What is Kingdom Praying?

What is kingdom praying?

Praying for things on the heart of Jesus. What are those things? We find them in His Word. In general, the root of kingdom prayer is the expansion of His kingdom. For example, we find that the number one prayer request of Jesus was for workers in the harvest (Matthew 9:37).

What is kingdom praying?

Kingdom praying is simply making kingdom prayers a priority during our daily times of communion with God. It is putting God’s work ahead of our own needs and desires consistently.

Pray for the kingdom first?

You are probably familiar with the verse that encourages us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God . . . and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Praying for the kingdom first, is one of many ways to fulfill the this Scripture.

What is my primary concern?

It’s hard to pray about someone else’s needs when we have pressing ones of our own, isn’t it? Yet one of the surest ways to get an answer to a difficult situation is to pray for someone else who is in greater need. Does Jesus get the impression from your prayers that His cause is more important to you than anything you have need of?

Where do I begin?

Take a look around you. What has recently been reported in the news that would affect missionaries or believers around the world? What national issues are dividing the nation or causing rifts in families? What community concerns are you aware of at this very moment? These things are the stuff that kingdom prayers are made of.

Help me with an example?

If you pray for a personal need and your prayer is answered you have touched one soul.
If you help to pray down communism in China, for example, you have the possibility to impact 1.3 billion souls.

 

“God please help me. I need a financial blessing. Please help me get a better job with good benefits. I ask your intervention in this situation in my neighborhood. I need encouragement and direction. I need healing in my body. God bless my family. Help me be a witness.”

Sound familiar? How about this one?

“God I ask you to open doors for the Gospel to be spread all over the world. I ask You for a mighty outpouring of Your Spirit on all flesh. I ask that doors open in countries with no established works. I ask that You send laborers forth to the fields which are ripe for harvest. I pray for a spirit of giving on Your people to finance the sending of missionaries. Let there be victory over Satan’s kingdom. Break yokes of bondage that have people bound. Reveal Yourself in a mighty way to those of other religions. Let the powers of darkness be overcome by Your light.”

Which of these prayers do you identify with most?

The Bible says to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Another translation says, “Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern” (Matthew 6:33, NLT).

Could it be that we have it backwards when we pray for our needs first? Could it be that we pray the wrong prayers to get our needs met? What would happen if we prayed kingdom prayers first? Would we not begin to line up with the Scriptural example?

While it is not necessarily wrong to pray for our needs, the problem comes in when we put our needs and desires first and leave God’s purpose until the last.

Have you ever thought about what might happen if our prayers were answered the instant we asked them? My guess is that many people would be healed and blessed, and financial problems would go away, and we’d all like our jobs, and so on. But what impact on the kingdom of God would there be?

The way I see it, God is basically saying “If you will handle My business before yours… then I will bless yours.” God wants to be first in all areas of our lives – including our prayers.

How do we do this? We begin by asking God to show us His will (which can be found in His Word) and we begin to pray it. We pray for the family of God all over the world instead of just our family and local congregations. We pray for the deliverance, healing and salvation of lost people throughout the world. We pray for the Spirit of God to bring understanding to the unsaved. We pray for unity in the body of Christ world wide.

Our prayers will carry the greatest power and have the greatest impact if we get our priorities right. It is time to enlarge our vision. It is time to lose our tunnel vision and see the big picture.

Do your prayers show how concerned you are for the kingdom? If not, start today putting the things of God first. From this day forward, I promise there will be a difference in your life. The principle works, when you handle God’s business first, God is going to take care of you. You can count on it because you’ve got it in writing.

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How Do I Learn to Pray Kingdom Prayers?

How do I learn to pray kingdom prayers?

Practice. Following are ideas that may help you change your focus to make His kingdom your priority.

Changing Your Focus

Monday—Missionaries

Cover missionaries with prayer. On this day, you can intercede for the needs and the requests of missionaries. You might want to consider adopting some missionaries and interceding for them and their work (www.upci.net/missionaries).

Tuesday—Nations

Pray for the nations of the world. You might consider adopting a particular nation that you will pray for. You might consider praying for the nations in which the missionaries that you are praying for are serving.

Wednesday—People Groups

Pray for particular people groups. You can adopt particular unreached people groups for which you will specifically intercede. You might consider tying this in with the other days by praying for the people groups among whom your missionaries are working.

Thursday—World Leaders

Cover world leaders in prayer. You can find a list of the world leaders on the WNOP site. You might consider praying through this list over a period of time. Each Thursday, you might pray for a particular number of the leaders. You might consider praying for the leaders of the nations of the missionaries for whom you are praying.

Friday—Listening Day

Use this day to simply wait on the Lord. Ask Him, “Jesus, what needs do You want me to pray for today? What missionaries do I need to pray for today? Guide me in how You want me to pray for the spread of the gospel today.” As He impresses names and needs on your mind and heart, pray with fervency.

Saturday—Bible Translation

Pray for the translation of the Scripture into the languages of the world. You might consider praying for the translation of the Bible into the languages where your missionaries are working. You might plead for the various nations and the translation of the Bible into their language.

Sunday—Your Church and a Heart for Missions

Plead with God to give your church a heart for missions, both at home and around the world. Ask that the believers would be involved in missions through personal witnessing, prayer, giving, and taking part in mission projects and trips.

 

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Praying the Word for the Unreached World

Praying the Word for the Unreached World

James G. Poitras

William Carey, considered to be the father of modern missions, had an immense burden for the lost. As a young man, he worked in a shoe cobbler’s shop. He saved discarded bits and pieces of shoe leather and made a makeshift globe. He sketched in ink the outlines of the continents and various countries on his crude leather globe.

Carey’s tears of intercession for the world literally blurred the outlines of the nations on his handmade globe. He became a missionary to India and changed the course of mission’s history throughout the world. How did this begin? It all started through intercessory prayer.

What do Angola, Afghanistan, Bermuda, Algeria, Turkmenistan, and Christmas Island (among others) have in common? These are nations or dependencies without a UPCI missionary or work. How will we reach them? First things first. Paul said, “First of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men” (1 Timothy 2:1).

Winning souls and opening nations to truth calls for combat. We are on a battlefield, and have great weapons. The Word of God is full of power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, and more powerful than the strongest weapon. It cuts deep! There is nothing in creation that can hide from God’s Word. (See Hebrews 4:12-13). God’s Word when preached or prayed does not return empty. It accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent (Isaiah 55: 11). It produces results, bears fruit, and wins victories. There is immense power in praying the Scriptures. God will keep His Word and do what He promises (Romans 4:21).

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You can effectively pray the Word over a lost country, a city, people or even an individual. Let’s try it!

Lord, you said that we need only ask and that you would give us the nations for our inheritance, and the ends of the earth for our possession (Psalms 2:8). You declared that we could call to you, and that you would show us great and mighty things (Jeremiah 33:3). I bring before you the nation of ___________________ and I ask that you would prepare the hearts of the people to receive your Word. I know that your Word is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Let your Word penetrate deep into the nation of ________________. I am standing on your promises (2 Corinthians 1:20). You said that your Word would not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

Lord Jesus, you said that the harvest is great, but the workers are few. You are in charge of the harvest. I ask that you send workers to the ripened field(s) of ____________________ (Matthew 9:38). You alone call men. Speak to their hearts as they make themselves available to you. I also place myself on the altar of sacrifice (Romans 12:2). Use me to be a blessing to the nation of ________________ through my prayers, finance, and willingness to go.

God, you are building your church throughout this world. The kingdom of darkness and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). I use the powerful weapons of the Word of God, deliverance, prayer, and fasting to pull down every stronghold that hinders people in the nation of ___________________ from knowing God (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). I come against Satan and all of his tactics to keep the nation of _____________ blinded from receiving the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). I use the spiritual armor that you’ve provided in order to combat our enemy. I put on the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, and stand with sure-footed stability because we have the gospel of peace. I take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit being the Word of God, and stand against the flaming missiles of the evil one (Ephesians 6:13-18).

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness in the nation of _____________________, and against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).

Lord, I lift up the nation of _________________ before you. I believe that you want to do a work among its people. I pray that you put your spirit within them, and take their stony hearts of out their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh: That they may walk in your statutes, and keep your commandments, and do them. Lord, I pray that you circumcise their hearts so that they will love you (Deuteronomy 30:6). I pray that they shall be your people, and that you will be their God (Ezekiel 11:19-20). I pray that they will know the truth and the truth shall set them free (John 8:32).

You came to this earth to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). Open their eyes so that the people of _____________will believe the gospel (Acts 16:4). Call the nation of ______________________ out of darkness into marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). You are not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Lord Jesus, grant the nation of ______________ repentance and a knowledge of the truth so that they may escape from the snare of the devil (2 Timothy 2:25-26). I pray that the people of _______________________ will repent, be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the washing away of their sins, and that they will receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). You declared that in the last days that you would pour out of your Spirit on all flesh (Acts 2:17). This promise is for all of us, including the nation of ____________________ (Acts 2:39).

I pray that the gospel workers in the nation of ______________________ would know you, be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32).

Lord Jesus, we pray for open doors in the nation of _____________________ so that the gospel can be preached (Colossians 4:3; Revelation 3:8). Open a great door in ______________ and stand against the many adversaries of the gospel (1 Corinthians 16:9).

As they go forth into ______________________ may they go in the power of the Spirit for it is not by might, neither by power, but by your Spirit that you will do a work in these last days (Zechariah 4:6). May their preaching avoid enticing words of a man’s wisdom, but be in demonstration of Spirit and power (1 Corinthians 2:4).

As your word is taught it gives light. Even the simple can understand (Psalms 119:130). As workers in the nation of ________________ preach, confirm the word with signs following (Mark 16:20). Give them clarity of thought, sensitivity to the culture and to the needs of your people.

I pray that the word of the Lord may have free course in the nation of __________________. Cause your Word to find its way into _______________ speedily, spread rapidly, and run its course (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

 

Isn’t that powerful? Next time add Scriptures that are special to you. Battle on! Breakthroughs are certain as you pray the Word for the unreached world.

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