"Prayer Leaders Before Preachers"

You're hearing Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle.
Practical Models That Pastors Can Use To Facilitate a Spirit of Prayer

"Before God calls pastors to be preachers, he calls them to be prayer leaders. Prayer leaders do not just tell their congregants to pray, or assume they will pray, the pastor sees to it that they do and leads by example."

"Corporate prayer also demonstrates who is really praying and who is not. You can't fake it here for long. This is the setting our church leaders ought to be chosen from and no other. How many a pastor has placed a leader in a position, to discover he or she building a personal kingdom at friendship's expense?  Prayerless Christian is an oxymoron. If a person doesn't submit to God, how will his or her heart submit to anyone else? The corporate prayer meeting can serve as a helpful filter to determine who is really on the team. Without corporate prayer at the center setting precedent, the pastor condemns himself to forever evangelizing the same ole religious, prayerless, proud crowd while telling himself 'This is ministry'" Or worse, he coddles them and tells them what they want to hear, so he can make a living. 

"Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer"

"My House shall be called a house of prayer"

Prayer Walking

For instance at North Charleston High School, there are a few students who represent a number of different congregations, who are praying throughout their school day. They have agreed, starting this November, 2008 to "speak the mountain and command it to go into the sea" in this manner: Under their breaths, unknown to their peers and falculty, as they are inspired and persuaded by the Spirit, these students are declaring (not mindlessly parrotting or chanting) the following:

1) The Humble King is Alive.

2) The Humble King is Worthy.

3) These souls are His.

As they sense His presence, they are also praying for fellow students and teachers to know Christ.

This is not being done with arrogance or flamboyance, but with authority, before invisible powers who blind minds to the Gospel. And they are doing it with this motive: For God's pleasure.

Banner Prayer

This is a great way to encourage corporate prayer among your church members. It is no coincidence that the specific petitions made in the Tabernacle/Temple, were made after the worship, not before. This modeled for New Testamament believers the heart condition that comes from being in God's manifest presence, which enables us to pray more sincerely and effectively.


Make posters or banners touching upon different areas of life and spread them throughout a large room or sanctuary. One model does it this way:

1. Souls in the city

2. Family

3. Neighbors/Co-workers

4. Leadership within congregation

5. Leadership of city, state and nation

6. The peace of Jerusalem (Which is the return of the Lord)

7. Souls in Schools/Young People

8. Revival

9. The Local Body of Christ/Unity/The Pastors

Invite church members to divide and gather around the various banners/posters and to pray together in small groups. Begin playing a good praise and worship (or Hymns) cd over the cd player/sound system. Every 7 minutes, turn up the volume for 5 seconds to signal participants to move to the next banner/poster. You will see the Holy Spirit move within hearts, especially on those praying for family and revival. These will hit close to home. Do this weekly for several months and see what happens in your parishoner's hearts as well as in the lives of those they for whom they are praying.

Lighthouses of Prayer

This model can be used to challenge believers to pray daily for people in their spheres of influence.

One model has families, couples and individuals praying for their 21 (or any number) most immediate neighbors BY NAME atleast 5 minutes a day.

They pray for God's manifest presence to continually come upon others' lives and homes.

They pray for His blessings in various areas of these others' lives.

They pray that their hearts and minds would be opened to the love of Jesus and experience rebirth.

What usually results are opportunities for people to build solid relationships with their neighbors, many who are unchurched at first. But that changes with the windows opened for God's Holy Spirit.

All Night Prayer Meeting

Methodists, Baptists and Pentecostals used to "pray through". We used to take the time to navigate through the pride and selfishness of our own hearts to find the heart of God. These prayer-spawned movements grew to become influential organizations in times of harvest, but now in this season of darkness the time has come to reclaim the "lost of art" of "praying through".

Coming Soon:

A weekly, one hour radio broadcast that will allow families all across the Lowcountry to gather together, to both worship in their homes and pray for various people and needs.

"But many in our family and congregation will find it hard to pray for others?" Thats part of being a leader. Yes, leading people to pray sincerely means causing them to face the hardness of their own hearts. At first, we fall in love with the idea of parroting prayers for people because it makes us feel good about ourselves, but after a while it becomes a robotocol drudgerey, unless we face the fact we hardly know His love for people enough to pray with passion. Bringing pressure on congregants to pray can cause them to face themselves, which is a difficult thing in the short-term, but great thing in the longrun with Love Himself in the mix. These models can be reinforced from the pulpit by messages that help people to see that we need to see His love much better than we do - starting at the Cross. We American Christians need to be re-aquainted with the phrases "Seek the Lord" and "Wait on the Lord".  This is discipling! The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive. Motive is purified in the manifest presence of God: Prayer.The time has come to lead.

Parkcircleprayer.com is a part of a parachurch and laypeople's effort, not a congregation, with the sole purpose of glorifying the Lord by supporting the divine institutions of the family and local congregation through the facilitation of community-wide prayer events which are led by Christian leaders who are concerned for the eternal destiny of people and who desire to please the Lord by seeking Him together.  The representives of this effort do not speak for a central organization in this effort. There is none.  Parkcircleprayer.com is just a website. They speak for themselves and their desire to see a move of God's Spirit in our hearts. They and many other church leaders are bound by a growing friendship based on the person of Christ and prayer. Costs have been minimal because of cooperation between many leaders of various organizations who have a heart for prayer themselves. The goal of this effort is build a dialogue that raises one question: What if we came together to seek God seriously? It is believed that the impact of this dialogue will be far-reaching, because at some point God's people will move from beyond dialogue to action. When that happens, the faithfulness of the Lord will be known by many. Revival will come and many will know His great love.

...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * ...how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***