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Developing a Prayer Culture in Sunday School Classes

In many congregations, the place to begin implementing a prayer culture is in the Sunday School classes. While most pastors and congregational leaders implore members to come to the place of prayer (weeknight prayer meetings, for example), those leaders must balance that message by taking prayer to the places their members already attend. Implementing prayer (both one-another praying for Christians in their group and outward focused prayer for the least and the lost in their neighborhoods) immediately provides comprehensive coverage; all age-levels and both genders.

Try this ~ Six Minutes, Six People, Six Months:

* Six minutes represents a tithe of the typical 60 minutes devoted to a weekly Sunday School class
* Six people indicates the objective that more than one person leads an prayer; group participation is the goal
* Six months is lengthy enough to develop a new habit and, beyond habit, develop a culture of prayer )the common expectation that we will all participate in the corporate praying)
* Ask/Assign each class to devote a six minute block of time each Sunday to praying (at the beginning to pray for guidance or at the conclusion to pray from the study passage)

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Comment by Phil Miglioratti on June 3, 2011 at 11:47am


For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
as the waters cover the sea.

Habakkuk 2:14
Global Day of Prayer 2011 
Ten Days of Prayer (Acts 1:14)
June 2 -11
Global Day of Prayer  (Acts 2:1)
June 12
Ninety Days of Blessing (Acts 2:42ff)
June 13 - Sept. 10


Global Day of Prayer International


Global Day of Prayer USA


Global Day of Prayer Minnesota 



Comment by Phil Miglioratti on May 4, 2011 at 8:40pm
Q. Rande, you say that we’re to pray for those who have done terrible things to us, or to those we love … I’m not sure I can do that.
A. Well, first of all, the reason that I said that is because Jesus told us to do it.  He taught, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:44-45)  The second reason that I said that is because  it is what Jesus did.  No one ever had more terrible things done to them than Jesus.  
People told lies about Him, beat Him, whipped Him, spit on Him, made fun of Him, humiliated Him, and finally tortured Him.  And Jesus’ response … “Forgive them, Father!” (Luke 23:34)  The Apostle Paul commands us to pray, “Ask God to bless those who persecute you (or those you love … my addition) – yes, ask him to bless, not to curse.” (Romans 12:14)  So, there are the Scriptural mandates, and not to obey them is a sin.  Now, for the last part of your statement, “I’m not sure I can do that.” 
Well, neither am I.  In fact, if I am totally honest, I’m not sure that I have ever 
prayed effectively or sincerely for those who have hurt me or my loved ones … in my own strength.  But, I have been able to with the help of The Holy Spirit. And that would be my counsel to you.  Be honest with God.  Tell Him of your struggle, but that you want to be obedient to His commands and “Christlike” in your actions … and then let Him do the rest.  Jesus said, “Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-28)  
See you in Church …
Rande Smith, Pastor, Community Church Rolling Meadows, IL
Comment by Phil Miglioratti on April 20, 2011 at 6:12pm

Dear Pastor:

I’m writing to make you aware of a special opportunity for you to experience what for many will be an especially needed time for personal renewal.

Are you weary from the constant pressures of normal ministry where you are giving and going, teaching and preaching, administering and counseling, mobilizing and leading, loving and serving with little time to recharge your own spiritual batteries? This year LifeWay is offering two special opportunities for pastors to be strengthened, refreshed, and renewed. In a retreat setting away from the world’s distractions, with ample time alone with God, and in the fellowship of fellow servants, you will be revived, encouraged, and freshly inspired for the work to which God has called you.

In Exodus 3, Moses took his flock clear across the wilderness to Horeb (the Mountain of God). I believe he went there desperately seeking a fresh word from the Lord, and God revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush. Sometimes we can hear God's voice best when we get away from normal distractions of very busy lives. I want to invite you to come aside and seek the Lord for a fresh encounter with Him. We're offering two opportunities from which to choose:

  1. In the mountains of Ridgecrest, North Carolina
  2. At the beautiful T Bar M Resort and Conference Center, New Braunfels, TX

Each retreat will begin with the evening meal on Monday and conclude by noon on Wednesday. Claude King (that's me), Discipleship Specialist and coauthor of Experiencing God and The Mind of Christ, and Bruce Raley, Manager of Leadership and Evangelism Training and Events and the Transformational Church team leader, will be coaches for the retreat. This is not just a conference or seminar filled with messages. Claude and Bruce want to encourage and inspire pastors from larger AND smaller churches with the recent testimonies of what God is doing to revive churches and transform lives and communities. You will be guided in building relationships with fellow pastors as you share and discuss common challenges and pray with and for one another. Times will be provided for you to get alone with God for the personal ministry only the Lord can provide. Themes for the sessions will include:

    • Your Story, Recognizing God's Activity in Your Life
    • Your Calling, Remembering God's Activity in Your Life and Ministry
  • Your Family, Reviewing Priorities in Family Relationships (we will preview the new movie "Courageous" during this session)
    • Your Father, Relating to God as Heavenly Father
    • Your Mission, Re-commissioning God's Shepherds for Their Mission


If you sense a need for spiritual refreshing or a fresh word from the Lord, ask the Lord if one of these retreats would be His invitation to you for a special time with Him. For more information or to register click the link below for the retreat of your choice:

Ridgecrest Conf Center

T Bar M Resort

If you have other questions, you may call me directly at the number below. If you need an encouraging word before the retreat, check out my video blog at


Yours for revival and harvest,

Claude V. King
Discipleship Specialist
Leadership and Evangelism Training & Events
LifeWay Church Resources
One LifeWay Plaza
Nashville, TN 37234-0152
Direct Line: 615-277-8451
video blog:
videos on Vimeo:

"We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ" (Col. 1:28, NIV).

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on March 13, 2011 at 4:46pm
Responding to the Devastation in Japan

Pastor, as I have watched and heard the reports from the devastation of the earthquake near the east coast of Honshu, Japan as well as the subsequent Tsunamis, my heart is saddened and burdened for the people.

As you minister to your congregation this weekend, many will be looking to you for comfort, spiritual leadership, and guidance. As you prepare spiritually to do this, let me remind you of some online resources that may be helpful.

The following sermon manuscripts are available in Proclaim Online:

God in the Face of Disaster, Psalm 66 (Jerry Gifford)

Ministry in Natural Disaster, Acts 27, Acts 28 (Phil A. Newton)

The ANCHOR in the Storm, Acts 27 (Steve Andrews)

Information about the Southern Baptist Relief effort which is being coordinated by Baptist Global Response (BGR) is available in this article (updated this morning):

Japan Earthquake, Tsunami Assessment Underway

Suggestions for how to incorporate prayer for Japan into Sunday School lessons this week are available in EXTRA:

Explore the Bible lesson

Bible Studies for Life lesson

I am joining you in prayer for the people of Japan and praying for you as you minister to your congregation ... 

Craig Webb, Editor
View back issues of Pastors Today or view sermons and preaching articles in Proclaim Online.

Pray for Japan Video has a wonderful 5-minute video you may download and show in your worship service. It is not specifically about the Earthquake and Tsunami but is focused on praying for the people of Japan. We used Prayercast's Shine video in our worship service a couple of weeks ago. These videos are visually stunning.

Watch the video focused on Japan here

Downloads of the video are available here (scroll down to Japan)

This news site has posted powerful photos from the devastation that you might project as you pray for Japan this Sunday.

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on March 11, 2011 at 12:59pm

Earthquake Update -


Thank you, “PrayerLinkers,” for interceding with me on behalf of our worker in East Asia.  You’ll be glad to read how God chose to respond to our prayers.   Feel free to pass the following paragraph on to any you asked to pray with you for this urgent need.   Just don’t mention that he was one of “our” workers.


“Praise God that the East Asian worker for whom we have prayed in recent days is now conscious and breathing on his own; however, he is still very weak. Even as you have prayer for him in recent days, please continue to uphold him with your prayers. Please remember his wife as well, asking God to give all that she needs during this difficult ordeal.”


(From Ed Cox of IMB)

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on March 11, 2011 at 12:28pm

Alert ~ Earthquake in Japan

Have been praying throught the night since we were awakened every hour with island wide siren system. We are all safe here in Hawaii and continue to lift up Japan.  Please also pray for international students who are concerned about family. Many made contact but some struggled to get through.

For His name and glory...Joy Turner, Hawaii SBC Prayer Coordinator

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on February 15, 2011 at 11:44pm
Prayer in the Making of Disciples

The life of a church planter can certainly be pressure filled. Demands on time and energy can sometimes seem overwhelming. At moments like these, it may appear impossible not to feel yourself slipping away into anxiety, or even, fear. The Apostle Paul gives a familiar exhortation for just this kind of situation. Read More

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Comment by Phil Miglioratti on January 28, 2011 at 3:27pm

Just posted The Battle for God's Glory Among the Nations >>> 

Looking for someone to write a 300-1000 word review - Interested?

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