The Intercessors' Corner

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The folLowing is an alphabetical listing of prayer partners who have joined the Advocates In Prayer Intercessors' Circle.  This list serves as a directory of our prayer partners.  Those whose names are underscored are bookmarked to a profile about them.  Just click on their name and you will be taken to a brief article about them. 

Directory of Intercessors

Name Location
Alec Orapa, Boteti, Botswana   Email
Arinola Lagos, Nigeria, Africa  Email
Angel Chilliwack, BC, Canada  Email
Basil West Cape, South Africa  Email
Baylita Taipie, Taiwan   Email
Bobby Bakersfield, California  Email
Bonnie Randfontein, Gauteng, South Africa  Email
Celokuhle Johannesburg, South Africa   Email
Chidi Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria   Email
Christian Abia State, Nigeria   Email
Cordelia Stirlingshire, United Kingdom   Email
Dan Montgomery, Alabama  Email
David Rustenberg, North West South Africa   Email
Deborah Lynda Singapore, Singapore  Email
Deborah Carelse Steenberg Cape Town, South Africa  Email
Deidre Garland, Texas   Email
Donald & Paula James Island, South Carolina  Email
Dennis Lagos, Nigeria   Email
Elizabeth Hopewell, Virginia   Email
Emmanuel Lagos, Nigeria   Email
Esseniella Miami Gardens, FL  Email
Esther Mombasa, Kenya, Africa  Email
Evelyn

Carrollton, Texas   Email

Felix Kabompo, Zambia, Africa  Email
George Accra, Ghana, Africa   Email
George 2 Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria, Africa   Email
George 3 Nairobi, Kenya, Africa   Email
Godfrey Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa  Email
Gugulethu Gauteng, South Africa   Email
Helena Riverdale, Georgia   Email
I O Ososo, Edo State, Nigeria, Africa   Email
Ivana Manila, Philippines   Email
Jackie Columbia City, Indiana  Email
James Mead, Oklahoma  Email
Joanie Saint Anne, Jamaica   Email
John Abuja, Nigeria   Email
Jose Bronx, New York   Email
Judith Buckeye, AZ  Email
Karen Greesboro, Georgia   Email
Kesentseng Francistown, Botswana  Email
Kenneth Nairobi, Kenya, Africa  Email
Lakia Labadieville, Louisiana  Email
Lazarus Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa  Email
Leah Lusaka, Zambia, Africa  Email
Lilly Edmonton, Kentucky   Email
Louis Zephyr Cove, Nevada   Email
Michael Clovis, New Mexico   Email
Michael Kumasi, Ghana, Africa   Email
Maureen Mambasa Coast, Kenya, Africa   Email
Mattie New York City, New York  Email
Monet Bronx, New York  Email
Napoleon West Ghana, Africa  Email
Nyimbili Chingola Zambia, Africa   Email
Pamela Glenrock, Wyoming  Email
Patricia Norfolk, Virginia  Email
Patricia Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa  Email
Patricia Newellton, Louisiana  Email
Pieter Port Elizabeth, South Africa  Email
Rachel Norwalk, Connecticutt   Email
Roc Bakersfield, California   Email
Ronald Western Uganda, Africa  Email
Sally Nairobi, Kenya, Africa  Email
Samson Namibia, Africa  Email
Sanna Windhoek, Namibia   Email
Selbourne Serowe, Central District, Botswana   Email
Steven Kaduna, Nigeria   Email
Sithokozile Cape Town, South Africa  Email
Tamara ?, Maryland  Email
Thelia Roy, Washington  Email
Therese Johannesburg,  Gauteng, South Africa  Email
Titilayo Abuja Nigeria, Africa  Email
Tolu London, England  Email
Wagenjoy Agusan del Sur, Philippines  Email

 

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Adesoji Akure, Ondo, Nigeria
Ajeyi Moses Osogbo Osun, Nigeria
Akanyi Benin, Edo, Nigeria
Alex Nairobi, Kenya
Alogo Nairobi,  Kenya
Andre Fayetteville, North Carolina
Angela Winchester, Kentucky
Angelika Edson, Alberta, Canada
Annabel Barrington, Illinois
Arlene Jeddah, K.S.A.
(Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Barbara Albany, New York
Barbara Shelbyville, Texas
Barbara Ann Hazel Crest, Illinois
Betty "Susan" Virginia Beach, Virginia
Bob South Georgia
Brenda Temple, Texas
Brenda ?, Virginia 
Bruce Arlington, Texas
Cager Omaha, Nebraska
Carol Trinidad, West Indies
Caroline Harare, Zimbabwe 
Carolyn Memphis, Tennessee
Caron Sumner, Washington
Celestine Lagos, Nigeria
Cheryl Springfield, Illinois
Christian Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
Celina Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Daisy Walterboro, South Carolina
Dan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dave Rockwood, Michigan
David J. Cotonou, Atlantique, Benin
Darren Little Rock, Arkansas
Dawn ?,Ohio
Diane Lexington, Kentucky
Dobie Little Rock, Arkansas
Donna West Carrollton, Ohio
Dorine Spring Hope, North Carolina
Dorothy Mobile, Alabama
Dorothy East Cleveland, Ohio
Dorothy Texarkana, Texas
Edna Delhi, California
Emmanuel Lagos, Nigeria, Africa
Erasmus Kampala, Uganda
Eric Cleveland, Ohio
Eugenie Redding, California
Evelyn Carrollton, Texas
Faith Lagos, Nigeria
Fani Yaounde, Center, Cameroon
Felicia Sumter, South Carolina
Felix Accra, Ghana
Folaseun Logos, Nigeria
Fred Accra, Ghana, Africa
Gale Cleveland, Tennessee
George Colombo, West Sri Lanka
George Ontario, Canada
Gianne Michelle Cavite, Phillippines
Greta Not given
Gene Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania
Gloria Abuja, Nigeria
Gordon San Jose, California
Grant Kampala, Uganda
Heather Virginia Beach, Virginia
Helen Madison, Wisconsin
Hilda Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
Isabella Nairobi, Kenya
Jacqueline Lawton, Oklahoma
Jacqueline Bellflower, California
Jackie Columbia City, Indiana
Jeff Boonville, Indiana
Jehoshaphat Accra, Washington
Jenny Mahe Island, Seychelles 
Jenny York, England
Jim Farnworth,  UK Cheshire
Joanne Winterville, North Carolina
Joel Busia, Western Kenya, Africa
John Eldoret, Kenya, Africa
Joseph Chetpet, Chennai, India
Joshua Staten Island, New York
Joyce Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia
Julie Sydney, Australia
Juma Chipita, Eastern Zambia
Katherine Bloomfield, Connecticutt
Kelly Overland Park, Kansas
Kemi Undisclosed
Ken Bedford Pk, South Australia
Kenneth Ghana, West Africa
Kern Toronto, Canada
Kevin Ugunja Nyanza, Kenya
Kris Jackson, Tennessee
Kyra Breckenridge, Colorado
Larry Klamath Falls, California
Laurie Dubuque, Iowa
Leah Evansville, Indiana
Leslie Lansing, Illinois
Letitia Millersville, Maryland
Life Coach Bella Vista, California
Lisa Winter Harbor, Maine
Lydia Cagayan De Oro City, Phillipines
Louise Zephyr Cove, Nevada  
Lloyd Parkersburg, West Virginia
Matt Coolangatta, Australia
Miguel Maua, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mandi Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Mandelyn Wichita Falls, Texas
Maria Atlanta, Georgia
Marina Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Marilyn Belleville, Illinois
Mark Virginia Beach, Virginia
Maryann Bangalore Karnataka (India)
Michael Oceanside, California
Neal Kingsport, Tennessee
Oguntosin Osogbo, Osun, Nigeria
Oke Lagos, Nigeria
Oliver Mumbai (Bombay) Maharastra, India
Pamela Orlando, Florida
Parodice Austin, Texas
Patience Pietersburg, Limpopo, South Africa
Patricia Highland Park, Michigan
Patrick Hamburg, Pennsylvania
Paul New Brunswick, Canada
Paul (2) Lagos, Nigeria, Africa
Precious Benin, Nigeria, Africa
Racquel Benguet, Philippines
Rebecca Chamberlain, South Dakota
Regina Columbia, South Carolina
Renie Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ricardo Birmingham, Aston, England
Rick Digos City, Mindanao, Philippines
Rita East Berlin, Pennsylvania
Robbie Detroit, Michigan
Rosalind Brooklyn, New York
Ronald Charlotte, North Carolina
Ronn San Francisco, California
Ronnie Winter Haven, Florida
S. Phillips Grand View, Missouri
Salvie Singapore
Sasha Not given
Samuel1 Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Samuel2 Lagos, Nigeria
Samuel3 Lagos, Nigeria
Samuel4 Kaduna, Nigeria
Sandra Bronx, New York
Sarah Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
Seeba Karala, India
Shahid Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan 
Sherrie Metairie, Louisiana
Stephen Odessa, Texas
Stephen Kaduna, Nigeria
Susan Virginia Beach, Virginia
Susan Salisbury, Maryland
Tammie Canton, Illinois
Tiffany Wichita Falls, Texas
Toni Navarre, Florida
Ugbah Enugu, Nigeria, Africa
Velisa Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Velvet Norco, California
Victor Lagos, Nigeria
Victor Buea, Cameroon
Wilda Heard, Washington
William Accra, Ghana, Africa
William Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Wilson Nairobi, Kenya
Yasmiin Nigeria, Africa
Zano-Lee West Cape, Paarl, South Africa

Intercessors' Profiles

Angela, Winchester, Kentucky

Angela has been affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church since November 2001.  At age 34, she has found that her physical disability need not put a damper on her spirit.  She knows she has been called out by God to be an intercessor, and friends in her church have affirmed her role in reviving the ministry of intercession in her church.

An intimate love for the Lord has enabled Angela to experience a depth in intercession in which she finds herself experiencing an inner awareness of God's will.  For effective prayer, she has learned complete dependence upon God for direction.  While she has experienced a lot of rejection due to her faith and calling, Angela remains strong in her faith that God answers prayer, and she is encouraged especially by evidences of God's power to heal.

Like many intercessors, Angela experienced the gift before she knew what it was.  She would experience deep inward groaning while in prayer.  A friend who has the gift of intercession helped Angela to recognize that this groaning is Holy Spirit-birthed intercession.  Angela's pastor affirmed her sense of calling and encouraged her to pursue all that God has called her to do.

Angela prays for anyone desiring prayer, but she has sensed a special calling to pray for pastors.  She sees herself in prayer upholding their arms as they labor in the work of ministry.  Whether for pastors or others for whom she prays, Angela engages in spiritual warfare prayer with a focus on the healing of God's people in mind and body.  For her, warfare prayer is blended with meditation to be still before God and look to Him for direction.

Laboring in prayer brings great satisfaction to Angela.  Her seasons of prayer begin with waiting on God, allowing Him to expose her heart, and repenting of anything she senses within that is not pleasing to Him.  Then she asks the Lord to cover her mind in prayer so that she can hear Him as He speaks.  Then, by faith, she enters His presence before His throne.  A season of thanksgiving in prayer follows, and then she intercedes for each need that she is praying for.  This is Angela's practice three times per day -- in the morning, at noon, and before bed.

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Arlene, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Arlene is 31 years old and has known Jesus as her Lord and Savior since she was in the sixth grade.  She is a Filipino widow currently working in Saudi Arabia as an out-patient nurse.  She attends an underground church and helps lead a Bible study on the compound.

Prayer ministry has been thrust upon Arlene in her role as a nurse and Bible teacher.  She finds pleasure in prayer as she often sees God's answers.  Although her pray times are limited to 30 to 60 minutes per day, her role as an intercessor is confirmed by others on the compound coming to her asking for prayer.  Arlene says that she desires to become a more effective intercessor.

Arlene is inspired by the effective prayer lives of believers in the book of Acts and uses the prayers in Acts to guide her in her own intercession.  Her prayer life is structured to include adoration of God, confession of sin, thanksgiving for the blessings God has given, and supplication for the needs of others.

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Barbara, Albany,  New York

Barbara is an ordained minister and enjoys evangelizing.   She has been an intercessor for about twenty-five years.  She is married with four children and eight grandchildren.

Most of the time, Barbara finds herself praying aggressively, and she sees her role in intercession as that of a spiritual warrior.  At times, though, she finds herself weeping before God on behalf of the person she is praying for. 

Barbara doesn't have any special formula for prayer.  She prays by the Spirit of God, sometimes using scriptures.  As part of her intercessory role, she occasionally feels as if she can sense how God feels about the person she is praying for at the time.  

The prayer gamut, for Barbara, includes family, church, the government, and various people she comes in contact with.  Sometimes she is drawn to pray for people on television or in the news.  Occasionally,  God wakes Barbara up at nights to pray.  At other times He will show her someone or something to pray for in a dream or vision.  When she finds herself burdened by circumstances, God reveals to her what to pray for.  She's even seen visions of people she doesn't know, and she takes this as a divine leading to pray for them.

Barbara gets great satisfaction and joy out of praying because she knows it is the will of God for her life.  She loves to see people set free from bondage, healed, saved and serving God. When sharing her witness as part of street ministry, there are often opportunities to pray for people.

Prayer ministry is a present reality for Barbara but is also forward looking.  She states, "God has given me a vision in the area of prayer which I am waiting to see manifested where many will be saved, healed and delivered." Currently, Barbara is in transition to a church with a great outreach ministry, and she is looking forward to miraculous things taking place.

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Barbara Ann, Hazel Crest, Illinois

Barbara Ann is a middle-aged single mom with two adult children.  At this writing, she is caretaker for her elderly mother.  She lives in Hazel Crest, Illinois some 40 miles south of Chicago.  She is a member of United Seekers Christian Church of Flossmor, Illinois -- a small group of believers temporarily meeting in her pastor's home.  

Barbara Ann has always had a passion for prayer but has lacked the discipline.  She considers herself an intercessor in the making still seeking out the tools needed to grow in her prayer life.  She says that her dominant mode of prayer is spiritual warfare.    

When Barabara Ann became a Christian, she sensed that God was answering her life long question of personal significance:  What is my purpose here?  She sensed that communicating with God through prayer IS her life purpose.  She has come to understand that it is through prayer that she can not only know God's will for her life but communicate His will to others.

Barbara's focus in prayer is for:  (1) revelation of the knowledge of God's will, and (2) God's purposes to be established in the "earth realm."  She states, "I pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus and by His authority."  She says that her prayer times begin with meditating on the Word of God.  In doing so, she specifically seeks directives from God's Word by which to come before Him in prayer.   The written Word of God quickened to her is foundational to Barbara Ann's prayer life. 

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Barbara, Shelbyville, Texas

Barbara has been a Christian as far back as she can recall.  She is from a Christian home, and her father is a retired Assembly of God minister.  She is a grandmother of "seven beautiful grandchildren."

Her Christian upbringing has caused Barbara to give high priority to prayer.  She says, "We were taught to pray before we learned to talk!"  For many years she has interceded for others.  Prayer for healing has been notable for her.  On two or three occasions, she has felt healing virtue go out from her to others she was praying for.  In more recent times, more than a year now, she has been drawn into spiritual warfare prayer due to circumstances in her family.

A dominant prayer focus for Barbara has been prayer assignments from God -- what is often called "crisis intercession."  For instance, she found herself divinely alerted to pray for her husband on one occasion when he, unbeknownst to her, was in a situation of grave danger.  At the time, he was working out of town during the week and came home on weekends.  One Friday night, he was running late.  So, Barbara went to bed before he arrived.  She was "startled awake" when she heard him clearly call her name.  She got up and looked throughout the house for him but could not find him.  So, she fell on her knees beside the bed and prayed in tongues for him until she felt an inward peace releasing her from her prayer assignment.  

When her husband got home, he told her that he was driving over a hill when an 18 wheeler met him head on in his lane at the top of the hill.  He swerved off the road, through a ditch, through a fence, back through the fence again, and back on the road, never losing control of the car.  He said it was as if some miracle force just took over and guided the car safely through each of these obstacles and back on the road.  Barbara says, "I believe it was prayer that saved his life that night."

Prayer is rewarding for Barbara not because of the struggle it often is but because of the great results.  She says it gives her great peace and joy to know that she has "prayed through a situation to VICTORY!!"

Barbara begins prayer by singing praises to God.  She expresses gratitude to Him for the prayers He has answered -- not taking His goodness for granted.  She is careful to thank Him for particular blessings in her life and in the lives of those she prays for.  Then she petitions the Lord for particular needs.  Her prayers culminate in another season of worship and thanksgiving to God for what He is yet to do  -- thanking Him, as she says, "for the answers that I know are already on the way."

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Brenda, ?, Virginia

Brenda is an ordained minister currently residing in Virginia.  She recognized her calling to ministry in 1989.  She is involved in ministry with Focus on the Family and has also worked in missions outside of the United States.  

Currently, Brenda is seeking a church home at this season of her life.  She is prayerfully seeking direction regarding a sense of leading to start a church and/or ministry.  

Spiritual warfare is a strong component of Brenda's prayer life.  She believes it is essential that spiritual forces of darkness be pushed back in order to bring the lost to salvation and freedom in Christ.  Recognizing the need for spiritual power in prayer, Brenda is open to the role of the Holy Spirit in her prayer life enabling travail in prayer and effective spiritual warfare.  In prayer, she petitions both for spiritual and physical needs.  Her satisfaction in prayer comes from knowing she has done the will of God and has been obedient to Him.

For Brenda, prayer begins with a season of confession of personal sin, waiting upon the Lord to expose any secret sins that need to be dealt with.  Following confession, she enters a season of worship and of thanksgiving for God's many blessings in her life.  She also employs scripture in her prayers, notably 1 Timothy 1-3 and passages from Psalms, II Chronicles and Daniel among others.   

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Bruce, Arlington, Texas

Bruce's introduction to ministry began in early childhood when he began singing in the church choir.  In later years, he was the lead singer for several gospel groups which he organized.  He also served as a deacon for eleven years before being called to full time ministry.

Bruce and his wife Brenda are currently pioneering and pastoring Tabernacle of God church in Arlington, Texas.  Prior to this current church plant, Bruce and Brenda established and pastored three other churches including Macedonia Baptist Church of Portland, Oregon; Saint John's Baptist Church of San Diego, California; and Christ Tabernacle Baptist Church of Long Beach, California.  They served the pastorate of these churches for 8, 12, and 13 years respectively.  Early in their pastoral ministry, Bruce received a Doctorate of Theology degree and Brenda obtained her Master's in Human Resource Management.

The parents of two sons and one daughter, Bruce and Brenda went through a dark night of the soul in 2000 when their oldest son was killed at the age of 29 in a drive-by shooting in Long Beach, California.  It was a time of much prayer and many tears.  Bruce attests that the Lord enabled him and Brenda to pass through this difficult time and come to accept what had happened and move on with their lives and ministry.

Bruce has a solid prayer life that was largely crafted through his mother's influence.  The mother of seven sons and three daughters whom she raised solely with God's help, Bruce's mom was a prayer warrior and an intercessor.  She held prayer groups in her home focusing on intercession for missionaries.  She also taught her children to intercede in their family prayer times for family members, friends, and for the community.  One memorable instance in answered prayer came when Bruce was eight.  His mother was hospitalized, and the attending physicians could not diagnose her illness.  They expected her to die.  Her children interceded for her, and the Lord restored her to health, extending her life 35 additional years before taking her home.

Intercession has become a way of life for Bruce through his 33 years of pastoring.  He says he has a "treasured prayer life," and his dominant focus in prayer is breaking the devil's hold upon people's lives and bringing them through to victory in Christ.  He has simple, childlike faith in the promises of God regarding prayer, referencing Isaiah 65:24, Philippians 4:19 and Matthew 18:18-19 as key passages that give him confidence and boldness in prayer.  Prayer is satisfying for Bruce because it is in accord with God's Word and anticipates a favorable response from the Lord.  Regarding the expectation for answered prayer, Bruce states, "I believe it.  I claim it.  I receive it and Jesus supplies it."

Bruce recognizes the role of the Holy Spirit in prayer and gives Him His proper place.  While Bruce spends many hours in meditation and prayer time daily, he is careful to wait upon the Holy Spirit both when His presence comes instantaneously and when a time of patiently waiting is needed.  He states:  "My life is just a vessel for God to be used by Him whenever and wherever He chooses without any resistance from me."   

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Caron, Sumner, Washington

Caron and her husband are co-directors of the Tacoma Prayer and Healing Rooms in Puyallup, Washington.  Prior to this directorship, they served in church staff ministry positions as associate pastors.  They attend Faith Family Church in Milton, Washington.  They have three daughters and a son, each of whom have families of their own.  Their son and his wife are U.S. Marines and have three children.  Their daughter-in-law is currently deployed in Iraq while their son, who is stationed in Camp Pendleton, California, is taking care of the children.

Intercession has been a constant in Caron's life.  She states, "I have always been an intercessor for my Lord."  Her prayer times are characterized by worship, petition, and warfare.  She lifts the needs of others before God based on both prayer requests and the direction of the Holy Spirit.  God grants her words of knowledge and discerning of spirits to guide her in effective intercession.

The calling to intercede became evident in Caron's life after she received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.  The year was 1980, and it was a time in which Caron and her husband were transitioning from a Baptist church to a Charismatic one.  It was their new pastors, Cliff and Diane Maggard, who helped train Caron in praying the Word over others relative to their needs.  This was her first real training in intercession.

Caron is sensitive to the direction of the Holy Spirit in prayer, and she often finds herself on "divinely given prayer assignments."  This might be for spiritual or physical needs, and it also includes prayer for deliverance.  She states, "I get satisfaction out of prayer when I see God's blessings coming to pass in people's lives.  I also love to see people set free from the lies of Satan."  She also has a heart for spiritual breakthrough in missions, and she prays for unreached people groups both for their salvation and the meeting of their needs.  Knowing the challenges of itinerating ministry, she is mindful as well to pray for ministers on special assignments or engaged in ministry outreaches.

How does Caron pray?  She starts with a time of praise and worship and praying in the Spirit.  Then she petitions for the specific needs of others, praying particular scriptures relevant to their needs.  Confident that her prayers are being answered, she then takes time to thank the Lord for granting her requests.  This season of thanksgiving is followed by quiet time in which she gives God opportunity to speak and to give her any further direction in prayer.  This season of listening is also a time of personal edification.  She states, "I enjoy the nuggets and teaching God gives during my personal prayer time."

There is variety in prayer when it is led by the Spirit, and Caron is sensitive to allow God to direct her times of prayer.  Sometimes she will find herself directed to pray the Lord's Prayer, and at other times she will pray specific psalms.  Her goal, though, is to allow the Spirit of Jesus to direct her in prayer so that her prayers are not in the strength of the flesh but by the direction of the Holy Spirit.  

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Cheryl, Springfield, Illinois

Cheryl says that she has left houses and lands to find God's place for her in ministry.  She believes her calling is to feed God's sheep.  As a shepherdess and intercessor, she states that she fills in the gaps where there is an opening for the enemy to make inroads into people's lives.

Currently, Cheryl has her own prayer challenges.  Her husband has been separated from her for 18 years at this writing, and her mother died a month ago, which was August 2008.  She describes her daughter as an intercessor and her son as "a sword" -- presumably referring to his diligence in spiritual warfare.  Her estranged husband she describes as a psalmist and prophet. She confidently holds to the conviction that he will be restored to her.

As for her prayer life, Cheryl believes it is important to pray in humility and with tenacity.  She depends upon the Holy Spirit to direct her in prayer, often praying in tongues, and she stands upon God's promises in prayer until she sees her prayers answered.  Praise is a dominant part of Cheryl's prayer life as well with, in her words, "hallelujahs ringing down on the inside of me."

During times of prayer, Cheryl finds that her intercession for others becomes identificational in that she will feel the pains of others and ask the Lord to minister healing to whoever the person may be whose pain she is feeling.  Often, when awakened in the night, she will ask the Lord to show her who might be in need of prayer.  She gives due diligance to pray for them.  She has learned to recognize these aspects of intercession through the teaching of her church regarding spiritual gifts.  Knowing that the gifts are time-bound but that love is eternal, she prays for more love in her intercession for others.

Cheryl's prayers embrace schools, city officials, and government leaders -- especially the President of the United States.  She also takes seriously the biblical injunction to pray for the peace of Israel. 

When asked how prayer brings personal satisfaction to her, Cheryl says that she loves "bringing in the presence of my daddy God.  She experiences tremendous peace during prayer.  The atmosphere feels very light, and the whole room brightens.  She states, "My soul is refreshed, and I can handle my life better -- or should I say that I can let go easier into God's hands."

Cheryl finds that prayer is talking to Jesus heart to heart.  The time with Him takes her through a wide range of emotional responses from stomping her feet (as in warfare prayer) to dancing (as in worshipful prayer) to cyring, laughing hysterically, or just being quiet in His presence.  

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Darren, Littlerock, Arkansas

Darren is an ordained minister of the Gospel, having held credentials for independent ministry since September 2007.  He and his wife Terrie reside in Little Rock, Arkansas, the home of the ministry Darren established, which is called Hand of God Ministries.  

The mission statement for Hand of God Ministries is based on Mark 16:20, which reads:  "Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it."  Prayer plays largely into this mission, and Darren sees his and Terrie's role in prayer as "touching heaven on your behalf, calling on the Name of the Lord."  Faith and expectation are high in their prayer lives as they know that nothing is too difficult for the Lord, and they pray God's kingdom agenda for others as they pray in Jesus' Name for healing, deliverance, and the salvation of souls.  Darren states that their primary focus in prayer is for healing and deliverance, but they find themselves praying for a wide variety of needs as they keep a prayer list with the names and needs of those for whom they intercede.

Darren and Terrie make the written Word of God the basis of their intercession for others since they know, as Scripture says of itself, that God's Word will not return to Him void of effect (see Isaiah 55:11).  They also sometimes receive specific words of knowledge during prayer to guide them in focused intercession.

Darren states, "I get satisfaction out of prayer because it is an expression of God's love to us." By giving us the privilege of praying for people that we may never meet, God has blessed us to have a role in bringing His consolation into their lives.  Our prayers are used of God to bring His comfort to the distressed, making His love for them tangible.

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Dawn, ?, Ohio

Dawn resides in Ohio with her daughter of four at this writing.  She is a member of a relatively large SDA church.  She enjoys attending midweek service and Sabbath school.  Her vocational focus is in medicine and business.  Currently working as a technician in oncology, she is doing graduate work in pursuit of an MBA and doing course work to become a registered nurse.  She also is committed to exercise and fitness. 

At this season of her life, Dawn finds prayer to be a wonderful form of meditation by which to quiet herself before God, come to know Him more fully, submit her life to His direction, and seek His will for many areas of her life.  She sensed the calling to intercede back in 1999 when she was dating someone and began to feel that he wasn't God's choice for her.  That relationship ended, other unhealthy relationships ensued, and she is now the mother of a beautiful young girl but still believing God for His choice for a life partner.  Dawn recognizes that she should have been more proactive in prayer as so many of her relationships seemed to be going nowhere.

Dawn's dominant prayer focus right now is a for an acquaintance named Garth.  She believes that God will use her prayers to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to bring Garth to the place where he can acknowledge the Lord in His life.  Seeing God work in such difficult cases is what makes prayer gratifying to Dawn.

Dawn says that her prayer life at this time is not a structured one, but she believes God to help her grow as an intercessor and develop more structure and focus in prayer.   

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Diane, Lexington, Kentucky

Diane describes herself as a simple person who finds joy in life.  She is the mother of two sons and a daughter.  Her oldest son will become a father in January.  Her younger son, Todd (14), and her daughter, Sara (8), are committed Christians, are faithful church attendees, and are involved with youth groups at other local churches as well.

As a committed member of her church, Diane attends services two to four times weekly.  She is actively involved with Wednesday morning Bible study, and she is a part of the church's intercessory prayer team.  As a participant in the church prayer chain, she receives prayer requests via email.  She also subscribes to the Presidents' Prayer Chain.  Other activities include volunteering on a local level with Faith in Action's Elder Outreach, a ministry serving the needs of elders in the community and helping them maintain an independent lifestyle.  She is Web page editor for the Faith in Action Elder Outreach Web page at http://home.alltel.net/faithaction/.  (To go to this page, it will be necessary to copy and paste the URL into your Web browser.)

No single event has brought Diane to recognize her calling to intercession.  She has come to recognize her role as an intercessor through a "long road of study, prayer and reflection."  She believes that we are all God's children and that we each have the duty of praying for others in need.  For her, such prayer is evangelism, i.e., it is "soul winning for Christ."

Diane has no specialized focus in prayer but is a general intercessor.  She states, "I feel God has placed within me a desire to pray for ALL CONCERNS that I see around me."  She stays connected through a variety of prayer forums including prayer lists, prayer chains, and prayer groups, and she prays for family, friends and even strangers.

Prayer for Diane is a matter of submission and trust in the God through Whom all things were made and in Whom is life.  (See John 1:3,4.)  Her prayer time begins with Bible study and quiet reflection followed by a short petition for God to open her eyes, ears, heart and mind to receive wisdom and instruction for the day.  She asks that the Holy Spirit rise within her and fill her with God's glory.  She then lifts before the Lord any specific prayer requests from her list that she is prompted to pray for.  In the course of her prayer time, she incorporates such prayer aids as Scripture passages, the Lord's Prayer, devotional readings, and worshipful music.

Diane has extended times of prayer at set prayer times but also finds herself lifting brief prayers throughout the day and night.  She finds prayer a pleasure and says that she receives immense joy and blessings in her times of prayer.

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Dobie, Little Rock, Arkansas

Dobie lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife Vicki.  He has four adult children (Tracy, Jennifer, Jason and Rachel) and three grandchildren (Cody, Colton and Ashley).  

An active member of Word Covenant Fellowship, Dobie is an ordained minister and is registered with the county of Saline, Arkansas.  He is a volunteer coordinator for Wilderness Deliverance Camp in El Darado, Arkansas whose official Web site is www.ourchurch.com.  He is also an unofficial spokesperson for Angel Food Ministry, and he works during the weekend for the Recover Teen Unit of Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute of Little Rock.  Non-sectarian in his faith, Dobie feels God has called him to assist Christian ministries regardless of denominational affiliation.

Dobie recognizes his calling in prayer to have a strong focus on spiritual warfare.  He felt this call when His daughter Jennifer took the courageous step of admitting to her parents that she was addicted to Meth.  Dobie and His wife have helped Jennifer work through issues related to this addiction, and they have committed to pray for her and to call upon various intercessory prayer teams to stand with them.  It was at this time that Dobie sensed the Holy Spirit wanting him to stand in the gap for others too in warfare prayer, and this leading led to his joining the Advocates in Prayer Intercessors' Circle.

Whether praying for others or petitioning God for his own needs, Dobie prays with confidence and expects answers.  He prays for salvation, spiritual needs, deliverance from demons, release from additions, and physical healings.  He also focuses prayer on the destruction of spiritual strongholds whether they be in an individual, a community, or a region of the world.  His commitment to friendship evangelism is such that he finds himself praying for respectful relationships with colleagues and friends in order to bring open doors for an effective Christian witness.

Prayer brings satisfaction to Dobie as he delights in the opportunity to communicate with the Creator of all things.  He believes it  honors God to pray the Word and to expect answers, so he appeals to specific passages of scripture as the basis for his petitions and places his confidence in God to answer his prayers.  

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Donna, West Carrollton, Ohio

Donna is a wife, mother, and grandmother.  At this writing (June 2006), her daughter is 24 and her granddaughter is 2.  Donna is a member of an Assembly of God church in Ohio.

Prayer, for Donna, was taken to a whole new level in 1992 when she received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  She describes this infilling of the Holy Spirit as a "life-changing experience with God!"  While she always had a heart for people, her encounter with the Holy Spirit has filled her heart with love for others.  Recognizing that everyone has needs, Donna has a newfound confidence that she can intercede for others with assurance that God is hearing and answering her prayers.  She cites 1 John 5:14-15 which states:  "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him."  (NIV)

Whether she is petitioning for other believers, interceding for unsaved loved ones, or  praying over prayer lists, Donna sees her role in prayer as bringing before God the needs of others who often are unable to pray for themselves.  She has learned that prayer brings one into the very presence of God where there is great peace and joy, and it is in this place that one is strengthened and positioned to pray effectively for others who are struggling.  This gives her a sense of great pleasure and significance in prayer.

Donna does not follow any set formula or pattern for prayer.  She does, however, practice praying the Scriptures in intercession for others.  She often finds that applying familiar scriptures in prayer paves the way for the Holy Spirit to direct her with other passages and/or impressions that provide direction in intercession.

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Dorothy, East Cleveland, Ohio

Dorothy is a mother of two children and has two grandchildren as well.  She is a proud member of New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio -- a church pastored by Drs. Darrell and Belinda, Scott.  She loves the Lord and is faithful in prayer.

The primary prayer focus for Dorothy is petitionary prayer and spiritual warfare prayer.  She focuses mostly on prayer for spiritual needs.  She does not follow any particular prayer structure.  She just moves from a season of praise into petition/warfare on behalf of those for whom she intercedes.

Since she was a young girl, Dorothy has always prayed for others simply because it seemed the right thing to do.  She confidently asserts, "I know that God answers prayer."  God has rewarded her faithfulness in intercession.  She has seen God perform miracles in setting people free, and she finds great delight in answered prayer.  "I just glory in it," she says. 

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Evelyn, Carrollton, Texas

Evelyn is originally from New England but currently resides in Carrollton, Texas.  She and her husband Bill have been married for 33 years and still very much in love.  They have no children of their own but have been blessed to have many children in their lives.  They are members of Prestonwood Baptist Church and have high esteem for their pastor Jack Graham.

A praying mother played a key role in Evelyn's spiritual formation and her call to intercession.  Evelyn's father died when she was only 12, but she has vivid memories of her mother sitting at the table before an open Bible while praying for others.  She was a true prayer warrior.  Evelyn was also greatly impacted in the area of prayer through a trip to Israel in 1990.  She says that it was after this trip that she too became the prayer warrior that she is today.

Hopeless situations become prayer challenges for Evelyn.  She knows that God delights to supernaturally intervene in people's lives and bring hope and healing in answer to prayer.  This motivation for prayer is so tangible that Evelyn can even be watching television and feel the hurts of others coming across the screen.  She is moved to pray for them then and there.  Her prayers are filled with confidence.  She says, "It is such a joy to pray because I know the Way Maker, and I know He hears the prayers of His people and will make a way where there does not seem to be one."  Evelyn finds joy in prayer because she prays with childlike trust knowing that the Father listens to her and takes note of her specific requests. 

Evelyn often receives phone calls with prayer requests because others know that she will pray through for them.  She says people know that she will pray for them until they get "a breakthrough instead of a breakdown."  She prays for widows, orphans, marriages, and for the healing of the sick.  She prays for our country and our President.  She prays several times per day for situations that she hears about where people need a touch from God.  Like many intercessors, Evelyn also receives prayer assignments from God.  Sometimes she wakes up in the night with a specific person on her heart.  She takes time to pray for them before going back to sleep.  It is not unusual for her to find out a day or two later that the person she was interceding for was facing a specific pressing need at the time.

Evelyn does not follow any particular structure for her prayer times.  She just follows the leading of the Holy Spirit.  When she is impressed to pray for something or someone, she immediately goes to the Father in prayer in a spirit of humility but with a confidence in God that causes her to pray with boldness.  She senses such a touch of God directing her in prayer that she often hears herself praying beautiful prayers and feeling almost as though someone else were speaking them.  She knows the power of Holy Spirit directed praying.

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Gale, Gulfport, Mississippi

Gale is a mother of two grown children, and she has two grandsons.  She lives alone as her husband died suddenly and unexpectedly.  She is 57 years old at this writing.  (She was born in 1948.)

After her husband's passing, Gale went through a season in which she withdrew from God and the Church as she could not understand why God would allow this great loss in her life.  It was when a friend invited her to attend a prayer group that her spiritual renewal began.  She states "I felt something I could not explain.  I know now that it was God's love."  The result was that she developed a new hunger for the Word of God and a new passion for prayer.  She began reading and studying Scripture like never before.

With her spiritual renewal, Gale discovered the principle of reciprocity in prayer.  As she has been faithful praying for others, God has been steadily bringing healing to her physically and emotionally.  She says that God has "made me want to live again."  Not only are her personal needs being met as she commits herself to prayer, but she sees the hand of God released in meeting the needs of her family as well.

Gale has been in full time prayer ministry for 10 years now.  She receives prayer requests by phone, mail, email, and visits.  While she is comfortable praying over prayer lists, she finds that God uses her especially to encourage lonely and hurting people.  Her prayers and encouragement have helped many get past grief in the loss of a loved one and gain a new lease on life.  She is a true minister of hope.

As an intercessor, Gale receives prayer assignments from God as He places the names of people upon her heart that He wants her to pray for.  She asks for God's wisdom to know how to pray, and she senses God giving her the words to pray in order to intercede in line with His will.  She recognizes the leading of the Holy Spirit and the need to press through in spiritual warfare.  She senses when persistence is needed and when relinquishment is appropriate.  "I pray until I feel in my heart that I am to stop," she says.  

What motivates Gale to pray?  She knows that God has been healing her in many areas as others have prayed for her, and she wants others to experience in their lives the same love and peace that she has found in hers.  She says, "I want others to find God's peace and to know of His healing power.  It makes me very happy when I hear of how God has touched their lives."

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Gianne Michelle, Cavite, Philippines

Gianne Michelle is in her early twenties at this writing.  She is a member of Victory Christian Fellowship in her home town of Cavite.  She leads a small group at a local high school that is involved in outreach to the community.

Prayer for Gianne is mostly petition, but it does include spiritual warfare as well.  She first sensed her call to the ministry of intercession when she was hospitalized with Dengue Hemorraghic Fever.  It was during her time of hospitalization that she began developing a longing after God's presence and a desire to pray.  Other influences upon her prayer life include Norman Grubb's book entitled Rees Howells:  Intercessor and John Maxwell's Partners in Prayer.  

Comfortable praying through prayer lists, Gianne also prays for other believers in need of spiritual growth or divine guidance.  She also prays for the salvation of those yet to discover a personal relationship with Jesus.

How does Gianne Michelle pray?  She begins with worship.  She states, "I praise God with awe and wonder."  She also is motivated by the answers to prayer.  Many times the answers are exactly what she has asked of the Lord.  At other times, God's answers to prayer are beyond what she requested.  When answers are delayed, Gianne still experiences the assurance of faith and a great inward peace knowing that God has heard and is answering in His own way and time.

The Bible is central to Gianne's prayer life.  She often begins her prayer time with the psalms.  She also prays the prayers of Paul from the epistles.  

Gianne sees beyond the veil to the one true intercessor who partners with and empowers us in our intercession.  She states, "[God] reveals His heart, and He lets me always know that Jesus truly is the greatest intercessor."  

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Heather, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Heather has a calling and vision for creative ministries.  She established and directs Honeycomb Days Characters to reach children with the message of the gospel.  Her clown name is "Glory Bee."  She is also engaged in the production of several films which will employ issues of public interest as a connecting point for communicating the message of God's redeeming love.  She is a graduate of Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA) with a master's degree in counseling.  She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in communications through Regent.

For Heather, the role of prayer is primarily communion with God, and there is a conscious focus on personal communion with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  She does not see herself as being held to a specialized "niche" in prayer.  When asked what category of prayer needs she is most comfortable praying for, her answer is "Everything!"

Prayer is Heather's life breath.  She states that God is everything to her and that she is "in constant contact with Him on different levels."  She serves on the worship team of her church, and worship is central to her prayer life.  She enjoys playing her guitar and singing songs of worship and praise unto the Lord.  

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Jacqueline, Bellflower, California

Jacqueline lost six children to a broken home, and she currently is without a home or automobile and subsisting on bare minimum.  However, she has the joy of the Lord and the gratification of walking daily in the Spirit.  She has a deep personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, hears the Lord's voice daily, and has heard Him audibly call her by name.  

While Jacqueline's present life circumstances can be trying, the Lord has given her a vision of her future that is a source of great inspiration to her.  She has seen herself traveling the world with a ministry in gospel music, glorifying God and seeing captives set free.

A significant emphasis of Jacqueline's prayer life is prayer for deliverance.  She understands her authority over demons, the importance of "believing and receiving" in prayer, and the weapons of spiritual warfare.  She mentions specifically the name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, fasting, and anointing with oil as helps in prayer.  She also prays a lot in the Spirit, i.e. in tongues, and says that she has a warfaring tongue.  She also understand the importance of discernment in distinguishing whether a personal hangup in someone's life is demonic or is simply the flesh needing to be denied.  

Jacqueline discovered she was called to intercession when she met the man she believes she is to marry.  That was three years ago at this writing.  Since then she finds great pleasure in intercession and feels honored that God chooses to use her to help accomplish His purpose in the lives of others.  Prayer is not programmed for Jacqueline, and she is likely to find herself interceding when she is alone, perhaps just sitting or reading at the time.  She is likely to be drawn into intercession anywhere or anytime.

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Jacqueline, Lawton, Oklahoma

Jacqueline lives in Lawton, Oklahoma with her husband and three children.  Her husband is in the military and is stationed at Fort Sill.  They are part of a non-denominational Christian ministry, and they frequently attend services at a bilingual church called House of Prayer.  It is affiliated with the Church of God.

Intercession was a discovery for Jacqueline.  She and her two sisters-in-law made a decision to pray together.  As they continued doing so, the day came when a distinct change became apparent in their prayer times.  They began to feel the emotions and identify with the circumstances of others.  Jacqueline says they were making a deep connection in the Spirit with the lives of those they were praying for.  While they never solicited feedback, they began to receive reports that confirmed their prayers were being answered.

While Jacqueline prays over prayer lists, political issues, people groups, etc., her primary focus in prayer is divinely given prayer assignments.  Such assignments, she says, provide their own motivation for prayer because you know that the Lord has a special purpose for revealing them.  She states, "Sometimes you can see the Spirit moaning over something or someone, and it is easy to discern the Lord's emphasis and purpose."

The satisfaction that Jacqueline derives from prayer is multifaceted.  She is gratified to know that her prayers are used by God to change the lives of others just as God has changed her life.  Prayer is bringing others to see the light of Christ, to be healed, and to be set free from oppressions.   She is also delighted to know that she has discovered her place in life and can accomplish so much in the secret place.  She does not have to be on a stage and risk touching the glory that belongs to the Lord only.   She experiences prayer as an opportunity to serve others and so follow the steps of Jesus who came to save others and to serve them.

Jacqueline doesn't follow any particular model for prayer.  She seeks to pray as the Spirit would guide her.  She acknowledges that there is an order to her prayer life but that it is orchestrated by the Spirit.  She might find herself crying, moaning, or experiencing any other emotion and leading in prayer that the Spirit births.  She understands that each person she prays for is unique; therefore, the prompting of the Spirit may be different in each case.

Over the past few years, Jacqueline has grown in her knowledge of the Lord, seeing many different aspects of His character.  As a result, prayer has become for Jacqueline an opportunity to serve the Lord and discover her place and calling in life.

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Jeff, Boonville, Indiana

Jeff is a native of Evansville, Indiana.  He accepted Jesus as his Savior in 1974 at the age of 16.  Now in his early 40's, prayer is the high point of his day.  He says it is truly awesome to realize that the God of all the universe would love him, an undeserving sinner, and welcome him to come and talk to God and hear from Him.  Jeff says, "Our God is truly awesome, and I want to share Him with as many people as I possibly can."

Prayer is a joy to Jeff as he has had opportunity to witness God in action in a variety of ways.  He states that he has experienced so many miraculous answers to prayer that he cannot keep track of them.  Many of these answers to prayer relate to children being divinely healed.  One memorable example occurred around 1994 when his church clasped hands in prayer for the healing of a young girl who was hospitalized and was near death.  Jeff states, "God healed this young child right in the presence of a room full of doctors."  Jeff could feel the presence and power of God as they prayed, and it was then that he sensed his calling to intercession.  Since that time, answers to prayer have been numerous.

Jeff's prayer time begins with confession.  He has a strong sense of God's holiness, and he feels the need for personal cleansing before he can stand in God's presence.  After confession, he prays the Lord's Prayer.  Then he enters into a time of worship and praise.  After praise comes petition as Jeff presents his requests to God.  During this season of prayer, Jeff is sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit who brings passages of scripture to mind as a biblical basis for his specific requests.   

While Jeff enjoys communion with God in prayer and the personal satisfaction it brings, his primary focus in prayer is the salvation of the lost.  He states that prayer is an awesome weapon to use to put a stop to Satan's attacks in people's lives, and prayer is a greatly under-utilized tool for bringing others to experience God's saving grace and power in their lives.  Jeff states, "I really can't understand how we as Christians aren't using prayer the way we should."  

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Jenny, York, England

Jenny became a Christian forty years ago at age eighteen and has had a life-long love for Jesus.  She says, "He is the very breath I take."  She writes that her relationship with Jesus has "deepened and become sweeter" with the passing of time.  

Jenny and her husband Daniel have a son, daughter, and grandson named Joshua, whom she describes as "a gorgeous bundle of fun, laughter, and mischief."  She is expecting her second grandchild in August.  She resides in York, England -- one of England's oldest and most historic cities.

Prayer has been a high priority for Jenny since she first became a Christian.  Her relationship with Jesus in prayer has a mark of familiarity such that she feels at ease describing her prayer life as long "chats" with Jesus about anything and everything.  But, her prayer life is not without structure.  She will often listen to worship music before commencing to pray.  Further, she has discovered in the Lord's Prayer a helpful guide which she often uses to direct her prayer times.  She comments that because of the finished work of Jesus, "There is no curtain separating me and Father God."  She will also often read a prayer from Scripture and meditate upon it to provide inspiration and guidance in prayer.

One of Jenny's first and most memorable experiences of intercession happened after she was baptized in the Holy Spirit.  She remembers once having a sudden overwhelming burden to pray for a friend.  She prayed mostly in tongues.  The next day, she learned that at the very time the urgency to pray came upon her, the friend she prayed for had bent over to pick up something in her home and felt a disc pop out of place in her back as she was on her way upstairs to feed her crying baby.  Her friend was alarmed by this and fearful that she would not be able to make it upstairs.  Then her back suddenly popped back into alignment.  

Because of the timing of her friend's injury and healing, Jenny knows that God used her intercession to bring about this sudden turn-around.  She has had numerous experiences like this and has learned to no longer question the leading to pray.  She realizes, though, that God's answers are not always instant.  She has learned the value of persistence in prayer.

For a season, Jenny served as prayer coordinator for her church.  She found it especially effective to have people pray in small groups for unsaved relatives and friends.  God touched many lives through these small groups.

For Jenny, prayer is as natural as breathing.  Sometimes it is a struggle as the Enemy fights to keep us from getting on our knees.  But, the end result is always worth the effort, she says, as praying through a difficult situation to victory always brings tremendous peace and joy.

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Jim, Farnworth, UK, Cheshire

Jim pastors King's Christian Healing Church of Lancashire in the United Kingdom.  (http://www.ministryofhealing.co.uk)  He and his wife Liz have four children.

For Jim, prayer for others is the way to connect a hurting world with a healing, miracle-working God.  Jim has compassion for hurting people, recognizes their need to know the Lord Jesus, and has found that God is more than willing to answer prayer in miraculous ways.  His prayer life has strengthened and deepened his relationship with the Lord.  He says, "We serve a wonderful Savior, and prayer allows us to draw ever closer to Him."

The calling to pray was reinforced for Jim in the 1970s when watching a Christian television program featuring the ministry of healing.  Jim thrilled at seeing the Lord healing the sick, and from that time prayer for the sick and hurting has been a dominant focus in prayer for him.  Beyond the influence of this program, Jim comments that he was greatly influenced by Canon Roy Lawrence who conducted the first Christian healing service that Jim personally attended.

Jim is comfortable praying through prayer lists and interceding for individuals, groups, or nations.  He easily identifies in prayer with children who are hurting or frightened since he had a violent father who instilled fear in him as a child.

Jim begins his times of prayer with thanksgiving and praise.  He asks the Lord for direction in prayer, sometimes praying spontaneously and sometimes reciting the Lord's Prayer.  He visualizes the Lord Jesus Christ and sees himself offering his requests to Jesus and presenting to Him those in need of healing.  

The reward of prayer for Jim is the experience of the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit.  A fringe benefit is seeing answers to prayer -- a continual reminder that with God, all things are possible.

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Joanie, Saint Anne, Jamaica

Joanie is from the beautiful island of Jamaica.  At this writing (2011), she is 37, a widow, and the mother of two wonderful girls.  More than 20 years ago, she was born again--a decision she describes as the best she has ever made.

Around 2001, the Lord would occasionally awaken Joanie early in the mornings to pray.  Prompted by the Holy Spirit, she would find herself praying for the oppressed for deliverance.  Her dominant role in prayer is interceding for others coupled with compassion for those who are hurting, wounded, or bound to oppressive habits such as drugs or alcohol.  As is often the case with intercession, she finds herself engaged in spiritual warfare prayer for the liberation of those for whom she intercedes.

Another prayer focus to which Joanie has recently found herself more drawn is prayer for revival.  She envisions God's people gathered in churches, worshiping Him in ways that transcend denominational barriers.  Her vision is to see God's people corporately offering up worship, praise and prayer with spiritual fervor. 

Joanie's passion for prayer has prompted her to attend prayer conferences and seminars to enrich her own prayer life.  God has also blessed her to become a prayer leader for one of the prayer ministries on the Island.   

When asked why she gets satisfaction from prayer, Joanie states, "It is in my times of prayer that I am closest to my heavenly Father.  I enter into the throne room of God, and I know He hears and answers my prayers."  Sometimes just sitting in His presence brings satisfaction beyond words.  It is this worshipful aspect of prayer that positions Joanie to follow the Lord's leading in offering prayers of petition, declaring God's Word over the particular people and situations for which she prays. 

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Karen, Greensboro, Georgia

Karen is a mother of four children ranging in age from 12 to 21.  She is a member of Madison Church of Madison, Georgia.  She describes her church as one led by a wonderful pastor with an anointed praise team--a church where the Holy Spirit is given free reign to manifest His gifts.  "It is exciting," she says, "to see GOD moving on the hearts of individuals."

For Karen, intercession is impacted by her personal walk with God.  She states that she loves the Lord with all of her heart and loves sharing the many blessings God has given to her and the "trials and storms" He has brought her through.  Karen states, "I use to get upset when trials and storms came my way, but now I get excited because I know who is fighting my battles and I know that when Satan comes against me, GOD will put Satan in his place...."

In interceding for others, Karen is excited to see answers to prayer and and is equally excited when there is an opportunity to tell individuals about the power in the blood of Jesus.  She states that Jesus died for each and every one of us, but we have become a society that takes our freedom for granted.  She states, "There is power sent forth when you pray in the Name of JESUS, and it is my duty and responsibility as the daughter of the Great I AM and the King of King and LORD of LORDS to make sure everyone is introduced to His goodness, His unconditional love and has the opportunity to know him as I know him."  

Karen states that God has been teaching her about spiritual warfare and has helped her realize the power in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  She states that it is only through the gifts that GOD has given each one of his children that we are able to defeat the enemy. We are unable to do this in the natural, but through prayer and intercession the enemy's strongholds will be brought down in our lives and in the lives of others with the result that many people will be led to the LORD and will come to know him as their personal Savior, best friend, physician and financial counselor.

God has called Karen to the ministry of intercession.  For years she would be awakened in the middle of the night and did not understand why.  Then one night she had a vision of two young ladies walking on the Interstate like they were in a daze.  Their car was on fire.  Karen did not know these two individuals.  What she did know was that she was to start praying for them.  This was the beginning of God using her to pray and intercede on behalf of others with a variety of needs from adverse circumstances of life to sicknesses.

Karen prays constantly, often waking up and finding herself praying in the Spirit. As a result of this Spirit-inspired praying, Karen says that her prayer life has taken a spiritual leap beyond anything she could imagine. She knows that GOD is calling her to do mighty things in his Name through the power of prayer.  She states, "I want to be used in every gift GOD wants me to have. I do not want to limit myself in any way."   She says that God is greater than anything that she can encounter in life. Her goals in life have changed, and she states that "the only thing that matters anymore is individuals are delivered from the strongholds that the enemy keeps people bound in."  She has made a commitment to God that she will do anything He asks of her.  Through this commitment she knows God will allow her to be used to heal the broken-hearted and the sick as well as cast out demons. "Many souls," she says, "will be saved in the NAME OF JESUS! AMEN."

It is in her prayer times that Karen is happiest.  She says, "If I could spend all day praying for individuals, that would be my greatest joy."  Currently, she finds that she "prays without ceasing." God is teaching her to intercede for others during business meetings, phone conversations, etc.  People are hurting, she says, and because she believes that prayer changes lives, the place of prayer is where she wants to be at every moment of the day.

Karen allows God to lead her in her prayer time.  Sometimes her prayer time is praying in tongues.  This is when she knows God is really doing something great.  She recognizes that Satan comes to kill and destroy but prayer changes those circumstances when people sincerely intercede on behalf of others.

Scripture is key to effective prayer for Karen.  At times she starts with quoting Scripture regarding certain individuals on her prayer list.  She states that God is teaching her to listen more closely for His instruction regarding the individuals He wants her to intercede for.  As He does, she is now journaling the details that God lays on her heart--the things He gives her regarding them--because she wants a record of all the miracles that are performed in Jesus Name.   

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Kelly, Overland Park, Kansas

Kelly is a mother of five children, two of whom are autistic and one with a mild case of cerebral palsy.  She has her own business making candles which, for Kelly, represent the "ever-burning presence of the Lord."  She operates the business out of her home and mentors others interested in doing the same.

Nearing her 18th year of marriage, Kelly has come through constant trials.  Among them are addictions, rape, the death of a son, financial hardships and, at one point, separation from her husband.  She comments, "God has led me through them all and led me to help others for His glory."

Kelly has learned a secret of effective prayer:  praying for others!  At a time when she prayed only for herself and her family, the Lord spoke to her heart asking her to bring the needs of others before Him ahead of her own.  This change of focus has truly revitalized her prayer life, and she has set up one room in her home exclusively for prayer.  She looks forward to her daily morning worship, praise, and prayer at home as well as intercessory prayer at her church.

Prayer for Kelly is a deeply satisfying experience.  She says that she has come to experience the intimacy of the Lord in her prayer times and feels as though she and Jesus are sitting next to each other as she talks to Him.  She feels that she glows when she prays, and there is a deep sense of God's peace.  She experiences great joy in prayer which she longs to share with others.  She also prays with bold faith believing that there is "NOTHING" impossible with God.  She experiences spiritual battles in prayer, but they have only helped her become spiritually stronger and pray more effectively for others.  

Another prayer discovery for Kelly is how the place of prayer is a window to effective ministry in the secret place.  In February 2006, Kelly came through a devastating tragedy which caused her prayer life to go into high gear.  During that time, she kep her focus on praying for others.  While several doors for ministry were closed because of this personal trial, Kelly found that instead of open doors, God gave her an open arena.  She has learned that prayer is the key to living under an open heaven.  Regarding the privilege of prayer, Kelly says, "I thank Him for choosing me for such a blessing, for I have never had so much joy and fulfillment in my life."  She adds, "I can't express enough how much I love to pray, how close I have come to God and how much it has changed my outlook on my own life.  I hope to share that joy that He gave to me with others, and praying intimately and devotedly has done that for me."

Kelly has no particular structure for her prayer life that she follows consistently.  However, she does practice healthy prayer disciplines.  Sometimes she will paraphrase one of the Psalms, personalizing it with her own words, and allow the Holy Spirit to direct the progression of her prayer.  Since she seeks to pray with and open heart before God and follow His lead, Kelly will take time in prayer to medidate so that she does not pray "in the flesh" but with the "heart of Christ."

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Kenneth, Ghana, West Africa 

Kenneth comes from a Christian home and has three brothers who are also believers.  He is a Bible Study leader for a youth group and takes great delight in prayer.

Prayer plays a significant role in Kenneth's life.  He states that He has a prayer burden for both the Body of Christ and the unregenerate world.  He prays for the salvation of the lost and the sanctification of believers, that they would live a holy life.  Prayer ranges from offering petitions before God to doing spiritual warfare.  He is convinced that Jesus is the answer for the questions of modern men and women, and that answers are revealed to those in darkness only when Christians shine as lights in a dark world.  

One prayer that Kenneth offers is that God will make him a better intercessor.  His prayer life has been encouraged from reading books about such intercessors as D.L. Moody, David Brainerd, John Hyde and many others.  He says that these men of God were an inspiration to him.  They helped him see the need to pray in order to release God to work in the lives of those for whom prayer is offered.  It was these readings that released into Kenneth's heart a burden of intercession.

The dominant prayer focus of Kenneth's prayer life is the salvation of the lost and the preservation of the redeemed.  He prays that those who are saved by the blood of the Lamb and have made Jesus the Lord of their lives will remain faithful till the end.

Kenneth has assurance that his prayers are heard and answered.  He says that after prayer, the Lord releases within him an overwhelming joy and an inward sensing that he is fulfilling his purpose in life.  He knows he has been in the presence of God and that the Lord has heard him.  He states, "It thrills my soul so much to know that I am being of service to my Father in saving lost humanity."

The strategy for prayer that Kenneth follows has been influenced by a recent reading of a book on intercession.  He begins prayer with praise and then waits on the Lord.  He proceeds to confession, praying the Word, watching, offering prayer for personal requests.  Then he prays for missionaries and for the unsaved.  He ends his prayer time with praise and worship of the Lord in thanksgiving for answered prayer.

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Kemi, Undisclosed

Kemi is a school teacher and a pastor's wife.  She describes herself as a mother of three children and a wife to a loving husband.  

The sense of calling to intercession came to Kemi upon joining a church in which many members did not attend prayer meeting.  The prayerless condition of this church moved her to intercession.

A dominant focus in prayer for Kemi is spiritual warfare.  Kemi often finds herself praying for those who have been "afflicted by the enemy."  Beyond praying for individuals in need, Kemi also prays for nations.

Kemi believes in Scripture-based praying, and she uses passages from both the Old and New Testaments to guide her in prayer.  She says that the pleasure she derives from prayer comes from reports of answered prayer as a testimony to God's faithfulness.

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Larry, Klamath Falls, California

Larry has known the Lord for more than 20 years.  He lives on the Klamath River in a rural area of Northern California.  He is married with two daughters, three grandchildren, and another grandchild on the way.

At 55 years old, Larry has 28 years of service behind him in which he worked as a heavy equipment operator.  More recently, he served as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for a nursing home.  About a year ago, Larry was disabled as a result of a motorcycle accident causing a spinal cord injury.

Physical disability was for Larry a key factor in his sense of calling to a life of prayer.  He says that he and his family experienced such a traumatic change of lifestyle when he was injured that "all we had was Jesus."  In the natural, it seemed that everything was in ruins including his finances, his health, and his prospects for the future.  The sense of life crisis brought him closer to God than he had ever been since he was first saved.  Larry says, "Jesus answered our prayers and was our guide down this path of despair."  As a result, prayer became so habitual for him that he just wanted to keep at it.  Prayer has become a way of life.

What does Larry see his role in prayer as being?  It is, he says, to have the privilege of personally talking with our Savior -- about everything!  He is a general intercessor in that he feels the ability to identify in prayer with anyone about anything on their heart.  Having been saved in his late twenties and experienced his own time of crisis most recently, he is able on a heart level to identify with the pain and despair that we all encounter at some juncture of our lives.

Larry finds pleasure in prayer as an opportunity to experience continual communication with our Lord.  He says that he talks informally to God all the time.  Having much time alone, he is able to pray for his needs and for others without feeling distracted.  As for set times for prayer, Larry begins with the Lord's Prayer and proceeds with free and informal conversation with God.

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Mark, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Mark is a former pastor of an independent charismatic church and is the administrator of this website.  He is a member of Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Hampton, Virginia.

One of Mark's first experiences of prayer as partnership with God came when he worked at the Christian Broadcasting Network.  During a staff chapel on a Thursday, he received a vision of what appeared to be skin tissue with blotches spread over it like dark syrup.  When he asked the Lord what it was, the word "lung" came to mind.  He sensed that God was saying that He  wanted to heal someone with a lung condition that caused discoloration of the lung.  Mark prayed silently, "God, if this is you, please reveal this to someone else.  If they speak it out, I'll confirm it."

About fifteen seconds later, a gentleman named Roger Bisson, who was on the opposite side of the chapel, said, "Someone here is praying about a lung condition.  There are spots on the lung and God is healing it."  Before Mark could speak, another gentleman named Mike Taylor said, "I was just praying for a friend named Louise Baker who was recently diagnosed with a spot on the lung."  Then, Mark chimed in, "Wow!  Before either of you brothers spoke, I saw a vision of delicate skin tissue with splotches like dark syrup.  The Lord said it was a lung.  I told Him if He would give this word to someone else, I would confirm it.  So, I stand with you in believing for Louise's healing."

The following Monday, Mark saw Mike Taylor and asked if he had heard from Louise.  He said, "Yes, she tried to call me Thursday but could not get through to me because we were in chapel.  So, she called my wife at home to tell her that she had suddenly felt all the pain go out of her lung and was breathing deeply with no discomfort."  Clearly, God had guided three of His children in partnering with Him through intercessory prayer so that He could answer that prayer and heal Louise. 

In later years, Mark was strongly influenced in prayer by two books on the subject:  Dick Eastman's The Hour that Changes the World and Larry Lea's Could You Not Tarry One Hour?.  He feels that God has sought to impress upon him the importance of prayer for success in any ministry endeavor and in life generally.

Prayer, for Mark, begins with a time of thanksgiving followed by worship and meditation upon God's attributes.  Then, following the Lord's Prayer as a guide, the hallowing of God's covenant names in prayer becomes the basis for praying for himself and for others.  Mark seeks to focus his prayers upon God's kingdom purposes in those he prays for.  When praying for himself, his prayers focus mostly upon drawing near to God in intimate fellowship, sanctification, and supernatural equipping for effective ministry.  In praying for others, Mark finds his prayers largely focus upon physical healing and deliverance from mental and spiritual oppression.  Mark states, "Since I see salvation as holistic, I'm inclined to believe that God's work of healing and deliverance in a person's life will be the hook He needs to get their attention and speak to them regarding their spiritual need for Him."

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Maryann, Bangalore, Karnataka (India)

Maryann came to know Jesus as Lord when she was in the 6th grade.  She was led to Christ while attending Vacation  Bible School.  Currently living alone in India and with free time on her hands, she has been sensing a burden from the Lord to pray for the needs of others.  Maryann learned about our online prayer ministry through a Google search and decided to join our Intercessors' Circle.

No one single event in Maryann's life convinced her of a call to intercession.  Rather, she has found that people naturally call her to request prayer, and she has felt a "release" when praying for them.  Prayer is for Maryann an opportunity to unselfishly care for others, and focused prayer for others is, she believes, a doorway to the greater will of God for her life.  

Because of her sense of direction to pray unselfishly for others, Maryann finds herself experiencing a variety of roles in prayer.  Her prayers may range from earnest petition for others (often with tears), to standing in the gap for a troubled person, to doing spiritual warfare for the liberation of others.  She may find herself praying for a troublesome situation on a friend's job, or for physical or spiritual healing for someone in pain, for a group of people she is quickened to pray for, or for a political leader needing wisdom and protection.  Her prayers are mostly extemporaneous when nudged by the Spirit to pray.

Prayer brings satisfaction to Maryann because of the confident assurance that it is not time spent in vain.  God answers prayer.  She states "They also serve who stand and wait/pray," and prayer is a service for which eternal rewards are being "stored up."  During her times of prayer, God quickens His Word to her which gives Maryann assurance that God knows her heart cry and is responding to her.   Prayer is a two way exchange for Maryann and an opportunity to partner with God in touching lives.

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Neal, Kingsport, Tennessee

Neal and his wife reside in Kingsport, Tennessee.  They have a large family of 6 children and 12 grandchildren who all live out of state.  

At age 15, Neal sensed the calling to preach the gospel.  He ran from the call of God for 20 years but finally surrendered to the Lord in 1972.  It was in that year that he was ordained and began his ministry as an evangelist.

The old adage that says "Never tell God what you will not do" pinpoints a lesson that Neal learned the hard way.  After entering the ministry, he told the Lord that he would go anywhere God wanted to send him -- except North Carolina or Kingsport, Tennessee.  God sent him to North Carolina to live.  Three years later, the V.A. cut his monthly check drastically when they discovered they had overpaid him by $5,000.00.  The same evening, his wife informed him that she had been cut to one day per week on her job.  After medical insurance was deducted, her next pay check was $1.95!  Neal says, "We lost everything we had."  The result?  "We moved in with my mother in . . . Kingsport, Tennessee!!"

Six years ago, Neal found himself transitioning from evangelist to intercessor.  The change was facilitated by unfortunate circumstances.  Neal had a stroke and became housebound.  Suffering a lot of pain from arthtritis and two bulging discs, Neal says "I thought it was over for me."  He found himself praying a lot for his own healing.  Then it occurred to him that he should pray less for himself and more for others lest his self-absorption become a hindrance to his own healing.

For Neal, prayer is spiritual warfare with the primary objective of winning souls.  He says, "I like to take souls away from the devil."  God moves him also in prayer for the poor and for deliverance from the demonized.  In regard to deliverance ministry, Neal practices limited fasting in conjunction with prayer.  He also likes to disciple converts through Bible teaching, and He has a special love for the King James Version of the Bible.  

Prayer is a high priority for Neal, and for good reason.  In fact, he gives three good reasons why he is moved to pray for others:

  1. There are people who are dying and have no one to pray for them or with them.

  2. The more he intercedes for others, the stronger he gets physically and the closer he becomes in his relationship with God.

  3. Because God COMMANDS that we prayer for one another.

Add to these good reasons for prayer the confident expectation that God answers prayer.  Neal reminds us that Jesus promised we would received from our heavenly Father anything we ask in His name and in accordance with God's will.

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Patience, Pietersburg, Limpopo, South Africa 

Patience is 20 years old at this writing (April 2009).  Born in Zimbabwe, she is currently a student of computer science in South Africa.  She is a devoted member of the Lighthouse Chapel International.  She enjoys music and dancing and aspires to learn to play drums.

Prayer is important to Patience as it is a means of getting to know the Lord better.  Through the benefit she receives in personal prayer, she is able to share the Lord with others through her personal relationship with Him and not through what she has learned about Him through her pastor's preaching or through Christian media productions.

When Patience became a Christian, she discovered that there are so many people who do not know the Lord and are thirsting to know more about Jesus.  She would pray every Saturday asking God to lead her to the people who need Him.  Then she would invite someone to church.  She would spend a portion of her Saturday evening praying that the one she invited would be able to make it to service.  Some of her prayers were answered.  

Patience says that she enjoys praying for people individually for the whole gamut of their needs whether they be spiritual, physical or emotional.  She says that she gets satisfaction from praying for hours at a time.  When she does, she feels God's glory upon her life.  She speaks of the joy of knowing that she is wreaking havoc in the ranks of the devil with the result that someone's life is changed forever because she cared enough to pray for them.

For Patience, the prayers of the apostle Paul recorded in the epistles provide helpful guidance in how to pray.  She understands, as Paul stated in Romans, that we do know know how to pray as we ought to, so she gleans insights in prayer through the Scriptures.  The book of Psalms also provides inpiration in prayer for Patience.  She states that "The psalms are great when you really want to behold the glory of God and raise your faith level by understanding what great power He has." 

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Patricia, Highland Park, Michigan 

Patricia is an intercessory prayer leader for her church, St. Luke AME, in Highland Park, Michigan.  She is a wife, mother and grandmother.

For Patricia, the primary focus in prayer is petitioning for the needs of others.  She says that she has always felt a need to pray for other people.  Her pastor, Robert Blake, recognized her calling to the ministry of intercession, and he has encouraged her to pursue her calling.

In her intercession for others, Patricia's prayers run the gamut from prayer for healing to deliverance to spiritual growth.  She also prays for unreached people.  

Patricia's prayer pattern is to follow the Lord's Prayer as an outline for her prayers and petitions.  She says of her prayer life, "I feel an intense presence of God, and I am drawn closer to Him.  I experience renewed strength after praying, and I experience much joy."

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Precious, Benin, Nigeria, Africa 

Precious became a Christian in 1997.  At this writing (January 2009), she is 31 years old.  She is married to a banker from Ghana and has a son.  She owns her own petty business and manages her home.  Currently, her husband lives in Benin City, a four hour drive from where she lives, as the two of them just moved to Nigeria.

A member of the Prayer Squad Team of New Covenant Church since 1999, Precious faithfully waits upon the Lord in prayer and prays for people as the Lord brings them to mind.  She believes that God honors her prayers for many who are in life situations that render them helpless.

Influenced by the ministries of the late Kenneth E. Hagin and R. W. Shambach, Precious finds that her dominant role in prayer is that of spiritual warfare and petitionary prayer.  She finds satisfaction in prayer as she knows that when she calls upon God, He hears her, honors His words, and proves Himself a faithful Father who cares about her needs and those she prays for.

Precious does not follow a routine in prayer but allows the Holy Spirit to guide her prayer times.  This means she often finds herself praying about matters that she had not planned to pray about.  Her prayers begin and end with praise and worship of God, which she says is her greatest weapon.  She also believes that prayer is empowered by praying the Word of God and appealing to the redeeming power in the blood of Jesus.  

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Regina, Columbia, South Carolina

Regina lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband and two children.  She is a member of Glory Temple Worship Center.

In late 2001, Regina was told that she has a calling on her life to be an intercessor.  At that time, she did not know what an intercessor is.  However, she did recognize that God was guiding her in her times of prayer.  She enjoys spending time talking with God, and she finds that God will bring to her mind something specific to pray about or someone to pray for.  When she receives a prayer assignment for a particular individual, she is moved upon to "cry out" to God for them, often in warfaring prayer.   

Prayer time for Regina is 12:00 p.m. daily.  Her regimen proceeds from Scripture reading to singing to worship to prayer.  She does not see herself filling a particular "niche" in prayer in the sense of a dominant prayer focus.  She is just motivated to pray because she simply believes that God answers her prayers.

The essence of prayer for Regina is coming into God's presence and worshipping Him.  Praise and worship would best describe the heartbeat of her prayer life.  She states "In my heart, 'hallelujah' is the highest praise."   

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Riana, Mosselbay, Western Cape, South Africa

Riana has been married for 20 years to Johann at this writing.  They have an 18 year old daughter named Charlene.  Together, the family worships at New Life Church in Mosselbay, Western Cape, South Africa.

A born again, Spirit-filled Christian, Riana enjoys spending time with God and His Word.  She says, "I love to pray!"  She first sensed the calling to be an intercessor eight years ago when her pastor gave her a book about intercessory prayer.  

The primary focus of prayer for Riana is, she says, praying Ephesians 4 for others.  This chapter emphasizes experiencing the love of Christ in its fulness, i.e. it's height, depth, length and breadth.  She says this is her prayer for others whether they are saved or unsaved.  

For Riana, prayer is more than conversation with God.  It results in the feeling of being filled with the Holy Spirit after prayer.  She says the after-effect of prayer is like being on a spiritual "high" in which she finds herself beaming with the joy of the Lord.

Riana starts every prayer with John 11:41-42, which states:  "Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me . . . ."  This is a wonderful way to start prayer as it renews one's mind at the beginning of prayer to the fact that God accepts us in the Beloved One and is ready to hear and answer the prayers that arise from the believing hearts of His children.

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Rick, Mindanao, Philippines

Ricardo Necosia and his wife Amor are in their early 40s at this writing.  They have three children.  They minister full time to the unreached Muslim-Kalagan in a remote southeastern part of the Philippines.

The Necosia's describe their work as "very sacrificial," even "life-threatening."  Yet they find their missionary work very rewarding.  They started their outreach ministry in 1995, ministering to one family.  They now personally minister to many families which constitute a congregation of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.  God has confirmed their ministry with signs, wonders and miracles with the result that seven indigenous churches have been planted through their labors.  

In addition to church planting, the Necosia's are engaged in pastoring and ministering in hospitals, prisons, and to children.  They labor to train and send disciples into the harvest field.  While visionaries with a purpose, they remain focused on the unreached people groups who are indigenous, less fortunate, and extremely poor.  Ricardo says that they experience overwhelming joy in seeing so many experience salvation and changed lives.  The hardships they encounter in this ministry are well worth the cost.

Prayer for the Necosia's is largely spiritual warfare prayer.  They use the Lord's Prayer as their prayer outline.  They find that prayer for the deliverance of the demonized invariably leads to salvation, and they have a heart for souls and for reaping the harvest.  Their vision for the harvest also leads them to pray for political leaders and for their nation generally.

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Robbie, Detroit, Michigan

Robbie lives in Detroit, Michigan with her sister's family.   She is retired from clerical and administrative work with the health department.  She has two sons and a daughter.

At age 19, Robbie became a Christian.  After a period of backsliding, she came back to the Lord in 1989.  Partly through her own life experiences, she has come to have a very sensitive heart towards people who are suffering and finds that compassion for the hurting moves her in prayer.   She'll find herself during prayer calling to mind personal problems that others have shared with her and praying through until she gets a word of encouragement to share with them.  Or, she might be watching television and find herself weeping over the suffering of others and praying for them.

For Robbie, it is the heart of prayer that is important and not external matters like how long to pray or when to pray.  She says that the length of time to spend in prayer is not an issue for her.  God is looking for quality and not quantity.   She quotes Smith Wigglesworth who said that he rarely prays more than 15 minutes at a time, but he never goes more than 15 minutes without praying.  Furthermore, there is no certain time of day that Robbie sets apart for prayer.  She might sense the Holy Spirit drawing her aside for prayer even when she's washing dishes. 

Hearing from God is essential for being led by the Spirit in prayer.  Robbie will find herself calling names to mind and lifting people in prayer without knowing at the time why she was moved to pray for them.  Recently the name of J.W., a long-time friend, came to mind.  She asked her daughter to call J.W.'s wife.  In doing so, she found that J.W. had just requested to be sent home from Hospice.  

Robbie finds that personal victories through prayer can lead to effective evangelism.  She was upset once with a woman she worked with who was treating her unfairly.  She decided to make it a matter of prayer and to pray love into the situation.  Not only did this change Robbie's heart toward the woman, but it opened the door for her to begin witnessing to the woman about how the Holy Spirit was leading Robbie to pray for her.  In the process of time, the woman's heart was softened toward her.  Robbie knew that God had worked powerfully in this situation when the woman came to her office with a beautiful wreath she had made for Robbie.

Another discovery that Robbie has made is that being sensitive to God in prayer actually equips one for effective ministry.  Shortly after she sensed God drawing her into intercession, she would discover during conversations that God would give her particular scriptures to share with those she was talking to.  On occasions people  would be moved to tears by the Word that was given.  People even started asking her if she was a minister.  Truly, wisdom and direction for ministry are born out of a heart that prays -- a heart that is in communion and communication with the Holy Spirit.

Robbie is quick to emphasize the need to pray with simple faith and trust.  She doesn't frequently get into long prayers.  She says our Father knows what we need before we ask Him.  But, she is asking God to teach her more about the "effectual, fervent" pray that James says "avails much."  (See James 5:16.)  She welcomes the Lord to draw her into greater passion in prayer.  

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Tammie, Canton, Illinois

Tammie is a single mother residing in Central Illinois.  Her children are adults living independently.

While actively attending Faith Community Church, Tammie is part of an intercessory prayer group affiliated with Crossroads Full Gospel Church.  She is committed to prayer and desires to grow in the ministry of intercession.

Tammie sensed the calling to intercession around 1985, and her prayer life is very fulfilling to her.  She says, "It makes me feel real special."  Two dominant emphases in Tammie's prayer life are spiritual birthing and deliverance.

There is no set structure in prayer that Tammie follows consistently.  She says that the order of her prayer times differs with the occasion.

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Wilda, Accra, Ghana

Wilda is a member of the parish of St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington.  At this writing, she has recently received her doctorate in education and is looking for a vocation in her field.

"I believe in the miracle of prayer," Wilda says.  She believe that God has a plan for each life and that He honors prayer as His divinely appointed means in helping us find that plan.  Alluding to Matthew 18:19, Wilda states that whenever two or three come together in prayer, God hears.  In answer, He does what He knows to be best.

Prayer begins for Wilda as personal petition for her own spiritual growth.  This inevitably leads to praying for the needs of others and God desires this of us.  In doing so, it is important to be led by the Lord, and Wilda believes that God gives her prayer assignments to direct her in prayer.

The joy of prayer for Wilda is sensing the closeness of her personal relationship with God.  In this connection, the 23rd Psalm plays a large part in her prayer life as she truly believes that God is her Shepherd.  She states that when we allow our Shepherd to lead us, He does not lose even one sheep.  In His infinite wisdom, He leads us in right direction for our lives.

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William, Accra, Ghana

William is happily married to Rita and is the father of three children.  He is a member of the International Church of God in Christ (ICGC) where his wife serves as a worship leader.  

Currently living at Sakumono Estates, Ghana, William is in the process of registering a prayer and counseling ministry to facilitate prayer for Christian leaders and those serving in the five-fold ministry.  As for academic training, William holds a bachelor of social sciences degree with dual majors in English and law, and he earned a certificate in ministry from Trinity College in Ghana.

In the early 1980's, William was attending secondary school when he was elected by the Scripture Union Group on campus to fill a ministry position for a women's group in the school's pantry.  His task was to preach the Word to them and pray for their needs.  Through this experience, he sensed a calling to warfare prayer.  William states, "I realized that my divine assignment was to intercede, destroy and uproot the works of the devil, and to plant God's will."

William's dominant focus in prayer is petition and spiritual warfare.  He senses prayer assignments that are divinely given.  These assignments are often to pray for individuals in business, for Christian leaders serving in the five-fold ministry, or for the effectiveness of particular ministry programs.

Prayer, for William, is most gratifying when there is noticeable prayer breakthrough.  He sometimes prays for hours on end until breakthrough comes.  That breakthrough is often in the form of revelation as God, in William's words, "demystifies a problem to me."  As for those on the receiving end of prayer, William often sees undeniable results when those for whom he prays in secret noticeably draw closer to God.

As for a prayer structure, William begins praying in tongues and may continue in this mode for several minutes, or even hours.  Beyond this point, his prayers are characterized by praise and worship, confession, binding and loosing, making petition for others, and giving thanks for God's answers. 

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