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Personal Prayer

For many intercessors, there can be the unconscious thought that somehow praying for oneself isn’t as “important” or is somehow more “selfish” than praying for others.  However, when we look at the Lord’s Prayer, the model prayer that Jesus gave the disciples, it contains a number of personal requests – daily bread, forgiveness, deliverance, etc.  While honoring our Father, the Holy God, and crying out for His Kingdom to come, we also are to pray for those personal things that we require daily.  Not because He is unaware of them, but because we need to understand our dependence on Him.  In our asking Him for our daily needs, we become mindful again of the insufficiency of ourselves and His greatest pleasure in bestowing His gifts to us.

DAILY BREAD:  We often see our provision coming from our jobs, our spouse or other sources.  However, it really comes from God alone.  He is the one who gives us the ability to gain wealth (Deut 8:18).  It is His hand that gives us our daily bread.  In addition to this, Read more »

Praying in the Spirit

Although praying in the Spirit or tongues can be a controversial subject, I share my own experience as encouragement to study it out and experiment.

I was raised in a church where “tongues” were considered from the devil.  I even wrote papers in college against it.  However, a number of years later I was invited to attend a Pentecostal church with a friend.  Not wanting to be rude, I accepted her invitation and went with much fear and trepidation.  During a pause in worship, the congregation began singing in the Spirit.  I was amazed at the beauty of it and it touched my heart.

A couple of years later, in a prayer group with some Spirit-filled Christians, we encountered “tongues” again.  We were deeply moved and saw the impact that it had.

When we eventually left our traditional church and joined a Spirit-filled church, I desired to speak in tongues, but didn’t know how it worked.  Somehow I thought Read more »

Prayer and Fasting

While fasting isn’t on the top of everyone’s list of favorite things to do, the rewards and fuel that it adds to our prayer life is invaluable.  Our church is getting ready to start a 40 day fast beginning September 28 through the elections and so the topic seemed appropriate for this week.  Other groups are also doing this, to join in, check out:

There are many types of fast: Water only, Daniel fast (no meat/no sweets), liquid fast (soups/shakes) and even things such as media, etc. (for more information go to:   If you are new to fasting, start small and work up as God leads you.  Having said that, my daughter just completed a water only fast as her first experience fasting and did quite well.

Fasting often exposes what holds us captive.  Raynald III, a 14th century duke in Belgium had quite the appetite.  Recorded in Thomas Costain’s history “The Three Edwards”, terribly overweight Raynald was captured during a revolt by his younger brother, Edward.   Knowing his brother’s weakness, Edward constructed a special room around his brother with windows and a near normal size door.  Daily he fed his brother delicious food he knew Read more »

Sacred Assembly

Prayer isn’t just an individual’s communion with God.  The corporate expression of prayer can take many forms which we’ll explore in future blogs, but today we will delve into the Sacred Assembly.

During times of national crisis, Israel gathered to cry out to the Lord for repentance and for help in times of need.  My favorite account is when Jehoshaphat faced a huge army.  Instead of consulting his generals, he turned to the Lord, proclaimed a fast, and gathered the people.  In his prayer he said, “…we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (2 Chron 20:12).  The short version of the story is that Read more »

Breastplate of St. Patrick

While in Ireland a number of years ago, I visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral and picked up a card containing a portion of this prayer attributed to him called “The Breastplate of St. Patrick”.  While on the ferry back to England, I spent some time meditating and memorizing the lines below.  As I repeated the prayer over and over, the sense of how very real and present Christ is took deeper root in my heart. 

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left, Read more »

Aug 21, 2012 - 1-50, Breakthrough Prayers    No Comments

Blessing our Home

Blessing your Home

Praying blessing over our homes seemed an appropriate topic as we just moved into a new house!  It was great to walk around the property and then through the rooms of our home thanking God for our new abode and inviting His presence to fill every room.  Our kids are old enough now to pray over their own rooms, asking God for them to be peaceful places where they can focus and grow in Him.

Why is blessing our homes important?  Isn’t it just dirt and wood that are “neutral”?    We don’t have to go any further than Genesis to see that land can Read more »