How I pray
By Phil Scovell
Recently, I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to do something I
have never done before concerning prayer. I am not suggesting the
Lord hasn't approached me with this idea before, and I really never
said no about it to the Lord, but I never said yes either. This week,
I said yes.
I currently have at least 60 people I pray for each day. This
list grows a little at a time. This does not include prayer requests
which these same people call and ask me to put on my prayer list.
These are just 60 people for whom I pray each and every day.
I pray for them first in tongues. Why in tongues? Well,
although many believe the gift of tongues has passed away with the
last apostle, whoever he was, I still use it anyhow because I learned,
from my own personal study of God's Word, the gift is still viable for
today's New Testament Christian. So, regardless of what others
believe, I pray in tongues out loud. This form of prayer allows me to
spiritually focus on an individuals and to do spiritual warfare for
them at the same time. I could go into more detail about this, and my
call as an intercessor, but my website has bunches of articles,
rebuttals, and booklets I have written on this topic so there is
little reason to reproduce that effort of theological explanation
here. It is, however, the second aspect of my prayer time which has
changed and I want you to read about.
I used to keep my prayer time restricted to 30 minutes so that
means, everyone for whom I prayed, was crammed into that time frame.
As my list grew, however, I realize how little time I was spending
praying for each person. So I expanded my prayer time to 40 minutes
each day and more than half the time, it would end up going for an
hour. I was always timing myself with the stop watch feature on my
watch to keep track of my progress. That got to bothering me, for
some reason, so I approached the Lord for the solution.
The Lord told me to stop timing my prayer times. "And do what?"
I wondered. He said, "Just pray for each person and each request
until you feel you have prayed enough. Then move to the next person
in line." Simple enough, of course, but this could mean I would end
up praying much longer. Regardless, I stopped timing myself and now I
pray as I was instructed. No, I have absolutely no idea how long I
pray each day now. I just pray until I am done. This solved two
major problems for me. Now I don't worry if I have prayed long enough
for each person and it doesn't bother me, that just maybe, I haven't
prayed long enough to please God. What if I miss a day? I miss a day
is all. My mind is always at prayer, thus, I pray without ceasing.
Do you? Do you know how? If not, call me and let's do something.
Safe Place Fellowship
Mountain Time Zone
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