer that both informs and flows from the team’s vision and strategy through:
- Regularly drawing near to God in prayer, worship and adoration both individually and as a team;
- Becoming aware of gaps and hindrances in reaching the vision God has entrusted to them;
- Researching, envisioning and refining strategies for overcoming those gaps;
- Maximizing strategic implementation of the team’s strategies particularly related to prayer;
- Periodically refining those strategies with the team in times of prayer together.
The ‘prayer strategist’ has a posture of servanthood, supporting others in the Body of Christ. Think of the person sitting in the crow’s nest of a great ship, watching the horizon and advising the helmsman of events and circumstances beyond his awareness. It is a position of influence more than a position of authority. Using the analogy of constructing a building, someone needs to be watchful to make sure that all the components have been fit together according to the architect’s design. The prayer strategist, along with his or her teammates, would watch for any gaps, challenges or opportunities that emerge in that ministry so they can be appropriately addressed in prayer and action.
1 Chronicles 12:32 speaks of the men of Issachar who understood the times and knew what needed to be done; these people might be representative of ‘prayer strategists.’ Nehemiah is another example. Nehemiah interceded about the broken down walls of Jerusalem and he gained favor with the king, permission and resources, mobilized teams to do the actual work, and oversaw the completion of the project. Prayer was the way he received a strategy and was integral to the project’s success. In the New Testament, Barnabas was an encourager, connector and prophetic intercessor for in the spread of the Early Church. He brought Saul into relationship with the apostles and served alongside Paul in pioneering new work for the gospel. He was an another example of this same function in the Body of Christ.
What kinds of prayer strategies are should be part of the effort to see the advance of the gospel among the unreached?
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If you sense God drawing you to join hands with others to apply the indispensable key of prayer to finish the task, you may find strength in the fellowship of others walking this journey. http://www.ethne.net/prayer is your portal to find resources and to connect with others along the way.
Fellowship of Prayer Strategists | Ethnê to Ethnê
Resources for the Fellowship of Prayer Strategists
Times we live in continue to grow more intense and the pace of change is dizzying. A number of leaders stewarding global networks of prayer sense the need to meet face-to-face for a time of connecting with one another, seeking the Lord together, hearing what He would speak to us as a group, and strategically aligning more closely in the Body of Christ. You are invited to join in praying for this upcoming Global Prayer Leader Summit ~ London August 18-21 (Travel dates Aug. 13-24)