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Becoming a House of Prayer, pt. 3

Previously, I've summarized our first prayer service, which we held at the end of December last year.  I mentioned that we were beginning plans for what we call an "Equipping Class" on prayer.  Last Sunday, we held our first session of the 10-week class.

We had 20 people attend, which we were all thrilled with.  Our Senior Pastor has mentioned the class a couple of times (including last Sunday) from the pulpit, and has provided a ton of support for us.  We are studying Paul Miller's…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 11, 2020 at 9:08pm — 2 Comments

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…

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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…

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

Prayers God Loves to Answer: Praying for the Church (pt. 4)

Holding to the truth

Today is a day of confusion regarding truth, and that confusion has invaded the church.  Confusion reigns where the church fails to hold firmly on to the Word of God.

 

The letter to the church at Pergamum starts this way:  "These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword." (Revelation 2:12)  This double-edged sword is the word of God, which comes out of Jesus' mouth…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 28, 2019 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Prayers God Loves to Answer: Praying for the Church (pt. 3)

Perhaps no area of our walk with God is more challenged by our culture today than the area of sexuality.  Having strayed from the truth of God's word, as a society we no longer even know how to define gender.  More and more, our culture reflects Paul's warning to the Romans:

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 24, 2019 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Prayers God Loves to Answer: Praying for the Church (pt. 2)

A civil worker in Kentucky loses her job for refusal to issue a license for a gay marriage due to her religious convictions.  A baker on Colorado is sued for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, again due to religious convictions.  Celebrities who are believers get criticized for positions taken by their pastors on controversial topics.  Long-standing mottos like "In God We Trust" get challenged.

 

All around us, the church is challenged and squeezed by a culture that…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 19, 2019 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Prayers God Loves to Answer: Praying for the Church (pt. 1)

According to Christianity Today, the United Methodist Church's General Session this weekend will be determining the church's stance on LGBT/gender issues.  At stake are questions like whether to ordain LGBT ministers, whether to perform gay marriages, etc. (1)

 

The stakes are high in all of this, and there are believers on many sides in this issue.  Words like "love" and "grace" get tossed around a lot, with definitions being assumed and never really spelled out (if you don't…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 24, 2019 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Prayers God Loves to Answer

I watched a message from David Jeremiah today on the question of "Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayers?"  He covered all the typical answers - cherished sin, praying with wrong motives, praying outside God's will, lack of faith, etc.  Nothing he said was scripturally wrong, but I confess that I have difficulty with the hidden premise behind this approach to prayer.

 

The premise seems to be that prayer is a means to get what we want from God.  And if we remove all the obstacles,…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 17, 2019 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Praying for mid-term elections (pt. 4)

As we head to the polls today to vote in the mid-term elections, here are a few final thoughts for prayer:

 

Thank God for the process

  • Thank God for the blessing of free elections and the democratic process.  Thank him for giving us the right and the means to vote and determine our leadership.

 

Pray for the elections

  • Ask God to protect each voting place from all harm; to protect our elections from outside influences…
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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 6, 2018 at 7:23am — No Comments

Praying for mid-term elections (pt. 3)

Pray for the candidates

As the midterm campaigns enter their final couple of days, one way we can impact the races for God's glory is to pray specifically for the candidates and those who are campaigning on their behalf.  This may be the hardest part of prayer for the elections, because it can be difficult to separate our own preferences from God's leading.  But there are some Scriptural principles that we can use to pray God's will into…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 4, 2018 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Praying for mid-term elections (pt. 2)

Contrary to what some may say or believe, the mid-term elections will not determine the future of the United States.  To be sure, the elected officials will have a significant impact.  But God is ultimately in control. 

 A large part of how God controls the affairs of men is through the prayers of his people.  In fact, God has repeatedly called his people to prayer for their country:

 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May those who love you be…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 3, 2018 at 10:12pm — 1 Comment

The Waiting is the Hardest Part (Praying in Crisis, pt. 6)

Why doesn't God answer prayer immediately?  Why does he seem at times to hold back, to keep us in difficult circumstances when he could bring healing, relief, finances, reconciliation, and more - all with just a word?

There is no "one-size-fits-all" answer to this question.  First and foremost, we must acknowledge and agree with God that His ways and His thoughts are higher than ours, and we're not going to understand them all the time (Isaiah 55:9).  With Paul, we cry out, "Oh, the…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on October 1, 2018 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

Does God See? Does He Hear? (Praying in Crisis, pt. 5)

Crisis situations often make us wonder if God sees our suffering or hears our cries.  God can seem distant and unconcerned with our troubles.  But Scripture shows us over and over that nothing could be further from the truth.

Joseph must have wondered if God cared about his ordeals as he was carried off into slavery and again as he languished in prison.  He must have questioned why God would allow his brothers to sell him into slavery, why the lies of Potiphar's wife could land him in…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 12, 2018 at 8:39pm — 1 Comment

Why? (Praying in Crisis, Pt. 4)

Perhaps the most famous cry of "Why" in the Bible came from the mouth of our Savior as he was dying on the cross.  "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)

Jesus was quoting the beginning to Psalm 22, which we looked at previously.  In Jesus' case, of course, he had known in advance the agony he would suffer; in fact, he had prayed earnestly that he could be spared that agony (Matthew 26:36-42) - not just the physical agony of torture and crucifixion, but I suspect…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 6, 2018 at 5:45pm — 2 Comments

Praying for mid-term elections (pt. 1)

The Presidential Prayer Team daily prayer page today mentions that it's 100 days to the mid-term elections.  With division in our country running so high and questions still surrounding alleged attempts to interfere with the 2016 elections, we need God's intervention both to protect our election process and to put in place leaders who will honor him.  How should we then pray?  This is the first of a series of posts with thoughts on how to pray for our upcoming…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 29, 2018 at 10:04am — 1 Comment

Why? (Praying in Crisis, Pt. 3)

David suffered much in his life - some of it the result of the sinfulness of others (as in King Saul's pursuit of him) and some of it the result of his own sin (for example, in the episode with Bathsheba or the counting of the army).  Sometimes David understood why he suffered; at other times he cried out in desperation and confusion to God.  Psalm 22 is one of these latter occasions.

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?", he begins.  (We'll discuss Jesus' similar prayer in the…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 25, 2018 at 8:34am — No Comments

P.N Tip: Try Google Chrome!

If you're in the habit of pasting information and prayer requests here at Pray.Network (as I am), here's a tip:  Use Google Chrome rather than Internet Explorer or Edge browsers.  I have found that with IE/Edge, pasted copy often gets cut off on the right-hand side, reformatted in ways I don't expect, and pictures often don't come out well.

I've noticed since switching over to Chrome that none of these problems are present in that browser.  Chrome does do a little reformatting, but…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 17, 2018 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Why? (Praying in Crisis, pt. 2)

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 1, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Lord, Don't You Care? (Praying in Crisis, pt. 1)

The wind and the waves threatened to capsize the fishing boat. Though seasoned on the water, the men…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on June 20, 2018 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Lord, Don't You Care? (Praying in Crisis, pt. 1)

The wind and the waves threatened to capsize the fishing boat. Though seasoned on the water, the men…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on June 20, 2018 at 10:24pm — No Comments

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