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December 2019 Blog Posts (12)

Becoming a House of Prayer, pt. 2

If anyone prayed for our first prayer service on Sunday, Thank You!  God met us and gave us a great time of community prayer.

About 15 people participated, including several leaders.  We provided some instructions at the beginning and then we went into our prayer time.  We had selected 6 topics beforehand, and had identified a facilitator for each topic.  We took each topic in turn, with the facilitator sharing for 3-5 minutes on a couple of things they were thankful for in their area…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 31, 2019 at 10:01pm — 3 Comments

Becoming a House of Prayer, pt. 1

Last summer, a couple of the Elders of our church felt a nudge from God that we needed to move in the direction of being more of a praying church.  A group of about a dozen people began to gather every other week (it was the off-season for our small groups) to pray for the church, for our community, and for the development of the prayer ministry.

A core group of three of us continued to meet after the summer to make plans for launching a prayer ministry.  In this blog, which I expect…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 24, 2019 at 10:45pm — 1 Comment

It Is A New Era!

Greetings Praying Friends!

For over 13 years officially I have worked with the amazing network group, International Orality Network. Last October an opportunity came for me to move into ministry in a paid position with a Bible Translation organization called 4.2.20 Foundation as the Prayer Strategist and Director of Prayer Strategies. They are based out of Jerusalem. 

During this year of 2019 I have been transitioning from that previous position and…


Added by Linda Bemis on December 18, 2019 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Changing of the Guard!

Moving fully into new position with 4.2.20 Foundation:

Added by Linda Bemis on December 18, 2019 at 1:40pm — No Comments

When God appears to be Silent

I remember once making a request of my parents that was so out of sync with the plans for the family, that they just stared at me, no verbal response, just a glare. Some may say that my request was unanswered. It took me years to learn that my request was answered. The answer was in their glare – a silent “no.” The more I studied prayer, the more I discovered that Jesus never mentioned unanswered prayer in his teaching on the subject. In spite of both secular and church pressure to admit to…


Added by Dan R. Crawford on December 17, 2019 at 12:55pm — No Comments


There has to be a point where any of us begins to pray to a God that we know little about. I often think those are refreshing prayers. We find one of these in the 24th chapter of Genesis. Abraham sends his servant on a mission that would be impossible without the direction of God. After traveling for weeks he stops outside the town where Abraham's family lived, and prays.

“O LORD, God of…


Added by David Young on December 9, 2019 at 6:45pm — 1 Comment

#Reimagine Your Prayer List

We all have Prayer Lists.

Most write their own list. Some simply memorize or visualize who they pray for. Many follow the printed list in the Sunday bulletin. Apps send them to our smartphones.

The difficulty with Prayer Lists is not having enough people, places, or things to pray about; The problem is how to keep it fresh. AND, how to give ourselves permission to take a name off the list! (Personally, I find that…


Added by Phil Miglioratti on December 9, 2019 at 4:48pm — No Comments


I have had several striking coincidences this week. I am reminded of something I recently read, and you have read or heard many times. A hard-bitten detective in a mystery novel said, “I don't believe in coincidences.” Accidental coincidences are an unlikely explanation of many things that take place.

This week I wrote a pastor friend whom I have not seen in several years. I said I was praying for God to do more in…


Added by David Young on December 2, 2019 at 11:25pm — No Comments


“ . . . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16b)

“Fervent”, translated from the Greek “energeo”, which means: “to be active” “be mighty in” “to be at work” “to be effective” “to produce”. The implication is that a praying person will be effective as he applies much effort and time in the praying.

Further . . .

“Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers,…


Added by Jerry McCullah on December 2, 2019 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments



Oh, it did not look like it … not at the beginning! Jeremiah Lanphier had been passing out handbills, announcing a “Prayer Meeting” at the North Dutch Church on Fulton Street, downtown New York City during the lunch hour from Noon till 1:00 p.m. It was to include “singing, prayer and exhortation – no one to take more than 5 minutes” or a bell would ring to tell you to stop and let someone else pray.

At noon, September…


Added by Jerry McCullah on December 2, 2019 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Pray Attention, Church!

Good praying often requires preparation. For example, Jesus commanded His followers with the words "watch and pray."

Also, Paul challenged all believers when he wrote, under the Holy Spirit's influence, "continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving." (Col. 4:2)

Apparently, watching has a vital role in our prayer activities!

The Greek word for "watch" is "gregoreo", which means, basically, "to be awake or vigilant." Webster's defines "watch" as "keeping…


Added by Jerry McCullah on December 2, 2019 at 2:07pm — 1 Comment


Looking at the 3rd chapter of Luke, a contemporary application of the prophecy fulfilled in the ministry of John the Baptist struck me. Verses 4-6 read,

“As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness:…


Added by David Young on December 1, 2019 at 12:14am — No Comments

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