Category Archives: Prayer

Tucson School of Prayer

This link will take you to the plenary sessions and most of the breakouts from the recent School of Prayer in Tucson. We thank Elements Church for making them available online.

Click here for the video gallery.


Links from Dan’s breakouts:

Renovating Your Prayer Closet.

Following the Arrows in Prayer.

The Outward Begins with the Inward…

Lord, why do my prayer times most often focus on me—myself? I would like to be more outward. 

So, began an entry in my journal. Have you ever felt the same way? As I thought about the question, I realized that the outward always begins with the inward. Obstacles in my inner world can be like rocks, all jammed together and wedged to impede the flow of compassion and purpose. Don’t be concerned that your prayers begin with your heart. To have a clear heart is to release the flow of living water.

The enemy would plug the well with rocks of uncertainty and fear. God’s work in, for, and through you loosens the impediments. Do you remember when the Father said to Jesus, “You are my beloved son”? It was from those words that Jesus did all the works that His Father gave Him to do. If His heart had been wedged shut with fear, uncertainty and self-hatred, Jesus would never have been able to respond with obedience to the interruptions. opportunities and human needs. The springs of life came out pure and free because He moved confidently in His Father’s love.

That can be true of you, too. In prayer, you can ask your Father to remove the rocks so you can respond from a place of confidence. God may not always tell you in advance what He will do, but He will prepare you to hear and see by helping you clear the well of your heart.

Tuesday Night School of Prayer

Everyone is welcome to join our Tuesday Night School of Prayer held at Montavilla Baptist Church from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Every Tuesday Evening

Montavilla Baptist Church
9204 SE Hawthorne Blvd,
Portland, OR 97216

6:30 – 7:00 Prayer and instruction.
7:00 – 8:00 Intercession by prayer teams
8:00 – 8:30 Discussion and debrief

Purpose

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

The Tuesday Night School of Prayer is an opportunity for encouraging one another and building one another up. It is a time set aside for people to come for healing prayer. When we make ourselves available to the Truth, Jesus is able to renew our minds. Intentional prayer is a practice by which we agree to hear from God and apply His word to our life.

But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. – Acts 6:4

Montavilla Baptist Church has graciously agreed to provide a space for this time of prayer. The opportunity is open to all who want to seek the Lord, receive prayer, and pray for others.

The idea of this School of Prayer came through Abide Ministries, a nondenominational association of Christ followers that have covenanted together according to the call of God. We invite all members of the Kingdom Ministries, which is a strategic alliance of many different ministries and churches. Together we form the Church of the Heart.

Calvin and Julie Tadema, of Master’s Mind Ministry, and Dan and Jody Mayhew, of Summit Fellowships, will be providing leadership for this prayer ministry. We want to raise up an army of prayer warriors that are able to confidently intercede for others. Tuesday evenings will be a time for prayer opportunity, some training, and a safe environment in which to gain experience.

Instruction

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. – 1 Corinthians 14:26

Abide Ministries sponsors a School of Prayer event in the greater Portland area and across the world. These three-day seminars focus on teaching and introducing the principles of prayer. Healing prayer is one important component of this.

Tuesday Night School of Prayer is a time for practical application of the healing prayer principles. The instructional component of the evening will be relatively small. We want to spend most of our time in practical expressions of the truth God has revealed.

We will present a simple truth or “prayer nugget” at the beginning of the evening. This is to help prayer warriors to build confidence, and to introduce ideas and concepts that have proven to be effective in healing prayer over the years.

We will end the evening with a time for questions and answers. This is an important part of mentoring and discipleship. Any concerns or issues that come up during the intercession can be discussed and used as learning opportunities.

There is not a starting or ending point to the training. It will be an ongoing part of the evening, which is why it is called a School of Prayer. Most of the time will be spent in prayer teams for the sake of practical experience.

Intercession

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. – James 5:14-16

Come on Tuesday evenings to receive prayer. There is power in prayer, and God heals in community. This is one of the reasons the Apostle James encouraged new Christians to ask for prayer from the elders (mature believers). We will be gathered as those that offer a prayer of faith so the sick will be saved and you may be healed.

Intercessors take a role as witness. The power to heal and the knowledge by which a person’s mind is renewed can only come from God. Prayer warriors are those with faith to ask and confidence to give testimony as God does the work.

We pray in teams because it is important that intercessors have a safe place in which to build their faith and exercise their spiritual gifts. We team up mature believers with those that are less confident so all can learn and grow.

We also pray in teams because the one receiving prayer needs a safe environment in which to hear from God. We trust the Holy Spirit to confirm truth through unity of the intercessors.

Experience

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Healing is a supernatural and creative act of God. It is powerful beyond human comprehension, and the results are eternal. There is nothing quite so humbling as to act as witness to the moment in which a person is made a new creation. It is an experience that every Christian should have, and it builds one’s personal relationship with God in a profound way.

Tuesday Night School of Prayer is an opportunity for people to come and experience the healing power of God. We expect people to be set free from sin and darkness. We expect people to be set free from guilt and shame. We expect people to be made whole in the physical, emotional and spiritual realms.

If you would like to become a new creation in Christ, please let one of our teams intercede for you. If you would like to witness the supernatural power of God, please come to be on one of our teams to intercede. If you would like to increase your confidence in the ways and will of God, please come as a regular prayer warrior.

Montavilla Baptist Church is in northeast Portland, Oregon on Hawthorne and 92nd Avenue. It is one block west of I-205 between Stark and Division streets.

Prayer Place

This morning, I spent some time praying in my office. I pray here instead of walking when the weather looks sketchy, and today it was definitely that. As I knelt, I had the strange feeling that I was not alone. I realized I had joined – rather, I had entered into a place where countless others have come. Not that they had all been in my office, only that they had been in that space of prayer. It was as though I could see them all, overlaid in that kneeling space. There were Peter, John and the eleven; Paul, Timothy, Aquila and Priscilla. There was Augustine and Luther; Calvin and Meno Simon. There were Wilberforce, John Knox and Wesley; Moravian missionaries and cloistered priests; Bonhoeffer, Corrie ten Boom, Watchman Nee, Ian Thomas and on and on…countless saints, named and nameless have come to this place.

They have come in quiet humility and desperate need; agonizing over weaknesses and repentant in failure. They prayed their exultation in God’s grace and over victories in His love. They came in fearful resignation and courageous determination. They have all been here on their knees crying out to God.

We lament over our insignificance and the hopelessness of our efforts, yet we are like all of the great ones when we pray. Moreover, we are like all of the unknowns. All of us have knelt in this place and so, have become a community. In the place of prayer we are like the luminous heroes of the faith, and not unlike the faintly glowing souls of those who lived in obscurity.

Here, in the privileged place of prayer, we are one.

God, Where are You?

59eef16645908569791fb2a2_640_desertFrom,  The Screwtape Letters,  by C.S. Lewis. 

Screwtape, a chief tempter, imparts wisdom to his apprentice devil, Wormwood: 

…[T]he prayers offered in a state of dryness are those which please Him best … Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys. 

From Chapter 8. 

What are we gonna do today, Papa?

Last night I took out the trash, my weekly pilgrimage to the curb. I’ve done it before. Lots of times. And this is another day… Sometimes I wake up without enthusiasm, not expecting much from the hours that lie ahead. Another day, not unlike the last. I’m probably not the only one like that.

As I was in prayer this morning, I thought about that pattern. I wondered about Jesus awakening in the morning and going out to talk to his Father, his “Abba.” Surely his take on the day was different than mine. He was going to His Papa for instructions and wisdom to face the challenges of walking in a world straining against its destiny. I imagined Jesus as a little child–the Kingdom is made of such–eagerly coming to His Papa: “What are we gonna do today, Papa?” And the answer coming back gently: “Just wait and see…”

Now, I don’t know if I can change, but I want to. I want to go out to my office to pray in the morning, or to the Grotto where I go sometimes, and be the child–have the Jesus-child life in me–and run to my heavenly Father who has adventures in his pocket, look into His face with child-like anticipation and ask, “What are we gonna do today, Papa?” And then go exploring, my Papa and me.