Monday, May 29, 2006

RESOURCE: Prayer Quotes for Newsletters & Bulletins


Purpose in Prayer by E. M Bounds
Fleming H. Revel, 1920, 160 pp., ISBN 0-8010-0738-0

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E. M. Bounds (1835-1913) practiced law before he entered the ministry. His books on prayer have become spiritual classics.

“God shapes the world by prayer.” (9)

“Prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.” (9)

“The prayers of God’s saints are the capital stock in heaven by which Christ carries on His great work upon earth.” (10)

“Ask of me is the one condition God puts in the very advance and triumph of His cause.” (11)

“Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the nations for Thine inheritance....” (Ps 2)

“The secret of success in Christ’s Kingdom is the ability to pray.” “The most important lesson we can learn is how to pray.” (12)

“The prayer of faith is the only power in the universe to which the Great Jehovah yields. Prayer is the sovereign remedy. – Robert Hall.” (13)

“You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.” (20, quoting Dr. A. J. Gordon)

“The story of every great Christian achievement is the history of answered prayer.” (20)

“The forces of good and evil are contending for the world.” “Prayer is the one prime, eternal condition by which the Father is pledged to put the Son in possession of the world. Christ prays through His people.” (29)

“We do more of everything else than of praying.” (29)

“Ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:2,3) “That is the whole truth in a nutshell.” (31)

Of C. H. Spurgeon, “He lived in constant fellowship with his Father in Heaven. He was ever in touch with God, and thus it was as natural for him to pray as it was for him to breathe.” (33)

Written of Martin Luther’s praying, “I cannot enough admire the extraordinary, cheerfulness, constancy, faith and hope of the man in these trying and vexatious times.” (37)

“I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God.” (40)

“Walking with God down the avenues of prayer we acquire something of His likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of His beauty and His grace.” (42)

“I purpose to take occasion of praying upon the sight of any church which I may pass, that God may be worshipped there in spirit, and that souls may be saved there....” (43)

“Prayer with so many of us is simply a form of selfishness; it means asking for something for ourselves—that and nothing more.” (44)

“This is not a praying age; it is an age of great activity, of great movements, but one in which the tendency is very strong to stress the seen and the material and to neglect and discount the unseen and the spiritual.” (47)

"Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honours God and brings Him into active aid.” (48)

“We cannot run our spiritual operations on the prayers of the past generation.” (47)

“Prayer is our most formidable weapon, but the one in which we are the least skilled, the most averse to its use.” (48)

“The first and last stages of holy living are crowned with praying. It is a life trade.” (48)

“We are in danger of substituting churchly work and a ceaseless round of showy activities for prayer and holy living. A holy life does not live in the [prayer] closet, but it cannot live without the closet.” (49)

“None but praying leaders can have praying followers.” “The greatest will he be of reformers and apostles, who can set the Church to praying.” (51)

“Prayer is not the foe to work, it does not paralyze activity. It works mightily; prayer itself is the greatest work.” (52)

“The [prayer] closet...is the battlefield of the Church; its citadel; the scene of heroic and unearthly conflicts.” (52)

“Men ought to pray much and apply themselves to it with energy and perseverance.” “The deep things of God are learned nowhere else.” (53)

“Christ puts importunity as a distinguishing characteristic of true praying. We must not only pray, but we must pray with great urgency, with intentness and with repetition.” (55) [referring to the importunate widow]

“The secret of prayer and its success lie in its urgency. We must press our prayers upon God.” (55)

“We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer.” (57)

“Prayer in its highest form and grandest success assumes the attitude of a wrestler with God.” (58)

“God would have His children incorrigibly in earnest and persistently bold in their efforts.” (59) [referring to Jacob]

“Pray and never faint, is the motto Christ gives us for praying.” (60)

“Asking is the rule of the Kingdom.” (quoting Spurgeon) “Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element of prayer.” (62)

“Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” (Jesus) “The always speaks for itself.” “Intimacy requires development.” (65) “Always is never out of conscious touch with the Father.” (66)

“The Gospel cannot live, fight, conquer without prayer—prayer unceasing, instant and ardent.” (72)

“Secret praying is the test, the gauge, the conserver of man’s relation to God.” (74)

“If there be anything I do, if there be anything I leave undone, let me be perfect in prayer. After all, whatever God may appoint, prayer is the great thing.” Henry Martyn (76)

“The great business of praying is a hurried, petty, starved, beggarly business with most men.” “Put the men to praying, then politics will be cleansed, business will be thriftier, the Church will be holier, the home will be sweeter.” (77)

“Prayer is the mightiest agent to advance God’s work.” “Prayer succeeds when all else fails.” (79)

“Praying men are the safety of the Church from the materialism that is affecting all its plans and polity, and which is hardening its life-blood. The insinuation circulates as a secret, deadly poison that the Church is not so dependent on purely spiritual forces as it used to be—that changed times and changed conditions have brought it out of its spiritual straits and dependencies and put it where other forces can bear it to its climax. A fatal snare of this kind has allured the Church into worldly embraces, dazzled her leaders, weakened her foundations, and shorn her of much of her beauty and strength. Praying men are the saviours of the Church from this material tendency. (81)

“We can never expect to grow in the likeness of our Lord unless we follow His example and give more time to communion with the Father. A revival of real praying would produce a spiritual revolution.” (93)

“The possibilities of prayer run parallel with the promises of God.” “God’s purposes and man’s praying are the combination of all potent and omnipotent forces.” (97)

“Prayer puts God in the matter with commanding force.” “We are charged in God’s Word ‘always to pray,’ ‘in everything by prayer,’ ‘continuing instant in prayer,’ to ‘pray everywhere,’ ‘praying always.’” (100)

“The men who have done mighty things of God have always been mighty in prayer, have well understood the possibilities of prayer, and made most of these possibilities.” (102)

“When prayer fails, the world prevails.” (103)

“He who is too busy to pray will be too busy to live a holy life.” (105)

“A holy life is the only preparation for prayer.” (108) “We pray feebly because we live feebly.” (113)

“The conditions of prayer are well ordered and clear—abiding in Christ; in His name.” (116)

“The deepest need of the Church today is not for any material or external thing, but the deepest need is spiritual. Prayerless work will never bring in the kingdom.” (A. J. Gordon) “Prayer is the helpless and needy child crying to the compassion of the Father’s heart and the bounty and power of a Father’s hand.” (123)

“As workers together with God we must regard the conditions which prevail around us today.” “Part of the blame lies at our door. If we do our part, God will do His. Around us is a world lost in sin, above us is a God willing and able to save; it is ours to build the bridge that links heaven and earth, and prayer is the mighty instrument that does the work.” (155)

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Friday, May 26, 2006

RESOURCE: Mobilizing Youth in Prayer






SEE YOU AT THE POLE RESOURCES AVAILABLE


See You at the Pole is September 27. As you plan your summer events, you may need publicity materials:

-- Promotional DVD
-- Printed materials

To order, call the SYATP Resource Office in Texas at (817) HIS-PLAN between 9am-5pm, Central Time.

ALSO - video footage of your 2005 SYATP is desperately needed!

Please send to:
See You at the Pole, 300 Boone Rd., Suite A-1, Burleson, TX 76028
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Thursday, May 25, 2006

RESOURCE: 4 Books for Youth Prayer

The passion in the prayer movement is among the young generations. Here are four resources that may help you understand how they connect in prayer . . .

40-Day Revolution : A Strategy to Impact Your World for Christ
by Richard Mull
For teens—it's more than just a devotional; it's a strategy for change!
Thousands of teens across the country have accepted the 40-Day Revolution challenge, and they have witnessed incredible results. Can you imagine starting a prayer meeting with just two people that turns into a daily prayer time with over a hundred people—in just one week? Or your principal breaking down in tears and asking you for prayer?


Youth Ministry on Your Knees
Mentoring and Mobilizing Young People to Pray
by Mike Higgs
Nationally-recognized youth ministry consultant Mike Higgs shares a wealth
of practical and proven youth prayer ideas drawn from almost 30 years of experience. He encourages youth ministry workers with his analysis of the “rapidly growing number of youth who are fast becoming a runaway freight train within the prayer movement.”


Pray
by Tony Jones
Learning how to pray biblically: How Does Prayer Work? Praying with the Patriarchs ... the Psalmists ... the Prophets ... Jesus ... the Apostles ...
the Ancient, Medievel, Modern Church ... 5 Exercises in Prayer




Read. Think. Pray. Live.
A Guide to Reading the Bible in a New Way
by Tony Jones
Like arts or sports, faith takes practice.
See how a contemplative, ancient discipline can help your modern walk with God. If you want to know Jesus and what He’s all about, you’ve got to know how to do these four things—read, think, pray, live. It’s how your faith can grow. Lectio divina, or sacred reading, is a time-tested method used by believers to experience God in a personal and real way.
Tailored for students, this book teaches you how to engage your faith. Learning from a method of contemplative study that has worked for hundreds of years, you’ll find yourself challenged and encouraged to get to know God in brand new ways.

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Uncommon Prayer Meetings ~ Praying for our Missionaries from A to Z


Praying for our Missionaries from A to Z
By Jami Becher

Missionaries often say the most powerful way to assist them is to pray. As believers pray, the Holy Spirit comforts and encourages, while providing vision and direction for the journey ahead. Even though most of us realize the importance of praying for our missionaries, we sometimes fall into the habit of repeating the same requests each time we pray. We hope these thoughts will point you to the scriptures and give you spiritual insight in lifting up our missionaries and their families throughout the year.

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===>Idea ~ Assign each letter of the alphabet to a different prayer group participant, then give the instruction that whenever someone prays, they must launch their prayer from their assigned scripture.

ANOINTING
Pray that god will set our missionaries apart through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, empowering them to minister to those held captive by sin.
John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and curing all who were under the tyranny of the Devil, because God was with Him (Acts 10:38).

BOLDNESS
Ask god to give missionaries boldness to honor Christ even in dangerous situations.
My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death (Philippians 1:20).

COMPASSION
Pray that our missionaries will be filled with the same compassion Jesus had for unbelievers and teach about the savior who can offer grace, peace and direction in a chaotic world.
So as He stepped ashore, He saw a huge crowd and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then He began to teach them many things (Mark 6:34).

DISCERNMENT
Ask god to clear missionaries’ minds of daily cares and worries so they can discern His will for their lives and ministries.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).

ENDURANCE
Pray that, even though they are tested, our missionaries will endure through trials having complete faith in Christ.
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:3-4).

FAITH
Ask god to strengthen the missionaries’ faith. Pray that they will have complete trust in Jesus to accomplish the work He has called them to do.
I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

GRACE
Pray that god will continually extend His grace to the missionaries, giving them the knowledge and power to reach the world for Christ.
We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations, on behalf of his name (Romans 1:5).

HUMILITY
Jesus exhibited humility throughout his life, telling his disciples that He came not to be served but to serve. Pray that our missionaries would serve in this same spirit of humility, considering the needs of those they serve as more important than their own ego and material gain.
Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves (Philippians 2:3).

INSIGHT
Ask god to give the missionaries a clear view into hearts and lives of the people they minister to, so they will have a greater ability to exhibit god’s love.
I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding, and have the knowledge of God’s mystery-Christ (Colossians 2:2).

JOY
Pray that the missionaries will be filled with awe-inspiring joy that can only come through the power of the Holy Spirit.
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).

KNOWLEDGE
Pray that as our missionaries continually seek greater knowledge of God, He will reveal Himself to them in a personal and intimate way.
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17).

LOVE
Ask god to remind the missionaries that great faith without great love can do nothing.
If I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2b)

MIRACLES
Pray that the missionaries’ ministries will be characterized by miracles both in their lives and in the lives of those they serve.
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word by the accompanying signs (Mark 16:20).

NEEDS
Pray that God would supply all of our missionaries’ spiritual, physical and financial needs.
And my God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

OPTIMISM
Ask God to give the missionaries a spirit of optimism. Although their work is discouraging at times, pray that the Holy Spirit will fill them with joy and peace.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

PATIENCE
Pray that the missionaries will be patient with those they are teaching. Pray that they would continue to correct and encourage even when it seems like no progress is being made.
Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct and encourage with great patience and teaching
(2 Timothy 4:2).

QUALITY TIME
Pray that our missionaries will reserve quality time away from their ministries to spend with their families.
Now if anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially for his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1Timothy 5:8).

RESTORATION
Pouring themselves out into the lives of unbelievers can be stressful. Ask God to restore and strengthen the missionaries and their families through His grace.
Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little (1 Peter 5:10).

SACRIFICE
Thank God for missionaries who are willing to sacrifice the material comforts of life to bring people to the Savior.
No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).

TIMING
Pray that our missionaries will always rely on God’s timing, trusting Him to open the doors for them to walk through.
For we are His making, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

URGENCY
Pray that our missionaries would have an urgent desire to share Christ.
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation (Romans 10:1)!

VISION
Ask God to put his vision into the hearts of the missionaries, so they can accomplish all that He has planned to touch people’s lives and grow the Kingdom.
Then He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation (Mark 15:16).

WILLINGNESS
Ask God to give our missionaries a spirit of willingness to diligently plan and carry out His vision.
Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord (Romans 12:11).

EXCELLENCE
Pray that our missionaries will strive for excellence in serving Christ, presenting their lives as an example of light into a dark world.
Just one thing: live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27).

YIELDEDNESS
Pray that the missionaries would yield themselves completely to the will of God.
My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will (Matthew 26:39).

ZEAL
Excitement is contagious! Pray that the missionaries’ zeal would stir up other Christians to share their faith.
For I know your eagerness, and I brag about you to the Macedonians: “Achaia has been prepared since last year,” and your zeal has stirred up most of them (2 Corinthians 9:2).

Jami Becher is editorial assistant of On Mission magazine. Reprinted with permission from On Mission, North American Mission Board, SBC.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Incorporating Prayer Into the Worship Service

Pastor Phil will teach a workshop on how to incorproate prayer into a Sunday/Weekend worship service at the 2006 PrayerQuake ===>Click headline for more details . . .

Two books that might assist you @ Baker Books



The Complete Worship Service: Creating a Taste of Heaven on Earth
Kevin J. Navarro

People want a taste of heaven. Here's how your church can satisfy this longing.

In The Complete Worship Service, experienced worship leader and pastor Kevin Navarro shows you how to create a complete worship service by implementing a four-part pattern of worship: longing for, preparing for, experiencing, and talking about a taste of heaven. Recognizing worship as a form of hospitality, Navarro shares practical considerations and ideas to help you make all the elements work together, from greeting guests to using music to teaching the Word. The Complete Worship Service can help you build a church that experiences God's presence and welcomes others to the celebration.


The Complete Worship Leader Kevin J. Navarro

The Complete Worship Leader
provides a holistic, biblical view of worship leading as drawing people into God's presence through the use of all the senses in worship, not just through song leading. It addresses four basic elements crucial to becoming an effective worship leader: theology, discipleship, artistry, and leadership. This book also considers the dynamics of building and leading a worship team and the place of technology in today's worship.

Whether you are a pastor, music director, or worship leader, you will benefit from this simple yet thorough discussion on what it means to lead the body of Christ into a genuine experience of worship.



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Thursday, May 18, 2006

RESOURCE: A Prayer for Global Day of Prayer


I serve on the steering committee of the Global Day of Prayer (Pentecost Sunday) and was asked to do a devotion. This is what came to me. DavidBMjr@aol.com

Father in Heaven, pour out your grace on all of us – as you did a century ago, a generation ago.
Do it again, now! Take our breath away! Overwhelm us with your love for us! Transform our hearts, till they beat as one with yours.

Draw us so close to you, that we forget about being right, or holding onto what is ours, or not forgiving what we must forgive.

In that breathtaking intimacy with you, show us each wicked way that takes us away from you – the ones we know displease you, (and the ones we won’t even discuss with you).

Grace us to turn from them now, forever, Blood-washed and forgiven. Lead us to forgive those we think do not deserve it, and to let go the memory of what they did, that we might experience the forgiveness from you that we do not deserve.

And forgive us, the hurts we have done to others – those they cannot forget, and we have long-forgotten. When our hearts are truly broken and contrite, fill our cups so full of your love, they overflow!

And we become conduits of your love to all who have less than we do. Teach us to give freely of our time and treasure, again and again, with each outpouring of your love.

And Father, grant that as we seek your face, in abject humility and poverty of spirit, we will find it – and know the Peace of Christ, which passes all understanding.

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Monday, May 15, 2006

RESOURCE: Articles on Prayer from Pray California


Articles on Prayer by Topic...

Citywide Prayer
Articles that will assist you in the call to transform your city.

Congregational Prayer
Articles that will assist you in growing a prayer ministry in your local church.

Devotions
Articles to encourage your faith walk.

Family Prayer
Articles to encourage your family in prayer.

Intercession
Articles relating to various components of prayer.

Intimacy with God
Articles to encourage you in growing closer to God.

Leadership

Articles that encourage you as a pastor/prayer leader.

Marketplace Prayer

Articles to encourage your activation of prayer in your job.

Personal Prayer & Growth
Articles to encourage the development of a lifestyle of prayer.

Prayer and Social Action
Articles that encourage you to turn your prayers into action.

Prayer Strategies & Models
Articles that give you ideas towards various prayer models and action steps.

Unity & Reconciliation

Articles to encourage unity and healing.

Worship
Articles that focus on worship and prayer.

Miscellaneous
Articles that don’t seem to fit under the other categories!

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RESOURCE: Guide for Prayer Leaders Completed

Dynamic Prayer Meeting Leader Guide
Printable version of Dynamic Prayer Meeting Leader Guide
Written by John Franklin

You may now download the 3-page overview and the 26 one-page handouts in one 29-page document...
New Dynamic Prayer Meeting Guide - Overview and Handouts
(FREE 29-page PDF 540 kb)

If you already have the other pages and only need the final three weeks ...
New Dynamic Prayer Meeting Guide - Weeks 24-26 (PDF)

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The Importance of Praying Together
After speaking to hundreds of pastors and thousands of prayer leaders, it became evident that one of the greatest challenges you face is guiding people in praying together. The importance of conquering that challenge cannot be over overestimated.

* When Jesus taught on prayer, 33 out of 37 times He did so in the plural (For example, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven).
* In Acts the Apostles constantly led the people of God to pray together and one of the hallmarks where God is moving around the world in incredible revival is corporate prayer.

A Lack of Training Resources
Buy "And the Place Was Shaken" OnlineI’ve asked about 6,000 prayer leaders over the last few years how many of them had ever been trained in how to lead a prayer meeting. During this time only 56 people have raised their hand. Yet very little is written today to help leaders guide the people of God to pray together.

In response to this need, I have written a book specifically for prayer leaders called And the Place Was Shaken: How to Lead a Powerful Prayer Meeting.

* The book lists the four responsibilities of a prayer leader in guiding prayer.
* It explains what God wants to do in a prayer meeting and how to work with Him.

Why the Free Handouts?
I also wanted to provide material and a process so that the leader would not have to create everything, thus LifeWay has posted this material here free of charge in support of the book.

It contains twenty-six (26) one-page handouts to be used at a weekly church-wide prayer meeting or in a small group. The material seeks to educate people about prayer, then provide application for them.

Why 26 Weeks?
Changing the understanding, habits, and behaviors of people requires time and repetition. I sought to make each week build on the previous, and yet at the same time still be stand alone so that those who missed a week or came in late on the process would be able to participate.

A Word as You Teach Your People to Pray
People pray most for those they love best. Dynamic prayer ultimately rises from people whose hearts are knit together and seeking first God’s kingdom. And that’s the order in which it usually happens. When people love each other they are knit into a body, then they are ready to go on mission with God. Make sure you have a steady diet of prayer activities that knit people’s hearts together. Dynamic prayer follows dynamic relationships.

God bless you. May He use you and those you lead mightily to accomplish His purposes, John

John Franklin is pastor of Woodmont Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and has served as Prayer Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Franklin travels and speaks extensively calling churches to seek God's face in prayer. E-Mail John Franklin @ franklin_john@bellsouth.net

What others are saying 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."
Adrian Rogers (1931-2005), Former Pastor
Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, Tennessee

"I know of no one better than this author to speak to the subject of prayer. He not only is capable of writing on this ministry, but he has been very effective in leading our prayer ministry here at Woodstock’s First Baptist Church. You will be challenged and instructed in this excellent book."
Johnny Hunt, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia

"I cannot imagine a more timely and urgently needed resource. This tool has a wonderful balance of biblical principle and practical application. Best of all, it is God-focused and brings churches to the Savior, not just a program format. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to every leader with any responsibility for guiding prayer!"
Gregory Frizzell
Prayer & Spiritual Awakening Specialist
Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma



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Prayer Evangelism ~ Try Colossians 4:2-6

We shared (the) biblical evangelism training at the 100th Georgia Gideon State Convention on March 10th in Macon, Georgia. Shortly after, the Gideons hit the streets of Macon with New Testaments to do some personal witnessing. Later that day, one man shared the following story with me:

I took 10 New Testaments with me and had given eight of them away, but no one wanted to talk at length about Christ. Then I remembered the Colossians prayer that you shared in your training. I opened one of the remaining New Testaments to Colossians 4:2-6 and prayed that passage back to God. Immediately, a lady slipped and fell right in front of me. I helped her back on her feet and we began to talk. Within 15 minutes, tears were streaming down her face as she prayed to receive Jesus Christ as Savior. Then I had one remaining New Testament and I opened it to the Colossians prayer and prayed it again. I looked up and there was a man standing in front of me just staring at me. We began to talk and shortly thereafter he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior as well.


Folks, it is often as simple as that. God does it and gets all the glory, not us. I believe that we Christians have severely complicated the evangelism process and have a great need to get back to the simplicity of the gospel of Christ. I believe this is why God formed Biblical Evangelism Ministries.

Yours in winning the lost, David A. Morel
Author – Secret to an Open Door
Biblical Evangelism Ministries
625 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, TN 37138
C: 615-403-0905 / O: 615-385-3673
david@davidmorel.net
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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Uncommon Prayer Meetings ~ "In" Christ

Prayer Leaders ... Use the following sections as a format for prayer. Instruct pray-ers to launch their prayers from one of the scripture selections as you focus one section at a time ... Phil


To live the victorious Christian life it is vital that you have a clear understanding of your identity in Jesus Christ.
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Who Are You?

You Are Loved
You are.........a child of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Romans 8:16-17
You are.........a temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 6:18-20
You can........come before God at any time in prayer. Eph. 2:18
You can........be confident that God hears your prayers. 1 John 5:14-15
You can........be greatly blessed by being persistent in prayer. Luke 11:5-13, 18:1-8
You can........approach God with boldness and confidence. Eph. 3:12
You can........pray for more faith for it brings more blessings. Mark 9:24, Luke 17:5-6
You can........praise God for He works wonders when He is praised. Exodus 15:11
You can....... pray the Lord's Prayer as it was given to you by Jesus Christ. When you come to the end keep on praying. Mat. 6:9-13

You are Protected...
You are.........born of God and the wicked one cannot touch you. 1 John 5:18
You can........obtain mercy and grace to help in a time of need. Heb. 4:16
You are.........protected by God. Psalm 91, 103:3, Eph. 6:10-18
You are.........in Jesus Christ and free from condemnation. Rom. 8:1
You will.........dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
You are.........a friend of Jesus Christ and appointed to bear fruit. John 15:14-17
You can........gain strength and protection by memorizing God's word. Heb. 4:12
You are.........secure in Christ and cannot be separated from God. Rom. 8:31-39
You have.......been given power, love, a sound mind and freedom from fear. 2 Tim. 1:7

You Are Special...
You are.........the salt and the light of the world. Mat. 5:13-16
You are.........established, anointed and sealed by God. 2 Cor. 1:21-22
You were.......fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
You can........have God's peace that passes all understanding. Phil. 4:6-9
You can........overcome the world with faith in Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:4-5
You are.........to communicate God's word to all people. Mark 16:15
You can........do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens you. Phil. 4:13
You will.........be able to escape and endure temptation. 1 Cor. 10:13
You are.........a new creature in Jesus Christ: the old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor. 5:17


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Idea: 10 Seconds of Prayer


Here’s an approach to serving others that doesn’t cost a thing, yet it’s powerfully impacting to those that it touches. It takes some finesse and great sensitivity to do this one. I have been doing it for the past couple of years with great success. When I go into retail stores, when no one is around, and it seems appropriate (I usually wait until I get an “inspired inkling” to do this)—this is after I have engaged the person in conversation for a bit—30 seconds is all it takes… I ask them if I may pray for them for “just 10 seconds.” Obviously, if you are going to do this you need to have great sensitivity to the other person and to their situation—they could possibly get in trouble for this sort of thing if they were caught “praying on the job!”

I never approach a person cold turkey and blurt out, “May I pray for you for 10 seconds…” That would never work. I start out by showing genuine interest in them. I tend to shop in the same places over and over again in the community, so I see retail employees consistently. I’m not just buttering them up so I can pray for them. I really care about them!

Recently I was in a large electronics store. A young guy was helping me purchase some iPod accessories. As I was talking to him I learned that he was a pre-med student, a junior and had a 3.85 GPA. I told him, “That’s almost good enough to get into Med School.” He said, “What do you mean almost good enough.” I told him that I had almost gone to Med School myself and was aware of how competitive it was getting into a good school. I told him, “What you really need on top of a high GPA is the favor of God. If you have that on your side, doors will swing open that are simply amazing.” Then I said, “I am a Christ-follower—I’m not kooky or anything, but sometimes when I pray for people big things happen in their lives. May I pray for you for just 10 seconds right now?”

This is interesting. Out of the 100+ people that I have prayed for in situations like this, NO ONE has turned my offer for prayer down! I took his hand and prayed for him for 10 seconds (I kept my word)—I asked for God to open doors that no man can shut and that on his first day of Med School he would remember this moment and give great thanks to God! I looked up and he had a tear in his eye.

Of course he asked me where I go to church. Then he asked me if a person like him would fit into this church (as almost everyone asks!) I assured him he would and walked out of there about 6 inches off the ground!

Listen to those “inspired ideas” and see if God doesn’t use you, as you are oh so delicate in your friendliness, to plant some powerful seeds!

Steve Sjogren
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Uncommon Prayer Meetings ~ "Up!"

Prayer Leaders,

Consider the following as a format for an evening of prayer (for you congregation or small group)or as a 7 day prayer guide.

Phil



Grow Up!!


1. Wake Up !!

Decide to have a good day.
"Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalms 118:24

2. Dress Up !!
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance;
but the Lord looks at the heart."
I Samuel 16:7

3. Shut Up!!
Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.
"He who guards his lips guards his soul."
Proverbs 13:3

4. Stand Up!!...
For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything..
"Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..."
Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up !!...

To the Lord.
"I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

6. Reach Up !!...
For something higher.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding.
In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."
Proverbs 3:5-6

7. Lift Up !!...

Your Prayers.
"Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING."
Philippians 4:6


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Impacting Children & Their Schools






Twenty two years ago, God stirred one mom's heart to call together other mothers to pray for their children and school. It is a testimony to this unique calling, praying four steps of prayer in one accord for one hour each week, that Moms In Touch has remained the same ever since. Our newly worded mission statement sums up the heart of the ministry in thirteen words.

We will continue to look to our mission statement to guide us as we seek to have every school in the world prayed for. Knowing our focus will help each of us as we share this purpose with others. Thank you for helping us call moms to pray!

If you already have our Leaders Guide, this change affects page v. You may download the replacement page from our website ===>Click headline . . . If you do not have the Leaders Guide, this is an incredibly helpful resource, which you can order online at www.MomsInTouch.org. I encourage you to have one for your personal use, as well as to help you in leading your group.

Another Leaders Guide page that was updated in January 2006, is 5.13, the USA Leadership Chart. You may download it also by using the following hyperlink: http://www.MomsInTouch.org/newdesign/corner.htm . Both of these pages are located in the Group Leaders Corner of the website.

May God mightily bless you as you impact children and schools by gathering to pray,

Janice Oldham
Executive Director, Moms In Touch International


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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Global Day of Prayer News


On Pentecost, more than 200 million Christians from almost every country will unite in prayer for Christ's glory and the transformation of the nations. A live broadcast and thousands of public venue gatherings are being planned in large stadiums, churches, small auditoriums or homes. Many in your community will be taking part.

Join or organize a Pentecost gathering on June 4.
Find out how you can be part of a scheduled gathering in your community or help to plan one, at http://www.gdopusa.com. Find even more about what's taking place in other countries at http://www.globaldayofprayer.com.

If you are planning to pray with us during this worldwide event but haven't ordered your prayer guides or posters yet, then I have good news for you.

First, due to our limited supply of prayer guides, we can guarantee that there will be sufficient prayer guides if you place your order by May 17.

Secondly, for a limited time we're offering a 50% discount on posters. These 11” x 17” posters can be easily customized with your local event information.

To order the Ten-Day Prayer Guide Prayer Guides or Posters, visit http://www.waymakers.org. To take advantage of the 50% discount on posters, enter the coupon code: GDOP77 (expires Wed, May 17)
Pray along with the Ten-Day Prayer Guide May 25 - June 4.
It's more than a one-day event. Following the example of the first ten-day prayer gathering in the upper room leading to the first Pentecost, a prayer guide has been designed to help align and focus the prayers of people all over the world from May 25 - June 4.

In North America, the Ten-Day Prayer Guide is available at a low cost for wide distribution. It includes biblical prayer ideas for each of the ten days in a simple 16-page pamphlet. The low cost (as low as 15 cents a copy when ordered in quantities) makes it easy to distribute. Order any quantity online at http://www.waymakers.org. You can also view this entire guide online.

Yours in hope, Steve Hawthorne, Director, WayMakers
Austin, Texas
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CPLN Wants to Know ~ What's Working in Your Church?




Help Us Encourage Other Prayer Leaders



What's Working in Your Church?


Exciting News

New Section on Website
Check out Empowered, a new section on www.prayerleader.com that is designed to equip and encourage you in your role as prayer leader. This section includes past issues of "Empowered"--both those that appeared in Pray! and five issues of the past prayer leaders journal. Each includes practical and inspirational help to make prayer more foundational in your church.
Details

Let Us Fire Up Your People

Hold a prayer conference in your church and use a CPLN speaker. It is not too early to plan for Fall 2006 or all of 2007. President Jon Graf, Phil Miglioratti, CPLN reps Dennis and Betty Jo Conner, Ginny Kisling, John and Kerry Shuey, and Jim Graddy are all available to put on a weekend conference at your church.
Details

Bring a CPLN Regional to Your Area

We are continually looking for host churches for our CPLN regional conferences. Would your church like to be a catalyst for prayer in your area?


In an effort to better serve prayer leaders, the CPLN is searching for churches that do some aspect of prayer well--or that perhaps have added a prayer ministry which has had an effect on the life of the church. We want to hear your story. What made you decide to launch that ministry? What seems to be working well? What has God done in and through your church as a result?

We are looking for these stories for two reasons:

1. The CPLN is responsible for putting together the "Empowered" section of Pray! magazine each issue. We are looking for fresh ideas that would encourage other prayer leaders. Each issue highlights a church's story, then provides practical helps for prayer leaders to be able to initiate in their church. We are interested in materials on any topic related to church prayer, but currently we are working on collecting material (a church success story, and how to information) on the following topics:

Developing a Prayer Strategy for Your Church
Successful Prayer in Church Small Groups (that moves beyond just praying for individual needs of group members)
Holding a Successful Prayer Initiative
Corporate Prayer within the Sunday AM Worship Service
Maintaining a Vibrant Prayer Evangelism Ministry

2. Filling a new section of our website. We are in the process of redesigning our prayerleader.com website. The new site will have sections such as children, leadership, missions, intercessors, small groups, corporate prayer, etc. Each of those sections will be filled with ideas, resources, and church stories related to that area. The idea is to provide you, our members, with practical help in any area of prayer you need it. We now need to begin gathering material to post.

We want to hear from you. Send us your story. Send us your idea of what has worked in your church. No idea is too small or insignificant!

Also, we are interested in knowing what your needs are. What topic on prayer would help you in your work as a prayer leader.

Please email me at: jong@harvest prayer.com

We want to continue to encourage each other by sharing what member churches are doing to encourage prayer. You may have a story to tell that is just what a struggling prayer leader across the country needs.

Teleseminar--May 24

Prayer Leaders and Intercessors

Do you have times where you wonder if your prayer leadership is making a difference? Or do you wonder if you left your post--that anyone would even notice? Or maybe you are weary of being in the minority and question whether you should step out of leadership? If so, we would like to invite you to be part of our next Teleseminar where our CPLN Western Regional Director, Ginny Kisling, will be speaking on �Persisting Even When It Looks Like Nothing Is Happening.� She draws upon 8+ years of prayer leadership in the trenches to bring a message of encouragement that you won�t want to miss!

Mark your calendars now for Wednesday May 24th at 8:30 pm Eastern Time, 5:30 pm Pacific Time

Call: 1 (641) 985-1133
Pass Code: 2756#
8:30 EST 5:30 PT


Sincerely,Jonathan Graf
Church Prayer Leaders Network
619 Washington Ave | Terre Haute | IN | 47802
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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Prayer Precedes & Produces Vision


"Prayer is critical to vision development. Here's why: We see what we are looking for; we often miss what we don't expect to see ... [Prayer] keeps us on the lookout for His intervention." (23, quoting Andy Stanley)

From: BECOMING A WORLD CHANGING CHURCH by David Mays
ACMC, 2006, 32 pp., ISBN 1-930924-31-3
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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Why Prayers for Revival go "Unanswered"

===>NPPNote: As we conclude yet another National Day of Prayer with, as many believe, a still unrepentant Chruch and a lack of authentic spiritual awakening throughout our nation, these Insights from Francis Frangipane provide wisdom and encouragement ~ Phi









A true revival does not just happen. There are conditions that must reside in the human heart before the Lord visits His people.

*We Must Want Deliverance, Not Just Relief

Too often, ministries today seek to deliver people who are unwilling to repent of sins, who have not cried in their heart to God for help. The effect is that those prayed for may receive limited relief, but they soon fall back into sin and oppression. The key to successful deliverance is to discern if an individual is ready and willing to be released before we minister deliverance. Are they repentant? Have they put away their idols? Is their heart truly turning toward God?

God's pattern for us as individuals is also His pattern for the church and the city. Even as the Lord did not deliver us until we cried for help, so the war for our churches and cities will not be won until a significant number of us are crying to God in prayer. Christ's purpose in bringing the citywide church to prayer is to provide the proper heart attitudes to which the Almighty can respond.

Without the substructure of prayer and crying before God, deliverance, "binding and loosing" and other forms of spiritual warfare are significantly limited. Deliverance, according to Scripture, is the last stage of a process that began when a person's abhorrence for his present condition led him to cry to God for help . . .

We must not hurry this process nor be frustrated if our prayers do not immediately activate divine intervention. The Lord is waiting for the nation to break beneath the weight of its rebellion. Yet, in this we should be encouraged: Our intercession is the first fruits of what is destined to become a national response to the Almighty!

There may be, at times, flurries of spiritual activity, but before a national revival will come, there will be a nation crying to God. This period is called "the time of their distress," and it is not consummated in revival until the nation has been crying unto the Lord for a number of years . . .

Perhaps what delays revival in our times is that we are troubled, but we are not afflicted by the conditions of our society; though saddened, we are not yet weeping.

It must be acknowledged, however, that a growing number of God's people have truly surrendered to the vulnerability of Christ's compassions. They bear in their intercessions not only the needs of the people but the pain of the people as well. They are laying down their reputations, their jobs, yes, even their lives to see the sins of our society cleansed.

Although still a minority, these intercessors carry in their souls the anguish of their cities. They hear the cry of the oppressed; they know the suffering of both the unborn and the born. God is ready to respond to their prayer. Out of the womb of their distress, God shall bring forth deliverance.

The praying church should not limit the length of its dedication to intercession. God is looking for a life of prayer, not just a season. If the duration of time required to bring change can stop us, it is obvious that the preparatory work in our hearts is not deep enough to draw divine intervention . . .

Lord, forgive us for wanting relief instead of deliverance, for looking for shortcuts instead of Your perfect will. Master, we know that Your heart cannot refuse the genuine cry of the afflicted, that You cannot long bear the misery of Your people without acting on our behalf. So, we cry to You today! Send the rain of Your presence back to us! Cleanse us from our lusts for comfort and apathy. Bring us to the place where You can honor Your integrity and bring revival to our land! For Your glory we pray. Amen.

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Quotes from Heart Cry Speakers from NPC Chairman


From: Dave Butts, Chairman of the National Prayer Committee

Kim and I had a marvelous time at the Cove in Asheville, NC for 2 back-to-back Heart Cry for Revival Conferences. HPM co-sponsored both conferences and I was privileged to teach at the second session. These biennial conferences are designed to help church leaders better understand issues relating to revival and to bring them to a place of prayer that can help usher in the next great move of God. Speakers like Henry Blackaby and Jim Cymbala were powerfully led by the Lord as they preached the Word to us. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the conference:

�You can�t be clever and have Jesus wonderful at the same time.� Jim Cymbala

�You can have the correct theology of the Holy Spirit, but not be filled with the Holy Spirit.� Jim Cymbala

�Revival tarries because of a neglect of Jesus� teaching to God�s people.� Henry Blackaby

�I can�t imagine anything more urgent than turning a House of God into a House of Prayer.� Richard Owen Roberts

�There�s no one more dangerous in the church than the one who serves God with gifts rather than with grace.� Richard Owen Roberts

�Jesus is the normal person. You can�t understand yourself until you know Jesus.� Dennis Kinlaw

�The most comfortable person in the world is the one whose greatest delight is in the will of God.� Dennis Kinlaw

�The foundation of biblical prayer is that something can happen in one person�s heart that can change the possibilities in another�s life.� Dennis Kinlaw

�God is in a high and holy place and we can�t get there. But he will come to us if we will embrace the distance.� Crawford Loritts

�Christians are not swimming upstream. We are rushing downstream in a great historic flow of God�s Spirit that will one day bring human history to a close.� Jeremy Story

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Henry Blackaby's Prayer for America


ATLANTA (BP)--This 2006 National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4, may be one of the most important and significant in our history as a nation. We are facing real threats to our national security and the moral fiber of America. Spiritual decay is causing a great social unrest, including the breakdown of the family. In short, we are facing a national crisis that has the potential to bring about some very dire consequences.

“America, Honor God” -- this is the theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer. In a moment of national crisis in the nation of Israel, God’s covenant people, God announced, “[T]hose who honor Me, I will honor” (1 Samuel 2:30). This promise is clear and short and simple. Yet, it is most profound. When God chooses to honor a person or a people or a nation, it is awesome what happens next!

On the other hand, we should tremble with great fear if we do not honor God. For God also declares in 1 Samuel 2:30 that “those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.” Our nation hangs in the balance as we teeter between these diametrically opposing truths.

In the days of God’s messenger, Malachi, the people lived with a false sense of security of what had been a very blessed relationship with God. They continued to “practice” religion while their hearts drifted far from the Lord. Even the priests had “... departed from the way” (Malachi 2:8). The nation became so sinful that God’s Word fell on deaf ears. Hypocrisy, divorce, idolatry and wickedness were the standard for the day. And God pleaded: “Return to Me and I will return to you” (Malachi 3:7).

Today, I believe God is sounding the same clarion call for America. Therefore, let us pray for the nation:

"Oh Heavenly Father, You have made Yourself known to us as a nation by Your mighty works throughout our history. From the beginning, You have been with us and through many wars and conflicts Your right arm has saved us. We have been amazingly and graciously blessed.

"Today, we confess our sin of not responding to Your right to rule in our lives and our nation. Too often we have despised and rejected Your will while imposing our own, and are now facing the consequences of our disobedience. Draw us back to Yourself, that you may return to us once again. Without You we can do nothing. You have promised that if we honor You, You will once again honor this great nation.

"That is our fervent prayer, for Your honor and glory we pray.

"Amen."

God will be honored when our relationship with Him is restored. Take time to know Him in a more intimate way, primarily through prayer and the reading of the Scriptures. Believe Him and obey Him thoroughly and immediately. Release your life totally to Him to allow Him to reveal Himself through you. Let others see God’s great salvation lived out in your life. Commit with me to pray for our nation daily. Finally, pray for me as I share such a challenge to our nation on May 4.

For more information about the National Day of Prayer, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org. For more information about Henry Blackaby's ministry and travel schedule, visit his website at www.blackaby.org, call (770) 603-2900 or contact Blackaby Ministries International, P.O. Box 16338, Atlanta, Ga. 30321.

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President George Bush on Prayer as National Day of Prayer Approaces


Once again this May, millions of Americans will lift their voices in a chorus of prayer for our nation. The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 4, and the theme is America, Honor God, taken from I Samuel 2:30.

The Presidential Prayer Team has prepared a special National Day of Prayer eCard for you to enjoy as well as pass along to your family and friends. Simply ===> click the headline ot hear Presendient Bush speak on prayer.

Then visit our website to see how you can participate with millions of other Americans who will cry out to God in prayer for America on Thursday, May 4th.

Praying together,
The Presidential Prayer

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

RESOURCE - National Day of Prayer Websites



To: National Pastors Prayer Network < updates@nppn.org>

Phil,
Do you have any recommended resources for the Natlonal Day of Prayer,
Thursday, May 4th? I'm to lead the prayer component at the one in our community. I'm looking for suggestions of scripture, topics of prayer, people/titles of people to pray for, devotionals etc. Thanks. Bruce

===>NPPNote: I asked my friend Joe Walsh to reply...

Greetings Bruce,

At National Day of Prayer we wish a very wonderful day on Thursday, May 4. The following links I'm sure will be a help to you. The National Day of Prayer homepage is currently down for maintenance and updating. It does have, however, all information on each of the topics you wrote below. When it is back online tomorrow please look again

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I have researched the following links below the signiture block and I believe they will meet the need you have requested. God bless you in your studies.

Sincerely IN Christ, Joe Walsh
Sacramento, California
California State Coordinator, National Day of Prayer Task Force

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Scripture: I Timothy 2:1-8
Topics of Prayer: these tools can help you find what you want:

bible .org
ALL ABOUT GOD
Online Bible Tools
Bible Study Tools
Bible Translations & Editions
Classic Bible Commentaries
Rev. John Gill's Exposition of NT
Dr. Ray Stedman's Complete Library online
Panorama of Scriptures
Adventuring Through the Bible
Bible Commentary Page
Matthew Henry Commentary online
InterVarsity Press Commentaries
Bible Texts, Topics & Values
Insta Verse and Commentary classics
Bibles, Commentaries, Dictionaries and Concordances
Get Bible & Commentary on your PDA or Cell phone
World's Largest Online Library
Youth-How to Study the Bible
Pray Magazine
People and Titles of people to pray for: This link has many thoughts and helps
http://www.statelocalgov.net/ - A resource to every public leader in America
http://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ppt_homepage
http://www.whitehouse.gov/ - The White House
http://www.senate.gov/ - US Senate
http://www.house.gov/ - US House of Representatives
http://www.supremecourtus.gov/index.html - US Supreme Court

Devotional thoughts:
http://www.cloydsbooks.com/cgi-bin/cloyds/view/Prayer.html - A goldmine of prayer links

Dr. Henry Blackaby's Pray for the Nation: http://www.ndptf.org/story/Index.cfm?Entity=9&Department=9&Dept_Order=1&This_TopicOrder=11&This_SubtopicOrder=1

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