Updated: Jul 17, 2019
Using a Prayer Model Throughout scripture, there are different models of prayer. Jesus taught His disciples how to pray (Matthew 6:9–13), and we get a peek into his personal prayer life with the Father in John 15–17. King David financed hundred's of intercessors, singers, and musicians as he pursued the “one thing I have desired” (Psalm 27:4), which is detailed in 1 Chronicles. One model that we find from scripture is referred to the Harp & Bowl model. This is taken mostly from the book of revelation. The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” (Rev. 5:8–9) As we look at the prayers in scripture, a few key points emerge to help us in our prayer meetings.
Gazing on God’s Beauty As we gaze on God’s beauty through studying His Word and meditating on what scripture says, our hearts become alive and connected with our Father. Like in any relationship, the more you know each other, the easier it is to carry on a conversation. We are not petitioning a distant God hoping and praying that He hears us; instead, we are confident that our Father not only hears us but will answer (John 5:14–15).
Adding Corporate Worship Music Worship ushers us into God’s presence in a way that is often difficult in a quiet corporate setting. Whether you use pre-recorded worship songs, stream the "IHOPKC" Prayer Room, or have a full worship team, worship opens our hearts to prayer. Music helps keep the fire of intercession burning day and night, sets our focus on the Lord, and builds connection in the body of Christ worldwide. It still takes work and discipline to pray, for sure, but we’ve found that a few hours of prayer can fly by when we combine intercession, worship music, and a focus on God’s beauty.