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Oct 2, 2012 - 1-50, Corporate Prayer    No Comments

Beach Ball Prayers

I love the book/movie “Horton Hears a Who” as it demonstrates that everyone’s voice is not only important, but absolutely vital.  Sometimes we can think our weak prayer is nothing compared to a confident intercessor next to us.  Yet God values all prayers, short or long, eloquent or simple.  In fact, Jesus honored the short prayer of the tax collector who recognized his need and cried, “God, be merciful to me a sinner” more than the righteous Pharisee who waxed long on his great qualities (Luke 18:9-14).

Several years ago while attending a small church, I did a series of short teachings on prayer and then we “experimented” or “practiced” it.  While teaching on corporate prayer, I asked the Lord how we could “do” it in a unique way that would include everyone.  I must admit to being a bit nervous about what I felt He was suggesting, but wanted to be obedient.

After the teaching, we gathered in a circle.  I explained that we would do short sentence prayers on the theme of thankfulness.  I took a beach ball and said my sentence prayer as I threw it to someone in the circle.  They caught the ball and then tossed it to another person as they said their prayer.  It kept the prayers Read more »

Sep 24, 2012 - 1-50, Corporate Prayer    2 Comments

Prayer Hogs and Conversational Prayer

I must admit one of my pet peeves is a prayer hog.  You know when you pray in a group and one person prays FOREVER and when they are done there’s almost nothing left to pray.  Okay, so that is a bit overstated.  But the truth is that in most situations, short conversational type prayers are much more enjoyable and easier to follow.  After a couple of minutes of the same voice, it can be easy to drift off, “Did I answer that last email?” “I wonder how ____ is doing?” etc.

In a group setting, being sensitive to those around you and praying with the flow can significantly increase unity and joy in intercession.  It’s meant to be a team sport, not where one person 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: www.40daystosaveamerica.com.

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: www.revivalstories.org/how-to-fast)   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 »

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