The prayer culture, or lack thereof, in our churches today is lamentable.
Many Christians are disinterested in prayer because they do not know its power. But this is a far cry from what we find in the early church. The first believers did not have a prayer meeting—they were a prayer meeting! One hundred and twenty believers gathered in the upper room and prayed for ten days. Every member of the early church was a prayer-meeting Christian. They waited. They wept. They worshiped. And they watched the fire fall! The lack of holy fire in churches today indicates our need to return to upper room praying in this generation.
But how do we approach God? Every environment we enter requires a protocol—the proper way, or procedure—to approach people and situations. Soldiers employ protocol by saluting their commanding officers. Gratitude is appropriate when addressing a benefactor. Royalty requires a certain deference; how we greet someone at Walmart is different from how we would address the queen of England. If protocol is required in addressing humans, then it is no surprise that there is a protocol for addressing God in prayer.
The Lord did not leave us in the dark on the subject of how to come before Him in prayer. The Bible contains clear guidelines on the correct way to enter God’s presence. Protocol in prayer is doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, and employing such protocol pleases God and opens access to the throne of grace. It is imperative that we draw near to God according to the manner He has prescribed.
The book, APPROACHING GOD’S THRONE: BIBLICAL PROTOCOLS FOR PRAYER, was written to equip believers and congregations with biblical directives on approaching God in prayer. It contains eighteen protocols for prayer, drawn from Scripture, to help lead Christians into powerful, Spirit-led prayer. As a man prays, so is he. Following these protocols will bless our Father’s heart and strengthen us in the process.
This book can be read all at once or spread out over an eighteen-week period by implementing one protocol per week. It could be used by individuals desiring to grow in their prayer lives. It could also be used by pastors who want to teach the protocols to their congregations, week by week. Engaging our prayer-meeting attendees, small-group members, and young people in these simple exercises could revolutionize our churches.
The disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). We, the followers of Christ in these latter days, should cry out in like manner, “Lord, please teach us to pray. Instruct us from Your Word by Your Spirit on how to approach You in prayer. Amen.” If we do, it could be the catalyst for revival on a personal and corporate scale.
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