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The final podcast of our fall season features prayer leader Terry Teykl, author of Acts 29, The Presence-Based Church, and Pray the Price: United Methodists United in Prayer.

Dr. Terry Teykl

Dr. Teykl, an elder in the Texas Annual Conference, is a “prayer evangelist,” traveling across the U.S. and around the world encouraging  churches to develop and maintain prayer ministries.

He also serves as chaplain for KSBJ radio in Houston, Texas. In that role, he developed the Houston area’s “Pray Down at High Noon” campaign.

Terry Teykl holds a Master of Theology from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He earned his Doctor of Ministry with honors from Oral Roberts University.

This podcast features a sermon by Terry Teykl recorded in July 2009 at Sugar Land First United Methodist Church in Sugar Land, Texas. Listen using the audio player below (18:00) — or download an mp3 file (8.5 MB; on a PC, right click and choose “save as”).

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Related information
Excerpt from My Most Wanted Devotional: 40 Days to Pray for the Lost (PDF)
Biography of Terry Teykl (Microsoft Word file)
Website of Prayer Point Press and Renewal Ministries
Website of the World Methodist Prayer team
Books and resources by Terry Teykl | Prayer Point Press store
Why you should start a prayer room in your church | Terry Teykl, ForMinistry.com
30 Scripture-based prayers to pray for your pastor (PDF) | Terry Teykl, Church Prayer Leaders Network
Interview with Terry Teykl about the Houston area’s ‘Pray Down at High Noon’ prayer focus | KSBJ (several audio clips)
Brochure for upcoming ‘Prayerful Encounter’ led by Terry Teykl (PDF) — March 5-7, 2010 at Georgia’s Epworth by the Sea

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The following prayer points will help you intercede for this year’s gathering of your Annual Conference.

  • Thank God for His faithfulness to us, even though we haven’t always been faithful to Him. (Ps. 100)
  • Pray for God to open hearts and bring unity based on Jesus. (John 17:22-23; Ps. 133)
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    Prayer at the 2005 N. Georgia Conf.

  • Repent of anything in your Conference and in your local church that you believe grieves the heart of God. (Neh. 1:5-11)
  • Pray for an attitude of repentance among bishops, administrators, pastors, local church staff, and congregations. (2 Chron. 7:14)
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to give the people of your Conference a heart for prayer. (Mark 11:17)
  • Ask the Lord for church growth by new professions of faith in Jesus Christ. (John 4:35; Acts 16:14)
  • Pray that the members of your Conference (and the UMC at large) will submit to the truth of Scripture. (John 17:17)
  • Pray that pastors and teachers in your Conference will be empowered speak the truth in love regarding sin and holiness. (Eph. 4:25; 1 John 1:8-2:2)
  • Intercede for your bishop, district superintendents, and other conference leaders. Pray for wisdom and holiness. (1 Thess. 5:19-24)
  • Pray for seminaries. Ask God to enhance, maintain, or transform these institutions into places where Scripture is believed and where Jesus is proclaimed as the Way of salvation. (John 14: 6; John 17:2-3; Acts 4:12)
  • Pray for a great working of the Holy Spirit in churches that are exalting Jesus Christ. (Acts 19:17-18)
  • Ask God to manifest Himself as Jehovah-Jireh, the LORD our provider. (Gen. 22:14)
  • Pray that we would love God and love one another. (Matt. 22:37-40; 1 Cor. 13)

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The following prayer by the Rev. Tim Whitaker was published in the January/February 2001 issue of the The District Beam, newsletter of the Virginia Conference’s Norfolk District. At the time, Mr. Whitaker was serving as superintendent of that district.

On Feb. 28, 2001, he was elected to be a bishop and was assigned to United Methodist Church’s Florida Annual Conference.

Though not originally written for Pentecost Sunday, the prayer is certainly fitting for that occasion.

Eternal God, by the outpouring of your Holy Spirit you have established your church to be the visible body of Jesus Christ on earth and chosen us to be members of Christ’s body.

Bishop Timothy Whitaker

Bishop Timothy Whitaker

Build up your church in faith upon the foundation of the teaching of the apostles, with the proclamation of Christ as the cornerstone.

Deliver your church from the blindness of heresies and from the cowardice of acquiescing to the principalities and powers of this present age.

Give us courage to raise the sails of the ark of salvation, which is your holy church, so that we may be blown forward in mission by the wind of your Holy Spirit.

Deliver us from the temptation to steer your ship into safe harbors to protect ourselves from the bracing breezes of that Spirit who would send us into uncharted waters where we do not want to go.

Preserve your assemblies from profane strife, weariness of spirit, and fear of holy boldness.

May your church experience anew the freedom of obedience, the joy of adventure, and the satisfaction of being employed in your great work in the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Bishop Timothy Whitaker’s blog is here.

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Podcast: E. Stanley Jones on ‘The Gift of the Holy Spirit’
Bishop Timothy Whitaker: Abortion and the gospel of peace

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Stopping in for a brief visit last week at a United Methodist Church in Indiana, I was pleased to see a poster in the narthex indicating the congregation would be participating in this Sunday’s Global Day of Prayer. This international prayer event represents one of the most remarkable spiritual movements of our time.

GDOP-09The Global Day of Prayer had its beginnings in 2001, when a Day of Repentance and Prayer was held at Newlands Rugby Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2002, similar prayer events took place across South Africa.

In 2004, Christians throughout the African continent — in 56 nations — participated in a continental Day of Repentance and Prayer for Africa.

The first Global Day of Prayer took place on Pentecost Sunday 2005, with believers in 156 nations — including the United States — taking part. By Pentecost Sunday last year, the movement had spread to 214 nations.

Use the video player below to see excerpts from last year’s Global Day of Prayer observance, the largest prayer gathering in history.


Global Day of Prayer gatherings will be held this Sunday in stadiums, parks, local churches, and private homes.

Because this year the event falls on a “fifth Sunday,” the Day of Prayer will be observed in some communities as part of regularly scheduled “Fifth Sunday Community Services” that bring together several congregations for joint worship.

Each local Global Day of Prayer event will be unique, as believers in different parts of the world worship and pray according to their own cultures and customs. But at some point each gathering of believers — across all 200-plus nations — will pray the 2009 Prayer for World (PDF), a prayer of unity rooted in a common desire to see the unfolding of God’s purposes. In English, it reads in part:

King of Glory,
Come and finish Your work in our cities, our peoples and our nations.

We lift our voices in unison with believers from Africa and Asia,
from the Middle East and Europe, from North and South America,
and from Australia and the Pacific Islands — together we cry:
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Be lifted up ancient doors
so that the King of glory may come in!

As Your deeds increase throughout the earth,
and as Your blessings abound to all the nations,
they will seek You, asking, “Who is this King of glory?”
Together we will answer:
He is the Lord Almighty!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Come fill the earth with Your glory as the waters cover the sea.
The Spirit and the Bride say:
Amen! Come Lord Jesus!

Many (but certainly not all) Global Day of Prayer events in the U.S. are shown here.

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Toward Palm Sunday
A Lenten focus: ‘Prayers of biblical hope’

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A Good Friday prayer

On Good Friday we commemorate that day nearly 2,000 years ago when the way of salvation was opened. Jesus the Messiah, the One who knew no sin, became sin for us and suffered the death we deserved.

goodfriday-crossAs the Apostle Paul puts it in 2 Corinthians 5:19, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.”

A prayer:

Father, how can we thank you enough? You did not spare your own Son, but gave Him up for us. We echo the words of the songwriter who asked, “What wondrous love is this?”

Thank you for Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Now, as He lives in us by the Holy Spirit, may we become living sacrifices, pouring all that we have, all that we are, all that we hope to be into the advancement of your kingdom.

This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, the Living One, who was dead and now is alive forevermore.

Use the audio player below to listen to a 5-minute excerpt from Dr. Tony Campolo‘s classic presentation, “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming.”

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Praying for those in government

These are difficult days for leaders at all levels of government.

The Lenten season prayer guide, Seek God for the City (see post here), suggests these specific “prayer points” for interceding for government leaders:


  • that leaders will be examples of righteousness to our society;
  • that they will experience God’s wisdom in their deliberations;
  • that they will speak and carry out dealings with truth, free from corruption;
  • that they will advance God’s justice;
  • that they will be divinely restrained from hindering the service and worship of Jesus Christ;
  • that they will come to know, honor, and follow Christ.

For more ideas, see “30 Ways to Pray for People in Authority” from Intercessors for America.

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A Lenten focus: ‘Prayers of biblical hope’
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For many Christians Lent has been transformed from a season focused on self-denial to a season focused on passionate praying for the fulfillment of God’s purposes in the world.

sg09The catalyst for that transformation is Seek God for the City, a prayer guide published yearly since 1996 by Waymakers, a ministry based in Austin, Texas. The guide aims to help followers of Christ pray “prayers of biblical hope” during the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday.

“We tend to pray just enough to get by,” notes Waymakers’ founder Steve Hawthorne, with “many of our prayers focus[ing] on fixing our own personal problems.”

But Hawthorne says we must learn “to pray beyond ourselves” — and to “pray with uplifted hopes that are grounded in God’s Word.”

From Seek God for the City:

At this hour we stand a crucial threshold. Now is the time to pray in step with the Father’s great passion to draw to Himself a people from every people….

As you pray with hope, you’ll find yourself drawn into the purpose God has long been pursuing in the lives of friends and neighbors…. You’ll find yourself praying with increasing anticipation.

Each page of Seek God for the City features two Scripture-based prayers focused on a particular topic, such as the reconciliation of enemies, the restoration of families, and the reinvigoration of worship in the church.

Here, for example, is a prayer for the spreading of holiness, rooted in Jesus’ encounter with a leper in Mark 1:40-41:

Lord Jesus, we believe You are just as willing to cleanse us from the pollution of sin as You were to heal people from leprosy. Many of our community, even Christians, have been deeply affected by sin. We cannot wash it away by our resolve and good intentions.

Only You can cleanse people from the sin which sickens us all. We come near to You, praying for ourselves and many others. You are indeed willing. Make us clean.

Seek God for the City includes “prayer points” to help readers intercede for particular groups of people, such as the elderly, the poor, university students, and members of the news media. The guide also features a daily focus on praying for various nations of the world.

To see how all this is laid out in the guide, view this sample page.

Seek God for the City 2009 is for use Feb. 25-April 5. Ordering details are here (copies are $3 each).

A Spanish version and a children’s version are both available free via PDF download.

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