Growing in Prayer with Mike Bickle (Season 5, Ep. 22)

Growing in Prayer with Mike Bickle (Season 5, Ep. 22)

God enjoys time with you, even when you are broken within. He uses His power to interact with you.

Devote time out of your day to grow in prayer with the Lord. In this episode, Mike Bickle, and director of the International House of Prayer, Kansas City, teaches the importance of prayer and communicates with you God's character of graciousness and kindness.

Listen as Mike shares the 5 Steps to Effect Prayer and Apostolic Prayers from the Bible he provides in his book, "Growing in Prayer Devotional."

45 Minutes • 2 months ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Mike Bickle

As a young man, prayer was never Mike Bickle’s thing. But, once God revealed to Mike His true personality, a God that wanted desperately to have great conversations with him, then all of a sudden, Mike got it. And that was the catalyst to Mike’s lifelong mission for the kingdom.

Mike is the founder and director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri, best known for its 24/7 prayer room initiated in September 1999. Mike has also written several books on prayer, including Growing in Prayer: A Real-Life Guide to talking to God, published by Charisma House in 2014. His latest effort is a devotional piggybacking on that book, and he discusses it with host Dr. Steve Greene on this podcast.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: In Isaiah 56:7, the prophecy promised that the Lord would bring them to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Isn’t that exciting, that you can go into prayer expecting to be joyful? That’s what I want more of. Sometimes, it’s just labor to pray. So, I set a goal this year to pray more in private. I pray a lot, but I want to pray more. It seems like I’m out of balance in public and private prayer. I don’t want that. I’m not, but it feels that way some days. That I pray more at work, over other people, or over public situations than I do over my private prayer list. I have a lot of public prayer time, but I just want more private time. And I want to be full of joy. I want to pray first before everything I agree to do. And I want to pray quickly for any need I hear about. Somebody asks me to pray in the hall, I don’t want to say I’ll put it on my prayer list and get to it, I want to pray right then. At least not in front of people, but as I begin to walk down the hall. I don’t just want to say the typical, ‘I’ll pray for you’ and then never do it. It happens to all of us, but I don’t want it to happen. To go along with my daily Bible reading this year, I added Mike Bickle’s new devotional book. It’s called Growing in Prayer. It’s a 100-day journey. I’ve added that to my prayer time. I start my prayer time by reading Mike’s devotional. You are going to hear about that from him as we get to it in this interview. Many times in my life I thought of prayer as a duty. I’ve got to do my Christian thing and pray like this. I showed up for my work, sat in my prayer closet and did my prayer just like a good little servant. I’m mocking myself, no one else. I prayed the Lord’s prayer, and I prayed the 23rd Psalm, which I highly recommend, that’s a good thing to do. I do it throughout the day, which I don’t mind doing. I’ll pray both of those prayers. It only takes 21 seconds. I learned that from Dr. Mark Rutland. I’m so grateful for that. So, I work through my prayer list and I offer thanks, but I still felt like I fell woefully short, like I hadn’t prayed enough. Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever feel you’re just checking a box when you pray?  I read about and I visit with other pastors who can pray for hours of their day. Mike Bickle does that. He’s got that 24-hour prayer room and he’s been doing it for 20 years. He knows a lot about praying and that’s why he’s going to be on the show today. I kept thinking, why can’t I find that kind of time to meet the Lord in prayer? I have difficulty remaining focused for more than 15 minutes in my prayer closet. Maybe I check my Facebook, or I check my this or check my that. I want more time to pray. I don’t want my mind to wander back to work and back to my to-do list. I become critical of my own prayers. I hear my prayers and think, you can do better than that. That’s not good enough, you can do better. I know that Mike can help us all move our prayer life from duty to discipline to delight. That’s what I want from this interview with Mike, for him to help us to move from duty to delight. I know that you are going to enjoy hearing from this man of God. 

The Interview

Dr. Steve Greene: Mike Bickle is director of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City, and he’s founder of the International House of Prayer University. It’s a four-year ministry school. IHOPKC has hosted 24/7 prayer, which is led by worship teams non-stop, since 1999. Mike is the author of many books and he’s a great friend of ours here at Charisma. So, please welcome Mike Bickle to the Greenelines podcast. 

You know how much I appreciate you and I love your books. I’m currently reading my way through Growing in Prayer. I’m taking it a devotion at a time, and I find it really speaks to me. It’s one of those books that just has some spiritual punch to it. And, I like that.

Mike Bickle: It was Charisma that gave me the idea for the devotional. I wrote a book called Growing in Prayer in which I was really engaged with. I’ve written a bunch of books, this is the one that touches my heart the deepest. It’s so thick, it’s like a textbook. So, taking a 100-day devotional and taking little sound bites, that was a great idea that the Charisma team helped me put together.

Some of Mike Bickle’s Books

·         Growing in Prayer: A Real-Life Guide to Talking with God

·         God’s Answer to the Growing Crisis: A Bold Call to Action in the End Times

·         7 Commitments for Spiritual Growth

·         Prayers to Strengthen Your Inner Man

·         Growing in the Prophetic

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I want to ask you this question of which I make a big deal about in the opening of this podcast, in how you personally moved from duty to delight in your prayer life. How do you help others to do what you did?

Mike Bickle: In my early days, in college, this was like 40-plus years ago, I was really committed to be a man of God. I was 18, 19 years old, and my leaders told me that I had to grow in prayer. I didn’t really like that at the time. I said I shall do anything but prayer. Please, not this. So, I read books by guys like Leonard Ravenhill and Joy Dawson and Andrew Murray, these books about prayer. I just said, I’m going to be a man of prayer. I’m just really being straightforward, I hated it. I would pray an hour a day and it would be the most miserable hour. I remember saying, Lord, if I’ve got to do this to be a man of God, I’m never going to make it. If an angel would have appeared to me that 40-plus years ago and said yeah, young man of God, one day you’ll have a 24-hour-a-day prayer ministry, I would have just collapsed in despair. That would have been message. I couldn’t have even imagined it. Years went by and I began to really enjoy the presence of God. I thought, wow, I’m made for this. So, we’ve been doing IHOP now for 20 years. It’s gone non-stop, never even stopped a minute, by the grace of God. All of the prayer meetings are led by worship teams. One key part of prayer is, and everyone can’t have this part but whenever you can I encourage it, is having anointed music be a part of it. That’s not critical, but boy if you can have anointed music involved, prayer is way more enjoyable. So, that’s one, but I have two or three other points and not teach my whole 400-page book.

The first thing that happens in our prayer life is that we have to get a different image of what God’s heart and his personality is like. When we end up with an image of God that delights in us and enjoys us, that’s beautiful … In Micah 7, the scripture says He delights in mercy. Also in Isaiah 62, it says He delights in us, which means He enjoys us.  And I’m thinking, how could this glorious person of God enjoy this weak and broken person in my flesh? It was that revelation, that insight that God enjoys us … a sincere believer I’m talking about, even in our weakness … He sees the yes in our spirit to obey Him, even before the obedience is fully mature. He is so gracious in his personality. We think of God of being so awesome in His power, and of course He is. But the most dramatic thing about him with the exception of His power, it’s His personality and how gracious He is in the way He uses His power. He uses his power to interact with people like us. What kind of powerful God would do that? In Joel 2, it says He is very kind. When I got that new image of God instead of the strict coach or the authoritative sergeant in the military … when I got an image of kind and gracious, not flippant about our compromise, but kind and gracious. He sees our weakness. I don’t want to portray an image of God where He doesn’t take our sin seriously. He wants us to know that He enjoys us. When I begin to understand that, I realize that He’s the most beautiful being who likes me more than anyone and wants to talk to me. He finds my conversation with Him moving. I thought, if this is true, I want to talk to Him more. …

I’m a believer in creating prayer lists. I have several prayer lists. One prayer list is for my inner man. I’ve got a little booklet called Prayers to Strengthen Your Inner Man, where my love and revelation for God and my fear of the Lord strengthens. I go down that list. … Even though I’ve been really engaged in prayer for years, I’ll go to our prayer room in Kansas City and I’ll sit down there and my brain is tired, I’m a little distracted … I literally sit there and say, ‘Lord I love you, but I don’t even know what to pray right now. And I pause, and I go right to that acronym F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P. I have verses and ways to pray each of the letters. And I’m not committed to do all 10 of those letters. Sometimes I’ll get stuck on one and then skip three of them. Sometimes I’ll pray for part of it. Sometimes I’ll go for an hour or two on it. But, having that focus really helps because sometimes I’m just tired and scattered. I’ll look at my prayer list, but I’m not committed to stick with it. I’ll go wherever the wind blows. Having a prayer focus like that really matters. I do have prayer focuses for our city, different ministries, different people, family members. But, having a prayer list helps you when your brain feels foggy and tired. I start with that. I’ll go in a different direction any time I feel inspired to. So, the prayer list is a little prop, not something that controls my prayer life.

Mike Bickle on Charisma

·         Mike Bickle: Your Keys to a Biblical View of the End Times

·         Mike Bickle: What End-Times Bible Prophecy Says We Can Expect in the Coming Years

·         Mike Bickle Answers the 100 Most Frequently Asked Questions About the End Times

·         Mike Bickle Explains How You Can Open Your Own House of Prayer

·         Mike Bickle: IHOPKC Will Never  Accept Extrabiblical Prophetic Words, Dreams or Visions

Connect with Mike

·         At IHOPKC.org

·         On Twitter @mikebickle

·         On Facebook

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Mike Bickle

As a young man, prayer was never Mike Bickle’s thing. But, once God revealed to Mike His true personality, a God that wanted desperately to have great conversations with him, then all of a sudden, Mike got it. And that was the catalyst to Mike’s lifelong mission for the kingdom.

Mike is the founder and director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri, best known for its 24/7 prayer room initiated in September 1999. Mike has also written several books on prayer, including Growing in Prayer: A Real-Life Guide to talking to God, published by Charisma House in 2014. His latest effort is a devotional piggybacking on that book, and he discusses it with host Dr. Steve Greene on this podcast.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: In Isaiah 56:7, the prophecy promised that the Lord would bring them to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Isn’t that exciting, that you can go into prayer expecting to be joyful? That’s what I want more of. Sometimes, it’s just labor to pray. So, I set a goal this year to pray more in private. I pray a lot, but I want to pray more. It seems like I’m out of balance in public and private prayer. I don’t want that. I’m not, but it feels that way some days. That I pray more at work, over other people, or over public situations than I do over my private prayer list. I have a lot of public prayer time, but I just want more private time. And I want to be full of joy. I want to pray first before everything I agree to do. And I want to pray quickly for any need I hear about. Somebody asks me to pray in the hall, I don’t want to say I’ll put it on my prayer list and get to it, I want to pray right then. At least not in front of people, but as I begin to walk down the hall. I don’t just want to say the typical, ‘I’ll pray for you’ and then never do it. It happens to all of us, but I don’t want it to happen. To go along with my daily Bible reading this year, I added Mike Bickle’s new devotional book. It’s called Growing in Prayer. It’s a 100-day journey. I’ve added that to my prayer time. I start my prayer time by reading Mike’s devotional. You are going to hear about that from him as we get to it in this interview. Many times in my life I thought of prayer as a duty. I’ve got to do my Christian thing and pray like this. I showed up for my work, sat in my prayer closet and did my prayer just like a good little servant. I’m mocking myself, no one else. I prayed the Lord’s prayer, and I prayed the 23rd Psalm, which I highly recommend, that’s a good thing to do. I do it throughout the day, which I don’t mind doing. I’ll pray both of those prayers. It only takes 21 seconds. I learned that from Dr. Mark Rutland. I’m so grateful for that. So, I work through my prayer list and I offer thanks, but I still felt like I fell woefully short, like I hadn’t prayed enough. Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever feel you’re just checking a box when you pray?  I read about and I visit with other pastors who can pray for hours of their day. Mike Bickle does that. He’s got that 24-hour prayer room and he’s been doing it for 20 years. He knows a lot about praying and that’s why he’s going to be on the show today. I kept thinking, why can’t I find that kind of time to meet the Lord in prayer? I have difficulty remaining focused for more than 15 minutes in my prayer closet. Maybe I check my Facebook, or I check my this or check my that. I want more time to pray. I don’t want my mind to wander back to work and back to my to-do list. I become critical of my own prayers. I hear my prayers and think, you can do better than that. That’s not good enough, you can do better. I know that Mike can help us all move our prayer life from duty to discipline to delight. That’s what I want from this interview with Mike, for him to help us to move from duty to delight. I know that you are going to enjoy hearing from this man of God. 

The Interview

Dr. Steve Greene: Mike Bickle is director of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City, and he’s founder of the International House of Prayer University. It’s a four-year ministry school. IHOPKC has hosted 24/7 prayer, which is led by worship teams non-stop, since 1999. Mike is the author of many books and he’s a great friend of ours here at Charisma. So, please welcome Mike Bickle to the Greenelines podcast. 

You know how much I appreciate you and I love your books. I’m currently reading my way through Growing in Prayer. I’m taking it a devotion at a time, and I find it really speaks to me. It’s one of those books that just has some spiritual punch to it. And, I like that.

Mike Bickle: It was Charisma that gave me the idea for the devotional. I wrote a book called Growing in Prayer in which I was really engaged with. I’ve written a bunch of books, this is the one that touches my heart the deepest. It’s so thick, it’s like a textbook. So, taking a 100-day devotional and taking little sound bites, that was a great idea that the Charisma team helped me put together.

Some of Mike Bickle’s Books

·         Growing in Prayer: A Real-Life Guide to Talking with God

·         God’s Answer to the Growing Crisis: A Bold Call to Action in the End Times

·         7 Commitments for Spiritual Growth

·         Prayers to Strengthen Your Inner Man

·         Growing in the Prophetic

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I want to ask you this question of which I make a big deal about in the opening of this podcast, in how you personally moved from duty to delight in your prayer life. How do you help others to do what you did?

Mike Bickle: In my early days, in college, this was like 40-plus years ago, I was really committed to be a man of God. I was 18, 19 years old, and my leaders told me that I had to grow in prayer. I didn’t really like that at the time. I said I shall do anything but prayer. Please, not this. So, I read books by guys like Leonard Ravenhill and Joy Dawson and Andrew Murray, these books about prayer. I just said, I’m going to be a man of prayer. I’m just really being straightforward, I hated it. I would pray an hour a day and it would be the most miserable hour. I remember saying, Lord, if I’ve got to do this to be a man of God, I’m never going to make it. If an angel would have appeared to me that 40-plus years ago and said yeah, young man of God, one day you’ll have a 24-hour-a-day prayer ministry, I would have just collapsed in despair. That would have been message. I couldn’t have even imagined it. Years went by and I began to really enjoy the presence of God. I thought, wow, I’m made for this. So, we’ve been doing IHOP now for 20 years. It’s gone non-stop, never even stopped a minute, by the grace of God. All of the prayer meetings are led by worship teams. One key part of prayer is, and everyone can’t have this part but whenever you can I encourage it, is having anointed music be a part of it. That’s not critical, but boy if you can have anointed music involved, prayer is way more enjoyable. So, that’s one, but I have two or three other points and not teach my whole 400-page book.

The first thing that happens in our prayer life is that we have to get a different image of what God’s heart and his personality is like. When we end up with an image of God that delights in us and enjoys us, that’s beautiful … In Micah 7, the scripture says He delights in mercy. Also in Isaiah 62, it says He delights in us, which means He enjoys us.  And I’m thinking, how could this glorious person of God enjoy this weak and broken person in my flesh? It was that revelation, that insight that God enjoys us … a sincere believer I’m talking about, even in our weakness … He sees the yes in our spirit to obey Him, even before the obedience is fully mature. He is so gracious in his personality. We think of God of being so awesome in His power, and of course He is. But the most dramatic thing about him with the exception of His power, it’s His personality and how gracious He is in the way He uses His power. He uses his power to interact with people like us. What kind of powerful God would do that? In Joel 2, it says He is very kind. When I got that new image of God instead of the strict coach or the authoritative sergeant in the military … when I got an image of kind and gracious, not flippant about our compromise, but kind and gracious. He sees our weakness. I don’t want to portray an image of God where He doesn’t take our sin seriously. He wants us to know that He enjoys us. When I begin to understand that, I realize that He’s the most beautiful being who likes me more than anyone and wants to talk to me. He finds my conversation with Him moving. I thought, if this is true, I want to talk to Him more. …

I’m a believer in creating prayer lists. I have several prayer lists. One prayer list is for my inner man. I’ve got a little booklet called Prayers to Strengthen Your Inner Man, where my love and revelation for God and my fear of the Lord strengthens. I go down that list. … Even though I’ve been really engaged in prayer for years, I’ll go to our prayer room in Kansas City and I’ll sit down there and my brain is tired, I’m a little distracted … I literally sit there and say, ‘Lord I love you, but I don’t even know what to pray right now. And I pause, and I go right to that acronym F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P. I have verses and ways to pray each of the letters. And I’m not committed to do all 10 of those letters. Sometimes I’ll get stuck on one and then skip three of them. Sometimes I’ll pray for part of it. Sometimes I’ll go for an hour or two on it. But, having that focus really helps because sometimes I’m just tired and scattered. I’ll look at my prayer list, but I’m not committed to stick with it. I’ll go wherever the wind blows. Having a prayer focus like that really matters. I do have prayer focuses for our city, different ministries, different people, family members. But, having a prayer list helps you when your brain feels foggy and tired. I start with that. I’ll go in a different direction any time I feel inspired to. So, the prayer list is a little prop, not something that controls my prayer life.

Mike Bickle on Charisma

·         Mike Bickle: Your Keys to a Biblical View of the End Times

·         Mike Bickle: What End-Times Bible Prophecy Says We Can Expect in the Coming Years

·         Mike Bickle Answers the 100 Most Frequently Asked Questions About the End Times

·         Mike Bickle Explains How You Can Open Your Own House of Prayer

·         Mike Bickle: IHOPKC Will Never  Accept Extrabiblical Prophetic Words, Dreams or Visions

Connect with Mike

·         At IHOPKC.org

·         On Twitter @mikebickle

·         On Facebook

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

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