This posts continues the series “Growing in Prayer” by Mike Bickle, where I am discussing one of the most impactful books I have read in years. See the whole series of posts “Growing in Prayer” by Mike Bickle
As I covered in my last post, he discusses how and what to pray and grow in prayer, which in itself gave me many times more things to pray about. The next section of the book began to dive into Biblical understanding of prayer:
“Biblical Paradigm For Prayer”
Chapter 7 begins this with these steps:
1. Verbalize requests to the Father
2. Receive requests in the Spirit realm
3. Believe that you receive it
4. Remind God of His words and promises
5. Receive your requests in the natural realm, in God’s timing, with persistence
The next few chapters continue to analyze the prayers of Jesus and the apostles. Looking closely at Jesus, he primarily exhorted us to pray for release of the Spirit and for greater justice. Of course the Lord’s prayer is the most famous apostolic prayer, and Bickle breaks down its importance, found in seeing God as father and king, and six requests we should pray regularly: that is name be treated as holy, that His kingdom be openly expressed, that His will be done, for our daily provision, for forgiveness, and for deliverance from evil. By praying each of these thoughts in specific ways (ie. against a certain evil fad in culture, or asking for forgiveness in personal relationships as it is needed), we can experience a greater depth of prayer.
Looking at additional scriptures we see how intercession helps us grow in intimacy, avails transformation in us, unites us, renews our faith, multiplies blessing, and gives us an inheritance (specifically, our inheritance is the nations, like in Psalms 2:8). Chapter 12 discusses intercession in the form of spiritual warfare with a three-pronged approach: 1. Proclaiming victory over personal, cultural, and cosmic strongholds; 2. confess sins; 3. do the works of the kingdom (acting opposite of the evil in a certain stronghold).
Worship is agreement with who God is.
Intercession is agreement with what God promises to do.
Holiness is agreement with God’s heart of love.
Healing is agreement with God’s heart for life.
Devotional prayer includes prayers to strengthen our inner man, praying scripture, fellowshipping with the Spirit, declaring and honoring the names of God.
Ch 14 has a nice tool for prayers to strengthen our inner man:
F: Fear of God – aligning our hearts in awe and honor
E: Endurance – strengthen our hearts for patience, zeal, fasting, praying, and holiness
L: Love – God’s love for us, and our love for God, others, and ourselves
L: Light of glory – let me see you glory through dreams, visions, angelic visitations, etc.
O: One thing – sitting at the Father’s feet focused Him and his beauty without distraction
W: Worthy – a measure of faith and obedience to walk worthy of His call
S: Speech – like David asking for help controlling the words of our mouth
H: Humility – to learn from Him to walk in humility
I: Insight – that the Holy Spirit can guide us into truth, insight, wisdom
P: Peace and Joy – the fruits of the Spirit that are the inheritance of every believer
Next time you pray, focus on practicing each of these different types of prayer and these mnemonic devices and I am sure you’ll experience fuller, deeper prayer!