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.

To order or review materials online: http://www.prayershop.org/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=38

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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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Thursday, September 15, 2005

CENToday In Arizona leads the way . . .networking in Prayer, Care & Share during Crisis and National Emergencies



September 16, 2005
National Day of Prayer and Rememberance.mp3 (60secs)

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Monday, September 12, 2005

Prayer Songs - Part Two

PRAYER SONGS
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs We Sing To God

Prayer Songs allow the facilitator to incorporate singing without an interruption to the group’s focus on praying.

Contemporary praise music provides many biblically based and musically diverse songs from which to choose; the release of praise music has been a blessing to the Church. This exciting trend has, however, caused many to abandon the use of hymns. Ancient and modern hymns of the Church tend to declare truth while contemporary praise tends to highlight our emotional response to our relationship with the Lord (there are many exceptions; I wrote “tends”). A wise prayer leader will look for hymns that allow those gathered to give melody to their praise or sing their confession.

A few suggestions, taken from The Celebration Hymnal (Word Music / Integrity Music):
>PRAISE
O Word of God Incarnate (p. 414
>REPENTANCE
Revive Us Again (p 434)
>ASK
Breathe On Me (p. 396)
>YIELD
Lead On O King Eternal (p. 724)

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National Day of Prayer and Remembrance


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Join in the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance
Prayer Leaders Needed!!!
September 16, 2005
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You are invited to join thousands of other believers by committing to a block of time on Friday to lift up your prayers for the hurricane victims and relief workers.

Greater Calling is holding a daylong teleconference of prayer. The location and time of your prayer is up to you. You just dial a number and passcode and you will be joined with hundreds of others in prayer over the telephone.

By joining with Greater Calling, . . . anyone . . . anywhere may pray at home, office or church. By joining together with thousands of others at the same time you will build on the gathering momentum of a nation in prayer asking for God's
blessing.

You can get the phone number to dial and a pass code by visiting the Greater Calling
website (http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=odaqwobab.0.o9vfymbab.9tqrtmbab.1482&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.greatercalling.org)

You can also sign-up to be a Prayer Leader for one hour at (http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=odaqwobab.0.g5toqobab.9tqrtmbab.1482&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.greatercalling.org%2Fleadersignup1.htm)

You will be provided with a Prayer Leader Training Guide, prayer points and prayer scriptures to assist you. All you need is a phone and a prayer!!

Greater Calling | A Ministry of Harvest Prayer Ministries | 619 Washington Ave | Terre Haute | IN | 47802
email: info@greatercalling.org
phone: 812-238-5504
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Prayer Songs - Hymns That Help Us Sing Our Prayers

PRAYER SONGS
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs We Sing To God

A wise prayer leader will have a list of songs with lyrics that cause the singer to speak directly to God because there is a difference between horizontal (“Praise Him”) and vertical (“We praise you, Lord”) language. Too often the songs we select speak about the Lord rather than directly to the Lord. The Holy Spirit has given us an increasing catalogue of contemporary upward focused songs but there are also many wonderful hymns that also serve as Prayer Songs. Look for hymns with lyrics that allow the group or congregation to sing their prayer to the Lord. Singing our prayer is often a good way to to focus the entire group on the same topic or to transition to the next theme.

A few suggestions, taken from The Celebration Hymnal (Word Music / Integrity Music):
>PRAISE
God Our Father, We Adore Thee (p. 93)
Come Thou Almighty King (p. 8)
Lord, I Lift Your Name On High (p. 107)
>REPENTANCE
I Need Thee Every Hour (p. 638)
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (p. 11)
>ASK
Fill My Cup Lord (p. 702)
O God, Our Help In Ages Past (p. 686)
>YIELD
I Surrender All (p. 596) (Change pronouns to You)
O Jesus I Have Promised (p. 676)

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Thursday, September 08, 2005

A Message from the Chairman of America's National Prayer Committee

To all members and friends of America's National Prayer Committee:

This morning, President Bush made the following Proclamation at his press conference:

"Throughout our history in times of testing, Americans have come together in prayer to heal and ask for strength for the tasks ahead. So I've declared Friday, September the 16th, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. I ask that we pray -- as Americans have always prayed in times of trial -- with confidence in His purpose, with hope for a brighter future, and with the humility to ask God to keep us strong so that we can better serve our brothers and sisters in need."

I'm grateful that we have a President who is aware of the power of prayer and the need for our nation to pray. As the NPC we stand with the President on this. We have one week to mobilize the nation to prayer. Let's use this email system for the next few days to brainstorm ideas and possibilities. It may mean more emails than you normally receive from us, but it is for a limited time. My friends, this is what we do as America's National Prayer Committee. It is time to lay aside other matters and call our nation to prayer. Let's talk about practical and possible ways for us to do that.

Blessings!
Dave Butts, Chairman, America's National Prayer Committee


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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Prayer Toolbox

"Have you ever wished there was a trusted place on the Web where you and others could obtain information about prayer-related materials from trusted sources? Well, I have good news!"

Campus Crusade for Christ is providing The Prayer Toolbox at www.prayertoolbox.org free of charge to the Body of Christ. Modeled after the very successful "Evangelism Toolbox" at www.evangelism.com, all you must do is "login" in the upper right corner as a "New User" and they will quickly approve you. Adding links to each one of your materials is simple and will promote them to more of the world to the glory of God. Only one request ... please inform all your prayer networks of this wonderful resource!"

Thanks, Phil!

Serving Christ with you gladly,
Allan
Director, The WorldLINC Ministry
Global Media Outreach, Campus Crusade for Christ, Intl.
100 Lake Hart Dr., MC 18-00
Orlando, FL. 32832
407-826-2470

Let your search for Jesus take you to
www.whoisJesus-really.org for answers.


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Monday, September 05, 2005

Prayer Starters for the Next Generation

Prayer Starters to Help Grow and Reclaim the Next Generation

Now that most of you have returned from summer vacation and school has begun. We are embarking on a prayer journey to pray scriptures over our children. Join us in the next email to pray for our children to grow in grace and knowledge. Send us your prayer requests and we will agree with you specifically for your request.

Generational prayers are adapted from the World Network of Prayer.
Day 1 Prayer For Salvation {Insert a child's name}

Lord, I pray that You would save_______________. Grant faith and repentance to him/her. I ask that ____________ would surrender himself/herself to Jesus Christ According to: (John 3:16, 5::25; Matthew 11:28;Acts 4:12
God's Promise Jeremiah 24:7 "I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart". God's promise "When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action". Matthew 18:19 (The Message Bible)

In His Service "PIPS" Staff email: info@pipforschools.com
phone: 337-433-3456/888-621-5206
web: http://www.pipsusa.org

Print Generational Prayer Starters These prayer starters are designed to print and save for your own prayer journals. Fill in names and date and keep to share with children you are praying for in the future. Remember our requests to God are so important, He stores our prayers in golden vials; keep a record of your requests.

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