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New Resource Store Helps Us Pray for Nation

Intercessors for America has just opened a new online store, that has valuable resources to help you pray for the nation. 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…


Added by Jonathan Graf on August 6, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Praying for Truthfulness

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

Free Download of Prayer Connect

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



Added by Jonathan Graf on January 5, 2013 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Stop Ministering in Our “Best We Can Do” Strength


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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…

Added by Jonathan Graf on December 13, 2012 at 3:38pm — No Comments

An Amazing, Goose-Bump Miracle Story

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…


Added by Jonathan Graf on August 10, 2012 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Hopping on One Stilt: Hindrances to Corporate Prayer

The article on hindrances to corporate prayer that some of your gave me insight into a few months ago, was just posted live at

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

6. Church…


Added by Jonathan Graf on May 31, 2012 at 7:19pm — 2 Comments

Why We Don't Pray

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).



Added by Jonathan Graf on January 30, 2012 at 3:06pm — 2 Comments

Prayer Is More Than Talk

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…


Added by Jonathan Graf on January 21, 2012 at 4:42pm — No Comments

“In Jesus’ Name, Amen” Not Just a Phrase

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…


Added by Jonathan Graf on January 4, 2012 at 9:24pm — 1 Comment

I Would Love It if Prayer Was Seldom Mentioned

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…


Added by Jonathan Graf on August 31, 2011 at 8:50am — 2 Comments

Prayer Newsletter to Encourage and Challenge You

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 There you can find dozens of articles on aspect of prayer, resources, and…


Added by Jonathan Graf on December 30, 2010 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Northeast Network Members Should Check Out Awaken Conference

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…


Added by Jonathan Graf on October 19, 2010 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Best Book on Prayer and Faith

Today marks the release of Sun Stand Still, the best book on prayer and faith that has been written in the past 100 years (my opinion). Written by Steven Furtick, a young church planter from Charlotte who has seen God do amazing things to grow Elevation Church to more than 6,000 in five year. To celebrate, Steven is preaching live (webstream) on prayer and faith for 24 hours. You will be encouraged if you listen in . .… Continue

Added by Jonathan Graf on September 21, 2010 at 3:19pm — 1 Comment

How Personal Prayer Hurts Corporate Prayer

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…


Added by Jonathan Graf on September 9, 2010 at 3:42am — 6 Comments

The Benefits of Praying Together

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…


Added by Jonathan Graf on August 21, 2010 at 2:22pm — 5 Comments

Want to Love to Pray?

Do you love to pray? Or is a duty that you do because God commanded us to pray? How about your church people? What’s their view of prayer?

David once cried, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a draw and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1). That speaks of a heart longing for God, a heart full of passion for prayer. No one can have a passion and hunger for more of God, without having a prayer… Continue

Added by Jonathan Graf on June 13, 2010 at 9:07pm — No Comments

New Offerings from

Click this link to see special discounts on books by Jennifer Kennedy Dean and Alvin VanderGriend. This is the monthly bulletin from…


Added by Jonathan Graf on June 8, 2010 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

The Prayer Leader's Library

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…


Added by Jonathan Graf on May 21, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

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