21 DAYS OF PRAYER

In 2 Chronicles 16:9, we read that “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him” (ESV).  Several years ago, I read this verse and thought, what if we could be THAT people? What if, when God’s eyes come […]

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SEEK GOD FOR THE CITY

Daniel Henderson, founder and president of Strategic Renewal ministries, reminded us at the Prayer Awakening conference that we should “seek His face before we seek His hand.” Using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer, we always begin with praise — “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.” Regardless of our circumstances, God […]

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

I love hearing stories of how God is working in many parts of the world in spite of government, religious, and cultural opposition.  I recently read an article about a woman from Saudi Arabia who came to Christ because she had a “Jesus dream”. She told of more than 30 of her friends who had […]

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CITIES AT PRAYER

The latest issue of PRAYER CONNECT, which is published by the Church Prayer Leaders Network (https://www.prayerleader.com), is focused on cities at prayer. Brian Alarid “explains the strategy for America Prays, which is cropping up in cities such as Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Bellingham, Washington — and is now spreading across 14 states and eight nations.” […]

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

I love hearing stories of how God is working in many parts of the world in spite of government, religious and cultural opposition.  I recently read an article about a woman from Saudi Arabia who came to Christ because she had a “Jesus dream.” She told of more than 30 of her friends who had […]

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

I love hearing stories of how God is working in many parts of the world in spite of government, religious and cultural opposition.  I recently read an article about a woman from Saudi Arabia who came to Christ because she had a “Jesus dream.” She told of more than 30 of her friends who had […]

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PRAYER AT BETHEL UNIVERSITY

Prayer is one of the primary values of the leadership of Bethel University. In addition to chapels, spiritual emphasis weeks, and intentional mentoring of students, there is a group of people who gather every Wednesday at noon in the old log church on campus for a time of prayer for the university, the students, and […]

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PRAY FOR YOUR PASTORS

According to a study by Lifeway Research, 13% of pastors that were interviewed in 2005 had left ministry within 10 years of their study. The study identified several factors leading to pastor attrition. More common factors include: conflict, family, burnout, moral lapse, and poor fit. Over the course of nearly 50 years of ministry I […]

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BECOMING A HOUSE OF PRAYER

Corporate mid-week prayer meetings and Sunday morning pastoral prayers have gone the way of hymnals and pews. It isn’t that we are opposed to corporate prayer or pastoral prayer as a part of worship; it seems that we have just “moved on” from some old traditions.  There are likely numerous reasons for the demise of […]

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THE POSTURES OF PRAYER

I have vivid childhood memories of prayer meetings in my home church. The pastor or one of the deacons began with a passage of Scripture – very little teaching, just a reading of the passage. There were prayer requests and while we prayed for the sick, there was a strong focus on praying for those […]

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