(Taken from a resource by Greg Frizzell)
- Holy Father, we humble ourselves and acknowledge Your righteous Judgment upon
our sins. (2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 85:6)
- Righteous God, please send overwhelming love, godly fear and genuine repentance
among Your people. (Psalm 51:17; Proverbs 28:13; Matthew 22:37-39; 2 Corinthians
- Righteous God, grant to us a mountain-moving faith and a passion for fervent
prayer.(Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 21:13; Acts 2:1)
- Holy Father, please bring us to loving unity in our churches and a deep harmony
between our churches. (John 13:34-35; 17:20-22)
- Gracious Lord, please fill us with a burning passion to pray for and witness to the
lost.(Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 19:10; Acts 1:8; Romans 5:5, 9:1-3)
- Lord of the harvest, please call thousands into ministry, missions and Christian
witness. (Matthew 9:37-38; Acts 1:8)
- Holy Lord, we ask You to deepen and purify our very motives in praying for revival
and blessing. (Ezekiel 33:32; Hebrews 4:12; James 4:1-4)
- Righteous Lord, we plead for Your grace upon persecuted saints around the
world. (Matthew 26:39; James 4:1-4)
- Holy Father, we humbly ask for a mighty move of conviction in government and
cultural leaders. (Psalm 2:8; 1 Timothy 2:1-4)
- Sovereign God: We ask You to rend the heavens and show forth Your awesome
presence in sweeping revival. (Isaiah 64:1; Ephesians 5:26-27; Revelation 22:17,
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People typically use prayer when they are feeling a sense of despair, frustration, fear, anger, doubt, or emotional upsets due to life circumstances. But we are recommending a different approach to prayer — using Prayer as a Spiritual Practice!
The secret is to recognize that every thought is a prayer … and as we begin making prayer a conscious part of our spiritual practice, we can eventually live in a state of Consciousness that is always grounded in prayer.
As you begin creating a spiritual prayer practice, here are three key awarenesses to cultivate:
- We pray FROM a consciousness of our Oneness with the Divine, rather than TO a diety in the sky who chooses to favor some and punish others.
- We pray KNOWING that Divine Principles and Laws are at work, and are accessible to us in powerful ways, rather than HOPING that some kind of Divine intervention will magically solve our issues.
- We pray with an INTENTION OF CONNECTION, affirming no separation between our human self and our Divine Self, rather that an INTENTION OF PERSUASION, thinking we need to bargain or convince a “God out there” to give us our way.
An Affirmative Prayer Technique for Your Spiritual Practice
Once we realize the power of prayer as a spiritual practice, we realize the need to change the process by which we enter into this practice. Rather than go through a list of all our problems and issues, begging for resolution, we suggest an Affirmative Prayer Technique that allows you to become centered in your awareness of Oneness and open to the Divine Ideas flowing from this connection.
Step 1 — Relaxing: Relax and breathe into the Silence.
You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it; therefore, it is important to take a few minutes to release the emotional baggage that you may be carrying. Use a few deep, cleansing breaths and become aware of your body relaxing, your shoulders dropping, and your breathing slowing down.
Step 2 — Focusing: Focus your awareness on your Divine connection.
As best you can, let go of outer thoughts and bring your attention to your awareness of Oneness. An effective way to do this is to create your Spiritual Anchor Word/Phrase. Choose a word/phrase that expresses your Divine connection. The word/phrase you choose is not as important as the fact that it works for you. Some examples: I AM; God; Peace; Love; Joy; Peace be still; I am one; Be still and know.
Once you feel relaxed, begin repeating your Spiritual Anchor Word/Phrase — out loud or silently — noticing how your awareness becomes focused and peaceful. Throughout this entire technique, you can use your Spiritual Anchor Word/Phrase whenever you notice that outside thoughts or emotions are invading your awareness. Simply tell those thoughts “Thank you for sharing” and begin repeating your Spiritual Anchor Word/Phrase to bring yourself back to your place of center.
Step 3— Affirming: Affirm your Oneness with the Divine and your belief in Spiritual Truth Principles.
Rather than giving power and energy to the problems and issues you are facing, put your energy into affirming the Truth Principles you know and believe. Affirm and acknowledge your expectation of Divine Ideas bringing all the resources and information you need to deal with your issues from your highest, most elevated level of awareness and Consciousness.
Step 4 — Accepting: Accept the Inner Peace and Divine Ideas that are flowing from your Divine Center to your awareness.
Make time to be still and hear; be still and feel; be still and know. As you open yourself to your awareness of Oneness and remove any appearance or belief in separation, the inner peace, ideas, and resources will flow. Allow yourself to be open to the intuitive thoughts that come. Pay attention!
Step 5 — Appreciating: Give thanks for your unfailing connection to Spirit.
Gratitude is itself a state of prayer! At this point in our Affirmative Prayer Process, we are expressing gratitude and thanks, not for any specific result, but rather gratitude in knowing prayers bring results that can help us master the art of living and walk the spiritual path on practical feet.
Greg Frizzell believes it is challenging for Christians today to really understand what a true spiritual awakening is. “It is difficult to have a reference point,” said Frizzell, prayer and spiritual awakening specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. “We haven’t seen an awakening in our lifetimes.”
Frizzell said the last major spiritual awakening in America was 1857-58. It began in New York City, and spread across the country. A small awakening occurred in 1905, but never reached a great size, he said.
Frizzell recently visited with the Baptist Messenger, and answered some questions about spiritual awakening.
Messenger: We’ve all heard of great spiritual awakenings in other years, but what would revival look like today?
Frizzell: True awakening today would likely mean 25-35 million Americans being born again and joining churches within three to five years. To show what it would look like among Southern Baptists, we would suddenly experience perhaps three-four times our current baptisms. In a huge awakening, it would be higher than that. In great revivals, the converts are also very real. They join churches, get baptized, become disciples and go to work for God. Churches become very unified and focus intensely on evangelism and missions.
In true revival, relationships are healed and the entire moral tone of nations is transformed. Obviously, great revivals are a mighty miracle of God. In such movements, there is a much hightened sense of God’s holy presence. There is an awe and fear of His name.
Messenger: How urgent is it that we have a great awakening?
Frizzell: It is urgent beyond words. If we don’t have a great awakening, we are facing a soon coming “age” bomb. As many senior adults pass from the scene over the next few years, it will almost certainly cause significant decrease in attendance and financial support in many of our churches. Without a huge influx of younger members over the next several years, we’re going to lose many in leadership and many who support God’s work. Without revival, we will also see a continuing moral collapse and change in world view. Indeed, it is phenominally urgent that we see a great awakening.
Messenger: Do you think there are more signs of possible revival or more sign of deeper decline?
Frizzell: While the general signs of decline are rapidly increasing, there are also significant signs of rising prayer and desperation in a growing remnant. Though I believe God may well judge America, great revivals often come out of times of difficulty.
Messenger: What are the key things that must happen for revival to come in our day?
Frizzell: There are four key steps: First, there must be an intense, sustained focus on personal and corporate prayer; Second, there must be an intense, sustained focus on personal and corporate repentance; Third, there will be a priority focus on unity, and reconciling damaged relationships; Fourth, as a result of the previous three steps, there must be intense focus, new power and passion for evangelism. Steps 1-3 are in essence the “abiding factors” that bring the passion and power for evangelism. When we are truly prayerful, repentant and unified, evangelism quickly explodes to whole new levels. Today, there is good news in the fact we can by God’s grace seriously return to Him.
Messenger: What key resources do you offer from the Office of Prayer?
Frizzell: Over the next year, we will release four new books for churchwide use. We are also releasing a special prayer covenant, as well as implimenting major statewide prayer conferences for the coming year. Many of our churches can start now, by working through three books that have already swept many countries. We have been humbled and astounded that Returing to Holiness has exploded into well over 30 languages. Developing a Powerful Prayer Life has also enjoyed similar interest. Releasing the Revival Flood has had strong impact for unifing churches and strengthening relationships. These Scripture-filled tools are easy for congregations to pray through together. We make them available at very low prices.
My new book, Iceberg Dead Ahead-Urgency of God Seeking Repentance, will be out by the time of the State Convention in November. It is designed to produce a sense of urgency in God’s people, as well as give clear, specific steps individuals and churches must do to see a great awakening. For the past six years, I have been preparing many new books and resources to try and help our churches move into powerful cleansing, unity, prayer and evangelism. This annual convention meeting marks the beginning of their release. We are deeply excited, and sense there is great hope for a true revival in our state.
I am also very excited about the Oct. 11 ladies prayer conference Prayer Force, hosted by Mustang, First. I strongly encourage all ladies to attend.
Prayer & Spiritual Awakening Resources
by Greg Frizzell
1. Returning to Holiness
2. How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life
3. Biblical Patterns for Powerful Church Prayer Meetings
4. Releasing the Revival Flood
5. Seeking God to Seek a Pastor
6. De Regreso a la Santidad (Spanish version of Returning to Holiness).
7. How to Build Evangelistic, Revival-Producing Prayer Ministries
8. Local Associations and United Prayer
9. Seven Essentials of Power and Holiness in Christian Leaders
10. Powerful Marriage and Family Prayer
As you would have heard by now, many places in Santa Rosa and Napa are being swallowed up by several wildfires. More than 10 people have been killed, and about 20,000 people have been evacuated from the area. Among them are many of our Alliance church family.
I just got the news from our district that two of our church planters that we work closely with lost their homes. One of them is Jon Maves who has always worked with our church to host our retreats at Alliance Redwood Camp Ground.
This is a serious time and God is calling our attention almost on a weekly basis. Starting with Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Maria, fires in LA, CO, OR, then Las Vegas last week, followed by this raging fire…. As I was typing this email, I just felt the ground of San Jose shaking with another earthquake.
Will you please gather your children, friends, and family to pray? Especially,
tomorrow night as you gather to build your family altar, this is a good time to talk with your children about the recent events, not to scare them, but to remind them of our need of God’s mercy. Pray for a spiritual awakening in our nation.