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As a Deacon in the WILD Church, you will be assigned a group of families to pray for and keep up with. We will furnish you with the resources you need to accomplish this. One suggestion for praying faithfully for your assigned families is to divide them into groups and lift those families up on certain days. Of course, if a family has a need that has been brought to your attention, you should give that need attention immediately. God will guide your heart and bless you in this endeavor but it will require discipline on your part. Another suggestion is to involve your spouse in this spiritual activity. There is power in agreement. An occasional card, email, Facebook message, or text to let people know you are remembering them in prayer is a huge source of encouragement and blessing. 

One of the most important factors in the Deacon Prayer Ministry is being effective in your practice of prayer for the Elders, Ministry Staff, and whole fellowship, and individual families assigned to your care. The following steps are recommendations to help you come to a place of praying effectively and with confidence that the Holy Spirit is guiding your heart in prayer. Please study and reflect on these steps as a means of bringing you to an effective prayer life as you serve the Lord as a Deacon in the WILD Church.

1. Set aside a few minutes everyday to do nothing but think about God. When your mind is on the Lord, He will prompt you to pray. It is important to start the day with a heart set on Him and His will. This practice will make your mind most receptive to Him. 
Psalm 46:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!


2. Pray out loud and pray in the Holy Spirit using your spiritual language. Tell God what is on your mind. Try not to tell Him what you think about the situation but pray scripture over different problems about the circumstance those you are praying for are going through. When praying with your understanding use your own language like you were talking to your best friend! God is not impressed by our “formal style” of prayer but instead loves an honest heart crying out in real concern for others. When praying in the spirit, just think about the situation and pray with confidence in the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:15 Amplified Bible (AMP) 
15 Then what am I to do? I will pray with my spirit [by the [a]Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will also pray [intelligently] with my mind and understanding; I will sing with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will sing [intelligently] with my mind and understanding also.


3. Pray through out your day. Anytime you have a minute; whether it’s in the car, at the Dr.’s office, at your desk, in the pickup, at work or before you are going to bed. The more you do this the closer you will feel to God!  Many times, the Holy Spirit will just bring one of your families or a person assigned to you to your remembrance. 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 Amplified Bible (AMP) 
16 Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);17 Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]


4. Remember that when you pray it always helps to spend a good portion of your time in prayer thanking God for His grace, mercy, power, and blessings. This helps us to constantly walk in a reminder of His goodness daily and launch our requests from this attitude of gratitude. When we spend time thanking Him it allows us to know that His plans for us and for those we care for that are good, prosperous, and blessed.
Psalm 100:4
Amplified Bible (AMP)
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

5. Fully believe that your prayers will reach out and touch God securing those you are lifting up with protection and blessings! God will answer our prayers if we have faith. Faith touches God and then God touches those who we pray for. 
Matthew 21:22 Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.

6. Never allow the enemy to infiltrate your mind with negative thoughts and doubts. The devil stands before God constantly trying to accuse God, others, and us. Take those thoughts captive and bring them before the Lord. He can put them in perspective. Remind the devil that you are God’s own child, covered by the blood of Jesus and you have the mind of Christ.
Revelation 12:10b Amplified Bible (AMP)
for the accuser of our brethren, he who keeps bringing before our God charges against them day and night, has been cast out! 11 And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing].

2 Corinthians 10:5 Amplified Bible (AMP) 
5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),


7. Submit to and accept God’s will. Ask for what you want, but be willing to accept God’s will. It will end up being bigger than anything you could have imagined. You always need to keep in mind that your blessing and responsibility is to pray. Results are in the hands of God. Don’t let the devil put pressure on you to produce…not your job. Job 22:21 Amplified Bible (AMP)
21 Acquaint now yourself with Him [agree with God and show yourself to be conformed to His will] and be at peace; by that [you shall prosper and great] good shall come to you.

8. Give it all to God. Ask for His strength and courage to do your best and leave the rest up to Him. As we lift up our people to the Lord, please don’t fret and worry about them. God is the shepherd of His people and has their best interest at heart.
1 Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible (AMP) 
7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.


9. Be sure to listen to God and not just speak. So many times we fill God’s ear with petitions and requests and don’t take time to hear exactly what He might be directing us to do. Sometimes the answer to prayers requires US to hear what he is directing us to do. A call at just the right time, a word of encouragement, a visit under God’s direction may be just what is needed. If we don’t hear Him we can’t be obedient to Him.

10. Keep a prayer journal of prayers God has answered and also what He says. This helps to remind us to follow up on His instructions to us and also to boost our faith as the Lord answers prayers and blesses the people that you are praying for.

APPLY ALL THESE PRINCIPLES TO YOUR PRAYERTIME FOR THOSE WHO ARE ASSIGNED TO YOU AS PART OF YOUR DEACON RESPONSIBILITIES.



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