1. “Prayer is the most aggressive, pro-active, offensive, invasive action one can take in any situation. Prayer reaches into the spiritual realm and accesses all the power of heaven for the circumstances of earth.” – Jennifer Kennedy Dean
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:4-5).
2. “What God wants to do on the earth, He will do through intercessors. When God wants to change the course events will take on their own, He searches out an intercessor on whose heart He can place His desires.” – Jennifer Kennedy Dean
“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none” (Ezek. 22:30).
3. “Through an ongoing prayer relationship with the Father, He will reproduce His heart in me, shaping my desires to match His. He will take my self-centered heart and fasten it on Him.” – Jennifer Kennedy Dean
“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps. 37:4).
4. “Prayer is the means by which you will be freed from your earth-bound, time-bound thinking to participate in eternity.” – Jennifer Kennedy Dean
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).
5. “Prayer will work as God intends for it to work when it becomes what God intends for it to be. Prayer is not an activity, but a relationship. Prayer is not a formula, but a life. Only when we have learned to live prayer, breathe prayer, be prayer—only then will the power promised in Scripture consistently be your experience.” – Jennifer Kennedy Dean
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Eph. 6:18).
6. “Don’t focus your faith on an outcome. Instead, focus your faith on God.” – Jennifer Kennedy Dean
“Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up’” (Dan. 3:16-18).
7. “His sovereign decree has established prayer as the bridge between the spiritual realm—where the Word of God is settled forever and all the promises are already ‘Yes’ in Christ—and the material realm. Prayer bridges the gap between heaven and earth.” – Jennifer Kennedy Dean
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).
8. “God initiates prayer. Scripture tells us that God is awakening desires, initiating spiritual hunger, creating in His children the inclination to seek Him. When you pray, you are opening your life to His power and provision.” – Jennifer Kennedy Dean
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20).
9. “True prayer is when God’s heart is expressed through your words. Prayer in its highest form occurs when the words I articulate, with my mouth or in my mind, are merely the containers for God’s thoughts and desires.” – Jennifer Kennedy Dean
“I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand” (Isa. 51:16).
10. “God’s heart is the beginning point of prayer. Powerful, earth-changing prayer starts in the heart of God and flows through the hearts of His people.” – Jennifer Kennedy Dean
“The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them” (Ps. 25:14).
Jennifer Kennedy Dean is Executive director of The Praying Life Foundation and a respected author and speaker.
She is the author of numerous books, studies, and magazine articles specializing in prayer and spiritual formation. Her book Heart’s Cry a primary resource for National Day of Prayer. Her book, Live a Praying Life, has been called a flagship work on prayer.
Widely recognized as an unusually gifted communicator of the deep truths of God’s Word, Jennifer speaks all over the country calling God’s people to discover the difference between “a prayer life” and “a praying life.”
Jennifer was widowed in 2005 after 26 years of marriage to Wayne Dean, her partner both in life and ministry. They are the parents of three grown sons.
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