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Encouragement to Pray

Each Month several Prayer Minutes will be shared on a topic to help us turn to the Lord in prayer.  These Prayer Minutes are short encouragements to pray.  Take time to consider them, and work the reflection questions. 

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A video prayer minute is attached to each discussion question.  Just click on the attachment and video will play.  You are invited to share thoughts related to the question.  Our sharing can encourage others.


PM#001 Praise for God's Thoughts to Us 1 Reply

This was the first Prayer Minute that I wrote and recorded.  Today we are also blessed by Lilian Long's translation of the words into Spanish. Here is the English version:PM#0001Praise:  for God"s…Continue

Tags: hope, future, thoughts, 29, Prayer

Started by Lewis Turner. Last reply by Virtuous Lady Feb 1, 2017.

Bless Them That Curse You Matthew 5 vs 44

PM#0424Bless Them that Curse YouMatthew 5: 44 When you have been falsely accused, can you respond in a manner that says I love you? Most of us when falsely accused will respond defensively, and…Continue

Started by Lewis Turner Jun 2, 2016.

Are we Blessing Others?

PM#0400 Blessing Others Heb 3:13 Have you ever met a person who is having a bad day? Probably most of us have met a person like that.  You know, there a many ways we could respond to them, but I…Continue

Tags: vs, 13, Heb, Pray, 3

Started by Lewis Turner Jan 23, 2016.

PM#0046 Thanksgiving and Blessing Psalms 18 vs 1

Praise Thanksgiving Prayer  PM0046 Martin Luther once said "In thanksgiving we recount blessings received, and thus strengthen our confidence and enable ourselves to wait trustingly for what we…Continue

Tags: Psalms, 18:1, Ps, Blessing, Thanksgiving

Started by Lewis Turner Nov 23, 2015.


PM#0471VeteransJohn 15:13, Rom 12:14 Vietnam veterans were deeply hurt when protesters did not respect them.  The protestors had forgotten that our freedoms come with a cost, one which we fought to…Continue

Tags: veterans, our, honor, Bless, Veterans

Started by Lewis Turner Nov 6, 2015.

Are You Listenting to God Speaking Through Others?

 PM#0511Listing to God Speaking Through OthersI Cor 12 vs 14 and 18 What keeps us back from accepting the vision that God has given others?  Are we making our selves a judge of another person’s…Continue

Tags: through, others, Speaking, God, encourage

Started by Lewis Turner Sep 15, 2015.

A Needed Recipe for Life

The following is not a Prayer Minute--but a Recipe that I heard and would like to share.  It is a Needed Recipe for Life:One part SunshineTwo parts WaterThree parts Prayer-Think about what this…Continue

Started by Lewis Turner Jun 21, 2015.

Are We Encouraging Others?

Take a minute and listen to the attached 'Prayer Minute', then consider the reflection below which focuses on how we respond to, and encourage others.   A thought about encouragement—How should it be…Continue

Started by Lewis Turner May 10, 2015.

Dreams that are Dry Bones

It seems that sometimes our dreams seem like Dry Bones.  Take a minute and listen to this Prayer Minute.  The text is below--and also some reflection questions.  -- Yes this is a 2nd discussion about…Continue

Tags: Write, Vision, the, Habakkuk, 2:3

Started by Lewis Turner Apr 10, 2015.

Dry Bones

Take a Minute and listen to the video attached on the subject of Dry Bones--then consider the written devotional and reflection questions.  Much to consider-- Have you ever heard of dry bones getting…Continue

Tags: hope, flesh, forgiveness, up, dried

Started by Lewis Turner Mar 20, 2015.

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Comment by Virtuous Lady on January 19, 2015 at 7:01am

Today's Prayer Scripture:

Matthew 6:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.

Comment by Lewis Turner on January 9, 2015 at 8:42am

Great Statment--Virtuous Lady!

Comment by Virtuous Lady on January 8, 2015 at 11:44pm

Comment by Naomi Fata on January 3, 2014 at 7:52am

This past year I read Mark Batterson's book The Circle Maker. It was such an inspiration to keeping pressing in through prayer.

Comment by Lewis Turner on August 20, 2012 at 5:34pm



Many of us have brought hurts on ourselves.  What is important to remember that:


  1. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ—even if we messed up. Romans 8: 38-39.  “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  2. The Lord is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”


I share these—they are ones that have helped me when I mess up—and I do mess up—I hate to admit that.


Sometimes, it is difficult to correct a hurt, especially when it involves someone else.  Go to the Lord first, and ask His forgiveness, and if someone else is involved, be willing to go to them in humility, asking forgiveness.


Then there is one more thing that should be done, which I have found to help me not bring past issues up, and that is to bless the other person.  I do not know why, but when I bless someone, where there has been a wrong, it helps me not to have to be bringing that past issue up.  


I don’t know if the above will help you, but consider it.  Most of all, remember, Jesus loves you very much.  You are important to Him.


May God help you through that hurt.

Comment by Brittany on August 20, 2012 at 4:53pm
Im dealing with hurt that i brought amongst myself
Comment by Sally J Campbell on February 4, 2011 at 1:32am
Well the obvious answer would be a good dose of humility! I am also a musician and sometimes worship leader besides prayer and I have certainly experienced humility there! Just as sure as the sun rises every day it is sure that if I start doing my music in pride I ALWAYS fall, right on my face, in front of everybody! (Some other musicians and worship leaders relating to this?) God NEVER lets me get away with it! And even though this is embarrassing it is God's mercy and care to me! Can this lesson apply to slogging through adversity as well? Perhaps.
Comment by Lewis Turner on February 4, 2011 at 12:15am
Sally--very interesting insight in what keeps us from inviting God to help us.  If that is true of us, what should we do about that thing called pride that seems to keep us from seeking God's help?
Comment by Sally J Campbell on February 3, 2011 at 11:53pm

It is surprising to me how something so simple like inviting God along during a trial escapes us as humans. You would think this would be a no brainer! I guess it is pride, or we think that asking God for help makes us a wuss!

Comment by Lewis Turner on January 1, 2011 at 8:46am

As this New Year enters, I will be praying that we all will find ways to encourage and lift each other here and others elsewhere - up to the Lord in prayer.


Have a Blessed New Year


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