PRAYER SEMINAR

"Revitalizing Your Prayer Life"


Advocates

In Prayer


 

 

 

Session 5:  "Prayer Evangelism: Moving Beyond Church Walls"

Introduction

A.  Prayer is an evangelistic activity.

1.  The focus of prayer is the advancement of Godís kingdom. (Mt. 6:10)

a.  When Godís kingdom advances, Satanís kingdom is plundered.

b.  The plundering of Satanís kingdom brings a harvest of souls.

2.  The effect of answered prayer is expressions of thanksgiving to God. (2 Cor. 1:11)

a.  Answered prayer brings glory to God.

b.  When God is glorified, he draws people to Himself.

B.  Prayer evangelism moves beyond the church and into the world.

1.  This was modeled by Jesus and His disciples.

a.  Jesusí prayer life kept him on the move to preach the gospel in new areas. (Lk. 4:42-43)

b.  The disciplesí prayer lives resulted in boldness to press through persecution and share the gospel with increasing numbers of people. (Acts 4:31)

2.  This should be our practice as well.

a.  Prayer itself should extend beyond our circle of acquaintances.

b.  Praying in the Spirit leads to a life of divine appointments.

C.  God sovereignly provides prayer evangelism opportunities.

1.  He raised up the Lighthouses of Prayer Movement.

2.  He orchestrated spontaneous prayerwalking movements.

Body of Teaching

I.  The Lighthouses of Prayer Movement

A.  Lighthouses of Prayer provide a viable model of prayer evangelism.

1.  What is a lighthouse of prayer?

a.  Paul Cedar, chairman and CEO of Mission America and the Lighthouse Movement, defines a Lighthouse as "a gathering of two or more people in Jesusí name for the purpose of praying for, caring for, and sharing Christ with their neighbors and others in their sphere of influence."

-- Paul A. Cedar, "The Lighthouse Movement," in Pray! Magazine (Issue 15: November/December 1999), p. 18.

b.  The biblical basis for the concept is found in Jesus words, "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."  (Mt. 5:14-16)

2.  How do lighthouses of prayer work?

a.  They form wherever committed Christians can get together for prayer.

(1)  They can meet in homes, workplaces, schools, dormitories, jails, etc.

(2)  Existing small groups of praying Christians can become lighthouses.

b.  They focus on evangelistic prayer and outreach to unsaved acquaintances.

(1)  Each person is challenged to pray for five unsaved people in his personal sphere of influence.

(2)  For neighborhood lighthouses, the philosophy is "talk to God about your neighbors before you talk to your neighbors about God."

c.  Lighthouses move from evangelistic praying to evangelistic outreach.

(1)  The first step is PRAYER.

(a)  It is a prayer for blessing.

(b)  It is a prayer for receptivity to Christ.

(2)  The second step is CARE.

(a)  Love your neighbor by responding to practical needs.

(b)  Love your neighbor by being receptive to his interests.

(3)  The third step is SHARE.

(a)  Identify particular needs or interests.

(b)  Be ready to share what the Lord has done in your life as relevant and appropriate.

(c)  Invite them to join you for a church service or a community outreach.

(d)  Give them a video, booklet, or book that responds to their need.

B.  Lighthouses of Prayer are a sovereign work of God.

1.  The movement is a like a river with many tributaries.

a.  The Navigators video curriculum: Your Home a Lighthouse

b.  Ed Silvoso and Harvest Evangelism: Lighthouses of Prayer

c.  Al Vander Griend: Houses of Prayer Everywhere 

d.  The A.D. 2000 Womenís Track: Love Your Neighbor

e.  Mission America: Lighthouses across America

2.  The movement works best in connection with the church.

a.  Lighthouses often start spontaneously.

b.  They have greater longevity when connected with local churches.

c.  They are benefited by the churches they partner with through:

(1)  The support of their leadership.

(2)  The opportunities to share answers to prayer.

(3)  The affirmation of their intercessory prayer minisitry.

d.  They benefit the churches they partner with through:

(1)  Encouraging the saints in their prayer lives.

(2)  Helping churches impact their communities through prayer partnerships.

(3)  Stimulating the church to growth.

C.  The Lighthouses of Prayer Movement offers assistance to ordinary Christians wanting to impact their spheres of influence for Christ.

1.  You can register your group as a lighthouse of prayer with Mission America.

2.  You can receive "The Lighthouse," a monthly newletter with testimonies of how God is using other lighthouses.

3.  You can access resources in video and printed form to guide you in starting and sustaining your lighthouse.

D.  Testimony: Scott, who pastors a church in Washington D.C., learned the power of Lighthouses of Prayer for evangelistic success.

-- Al Vander Griend, "A Marriage Made in Heaven," in Pray! Magazine (Issue 15: November/December 1999), p. 22.

1.  He and his wife started a lighthouse of prayer with one other couple.

2.  They made a list of neighbors for whom they would pray for salvation.

3.  A woman for whom they were praying became a Christian and asked to be baptized at Scottís church.

4.  She took the initiate to invite other neighbors to her baptism -- the very ones that Scott and his lighthouse partners had been praying for.

II.  The Prayerwalking Movement

A.  Prayerwalking is another viable model of prayer evangelism.

-- References are from Steve Hawthorne and Graham Kendrick, Prayerwalking: Praying On Site With Insight, Lake Mary, Florida: Creation House, 1993.

1.  What is prayerwalking?

a.  It is simply walking as you pray.

(1)  It takes you out of the fortress mentality of prayer.

(2)  It moves prayer out of the church and into the world.

b.  It is defined as "praying on-site with insight." (p. 12)

(1)  On-site: This takes one into the community to pray in the very place where the answer to prayer is expected to occur. (pp. 16-17)

(2)  With insight: The insight that directs the praying can come from three different sources:

(a)  "Responsive insight": The things you see on-site suggest clues as to what you need to pray about.  (p. 18)

(b)  "Researched insight": Advance research about the particular place where you will pray can provide insight into prayer needs.  (p.19)

(c)  "Revealed insight": God can reveal particular prayer needs and direct the mind to specific scriptures to pray into the need. (p. 20)

2.  What is the origin of the modern prayerwalking movement?

a.  There is little evidence of a trend for prayerwalking prior to the mid- seventies.

b.  From the mid-seventies till the mid-nineties, hundreds of independent initiatives have sprung up around the world.

c.  Hawthorne and Kendrickís research found no "father of prayerwalking" per se but hundreds of pioneers and a diversity of styles.

d.  Conclusion: God has sovereignly orchestrated the prayerwalking movement.

3.  What is the biblical basis for prayerwalking?

a.  Abraham was a prayerwalker.

(1)  He was commanded by God to walk through the entire land of Canaan which God was giving to him and his descendants. (Gen. 13:14-17)

(2)  He was to see and set his feet upon the land that he would possess.

b.  Joshua was a prayerwalker.

(1)  He was among the twelve spies who surveyed the land of Canaan. (Num. 13)

(2)  God said to him, "Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses." (Josh. 1:3)

c.  Jesus and his disciples were prayerwalkers.

(1)  He sent out seventy disciples "into every city and place where he himself was going to come." (Lk. 10:1)

(2)  This number corresponds to the "table of nations" in Genesis 12.

(3)  This act was symbolically laying claim to all the nations city-by-city.

4.  What are some tips for effective praywalking?

a.  Practice praywalking in areas that you relate to. (pp. 10-12, 15)

(1)  Families should prayerwalk their neighborhoods.

(2)  Churches should prayerwalk their communities.

(3)  Students should prayerwalk their school campuses.

(4)  Employees should prayerwalk their work places. 

(5)  Intercessors might prayerwalk whole regions, countries, or continents.

(6)  Missionaries might prayerwalk their adopted cities.

b.  Plan your prayerwalk experience for optimum benefit. (pp. 26-31)

(1)  Prepare yourself through worship, Scripture meditation, and seeking divine guidance.

(2)  Walk with your eyes open for prayer clues and pray out loud and conversationally.

(3)  Report testimonies of answered prayer or of new insights/discoveries to others who are prayerwalking the area.

c.  Focus your walk on three dynamics of prayerwalking. (pp. 39-42)

(1)  Worship: Offer praise to God in the place where you prayerwalk and pray that God will be honored and praised from this place in answer to your prayers.

(2)  Warfare: Intercede for the uprooting of entrenched evil whether it is obvious to see or present in subtle form.

(3)  Welcome: Pray that God will create in those you pray for a hunger for righteousness and a yearning for Godís kingdom.

B.  Prayerwalking can produce tremendous spiritual breakthroughs and evangelistic fruit.

1.  Illustration: Pastor Robert Haris Jurjevic and the Biblijska Vjerska Zajednica "RAFAEL" church of Sarajevo discovered the power of prayerwalking for spiritual breakthrough and evangelism. (pp. 20-21)

a.  The Lord directed them to have a prayer time at the gates of the city wall.

b.  One of their group sensed that God wanted them to write blessings on small pieces of paper and press them into the cracks in the wall.

c.  When they arrived, they were surprised to find that the cracks were plugged with pieces of paper with written curses from Islamic spiritists.

d.  They replaced these curses with their blessings and prayed for repentance for the city.

e.  In the weeks to follow, people began coming into the church, confessing witchcraft, and finding deliverance.

2.  Illustration: Lou Engle used prayerwalking and a prophetic act to see drought ended in Pasadena, California. (pp. 115-116)

a.  The original watersource for Pasadena and Los Angeles was a dam called "Devilís Gate" as the rocks there resembled "His Satanic Majesty" according to a 1947 article of the Pasadena - Star News.

b.  For five years leading up to 1991, drought have been constant in Southern California.

c.  Lou Engle, director of Pasadena for Christ, sensed that God wanted their intercessors to go to the dam and to follow Elijahís example of pouring salt into the water source for the healing of the waters.

d.  They prayed specifically that God would "release rivers of life and fruitfulness" to the parched areas of Southern California.

e.  Eight days later, rains began to come so heavily that the newspaper called that month "Miracle March."

f.  Shortly thereafter, without input from any of the intercessors, the city of Pasadena restored the dam to itís original Indian name, Hahamongna, meaning "Flowing Waters: Fruitful Valley."

Conclusion

A.  Prayer is an evangelistic activity.

B.  Prayer evangelism moves prayer out of the church and into the world.

C.  God is sovereignly raising up prayer evangelism movements.

D.  Lighthouses of Prayer and Prayerwalking model effective prayer evangelism.

 

 

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