Prayer Ministries

Director Pr. Erick Omondi

Jesus instructed the disciples to wait for the baptism of the Holy Spirit before doing anything else. Prayer is our most powerful tool in the Great Controversy.

Priority of prayer: most dynamic, growing churches emphasize the ministry of prayer. Praying with members struggling to keep their faith can help them maintain a close relationship with God. People with needs in the local community often respond well to offers of prayers. “A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work…..A revival need to be expected only in answer to prayer” (Selected Messages, Vol.1,pg. 121).

Intercessory prayer was central to Jesus’ Ministry. It was His custom to spend many hours asking His Father’s help for those to whom He ministered (Matt.14:23; Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16). Scripture records His prayers on behalf of others as models for us (Matt. 6:9-12; John 17:6-26). The apostle Paul also exercised a ministry of intercessory prayer (Rom.1:9; Eph.1:16; Col.1:3). To the apostles, prayer was as important as preaching. They sought to choose deacons who were willing to give themselves “continually to pray and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).

In private and in people’s homes, elders must pray on behalf of the church and its members for God’s blessing, strength, healing, forgiveness, wisdom and enlightenment. There is power in the church that is praying together. When members join in prayer for others and see their prayers answered, new strength and vitality will be experienced in the church family.

The book of Acts indicates that when the believers untied together in prayer, the Word of God spread and the church grew (Acts 1:14,15; 2:42,47; 4:18-33; 8:15-25; 10:9-48; 12:1-25). Church leaders need to guide their members into spending time together seeking the Lord – praying for one another, planning, and nurturing the fruit He gives. “The promise is made (Matt.18:19,20) on condition that the united prayers of the church are offered, and in answer to these prayers there may be expected a power greater than that which comes in answer to private prayer. The power given will be proportionate to the unity of the members and their love of God and for one another” (Letter 32,1903).

We often pray to open or close a meeting, but fail to spend time praying for wisdom and changed hearts so that our ministries can be most effective. Help members develop prayer partnerships and establish times for group prayer beyond the weekly prayer meeting. Some of these partnerships can be accomplished online or by telephone. Satan knows the power of God’s people praying together and “at the sound of fervent prayer, [His] whole host trembles” (Testimonies, Vol.1, Pg.346).

Valuable resources to help members enjoy effective prayer and ministry can be found online at www.ministerialassociation.com & www.revivalandreformation.org