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Book Review: Simple Prayer (Charlie Dawes)

"My name's Andrew, and I'm a list-prayer."  OK, list praying is not really an addiction (though some of the more mystical among us might make us feel like we need to confess it).  God wired many intercessors - including me - this way.  But most of us would admit that there are times when the lists get exhausting. We tire ourselves out with our own words, and our sense of God's nearness dims as we concentrate on the details of our lists.

 

Enter a book like…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 10, 2017 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Watchful and Thankful - In Such a Time as This

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. -- Colossians 4:2

 

If you're paying attention at all to events in our country these days, you may be struggling as I am with being thankful.  Our country has been polarized - not in an instant, but over time.  The polarization surfaced with the election of President Trump, which unleashed a level of hatred and violence that I have not seen in my lifetime.  I am  astonished and saddened to see…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 4, 2017 at 10:37am — 1 Comment

A Post-Election prayer

Father, we acknowledge that the hearts of presidents, kings, and all leaders are in your hands.  You are the one who brings people into positions of leadership and you are the one who moves them out of these positions.  The times of nations are in your hands also.  You are sovereign over all.

Lord, what we see in our country disturbs us - the division, the self-centeredness, the moral drift, the challenges to the very foundations on which this country was built.  We see the…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 16, 2016 at 7:40am — No Comments

A Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Father, we stand with our brothers and sisters around the world who are undergoing persecution today for their faith.  We remember them before you, and plead for your mercy on them and your intervention in their circumstances.

Strengthen the faith of those who are suffering in various ways for their faith, Lord.  Draw near to them, and draw them near to you in prayer.  As they seek you in prayer, grant them your peace and a sense of your presence and provision.  Protect…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 13, 2016 at 9:46am — No Comments

An Election Prayer

Father, on the eve of our elections, we come to you in gratitude and supplication.  Thank you, Lord, for a country that has free elections and for the widespread ability to participate in those elections.  Thank you for the candidates and for all who have worked so hard on this campaign.  And thank you for the prayer you have raised up from your church concerning this election.

Please protect the integrity of our elections tomorrow.  In each voting place, clear the way for all who are…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 7, 2016 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: 2016 Midwest Prayer Conference (pt. 2)

This edition of Spotlight covers the Midwest Prayer Conference held at Worthington Christian Church in Columbus Ohio on October 21-22.  For coverage of the pre-conference held on October 21, see the previous Spotlight.

 

After a time of extended worship, Dave Butts kicked off the 2016 edition of the Midwest Prayer Conference with a session on…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 3, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Indignation or Intercession?

Reflections on a message given by Dave Butts at Worthington Christian Church on Sunday, October 23, 2016 (a follow-up message from the Midwest Prayer Conference).

Nearly every believer (and probably most non-believers) in America would agree that the country is in crisis today.  Crisis from the outside at the hands of Islamic terrorists, rogue states like North Korea and reinvigorated rivals like Russia; crisis from the inside on fronts like the economy, social…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on October 30, 2016 at 9:55am — No Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: 2016 Midwest Prayer Conference (pt. 1)

Worthington Christian Church on the north end of Columbus, Ohio was the setting for this year's Midwest Prayer Conference sponsored by Harvest Prayer Ministries and the Church Prayer Leaders Network.  This year's edition included a "pre-conference" on Friday focused on transforming churches into Houses of Prayer.  Participants were treated to great times of worship, multiple learning opportunities, and several times of praying together.  In this edition of Spotlight, we'll…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on October 26, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Prayer for victims of Hurricane Matthew

Father, we exalt you as Lord over all creation and all of nature.  And at the same time, we praise you for your concern for "the least of these" - in this case, the thousands who have been impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Please reign over rebuilding efforts in Haiti.  If any people are still missing, please lead others to them quickly to bring them aid.  Grant peace to families who have lost loved ones, and provide materially for those who have lost homes, businesses, and jobs.  Give…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on October 7, 2016 at 7:35am — 1 Comment

Praying for our country: Pride vs. humility

Much is being written here and elsewhere these days about praying for our country.  Good thoughts, wisdom shared, encouragement and hope given.  Hopefully, we're praying even more than we're writing about prayer.

I wanted to take a minute to contrast two approaches that I've personally experienced to praying for our country. 

  • Pride brings God the answers and asks him to act on them; humility brings God questions and asks for his wisdom.
  • Pride tells God who needs…
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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on April 13, 2016 at 7:20pm — 1 Comment

Pray.Network Spotlight: Desperate for Change

There are many ways to pray for the United States.  Some take a very politicized approach to prayer, seamlessly blending politics with spiritual truth in ways that are sometimes inspired and at other times, well, pretty agenda-based.  Others take a more generic approach, simply trusting God to bring about the right results without really concerning themselves too much…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 31, 2016 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: Prayer for Syrian Refugees

The Syrian refugee crisis is the worst refugee crisis of since World War II. More than 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance. More than 4 million have fled the country and are living as refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, European countries and around the world.

 

This is how the PrayForRefugees website summarizes the huge crisis currently facing Syria and neighboring…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 29, 2016 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: Seek God for the City

If you were to create an annual prayer calendar with the most significant prayer events included, one of those "must-have" events would be Seek God for the City, the Lenten prayer campaign promoted each year by Waymakers.

Seek God aims to unite believers and churches in prayer for their cities and communities by providing a daily prayer guide covering the period from Ash…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 8, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Jennifer Kennedy Dean joined Pray.Network in July 2010.  She is a featured speaker at prayer conferences and is the founder and Executive Director of Praying Life Foundation.  Pray.Network recently caught up with Jennifer for a quick interview.

 

PN: What is the heart of the Praying Life Foundation's ministry?

JKD:  My passion is to see the body of…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 31, 2016 at 11:54am — No Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: Church Prayer Leaders Network

The Church Prayer Leaders Network (CPLN) is an organization devoted to helping prayer leaders grow their churches in prayer.  Led by Jon Graf (who also publishes Prayer Connect), CPLN provides a number of resources for prayer leaders - whether on a church staff or volunteers - and also for other leaders interested in growing prayer.  An excerpt from their website explains their purpose:…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 16, 2016 at 5:02pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Joshua Project

"This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."  -- Matthew 24:14, NIV

If you're looking for a way to impact the spread of the kingdom worldwide on a daily basis, then regular prayer for the unreached peoples is the most strategic difference you can make.  And there's probably no more comprehensive resource on praying for the unreached…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 11, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Pray the Word

If you're like me, the new year is a time when you evaluate your life, including your spiritual disciplines.  I often change up spiritual disciplines a bit at the beginning of the year in order to keep my time with God fresh.

If you're looking for a different way to start the year in prayer, you might want to consider Pray the Word, by Tiece King.  Published by Prayer Shop…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 2, 2016 at 11:17pm — No Comments

Taking the Offensive in Prayer

A prayer alert from the Presidential Prayer Team today reads:

’Credible Terror Threat’ Closes Entire Los Angeles School District

 

Situations like this one drive us to our knees in prayer to our great God, and they should.  We pray for the children, who are likely scared by circumstances they can't even understand, let alone control.  We pray for…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 15, 2015 at 5:13pm — 2 Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: Urbana 15

Every three years between Christmas and New Year, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship sponsors a 5-day mission event called "Urbana", named after its longtime location at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.  The last several events have been held in St. Louis (due to outgrowing the venue), but the conference retains the Urbana brand.  Urbana challenges college students to see the needs of the world and to respond…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 13, 2015 at 7:11pm — 4 Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: Merton Hershberger

You may have seen Merton Hershberger's posts for prayer for the Arabian Peninsula. Merton has a huge heart for the Peninsula and for prayer for the world.  This week, Pray.Network caught up with Merton to learn a bit more about him.

PN:  How did you come to be interested in prayer?

Merton: I saw my parents pray for the sale of their house and it sold within 4 hours of being offered on the market ... for exactly what they…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 5, 2015 at 3:43pm — No Comments

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