folLowing is an alphabetical listing of prayer partners
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Circle. This list serves as a directory
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Orapa, Boteti, Botswana
Lagos, Nigeria, Africa
Chilliwack, BC, Canada
West Cape, South Africa
Randfontein, Gauteng, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria
Abia State, Nigeria
Stirlingshire, United Kingdom
Rustenberg, North West South Africa
Steenberg Cape Town, South Africa
James Island, South Carolina
Miami Gardens, FL
Mombasa, Kenya, Africa
State, Nigeria, Africa
Western Cape, South Africa
State, Nigeria, Africa
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Gauteng, South Africa
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(Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Abia State, Nigeria
Madhya Pradesh, India
Hope, North Carolina
West Sri Lanka
Western Kenya, Africa
Island, New York
Khomas Region, Namibia
Pk, South Australia
De Oro City, Phillipines
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lawn, New Jersey
Andhra Pradesh, India
(Bombay) Maharastra, India
Limpopo, South Africa
United Arab Emirates
City, Mindanao, Philippines
Oyo State, Nigeria
Jaw, SK, Canada
Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Cape, Paarl, South Africa
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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.
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
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
Albany, New York
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.
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.
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.
Ann, Hazel Crest, Illinois
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.)
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."
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.
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.
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.
Little Rock, Arkansas
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).
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
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.
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.
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
West Carrollton, Ohio
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.
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
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.
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
East Cleveland, Ohio
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
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.
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,"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Michelle, Cavite, Philippines
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Farnworth, UK, Cheshire
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
Saint Anne, Jamaica
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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...."
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."
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.
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.
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."
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
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
Overland Park, Kansas
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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
Ghana, West Africa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
is a school teacher and a pastor's wife. She describes
herself as a mother of three children and a wife to a loving
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
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.
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.
Klamath Falls, California
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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
Bangalore, Karnataka (India)
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.
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.
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.
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.
and his wife reside in Kingsport, Tennessee. They have a
large family of 6 children and 12 grandchildren who all live out
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.
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!!"
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.
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.
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:
are people who are dying and have no one to pray for them or
more he intercedes for others, the stronger he gets
physically and the closer he becomes in his relationship
God COMMANDS that we prayer for one another.
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.
Pietersburg, Limpopo, South Africa
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Highland Park, Michigan
is an intercessory prayer leader for her church, St. Luke AME, in
Highland Park, Michigan. She is a wife, mother and
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.
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.
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."
Benin, Nigeria, Africa
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
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.
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.
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
Columbia, South Carolina
lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband and two
children. She is a member of Glory Temple Worship Center.
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
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
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."
Mosselbay, Western Cape, South Africa
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is a single mother residing in Central Illinois. Her
children are adults living independently.
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.
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.
is no set structure in prayer that Tammie follows
consistently. She says that the order of her prayer times
differs with the occasion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.