Calling Out the Prayer Gift in Others
A Gift Bag for a Couple that Recently Got Married
I won’t forget the day. I was sitting in my Pastor’s office in North Berwick, Maine, talking about if I was called into professional ministry. He told me that it is a lot like falling in love. You can’t really describe it, but you know when it happens. After looking back on my 6 years in professional ministry, I agree with him. But sometimes we need others to help us along the way. I know for me personally I needed others to point out where I was gifted, that I was gifted in prayer, especially with intercession. And I could build a ministry based on encouraging others to pray and to lead others in prayer.
A Movie About a Women with the Gift of Prayer
How do you recognize spiritual gifts in others? Especially prayer gifts. This is obvious, but the first thing we need to do is pray. If you are building a team and want to know who has gifts of prayer, then this is your blog to read. So, sit back, put your feet up, grab a beverage of choice and I will share my thoughts.
Action is Easier: Well, maybe it isn’t easier, but what is easier is our sinful nature and thinking we don’t need God to do His mission. I have had my hand in a lot of different ministries over the years because I was finding where I fit and I thought praying was something you did to grow your faith, not part of your ministry. We do need to realize that praying is part of our ministry - any Christian's ministry. That doesn’t mean we are off the hook in our actions, but what it does mean is that it is about God and what he is doing, not what we are doing and our relationship with Him.
Who Prays: This might seem obvious, but who do you know that is praying when you ask them to. I know there are times when I say I will pray for someone and then I never do, and I’m someone who loves to pray. I have to set up systems in my life where I know that I’m praying for things. Not everyone is going to take the time to think how they are going to remember to pray. Be on the look out for those that find ways to pray for people, ministries, and missions.
Remind Everyone to Pray: I wonder if people get tiresome of me always talking about prayer and encouraging people to pray. But it is what I do. Who are those people that you know that are always encouraging you to pray? You know, the ones that always go their first and not last-their first impulse.
Spirit Gives as He Determines: You will recognize who has the gifts of prayer. Just like you recognize who has the gift of teaching, preaching, hospitality, administration, prophecy, healing, and I can go on with a long list. When you see the gifts of the Spirit in people, share what you are seeing. If you are unsure, pray for God to reveal to you what gifts people have. Above all, remember that the Holy Spirit gives to all of us as He determines and for the building up of the body. After all is said and done, it's like one of my editors says about when taking his course in Preaching in his Biblical Studies course. After discussing different methods and styles, outlines, notes, etc., at the end of the class - his Professor would say, "...and then there's always the Holy Spirit".
Surveys: If you are leading a team, I suggest that you have your team do a spiritual gift survey together. There are plenty on-line and you can use the one that I share. The thing to remember is that these surveys are tools. They help us to know what God is doing in our lives. They are not the authority, the Holy Spirit is when it comes to gifts. I suggest that before you do one to spend some time in prayer first. Even if you are not leading a team of people, it is still good to fill out one of these surveys from time to time. And I would also suggestion doing a Myers Briggs personality assessment. You can learn a lot about who you are through that.
History: We all have a story to tell about how God is working in our lives and how He has used us in the past. Get to know other people’s stories. I know when others were calling out the prayer gift in me, I remembered how I would prayer walk different streets and neighborhoods of Sanford, Maine from when I lived there. I suggested to my accountability partner that once a month we prayer walk a section of town that we wouldn’t want to be in at night. It was those memories that caused me to agree with them.
Your Thoughts: You have them and I want to hear them. I’ve said before that I’m not an expert, just someone who thinks about this stuff more often than other people. I would love to hear what you have to say.
Myers Brigg site
I will end this blog by talking about 1 Corinthians 12:15-20. It is so easy to think that your role in the church isn’t important. But these verses tell us that we need all of us. While this blog is more about helping you recognize the gift of prayer, we can easily use these as guides to find the other gifts in people and in yourself. The bottom line is that we need all of the Body of Christ, the Church, using their gifts to build up its members and gaining new members.
Above all, I’m hoping that this encourages you to pray early and often. Without prayer, we are never going to know what God is doing in our lives.
Remember folks, pray, pray, and pray!