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Agree 17 Prayer Campaign

Like never before, God is calling us to selfless, vigilant, 24-7 prayer. Our General Overseer, Dr. Tim Hill, is sounding the trumpet. This effort is an expectation of a mighty move of God, not only in our churches, but in our cities, indeed, in North America and beyond.

Join me in a movement of prayer in our denomination beyond anything we have seen in our recent memory through the Agree 17 Prayer Campaign:

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8-Day Prayer Campaign – Intercessors on the Wall

Each week, 100 Church of God Congregations are asked to pray for the church and its ministries around the world. They are, in a sense, ‘on the wall’ that week. Correspondence to churches across the country is scheduled to begin in March for this initiative to start in April.

On your assigned week, 8 days of prayer, on the wall, I am asking you and your church to devote a week to prayer – for the Church of God and its global ministries; for the FINISH challenge; for revival in your congregation and awakening in North America and beyond. Click to download a list of assigned churches>

What you can do:

  1. Have a time of uncommon prayer during your Sunday morning service for global revival and the movement called the Church of God.
  2. Distribute this bulletin on Sunday morning or download a file to email. The files are also available for you to recreate in an alternative format. Contact laura@projectpray.org.
  3. Post information to your church website or social media.
  4. Consider opening the church for prayer during the week.
  5. Set-up a prayer chain or a prayer conference call. Let’s engage our people in praying for the harvest, near and far.
  6. Share the videos, the appeal from Dr. Hill for people to take their turn ‘on the intercessory wall,’ to not come down until the task is finished.
  7. Encourage your congregation to join the Saturday Night Fire Call; 9:00 PM EST; Call in number: 641-715-3580; Access Code: 466086.
  8. Review the many prayer opportunities available through Church of God Prayer Ministries on this website.

Resources:

  • Poster to announce your week on the wall (8.5×11 size or 11×17 size)
  • Bulletin Artwork to promote your week on the wall
  • Bulletin with a daily prayer guide to distribute the Sunday that begins your week on the wall
  • Power Point to share during Sunday morning service
  • Videos to share during Sunday morning service and throughout the week
  • News Release to send to local media or extract verbiage for emails
  • Images that can be added to your website or posted on social media

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Watch this video from General Overseer Tim Hill:

Pray with a Missional Focus

A healthy church is missional. Good prayer begins with God, and it ends only with an appropriate focus on the lost of the world. Prayer is, at its heart, worship, and at its edge mission, and, in between, God meets our needs.

Church of God Prayer Leaders are encouraged to adopt Unreached People Groups (more information about each group can be found at joshuaproject.net), Prayer Leaders from other Nations and Career Missionaries (more information at cogwm.org) to pray for them on a regular basis. Below are lists of each of these sectors with the Prayer Leader that has adopted that sector. Complete the form below to sign-up to pray for an Unreached People Group, National Prayer Leader or Career Missionary. Currently only the continent of Africa is represented. Check back for other continents to be available soon.

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Africa Nations – Prayer Leaders

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Adopted Unreached People Groups

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Saturday Night Fire Assignments

For 2017, each Church of God state/region is assigned a Saturday Night for focused prayer for their state/region during the Saturday Night Fire Call. Below is a list of these assignments. Click too learn more about the Saturday Night Fire Call>

Date                       State or Region

February 4           Alabama

February 11         Alaska/BC Region

February 11         Midlands

February 11         North Central Hispanic Region

February 18         Arizona

February 18         East Central Hispanic Region

February 25         Arkansas

March 4                 California/Nevada

March 11              Florida – Cocoa

March 18              Eastern North Carolina

March 25              Delmarva

April 1                    Florida-Tampa Region

April 8                    Indiana

April 15                  No Assignment – Easter

April 22                  Louisiana

April 22                  Hawaii

April 29                  New Jersey

April 29                  Heartland Region

May 6                     Illinois

May 13                  Indian Ministries

May 13                  Northern New England Region

May 20                  Great Lakes Region

May 27                  Kentucky

June 3                    Michigan

June 10                  Minnesota

June 17                  New England Hispanic Region

June 24                  Mississippi

June 24                  Missouri

July 1                      New Mexico

July 8                      Rocky Mountain Region

July 15                    New York

July 22                    North Central Region

July 29                    Western Canada

July 29                    North Eastern Hispanic Region

August 5               North Georgia

August 12             North Western Hispanic Region

August 19             Ohio

August 19             Ontario

August 26             Pacific Northwest Region

September 2       Pennsylvania

September 9       Quebec/Maritimes Region

September 16    South Carolina

September 23    South Central Hispanic Region

September 30    Southeastern Hispanic Region

October 7             South Georgia

October 14           South Western Hispanic Region

October 21           Southern New England Region

October 28           Tennessee

November 4        Texas

November 11     Virginia

November 18     West Virginia

November 25     No Assignment – Thanksgiving

December 2        Western North Carolina

FINISH Challenge

General Overseer of the Church of God, Tim Hill has set forth his vision for the FINISH Commitment, a “Global Church Focus on the Great Commission.”

Prayer Ministries has adopted these commitments and goals based on the ‘I’ in FINISH which stands for INTERCEDE, making prayer and worship the highest privilege and greatest responsibility of every believer.

“Whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Matthew 21:22 KJV).

We are committed to:

  • Commit globally to 6,000,000 hours of prayer annually for the FINISH Commitment.
  • Recruit globally 1,000,000 prayer partners, providing prayer 24/7.
  • Implement an intentional FINISH Prayer/Fasting Initiative annually in each local church, state, region, and area of the world.

As part of the plan to fulfill these goals, the Prayer Ministries Office charges each church to pray 5 minutes once a month for a Global Harvest. Below are resources for your use including a bulletin insert and power point.

 

Join these prayer connection calls (Call-in number: 641-715-3580; Access Code: 466086):

  • Saturday Night Fire Call – Each Saturday – 9:00 PM EST
  • Pray for Unreached Peoples – First Wednesday of each month – 12:30 PM EST

Prayerborne

The intercessor is a critical member of a congregational ministry team!

We encourage pastors to identify and mobilize PrayerBorne Chapters in your church. One chapter: multiple teams. Although a team of intercessors does not constitute the whole of prayer ministry, a church must be prayer centered in communion with God, transformational praying – and that will make intercession even more potent. We want to mobilize intercessors to support the Million Hour Prayer Campaign. The goal is 15-20% of our membership across the state in a prayer-connection. Imagine being able to partner intercessors with church planters, mobilize intercessors in this or that part of the state – this is an advantage to you, and to the national prayer effort.

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PRAYERBORNE MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

  • Pastor’s Prayer Partners. Ideally, recruit every member of your church as a prayer partner for the pastor. Ask them to pray for him one day a month, the day of their choice, a date they will remember, such as their anniversary of birthdate. Provide a weekly bulletin of prayer points.
  • Prayer and Crisis Referral Line. Your congregation can operate a 24-7 community prayer line in connection with a national ministry that is a partner of Church of God Prayer Ministries for only $175 a year, less than a third of the typical costs. Get your volunteers trained, and in connection with other partner congregations across the nation, we can provide 24 hour coverage, with local referrals coming back to you. Your people are effectively trained, used in the national ministry; and you provide a unique service to the city and the nation; and garner a stream of referrals.
  • Establish Intercessory Prayer Teams. Partner your intercessors to share mutual prayer concerns, team them for direction and for confirmation.
  • Participate in the Virtual Prayer Wall (VPW). This 24-7 nationwide virtual prayer meeting is by and for Church of God Congregations. Your Prayerborne Chapter or an IPT adopts an hour ‘on-the-wall.’ They connect by phone weekly at the same time and pray. We provide a prayer meeting template and suggestions for prayer.
  • Prayer Evangelism. Prayer for the lost, neighborhood prayer evangelism, systematic prayer walking.
  • The Wailing Wall Project. Create a wailing-wall in your church, a special section dedicated to remembering the not-yet-committed loved ones and friends.
  • The Home-based Intercessors Network. Do you have a significant number of shut-ins or seniors who can’t get out to a prayer meeting? Mobilize them for prayer. Not only can they be activated to pray, virtually on-call, but they can also be trained to ‘call-out’ for prayer. They can be a stand-by force to pray for those in surgery or recovery.
  • The Pager-Prayer Alert System. Buy a pager – and give it to someone convalescing in a hospital, someone awaiting surgery. They are not in a position to take a lot of calls, but folks can dial the pager number and when it vibrates, the individual knows it is a message from church folks saying, “I am praying!” You can use text messages in the same way.
  • Adopt a School for Prayer. Encourage intercessors and IPTs to adopt a school, perhaps one near the church, or where they live, as a prayer partner. Find support materials at www.praycog.org.
  • Adopt a Badge. Encourage your intercessors to adopt a police or fireman, perhaps, the entire church might want to take someone on as a partner. Find support materials at www.adopt-a-cop.org.
  • Participate in the Million Hour Prayer Campaign. Go to www.1plus1.cc for resource materials. Add one-minute to your daily prayer time; and five minutes to your congregational prayer time on the first Sunday of every month.
  • Be a part of the Billion Souls Prayer Campaign. Alert intercessors. Get a monthly email update. Mark the last Sunday of October for the Annual Day to Pray for Unreached People Groups. Adopt an unreached people group for prayer. www.billion.tv/networking/prayer.
  • Connect to the One Cry Million Intercessors Movement. Prayerborne is a partner to the process. Pray for revival and awakening in the United States.
  • Launch a Spiritual Mapping project in your city.
  • Launch a city-wide prayer network, a prayer council. For more information, go to www.pc2ln.org.
  • Adopt a missionary for prayer.
  • Adopt a nation for prayer.
  • Begin a Senior-Care Program.
  • Establish PIT Crews. 3-5 intercessors who agree to become ‘the intercessors’ for a given ministry in your congregation. Ensure every ministry is a prayed-for ministry.
  • Develop Simultaneous Intercessory Teams.
  • Train healing and deliverance teams for special soaking prayer services.

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Fasting for God’s Favor

Each January, it is estimated that as many as one million American Christians may be participating in the forgotten discipline of fasting. The early church fasted, we are told, two days a week. Each year, Church of God congregations will be encouraged to join that growing army from January 10 – 31, in 21 days of fasting.

In 2016 this initiative grew to include multiple denominations in the RESET OUR GENERATION effort. We began the New Year with 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting with Jesus followers and thousands of churches across the nation. This dedicated time allows us, as believers, across denominational lines, to join in prayer for revival in the church and awakening in the culture.

The initiative included a nightly Virtual Prayer Meeting through the 21 days with a special guest offering a prayer challenge and a national prayer leader leading a segment of prayer. In addition, there were fresh reports in a ‘Look What God is Doing!’ segment. And a Praying for a RESET report.

The opportunity to unite in prayer for ourselves, for our churches, our cities and the world, is intended as a beginning for a year filled with opportunities for revival and awakening. Learn more at americapray.net.

Great Days of Prayer

The GREAT DAYS OF PRAYER are always the first Sunday of any quarter. As you plan for your “Great Days of Prayer” service, you may want to consider the approach you are taking. Here are six steps to help you plan your prayer meeting.

  1. Mark the date.
  2. Outline the Prayer service.
  3. Determine your prayer leadership style.
  4. Do you need to accommodate “content?” Prayer needs? Or will your meeting be unstructured without a specific focus?
  5. If you plan content, then what topics do you need to pray about? How many are realistic?
  6. What prayer models will you use? How will you engage the congregation in prayer? Encourage their participation? How will you move from one topic of prayer to another?

STEP ONE: Choose Your Date and Time. You may want to use the Sunday morning service time, others the evening time slot. Plan for a 75-90 minute prayer experience.

STEP TWO: The ProgramOutline your prayer service. Here is a recommendation:

  • 5-10 minutes of worship by music. Worship wakes up the heart. But don’t substitute a singing service for a prayer service.
  • A 5-10 minute “prayer challenge.” This can be an inspirational idea to inform prayer. It can be instructional. It can be motivational – a story, a fire-starter, a faith-builder. It can be a challenge to pray. It can be a short challenge on how to pray. Caution: Don’t turn the prayer service into a preaching-teaching service. Pray!
  • 30-40 (or more) minutes of congregational prayer.
  • 5-15 minutes for closure. Allow for congregational sharing, small groups, a pastoral challenge, declarations of faith out of the prayer time, consensus building in terms of what God is saying.

STEP THREE: The Prayer Leadership Style Determine the prayer style of your actual prayer time. Are you merely providing a time and place for the congregation to meet and pray, individually, yet together in the same room? Or will you direct the prayer service? Veteran intercessors are often “self-directed.” Others may need help in focus and overcoming fears about prayer. Think about the structure of your prayer time along a continuum. On one side, the approach is completely undirected. On the other side, the prayer experience is not only highly structured, but perhaps even scripted. (See the heading, “Styles of the Prayer Meeting” later in this section)

  • Undirected – People are called together in the same place, but everyone prays individually. Some sit. Some kneel. Some stay in their seats. Some go to the altar. Some may be prostrate. Some stand or walk. Some pray silently. Some pray aloud. Everyone prays, as inclined, about needs that are as diverse as the individuals. The sound level rises and falls, intensity swells and then subsides. Ideally, no voice dominates. All respect order.
  • Facilitated – A leader or leaders facilitate the prayer session. There are themes for prayer, as the Spirit leads. Leaders may sense the mood of the Spirit and call attention to prayer themes that surface. Or hear a recurring topic and call the entire group to focus on that issue. There is a delicate dialectic between the spontaneous and the focused. The facilitators attempt to hear the Spirit echoing from the heart of the people as they pray and shepherd the group gently. They don’t direct, as much as they suggest. They interact with the dynamic of prayer that they sense occurring in the moment. They create space for group moments that don’t occur in undirected prayer. They provide the minimal level of leadership necessary to nudge the individuals into a group prayer experience that puts everyone on the same page.
  • Directed – A directed prayer experience is beyond mere facilitation. Here, the leader is very active, very pivotal to the prayer process. He may move the congregation through various themes for prayer, call for silence or even passionate expressions in prayer. He may suggest that groups form for prayer. He is guiding the prayer experience. He usually will have a planned agenda. He may have a number of prayer needs to be covered or even a prayer exercise to unwrap. Still, the directed prayer meeting allows for personal expression and spontaneity.
  • Orchestrated – An orchestrated prayer experience is one in which the whole event is scripted. There is an outline with individual prayer roles or pray themes. The content of prayer may be prescribed or recommended. Here, the least amount of spontaneity is allowed. The content of the prayer service is tightly focused. This is great way to introduce new models for prayer, to pray around issues or topics that we typically avoid.

STEP FOUR: The Content Needs – The content of your prayer service is your next concern. Your leadership style (step three, above) will determine your capacity for content.  On the other hand, your need to cover certain content in prayer may determine the style of the prayer meeting. Undirected and Facilitated prayer meetings are typically agenda free and are not designed to accommodate planned content. Directed and Orchestrated prayer styles are the best when prayer content is important to the gathering.

CONTENT NEEDS …

  • An undirected prayer experience has little planned content. The content of prayer bubbles up. It is spontaneous.
  • In the facilitated prayer experience, the content is gently suggested at best. Or some theme is recognized and the facilitator calls attention to it – and may spontaneously offer some insight or direction for prayer.
  • In the directed prayer experience, the content is planned.
  • In the orchestrated prayer experience, the content is not only planned, but it is prescribed. There may be prayer litanies. This is particularly helpful when you, as a pastor, are in the stage of teaching people to pray. Or when you, as a congregation, are responding to some critical need or situation.

STEP FIVE: Topics for Prayer – Once you determine if your prayer time needs to accommodate specific content, that will dictate your leadership style. You will then need to choose the topics for prayer, the themes, the specific content.

The possibilities are myriad. You may spend an entire evening on repentance or reconciliation. On consecration or sanctification. On the need for character, say, the fruit of the Spirit. You may choose a Biblical passage and pray through the themes in that passage. You may spend an evening in prayer for open doors in the nations, for missions, for unreached people groups, for lost loved ones represented in the congregation itself. Or, you may pray for your city taking an imaginary prayer walk through the city. You may have a list of prayer needs – with Scripture related to each. You may create a series of slides to introduce prayer needs and inspire prayer. What is the Lord calling the church to pray about? You may simply spend some time in thanksgiving, some time in worshipful prayer (letting God love you, and loving Him), in intercession, and then in petition – offering prayer needs, and then close in prayer.

STEP SIX: Prayer Methods –  Once you have determined your prayer style and your content needs, you will need to determine how you will pray about and around the chosen themes. For example, let’s say you have decided to pray for your community. You have chosen different community needs – poverty, crime, education, the family-breakdown, joblessness, drug problems, city-leadership. You might have someone take snapshots of different locations that represent the needs about which you are praying. Show the photos via power point. Locate them on a projected map of the city. Describe the precise condition about which you are praying. Have people come forward to a microphone and pray as if they were standing at the designated street-corner. Have those same people make an actual trip to the site beforehand and come to the prayer meeting with a burden they sensed as they prayed in that location.

Or, let’s say you want to pray for the church and its ministries or staff. Again, you might want to prepare visuals – of the staff, the programs of the church, outreaches, etc. You also may want to take a prayer walk through the sanctuary or the church facility, over the grounds. Assign groups to leave the sanctuary and pray in each department. Have them pray in each staff members office. Choose scripture to be read at each location. Teach them to wait. Have them to record impressions, prophetic insights, words from the Lord, promises or concerns. Divide the participants into teams for this experience.

Remember, poor planning often leads to shallow corporate prayer experiences. Prayer plans or resources meant to sharpen the focus of prayer, inform the content or enrich the experience can always be laid aside if it becomes clear that the Spirit seizes the direction and takes the prayer meeting into another direction. But, resources can’t be magically produced on the spot. We lay the wood, build the altar and God sends the fire. Poor planning is like asking God for lightning with no prepared altar, no pre-planning sacrifice, no investment, no wood that will sustain the fire.