Prayer

Please complete the following material. The articles and videos are meant to illustrate the power and necessity of extraordinary prayer.

http://christianstandard.com/2011/12/praying-for-tunisia-as-never-before/

Praying for Tunisia as Never Before

Most Christians want to obey Jesus’ command to “ask the Lord of the harvest . . . to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:38), but they struggle to know how to pray for a nation they’ve never visited and missionaries they seldom see. Do you want to join thousands of other Christians in united prayer for unreached people? Do you want to receive daily, specific, insightful prayer requests that will empower and intensify your prayers?

The website and associated movement www.Pray4Tunisia.com is bringing God’s people together and changing the way we approach prayer for the harvest fields.

Praying for missions is now more interactive.

• There is multidirectional communication as Christians around the globe not only receive prayer requests, but share them with others instantly via Facebook, Twitter, and other media sources.

• Praying people are empowered to mobilize others, either via the Internet or by distributing a sign-up sheet in their church, community group, Bible study, or youth group.

Praying for missions is now more concrete.

• Those who are praying now have easy access to photos, videos, and maps, keeping them more tangibly connected to the remote people group for whom they are praying.

• Instead of a vague direction for prayer, the network provides a specific daily request, and participants know exactly what and whom they are praying for.

Praying for missions is now more united.

• Networks can serve multiple language groups and extend beyond cultural and geographical barriers, so each participant is joining brothers and sisters from around the world in a concentrated prayer effort.

• Prayer networks extend beyond individual churches and denominations, surpassing individual differences in pursuit of God’s global kingdom.

Praying for missions has become more timely.

• Prayer requests and testimonies can immediately be shared by anyone in the network, so thousands of people can begin praying at the very moment it is needed.

• Participants can see the results and recognize the immediate and longer-term effects of their prayers.

Praying for missions is now more doable.

• Daily, brief prayer updates empower people to intercede in significant ways in just a minute or two each day.

• Technology allows participants to receive the prayer updates in whichever way is most useful for them.

Praying for missions is now more strategic.

• The prayer updates are based on David Garrison’s research about how God has historically sparked church planting movements, so each prayer request is specific and intentional.

• The network provides additional resources for those who want to pray with strategic insight and understanding.

You can join this powerful movement of prayer for Tunisia at www.Pray4Tunisia.com. Go there to sign up for daily prayer updates, read more about Tunisia and testimonies from local believers, and find other resources.

Watch the following video about "Extraordinary Prayer" - one of the 10 universal elements in every church multiplication movement in history. 

 Excerpts from Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper

 

We cannot know what prayer is for until we know that life is war. Life is war. That’s not all it is. But it is always that. Our weakness in prayer is owing largely to our neglect of this truth. Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief. It is not surprising that prayer malfunctions when we try to make it a domestic intercom to call upstairs for more comforts in the den. God has given us prayer as a wartime walkie-talkie so that we can call headquarters for everything we need as the kingdom of Christ advances in the world. Prayer gives us the significance of frontline forces and gives God the glory of a limitless Provider. The one who gives the power gets the glory. Thus, prayer safeguards the supremacy of God in missions while linking us with endless grace for every need. (pg.65)

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Life is war. But most people do not believe this in their heart. Most people show by their priorities and their casual approach to spiritual things that they believe we are in peacetime, not wartime. In wartime, the newspapers carry headlines about how the troops are doing. In wartime, families talk about the sons and daughters on the front lines and write to them and pray for them with heart- wrenching concern for their safety. In wartime, we are on the alert. We are armed. We are vigilant. In wartime, we spend money differently—there is austerity, not for its own sake but because there are more strategic ways to spend money than on new tires at home. The war effort touches everybody. We all cut back. The luxury liner becomes a troop carrier. Very few people think that we are in a war that is greater than World War II or any imaginable nuclear war. Few reckon that Satan is a much worse enemy than any earthly foe or realize that the conflict is not restricted to any one global theater but is in every town and city in the world. Who considers that the casualties of this war do not merely lose an arm or an eye or an earthly life but lose everything—even their own soul—and enter a hell of everlasting torment? (pg.67-68)

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We simply must seek for ourselves and for our people a wartime mentality. Otherwise the biblical teaching about the urgency of prayer and the vigilance of prayer and the watching in prayer and the perseverance in prayer and the danger of abandoning prayer will make no sense and find no resonance in our hearts. Until we feel the desperation of a bombing raid or the thrill of a new strategic offensive for the gospel, we will not pray in the spirit of Jesus. (pg.71-72)

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Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that he will provide the help we need. Prayer humbles us as needy and exalts God as all-sufficient. (pg.79)

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Now we can say again, safely and stunningly, what the awesome place of prayer is in the purpose of God to fill the earth with his glory. Not only has God made the accomplishment of his purpose hang on the preaching of the Word, but he has also made the success of that preaching hang on prayer. God’s goal to be glorified will not succeed without the powerful proclamation of the gospel. And that gospel will not be proclaimed in power to all the nations without the prevailing, earnest, faith-filled prayers of God’s people. This is the awesome place of prayer in the purpose of God for the world. That purpose won’t happen without prayer. (pg.87-88)

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The call of Jesus is for prevailing prayer: “Always … pray and [do] not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). By this his Father will be glorified (John 14:13). The supremacy of God in the mission of the church is proved and prized in prevailing prayer. I believe Christ’s word to his church at the beginning of the twenty-first century is a question: “Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily” (Luke 18:7-8).

Do you ever cry out to the Lord, “How long, O Lord? How long till you vindicate your cause in the earth? How long till you rend the heavens and come down with power on your church? How long till you bring forth victory among all the peoples of the world?”

Is not his answer plain: “When my people cry to me day and night, I will vindicate them, and my cause will prosper among the nations.” The war will be won by God. He will win it through the gospel of Jesus Christ. This gospel will run and triumph through prevailing prayer—so that in everything God might be glorified through Jesus Christ. (pg.90-92)

Bonus:

The following material is not required but available for you to further familiarize yourself with Tunisia and praying for a church multiplication movement to take place there. Feel free to skim and see if there is anything of interest.

Watch this challenging video of a timeless message by Dr. J. Edwin Orr. It's a great reminder of the power and importance of prayer.

1) Vision
2) Tunisia
3) Church Multiplication Movements
4) Prayer
5) Leadership
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