I never realized prayer can tucker a person out. Like when people hit the gym, they have a good workout and they’re tired yet they come back feeling good as well, almost energized. It’s being tired in a good way.
We’ve been through times both of us hope never, ever to experience again. When God doesn’t pick up the phone, believers feel unspeakably alone. Then there are no words, only groaning.
There’s something powerful behind saying things out loud. Sometimes I prefer to pray with my mind and heart but it's less impactful. Praying audibly worked a strange magic over me.
It's Ministry Question Monday! Do you have ideas for helping people develop prayer lives that go beyond Sundays?
We don’t hear many prayers these days for a fresh season of spiritual renewal. Speaking for myself, I tend to equate such prayers with fundamentalists. Shame on me.
The shootings in San Bernardino happened about 5 miles from The River (the CRC where I pastor). Join our church in petitioning God for peace and an end to the violence.
How do we train and equip people to pray for worship? And how do we prepare those who pray with—and for—others after the service?
When we end our prayers with the phrase "not my will, but yours be done", is it an act of surrendering to God or is it more of a testament to our lack of faith?
In the face of ongoing tragedies and suffering, we feel uncomfortable with our own prayers. My prayer and the massive reality of pain. Must I feel embarrassed for my well-being?
All are cordially invited to attend the International School of Prayer on Friday, Sept 25 with Rev. Nam Soo Choi of Korea, the leader of an international prayer movement.
Listen and learn with other leaders about how to foster conversational small group prayer. This webinar was led by Sam Huizenga and attended by Coffee Break and small group leaders from the US and Canada.
I challenged them to recite the Apostle's Creed without letting their mind wander. As it was, I actually promised them a million dollars if they could report the next morning that they had been completely successful...
The 2015 Prayer Summit may be over but let's share our experiences from this powerful event!
Watch this newly released video for Prayer Summit 2015! The Summit provides opportunities to learn how to pray, build a prayer ministry, and partner in prayer with other organizations and congregations.
Why do most pastors prepare their sermons and most worship leaders prepare their songs, but some of those same individuals choose to wing their prayers?
For all the steps back, the changes, and the instabilities, such small steps forward look to me like God acting in ways that should excite us.
I am posting one brief prayer for each chapter of the letters of the New Testament. The idea is that you would read one of the chapters of any letter, and then pray the prayer you find on my blog.
In this webinar you will learn how to recognize the voice of God and what comprises "listening prayer" while we explore some of the many ways God speaks in scripture and still speaks today.
“Why am I going to bed at 10:30 p.m. only to get up at 11:45 p.m. for a two-hour time of prayer?” These were my thoughts as I joined six of my friends in getting into our sleeping bags on a hard church basement floor.
There are times reading the Bible when particular words, phrases, and sentences penetrate my heart and mind in ways others don't. Recently, I spent a few weeks meditating on a prayer written by the apostle Paul...
Following Jesus' examples in the gospels, this webinar will challenge pastors, church leaders, and prayer coordinators to work together to move our churches toward becoming Houses of Prayer.
Be Part of a Prayer Movement!
Join us as God rekindles our passion for prayer in the Great Lakes region. This event, sponsored by the RCA Regional Synod of the Great Lakes and the Home Missions Great Lakes region, will focus on building and strengthening a life of prayer, both personally...
This is the "inbetween year" - between Prayer Summits, and regional and local prayer summits are being planned. Would you let us know here if you know of one? Thanks. I'm pretty sure Red Mesa, Chicagoland, Great Lakes are all planning for this fall.
Has anyone used the small group study on Prayer from Faith Alive? How did it help deepen the faith life of your community? Any other small group study suggestions?
In December we mentioned a 40 day prayer guide called "Supporting Life with Prayer" which you can use in your devotions. The prayer guide calls "all Christians to pray for an end to abortion on demand and situations leading up to such a life changing decision". That prayer guide is now...