SCHOOL OF PRAYER COURSE MODULES – 1 YEAR
Module 1: The basics of prayer
Different aspects of prayer are discussed in this module, first laying the foundation for prayer as a two-way conversation with God and fellowship with Him. It aims to shed light on continuum of prayer, the different ways God answers prayers and how to hear God’s voice in prayer. Emphasis is laid on the importance of the Word and the Holy Spirit in prayer, and having a revelational knowledge of who God is. The student will also learn that prayer is an art that is mastered only through constant practice.
The students learning will cover tone, language and posture during prayer. The student will learn the importance of rebuilding prayer altars, developing a lifestyle of prayer, and the synergy between personal, cooperate and the various kinds of prayers. This module gives a practical guide on how to overcome hinderances and obstacles to prayer using the tools and resources God has already laid out for us e.g., the Word, the blood of Jesus, the whole armour of God etc.
The student will learn about intercessory prayer and intercessors, the watchmen and gatekeepers, the watch hours and the phases of intercession during prayer. The role of the intercessor, watchmen and gatekeepers in stirring revival in nations, communities and churches is discussed and how they must pray God’s eternal plan, purpose and destiny is fulfilled on the earth. The essential character traits for intercessors, watchmen and gatekeepers are explored alongside spiritual identity, position and authority in Christ. After this module, you will be transformed to be powerful in prayer by developing a closer walk with God.
Module 2: Intercessors, watchmen and gatekeepers
Intercessors, watchmen and gatekeepers are crucial in the kingdom. They are the men and women who are strategically positioned spiritually to enforce God’s counsel in their appointed areas or regions. They wage war in the spirit using various spiritual skills and strategies as enabled by the Holy spirit. We begin by covering the basics that the Holy Spirit prays, intercedes, advocates and pleads for us and He pours on the intercessor the spirit of grace (unmerited favour, God’s ability, power, strength, enabling power) and spirit of supplications (pleading), spirit of recognition to look upon God, and spirit of repentance.
The course also covers advanced skills of waring at spiritual gates and gateways and demonology.
The student will gain understanding that will allow them move into the capacity of a gatekeeper and watchman should they desire to do so, as it is the Holy spirit that equips people for the role. Through this module, you will learn practices in prayer and the keys that grant you the authority to change things in the spiritual realm. You will learn:
- Who are gatekeepers, watchmen and intercessors?
- Different types of watches – watches of the day and watches of the night.
- Spiritual gate and gateways.
- The role of the Holy Spirit.
- Praying in tongues and in the Spirit.
- The intercessor and intercessory prayer.
- Phases of intercession.
- The prophetic Intercessor and prophetic intercession.
- Biblical examples of intercessors, gatekeepers and watchmen, what they did and some of the content of their prayers.
- Lessons on character and the sacrifice needed to operate in those areas.
- The ability to see and hear in the Spirit.
The student will also learn about how God uses spiritual gateways to pour out His blessings into the lives of people and nations, and how the devil also uses demonic spiritual gateways to hinder and oppose God’s blessing to pour out evil and wickedness into the lives of people and nations. Every believer is called to pray for others and God desires to bring believers to a higher level of prayer, and maturity as intercessors. This higher place is where we cease to pray for what is happening in the earthly realm but pray concerning spiritual gates and gateways.
Module 3: Angels and prayer, The purpose and ministry of angels
The bible makes reference to the word ‘angels’ about 240 times, ‘angel’ means messenger, a heavenly spirit being. In this lesson the student will learn about angels as ministering spirits (apostolic angels), sent forth by God to minister to and for those who have inherited salvation (which includes healing, deliverance, and prosperity). In this module, students will learn that angels are assigned to every believer to minister the word and also to perform the word of God concerning the believer. They are a part of God’s benefit to the believer; they are always with them and available to help the believer because they are heirs of salvation. Every believer needs to acknowledge the presence of angels and also be acquainted with the activity of angels as messengers assigned to help and work with and for the church to accomplish what she needs to do. When the church gathers there are innumerable angels present, to hear what the Spirit says through the church so that the angels can perform the word of God, Hebrews 12:22. The principles in this lesson will help you get acquainted with angels, how they operate and their activities as seen in the church and people in the bible e.g., David, Shepherds, Elijah and Elisha, Peter, John, Gideon, Balaam, Paul, the Church, Israel, Cornelius, Philip and many more.
Module 4: Strategic spiritual warfare
This module emphasises the foundation that Jesus has given every believer the power and authority over all the power, strategies, lies of the enemy. Satan therefore has no power, authority or dominion over the believer, except the believer allows him. In other words, the devil cannot force any believer against their will to say or do what the believer refuses to say or do. The believer has already overcome the enemy and the believer is guaranteed to win the battle as Christ has authorized total victory over the enemy.
Strategic warfare prayers position the believer to engage in the highest level of spiritual warfare prayer for total victory. In strategic warfare, the believer prays in agreement with God’s will and plans, and focuses prayers specifically on the most important aspects, in order to fulfil God’s will, receive victory and answered prayers. Behind all the circumstances are spiritual powers and rulers of darkness at work.
In this module, the student will learn how strategic warfare prayers identifies and deals with the enemy and the spiritual forces at the root cause of the circumstances in the spiritual realm.
Therefore, the battle is not against people nor the circumstances you see with your natural eyes, senses and natural world, but the battles are in the spirit realm.
Isaiah 10:27 – “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing” (KJV)
The anointing removed the burden and destroys the yoke and slavery to sin, sickness, poverty and all the works of the enemy. The victory belongs to every believer through Jesus because Satan has been judged, defeated, and cast out by God to become the believer’s footstool. In other words, we need to actively engage putting on the whole armor of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. We need not fear the battle; in Christ we are more than conquerors. Jesus disarmed and spoiled the weapons of the devil on the cross. Here the student will learn about the principles and rules for strategic spiritual warfare, the spiritual resources available for battle and practical strategies for Christians to resist the devil’s schemes, how to address situations before the righteous judge (God) in the courts of heaven. The student’s learnings will include:
- Demons and demonology- scriptural teachings on satanic forces.
- The anointing.
- The believer’s authority.
- Casting out demons in Jesus’ name.
- Principles and rules for strategic spiritual warfare.
- Spiritual resources to win the battle.
- The courts of Heaven.
Christ has given you the authority and victory over demons and their activities such as lack, curses, frustration, satanic opposition. In this module the student will learn to apply their legal authority to bind and to lose.
Module 5: Positions in prayer
As people, we communicate in so many ways other than with our voices. Some of these include our body language, facial expressions and the sounds we make. These communications are important in prayer especially in times when we don’t even know what to pray. God hears the inaudible words we speak during prayers through our body language, posture and tome of prayer. He also sees that state of our heart when we come before Him. In this module, the student will gain good insight on the physical positions in prayer as well as the spiritual posture of the heart and soul. The lesson will shed light on how these postures and positions speak non-verbal words to the father as we approach Him. Each prayer posture has significance and may have a time and place in your prayer life.
At a glance, this course offers a comprehensive study of different postures detailing the importance of compassion, love, forgiveness, surrender, faith, trust, patience, righteousness and holiness, humility in prayer and much more!
The lesson explores the physical position and state of the heart as one enter into prayer. It must be a position of humility and dependence upon God. A humble recognition of God’s power as the one who is able to do all things
Module 6: Adversity and prayer
The devil often increases the intensity of persecution and trials on the believer which can sometimes drain one’s spiritual energy. Some believers may find themselves weakened in prayer during those times. However, they that prevail in the prayer of faith, backed by a revelation of their victory in Christ always overcome. The Bible encourages readers using the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who were thrown in the fire for not bowing to worship the king, however they did not burn because God preserved them. Daniel was also in the lion’s den, he prayed and God shut the mouth of the lions from harming him.
In this course, you will learn how to use prayer in seasons of intense persecution and struggles. The module will teach you how to apply the prayer of worship during persecution, types of worship and praise and hinderances. The student will learn spiritual wrestling and how to persevere and prevail in prayer. Just like Jacob, you too can wrestle with God through prevailing prayer, and have power for victory in all circumstances. This module will cover various adversities as detailed in the word of God and how the people overcame including:
- Daniel’s adversity.
- Jehoshaphat’s adversity.
- Hezekiah’s adversity.
- Jonah’s adversity.
- Hannah’s adversity.
- The role of grace and faith played in their victory.
The principles in this module will help you stand firm in seasons of trial and emerge victorious through every storm.
Module 7: Pauline epistles prayer
This lesson will give insight into the kinds of prayers that were made by Apostle Paul. The module will draw lessons from the contents of his prayers on which the student can build on to strengthen the foundation of their prayers.
Ephesians 2:20 – “Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself”. (NLT)
This course will look at the following books in the bible and the prayers of Paul:
- 1 and 2 Corinthians
- 1 and 2 Thessalonians
- 1 and 2 Timothy
Module 8: Rebuilding through prayer
Rebuilding is a vital notion in the believers walk and begins right from salvation where the believer’s foundation is renewed, moving from the old into a new life in Christ. While Nehemiah’s original intentions was to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, the people needed rebuilding spiritually. While many things in life whether mental, emotional and spiritual may be broken, torn or destroyed, we have an assurance that all can be fixed and mended with Christ as the foundation. In this module, the student will learn the importance of God’s word and reality of God’s power in re-building, repairing the ancient ruined cities, and restoring broken lives through prayer despite various oppositions.
Jesus is an expert at building and rebuilding. He was a carpenter on earth and learned how to repair broken things. He wants to rebuild your life into something beautiful and joyful. But you have a part to play to see a manifestation. The student will learn with the help of the Holy Spirit how to practically rebuild various areas of their lives and nation through prayer.
This module explores that importance of having the mind and desire to build and allowing Jesus to rule every area of their life by renewing their mind.
Other key areas include:
- Receiving the revelation to build.
- Keys, strategies and skills to build.
- Overcoming opposition and persecution.
- Being diligent workers & having the right priorities.
- The prophetic voice of God in building.
Some key scriptures: Nehemiah 4:6, Matthew 16:13-19, Ezra 1-10, Haggai 1-2, Nehemiah 1-13 and Zechariah 4.
Module 9: Praying the promises of God
The promises of God enable us to be partakers of the divine nature. Believers are Abraham’s seed and an heir of God’s promises – Galatians 3:29, 2 Peter 1:4. When you pray the promises of God, it causes your focus to be on God and His Word rather than your situation and emotions. You are assured of answered prayers because God is faithful to His Word and He will always fulfil what He has promised. Although God has provided for the believer, everything that Jesus paid for the Christian has to ask for, the promises of God, in faith, claim and receive them. The Word and promises of God is the believer’s divine rights to claim – Romans 4:13; 16-25. The believer’s faith in Christ and His word will enable them to walk in God’s supernatural realm and to do the greater works of Christ, John 14:12. The Holy Spirit will constantly remind the believer the word of God, so that they can pray and obey the word. However, the believer must know that the devil will always come to steal, kill and destroy but Christ has come to give us life more abundantly, John 10:10. The believer has to daily live and walk in the Spirit by bring their thoughts in agreement and in obedience to God’s word, 2 Cor. 10:3-6, daily by casting down every imagination and thoughts which are against God’s word, 2 Corinthians 10:5. In this module the student will learn the promises of God for different areas of life and how to apply them daily for results. The student’s learnings will also bring to focus:
- The importance of meditation, confessions and power of words and daily putting on the shield of faith.
- God’s promises for families, marriages, children.
- God’s promises concerning the youths.
- Praying God’s promises concerning spiritual, emotional, physical and financial healing and deliverance.
Module 10: Prayer walking and spiritual mapping
The believer needs to allow Christ to make intercession, confessions with and through them walking their land, to affect others in their communities, towns, villages and nations, Romans 8:26-27. Prayer walks, are key in allowing God to reign and rule in our communities and nations. Spiritual mapping allows the believer a detailed and careful view of the spiritual state of a community, village, town, city and nation. This spiritual view looks beyond the natural visible realm to the invisible realm, to see the numerous spiritual powers at work. In this module, the student’s learnings will include:
- The aims and purposes of spiritual mapping and prayer walks.
- Practical guidance on how to do spiritual mapping and prayer walks.
At the end of this module, the student will be able to do spiritual mapping and walking should they desire. For God has promised to give us the nations for an inheritance.
Module 11: Praying in the name of Jesus
As Christians, we have so many benefits in the name of Jesus especially in prayer. According to Wesley L. Duewel “To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray in harmony with His character. It is to pray in the fullest oneness and identity with Him”
E.M Bounds “Praying in Jesus’ Name means to stand in His stead, to bear His nature, to stand for all which He stood, righteousness, truth, holiness, and Zeal”.
Here the student will learn the importance, power and benefits of praying in the name of Jesus to the believer. The name of Jesus guarantees us access to the father.
John 14:6 – ‘Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’ (KJV)
Great power is released when we pray in the name of Jesus. His gives the believer the authority to petition God in prayer, John 16:24. It also brings us into agreement with God’s purposes and is the assurance that we will receive an answer to whatever we ask God for – John 15:16, 23.
Module 12: Prayer, fasting and giving
In prayer and fasting, believers humble themselves, acknowledging God as their source of strength and life. Fasting and prayer has brought about many great revivals in the history of the church. Many revivalists such as John Knox, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Finney, Martin Luther were used by God through prayer and fasting to bring about mighty spiritual awakenings. Before Jesus began His ministry He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where He fasted for 40 days to consecrate Himself, receive revelation and direction from God concerning His will and purposes, for the work God had given to Him to do, and to confront and defeat the devil. No Christian can do without fasting if they want to live victoriously.
Proverbs 21:13 – ‘Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard’. (NKJV)
Believers must know and come into agreement with God’s wealth system, and principles. The bible teaches believers that God’s kingdom system of abundance and wealth is based on the principles of sowing and reaping, seedtime and harvest, (Genesis 8:22; Psalm 126:5-6; Galatians 6:7, Luke 6:38, Malachi 3:10-12, and 2 Corinthians 9:6-15). When believers obey the word and give, they receive the grace for abundance in both seeds and harvest, and the receivers give many thanks to God for His divine provision to meet their needs, 2 Corinthians 9:8-15.
In this course, you will learn about:
- The purpose of fasting.
- Different types of Fasting.
- The benefits of fasting.
- Benefits of sowing and reaping.
Module 13: Praying for the church, leaders and nations
1 Timothy 2:1-4 – “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth”. (KJV)
Every believer must pray for the church, the lost souls, leaders and for the nations to come to the full knowledge of Christ and love righteousness. While many have no genuine desire to pray for others, some with the desire struggle to make these prayers because they don’t know what, how and why they need to pray. In this module, the student will learn why prayers are necessary for the church and others, and the things they can pray about concerning the church including:
- Unity in the Church.
- How to pray for the persecuted Church.
- Praying for revival in nations and communities.
- How and what to pray for spiritual leaders.
- Praying for the secular leaders.
- Praying for Israel and the Nations of the world.
- And much more!
At the end of this module, the student will have much guidance, scriptures and information on how to pray effectively for the church, leaders and the nations.
Module 14: Generals and apostles of prayer
This lesson will give you an insight into the life and ministry of the generals and apostles of prayer and the lessons learnt. It will prepare and bring you to maturity in prayer, so you can become an end time Apostle and general of prayer, one who knows how to pray apostolic prayers that will build up, strengthen the church, defeat the powers of darkness, cause a change in the spiritual destinies of nations, and reaps a harvest of souls into God’s kingdom.
Acts 2:42-43 – “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles”. (KJV)
Jesus was the greatest general of prayer and we follow His examples as we pray. The student will learn a general of prayer to be someone who has accepted the invitation of Christ to the call of prayer, and taken ownership to pursue Christ’ plan for their lives and their call to prayer for the church and nations. They will be inspired to rise up and take a stand as an Apostle of prayer and makes apostolic prayers that builds up, edifies, strengthens the church. It will motivate you to make disciples of people who know how to pray effectively to bring about the kingdom and will of God in the earth. The student will also learn lessons about the lives of powerful generals and apostles of prayer (both earthly and biblical generals), who paved the way for many revivals in nations across the world. Learning about their successes, lifestyle, mistakes, and victories through prayer. The generals will include:
- John Hyde
- Smith Wigglesworth
- John Knox
- Charles Finney
- David Brainard
- Anna the Prophetess
- And much more!