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The Prayer Wars Vision

It is the prayer and vision of this writer that Christians all over the world will unite in putting the principles of prayer set forth in these pages into practice. If they do, they will want to engage in group prayer and fasting. In fact, the Prayer Wars concept will not be put into full practice until this is done. If Christians do this, and wish to do so effectively, there is more that they need to know. The following paragraphs set forth guidelines that should be followed to insure maximum effectiveness.

Guidelines for Group Prayer and Fasting

When you come together for fasting, remember that you are declaring a solemn fast. Remember that your group prayer and fasting time is not a party. It is not a time for socializing. You are there because you mean, as a group to conduct some serious business with the Lord. You must stay as focused as you would in a business meeting. If possible, even more so.

This does not mean that this occasion should not include praise and joy. The time most certainly should include these things, preferably spontaneously. What this does mean is that there should be no casual worldly conversation, no "storytelling", about anything that has no relevance to what your are praying about. There should be no levity, that is to say joking around. This is a time for sober humility before God.

It should be decided beforehand to what extent the fast will be done, from a simple refraining from solid food to an absolute fast in which no one even drinks water. Actually, to this writer's experience, the best fast is one in which no food is consumed, and no beverages except water. Such a fast can be maintained for a prolonged period of time, if that is what the group has agreed to do, by anyone who can eat normally. Even all but the most severe diabetics can do this for a day.

If a mild diabetic does it, that person should refrain from taking whatever medication might be prescribed for controlling his sugar for that day. This will help to prevent his blood sugar from going too low, which would force him to abandon the fast and perhaps threaten his life.

Decide beforehand what you are going to fast and pray for. Stick to it. Do the same for how long you will keep at it. If anyone in the group does go off by getting into worldly conversation, or levity, or wants to radically change the subject of the prayer, then the others must be careful not to participate in it. Rather, the offender should be gently but firmly reminded of what you are there for. If the offender keeps it up, the person should be gently but firmly told that his actions are not welcome, and that if he persists he is not welcome either.

Spontaneous readings of Scripture passages relevant to the topic of prayer are welcome, or relevant passages from any good devotional books. Spontaneous singing is also good. There may well be prolonged moments when everyone engages in silent prayer. But praying aloud is the main point of this, so that others can agree.

If anyone feels that God is speaking to him or her about the subject being prayed about, that person should feel free to tell the others what God is saying. However, the others should consider whether or not it is in harmony with the Scriptures before accepting it, and if it is not, reject it. Members of the group must be made to understand beforehand that they are not to take it personally if it is agreed that the ideas expressed are not of God. That is, they shouldn't take offense. Rather, they should pray that the Lord would give them wisdom and discernment to avoid further errors like that, and the others should pray with them for it.

Note this: If there is one situation during which God is likely to speak to people individually or to a group, by way of some form of direct revelation, it is while they are fasting. There is considerable Biblical precedent for believing and expecting that. Consider, for example, the answer given to Jehoshaphat in II Chronicles 20, or the call given to St. Paul in Acts 13. Furthermore, it is when a group of people are engaged in prayer and fasting that a serious revelation is most likely to be given.

Therefore, during prayer and group fasting, the people doing it should be open to direct divine revelation, and no one should be rebuked or censured in any way if he or she gives what is thought to be one. Do remember, though, that the devil will try to take advantage of this openness to get in his own lies that masquerade as divine revelation. You must be vigilant about this, and be wary of anything in the way of a revelation that adds to or contradicts the Scriptures.

The Conclusion

The Prayer Wars concept was originally formed with the idea of aggressively attacking enemy targets with united prayer and fasting, and hopefully shutting many of them down or at least severely crippling them, and simultaneously being many people to salvation and bringing true revival. However, as stated elsewhere in this site, it does not appear to this writer that achieving this goal is possible, due to the present condition of the Church, worldwide. It may not even be God's will at this time. It is, however, quite possible that the strategy of mass prayer and fasting can be brought to bear on the problem of communicating the Message of the ministry to the whole Christian world, and in helping Christians to be ready for the Great Tribulation. As you will notice in the modern, real-life examples quoted above, the full effect was achieved when mass prayer and fasting was accompanied with overt action. This we will try to do. Just how we will go about this is described in the following page;

The Prayer Wars Strategy

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