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What is an Apostolic Prayer?

Every week, we try to rally people in our region together to pray and worship - and we always encourage them to try to “pray the Word”, instead of just praying completely out of their own brain!  You wouldn’t believe on how many levels it helps to know that when someone is praying it is directly from the Bible, and hopefully very near to the original context.  To absolutely ENSURE the context is correct, we really encourage people to pray “The Apostolic Prayers”.

Really, there’s no reason to capitalize The Apostolic Prayers, because it’s not like they are their own little book or body of work.  This way of writing it, that even comes-across when speaking the phrase, may be the reason we are asked so often, “What do you mean by ‘Apostolic Prayers’?”  Simply put, apostolic prayers are the prayers prayed by the apostles in the New Testament.  Of course, most of the apostolic prayers are penned by Paul, but there are many more, too.

Now, of course, there has to be exceptions, that make the name not-quite-so-simplistically-accurate.  One of those exceptions is that the prayers of Jesus are often grouped into any compilation of apostolic prayers, too.  Why some, and not all?  Well, the real reason most prayer people use this compiled list of prayers is that they are prayers whose target is the Church.  So, for example, the last part of Jesus’s prayer in John 17, when He prays, “not only for those whom [the Father] has given me, but also for those that will believe,” we like to include those prayers in our reportoire (if you will).

Check out the power in this statement:

When we pray the prayers found in the Bible, for the same people the prayers were being prayed…. WOW!  We can KNOW that we are agreeing with the very prayers of God!  The Holy Spirit inspired these prayers to be written.  And Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father praying for the saints at this very moment.  Why not be assured that the prayers we are praying are directly from God!

So, that’s it in a nutshell.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Per Anthony’s request, here is a link to the compilation that we have adapted from the International House of Prayer - Kansas City for use in our local intercessory worship meetings: Apostolic Prayers.


Comment from Anthony Potts
Time: October 1, 2008, 6:43 pm

Do you have some suggested links of compilations?

Comment from Aaron
Time: October 2, 2008, 9:05 am

Oh, yeah - sorry.. I’ve edited the original post and added a link at the end. Thanks, bro!

Comment from Jakob
Time: December 1, 2008, 11:03 am

What if I just want to pray for my sick dog?

Comment from Aaron
Time: December 1, 2008, 11:13 am

There’s no account, to my knowledge, of animals being healed in the Bible. However, there is also no account (again, to my knowledge) of John Wesley laying hands on, and seeing manifest healing, on any humans… HOWEVER, there is an account of his horse falling deathly ill when he really needed to be somewhere, and he laid hands on it, and by a prayer of faith it was healed. And, hey, dogs are smaller, so it should be easier right?

Comment from Jakob
Time: December 1, 2008, 1:51 pm

Point counterpoint…………..there you Methodists go again always bringing up John Wesley…LOL…….is it wrong that I like joking so much?

Comment from Aaron
Time: December 1, 2008, 3:35 pm

I have to watch myself… a few months ago we were on the side of the interstate with a flat, and a man stopped to help us. At one point he said, “You guys are christians aren’t you? Let me guess; you’re Assemblies of God.” Robin immediately responded, “Actually, we’re Methodists.” My knee jerk reaction was to shush her and proclaim, “NO WE ARE NOT! Just because we’re serving & attending a Methodist church doesn’t mean we’re Methodists.”

I don’t have an issue with anyone else in the world being “a Methodist”, and, when it comes down to solid Wesleyan theology, there’s few denominations out there that are so solid on the core truths… but, I still just prefer to be labeled, “a devout lover of the Most High God” (if you insist on labels). :)

Comment from Jakob
Time: December 1, 2008, 8:59 pm

I’ll agree on that! Can’t beat a fiery preacher who couldn’t sleep at night until ALL heard! I especially like that when John would hold prayer meetings the night before church if you didn’t show up and get your ticket you couldn’t get into service the next morning!! Let’s do that Aaron, if you don’t show up to pray river valley you can’t go to your church the following Sunday morning, I’m sure we could work out a deal with the local congregations!!!!……ok well I’m only slightly joking!

Comment from aleka mom
Time: August 25, 2010, 12:34 pm

Please prayer for my son seeking permanent work for two years now, today is going for a test. May God intervein and may his angels surround and guide him today at 12:30. He just recently made a move to Oakland from Los Angeles in hopes that he finds permanent work. I know there are lots of people seeking working right now and losing their jobs and we want to continue to pray for all.

Comment from Aaron
Time: August 25, 2010, 12:43 pm

Hi, Aleka Mom. I am praying for your son right now. Is his name Matt?

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