Friday, December 30, 2005

RESOURCE - Praying the Supremacy of Christ

DAILY SCRIPTURES WHICH PROCLAIM CHRIST’S SUPREMACY

With suggested prayers to pray the Scriptures back to the Lord

Begins January 1, 2006

The NIV Scripture passages in this document alternate between the Old and New Testaments (one OT, then two NT). They focus on the supremacy (fullness) of Christ. The OT is a foreshadowing of Christ’s supremacy. The NT is a revealing of Christ’s supremacy. Followers of Christ who earnestly desire to worship Him and grow in Him more are invited to read these Scriptures and pray the suggested prayers back to Him daily. Feel free to pray anything else the Lord gives you or revise the format (however it is most useful to you).

January 1

Genesis 1:28 God’s Creation Mandate to Adam and Eve

God blessed them (Adam and Eve) and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Prayer: God, you created all things through Christ. As you told Adam and Eve to be fruitful, fill the earth, and rule over every living creature, please help me, my family and all of your people to fill our region with His presence. May He rule in us that we might fulfill His purposes in our generation.

January 2

Matthew 1:21 Mary is Chosen to be the Savior’s Mother

She (Mary) will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.

Prayer: Father, thank you for sending your Son to earth and giving Him the name of Jesus. I pray that He will save masses of men, women, boys and girls in our region from their sins.

January 3

Matthew 1:22-23 Immanuel Fulfills Isaiah’s Prophecy

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means God with us.”

Prayer: Immanuel, you are God with us! Thank you so much! We welcome you and need you! Consume me, and my family and the Church of our region in all who you are!

January 4

Genesis 6:5-8 God’s Judgment and Re-Creation under Noah

The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have ever made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord…..The Lord said “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish My covenant with you (Noah), and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your son’s wives with you.”

Prayer: Lord, I marvel at your creation of all life, judgment of mankind, widespread destruction, and then covenant of new life with Noah! I marvel that you are not a God who created the earth and leaves it to take care of itself, but you are intimately involved with us. I am very grateful that even in the midst of great sin, you value the righteousness of even a small number of your people and are willing to covenant new life to those few. And, I marvel that the greatest covenant you had in mind is through your Son, Jesus Christ, who took away my sins that I and all others who trust in Him might have eternal righteousness (life)!


January 5

Matthew 2:1-2 Magi Came to Worship the King of the Jews

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”

Prayer: Jesus, I join the Magi and multiplied millions of other believers down through the ages in seeking you and worshiping you!

January 6

Matthew 3:16-17 The Father Affirms the Son

As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is My Son whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”

Prayer: Father, as you declared your love and pleasure with your Son nearly 2000 years, please pour your love and pleasure through Him into every person in our region now.

January 7

Genesis 15:5-7, 17-18 God’s Covenant with Abraham for the Nations

He (God) took him (Abram) outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then He said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness. He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. On that day, the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.”

Prayer: Oh Lord, as you made this covenant with Abram to give he and his descendants the “Promised Land”, you have given all people since the time of Christ’s birth your New Covenant through Him! This is the opportunity to enter into the “Promised Life” in Christ. Please help me and the whole Church of our region to take full possession of this promised life!

January 8

Matthew 4:19-20 Jesus’ First Invitation to His Followers

“Come follow Me” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men”. At once they left their nets and followed Him.

Prayer: Lord, I leave everything to follow you. Make me and your people in our region wholehearted followers and fishers of men for you.

January 9

Matthew 7:28-29 People Living Under the Reign/Authority of Christ

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Prayer: Jesus, your teaching is amazing! Every part of your life is amazing! You have complete authority. Please cause me and your whole Church of this region to be continually amazed with you and to submit fully to your authority.

January 10

Genesis 28:13-15 God’s Covenant with Jacob

There above it (the stairway) stood the Lord, and He said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Prayer: Lord, what a powerful covenant you made with Jacob. All peoples on earth will be blessed through Jacob and his offspring. I acknowledge that Christ was Jacob’s offspring, and I wholeheartedly rejoice that I am one of Jacob’s offspring through Christ. Please bless me, my family, the Church of our region and all people in our community through Jacob’s offspring!

January 11

Matthew 8:2-3 Jesus is the Supreme Healer

A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him (Jesus) and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can made me clean”. Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of His leprosy.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being willing and able to make a leper clean. I need you to clean my life and make me whole. My family members need that too. Every man, woman, boy and girl in our region needs your cleansing. Please cleanse us, heal us and make us whole in you!

January 12

Matthew 8:14-15 Jesus is the Supreme Healer

When Jesus came into Peter’s house, He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on Him.

Prayer: Jesus, please touch my hand and every area of my life, so that anything which is keeping me from waiting on you will leave me. What a joy it is to wait on you!

January 13

Genesis 45:6-7 God Brings Deliverance through Joseph

“For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me (Joseph) ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”

Prayer: Almighty God, as you sent Joseph to Egypt to save the lives of his family, you sent your Son, the greatest Deliverer, for all of mankind. Cause us to worship and honor Him, and may many, many more men, women and children in our region invite Him to be their deliverer in our day of spiritual famine.

January 14

Matthew 8:16-17 Jesus has Authority over all Demons and Diseases

When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Him, and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”

Prayer: Jesus, you are the Healer, the great Physician. We bring to you all the sick and demon-possessed in our region. Please drive out all evil spirits and heal the sick, so that all the people will praise your name and speak boldly about you.

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January 15

Matthew 8:26-27 All Creation Obeys Jesus

He got up and rebuked the winds and waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey Him!”

Prayer: Lord, you have the authority over the wind and the waves and everything you have created. We come to you with the wind and the waves in our personal lives, in your Church and in every part of our community. Please say “Quiet! Be still” in every area you choose, so that all who are watching will be amazed with you?



January 16

Genesis 49:22-26 Jacob’s Blessing of Joseph

“Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall. With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility. But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb. Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.”

Prayer: Lord, what a mighty man of God Joseph was! And, he received such great a blessing from his father, Jacob. I am in awe that all of the characteristics related to Joseph are in Christ even more so: “fruitful vine, strong arms, the hand of the Mighty One, the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, father’s blessings, prince”. I pray that Joseph’s blessings will be fulfilled in and through Christ in my life and in your people in our region.

January 17

Matthew 9:27-30 Faith in Christ’s Power

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When He had gone indoors, the blind men came to Him, and He asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then He touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you.” And their sight was restored.

Prayer: Son of David, you are merciful. Please fill me and the rest of your people in our region with abundant faith in you, and help us to “trust in you with all of our hearts.” Please touch our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual “eyes” and restore us to complete wholeness in you.

January 18

Matthew 9: 35-36 Jesus’ Life-Giving Compassion

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them.

Prayer: Great Teacher, please travel through the towns and villages in this region. Teach, preach the good news and heal every disease. Please flood us with your love and compassion for every person you bring into our lives. In fact, I pray that you will cause me to weep for my city, as you wept for Jerusalem.

January 19

Exodus 3:10-15 God’s Commission and Mission For Moses

The Lord said, “So now go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring My people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ Then what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.”

Prayer: Lord, as you the great I AM sent Moses to bring your people out of Egypt, you sent Christ, whose name forever is also I AM, to bring millions more people during the past 2000 years from sin and darkness into eternal life with you! We remember, and we worship I AM from generation to generation. I pray that this generation right now will follow Christ completely!




January 20

Matthew 10: 32 Acknowledge the Lord!

“Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge them before My Father in heaven.”

Prayer: I acknowledge you, Lord. Cause my family and congregation and the Church of this region to acknowledge you before all people! Please overcome anything in my life that keeps me from acknowledging you before others. Help me to love and fear you more than I love and fear the approval of others.

January 21

Matthew 11:27 All Things are Committed to the Son

“All things have been committed to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.”

Prayer: Precious Son, you have been given all things. Please reveal yourself to me and to all your followers throughout the State of Washington. Give us an unquenchable hunger and thirst to know you more and more!

January 22

Exodus 15:1-2, 21 Moses and Miriam Praise God’s Supreme Victory

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted. The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” Miriam sang to them: Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted. The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.”

Prayer: Mighty God, I join Moses and Miriam: I sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted! The Lord is my strength and my song! Christ has become my salvation. He is victorious over all my enemies! He is my God and I will praise Him. I pray that the victory and salvation of Christ will saturate our region.

January 23

Matthew 11:28-30 The Weary and Burdened Receive Rest

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Prayer: Lord of rest, I come to you, with all weariness and burdens. Please help me to take your yoke upon me, so that I might learn from you. Thank you for being gentle and humble in heart. Help me receive your rest deeply into my soul. Please use me to draw others to resting in you.

January 24

Matthew 12:8 Lord of the Sabbath

“For the Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath.”

Prayer: Son of Man, you are Lord of the Sabbath and Lord of all. Fill your Church in our region with rest and with reverence for you.

January 25

Exodus 17:8-16 God Delivers Israel out of Destruction through Moses

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands were tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord. The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

Prayer: Lord, I lift up my hands to your throne, and ask that as you were Moses’ and Joshua’s Banner, that Christ will be my Banner, and the Banner for my family and for all your people in our region. Give us the strength to keep our hands raised, and may Christ defeat all enemy forces against us from generation to generation.

January 26

Matthew. 12:15-21 Our Hope in God’s Chosen Servant

Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed Him, and He healed all their sick, warning them not to tell who He was. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah. “Here is My servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put My Spirit on Him, and He will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out, till He leads justice to victory. In His name the nations will put their hope.”

Prayer: Lord, please establish your justice in every sphere of influence in our region (in the homes, neighborhoods, businesses, courts, governments, schools, churches). We put our hope in your great name. May all people in our communities put their hope in your name!

January 27

Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus Walks on the Water

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side (of the lake), while He dismissed the crowd. After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you.” Peter replied, tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately, Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Prayer: Jesus, only you can walk on the water, as well as control the wind. I take great courage in you! Help me to have faith in you and to come to you whenever you direct me to do so. I worship you. Truly, you are the Son of God!

January 28

Exodus 23:20-33 The Angel of the Lord takes God’s People Forward

“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since My Name is in him. If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces. Worship the Lord your God, and His blessings will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span. I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run. I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.”

Prayer: Father, your Name was in the angel in this passage, and your Name is in Christ! Please help me to listen carefully to Christ and do all that He says. May He lead me completely and give me victory over all my enemies. Give your people in our community a deep desire to worship Him. We humbly ask for His blessings in every area of our lives. May He drive out our enemies and take possession of our region!

January 29

Matthew 14:34-36 Jesus Healed them All

When they had crossed over (the lake), they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to Him and begged Him to let the sick just touch the edge of His cloak, and all who touched Him were healed.

Prayer: Jesus, I bring my friend/son/daughter/wife/parent to you. I beg you to let him/her touch the edge of your cloak, that you will heal him/her. As the people in Gennesaret did when they recognized you, please cause your people in our region to recognize you and send word to everyone we know to come to you for wholeness.

January 30

Matthew 16:16-18 Confessing Christ’s Lordship and Following Him

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by My Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

Prayer: Jesus, I agree with Simon Peter in acknowledging that “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. I am very grateful that your Father has revealed this to me. Please build your Church in our region on the Rock of Christ, so that the gates of Hades will not overcome it! I pray that the gates of Hades in our region will be demolished by Christ!

January 31

Exodus 24:7-8 Moses Confirms God’s Covenant with the People

Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.” Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

Prayer: Lord, what a significant time this must have been when Moses read the Book of the Covenant to your people, sprinkled blood on them, and told them that it was the blood of the covenant you had made in accordance with all those words. I receive the blood of Christ’s New Covenant, that He has made with me and all people in accordance with all that has been spoken about Him! I can only imagine the fullness of what this means. Help me and my family and all your people in our region to do everything He says and obey Him.


For future monthly lists of supremacy Scripture passages and prayers, contact Steve Hall, 206-595-5109, or stevehall_irm@msn.com.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Uncommon Prayer Formats: Not-so-easy Community

Note:
•Click the headline for the compelte article
•Use each "step" as a prayer focus segment . . .
•Read the scripture section and the explanation
•Sing a hymn or chorus as a transiotn into each prayer segment


Ephesians 5:1-2 Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.(TNIV)

The word “therefore” indicates that Paul was reaching a conclusion, not starting something new, and the stuff before Ephesians 5:1-2 provides a not-so-easy road map to living a life of love that imitates Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul was calling for followers of Jesus to live a “life of love,” which sounds great until you actually try to do it. Jesus lived a life of love, and it got him killed. You want to try to be like Jesus?

Not-so-easy Step One:
Give up your life as an individual: (Eph 4:17-19)

These verses describe a life lived for the self. If ever there was a futile way of life, it is a life lived for ourselves alone. Living for ourselves hardens our hearts and brings us into darkness. If our goal is a new kind of community, then living for ourselves really is futile. Many people long for community but live for themselves. When we are separated from God the only things we become sensitive to are our own desires.

Not-so-easy Step Two:
Put on a new, Godly self: (Eph 4:20-22)

The Gospel that Paul presented in Ephesus was about more than personal forgiveness. He taught about the sacrificial Jesus who declared a new commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you.” Paul presented Jesus as the one who did not follow his own desire but demonstrated love. When we consider others we are acting like our heavenly father. This choice is intentional: We have a part to play. We can choose to put off our individualistic ways and put on ways of thinking and acting that include others.

Not-so-easy Step Three:
Express your “new self” in terms of your ability to relate to others.

We put off falsehood and speak truth because we are members of one body.

He does say, “don’t get angry,” but rather we should work through our anger together. It’s hard work! Stealing (presuming upon the generosity of others) needs to be replaced not by working with the goal of “getting mine,” but having something to share with others.

Not-so-easy Step Four:
Create a welcome community for the Holy Spirit

Godly community is marked by wholesome communication. And communication doesn’t become wholesome magically: It happens only if we choose so. Our concern should be for building up others and benefiting others. In fact, this is the proper context for the phrase “grieve the Holy Spirit,” it’s about treating God’s people as people who deserve our best intentions. When God’s kids play nice together, the Holy Spirit shows up.

That’s why my friend suggested an environment full of opportunities to be offended. How else can we learn to forgive? There's a perfect place to be offended, it’s called “the church,” and it’s filled with people that will drive us crazy. But, if we can hang out in one place long enough, we will have the chance to become “imitators of God.”


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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Small-Group Tips: A Prayerful Journey


Small-Group Tips: A Prayerful Journey

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Need a quick, simple way to spark motivation for prayer in your small group? Many of our small groups have started using prayer journals. We've discovered they're easy–and they work.

First, purchase a basic spiral notebook. If your group is large (10 or more members), you may need two notebooks. (Sometimes I decorate the cover with a collage of pictures that reflect our group.)

As you share prayer requests in your regular meeting, one member records the requests in the notebook, using a fresh page each week. If your group members are shy and feel uncomfortable sharing requests aloud, pass the notebook around and ask them to write down their concerns.

The group member who recorded the requests takes the notebook home, prays over the requests during the week, and brings the notebook back to the next meeting. The notebook switches hands each time the group meets.

Occasionally, the group reviews the prayer requests on past pages. Our group likes to do this monthly or bimonthly. We record updates and answered prayers and praise God for His faithfulness.

Our prayer journal gives us a sense of ownership as we pray over each other's concerns. Most important, it reveals Gods faithfulness and tangibly demonstrates that corporate prayer is effective.

Adapted from "Spiraling Prayer" by Nichole Quigley (Issue 137, S/O 2003). ©2003 Discipleship Journal. All rights reserved.

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Prayer Network for Children

From: Mariana Lerm
Subject: children`s prayer
To: Pastors Prayer Network

Hi,
At present we are creating a children`s prayernetwork in South Africa. We would welcome all help and info you have available please.On 28 January we have a meating near Cape Town to launch the Childrens prayernetwork in the Western Cape.We nead your prayers .Please pray that we will unite and all those Father wants to be part of this network will be able to attend.Cover us with your prayers please. Mariana.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

A Prayer Adventure @ the Movies

Prayer Adventure Idea ~ Call a prayer meeting for the opening of End of the Spear ... As each member arrives, give them a card with a scriputre verse pritnted on it; one that calls the Church to take the Gospel of Christ the ends of the earth ... Meet after the showing for a time of focused prayer.




Dare to make contact by organizing group ticket sales and theater bookings. Call 1-866-SPEARS1. They will help you find the theater nearest you playing End of the Spear and give you a phone number to call to arrange for your tickets. - Every Tribe Entertainment

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

A REVIEW OF REVIVAL

Repentance and Personal Revival

“That place of ‘It is I, Lord, who must be bent, must be revived, must be utterly changed’ is the place of humility. We cannot humble ourselves as long as we think we can bring about revival by our strategies and prayers. Helpless creatures that we are, we can only bow our heads, lie on the floor, and weep over our helplessness to bring revival to our weary, dry land. Those who have been used in revival didn’t pray such a prayer because they thought they could manipulate God into using them so they could be known as God’s ‘Firebrand in the land.’ Rather they prayed such a prayer when they reached that last ounce of themselves. There was nothing else to give. Poured out. Spent. It was then that God answered with Himself - the essence of revival.” Jacquelyn Sheppard

Dear Intercessors,
As many of us pray for revival in our nation and cities, we must also realize that revival starts with us. It is very personal. After being diagnosed with cancer, God began to do a very personal and deep work in me. I have had more time to think about life and what really counts. I have more time to think about my personal life with God. During these weeks, he has led me to pray a personal prayer like this: “Lord, let revival start in my life. Remove every hindrance in me that would prevent revival. I choose to walk in daily repentance. Bend me to your purposes and have your way with me completely. Change my heart, and make it like yours.” During this time I would kneel down and draw an imaginary circle around my life and ask for revival to start there. It has been special and it has been life changing. I am learning to repent on a much deeper level than ever before. I have found out that repentance is a very important part of our walk with God. Repentance and personal revival go together.

“When you pray for revival, you’re asking God for life-shaking experiences that will cost you plenty. Revival is agonizing: it so terrorizes you over your sin that you repent deeply. Revival is consuming: It leaves you no time for hobbies, for chores around the house, for work, for sleep. Revival wrecks your appointment calendar, interrupts TV times, demands your full attention.” Elmer Towns

Repentance - A Radical Change of Heart
“Repentance is one of the most positive of words… To repent means to stop going one direction, to turn around completely, and to go the opposite way. Repentance involves a dramatic and decisive change of course… Our problem is that we think of repentance as something negative.” Henry Blackaby

God is in the business of changing our hearts to come in alignment with His heart. His heart is all consuming, His heart feels for the needs of the lost, His heart is filled with compassion. God wants to soften us. The problem is that often we are too busy to let God do His full work in our hearts. We fail to evaluate our lives and our relationships. Repentance is a good because it brings us in line with God’s ways and how He feels about our life. What a better time to come before God and let Him show us areas where we need to repent and change direction than during this Christmas season and the coming New Year. Our relationships need to be right, our dedication needs to be strong, and holiness needs to be evident in our lives as we meet with unsaved relatives and friends. Now is the time to evaluate sin for what it really is and come in agreement with God. I want a changed life.

“Repentance involves a radical change of heart and mind in which we agree with God’s evaluation of our sin and then take specific action to align ourselves with His will. A desire to change is not repentance. Repentance is always an active response to God’s Word. The evidence of repentance is not words of resolve, but a changed life.” Henry Blackaby

The Bible and Repentance
The Bible speaks a lot about repentance. It is important to salvation, fruitfulness, forgiveness and living a holy life. Many Biblical characters preached about repentance.

· Repentance and John the Baptist - He always preached a message of repentance. Matthew 3:2, Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3.
· Repentance and the Kingdom of Heaven - We need to prepare the way for the Lord and make straight paths for Him. Matthew 3:2, 4:17.
· Repentance and producing fruit - Repentance leads to fruitfulness. Luke 3:8, Matthew 3:8.
· Repentance and the forgiveness of sins - When we repent, God forgives our sins. Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3.
· Repentance and rejoicing in heaven - When a sinner repents, heaven rejoices in the presence of angels. Luke 15:7, 10.
· Repentance and times of refreshing - Repentance wiped away sins and brought times of refreshing. Acts 3:19.
· Repentance and Jesus - Repentance was often included in Jesus’ preaching. Mark 1:14-15, Luke 24:47.

There are various other verses in the Bible on repentance, showing us that it was a very important theme. These verses include Zechariah 1:3, II Corinthians 7:10, James 4:8, Job 42:6, Romans 2:4, Revelations 2:5, Ezekiel 18:30-32, Isaiah 30:15 and others.

“It’s one thing to recognize when you have done something that has violated God’s laws; it’s another to be saddened by it to such a degree that you are determined to never do it again. That’s repentance. Repentance means to change your mind. To turn and walk the other way. Repentance means being so deeply sorry for what you have done that you will do whatever it takes to keep it from happening again. Confession means we recognize we have done wrong and admit our sin. Repentance means we are sorry about our sin to the point of grief, and we have turned and walked away from it.” Stormie Omartian

A Prayer for Personal Revival
“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6)

I encourage you find a quiet spot where you can pray, get down on your knees, and draw an imaginary circle around your life. Ask God to bring revival right within that circle. Ask Him to remove every hindrance that would keep you from revival. Make a commitment to walk in daily repentance. Give God time to reveal any sin in your life, any changes He wants to make in you to bring you more into alignment with His purposes for your life. Repent of any sins and lay your burdens at His feet. Listen quietly to what He wants to say to you. God wants to meet with you in a profound way. I have had numerous encounters with God as I have done this. I believe you will too. The following is a prayer for personal revival:

“Yes, Lord, we need revival. Desperately. We want revival. Desperately. We have offered reconciliation, restitution, repentance. Now, Lord, we offer ourselves. Bend us, those of us who long for revival in the land. Bend us until no thought of prestige, no thought of gain, no thought of prominence, or book contracts, or legacies beset us. Bend us until we see ourselves, helpless to bring about revival in spite of our best efforts. Bend us until we are unaware of ourselves, lost in You. Then, lord, we will have tasted the sweet water for which we long. We cry out for ourselves, Lord, not just for our nation, not just for our churches. We cry out for ourselves, ‘Lore, bend me!’” Jacquelyn Sheppard

May God prepare each one of us personally for revival by teaching us to live daily with a repentant heart. Let us see it in a positive way as God changes our hearts to be more like Him. Remember that the key phrase of the Welsh revival in l904 was, “Bend the Church and save the World.” As we are now in this Christmas season, what a better way to live a Christ-like life then to walk in personal repentance and holiness. This is what will speak to a world that has lost the true meaning of life by focusing on the externals - materialism, entertainment, shopping and activity - trying to fill the inner void and emptiness that exists without Christ. We have the answer and as the Lord bends each one of us, the sweetness of His message will flow through hearts that are humble, broken and filled with His love.

“When we are quick to humble ourselves and repent, then brokenness occurs and all resistance, independence and pride are replaced with submission, tenderness, obedience and love.” Alice Smith

“Revival cannot be organized, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again.”

Together in the Harvest,
Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise
deb@intercessorsarise.org / www.intercessorsarise.org

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Dynamic Prayer Meeting Leader Guide


Dynamic Prayer Meeting Leader Guide

Pastor, John Franklin's new book, And the Place Was Shaken: How to Lead a Powerful Prayer Meeting is now available! I have also posted the first 7 of 26 complimentary one-page handouts that John wrote to be used with the book to train your people to pray together. These can be used in a church-wide prayer meeting or small group setting.

I've also posted a 3-page "Prayer Meeting Guide Overview" which includes an explanation of the process and an overview of the 26 weeks of study. Weeks 8-15 of the study will be posted Jan '06 and weeks 16-26 will be posted Feb '06. I think this book and the accompanying downloads will be a very useful tool for you as you begin the new year.

Click the headline to go to the Dynamic Prayer Meeting Leader Guide page.

Here's what the late Adrian Rogers (1931-2005), former Pastor of Bellevue Baptist, Cordova, TN, said about the book:

"It has well been said that prayer can do anything that God can do. I am grateful for John Franklin's wonderful book, And the Place Was Shaken. As a pastor for many years, I have struggled with the subject of leading powerful prayer meetings. This book will be an asset to pastors such as I, and Christian leaders everywhere. I am happy to commend it."

Have a great week,
Craig Webb, Editor

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Equip Your Team

2006 Regional Prayer Conferences
Church Prayer Leaders Network - a ministry of Harvest Prayer Ministries
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NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL CONFERENCE
March 17-18
Amherst, MA

IMAGINE CONFERENCE
March 16-18
Sacramento, CA
Strategic Renewal International

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE
March 24-25 OR March 31-April 1
Metro Atlanta area

PRAYER QUAKE!
(6th Annual CPLN Convention)
June 14-16
Mesa, AZ

NORTHERN CA REGIONAL CONFERENCE
September 15-16
San Jose, CA

MIDWEST PRAYER CONFERENCE 2006
Dates: October 26-28, 2006
Location: Terre Haute, IN
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God
Look for registration information in early 2006.

NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL
November 9-11
Cleveland, OH

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Pray! Launches Upgraded Online Archives


Pray! Launches Upgraded Online Archives

If you've just read any of the Pray! articles linked from this newsletter, you've probably already noticed several significant enhancements to Pray!'s online archives. For instance, our new "Other Articles by This Author" link allows you immediate access to any other Pray! articles written by the same author.

But that's not all! Using our archives' new, cleaner interface, you can now:
Search the Pray! archives quickly using Google
Scan articles on a related topic with a single click
Easily email favorite articles to friends
Pull up a "printer-friendly" version of any article
Immediately read any sidebars that accompanied the printed article (and then cross-link back to the original article so you won't get lost)
Rapidly access information about authors (including their pictures when available)
Read Scripture passages mentioned in the articles by clicking on the hot-linked references
Navigate to other ministries' and organizations' websites through hot-links

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Are You in the Right Role?

•HOPE THIS HELPS!

Phil, I hope that I am doing this right; just need some advice. I have
been a prayer leader for 10 years and have a prayer team that prays 24
hours a day. I am also ordained. I have been helping other churches
plus the one I attend. One of the churches that we help just found out
that their pastor has cancer and has become very sick. I was asked to
step in to do the Sunday services along with my wife. We accepted but
I am feeling just a little nervous, I guess, or confused as whether I
should have stepped aside being I am a prayer leader first or should I
look at this as an opportunity to serve the Lord more. I love our
prayer ministry and I know that prayer is my calling … Should I even
be confused at all? Can you help me with some advice?
In Jesus name, Pastor Dan
- - -
Bless you, Dan,

For your many years of faithful service to the Lord.

The only question that matters, is: "What is the Lord's assignment for me?" When you are confident of His calling, that is all that matters.

I have found that the role of pastor gives me the greatest opportunity to influence and impact the congregation towards prayer. In that role, you truly become more than the prayer coordinator; you become the prayer champion!

Do not use it to produce guilt about prayer (or prayerlessness!) but utilize the office to cast vision, share your passion, and apply your leading/teaching gifts to produce a warmer climate for personal and corporate prayer. As shepherd, you now have the authority to appoint a prayer coordinator to work with you while you preach (motivate), teach (instruct) and beseech (personally recruit and mentor) the congregation forward into prayer.

Hope this helps, Phil

P.S. If you are not already a member, I encouarge you to join the Church Prayer Leaers Network. CPLN Members have access to:
Members Only Menu
Praying Pastor
Incense Rising (intercession)
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Scripture Guides that Make it Easy to Pray God's Word


Scripture Guides that Make it Easy to Pray God's Word

God's word will not return void. Using The Dynamic Praying Series by Jim & Kaye Johns will assist you (and new Prayer Team members) to pray specifically for issues you or someone you love are facing. Each prayer you pray is power- packed with at least 10 scriptures from the Bible. You'll find over 200 scriptures referenced and displayed alongside the prayers.

The Prayer Cards are excellent for sending notes to team members or those who on the prayer list.

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Pray for One Another - National Prayer Leader's Husband


Dear Subscribers,

I want to apologize for the fact that we have missed a month of the email newlsetter. Some of you have not heard that Jennifer Kennedy Dean's husband, Wayne, has bee diagnosed with terminal and advanced brain cancer. You can folllow his progress and know how to pray by visiting www.waynedean.blogspot.com. The newest blog entry is on the top, so read from the bottom entry and move up. If you want to get the whole story, start with October archives and ready forward. Thank you in advance for your rpayers.

We are now working on a newsletter and you will receive one soon. Think about a JKD book for a great Christmas gift. If you order from the web site, in the "comments" section of your order form, you can ask for an autograph. If you call in your order, just include your request for an autograph. Spell the name of the person to whom you want it autographed. JKD will personalize your autograph if you ask for it.

The office is running normally. Order books and schedule conferences and call with your questions. I've got it covered.

Terry Trieu
The Praying Life Foundation
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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

New for 2006: Journey to Transformation Prayer Guide


The 2006 Twin Cities Prayer Guide is now Available!

This year's theme, Journey to Transformation is based on personal heart preparation, and praying into your community the "indicators of transformation" seen in communities that are currently experiencing genuine, measurable transforamtion.

Don't delay in getting copies of the new 2006 Twin Cities Prayer Guide for your Church, prayer group, or home school group. Get them now so that you and your people can begin to pray right at the beginning of the year. And think big - God wil honor your faith.
Prayer Guides are provided free. They come in boxes of 100 to easily transport. If you can pick them up at our offices, that would be great, call to arrange a time. If you would like us to deliver them, we can work that out. If we need to ship a quantity to you, we ask that you reimburse us for the cost of shipping.

To obtain your 2006 Twin Cities Prayer Guide...

1) Call our office at: 612-278-1717 and give your name, church or group, address, how many you need, and whether you can pick them up (preferred) or want them delivered.

2) Email us at: info@prayertransformation.com, and give the same information as above.


The Prayer Guides are free, however some people like to make a donation for the cost of the Prayer Guides. A suggested donation is $1 apiece.
Our prayer is that you might use this years prayer guide each day, and that all 25,000 that we have printed, might lift a sweet smelling incense before the Lord so that he is compelled to answer our prayers for transformation right here.

Your servant in Christ, Steve Loopstra
Executive Director, Prayer Transformation Ministrries

Prayer Transformation Ministries is supported by the kind contributions of people like you who are blessed by, and believe in our ministry. Gifts can be sent to:

Prayer Transformation Ministries
810 S. 7th St. w Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Monday, November 21, 2005

Once Upon A Time ~ A City Goes To War

A CITY GOES TO WAR

In year 1005 there was this city-kingdom in Central Europe whose people were tired of their surrounding enemies raiding them and robbing them of their crops and the like. So they consulted with the leaders and then called a sort of national assembly to decide what to do. They met and made the decision that they needed to wage war against these intruders because after all they had the right and the power to do so. Actually they were more powerful than their enemies so they decided to stop their intrusion.

They made a big celebration the night they decided to declare war to proclaim their lack of fear and their serious intentions of getting rid of these pesky enemies. They ate and drank and sung and danced almost all night. The next morning they started gathering the army and soon when they were ready they marched on their enemy's city. They came in full marching power to the gates of their enemy's city and broke down the massive doors to declare with their actions that they were there and were not to tolerate them anymore: so this is it, this is war.

However after this mighty declaration of war they inexplicably turn back and went back home leaving their enemies to puzzle about this "war" declared on them. Once in their own city they held yet another celebration of war. They sung and told about their might and how they have torn out the doors of the enemy's city and how powerful they were; they were so focused on the declaration of war that they did not realize the their enemies had grouped and came to attack them in the middle of their celebration causing havoc because they were not aware nor prepared to defend their city.

A WORD FOR THE CHURCH TODAY

The above story is fictional, I just invented it to illustrate the word God has given me for His church in this day and for this time of war the church faces.

The church has been engaged for some years now in a kind of war very similar to the one I drew in my small fiction work. No army would actually do what the city in my story did; however the church has done and is doing exactly that. Why I am saying this?

When we pray for a move of God, when we pray for revival we are actually declaring war on the devil and his forces of death, and moreover praying for revival is a declaration of war on sin and darkness. Every prayer for revival pricks straight into the eyes of satan.

However, an awful lot of people in church do not seem to be aware of this fact! Every time we pray and cry out to God, and declare revival we are declaring war on the enemy and immediately after we just go about our business as usual. Our war seems to end with the declaration of war! Ok we seem to think, we met, we declared war, we can now go to sleep.

WAR ONLY DURING BUSINESS HOURS

The Lord says to His church: "Get ready for the biggest struggle of all your existence. The biggest revival ever is at hand, but do not think that it comes easy for it comes with war on all fronts. My Son has already secured the victory, but my people have to enforce the results of that victory. War is not only for business hours, or spare time; the enemy will not let you rest, the moment you sit down to contemplate the victory the enemy will charge against you. You have my power, I have told you it is not your power but My Spirit; but you need to use the power you have received."

"Because of my church not realizing the extent of the war many people are suffering, from within the ranks and from within the leadership. Have you ever thought why it is that when you start praying for revival everything seems to go wrong? Many churches have literally died when they started praying for revival! Why? Because they did pray and I was there to go with them to wage war, but most of my people went back to their comfort, their business, and their war celebrations. Many of my leaders are under attack, some by their own faults but quite a few others simply because my church first declared war and afterwards moved back to headquarters, leaving just a few leaders and people in the front line, exposed to the vicious attacks of the enemy"

DOORS ON THE MOVE

The Lord said in the Bible that He will build His church "and the gates of hell shall not prevail against her". Interesting how we have put things upside down. Waging war is an active thing, it implies action, it implies moving, it implies more than just declaring war or singing songs of war.

War is not to be waged on headquarters! We seem to have headquarters crammed with war declarers, but how many people are actually going? Why did the Lord say that "the gates of hell shall not prevail"? Did He mean that the forces of hell will attack the church using doors as weapons? If we are not really going and still we expect that the gates of hell shall not prevail we would be waiting for the devil to come attack us with doors! If the Lord said that the "gates of hell" shall not prevail against the church it simply means that the church has to go to the gates of hell to wage war and not expect the gates of hell to come to you!

Revival is serious business. It is a matter of life and death. It is a continual war in which there is not a "happily ever after" until we are all with Him in heaven. Until then there is war in the land. However God says to His church "Let's go together"

Be Blessed
J. Conrad Lampan
Argentina - Wales - United States

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www.conradlampan.org
www.revivalstudies.org

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Friday, November 18, 2005

RESOURCE - A Diagnostic Tool to Assess The Prayer Life of Your Congregation


A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL
TO ASSESS THE PRAYER LIFE OF YOUR CONGREGATION

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By Phil Miglioratti

Our Purpose

It is our goal, that by properly utilizing this tool, the Holy Spirit will give you a clear sense of how successful you are in the quest to become a biblical House of Prayer.

The interactive process brings leadership and membership together in a vertical (prayer) and horizontal (prayer birthed discussions) conversation. This conversation is in itself a forward step in the prayer life of the congregation.

This is not a “scientific” survey capable of producing a computerized analysis nor is it like a contest in which the average rating of the judges determines the outcome. Each category and question is designed to expose the heart of the congregation for prayer and produce an accurate picture of how faithfully, practically and pervasively that desire is being expressed.

No congregation using this tool is in competition with any other. It is hoped that this tool will serve to increase the congregation’s appetite for prayer while causing leadership to reevaluate programs and seek the Lord of the Church for His changes toward a reformation in the congregation producing a transformation in the community.

Just like prayer, you can utilize as much or as little as you want from this tool. Simply by reading through it you will allow the Holy Spirit to sensitize you to new thoughts and ideas. By inviting others to read it will do the same for them. However, to receive full value, you are encouraged to include and involve the entire congregation over an extended period of time.

Areas Covered by the Diagnostic Tool:

Our Process

Our History

Our Theology

Our Vision

Our Pastor

Our Leaders

Our Members

Our Worship Service(s)

Our Prayer Meetings

Our Small Groups

Our Age-Focus Ministries

Our Evangelism Ministries, Special Events & Holidays

Our Missions

Our Equipping for Prayer

Our Prayer Ministry Team

Our Prayer Partnerships

Our Congregation

Our Conclusions

Our Plans


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Corporate Confession & Declaration - The Prayer Action Plan


Extreme Church Makeover
A Biblical Plan to Help Your Church Achieve Unity and Freedom in Christ

---} Click the headline to read the entire "Prayer Action Plan." The plan is biblical (plenty of scriputre), practical (guidelines for leaders and facilitators) and beneficial (a step-by-step approach for any-sized congregatin of any denomination.

From the webiste:
It takes more than fresh paint and new carpet to revitalize a church that is entangled in conflict and disunity. Unresolved personal and corporate sin results in personal and corporate bondage. The result is disunity, stagnant growth and interpersonal conflicts. What is needed is a biblical plan of corporate repentance and faith in God that connects the church body to Christ in a liberating way.
Thousands of individuals, churches, mission agencies and parachurch ministries have experienced renewed lives after successfully working through Neil Anderson’s Steps to Freedom in Christ. Now Neil Anderson and Charles Mylander show how these same tools based on repentance and faith in God, along with the corporate process of conflict resolution in this book, can be used to provide a new beginning for believers and churches. Practical and life giving, this balanced approach deals biblically with corporate sin. It takes into account the reality of the spiritual world as well as the need for correcting leadership and administration problems, as well as the need to look at the church’s current strengths and weaknesses.
There is hope for your church, because the Church is the body of Christ and He wants it to be alive and well. Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor and the only One who can set your church free, restore broken relationships and heal the broken hearted.

Chapter 11 - The Prayer Action Plan
(Step 6 in the Setting Your Church Free Event) (sample statements)

The conclusion of the Setting Your Church Free event is summarized in the Prayer Action Plan ...The leadership is now in a better position to focus their prayers and make plans for action.

The Prayer Action Plan is our response to these commands. It makes four declarations:
“We renounce . . . ”; “We announce . . . ”; “We affirm . . . ”; and “We will . . . ”
These declarations constitute our response to what our leaders have discerned from God’s guidance.

The Prayer Action Plan calls for prayer plus action. In response to Christ’s call to obey, we respond that we will do what He desires. Notice that each of the declarations are connected. When you are completing the “we will” stage, start by looking back at what was renounced in the first declaration. In light of that renunciation, what does Jesus want us to do to obey Him?

The Prayer Action Plan (step 6) synthesizes the information gathered in the earlier steps and condenses them in a one-page format. The facilitator should place four large sheets of paper side by side on the wall. All of the previous sheets should be visible as well. On the first sheet, the facilitator should write “We renounce . . . ” On the next three sheets he or she should jot down in order “We announce . . . ”, “We affirm . . . ”, and “We will. . . ” The group is now ready to combine everything discerned so far in short, summary declarations.

A sense of accomplishment and joy is felt by the group as they join together in declaring their Prayer Action Plan to God. The sense of unity is what participants remember the most. One pastor wrote, “My best memory from the Setting Your Church Free seminar was the sense of unity with which everyone responded. Although each person had unique insights and comments, when it came to the big issues, there was unity and agreement, and a sense of working together.”

The Prayer Action Plan becomes a tangible way to submit to God and resist the devil on behalf of the whole church.

Excerpt From Extreme Church Makeover, (c) 2005 by Neil Anderson and Charles Mylander.
Published by Regal Books, www.regalbooks.com. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

RESOURCE: Prayer Jar for Children

ARE YOUR CHILDREN HOOKED ON PRAYER??
Our take home pages might help.

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Like mathematics the key to prayer is practice, practice, practice. In most homes this means reminders, reminders ... reminders. We hope that both our teacher's tips and coloring pages are used in this way...at least once a month. We have done our best to provide enough choices to last a full year without boring anyone.

For Partnering with Parents Our favorite TAKE HOME projects are Prayer Jar and The Parents Guide to Prayer. Just these two take home sheets in the hands of responsible parents will guarantee that every child in your class has stuck with at least one prayer long enough to get an answer AND that he or she has at least one prayer partner. What stronger foundation can be given a child than faith in a personal God and a Christian Support Group. These projects should connect the children to the church...for life.

For Outreach Projects Have each child in your class decorate a box of some kind...a box to be filled with uncolored scriptures each with an invitation on the back an invitation to accept Christ or visit your Sunday School or both. Add a box of crayons and send a note home to the parents asking if they would help their children find a home for each of the outreach boxes...perhaps in a jail waiting room, an eye doctors office or an auto/tire repair shop. It could be their first missions trip. It could bring new people into your church.

MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF AND BLESS YOUR CHURCH Order our master CD for just $10. You get all the coloring pages and parent take homes from all three of our websites and they print instantly with no download time. OVER 400 COLORING AND PARENT TAKE HOMES FOR $10. Just visit our gift shop or send a note and check to:
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Monday, November 14, 2005

12 Hour Global Prayer Meeting


Global Prayer Teleconference United the World in Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Greater Calling, a non-profit Christian teleconferencing prayer ministry, announced today that a 12-hour prayer teleconference call held on November 13th for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church united hundreds of callers from over a dozen different countries in live, interactive prayer over the telephone. Christians from the USA joined with those in Kenya, Namibia, Germany, Australia, Poland and other countries to pray for the 200 million Christians living under persecution. A full list of all countries and states that participated can be found at www.greatercalling.org.

"What a unique experience I had interacting with others from all Nations by phone" said Rev. Kennedy Waningu from Eldoret, Kenya who stayed on the phone for several hours Sunday, eating his meals in his office into the wee hours of the night in order to be connected with others around the world in prayer. "We are blessed to have Greater Calling Ministry in our generation as it will impact and change the history of prayer movements on the earth", he added.

Through the power of the internet, even a few members located in areas of the world where Christians cannot freely worship found out about the call and were able to make a quick call into the conference to let others know of their prayer requests. "We had a caller from Burma call in to the conference call to ask us to remember his country in our prayers and we had a caller from a church in Poland provide specific prayer requests for us", said Dana Simons, Co-Founder of Greater Calling Ministry.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/

Please post this information on your website and please forward on to anyone who might be interested. The next global prayer call will be held on Sunday, November 27th and will focus on intercessory prayer for the Nation of Africa. The last Sunday of each month, Greater Calling will sponsor a Global Prayer Call focused on a different region of the world. Please see the Greater Calling website for more information on these calls.

Blessings, Dana Simons
dsimons@greatercalling.org
tel: 866-678-4400, ext. 119
mobile: 707-480-6124
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Monday, November 07, 2005

PrayerBlaze '06

PrayerBlaze '06 ~ Southwest Michigan Prayer Conference

Keynotes: Dr. Alvin VanderGriend - speaker and author of many prayer resources including Love to Pray
Jeff Noel - Vice President of Teaching for Harvest Prayer Ministries and Coordinator for the National Prayer Committee

Location: Portage, MI
Hosted by: Oakland Drive Church of Christ 7331 Oakland Drive
and St. Michael's Lutheran Church 7211 Oakland Drive (youth portion)

Dates: March 17 and 18, 2006

Cost is $40.00 per person / $65.00 per couple
$12.00 for students college age and under

More info ~ slfreund@chartermi.net

This conference will be geared toward lay Christians, prayer and church leaders, and YOUTH!


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Sunday, November 06, 2005

100 Pages of Answers on Christian Prayer



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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Corporate Confession

Confessing our Sins Together

There is a tendency for us to think of confession as a personal act we do before God. Certainly much confession is of this personal, private nature that is only between ourselves and God. But God’s Word gives us another picture of confession that is corporate in its practice. It is confession from a group of people who are aware of the corporate aspect of their sin and aware that private confession is inadequate to deal with this problem.

I believe that the call of God to the Church today is for confession of this type. If we are to see revival in our day, it will come to a people who have humbled themselves together before their God and sought His face. This humility comes as we recognize that much of what has passed for Christianity in our day has been self-centered, worldly and an affront to the Lord. The only way to deal with the sin of the Church is for the Church to confess its sins and repent.

The biblical example that comes to mind is the story of Israel during the time of Ezra, when the people of God were dealing with the sin of intermarriage with the pagan tribes around them. The seventy years of exile in Babylon had ended. The exiles returned to Jerusalem over a number of years in different groups. One of these groups was lead by the great biblical scholar and man of God, Ezra.

Ezra’s godly presence prompted the people to confess that they had once again damaged Israel’s standing with God by disobeying His clear command not to intermarry with the non-Jewish peoples around them. The sorrow and prayer of Ezra following this revelation is powerful.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

World Intercessors Day - International Teleconference Prayer Meeting


Millions of Christians will spend a day in deep, intercessory prayer for the world this Saturday, October 29th. What better time to intercede in prayer then now when so many nations are experiencing such devastation? Hope For All Nations in Kenya, East Africa will provide trained prayer leaders to lead you through prayer with groups of others who will also be calling in from their phones. All calls will be in English. You can join from anywhere...your home, your car, or your church. If you have a phone and a few minutes, you can make a difference to our world!

How Do I Join?

1. Dial the Conference Telephone Number below anytime between 5 AM Eastern Time (09:00:00 GMT) on October 29th through 4 AM Eastern Time (8:00:00 GMT) on October 30th:

Number to Call: 1-641-985-8131

2. At prompt,enter the pass code code below followed by the # (pound key).

9943#

You will be placed into a virtual prayer room with a trained leader who will lead you and others through prayer focused on the needs of our world. Prayer sessions formally start at the top of each hour, but you can call at anytime. Just listen to hear where the group is in their prayer time. The leader will explain how you can participate by speaking aloud if you would like to do so. Or you can just listen to the others. It's up to you.

What will it cost me to make this call?

There is no charge for this service, but long distance charges will apply. If you do not have an unlimited long distance plan or if you are calling in from overseas, you can connect for as low as .01 a minute by purchasing an online calling card.

For more information, surf to:
http://worldwideintercessorsday.org/

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Friday, October 21, 2005

RESOURCE - "Let's Pray" Seminars


LET’S PRAY MINISTRIES is devoted to inspiring, teaching, and equipping Christians to pray for Christ’s Kingdom. Through life-changing LET'S PRAY SEMINARS, the Let’s Pray! radio show, and PRAYING IN THE WORD OF GOD, a scripturally-based prayer book you use as you pray, Kathie and Paul Grant exhort us to pray God’s will and claim His promises in prayer for ourselves and for the world.

Dr. Paul Grant, a physician, a graduate of Denver Seminary, and the inventor of Rogaine, and Kathie Grant, the award-winning author of PRAYING IN THE WORD OF GOD: Advancing Christ’s Kingdom, and the host of Let’s Pray!, a nationally syndicated radio show, are dedicated to helping you in your desire to grow in prayer.

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Establishing Prayer in the Marketplace


How To Establish Intercessory Prayer in Your Workplace

This is an exceptional how-to guide for workplace intercession. Author Darlene Maisano is one of the major intercessors God is using in positions of strategic prayer for the workplace. In developing this manual, she combined her experience in the business world with her depth of understanding of intercession. You will receive an understanding of how to establish intercessory prayer for your workplace, as well as the principles to practice to make it successful. This book is cutting-edge truth for the Body of Christ in the workplace.

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Watch for Watchmen!

“Intercessors have strategic assignments in their prayer closets. The prayer closet is like those ancient watchtowers. From there, they can scour ‘the spiritual horizon’ like air traffic controllers. They often sense spiritual things discerning the good from the bad, the welcome from the unwelcome. In prayer, God sometimes exposes the enemy’s plans and show the intercessor ‘the cards that Satan is holding.’” Eddie and Alice Smith


•t's time to be watchful and blow the trumpet. It's time for all of us in the body of Christ to get serious about fasting, prayer and evangelism. We are living in an unusual hour. Major things are happening worldwide every week. Many of us watch the news daily to see in the natural what is happening, but God wants us to watch and see spiritually what is occurring on the earth. Just in this last month so many things have happened. It is time for all of us to get our lives in order before the Lord, become watchful in prayer, and find our position as God’s watchmen on the watchtower. Intercessors are front-line soldiers. They see into the distance, observe what is happening, and lean forward in prayer. Sometimes they see with eyes of discernment, at other times they may see things way in advance. God gives them insight in order to intercede. The Greek word for “watch” means “to be vigilant, wake, to be watchful.”

“A watchman on the wall does many things. He carefully watches what is happening and alerts the community when good ambassadors approach the city… A watchman also warns the city, far in advance when an enemy approaches. He sounds an alarm to awaken the people because he knows ‘to forewarn them is to alert and arm them.’ Then they quickly can rally to take their stand on the wall against the enemy before he wrongfully tries to enter into the city.” Jim Goll

What does watching mean for you? What does God wants you to concentrate on in prayer? What has he given you a burden or discernment for? It may be your school, neighborhood, city, nation or a particular people group? This is where you need to watch and pray. When you see danger coming, you pray and ask others to pray. You cry out to God to bring salvation, deliverance and make His name known. You pray against evil intruding in the area where you are keeping watch. You say “no” to the powers of darkness in Jesus’ Name. You pray for God’s peace instead of fear, for life instead of death, for hope instead of hopelessness. At the same time, all of us need to pray diligently for the nations. You are called to pray for your president, prime minister or king. You must be vigilant as a watchman for your nation. Although you may get weary and tired, you have a responsibility. You are on watch.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)

We lived on a ship for many years that brought the light of the Gospel to many nations. Every hour of every day watchmen had to be on duty. These watchmen kept alert to any possible dangers that came toward our ship whether it was dangerous weather, thieves, fire, etc. They walked through the ship hourly, they kept awake, they listened for unusual sounds, they watched for intruding enemies. During their watch, they stayed alert. They knew that being a watchman was a serious responsibility.

You and I are in a serious spiritual war. Failing to take our post during these days of uncertainty could lead to serious consequences. We must be vigilant and not apathetic. We must be careful and not lax. We must watch with a serious gaze to all that God is saying and doing. Our families, our churches, our missionaries and our nations are important. If watchmen do not keep their post on a ship during serious weather conditions, it could mean the loss of the ship and every person on board. One example is the Titantic that sunk very quickly because the watchmen were not doing their job. May you and I seize the moment and keep our watch.

•God is Raising up Watchmen

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6-7)

The need for day and night prayer for our cities is urgent. The following is adapted from George Otis, Jr.

"If the Church is the nations best hope, it must be awakened from its slumber and fast. Revival must become an urgent priority, not just a theological or historical curiosity. Its promotion must become the task of every pulpit; its implementation the responsibility of every believer. For this to happen, desperate intercessors must prevail upon God to provoke within His people a deep and widespread dissatisfaction with the religious status quo.

(The Church) needs godly shepherds who will refuse resolutely to downplay the urgency of the hour and the seriousness of the present condition. She requires committed prophets who will seize every opportunity to acknowledge with Ezekiel: "Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them" (Ezekiel 33:10). We have come to the point, both as a Church, where we can no longer coast on the momentum of past deeds and choices. Our relationship with God has gone fallow, and it can only be restored through true repentance and unreserved obedience.

In this unsettled hour, the eyes of the Lord are upon His people. Will He find faith in the earth? Will He find a hunger for His presence? Will He find a ready remnant through whom He can speak to the nations and its leaders? Let us press in to hear what the Spirit has to say to the Church. If this requires us to suspend, at least temporarily, some of our most cherished routines - let us seize the moment!"

•Seize the Moment in Watchful Prayer

"Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known in wrath remember mercy." (Habakkuk 3:2)

Pray that Christians worldwide would confess pride, arrogance, and divisions and truly humble themselves before the Lord.

Pray that the leaders of your nation would not boast of and trust in their own military might, but continually walk in dependence upon the Lord to help them carry out His mandate.

Pray that there would be a real spirit of repentance and a turning to the Lord.
Pray that multitudes will receive the revelation that salvation is found only in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
Pray that in the pressures coming upon the nations, there would be a great and lasting turning to the Lord, and that through His judgments, the nations will learn righteousness (Isaiah 26:9) and that His judgments may be tempered by His mercy (Isaiah 54:8, 60:10).
When you are tempted to get anxious about what is happening around you, remember this: God is watching over you. You need not fear. He is in total control. Lift up your eyes and see His glory.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121)

•Prayer Opportunities
Praying through the Window - October 1-31 - www.win1040.com
Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem - October 2, 2005 - www.daytopray.com
30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus - October 5 - November 3, 2005 - www.30-days.net
World Vision 30-Hour Famine - October 28-29 - www.30hourfamine.org
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - www.persecutedchurch.org
Target 40/70 - www.globalharvest.org

“Watchmen are ordinarily placed on the walls of a city to give notice to the rulers of coming danger. God appoints watchmen not only to warn men - often they will not hear - but also to summon Him to come to their aid whenever need or the enemy may be threatening. The great mark of the intercessors are that they are not to hold their peace day or night, to take no rest, and to give God no rest, until the deliverance comes. In faith they may count upon the assurance that God will answer their prayers.” Andrew Murray

Together in the Harvest, Debbie Przybylski, Intercessors Arise
deb@intercessorsarise.org
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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Praying With Your Pastor

Lighten the Load: Practical Ways to Partner with Your Pastor through Prayer
by Elaine Helms

"I’ve been a pastor for 30 years and this is the first time I have heard my congregation pray for me.”

I almost cried when he said those words. I was leading a training event for the adult members of a moderately large church. At the end of a teaching time on Eph. 6:10-20, which includes Paul’s request for the church to pray for his boldness in sharing the gospel, I broke everyone into small groups to pray for their pastor. In the pastor’s presence, I asked them to pray for his preparation to preach, his health, and anything else the Holy Spirit directed.

The pastor’s emotion was apparent in his closing remarks. He later shared with me that he had never experienced people praying for him. He was touched. He wanted more.



(Please click here to read, print, or email this article from Pray!’s online archives.) Issue 40, Jan/Feb 2004
http://www.navpress.com/Magazines/Pray!/ArticleDisplay/040.06/?aCode=NL100905

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Praying For Pastors

I'm a member of the North Georgia United Methodist Conference PrayerForce. We do a lot of praying for pastors each week!

Each week PrayerForce members receive a list of about 20 pastors via email. The pastors have been contacted the previous week to let them know that they and their churches are being prayed for by the PrayerForce the following week and they have the opportunity to submit any specific requests that they might have.

PrayerForce members pray daily for the pastors and their churches during the week. We also contact them individually, usually via email but through snail-mail or phone if email is not an option, and send them a prayer (below is a version of what I might say if there is no specific request from the pastor). During the course of a year, all pastors in the North Georgia United Methodist Conference are contacted and prayed over.

My dear friend and Prayer Chick extraordinaire, Leah Cunningham, is the director of the PrayerForce, and I thank God for her having "recruited" me! I have been blessed many times over as I've "met" and prayed for these pastors! Check out the PrayerForce website at http://www.ngaprayerforce.org

Pray hard!
Carol Story

P.S. Oops, forgot to include the prayer I send to pastors:

Dear Rev........ -

As a member of the NGUMC PrayerForce, I am praying for you this week, and I hope you find encouragement from this note.

I'm praying for you to be in good health in all ways - physically, spiritually, emotionally and financially. I also pray that you find time for rest and comfort in the Holy Spirit; time to hear God speaking clearly to you as you lead this congregation. I pray that you be bold in sharing God's messages with your church.

Prayers for your congregation also, that a spirit of unity and love be constantly present among them, and that they remember that everything needs to be for God's glory, not our own. I pray that they all be changed through worship, and learn to live in prayer and praise, being aware of God's presence at all times.

Please know that you can call on me anytime prayer needs arise.

Grace and peace, Carol Story
Ebenezer UMC, Conyers
"God cannot give his best to us until and unless we pray."

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Friday, September 23, 2005

NEW Resource: 40 Days of Prayer

40 DAYS OF PRAYER LAUNCHES!
Love to Pray


Based upon the book Love to Pray written by Dr. Alvin VanderGriend, this program provides the book, a study guide and DVD lessons taught by some of the most respected prayer leaders of our day, including Henry Blackaby.

The simple approach of 40 Days of Prayer makes it the perfect study for small groups. It provides a biblical foundation for the importance of prayer for the individual, the family and the church. The common focus of the program helps deepen and enrich prayer lives for all who participate.

The 40 Days of Prayer initiative is designed to help churches become “houses of prayer.” Prayer is meant to be the very heart and soul of every congregation. Scripture makes prayer the priority of the church. The Lord said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isa. 56:7, RSV; see Matt. 21:13). The Bible sets this high standard for prayer: “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests . . . and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18).
Here’s how 40 Days of Prayer works. Members of the congregation use Love to Pray to deepen and strengthen their personal prayer lives. At the same time the church plans sermons, small group opportunities, education classes, and prayer activities for 40 days around the themes of "Love to Pray". After the 40 Days of Prayer the church initiates ongoing prayer ministries that build on the prayer foundations that have been laid.

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Prayer Stations: "Free Lemonade/ Free Prayer"


Prayer Stations @ Uptown Baptist Church

{Uptown is a culturally and ethnically diverse community in Chicago, as is the congregation referred to here. This initiatvie drew the attnetion of the city's community policing program and affored me the opportunity to speak to all 25 District Organizers on how to engage the Church for community activity and ministry.}

This summer the Lord told us to "get out of our seats and into the streets" of the Uptown Community.

We began with a month of Wendesday night prayerwalks to prepare ourselves by praying with our eyes open and to ask the Lord for a change in the spiritual climate. Wednesday evenings in July and AUgust wrer devoted to prayer stations. Thanks to a grant from the Chicago Metro Baptist Association, a "Free Prayer / Free Lemonade" sign invited passers-by to stop at our lemonade stand; about 100 every week. Nearly half of those taking a refreshing cup during this hot summer allowed someone from our prayer team to pray fo them.

Our final week drew about 100 persons, as we partnered with the CAPS program (community organizers associated with the Chicago polic department).

What was the impact? Here are several first-hand accounts!

Pastor Phil
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"What our prayer stations have meant to me is a closer working with our Lord which also means to know and see closely or closer how his love work in our world. I’ve learned that his love for us as his children is endless and can be very wonderful in this place we call mother earth. Prayer has given my eyes even wider to the glories of our Wonderful Lord."

"The criteria of the Gospel outreach centered on 'as unto the Lord, not in our own strength.' Somewhat like the Gideon army’s need to remain contrite in spirit. So the Emmanuel gets focus of attention and the receptive become undivided in heart. This is what our Father desires. 'The joy of the Lord is my strength'.”

"The concept of the lemonade prayer stations seemed simple enough; pass out cups of free lemonade and pray for the people who want it. But to be honest, I had no idea what I was doing. As I timidly passed out the cups of lemonade and asked people if they wanted prayer, people started to accept my offer. Surprisingly through each Styrofoam cup of sugary lemonade and humble prayer, I felt bolder. Sure, a bunch of people rejected me. But what kept me going was the look of gratitude and longing for Jesus in the faces of those who did say yes. What blessed me was the fact that there were so many people in Uptown this summer who got closer to Jesus. Some not even knowing that the cup of lemonade and prayer they accepted was all they needed."
-Jonathan Choe

"God calling my wife and me to be a part of His ministry was a true blessing. There were times when people talked to us that we would not even speak to, as so many of us seem to do because a person is not saved. But it was so awesome to be on the streets for the Lord. God let us see people in ways that we so often forget that we were before coming to God. I pray for me and my wife and all those that were with us as we let God’s Word be seen and heard."
-Dwight Moore

"What it means to me: In talking to people there is such a need. People are hungry just to be ministered too in the word of God. First of all God had blessed me so much just to share in his blessing to his people. We know prayer changes things and I see the results of that. We need to continue in that way for a long time. God wants his people to share his word. It was the best time on evenings praying with so many people. Thanks to God."

" 'Jim' was the last one God lead to meet and love the community. I hoped tat wasn’t the Body’s last opportunity to minister to the community.

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