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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…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 13, 2015 at 8:11pm — 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…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 5, 2015 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: Open Doors

We conclude our month of focus on the Persecuted Church with Open Doors (, perhaps the best-known of the organizations devoted to believers persecuted for their faith.

Open Doors was founded by Brother Andrew in 1955 in response to the increasing persecution of the church in Eastern Europe.  Brother Andrew focused initially on…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Prayer, Thanksgiving, and Peace

I recently finished Tim Keller's Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering - a book I highly recommend for those who pray for and with the suffering.  I'll post a review on the book soon.  The next to last chapter had some thoughts on Philippians 4:6-7 that have stuck with me, and I'll try to do them justice here.

Keller makes the point that the "prayer with thanksgiving" that Paul talks about in Philippians 4:6 is different than the way we tend to think of it.  We tend to think of…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 26, 2015 at 6:44pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: International Christian Concern

We continue our spotlight on the Persecuted Church this week with International Christian Concern (  Like Voice of the Martyrs, ICC emphasizes awareness and advocacy on behalf of the persecuted.  ICC specializes in up-to-date news from around the world related to Christian persecution, and is a great source of information for…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 21, 2015 at 2:26pm — 1 Comment

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Voice of the Martyrs

As we continue our focus this month on the Persecuted Church, this week's spotlight falls on one of the leading advocacy and outreach agencies for the Persecuted, Voice of the Martyrs.  VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. His story is told in "Tortured for Christ", a…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 16, 2015 at 8:25am — 1 Comment

PrayNetwork Spotlight: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 

-- Hebrews 12:3, NIV.


Persecution is not new to the Christian church.  No sooner did the church get off the ground than the persecution began, as Peter and John were brought before…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 1, 2015 at 12:08am — 2 Comments

PrayNetwork spotlight - Ron Edwards

This week, we're turning the Spotlight on Ron Edwards, a relatively new member of PrayNetwork.  Ron is located in Australia and joined the Network on July 1, 2015.

PN: Ron, how did you first come to be interested in prayer?

Ron: I began to experience prayer as spiritual warfare when I took my company Christian Press into the secular marketplace under the name Care & Share Products.  We focused on offering scripture cards and gifts. …


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on October 18, 2015 at 3:47pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Presidential Prayer Team

There are many organizations and sites devoted to praying for the United States.  One of the largest is the Presidential Prayer Team.  Founded in 2001, PPT is a source of prayer information and requests for all three branches of our government, plus a source of prayer for international events.  The PPT is chaired by Franklin Graham, CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 27, 2015 at 8:59pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Prayer for Muslim Hajj, Saudi Day of Prayer

The Hajj is an annual pilgrimage required of all Muslims who are able.  During the 3-day event, around 3 million Muslims from all over the world flock to Mecca (Saudi Arabia) to perform sacred acts and follow the steps of Muhammad, their prophet. This year, the Hajj will start on September 21st and last for 3-4 days.


Muslims participate in the pilgrimage and…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 20, 2015 at 10:40pm — 4 Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Midwest Prayer Conference (CPLN)

Among its various ministries, the Church Prayer Leaders' Network conducts prayer conferences at local churches.  These conferences provide teaching in the form of keynote sessions and breakout groups, as well as opportunities for worship and prayer.  They also bring together a great selection of books and other resources to help participants grow in prayer.

I've attended the Midwest Prayer Conference in…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 11, 2015 at 8:19pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Prayer Leaders Group

If you lead others in prayer, either individually or in a group setting, or if you facilitate prayer ministry, check out the Prayer Leaders group here on  Started by Phil Miglioratti in 2010, the group is targeted to prayer leaders, seeking to…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 6, 2015 at 7:02pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork spotlight: War Room movie

This weekend marked the opening of the highly anticipated War Room movie. As you might expect from anything so public with such a solid Christian message, the movie has had a bit of a polarizing effect in early reviews.  The movie's Facebook page has over half a million likes, with many rave reviews about not only the message of the movie, but also the entertainment…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 29, 2015 at 10:23pm — 3 Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Pray4Schools

As the summer draws to a close, our thoughts naturally turn to the beginning of the school year.  Students today - from Elementary through College - face challenges not faced by previous generations.  The declining morality in America, emphasis on individual freedom and situational ethics, and a general crisis of faith combine to push students toward destructive patterns,…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 24, 2015 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Praying Together Course

This week's spotlight features one of the more active groups on, Lewis Turner's Praying Together group and course. caught up with Lewis as he prepares to launch another round of the course.


PN: Lewis, why did you start the Praying Together course?

Lewis: I've been…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 15, 2015 at 3:23pm — 2 Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Grandparents@Prayer group

Are you a grandparent?  If so, God has given you a special opportunity to bless multiple generations of your family through prayer.  If you're looking for a meaningful way to impact your family tree through the generations, you couldn't find a better ministry than that of prayer. has a group especially devoted to this topic: …


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 9, 2015 at 8:04pm — 1 Comment

Pray.Network Spotlight: Operation World

"Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession" -- Psalm 2:8.


These words promise that all the earth will be our Lord's inheritance and possession.  The command to ask of God has been widely applied to believers today, leading us to pray for the spread of the gospel throughout the earth. …


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 2, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Connection! devotional

Most of us over time have probably read hundreds of devotions.  I receive several devotions a day via e-mail now.  And, while format varies, the typical content is a scripture reading, brief story, application/thought for the day, and then a quick prayer…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 26, 2015 at 5:17pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Mission of St. Clare

For some of us, formalized or ritual prayer seems forced - from the lips but not from the heart.  But that doesn't have to be the case.  Through the centuries, and even in the Old Testament, believers have found a special connection with God through predetermined prayers and times of prayer. This tradition goes back at least as far as the morning and…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 17, 2015 at 6:45pm — 1 Comment

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Prayer Connect magazine

Launched in 2011 to fill the void left when Pray! Magazine went out of print (a gap this Network also helped to fill!), Prayer Connect is published bi-monthly by the Church Prayer Leaders Network and PrayerShop Publishing, both divisions of Harvest Prayer…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments


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