Category Archives: School of Prayer

School of Prayer is our first online training course developed by Brad Henderson. It consists of two courses (parts 1 and 2) and focuses entirely on developing the discipline of prayer!

Seeking God in Prayer

Prayer holds a special place in my heart because I was born again into prayer; willing and joyful prayer from deep longing for the Father is what I was born again into.  It was alive, it was pure, clean, free, and fresh.

But prayer must always remain pure.  Nothing destroys prayer faster than impurities like pride, legalism, selfish ambition, carnal lusts, and doubt.  They are like a ceiling that oppresses our prayers!


Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. Gods voice in response to mine is its most essential part. ~ Andrew Murray

Nothing in prayer is more important than our Father.  If our Father is not in our prayers, then they are for naught!  To pray out of obligation, or for respect of others opinions, is the most futile endeavor a Christian can undertake in prayer.  To abide in such a condition for very long will wreck havoc on your fellowship with your heavenly Father and strip your time in prayer of all joy and benefit!

Therefore first and foremost seek God in prayer!

Seek Him with constancy, persistence, sincerity, and love; seek Him without respect to time, place, or environment.  It is too easy to settle complacently into set times or places to seek God and allow our prayers to plunge into the dullness of routine; such rote prayers lose all expectation and awe of God.  If our prayers are shaped by such temporal things like “atmosphere”, they lose all sense of eternity!

Prayers that do not seek out God are will be filled with “self”, and prayers that are filled with “self” are woefully dry!


Prayer – secret, fervent, believing prayer – lies at the root of all personal godliness.  ~ Williams Carey

Jesus taught His disciples “secret prayer”, that is, intimate prayer that is unseen and unheard by others.  Prayer must never lose its intimacy!

Prayer that is unseen by others is prayer that is seen by God!  Jesus said, “But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6 HCSB).  I fear that the prayer-life that is always seen and heard by others is never seen or heard by God.

What is the reward of secret prayer?

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6)

Those who will seek Him in secret will find Him; I believe God Himself is the reward Jesus spoke of that belongs to the diligent, to those who earnestly pursue God out of a fervent desire for Him!

Prayer is an effort of will.  ~ Oswald Chambers

We mustn’t think that prayer will come easily; while the redeemed soul yearns for God in prayer, the flesh, when deprived of substance to feed its pride and lusts in prayer, resists fervent prayer. There is simply nothing gratifying for the flesh in unseen, unannounced secret prayer.  Therefore, if one is to seek God fervently in prayer, it is necessary for our redeemed will to impose itself on our heavy, sluggish, flesh, and exert an effort diligent enough so as to lift the flesh to this purpose.

Prayer is not about goosebumps or feelings.  This is not to say that sincere prayer will not activate your emotions, nor stimulate your body, rather it is to say that “the will” is where the struggle for prayer exists.

Unless God first exerts His will to draw us unto Himself in prayer through Christ, we simply cannot lift the weight of our flesh in prayer for very long.  The disciples in the garden demonstrated just how quickly the flesh wearies in prayer.  But once the effort of God’s will has been felt in our soul, drawing us nearer to Him, then the redeemed soul of His children must awaken and exert force over the weighty flesh that so resists prayer!

Understand that when Jesus taught the disciples to pray, “Your will be done”, He was teaching them to cry out to the Father for the effort of His will upon their prayers!


The fewer the words the better the prayer.  ~ Martin Luther

We are not heard for the words we pray.  We are heard for the Spirit who makes intercession for us on our behalf, as it is written, “the Spirit helps in our weaknesses.  For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

Neither those who sit for hours, swaying back and forth, praying the same words over and over again, nor those who stand to “wax eloquent” in their prayers, are heard by God for their words; if the Spirit is not interceding for them with deep groanings that cannot be uttered by man, then God is as deaf to them as He is to the prayers of the pagans!

Confidence put in words kills prayer.  Only evil can come of this.  Either it will cause timidity and doubt in those who seek to pray, or it will cause boasting and evil pride to arise in those who pray often, as it is written “to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).


But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3

The heart of prayer is ever mindful of God; it is consumed by Him who is enthroned by our praises!

I have experienced both the fervent joys and deep darkness of prayer, the former being a time when my prayers ascended to God upon winds of joy, awe, and reverence for His glory, and the latter being a time when my prayers were bound by pride, the judgments of men, and self.  As with all things in Christian life, if we lose sight of God, prayer dies and becomes a burden.  Set your prayers on God and He will fill them with life!


SCHOOL OF PRAYER: Hallowed Be Thy Name II

Trials and tribulation have a way of weeding out unfaithfulness

By Brad Henderson

The Fruit of Lips

God’s not looking for a morning cloud that burns off in the heat; he’s looking for a thunderhead that rises up and is at it’s most glorious and most powerful state in the most intense heat of the day…

God’s looking for a noble vessel, a vessel of honor, that won’t throw over its most precious cargo when the sea gets rough and the storms rage…

The fruit of lips that praise Him…Jesus said, I have appointed you to bear fruit, and God said in Isaiah 57:19 “I create the fruit of lips”.

Remember the Spirit He caused to dwell in us cries out; it confesses and it bears the fruit of lips that praise Him, it’s not a work of the flesh, but of the Spirit (remember we worship Him in SPIRIT and IN TRUTH).

Job 2: Satan said to God does Job worship you for nothing? Later he says, Though He slay me, I will put my trust in Him.”

Paul and Silas were thrown into prison in Acts 16:22-34.  In the inner prison, knee deep in sewer water, they didn’t curse God because they were obedient to Him.  Then they had to suffer for it, yet they praised His name from the prison sewer, and people got saved and delivered, the fruit of lips that praise him…

In Acts 4:23, Peter and John and the disciples rejoiced in their persecution. They were filled with the holy ghost and boldness. The fruit of lips that praise His name

In Acts 5:41 the apostles rejoiced when they were beaten because they were able to suffer for the Name of Jesus….in those days the number of disciples increased… the fruit of lips that praise Him….

In 2Thessalonians 1:4-5, Paul rejoiced and boasted in their trials and tribulations, because it was evidence of God’s righteous judgment that they were being counted worthy of the kingdom for which they suffered… The fruit of lips that praise His name…

The Testimony of the Faithful

The Chinese church refusing to reject Christ suffered jail, torture, and loss of everything, electrocutions, death, poverty, hunger, and thirst.  The government even dams up rivers to prevent them from baptizing believers.  They did not bow or bend.  They said we would listen to God rather than men… The underground church in China is the greatest revival ever recorded on earth…The fruit of lips that praise him.

I met a Pastor in China who is from Africa and cut down the JU JU tree in his village because God told him to because it was where the witch doctors met to practice their evil and make sacrifices to the demons.

He cut it down and was cursed by the witch doctors and was put in prison because it was illegal to do so.  They had to release him from prison because he continued to worship God and confess Christ, and while he was in prison, so many of the prisoners began to be converted they released him before revival broke out all over the prison… The fruit of lips that praise him.

Young woman Joli, translator in China, who, though they’ve taken everything they have, and all their worship resources and instruments, she wept when she said, “I just want to serve Jesus.”  The fruit of lips that praise him.

Why do you worship God



A TEST by Brad:

–       Have you sought only the works of God and not God Himself?

–       Have you sought only the kingdom of God and not the God of this Kingdom?

–       Have you sought signs and wonders and not the ONE who is to be wondered at?

–       Have you sought His wonderful benefits, and not the benefactor himself Christ Jesus?


HE is more awesome than His Holy Places and more glorious than the cloud of glory He rides upon (Psalms).

If God be God worship Him…If Jesus is Lord exalt Him

Worship Him in spirit and in truth, apart from circumstance, trial, or tribulation.

He is God…

The world, your family, and maybe your friends, will look at your suffering and trials as a reproach, and say, curse God and die, as Job’s wife…

Reckon within yourselves, “Though they take my life, I will Love and worship Him, though they burn me at the stake I will glorify Him, though they take all that I have I will praise Him.  I will be faithful because He is faithful”.

Because I have believed I will speak.

I will confess His name.

I will suffer for His name so that I might also be glorified with Him.

I will bear the fruit of lips that praise Him, I will offer the sacrifice of praise, in times of peace, and in warfare…




Remember it’s not what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes out of his mouth, this defiles him


SCHOOL OF PRAYER: Hallowed Be Your Name

Hallowed be your name

By Brad Henderson


“Our Father Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name…”


We believe, therefore we speak2nd Corinthians 4:13

Worshiping the Lord involves first a decree, then a declaration.

What does it mean to hallow the name of the Lord?

Is it merely in word and tongue?

Or is it also in action and in truth?

Jesus said in John 4:23-24,God is seeking those who will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth”

Here is our decree; we must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth….

What does this mean?

When Jesus instructs His disciples to hallow the name of the Lord, we must also keep in mind our Lord also said,not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of Heaven.”  Matthew 7:22

Jesus quoted from Isaiah and said “they honor me with their lips, but in their hearts they are far from me. They worship me in vain, their teachings are but rules taught by men” Matthew 15:8-9….

And again in Matthew 15:11 He says, “It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth that is what defiles him.

In 2Kings 17:33 we read, “they worship the Lord, but serve their own gods.


The Scriptures command us tobear fruit that is worthy of our confession or repentance” (Matthew 3:8; Acts 26:20). 

Jesus said,Why do you call me LORD, LORD, and do not the things which I say” Luke 6:46. 


The one who truly loves me, is the one who does the will of my father in heaven, the one who keeps my commands

John 14:21


Worship and Hallowing the Name of the Lord must grow out of a lifestyle of doing those things that are pleasing in His sight, not just saying those things that are pleasing in His sight, we will talk more about this during “Thy Kingdom Come”


How do we place ourselves under the Kings decree?

And how do we partake of the Kings decree?

John 1:12 “To as many as received Him, He gave the right, power, and authority, to become the children of God, to those who believed on His name”

By this we come under the Kings decree so that we may become worshippers of God in Spirit and in Truth…

Because you are His sons He sent His Spirit that cries out Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6). And in 2Corinthians 4:13, “with that same spirit of faith, we believe therefore we speak.” 


We are under the kings decree to declare the kingdom


Before kingdoms went to war, the king first signed a decree declaring war.  Those who serve the King, serve him in times of peace and in times of war, at all times.

They went out and prepared for battle, and before waging warfare, those up front carried banners, blew trumpets and beat the drums of war in order to declare the king in whose name they fought.

When we worship God, we declare the kingdom of God, we make it known to the enemies of God what kingdom we are of, and who we serve, and the king we serve will not share His glory with another (Isaiah 48:11).

How long will a man sit on the fence between two kingdoms?  How long can a man be friends to both sides?  How long will a man flirt with God and dance with demons?

Don’t be the double-minded man who is unstable in all of his ways.  In 1Kings 18, Elijah saysHow long will you stagger between two ways….If God be God, then worship Him..


Also as a soldier in the battle


 “A good soldier does not entangle himself with the things of this world so that he might please the one who enlisted him (2Tim. 2:4).  

Worship God in Spirit and in Truth, not in the flesh, when it feels like it, for the flesh is weak, and the carnal mind is enmity against God (Romans 8:7-8), nor will we only in Circumstance, when everything is at peace and goes well, and we have no troubles…

God’s sovereignty is not affected when the nations rage and men plot vain things, and when there is persecution and affliction; because of this our worship of Him HINI      should not be affected by these things…

We don’t worship the god of circumstance, we worship the I AM, the ONE who was and is and is to come, the first and the last, the ONE, who, though the heavens and earth perish, and grow old like a garment, He remains the same, and His years will never end, Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever….

When did we become so fat with prosperity and our inalienable American rights that we forgot what it meant to suffer for the name of Christ?  Are we fair weather Christians?  As long as everything goes our way and no one violates our rights, we praise God; is that faithfulness?  When did we stop enduring suffering for Christ? When did we start rebuking trials and tribulations instead of rejoicing in them like the Apostles did?  And like our brothers and sisters around the world?

We must by many trials and tribulations enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22).

  • It has been given to us on behalf of Christ not only to believe in Him but to suffer for His name” Philippians 1:29
  • All who live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2nd Timothy 3:12…
  • He prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies Psalm 23…
  • Yet Paul said rejoice in the Lord always, and again rejoice… Philippians 4:4

Paul said in Phillipians 3:10, “that I might know the fellowship of His sufferings”, and in 2nd Corinthians 11:23-28, He learned in all things to be content, because He worshipped God in Spirit and in Truth, He could not be turned away be circumstance….

And still yet in Acts 20:23-24 Paul said,These things shall not move me!

Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Him continually offer up a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that acknowledge, confess and glorify His name”. Sacrifice is going to cost you something…

Praise God, Exalt His name, not only when it’s convenient, bear the fruit of lips that praise His name…

What does this mean?  Faithfulness…1Cor. 4:1-2 “It’s accounted of a steward that one be found faithful.

Hosea 6:4, “Ephraim what shall I do with you, and Judah , what shall I do to you, for your faithfulness is like a morning cloud, and like the early dew it vanishes away.”


What about our faithfulness, will it vaporize like a morning cloud when the heat gets turned up a little



 By Brad Henderson

Die Daily

1Cor. 15:31…I die daily…ROMANS 6:11-14, ROMANS 12:1….JOHN 12:24..Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it produces much fruit….


Take up your cross daily

Luke 9:23 “Take up your cross and follow me

Every day we have a decision to make….

Jesus said you cannot serve two masters, and Paul, in Galatians 5:16-6:2, talks about crucifying the flesh.  By taking up our cross we are choosing to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, we’re choosing to bless others and do His good pleasure, not our own… We’re choosing to bear the fruit of the kingdom, fruit that remains, fruit that abounds to everlasting life…

Study the Word Daily

These are the words of life (2Tim. 2:15); study to “show yourself approved unto God, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth”. 

If we don’t know the word of God what will we have to give to others in their time of need?

In Acts 17:11 we see the brethren of Berea searched the scriptures DAILY…

And in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell within you richly in all wisdom, teaching, and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord…”


Pray Daily

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17(Pray without ceasing),
  • Ephesians 5:18-20,
  • Ephesians 6:18,
  • James 5



Hebrews 3:13, “Exhort one another daily”…Why??

So that no one is hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Satan roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour)…By each member of the body doing it’s part according to the measure of grace given to them, the body grows to maturity.. Ephesians 4:7-16

James 2:15, “If a brother or sister is naked or destitute of DAILY food, and one of you says to them, Depart in peace be warmed and filled, but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?”

First the natural then the spiritual; share your spiritual bread just as you would share your natural bread…

How much more should we desire to share with others DAILY BREAD, the bread of life to others in need of eternal life, and encouragement and edification to the body of Christ?

In John 6:27 Jesus said “don’t labor for food that perishes, but for the food which endures unto everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you”…. 

Jesus was always more concerned for our souls than our flesh…  The flesh is temporary and our souls are eternal…If we only meet physical needs by giving physical food to the hungry, and don’t minister Christ to them also, people can still be on their way to Hell only on a full stomach, and  we have missed out on giving them the much more precious gift of  the Bread of Life  which is Jesus Christ…SO….

1st Peter 4:10-11, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  IF anyone speaks, let him do it as one speaking the very words of God (speak with in love, in boldness, in authority, and in truth) If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.”

Paul said He labored in childbirth again until Christ be formed in them to the Galatians 4:19 and in Romans 8 we see we are being conformed to the image of Christ…If this is God’s plan for our lives why would we not exhort and encourage and minister to our brothers and sisters in need in the body of Christ?  We too should seek to labor in seeing others having Christ being formed in them…Another reason why we need daily bread from above…Do you want to be blessed by God, do you want to bless others, do you want to bless the nations?

When we minister that manifold grace to others we are not just blessing others we are glorifying God…Remember Jesus “In this my Father is glorified that you bear much fruit” (John 15:8)

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

Is it possible to preach the forgiveness of sins in Christ, and withhold forgiveness from others?

The gospel of the kingdom is about the remission and forgiveness of sins.  If we have received the forgiveness of sins than our lives will be transformed…

In Luke 7:47 we see those who are forgiven much will love much, and those who are forgiven little will love little…

Those who have truly recognized how much they have been forgiven of will be more willing to show others the same mercy….

In Matthew 18:21-35 we see the unforgiving servant…

Did he have Godly sorrow and repentance or was he just manipulating the situation for gain?

In 2ndCor. 7:9-11 we see this man must have had the sorrow of the world; sorrow that he would lose his possessions instead of sorrow over His own actions… Those who have experienced true forgiveness had Godly sorrow, saw the magnitude of their sins and their depravity before God and need of mercy and grace…. And so they have the fruit of Godly sorrow in their lives, freedom from those things that could take them captive again….

Withholding forgiveness leads to a root of bitterness that springs forth, which will take us captive (consider how people who hold bitterness have their lives torn apart).

Only God can truly forgive sins; so if we choose to withhold forgiveness from a brother or sister, we put ourselves in the place of judge….Romans 12:17-20… “Vengeance is mine, I will repay says the Lord”….And in Proverbs 24:17-18… “God is a just God and He does not get pleasure out of punishing and chastening the unjust”, so if someone wrongs us and we don’t forgive we will find ourselves finding pleasure in their downfall…This is evil in His sight….He is a Holy and Righteous God… “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance”…God chastens Christians out of love (Hebrews 12:5).

Not only that, but Romans 5 says it was while we were HIS enemies that He reconciled us unto himself… Christ loved those who were His enemies…We to are commanded to love our enemies and to bless those who curse us… Matthew 5:44

Someone may never ask for forgiveness from you, but you still must forgive, and we must love them…and pray for them… It’s hard to pray for someone and withhold forgiveness from them… Don’t come before a forgiving and merciful God and expect forgiveness that you’re not also willing to give… Tell story about Amber from Calvary… The fruits of obedience in forgiveness…

Colossians  3:12-13…As Christ forgave you, so also you must forgive others…


                                          By Brad Henderson


School of Prayer has been conducted by Brad Henderson; Brad is a faithful and close brother serving in the Lords work.

School of Prayer consists of:

  • Daily Bread
  • Our Father
  • The Power of Agreement
  • Thy Kingdom

Brad is currently teaching this series and building upon it.  We are praying for wisdom and revelation from God upon him as he teaches and adds more to this series.

School of Prayer II will address: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

  • Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread….
  • Matthew 6:28-33 God takes care of our physical needs…
  • JOHN 6:48-58 I am the bread of Life

Key study: Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9, & John 6


  1. They were in a deserted place –
    1. There was no food or provision around to feed this great multitude; Psalm 78:19-20, Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
    2. The disciples seeing this first tried to send them away to get their own food.
    3. Jesus’s response:  “YOU GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT”.
      1. John 21; Jesus said “Peter do you love me? Then FEED MY SHEEP. Peter do you love me? THEN TEND TO MY SHEEP. Peter do you love me? THEN FEED MY SHEEP! 

i.     YOU FEED THEM- A KINGDOM OF PARTNERSHIP; maybe this isn’t Jesus just showing off… maybe this has a spiritual purpose to it… Jesus expected His disciples to feed the multitude in a deserted place… in a place barren of provision…

ii.     Is our daily bread only for US??? 

iii.     How did HE do it?

First, He told His disciples to take of the bread that was already available…

Then they presented it unto Jesus…

And then HE multiplied it…


Take of the Bread

Take of the Bread that is already available, present it unto Jesus and HE will multiply it…

If we’re talking about prayer, we take His word and confess it, present it to him, knowing that all the promises of God in Christ are yes and AMEN…!

When we take of the bread of life and present it unto HIM, not only does he feed us, but He will also bless the multitudes, and with it He will also bless the nations… and after He’s done blessing, you’ll still have leftovers…!

The bread of life is never tapped out… It’s in endless supply… Jesus said “I am the bread of life, and He who comes to me shall never hunger…

John 6:35…Give us this day our daily bread…


Then come and be filled with the bread of life

Some say if I could just get a little crumb, I could go a long way on just a crumb from the Lord’s table… yet Jesus said the crumbs are for the dogs…

Matthew 15:26-27, Get up off the ground and stop begging for crumbs…You’re a child of the King, and no child of the King begs for crumbs…

He’s prepared a table for you in the presence of your enemies PSALM 23:5, but also in His presence, LUKE 22:29-30, come to the table that’s prepared for you and be filled with the bread of life, the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth….Jesus Christ…(1 Cor. 5:6-8)  He’s not given you the leftover crumbs, He’s given you His own body!


What Leaven is your bread leavened with?



Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven to leaven in MATTHEW 13:33, “The kingdom of Heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until it was all leavened

This speaks of not only the ultimate establishment of God’s kingdom across the face of the earth, but of the inner sanctifying of His power at work within through the Word of His power, the gospel of our salvation….

1Thessolonians 5:23-24 – God Sanctifies us through and through; spirit, soul, and body.



Some seek God for a kind of sustenance, a kind of bread, “give me more wisdom, give me more revelation”, I JUST WANT A WORD FROM THE LORD…”give me give”,  “me give me”.

But the bread they already have (the Word of God) has sat around and gotten stale… they refuse to partake of the bread of life given by Christ, and they seek bread after their own liking. See what happened when Israel fell after this same sin, when she desired bread after her own liking…


Psalm 78 (AGAIN) – They wanted bread after their own desire…

2 Timothy 4:3 – They’ll hear what they want to hear, they’ll seek what is after their own desire…

“Having itching ears and an appetite for false prophets and teaching which appeals to their own appetite, they will no longer endure sound doctrine once they run after this kind of leaven.”

Also, Jesus said, “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees” (Matthew 16:5-12). Leaders that are false prophets offer poison by their teaching, and in doing so, as the Pharisees did, they make their converts two fold the children of hell as they themselves are…


Look back to Hebrews 5 about discerning good from evil by using the Word…The Bread that’s already given…this is how we can effectively test the spirit behind every teaching…1John..)

Do you want that bread of life daily????

The bread through which you will be sanctified through and through, and by which you shall never hunger again? 

Then there’re some other things we must do daily to prepare ourselves to receive it: