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Prayer Lacking? Try Listening

For the first ten years of my life, I was an only child. I guess my parents didn’t believe in baby-sitters or perhaps couldn’t afford them, I just remember accompanying my parents to a lot of adult events. At each, I was told to “be seen and not heard.” So, I grew up being rather quiet, and reserved. That lifestyle carried over into my prayer life. In fact, I remember wondering in church, why some people prayed such long, wordy prayers, and why in the worship service, we spent so much time…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on January 24, 2021 at 9:47am — No Comments

IF YOU DO THESE THINGS

After the large group of disciples deserted him Jesus ministered only in Galilee for some time. He did not go at all into Judea because the Jewish hierarchy were threatening to kill him. With the Feast of Booths at hand Jesus went back to his childhood home in Nazareth. There he found his brothers and sisters and their families gathered. His oldest brother, Joseph, welcomed him. 

“Jesus! We are glad to see you. We…

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Added by David Young on January 21, 2021 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

2020 Hindsight

I watch a lot of college football.  I've seen all the bowl games, even the ones that no one has heard of.  In one of those games, I saw a commercial that really intrigued me.  It pictured a "first date" meet-up between Satan and 2020 (personified as a woman), and then the development of a relationship between them. 

 

It's unlikely that the producers of the commercial have any idea about spiritual warfare, but the reference brought to my mind the fact that 2020 was indeed a…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 10, 2021 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

New Methods for New Circumstances

Times have changed. People are staying home from church services in record numbers – and blaming the COVID virus. History has shown when we are forced by circumstances to change, we eventually get comfortable with the change, and even prefer the new methods to the old. John Cage, an American composer, artist, and philosopher, confessed, “I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened of old ones.” Most churches I know have recovered approximately half of their…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on December 28, 2020 at 9:39am — 1 Comment

"God Save EVERYone" Prayers Are Misguided

#ItSeemsToMe...

"God save everyone" is a well intended prayer that is guaranteed not to be answered. 

This is how God loved the world - God gave his one-and-only (Jesus) to die for everyone. Anyone who believes will be saved.

My "God save everyone" prayer is a fine sentiment but unbiblical. It makes us…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on December 3, 2020 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

How Big is your God?

As our countries face many difficult issues, amidst the riots, the uncertainly with the COVID 19 pandemic. It's easy to get discouraged, especially when thinking of the world our grandchildren are living in today. However, we have a big God bigger than the challenges and struggles we experience at this time and our grandchildren's …

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on November 12, 2020 at 6:09pm — 2 Comments

Praying in the Night Watches

I haven’t been sleeping well lately. I wake up in the night and am unable to get back to sleep. I’m sure it is partly due to the physical, since I am facing major surgery in the next few days. I am also sure it is partly spiritual, since this was happening, to a lesser extent, long before the need for surgery. Sometimes, when I wake up, I do so with scripture on my mind. Often the scripture comes in the form of a song or hymn. I remember many years ago, confessing this rather unusual habit…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on September 26, 2020 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Politicized Prayers. Don't Bother.

#ItSeemsToMe... it is way too easy for Christians to unintentionally offer prayers that are actually more Republican than righteous; sound more like a Democrat than a disciple. When our political preferences infect our intercessory petitions, we have shifted from empowering the Spirit to employing the Spirit. No one of us is immune from this politicized syncretism.…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 12, 2020 at 11:04am — 11 Comments

GROWING NEARER

Are you growing nearer to God in prayer?

We are familiar with John 15 that says our Lord is the vine and we are His branches. Jesus applies that wonderful picture in the verses that follow.

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

John…

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Added by David Young on July 23, 2020 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

CONFLICT

http://markmirza.com/conflict/

There are a lot of ideas on how to address our problematic issues in the USA, namely:

  • Racial Fairness
  • Political Tension
  • Employment Disparities
  • Etc.

From my little perch in Midtown Atlanta, GA, I see the numerous arguments, and the emotional intensity on opposite sides of each issue! They are evident in both the world and the church.

May I…

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Added by Mark S Mirza on July 13, 2020 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

My Entry Into What Became Pray.Network

The Web of Prayer

 

Phil Miglioratti (MA ’74)

Spring 2001 TEDS Bridge magazine

 

I think five or six of us showed up that June 1990.

 

We placed our chairs in a small circle and introduced ourselves: “Hi, I’m Al from Palatine…I’m Joe from Arlington Heights…John from Lake Zurich…Gary from Schaumburg.” They had come to my office…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on June 20, 2020 at 5:18pm — 1 Comment

Launch a Spirit-Led, Scripture-Fed Journey to #ReimaginePRAYER...

Connect with Others Who are Applying Romans 12:2

To Both Personal & Corporate Praying



Don’t be conformed nor confined by the status quo...

Let God transform…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on July 4, 2020 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Pray in Color



A year's worth of blog entries!

Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God combines memoir with theology. Step-by step instructions introduce the practice of praying in color as a way to do intercessory prayer.

Posted by Phil Miglioratti

Added by Phil Miglioratti on February 6, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hey Pastor . . .

Ask Church Leaders wants to know …

by Phil Miglioratti

Can you answer this…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on October 4, 2012 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Phil's Podcasts: Prayer, Cities, Evangelism, Beach Boys

[audio] Voyage Radio interviews Phil Miglioratti

Voyage Radio host David McLaughlin, interviews Phil Miglioratti about the state of prayer in

our nation



[other] Phil Miglioratti Speaks at Pastor's conference Nov…
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Added by Phil Miglioratti on July 8, 2010 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Pandemic Prayer

In the early days of the Coronavirus quarantine, I was extremely restless and frustrated. Even in retirement, I’ve been running close to full speed. Sitting in my den recliner I was reading my Bible, and praying, and asking God what I was to “do” since my travel was now limited and cancellations had caused more Liquid Paper than ink on my calendar. Having just read James 1:22, “Be doers of the word,” I looked up and saw on the fireplace mantle, my wife’s display of all the books I had…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on June 27, 2020 at 11:37am — No Comments

The LORD is...

God is at work From Sally McClung's blog https://floydandsally.com/blog/2020/5/22/he-is-at-work

  1. The Lord is my strength and my song. Exodus 15:2, Psalm 118:14
  2. The Lord is a warrior. Exodus 15:
  3. The Lord is greater than all other gods. Exodus 18:11
  4. The Lord is slow to anger…
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Added by Malva Birch on May 22, 2020 at 7:59pm — 1 Comment

Becoming a House of Prayer, pt. 5

Yesterday we concluded our group study of Paul Miller's "A Praying Life".  We've been meeting online for the last 6 sessions, and we did lose quite a few people along the way.  We've been following the outline of the book loosely and bringing in other materials and topics for the class.

We ended our study by looking at community prayer, that is, praying effectively in a group setting.  This was one of the items identified at the beginning as an item that the group wanted to discuss,…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on May 4, 2020 at 9:20pm — 2 Comments

PTAP: Ramadan under Lockdown

Praying for and during Ramadan
 
Ramadan is starting on April 23, 2020 (or April 24, 2020) this year. During the month of Ramadan, billions of Muslims will be fasting, praying, and reading the Quran as a community. Lockdowns, curfews, and restrictions on public gatherings across most countries due to COVID-19 have dampened Ramadan preparations this year. 
As our Muslim cousins shelter in place, we want to…
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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 22, 2020 at 7:08am — No Comments

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