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PrayNetwork:Spotlight ~ Pray for Muslims during Ramadan

Worldwide, perhaps the greatest challenge today to Christianity is that of Islam.  Some of the challenges are violent, as in the case of Boko Haram, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban.  Other challenges are more subtle, through education and legal systems.  Islam rivals Christianity in its evangelistic fervor, if not in its motivations.

 

The month-long Muslim celebration of Ramadan (June 18 - July 17 this year) is a great time to join in concerted prayer for the…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 6, 2015 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

The Day Between

I just listened to a message by John Ortberg entitled "Who Is This Man?".  It's about the three-day story from Good Friday to Easter.  Ortberg characterized Saturday as the "day of silence" - of the three; it's the day that no one studies and no one knows much about.

This made me think a bit about the analogy to prayer, especially the prayer that arises from pain or crisis.  In practice, these prayers are rarely answered instantaneously. There's always a wait of some kind - a "day…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on April 4, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments

Please pray!! Attacks on Harvest Prayer Ministries and PrayerConnect websites

The following two e-mails are from Jonathan Graf regarding a cyber-attack on several websites, including Harvest Prayer Ministries and PrayerConnect.  The sites have been restored at this point but there are still some issues.  Rather than explain further, I'm posting Jonathan's e-mails (with his permission) below.  Please pray!  There is certainly an element of spiritual warfare here.  Please pray as God leads.…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 13, 2015 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Call to Prayer from Louisiana's Governor

The following is from Prayer Connect magazine, issue 19 and is posted on their website here:  http://www.prayerconnect.net/magazine/awakening-on-campus/louisiana.  Great prayer fodder!!

On January 24, 2015, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will host a major event called “The Response-Louisiana: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis.” More than 100,000 evangelical pastors…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 19, 2015 at 5:55pm — No Comments

New Year Greeting from John Bornschein

Following is a New Year greeting from John Bornschien, Vice Chairman of the National Day of Prayer that I found inspirational - hope it inspires you too!

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Happy New Year! Hard to believe it is 2015. It is quite amazing when you think about it that another year is in the history books and you contributed to the greater story. That’s right – every action you make has an outcome that impacts…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 1, 2015 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Prayer for elections

Father, please be in control of the elections across our country tomorrow.  Stand with those who are going to vote, and protect them from any danger, discrimination, or harassment.  Keep our polling places and vote counts honest and accurate.  Protect this wonderful process from all evil and from any attempts to thwart your will.

Where we have men and women leading…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 3, 2014 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Advent and Newtown, CT

As I think about the tears and grief of the families in Newtown, Connecticut, I can't help but be reminded in this Advent season of the tears and grief of the families in Bethlehem whose babies were killed after Jesus' birth.  And I can't help but think that Advent speaks directly into this horrific event.

 

I'm certain that Satan would do anything to blind us to the real issues behind senseless tragedies like this.  But this is not a gun-control issue, and it's not an issue of…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 16, 2012 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Praying for Wisdom (James 1:5-6)

Several days ago, I came across a really helpful interpretation of James 1:5-6, about asking God for wisdom, believing and not doubting.  This was in Chris Tiegreen's "One-year Walk With God" devotional (which I highly recommend, by the way).

 

James tells us to ask God for wisdom, but then warns that when we ask, we must believe and not doubt, because "he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind".  I've always thought that the belief referred to in…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 21, 2012 at 5:02pm — No Comments

The Problem with Prayer Promises

I have a problem with "prayer promises" in the Bible.  Don't get me wrong - I believe in the truth of all Scripture.  And that's exactly the problem.

 

Prayer promises take encouraging, bite-size truths about prayer out of the larger contexts in which they are written.  As a result, they present partial truths; the verses themselves are true, but they are not all of the truth.  And basing my prayer life on these incomplete truths seems to me to miss the…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 28, 2011 at 3:04pm — 7 Comments

I'm still here - now what?

6:00 has come and gone, and I'm still here.  Since everyone else seems to be still here as well, I'm not as worried as I might otherwise be.....

In case anyone hasn't heard, today (Saturday, May 21) was supposed to be the Rapture.  Again.  Sadly, many people who bought into this made really bad life decisions.  Many had some hopes dashed, and I wonder what the impact will be on their faith.

All of that said, the coverage given to the whole "end times" mania might actually have…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on May 21, 2011 at 10:37pm — 3 Comments

One-word prayers

Tonight at dinner at the Quad-Cities Christian Writers Conference (Eldridge, Iowa), I heard a neat idea for church or group prayer that I think both honors the God who knows our hearts and also encourages people to pray who would normally not participate in any group or public prayer setting.

The church we were discussing had a practice, during their weekly worship service, of having a time for prayer in which they invited the congregation to come forward and simply name someone for…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on April 8, 2011 at 10:12pm — 10 Comments

Praying for Egypt

Every so often, God opens a door to pray in a really strategic way for the world.  Such a time is now upon us in Egypt.  Widely recognized as the intellectual center of Islam in the world, Egypt is going through the kind of transition that could determine the future of the country for generations to come, and could also have strategic impact in the world.

Radical Islam is the most visible threat in the world to religious freedom and, specifically, to Christ-followers.  Egypt, known…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 3, 2011 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Prayer: from milk to solid food

In her book, Live a Praying Life, Jennifer Kennedy Dean refers to some major misconceptions about prayer. The first of these is that prayer is only for material needs. This really resonated with me, especially since material needs-based prayer so often dominates prayer in our churches, in our small groups, and in our lives.



Jennifer points out that this type of prayer is not wrong, but that it is not meant to be the dominant theme of our praying lives. God already…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 1, 2010 at 8:57pm — 1 Comment

Praying for the Persecuted, Part 2

Earlier I wrote about "taking the offensive" in praying for the Persecuted Church. This idea has been on my mind more and more as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church approaches. Lately, God seems to be bringing scriptures to me to teach me a broader perspective.…



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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on October 17, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Praying for the coming elections

I have a confession to make. I've voted in maybe about 15 national elections over the years, and I can't remember a time when I asked God which candidate should get my vote. To be honest, my prayers for elections tend to be more about me informing God who I've decided the right candidate is and asking him to get that person elected. Seems a bit backward, doesn't it?

I've participated in prayer groups in the past that focus on praying for our country and have come to realize…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 22, 2010 at 12:42am — 1 Comment

Does God answer prayer against His will?

Sometimes we like to put God in small boxes whose boundaries we can understand and cope with. The problem is, that as a free and sovereign Being, God isn't accountable to us for staying in the boxes we like to create.

Here's one: "God will never answer a prayer against his will." In a technical sense, that's true, because if God answers a prayer, then He has decided to do it. But in a broader sense, the spirit of the statement is not true. Case in point - the Israelites asking…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 21, 2010 at 9:10am — No Comments

A must-read: Bingham Hunter's "The God Who Hears"

I recently finished re-reading a book that may well be my favorite book on prayer: The God Who Hears, by Bingham Hunter. I really appreciate the premise of the book that prayer begins with God, not with us. God is the one who draws us to prayer; we tend to see prayer as us coming to God when actually it's Him drawing us into His presence.

Hunter begins where prayer really should begin - with who God is. He deals with several…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 15, 2010 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

Praying for the Persecuted

I read recently an alert from the Presidential Prayer Team about the murder of 10 Christian aid workers in Afghanistan by the Taliban. (http://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/alerts/prayer-alert-01-08-07.htm).…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 12, 2010 at 11:27pm — No Comments

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