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Seek God for the City

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Seek God for the City is a 40 day prayer guide starting March 5 to Palm Sunday, April 13 exploring ways to pray for the city you live in as well as people groups and nations including Scripture and prayer walking tips.  This powerful tool is produced by Waymakers: Preparing God’s Way by Prayer and is available as an app or you can order the 64 page booklet at www.waymakers.org.  This is a great way to pray individually or as a group or church.

Here is a sample page from Day 31:

Seeking God…to raise up champions of peace by His Spirit

“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:2

Our best efforts to make peace are as lasting as sand castles against the tide.  Put Your Spirit of peacemaking power upon all of Your people – the same Spirit that Read more »

Standing in the GAP

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I’m excited about a project in our region called GAP – Gospel Advancing Prayer.  My friend, Jeff Krieser, who is leading this describes it this way:

“Gospel Advancing Prayer (GAP) is simply an initiative to regularly and strategically pray for the community in the way Jesus taught us – “thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.  We pray for the Church that includes all of the many life giving congregations.  We also pray for all of the domains of authority in the city – Business, Government, Media & Technology, Arts & Entertainment, Education and Social/Non-Profit.   We gather the insights Read more »

Feb 3, 2014 - 51-100, Everyday Prayers    No Comments

Look A Like Prayers

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Ever see someone at a glance and think it’s someone you know, but when you look closer realize it isn’t?  A friend told me how she saw someone on a motorcycle that looked just like her brother at a glimpse.  When she looked again, she saw that it wasn’t.  However, she felt prompted to pray for her brother.  Not long after, her brother was in a very serious motorcycle accident and nearly lost his life.  She felt that prompting to pray may have made the difference.

Next time you see a “look a like”, consider it a prompting to pray for that person.  You may never know the impact here on earth, but will assuredly get “the rest of the story” in Heaven!

Enjoyable Prayer

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“The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”  Westminster Shorter Catechism

How often we talk of glorifying God, but have little understanding of the last phrase “to enjoy Him forever.”  Prayer is the catalyst to knowing and enjoying God.   It is not meant to be a dull duty or boring obligation, but the adventure of exploring a relationship with the infinite God.

Angels aren’t waiting to file our list of requests in a prayer processing plant in Heaven.  Rather, One who loves us immeasurably, is leaning in close to Read more »

Prayer Alarms, Part Two

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There are at least two places where Jesus gave us specific ways to pray – The Lord’s Prayer and the prayer for laborers for harvest (Luke 10:2 or Matthew 9:38)  My friend and a group of others have made a commitment to pray for more laborers for the harvest and use a pray alarm set to remind them to pray.  You could either use 9:38 or 10:02, morning or evening or both.

What has God laid on your heart to pray for this year?  Is there a specific verse that goes with it or do you have a particular “life” verse? Consider using a prayer alarm to remind you to pray into what God is speaking to you or how He wants you to pray!

 

Jan 6, 2014 - 51-100, Everyday Prayers    1 Comment

Prayer Alarms, Part One

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Recently, talking with some friends about when we get up in the morning, one mentioned the latest he’d get up would be 6:23am.  It seemed an odd time to set an alarm!  He went on to explain that his wife’s birthday is June 23 and so he’s set his alarm for 6:23 on his phone as a reminder to pray for her.  He also has alarms set for each of his children according to their birthdays.

What a wonderful way to pray for those closest to us!  A daily reminder to lift them up, even just for a moment.  What “prayer alarms” is God prompting you to add on your phone today?

Nov 25, 2013 - 51-100, Everyday Prayers    1 Comment

Five Finger Prayer

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Although there are different variations of the five finger prayer, the one below is the most common one, even used by Pope Francis!  It is great to help children focus in prayer, but also for adults as a simple way to remember different people to pray for.

1.  Thumb:  When you fold your hands, your thumb is closest to you, so pray for those closest to you, your family and friends.  Thank God for them and bless them.  Philippians 1:3-5

2.  Index finger:  We use our index finger to point.  Pray for those who “point the way” for you – for teachers, preachers, mentors, parents and others who speak into your life.  1 Thessalonians 5:25

3.  Tall finger:  Ask God’s blessing for all those Read more »

Physical Expressions of Prayer, Part 8

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Art as an expression of prayer might be a new concept for many.  I’m no artist, but a few years back, when I had more time, I enjoyed painting the things that God was speaking to my heart.  I’ve found that it can unlock new understanding and expression of my prayers in a unique way.  Sometimes it related to intercession for other people, but often it had to do with things He was doing in me.  The physical expression in art helped to process what God was saying or my cry to Him.

One time, I felt like God was saying He wanted my “yes” to be bigger, wider, higher, etc.  I didn’t know what that looked like (on canvas or in real life), but I bought Read more »

Physical Expressions of Prayer, Part 7

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If you’re a dancer, you probably understand that movement can be an expression of prayer.  Though it may seem a little strange to those of us less use to it, dancing your prayer is simply a combination and extension of the various postures of prayer, raising hands, standing, bowing down, etc.

With or without music, there is something special about motion as you pray.  Its putting your whole body, soul and spirit into the process.

Worship and prayer are inseparable.  Much of worship is simply Read more »

Physical Expressions of Prayer, Part 6

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Imagine yourself sitting on a hillside overlooking a lake.  A light breeze rustles your hair as you soak up the sunshine.  Jesus sits beside you.  What do you want to say to Him?  What is He saying to you?

Sitting with Jesus in prayer can be a position of intimate friendship.  Relaxed. Restful.  We enjoy meeting with friends and engaging in conversation, getting to know one another more, a time to ask questions and to listen.

In 2 Samuel 7:18 it says, “Then David the King went in and Read more »