ThirtyOne Connect Recap: Praying on Purpose

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ThirtyOne Connect Recap: Praying on Purpose

What is prayer?
Prayer is a vehicle God created for us to help Him in carrying out His will.
Check out this quote from Priscilla Shirer, in her latest book, Fervent:
“God has deliberately chosen this particular vehicle as the one that drives His activity in people’s lives. It’s what He allows us to use to cooperate and partner with Him in the fulfilling of His will. He’s created prayer as a primary way of putting us into personal contact with Him and with His eternal realities, any hour of the day or night.” 
There are so many types of prayer, such as the prayer of thanksgiving, the prayer of petition, the prayer of agreement, corporate prayer, intercession, and prayer for intimacy and fellowshipping with the Father. 
Someone even developed an acronym for these (ACTS):
There is SO much in the Word about prayer, here are just a few basicsWe are to pray,
-According to the God’s will – pray the Word (1 John 5:14)
-Directly to the Father (Luke 11:5) – we have access
-In the name of Jesus (John 14:13) – we have His authority
-Jesus taught us to “Pray this way” – The Lord’s Prayer (“Thy will be done…”) {Luke 11:1-13}
Lately, there seems to be such an interest in prayer – with The War Room coming out, more people than ever are inspired to get to praying!!
2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If My people pray…” —> God is all about healing our land (and we know this world needs healing!) but in order to do so, He needs His people to PRAY.
PRAYER is how God’s children access heaven and bring it to earth. 
It’s how we make a way for God to HEAL OUR LAND.
And how else is this world going to get any better except by some divine intervention?
The War Room movie brought to light the practical purpose of prayer – to make war spiritually. To pray STRATEGICALLY.
We don’t have to pray aimless, faithless, lifeless prayers and wish or wonder if they’ll get answered. We can pray prayers that are focused as a laser beam. Prayers that change things, and get results.
There’s so much confidence that undergirds you when you pray strategically.
And it’s time for God’s daughters to, rather than being defensive and just standing our ground, to be offensive and take ground from the enemy camp!
Here are a few ways to pray effective and strategic prayers:
Pray with precision and purpose.
Pray against the real enemy – not flesh and blood, but our spiritual enemy the devil {Ephesians 6:12}. 
Also, pray the Word – 1 John 5:14 is our guarantee that praying the Word undergirds you with confidence, knowing He hears and He is answering your prayers.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, thatif we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” {1 John 5:14-15}
Pray in faith (not just wishin’).
Faith comes from the Word, so you can rest in faith on His promises {Romans 10:17}. His Word never returns void! {Isaiah 55:11}
Without faith it’s impossible, but all things are possible to she that believes {Mark 9:23}. Only believe.
Pray persistently.
“So I say to you, ask and keep on asking, and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking, and you will find; knock and keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking [persistently], receives; and he who keeps on seeking [persistently], finds; and to him who keeps on knocking [persistently], the door will be opened.” {Luke 11:9-10}
KEEP asking, seeking, knocking! Never give up!
So how do we make our own War Room – a place to pray?
1) Designate a room/corner/chair/location
2) Pick aspecific area you want to focus on. .
There are 10 areas (strategies the enemy uses to attack) that Priscilla covers in her book Fervent. Choose one to start with from the list below.
Strategy 1—Against Your Passion
He seeks to dim your whole desire for prayer, dull your interest in spiritual things, and downplay the potency of your most strategic weapons (Eph. 6:10–20).
Strategy 2—Against Your Focus
He disguises himself and manipulates your perspective so you end up focusing on the wrong culprit, directing your weapons at the wrong enemy (2 Cor. 11:14).
Strategy 3—Against Your Identity
He magnifies your insecurities, leading you to doubt what God says about you and to disregard what He’s given you (Eph. 1:17-19).
Strategy 4—Against Your Family
He wants to disintegrate your family, dividing your home, rendering it chaotic, restless, and unfruitful (Gen. 3:1–7).
Strategy 5—Against Your Confidence
He constantly reminds you of your past mistakes and bad choices, hoping to convince you that you’re under God’s judgment rather than under the blood (Rev. 12:10).
Strategy 6—Against Your Calling
He amplifies fear, worry, and anxiety until they’re the loudest voices in your head, causing you to deem the adventure of following God too risky to attempt (Josh. 14:8).
Strategy 7—Against Your Purity
He tries to tempt you toward certain sins, convincing you that you can tolerate them without risking consequence, knowing they’ll only wedge distance between you and God (Isa. 59:1–2).
Strategy 8—Against Your Rest and Contentment
He hopes to overload your life and schedule, pressuring you to constantly push beyond your limits, never feeling permission to say no (Deut. 5:15).
Strategy 9—Against Your Heart
He uses every opportunity to keep old wounds fresh in mind, knowing that anger and hurt and bitterness and unforgiveness will continue to roll the damage forward (Heb. 12:15).
Strategy 10—Against Your Relationships
He creates disruption and disunity within your circle of friends and within the shared community of the body of Christ (1 Tim. 2:8).
3) Gather Scriptures that stir your faith.
4) Write out scriptures and prayers.
5) Pray, pray, pray!
6) Stand in faith until you see the fulfillment!
We love you sisters and believe with you for answered prayers and breakthrough in every area of your life!!
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