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HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY PRAYER LIFE?

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Children can be caught up in prayer & be open to the Holy Spirit, they can teach adults a thing of two!     

A child was praying and the Holy Spirit told him how to pray. He found his teacher the next day in the classroom.

“Sir, the Holy Spirit told me how to pray.” “What did He say, replied the teacher as he cleaned the board?” “He told me to talk to Him for 5 minutes and then listen for 5 minutes.” explained the pupil.

The teacher froze and in the silence that followed, nodded in acknowledgement that this was indeed wisdom from on high.

‘Prayer shakes us up & enables the Holy Spirit to do a deep work within, giving us a passion for lost souls outside of God’s Kingdom. This awakening is not of our doing but a move of the Spirit deep within, turning our priorities to Kingdom concerns, aligning our heartbeat with His, filling our lives with His compassion & mercy.’

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Kevin is offering Prayershakers, a powerful teaching time on the importance of prayer coupled with the opportunity to pray alongside other people from other churches. Prayershakers can work effectively on Saturday mornings from 10-1pm.

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He will come ready to present inspirational teaching on prayer that cannot help but fuel your prayers as a church or group of churches. Prayershakers contains Biblical teaching, anecdotes, practical examples, quotations from prayer warriors & personal examples of how the Lord works to promote prayerful response. There will be opportunities to pray in different ways on different themes, teaching people how to be creative in prayer. The Prayershaker events are designed to encourage, teach, inspire & challenge as well as give practical ways for churches to continue ongoing effective, powerful prayer meetings.

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Jesus taught the disciples how to pray & these young disciples were challenged as they saw him modelling prayer as a constant discipline. They knew he got up early to pray in quietness, away from interruptions from his family & from people looking for him. They began to realize prayer was important to Jesus & would be vital to their own walk with God. They would learn that intimate prayer comes out of a heartfelt relationship with God.

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed [honoured] be Your name.

Your Kingdom come,

Your will be done on earth as in it is heaven.’

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Kevin has been steadily studying prayer in the Scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments & is now ready to pass his biblical insight to those wanting to grow in their prayer life as individuals & corporately as Churches. He believes prayer is the key to enabling the work of the Spirit of God to move in & through our nation, churches, neighbourhoods, communities, families & work places.

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‘When I am asked to visit a church to discuss outreach, I can before long discern if the church is a praying church. It is always a real joy & privilege to work with a praying Church, to see what the Lord is going to do.’

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The Living Stones illustration took 3 weeks to prayerfully design & illustrate

‘Sometimes I have swum lengths at my local pool as I swim, I pray, I can lift situations that come to mind to God in prayer. I can work out in the pool in physical ways & spiritually exercise at the same time. Other friends run & pray, some iron & pray!’

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As we come before Almighty God in prayer, He will do a work of God in our hearts so we begin to see things as He sees them & to feel things as He feels. We know His ways are not our ways, His thoughts far above our thoughts. When we come away from our meeting time with God our priorities will be different, we will be being changed in His presence, we will be drawing close to His heartbeat. As we commune with Him daily, we will get to know the mind of God.

John the Baptist said that ‘Jesus would baptise with the Holy Spirit & fire.’ I believe the fire from the Holy Spirit burns up the rubbish in our lives and moves us to pray for those outside the Kingdom of God and reach out to them.

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Is your Church filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit? Does the fire of God’s Spirit not lead us to reach out to people in our communities? Relational people projects have to be key to the work of the Church.

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Prayershaker teaching includes praying using Scripture; understanding spiritual warfare; intercessory prayer; praying with the Holy Spirit; prayer & evangelism; prayer & fasting; children & prayer; prayer for those who are spiritually lost; different ways of praying & some tried & tested practical tips.

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Birmingham New Street station in the hustle & bustle, 1979. This was drawn fast without looking at the paper using a style called linear abstraction. You put the pen/pencil on the paper & draw as your eyes move around the person you are drawing. You re-position the pencil to draw for the next figure. It is difficult to do but it enables you to capture the moving scene effectively.

‘I desire to see the Holy Spirit stir up the fires in the church engine rooms around our land. I have a heart to see many people of all ages come before the ‘Throne of Grace’ with passionate pleas for the lost in our land backed up by the authority of Scripture. I believe that the Church needs to humble itself in prayer & intercede on behalf of the millions who are spiritually unaware of the Saviour of the world.’

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Creative photograph by Kevin Moore, Birmingham City Centre

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‘We need to humble ourselves, confess our sins & with pleas & petitions, we need to stand in the gap for our nation & listen to the heartbeat of God Himself. We need to be on our knees before Him, asking Him to have mercy on us & to move in power & might in our land, for His glory.’

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Millions of people in this country are sitting on the fence regarding Christ. The Church needs to be challenged to pray, to humbly & persistently bring those ‘sitting on the fence’ to God in prayer.

‘I can choose to drive my car & not listen to the radio & pray for this nation, my community, my local school, my church, my family. I can intercede for the dark places in the world that are on my heart, like North Korea. I can pray for the items that make the news, the sick, the situations that the Holy Spirit brings to my mind. I will develop the prayer habit, using my car journeys as times of intercession.’

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Kevin sharing his testimony in Kathmundu, Nepal

Prayershakers is recommended for churches grappling with prayer & following along a journey of prayer. Kevin will use some powerful visual aids & will use the available space your premises has to offer to set up prayer areas. Prayershakers works powerfully when churches come together in an area to pray together as interdenominational gathering. Please discuss practical details with Kevin as to how this can be planned. There is a charge for the Prayershakers event coming to your church but I honestly believe the cost is well worth it if we understand the importance of prayer being the engine room in the Church & how important it is to fan into flame the prayers of the saints for the lost in our nation.

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Praying hands sculpture by Kevin

‘No time in prayer is ever wasted, rather, it is time well spent investing in Kingdom matters before the ‘Throne of Grace’.

The corporate prayers of the Body of Christ, the Church, will compliment the private prayers done in secret with our Heavenly Father. As Churches come together to pray with one heart & mind, demonstrating powerful, corporate prayer, so individuals will catch the prayer habit & there will be a hungering after the things of God by prayer & fasting. Doors will open in our nation and many lives will come to faith in Him.

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‘I can watch many hours TV & screen time per week but I could also choose to invest one hour each week on my knees praying for the government, the nation, the people of this land & specifically people that do not know the Saviour of the world.’

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Daniel is an example of a person with a gift of intercession. He prayed regularly for the Jewish people and the nation, sometimes he was led to fast and pray for some days for a situation or an answer. He experienced heavenly visions, prophetic explanations, angelic visitations on occasions during his life. He had been given a gift to be able to understand dreams and visions that proved very useful in his time in the Babylonian empire, particularly with King Nebuchadnezzar. He was promoted to a high position in Babylon and his life was spared from the lions when falsely accused and his faith was vindicated. I believe we can learn a lot today from Bible characters like Daniel.

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There are many creative ways we can pray today, the Prayershakers event could help develop the prayer focus in your church [perhaps several churches could be invited to partake]. If you are already taking prayer seriously then Prayershakers would bless you & inspire you in new ways.

To contact Kevin to discuss booking a Prayershakers event in your area please email:

kevinmoore758@btinternet.com or ring on: 01842 750060, thank you.

Prayershakers includes some helpful tips, inspirational quotes & some personal revelation that Kevin has picked up along his faith journey. There will be some space to pray, to share & to listen. Be warned as Kevin brings an evangelist’s heart & passion into the session. He will bring out some key points from Scripture & bring a challenge or two to all those attending.

Worth bringing a pad and pen. Prayershakers is designed to fire you up for prayer & to take back to your church congregation in practical ways.

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There are many projects, situations, concerns the Church would be led to intercede about. In the second world war, the nation was called to prayer by the King, [see the film: The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth] that proved so significant in seeing the Lord’s protection, guidance & victory.

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“At the start of the day, during & at the end of the day the best way to develop your prayer life is to get on your knees and open your heart to your Heavenly Father.” Kevin Moore

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Apart from the Bible, all quotes, art illustrations & photos in this article come from Kevin.

 

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Kevin is available to speak in your church if you would like him to come in the new year.

You may be interested in the article: Messiah, who is He? http://www.face2facetrust.org.uk/news/2013/12/messiah/

You may be interested in the article: http://www.face2facetrust.org.uk/questions/names-of-god/

http://www.face2facetrust.org.uk/questions/who-do-you-say-that-i-am/

 Designed & illustrated by Kevin Moore, Face2Face Educational Trust

Contact emails for Kevin: kevinmoore758@btinternet.com or kevinmooreface2facetrust@gmail.com

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