We are the prayer department of RCCG North America, charged with building up members in place of prayer. We stand in the gap for the organization and its members’ yearning to continually cry to almighty God to intervene in our affairs, the nation’s and world at large. We go to battle with prayer as our weapon of warfare to win America and the whole world back to Christ and to librate the children of God under the covenant care of RCCG North America from all oppression of the devil.
Our 5 Ps of Prayer
While we intercede on behalf of Members, we also have mandate to nurture RCCG North America members to understand prayer and the art of praying.
We understand that prayer is . . . .
– more than attending a meeting. It is connecting with our heavenly Father.
– more than a programmed event or activity. It is coming into the presence of the almighty God.
– more than a Christian discipline. It is communicating with a living and personal God.
We recognize that in Luke 11:1-4 when one of the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Our Father …’.” Jesus was teaching the personal and intimate nature of prayer.
Purpose for Praying
We believe prayer are effective when purpose is God centered rather than self centered.Therefore, as we come with list requests, and seek revival we also use prayer as a means of keeping focused on God, acknowledging His grace in our life, keeping His sovereignty in place in our life and maintaining your relationship with Him.
Passion for Prayer
We understand passionate prayer is not just emotions and eloquence, it involves:
A devotion to prayer: being faithful and diligent in it; a commitment; a priority
Acts 2:42; Romans 12:12; Luke 18:1; Colossians 4:2
An attentiveness in prayer: being alert, watchful, clear-minded, self-controlled
Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2; 1 Peter 4:7
A persistence in prayer: never giving up, always keeping on, continual
Luke 18:1; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Matthew 7:7; Psalm 55:16-17
A fervency in prayer: being zealous; an enthusiasm or energy
A Spirit-propelled effort to prayer: walking in the Spirit; a motivation, a power-source
Ephesians 6:18; Romans 8:26-27
A wholehearted attitude toward prayer: seeking and loving Him with all of who you are
Jeremiah 29:12-13; Matthew 22:37
A faith-driven expectancy in prayer: being thankful before getting an answer; an anticipation
Colossians 4:2; Mark 11:24
A purpose in prayer: lining up with His will; a meaningfulness
Matthew 6:7-13; 1 John 5:14
To pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17) is to make prayer a lifestyle or pattern in every aspect of our life. To pray without ceasing is to pray at all times and for all things. Setting aside times devoted to concentrated, undistracted prayer in our individual lives and as a church is very important. But, we also need to go through our daily lives attentive to God, consistently asking God His opinion and desires and always giving Him thanks.
To pray without ceasing is what has been called “practicing the presence of God” — always conscious of His presence, turning to Him as a constant companion, making no topic off limits with Him. Keep in mind that we do not need to pray for His presence in our lives. We have His promise that He is already there.
In calling people to prayer, we need to be careful that we are not making prayer come across as a passing fad or following the latest church movement. Prayer needs to be seen as the norm, as the expected response in any and all situations. When prayer is a pattern, we do not just come together for prayer in times of need or crisis. As seen in the example of the early church (Acts 2:42), we will be devoted to prayer wherein we promote a prayer environment and not merely a prayer meeting.
Power in Prayer
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (KJV)
What gives us power in prayer is that we make our petition in the authority of Jesus Christ since we are not righteous on our own (Rom. 3:10-12). Praying “in Jesus’ name” means more than tacking the phrase on to the end of the prayer. When we pray in Jesus’ name, we are claiming His identity, His righteousness, and His authority. Therein is power in prayer. This kind of prayer can’t help but to have power.
The results are powerful in the sense that something will happen. Be careful not to be discouraged or disillusioned if the results are not manifested in big ways or immediate bvious miraculous power. When God answers prayer with peace, wisdom, or grace, you have power.
peace . . . . power to make it through the hard times
wisdom . . . . power to know what to do
grace . . . . power to be Christ-like in the midst of a dark, sinful world
Prayer is powerful because God is powerful. As the Almighty, omnipotent God, He has the ability to do what we ask. As the Sovereign Lord of all creation, He has the authority to do what He knows is best in a given situation.