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Father, please forgive us your church for the ways in which we have failed to honor you in our country. We pay so little attention to you in our lives and then we decry when our country wanders far from you. We allow our teaching to be more influenced by the culture around us than by your word, substituting the "wisdom" of men for the timeless truths of Scripture. We fix our eyes on things of this world rather than on things above, living lifestyles indistinguishable from the world in…Continue
"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God." -- 2 Peter…Continue
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. -- John 15:7-8
Books about prayer promises are popular. "Ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." Who wouldn't buy into that?
But like all promises in the Bible, this one has a context - and the context of this promise is fruitfulness. Six times in…Continue
1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to give thanks in all circumstances. Although scripture instructs us to live with thankful hearts, some times of the year tend to turn our minds more than usual toward thanksgiving. For me, the start of a new year is such a time.
I enjoy looking over the previous year, recalling what God has done that I'm thankful for - kind of like how Joshua had 12 men take stones from the middle of the dried-up Jordan riverbed to create a memorial to what God…Continue
"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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 16, 2016 at 7:40am — No Comments
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…
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 13, 2016 at 9:46am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 7, 2016 at 8:50pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 3, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
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…
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on October 30, 2016 at 9:55am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on October 26, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 31, 2016 at 10:36pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 29, 2016 at 7:37pm — No Comments
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…
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 8, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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…
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 31, 2016 at 11:54am — No Comments
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:…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 16, 2016 at 5:02pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 11, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments