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Immediately Following Through in Prayer

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 2:47pm -- Rob
An Arabic Christian woman once shared some challenges and concerns she was facing.  An American couple, listening to her, said, "We'll pray for you."
 

The woman replied, "No, you won't!  Americans are quick to promise others that they'll pray for them, but then they walk away and never follow through!"

The couple, stunned by the women's response, then asked, "How do you know?"

"Because I never see a change in my life or circumstances.  There would be a significant difference if they actually prayed!"

Wow!

Whose Prayers are Powerful and Effective?

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 8:34pm -- Rob
Most Christians, at some point in their lives, experience difficulty praying.  For some, it occurs for a season.  But for others, thoughts of inadequacy bombard them into surrendering the greatest weapon of their warfare; their personal connection with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. - James 5:16b

Temptations: Important Ways to Pray for Self and for Teens

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 8:11pm -- Rob
In Matthew 6, Jesus instructs and models how to pray.  He shows how we can connect with the heart of God through worship and adoration (hallowing, or exalting, God's name above our own and all others).  He points us to pray for God's will to be done here one earth, as His will is currently being done in heaven.  He directs us to pray that our daily needs are met in Him.  Jesus also shows us how we can pray for our sins/debts to be forgiven- as well as seeking God to help us forgive others w

Handling Significant and Shocking Prayer Requests

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:55am -- Rob
There are times when a friend, family member, or sometimes even a stranger, presents a prayer need or concern that is shocking or dismaying in the moment.  It might revolve around a great injustice, a sudden terminal or difficult health diagnosis, traffic accident, loss of something or someone significant, or another matter altogether.

Should We Pray Aloud or Silently?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 9:57am -- Rob
God, in His infinite wisdom, has given us many diverse ways to pray.  Some pray privately, some pray publicly, some pray while walking around, some pray in solemn stillness, while others pray in a variety of ways (some listed above, and in other ways not listed).
 

But does God have a preference whether we pray aloud or silently?

Why Worship-Based Prayer Matters More Than You Think

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:02pm -- Rob
In most American worship and church services, God is worshiped by the singing of praise choruses, hymns, and other songs.  Sometimes, congregants are encouraged to pray silently while music quietly plays in the background.  While these are completely good and acceptable forms of worship, something seldom seen or modeled in American churches or around society is worship-based prayer.
 
Background
 

We Can Not Afford To Stop Praying Until We've Actually Prayed

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 3:33pm -- Rob

God has given us gifts called time and prayer that coincide within our lives. Prayer is intended to be an ongoing conversation, personally and/or corporately, with God- at all times and in all places. Yet often, prayer is treated like it functions on a light switch; being turned on, then off, then on again as we have needs. Then off again when things seem under control and we can manage things going forward.

Solomon talks about the matter of time in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 14:

Train Up a Child- and Yourself

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 9:18pm -- Rob
Recently, some friends celebrated the birth of their first child, a son.  While praying for the newborn, I felt impressed to ask the Lord for His thoughts on the birth.  The question/answer He gave me challenged my usual way of thinking.
 
"Have you considered that this newborn baby may likely become your peer-in-Christ one day?" 
 

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