Starting a Prayer Movement-Part 1
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After meeting with my Pastor today I decided to walk down the street to Old Town Music Cafe. I have been in contact with a new pastor in town who is planting a church and I’ve been wanting to check it out. A pastor and a church member there have been wanting to join me on prayer walks in Old Town, Maine. In a previous hub I had mentioned that I plan to prayer-walk every street in Old Town. In that Hub, I wrote about many times when prayer movements started revivals or missional movements throughout history (title, "Covering Old Town with Prayer"). Prayer-walking in Old Town is my effort to start a prayer movement. Not only here in Old Town, but across Maine, New England, and the United States.
I write this because I’ve been thinking about how does one start a prayer movement to pray for revival. In some ways, what I did today was a continuation of my efforts. I was making a connection to a pastor and building trust with her.
I think it’s important to have the backing of local pastors, because, if you get the backing of a local Pastor, it’s easier to have connections with the Church. This is especially true in Maine. As I’m writing this, we are already starting to think about how to get others involved with praying for Old Town. We are thinking about having musical worship before going out on prayer walks. And maybe some scripture reading to get us in the right frame of mind. And above all, inviting others to join us on a weekly basis. This pastor has connections to the community that I don’t have yet. So do I. Our hope is to bring our 2 churches together to pray for our city.
What if His People Prayed-Casting Crowns
There are other pastors in Old Town and I plan on calling each one with the hope to set up a time to meet with them. Is this really the only first step to starting a prayer movement? No. Here are some other things I would make sure that you do before meeting with pastors.
- Pray: You might be thinking, well that's obvious, but I put it here because it so important. If you are to lead a prayer movement, you must have God on your side and be the example of a pray-er.
Plan: One day I was praying, God gave me this idea of prayer-walking all the streets in Old Town. Later, I decided because of the many streets in Old Town, I needed to come up with a plan. So I sat down at my computer and with God, typed up a plan. I will continue to review the plan to make sure that I’m following it and I will make changes when necessary.
Vision: This is key and will come from prayer. My personal vision in ministry is “Fueling God’s mission with Prayer.” As I’m meeting with local pastors and I share my plan for Old Town, this vision will be front and center. I will make it clear that not only do I want my church's mission to be fueled with prayer, but I also want their mission fueled with prayer. Feel free to use this vision if God is calling you. I would love for not only God’s mission to be fueled with prayer here in Old Town, Maine, but across the country as well. How do you come up with vision-prayer, of course!
Build a Team: This is another reason why I’ve contacted this church-planting pastor. I want others helping me along and helping me meet other prayer like folks. The Bible does say that when two or more are gathered in his name, He's right there.
Pray: Don’t stop praying for folks to get involved. Of course, pray for the goal, the fulfillment of your vision.
Prayer: Have I mentioned this before? I can’t say it enough. We need to pray, early and often. So, pray for intercessors to be raised up as well as workers for the harvest.
- Your Thoughts: 'love to hear them.
What if Revival Crossed Our Land?
Confession time: I’ve never started a prayer movement, until now. As I'm prayer-walking the streets near my home, I started to think about these things. It was as if God was speaking to me about getting others involved. That prayer-walking by myself wasn’t going to be enough to inspire people to be praying. That I was going to have pray for involvement and then do the part that God is calling me to do. Sounds like another blog that I wrote. ("Prayer or Action?")
Hey folks, God is planning on doing something amazing in our nation. I believe that it is going to start in places like Maine, states where church attendance is low; where the Christian activity is low because we are in the vast minority and we've gotten lazy. Places where we have to stop and say, it was God working. This is where prayer comes in. Prayer is reminding us that it is God that does the work through us.
When is the best time for you to pray?
I’m sure that as I do this, I will come up with other things to do to start a prayer movement. Like I said, I’m new to this and learning as I go. Stay tuned, God is going to show me more things (that's why I labeled this "Part 1") I ask that you pray for me, early and often. I ask that you pray for the city or town that you live in, early and often. I ask that you believe with me that revival is coming.