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Kingdom Prayer Movement

God has given me a national vision for growing prayer in the nation and a vision for stadium prayer including for stadium evangelistic events, the aim is not to do what is already being done, but to promote those ministries in the areas (geographical or spiritual) where they work. The aim is to reach across all streams and denominations and to play a part in the work of growing prayer in this land that God has been doing for a long time, and to play its part in seeing revival in this land. Here is a short précis of what I envisage its work will be (I am currently re-writing the complete vision statement).

KINGDOM PRAYER MOVEMENT.

Growing Kingdom Prayer in the Kingdom of God.

The KPM is a movement that aims to encourage growth of prayer within the church by:

1. Networking church leaders, prayer leaders and prayer ministries nationally, regionally and locally both in person, through social media and a website.

2. Equipping churches and the saints in prayer through conferences, consultancy work, preaching, teaching and training, and the Kingdom Revival Prayer initiative encouraging the church to pray with unity, not uniformity.

3. Supporting other para-church ministries and church leaders through raising up prayer support, helping them to develop prayer strategies for initiatives, legacy after initiatives, stadium prayer and backstage prayer support.

4. Transforming the way prayer is viewed and taught and bringing it back to the Kingdom pattern established by Jesus, and transforming the way prayer support is asked for by para-church ministries. This is about praying and working together to see God’s Kingdom come and will be done on earth as it already is in heaven, to pray for revival and be the revival, to see the Kingdom United in the United Kingdom and beyond.

Revival – A Short Definition.

Coal Fire

Here is a short definition of revival I came up with, it’s not perfect but I think it sums it up quite well:

Revival is a sovereign move of God in response to the Prayers of the saints for God to fulfil his Promises, where we see an extraordinary manifestation of the Kingdom of God by his Presence and Power, and the church restored to Purity and resounding with a new sound of Praise.
This then goes beyond the walls of churches with bold Proclamation of the gospel which results in souls saved, and leads to a radical change of the society where it happens that is beyond that which could be accomplished by human power or reason alone.

Revelation 22:20-21 – Its All About Jesus

‘The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints.  Amen.’ (Revelation 22:20-21 NRSV)

These are the last two verses of the book of Revelation and so are also the last two verses of the Bible, but these are also the two verses that I feel that God wants me to bring into 2013.  They are my verses for the year.

Now in context this is referring to Jesus’ Second Coming.  I am not quite using it in context, but am interpreting it prophetically for this year ahead.

What do I feel God is saying about the year ahead?  I feel he is quite simply saying ‘Its all about Jesus’.

God has promised that he will move in revival power once again in the UK.  If there is one thing about a true revival it is always Christocentric, Jesus is always at its heart.

It was Jesus who bought our salvation on the cross, Jesus who is the firstborn of the dead, Jesus who is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, Jesus who baptizes us in the Holy Spirit and Jesus gives the glory back to the Father!

It is Jesus who must be central to our prayers for revival as we seek the Father’s face, power and presence in his name alone.  In fact to live in revival is to experience the ultimate expression of the Kingdom of God here on earth that we can until Jesus returns.  Our prayer is Lord Jesus touch us again with your glory for your sake!

Yet it is still more than that!  We need Jesus to be central to all we do!  We need to be like Jesus in doing only what we see the Father doing.  We need to be like Jesus by sacrificially serving one another.  We need to be like Jesus in moving in the power of the Holy Spirit and glorifying the Father in all we do.

We also all need to grasp that we are saints who are seated now in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, we are defined now by God’s holiness, not by mankind’s sinfulness.

And we need more of his grace, both for ourselves, and to extend to others.

Heavenly Father, help us to make this coming year all about Jesus our Saviour, God and King, and about seeing his kingdom come on earth as it already is in heaven.  Help us to know his grace, truth and power in all we do.  In his name we ask, Amen!

The Lord’s Prayer #7 – A Later Doxology

‘For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours forever.  Amen.’ (Matthew 6:13 NRSV marginal note).

In some translations this is given with the main text, in others it is a marginal reading.  The reason for this is that it is thought that this doxology (a short hymn of praise often added to the end of psalms etc) was added to the text later date.  The thing is this doxology may have been added to the text at a later date but may well have been used to finish off the prayer from much earlier.

Regardless of that, it actually sums up the prayer perfectly by bringing the focus back onto who God is.  This is an essential part of how we should pray, both individually and corporately.  What better way is there  to end a time of prayer than to focus again on God.  It is God’s kingdom that we are praying to see on this earth.  It is by his power that we see answers to prayer, and he alone is glorious and eternal.

Amen! Or as it means, ‘So be it’.  What better way to end the prayer than with this powerful word of agreement!

Heavenly Father, help us always to focus back on you at the close of any prayer time, as you are the reason we pray and you alone have the power to fulfill and surpass what we ask for.  ‘For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours forever. Amen.’

The Lord’s Prayer #6 – … Then God Will Meet Our Needs

We will now look at the second part of The Lord’s Prayer, the first half starting with ‘Our Father’ focused squarely on God, the second half focuses on our needs.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
     as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial [us into temptation],
     but rescue us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:11-13 NRSV [Marginal reading]).

We started by focusing on God and on his desires for this world, the world he created.  Only now do we, his creatures, focus on our needs and wants.

But do you really pray like this?  Let’s be honest do you really?

That is a challenge to all of us!  It is not because our needs are of no importance to God that they come in the second half of The Lord’s Prayer, it is just that he knows that we need to keep them in perspective.  If we do not then they take over, and we can see no further than our naval and would miss his Kingdom completely!

Yet even this part of the prayer still keeps its focus squarely on God if we view it correctly.  Why?  Because it is God who is provides for us, forgives us and enables us to forgive others.  He alone who leads me from temptations, and protects me from all workings of the evil one.

Heavenly Father, help us to realise that the more we pray for your great Kingdom, the more we will see your care and provision in our own lives.  Since when we do, we can see things from your heavenly perspective.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer #5 – Seeking God and his Kingdom First.

We are now going to start looking at The Lord’s Prayer in greater detail. Initially we are going to look at it in two halves, as the focus of each half is obvious.

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
     on earth as it is in heaven. 
(Matthew 6:9-10 NRSV)

Who is the focus of this half of The Lord’s Prayer?

It should be obvious, but here are a few clues.  We read ‘our’ only once, but ‘your’ three times, and in fact these are all referring to the same person, to God, as God is ‘Our Father’.  It is God who is ‘in heaven’, and it is his ‘kingdom’ and ‘will’ that we want to see ‘on earth as it is in heaven’.

Now this is how Jesus structured his prayers, yet this is the antithesis of so much prayer that takes place today.  Jesus had got his priorities right, it was about his Father first of all.  Elsewhere Jesus says ‘Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.’ (John 5:19 NRSV).  This shows that he taught others how he prayed himself.

Jesus prayed for and sought what his Father wanted before what he wanted.  The ultimate expression of this is when he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives on the night he was betrayed.  Here Jesus prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.’ (Luke 22:42 NRSV).  This was no nice prayer, it was so deep and painful a prayer that, ‘In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.’ (Luke 22:44 NRSV).  This prayer cost Jesus everything, because he wanted his Father’s will before his own, and if we really grasp this then we will realise that he is asking nothing less of us!

If we, like Jesus, get our priorities right then we will have our prayer revolutionised!  When we start seeing that God’s needs (God is sovereign and could easily work without us; but he chooses to work in, with and through us so needs us to work with him) come first, then we change how we pray, and that in turn changes us.

This is one of the reasons why Jesus had so much power, that he sought to do his Father’s will not his own, the second was that he was filled with the Holy Spirit and did all things through his anointing.  If we want to truly walk as Jesus walked then we need to start getting things in the right order.  It is not that our needs are unimportant, but Jesus says we should ‘strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ (Matthew 6:33 NRSV).

Who comes first in your prayers, is it God or you?  Are you really prepared to follow Jesus example and pay the price in prayer?  Do you want to see God working in mighty ways?  Do you want it badly enough to ‘strive’ for it?  What do you think?