I’ve begun a 10 month discipleship program, designed for me to learn more about following God’s plan for me so that I can grow as a person, pray more powerfully, and help others more effectively.
One of our first assignments is to read “Growing in Prayer” by Mike Bickle. I highly recommend the book for anyone wether you’ve never prayed a word in your life and need to take a first baby step, or whether you consider yourself an absolute prayer warrior.
How can one book cover so much ground? Well let me give you an idea by telling you about Mike Bickle. In the book he tells about one of his first big dives into the prayer life; as a freshman in college he decided to accept a challenge to pray for an hour every day, and
he soon announced to his roommates that he would pray from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. every single night
(what he soon begin to refer to as “the hour of death”, and if you’ve ever tried to pray for an hour straight, especially the first time, you know why!).
Fast forward many years and Bickel is now the head of the International House of Prayer, a church where 24/7 prayer has not ceased for decades now, night and day every day of the year.
What came in between is what Bickel calls the transformation of his prayer life “from duty to delight”.
I’ve only just started the book and it’s already taking me deep into the world of prayer, but I really wanted to share one quote from what little I’ve read so far. Let this sit with you today:
“By praying we can both release God’s blessing in greater measure and cut off the work of the enemy, who seeks to devour our finances, break our bodies, ruin our relationships, oppress our hearts, and destroy our families. Through prayer we can hinder his destruction in our lives. God opens doors of blessing and closes doors of oppression in response to prayer.”