Thanksgiving Prayers


It isn’t hard to name off the usual list of things we are grateful for during Thanksgiving dinner: God, family, friends, etc.    The more difficult work involves living it, day in and day out.

In the inspiring book, “One Thousand gifts”, Ann Voskamp describes how being grateful for the small, daily things and recording them brought transformation to her heart and life.   It is a book I highly recommend, not just to read, but to implement.  I know I should be grateful, but in the Read more »

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 »

Nov 5, 2012 - 1-50, Everyday Prayers    1 Comment

Road Rage Prayers

We recently moved and, from our new home to work, there are three places where two lanes merge into one.  Since getting behind a slow car can mean a lengthier drive, I found myself being more aggressive in driving, trying to get ahead of any cars I might perceive as “slow.”

After a few weeks of this, I began to feel the conviction of the Lord that I wasn’t demonstrating “preferring one another” in my race to get ahead of the other cars.  I did find slowing down a little and showing honor to others, even if I didn’t know them, to be less stressful. It helped to practice that breath prayer “My times are in His hands” (see Stoplight Prayers) when I did get stuck behind a slow car.  Overall, the drive became more enjoyable as I concentrated on resting in God’s timing for my day instead of “getting ahead.”

Not long after this, on a drive home, I noticed a car behind me honk and swerve wildly when another driver pulled out in front of her.  I didn’t think much of it as I Read more »

Prayer Walking

In the beginning there was prayer walking.  At least that is what we can assume from the account in Genesis.  It appears that God often walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day, a time to commune together, to rejoice in creation and to establish dominion over what God had given them.

Prayer walking can be done in many different ways reflecting our God given personality and calling.  For some it might be simply walking through the neighborhood in an attitude of thanksgiving and praise for the wonders of God’s creation and redemption.   Others might be more Read more »

Oct 22, 2012 - 1-50, Everyday Prayers    1 Comment

Bumper Sticker Prayers

I used to drive as far back as possible from cars who had “yucky” bumper stickers.  However, I now see it as an opportunity to pray for them in specific ways.

From new age to sex symbols or even political slogans, bumper stickers say a lot about where people are in their life and their personal beliefs.

Now when I see a new age bumper sticker, I can ask God to encounter their life and remove deception, that they would have a power encounter with the true and living God.

Particularly in this political season, when I see Read more »

Policeman Prayers

No, this blog is not about how to pray your way out of a ticket!  Rather how to bless those who serve us in this capacity.

A police officer from our church was recently in a serious motorcycle accident that could have cost his life and yet he was miraculously spared and only spent one day in the hospital.  I believe it was due to prayer.

We often view police from a fearful perspective.  When we see them, we immediately look at the speedometer and hope we are within the limits or check to see if there is something else we are doing wrong.  They can be looked at as just waiting for us to break the law in some way so they can ticket us.  Yet their motto is to serve and protect.  They need our 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 »

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 »