Synod Workshop: Intercessory Prayer
Ty Bragg is Minister of Music at Trinity Anglican Church, Douglasville, GA. A prayer and lay leader, Bragg is currently Coordinator for ADOTS Intercessors, and is leading our workshop on Intercessory Prayer during Synod 2017.
Sometimes praying for others is more of a passing thought than an intentional practice. How do you think people and churches can place more importance on intercessory prayer?
There is an old worship song that says,
“I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God, I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood! Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod…”
As blood-bought, adopted children of God we not only receive the privilege, provision, and protection as family members, we are now to become involved in the family business. Jesus is Master. We are His servants. He made us to be part of His Family. What is the family business? Kingdom Building!
God so loved the world and that is our purpose. He would not that any should perish (be lost). So, we ought always to pray.
We will talk about that during my breakout at Synod.
Do you have a favorite story of a time that God worked through intercessory prayer to change your life?
I prayed the prayer of salvation at age 18. However, with no fixed spiritual foundation, I floundered for a few years. The racial divide in this nation and the apathy I experienced in the churches I attended discouraged me to say the least. Yet, during that time I never lost track of the spiritual reality I experienced at that time of commitment. Through every bit of the wickedness I personally experienced of this world, my experience with God at that prayer of salvation was ever present.
At age 23, I landed the role of Judas in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. It was during this time that I began to ask God for answers.
The Superstar production took me to Europe where I was confronted by a group of intercessors who had been praying about the cast of Superstar. They were drawn to me. It was through their witness, hospitality, and continued prayer for me that I was compelled to seek the Lord. I received the Baptism into the Holy Spirit and began to intercede on my own behalf that God would break and mold me into His instrument.
After being discipled by these saints, along with two missionaries, I was thrust into a five-year ministry with missionaries throughout Europe and the Middle East. Much has happened since.
What do you hope people will learn about intercessory prayer as a result of the workshop?
Many are called but few are chosen. Each of us is loved by a very big God. He made us in His own image and likeness with the power to choose. You and I determine the relationship and level of intimacy we develop with Him. You and I may have as much of Him as we choose.
Registration is now open for Conference & Synod 2017: Mission Matters. Join us November 3-4 as we explore how local churches can be on mission in today’s world, reach out to our communities with the Gospel, worship, re-connect, learn, and discern together!
Visit the Conference & Synod 2017 site to learn more about speakers, workshops, lodging, and the weekend schedule.