West Church Ballymena
Prayer Triplets

 

What others have said about prayer :

 

History belongs to the intercessors.” Walter Wink

 

Prayer is the secret weapon of the Kingdom of God. It is like a missile, which can be fired towards any spot on earth, travel undetected at the speed of thought and hit its target every time…Satan has no defence against this weapon-he does not have an anti-prayer missile… People we can not reach in any other way can be reached by way of the throne of grace.” Ronald Dunn

 

You can borrow the sticks but it will take the power of God to light the fire .” Stormie Omartian

 

General points:

  • There is power in praying together.
  • The greatest need of the world is prayer.
  • The greatest resource of the Church is prayer.
  • Through prayer we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to break Satan’s strongholds, whether in individuals, in groups, in churches or in nations.
  • Prayer is a spiritual weapon and if we accept the command to pray (1 Thess 5 v7) things will happen!

 

Guidelines for prayer triplets

  • Join with 2 people, preferably of the same sex. Have a leader.
  • Ask God to lead you in choice.
  • If possible share with one other person who is not used to praying in a group or praying out loud.
  • Initially your commitment will be to pray together for 30 minutes, either once a week or fortnightly. Choose a quiet place with no distractions.
  • When you meet, start and end promptly. Be informal and try to keep chit chat to a minimum.
  • Gossip about prayer requests will destroy the spirit of prayer. Avoid this both during and after your meeting.
  • As you pray together-pray short, simple and specific prayers.
  • Remember confidentiality.
  • Focus on reach— In prayer reach up in worship, reach into the group and encourage growth and reach out to the community and beyond.
  • Specific components in prayer triplets:
  • Celebrate God’s love. Start with worship to Him.
  • Pray for each other and be accountable.
  • Have prayer targets.
  • Pray for your minister, the Church, the community and have a global concern too.

Prayer Keys

  • Be specific - Luke 11 v5
  • Be persistent - Luke 11 v8-10. Ask, seek and knock reminding God of His promises.
  • Be in agreement - Matt 18 v19 with the Scriptures and each other.
  • Be open to the Holy Spirit - Romans 8 v 26, 27 things that just happen to pop into your mind.
  • Be willing to fast - Matt 16 v 16-18 not just from food !
  • Be thankful - Phil 4 v6
  • Be a praiser - Ps 23
  • Be trusting of God always - 2 Chron 20 v12
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    Who, what and where???

  • Who are we praying to? God our Heavenly Father.
  • What is the purpose of praying? to intercede for others to have an evangelistic focus to pray for our individual needs
  • Where you are praying is a safe place.
  • Remember confidentiality and have trust.
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    Obstacles to watch out for:

  • You want to give up especially if you haven't seen any results or if the situation gets worse. Remember be persistent.
  • You feel betrayed by God or prayer partners/ impatience. Hang in there-God is good.
  • You feel tired or guilty about something. Trust Him You feel misunderstood by prayer partners. Share this .
  • Remember satan wants to ruin payer triplets.
  • You have sinned and not asked forgiveness. Take time on your own with God.

16 things we should do for one another

  • Pray for one another James 5 v 16
  • Mourn with one another. Ezekiel 24 v23
  • Have peace with one another. Mark 9 v50
  • Be affectionate with one another. Romans 12 v 10
  • Be like minded. Romans 15 v5
  • Receive one another. Romans 15 v 7
  • Care for each other. I Cor 12 v25
  • Serve one another. Galatians 5 v13
  • Bear with one another. Ephesians 4 v2
  • Be kind to one another. Ephesians 4 v32
  • Submit to one another. Ephesians 5 v21
  • Comfort and edify one another. I Thess 5 v11
  • Consider one another. Hebrews 10 v24
  • Love one another. I Peter 1 v22
  • Have compassion for each other. 1Peter 3 v8
  • Minister your gifts to one another. 1 Peter 4 v10

Some Starter Prayers

Dear God, thank you for __________ and _________. Thank you that we can share in this prayer time together. Through Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

Lord make us aware of your holy presence . Fill our hearts with your love and help us to share it with others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

 

Lord we pray for our minister and the rest of the team as they serve the people of West Church. Keep them safe and bless them today. In your name we pray. Amen.

 

Heavenly Father we thank you for Jesus, our special friend and helper. We pray for the sick ………….. and those who need your touch. In your name, Amen