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Intercessors for America has just opened a new online store, that has valuable resources to help you pray for the nation. IFAresources.com has more than 100 products available--everything from prayer guides, to DVDs to books.
Sorted by topical categories, the store is easy to find what you are looking for. IFA also features many of…Continue
Added by Jonathan Graf on August 6, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments
PrayerShop Publishing is soon releasing a new book, Pray the Word for Your Church, which is a 31-prayer guide of Scripture prayers to pray, plus a journal to keep you on target in praying for the leaders and ministries in your church. Here is a sample prayer:
Speaking Truthfully with One Another
Added by Jonathan Graf on February 16, 2015 at 3:14pm — No Comments
Prayer Connect magazine is now offering its best-selling issue, "Solid Foundation: The Power of Praying Scripture" as a free download. If you have not seen this exciting new prayer resource, check it out at http://www.prayerconnect.net/profile/sample.
Added by Jonathan Graf on January 5, 2013 at 7:25pm — No Comments
13 December 2012
Author - Jonathan Graf
In a recent interview with Outreach magazine, Washington D.C. pastor Mark Batterson hit the nail on the head in describing the difference between a praying church and one that does not really pray.
"Prayer is the difference between the best you can do and the best God can do. So…Continue
Added by Jonathan Graf on December 13, 2012 at 3:38pm — No Comments
Ema McKinley was in severe pain, wheelchair-bound for 19 years. Read about her meeting with Jesus on Christmas Eve this past year. A true story that was published in the recent issue of Prayer Connect, magazine, it is available for anyone to read at…Continue
Added by Jonathan Graf on August 10, 2012 at 1:06pm — No Comments
The article on hindrances to corporate prayer that some of your gave me insight into a few months ago, was just posted live at prayerconnect.net.
While there are many hindrances, I discuss six primary ones.
1. No Personal Prayer Life
2. Poor Past Prayer Experiences
3. No Expectations
4. Fear of Complaints or Discomfort
5. Staying in Control
I have often wondered why so many believers do not pray much, if at all. (Statistics show that more than 80% of western believers would say they have a poor prayer life.) Before I go any further I need to get right out front, that I am not a great man of prayer either. I have certainly improved greatly over the years, but I struggled for the first 30 or so years as a believer to pray almost anytime other than when a crisis was in my life (or the life of someone I cared about).
Just a week ago, I spent a day at an interesting church. Rising out of the corn fields of central Iowa is the town of Newton. Hard hit by the recession, Newton’s main employer having gone out of business. On the edge of Newton stands a dynamic praying church of 800, Community Heights Alliance Church.
After preaching in the morning services and teaching in Sunday school, we were holding a concert of prayer that evening. The pastor was a little anxious about who would show up. It was…Continue
Added by Jonathan Graf on January 21, 2012 at 4:42pm — No Comments
In John 13-18, at the last supper, we have an interesting snippet into the life of Jesus. Like a parent who is leaving his child at college for the first time, Jesus covers everything important his “kids” needed to know before leaving them on their own for the first time. In this talk, Jesus reveals something they had never heard before: “Ask in my name.” Pray in my name. It was so important that he comes back to that point three times.
They got it. In Acts four we seek a crippled man…Continue
It’s true. I long for a day when prayer seldom will be mentioned in church. Now before you drop your membership to CPLN or report me to the heresy watchdogs, let me explain.
My dream is to see churches so committed to prayer that it is just done! It is so much a part of the spiritual DNA of a congregation that no one has to beg “please come to this prayer gathering.” People just come to pray.
Or the worship leader or prayer leader doesn’t have to fight for space to get…Continue
We all need reminders, encouragement and resources to keep us moving forward in prayer. For me, reading a fresh perspective on prayer from a book or magazine can provide help. Participating in a new prayer gathering is another great stimulus for growth. The internet is a vast gold mine of information as well. One excellent website is harvestprayer.com. There you can find dozens of articles on aspect of prayer, resources, and…Continue
Added by Jonathan Graf on December 30, 2010 at 7:23pm — No Comments
Few things work better than a conference to encourage, challenge and equip people to go deeper in their experience with Jesus Christ and prayer. Year after year, the Church Prayer Leaders Network receives comments from those who have attended our conferences telling us how much the event impacted them.
Our next event will be held October 29-30 in Lititz, PA (Greater Lancaster). It's theme is Awaken: Praying the Fullness of Christ into…Continue
Added by Jonathan Graf on October 19, 2010 at 6:38pm — No Comments
In most churches in the western world, only a small fraction of believers participate in expressions of corporate prayer. This is a sad statement, and it is the reason why the American church is virtually powerless.
One of the most significant reasons why many do not participate is that corporate prayer in most churches is not corporate prayer, but personal prayer done in a group. By that I mean, usually everyone brings their own prayer practices into the larger group. This can…
I was recently in a small church that for years has struggled to grow beyond 60 people. They are dear, sincere people who want to trust God to use them in greater ways in their community. I…Continue
Added by Jonathan Graf on June 13, 2010 at 9:07pm — No Comments
Over the past decade, I have watched the genre of books available for prayer leaders expand from a few to dozens and dozens. There are so many resources available today for prayer leaders that the question becomes:
Which ones do I purchase first?
Let me review what the Church Prayer Leaders…Continue