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January 2012 Blog Posts (41)

PRAYER TRAINING: Prayer to Go web site

Bob Sjogren is a long time friend of mine who is well known in mission circles for his training on the Biblical Basis for Mission, or the Missionary Basis of the Bible. His book Unveiled at Last probably best capsulizes that particular training and I'll guarantee you won't regret getting and reading it. Additionally, his seminar,…


Added by Dave Imboden on January 31, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Praying for President Obama


Scriptural Prayer Principles

I am in the ministry of encouraging people to “Pray Scripture Back to God.” This is the ministry that the Lord has brought me to and in the course of this ministry I hear some very bizarre prayers. Recently Psalm 109, and…


Added by Mark S Mirza on January 31, 2012 at 1:37pm — No Comments

National Prayer Call


Added by Stephanie Steele on January 30, 2012 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Prayer -- and Lifestyle Worship

Phil Miglioratti recently stirred my reflective juices by asking for my perspective on how prayer, evangelism, and discipleship are related.

    It's a worthy question, especially for people who are so involved in any particular aspect of ministry that it becomes their primary, almost exclusive, frame of reference. Should prayer, discipleship, and evangelism be separate ministry silos? If so, what are the implications? If not, how would you describe their connection?



Added by Skip Garmo on January 30, 2012 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Valentines is about Relationships

 Isn’t it exciting to have your precious grandchild come running into your arms with hugs and kisses? Your six-year-old granddaughter calling to tell you she lost her first tooth and the tooth fairy is coming to her house or your seven-year-old grandson thrilled to tell you how many goals he made in his soccer game. Last Saturday my two youngest granddaughters came over to visit and we enjoyed making cookies together. Just as you enjoy your…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on January 30, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Why We Don't Pray

I have often wondered why so many believers do not pray much, if at all. (Statistics show that more than 80% of western believers would say they have a poor prayer life.) Before I go any further I need to get right out front, that I am not a great man of prayer either. I have certainly improved greatly over the years, but I struggled for the first 30 or so years as a believer to pray almost anytime other than when a crisis was in my life (or the life of someone I cared about).



Added by Jonathan Graf on January 30, 2012 at 3:06pm — 2 Comments

Pray or Else

Pray or Else

by Joe McKeever

Pray or Else!

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart. (Luke 18:1)

Pray or quit.

Pray or grow discouraged and drop by the wayside.

Pray or weaken and wither away.

If I were the devil, I would do anything within my power to stop God's people…


Added by Phil Miglioratti on January 30, 2012 at 10:10am — No Comments

Got Kids? Pray First, Open Mouth Second

It’s been said that the family that prays together, stays together—but do you know just how true that really is? Seriously! A 1993 Gallup poll revealed that among married couples who attend church together regularly, the divorce rate is one out of two.  How sad. That’s the same statistic as for marriages anywhere. But get this: among couples who pray together daily,…


Added by Arlyn Lawrence on January 28, 2012 at 1:04pm — 2 Comments

Small Church. Real Prayer. Big Impact!

The Big Impact of Small Churches

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4 Proven Insights for Thriving in a Small Church

What are you running these days?

It’s the question church leaders hear—and dread—usually at conferences or seminars, anywhere Type A personalities have gathered to talk about ministry and their churches. Unfortunately,…


Added by Phil Miglioratti on January 27, 2012 at 10:16am — No Comments

Love Our Kids - A Devo for Teachers - What Are You Afraid Of?


When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise– in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?   Psalms 56:3-4 NIV

What are you afraid of?  Be honest before God and ask Him to replace your fear with praise.  Trust Him.  He has been so faithful.

Now think about the kids you are responsible for each day. …


Added by Beth Ipock on January 26, 2012 at 8:42am — No Comments

Help kids seek God for their city

Seek God for the City is designed to empower entire churches and even citywide movements to unite their prayers for a special 40-day season. Now the children’s companion guide is available—providing a way to equip children to pray along with each other and their families. The kids’ version of Seek God for the City 2012 is available as a free downloadable PDF file. You have permission to…


Added by Steve Hawthorne on January 25, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The "Revelation" Format for Corporate Prayer

On a couple of occasions recently I've been called to lead a time of corporate prayer for ministries I'm involved in that face some real challenges. Of course I asked God how He wanted the prayer times to be led—and He gave me a picture. In my mind's eye, I saw Jesus, similar to how He is described in Revelation 1, walking among these ministries. He was talking to us, sometimes smiling, putting a hand warmly on a shoulder, sometimes looking serious and concerned.

Continuing my…


Added by Cynthia Bezek on January 24, 2012 at 6:37pm — 4 Comments

It Seems To Me . . . 2013 Begins Now

. . . 2013 begins right now.


I know, the new year of 2012 has just begun. We’re still paying for all those presents we gave away a few weeks ago at Christmas. Ninety percent of this year remains to unfold before we have to think about 2013; lots of living to be done before this year is complete; why think about the next one so soon?



Because the goals we set for 2012 will determine how much more prayer-capacity our teams and congregations will have…


Added by Phil Miglioratti on January 24, 2012 at 11:58am — No Comments

Fast and Pray 2012


Added by Stephanie Steele on January 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

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…


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

Prayer Is More Than Talk

Just a week ago, I spent a day at an interesting church. Rising out of the corn fields of central Iowa is the town of Newton. Hard hit by the recession, Newton’s main employer having gone out of business. On the edge of Newton stands a dynamic praying church of 800, Community Heights Alliance Church.

After preaching in the morning services and teaching in Sunday school, we were holding a concert of prayer that evening. The pastor was a little anxious about who would show up. It was…


Added by Jonathan Graf on January 21, 2012 at 4:42pm — No Comments

VBS Lessons on Teaching Prayer

I am looking for VBS lessons that teach prayer to children.  I have found some helpful material, but am looking for actual VBS lessons that teach prayer to our children.  My research has come up empty handed so far--with the exception of some supportive material that can help build a lessonThe VBS director at my church has requested me to help, and wants 4 short lessons on prayer (5 minutes) then the prayer activity is for each child to place a prayer on a prayer wall for…


Added by Lewis Turner on January 21, 2012 at 8:18am — 5 Comments

Lords Prayer

Many in the Christian world want to see revival or an outpouring of God hit a group of people, but we await this so that our local pews are filled. The Kingdom of God is bigger than any one church in any single city. If one awoke and all in their city came to the faith, most Christian thought would be about making a church facility bigger and better. When revival comes, and it will, enlarging church buildings will only limit beleivers. We need to re-read the epistles and see how "the…


Added by Robert Murillo on January 20, 2012 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Prescription for a Cluttered Life

The last few months have been very busy and hectic for me, my life felt weighed down and cluttered. However, I have been focusing on getting my life, home, and grandparenting ministry in order.


We are often weighed down with clutter in our lives, focusing on the many petty tasks before us. However, Jesus asks us to rest in him forgetting the worries of the world and focus on Him. If we focus continually on Jesus throughout the day, His presence will bring order…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on January 19, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Finding Daily Renewal in the Lord Jesus Christ

Finding Daily Renewal in the Lord Jesus Christ

The best-selling author and preacher of the 20th century, A.W. Tozer, said that the most important thing about a person is what comes to mind when they think about God.  This is true every moment of every day, compelling us to renew our minds according to the truth.

Because the hardest thing about the Christian life is that it is so “daily”, we must embrace a…


Added by Daniel Henderson on January 18, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

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