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Pray.Network Spotlight: Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Jennifer Kennedy Dean joined Pray.Network in July 2010.  She is a featured speaker at prayer conferences and is the founder and Executive Director of Praying Life Foundation.  Pray.Network recently caught up with Jennifer for a quick interview.

 

PN: What is the heart of the Praying Life Foundation's ministry?

JKD:  My passion is to see the body of…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 31, 2016 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: Church Prayer Leaders Network

The Church Prayer Leaders Network (CPLN) is an organization devoted to helping prayer leaders grow their churches in prayer.  Led by Jon Graf (who also publishes Prayer Connect), CPLN provides a number of resources for prayer leaders - whether on a church staff or volunteers - and also for other leaders interested in growing prayer.  An excerpt from their website explains their purpose:…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 16, 2016 at 6:02pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Joshua Project

"This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."  -- Matthew 24:14, NIV

If you're looking for a way to impact the spread of the kingdom worldwide on a daily basis, then regular prayer for the unreached peoples is the most strategic difference you can make.  And there's probably no more comprehensive resource on praying for the unreached…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 11, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Pray the Word

If you're like me, the new year is a time when you evaluate your life, including your spiritual disciplines.  I often change up spiritual disciplines a bit at the beginning of the year in order to keep my time with God fresh.

If you're looking for a different way to start the year in prayer, you might want to consider Pray the Word, by Tiece King.  Published by Prayer Shop…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 3, 2016 at 12:17am — No Comments

Taking the Offensive in Prayer

A prayer alert from the Presidential Prayer Team today reads:

’Credible Terror Threat’ Closes Entire Los Angeles School District

 

Situations like this one drive us to our knees in prayer to our great God, and they should.  We pray for the children, who are likely scared by circumstances they can't even understand, let alone control.  We pray for…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 15, 2015 at 6:13pm — 2 Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: Urbana 15

Every three years between Christmas and New Year, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship sponsors a 5-day mission event called "Urbana", named after its longtime location at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.  The last several events have been held in St. Louis (due to outgrowing the venue), but the conference retains the Urbana brand.  Urbana challenges college students to see the needs of the world and to respond…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 13, 2015 at 8:11pm — 4 Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: Merton Hershberger

You may have seen Merton Hershberger's posts for prayer for the Arabian Peninsula. Merton has a huge heart for the Peninsula and for prayer for the world.  This week, Pray.Network caught up with Merton to learn a bit more about him.

PN:  How did you come to be interested in prayer?

Merton: I saw my parents pray for the sale of their house and it sold within 4 hours of being offered on the market ... for exactly what they…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 5, 2015 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: Open Doors

We conclude our month of focus on the Persecuted Church with Open Doors (www.opendoorsusa.org), perhaps the best-known of the organizations devoted to believers persecuted for their faith.

Open Doors was founded by Brother Andrew in 1955 in response to the increasing persecution of the church in Eastern Europe.  Brother Andrew focused initially on…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Prayer, Thanksgiving, and Peace

I recently finished Tim Keller's Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering - a book I highly recommend for those who pray for and with the suffering.  I'll post a review on the book soon.  The next to last chapter had some thoughts on Philippians 4:6-7 that have stuck with me, and I'll try to do them justice here.

Keller makes the point that the "prayer with thanksgiving" that Paul talks about in Philippians 4:6 is different than the way we tend to think of it.  We tend to think of…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 26, 2015 at 6:44pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: International Christian Concern

We continue our spotlight on the Persecuted Church this week with International Christian Concern (www.persecution.org).  Like Voice of the Martyrs, ICC emphasizes awareness and advocacy on behalf of the persecuted.  ICC specializes in up-to-date news from around the world related to Christian persecution, and is a great source of information for…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 21, 2015 at 2:26pm — 1 Comment

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Voice of the Martyrs

As we continue our focus this month on the Persecuted Church, this week's spotlight falls on one of the leading advocacy and outreach agencies for the Persecuted, Voice of the Martyrs.  VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. His story is told in "Tortured for Christ", a…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 16, 2015 at 8:25am — 1 Comment

PrayNetwork Spotlight: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 

-- Hebrews 12:3, NIV.

 

Persecution is not new to the Christian church.  No sooner did the church get off the ground than the persecution began, as Peter and John were brought before…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 1, 2015 at 12:08am — 2 Comments

PrayNetwork spotlight - Ron Edwards

This week, we're turning the Spotlight on Ron Edwards, a relatively new member of PrayNetwork.  Ron is located in Australia and joined the Network on July 1, 2015.

PN: Ron, how did you first come to be interested in prayer?

Ron: I began to experience prayer as spiritual warfare when I took my company Christian Press into the secular marketplace under the name Care & Share Products.  We focused on offering scripture cards and gifts. …

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on October 18, 2015 at 3:47pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Presidential Prayer Team

There are many organizations and sites devoted to praying for the United States.  One of the largest is the Presidential Prayer Team.  Founded in 2001, PPT is a source of prayer information and requests for all three branches of our government, plus a source of prayer for international events.  The PPT is chaired by Franklin Graham, CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 27, 2015 at 8:59pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Prayer for Muslim Hajj, Saudi Day of Prayer

The Hajj is an annual pilgrimage required of all Muslims who are able.  During the 3-day event, around 3 million Muslims from all over the world flock to Mecca (Saudi Arabia) to perform sacred acts and follow the steps of Muhammad, their prophet. This year, the Hajj will start on September 21st and last for 3-4 days.

 

Muslims participate in the pilgrimage and…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 20, 2015 at 10:40pm — 4 Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Midwest Prayer Conference (CPLN)

Among its various ministries, the Church Prayer Leaders' Network conducts prayer conferences at local churches.  These conferences provide teaching in the form of keynote sessions and breakout groups, as well as opportunities for worship and prayer.  They also bring together a great selection of books and other resources to help participants grow in prayer.

I've attended the Midwest Prayer Conference in…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 11, 2015 at 8:19pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Prayer Leaders Group

If you lead others in prayer, either individually or in a group setting, or if you facilitate prayer ministry, check out the Prayer Leaders group here on PrayNetwork.org.  Started by Phil Miglioratti in 2010, the group is targeted to prayer leaders, seeking to…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 6, 2015 at 7:02pm — No Comments

PrayNetwork spotlight: War Room movie

This weekend marked the opening of the highly anticipated War Room movie. As you might expect from anything so public with such a solid Christian message, the movie has had a bit of a polarizing effect in early reviews.  The movie's Facebook page has over half a million likes, with many rave reviews about not only the message of the movie, but also the entertainment…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 29, 2015 at 10:23pm — 3 Comments

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Pray4Schools

As the summer draws to a close, our thoughts naturally turn to the beginning of the school year.  Students today - from Elementary through College - face challenges not faced by previous generations.  The declining morality in America, emphasis on individual freedom and situational ethics, and a general crisis of faith combine to push students toward destructive patterns,…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 24, 2015 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

PrayNetwork Spotlight: Praying Together Course

This week's spotlight features one of the more active groups on PrayNetwork.org, Lewis Turner's Praying Together group and course.  PrayNetwork.org caught up with Lewis as he prepares to launch another round of the course.

 

PN: Lewis, why did you start the Praying Together course?

Lewis: I've been…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 15, 2015 at 3:23pm — 2 Comments

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