The Place Where We Pray

Are you in a place where you can pray? Are you in a place with people of prayer? Are you at that place where prayer is the priority? Jesus had a place. He had a place of prayer. He had a praying place and nothing else could occupy its space.

“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). Jesus was praying in a certain place.  The Greek construction of the word certain gives us an ancient word used of persons and things concerning which the writer either cannot or will not speak more particularly.

Dr. Luke was the most prolific and detailed of all Gospel writers. He does not however go into the details of the place where Jesus was praying. Perhaps the sacredness of Jesus’ private time with the Father was in consideration. We all need a certain place for prayer. We need a place of intimacy that gives us unbroken moments in the presence of God. The certain place needs to be private, so it can be deep. Jesus also called it a “closet” (Matthew 6:5-6). In your prayer closet is the place where you can be “naked and not ashamed”.

People who experience Jesus want to pray. Prayer is panting for more of God and His presence in your life. Prayer is a craving for Christ. Praying is reaching beyond humanity for divinity. Prayer is an act of faith. Prayer asks. Prayer seeks. Prayer knocks on God. Prayer desires. Prayer inquires. Prayer requires of God. Prayer diligently seeks God and wants His rewards. Prayer is not a drudgery. Prayer is an opportunity to participate in God’s plans.

Teaching prayer is what Jesus does. When we have been in a certain place praying we too are enabled as educators. We can instruct and inspire prayer only when it has become intimate to us. The School of Prayer has one Head Master. It is only open to and enrolling those who want to be what they see in Jesus. The prayer life of the disciples was caught and then it was taught. Prayer is not learned in the library of weekly piety. Prayer is learned in the laboratory of daily Christianity. Prayer is inspired and then instructed. Spending time every day with Jesus teaches us prayer. The more we desire to be like Jesus the more provoked, profound and pointed our prayers will become.

Prayer was the place in the life of Jesus. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation” (Luke 22:40). The place where Jesus chose to spend his most purposeful moments were punctuated and peppered with prayer. While Jesus was in his place of prayer he was able to call others into a place of prayer. Is this what we are missing in the modern Church? We have prayer less preachers and leaders in our churches and we wonder why there is no prayer revival? Those who claim to have been with Jesus seem not to have followed Him all the way to the place. The place is where we pray and lead others into prayer. Are you in that place, yet?

Pray and don’t enter. Prayers and temptations can take you places. Temptations are distractions by the devil. Temptations are opportunities for sin. Temptations are pressures on the flesh. The only safe place from your temptations is in a praying place. The place where Jesus prayed kept him in a place where he could not fail. Staying in a praying place keeps you from entering the traps and snares of the evil one.

Praying is a place outside of your flesh. You pray so you won’t enter into a temptation. You don’t have to wait and pray after you have succumbed to a temptation. Prayer is key to the victory over your “inner me”. In the place where we pray we can take authority over the world, the flesh and sin. In the life of the one who prays daily greater faith, faithfulness and focus will emerge. The power of prayer is divine potential. Prayer puts us in that place where God can get the most out of us.

Prayer is a place. Prayer is a station. It is a station in the kingdom of God. It is from where God launches His eternal purposes through mortal people. Prayer is a habitation. It is a habitation in the Spirit. It is from where God shares and hears His prayers through us. Prayer is a condition. It is a condition of the heart. It is from where God gives more grace to the humble. Prayer is that place!



Apostolic Assignments Have Arrived

Dr. T. L. Lowery is the late and great apostolic patriarch of Prayer Everywhere. Few men knew God in the Word and prayer like Dr. Lowery. He is the spiritual father of founder and visionary, Bishop Sean Teal.  

Dr. Lowery imparted the revelation and of apostolic assignments, spiritual authority and the double portion anointing into his spiritual son. Bishop Teal was privately tutored countless hours by Dr. Lowery. Dr. Lowery literally wrote the book on Apostles and Prophets: Reclaiming the Biblical Gifts. It is now considered the seminal work on modern apostles throughout The Body of Christ.  

Prayer Everywhere is an apostolic assignment. We have entered into this season ready to embrace our apostolic authority and anointing. We will apprehend the possibilities and opportunities we have to reach nations and change generations!

Identifying Apostolic Leaders

The “apostle” is not an expired gift. Most of us (even those of us who are gifted as apostolic leaders) struggle with the idea of calling something “apostolic” or someone “apostle”. This means that so many in The Body of Christ are missing out on maximizing their callings. Too many are operating out of an identification and ministry that they (we) don’t have the grace or passion for.

Embracing and empowering apostolic leaders and apostolic assignments is key to ministry expansion. Apostolic leaders are effective in expansion because of their innate ability to catalyze new ministry. Apostolic leaders are launchers, pathfinders, trailblazers, globetrotters and mavericks.

Here are seven key indicators that could evidence an apostolic gift in you or in the ministry you are connected to. This will also help you to identify the emerging apostolic leaders in your midst.

  • Praying for Miracles and Supernatural Manifestations

Apostolic movements will always have their origin in praying people. The word “apostle” means, “one sent forth first”. The first ministry of any apostolic assignment is to pray and to teach prayer The supernatural is released through prayer.. Miracles, signs and wonders are attached to the apostolic anointing. Corporate prayer is the key connection to the effectiveness of the apostolic leader. Apostolic leaders will have prayer networks and intercessors undergirding and underwriting their ministry. The people that pray with apostles will also be used by God to provide for apostolic vision and ministries.

  • Leading and Launching New Things

Perhaps the surest sign of an apostolic gift at work is the series of new things that have been started due to their influence, whether spiritual or not. Apostolic leaders demonstrate a remarkable ability to get things off the ground, whether it is a new initiative, gathering, or community. Gifted apostles leave behind a trail of new communities that have come into being due to their vision and initiative.

  • Demonstrating Spiritual Passion and Intensity

A visible indicator of the apostolic gift at work is an unusual spiritual intensity, especially focused toward one subject, doctrine or revelation. Apostles have assignments that consume their energies and focus their efforts. Apostolic leaders are zealous and their passion leads them to act. They are risk takers and will act on a vision even when the odds are stacked against them.

  • Thinking Kingdom and Divine Order

Order is God’s strategy for increase! Apostolic leaders are consistently thinking about the strategies, systems and structures (wineskins) that undergird an apostolic community. Greater effectiveness, efficiency and excellence is the ambition of the apostolic leader. Redesigning, devising new overhauls to  current structures or implementing brand-new initiatives is the vision of the apostle. Apostolic leaders often release new energy and increase in ministry.

  • Communicating a Burden for Expansion

Apostolic leaders express an almost overwhelming burden for what is not, yet. Apostolic assignments are for the people not in the room, the communities that are not being reached, the territories no one else is going after. Apostolic leaders have more than a vision to reach new territory, they have a genuine burden to do so. It’s housed not just in their mind, but burns in their soul.

  • Responding to Major Challenges

Apostolic leaders have huge vision. They are consistently required to respond to big challenges. They are challenged to envision and engage the tasks others wouldn’t dare to face. “Global”, “world”, and “international” are apostolic words. The apostolic leader has an assignment that only God through a person partnered with  a people could accomplish. The more impossible the dream, the more motivated the apostles are to achieve it. The willingness to jump off the cliff, with both feet into the water, is a hallmark of emerging apostolic leadership.

  • Turning Moments into Movements

Apostolic leaders desire to turn moments into movements. Apostolic people demonstrate an uncanny ability to recognize moments that are filled with possibilities, and often know instinctively how to capitalize on those events for greater influence and momentum. There is a constant thought to “parlay” moments into opportunities for further and future ministry. Apostolic leaders are constantly looking to pivot off catalytic moments and release movements that will bear more fruit and fruit that remains.

These indicators are derived from studies in Matthew Chapter 10.

The Gathering 2018 / OCTOBER 11th- 14th