Sunday, August 27, 2006

Left Brain vs. Right Brain Praying

Inspiring and Igniting Prayer in Our Churches

Wind & Fire is a monthly newsletter that seeks to help start, spread, and sustain a church-wide prayer movement by ministering the Word in ways that inspire and ignite every RCA congregation to become a house of prayer for all peoples.

Wind & Fire

Prayer in Us: "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being" (Genesis 2:7). "Were not our hearts burning within us?" (Luke 24:32).

by J. David Muyskens

Most of our education and our daily tasks exercise the left hemisphere of our brains. We have been taught to think, calculate, and analyze using our left brain.

The right side of our brain is also ours to use. When we use our whole brain we move into the creative activity of our right brain. Artistic expression, music, and dance exercise the right brain. When we see the big picture and make decisions intuitively we are using the right hemisphere of our brains.

Prayer can be merely a left brain activity. As we verbalize our requests to God, as we develop theological statements, as we study the Bible, we use our left brains. Prayer can also become a wonderful use of our right brains. When we are still before the mystery of God, when we listen for what God is saying to us, when we allow the Spirit to move us intuitively we are using the right hemisphere of our brains.

So much of the religion we practice is left-brained. We listen to intellectual sermons; we read theological books; we learn the teachings of Scripture. But when we allow ourselves to be deeply moved, when our love of God captures our inner being, and when we are engaged in the compassion of Christ, we are using the right half of the brain God has given us.

To use the minds God has given us we use both sides. More than words, our prayers become a deeply felt communion with God. Prayer is to love God with mind and heart, body and soul.

Wind & Fire

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Thursday, August 24, 2006


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RESOURCE ~ Training Children to Hear God's Voice

Interactive Pebbles and Stones Training
Saturday, September 16, 2006 * Sunshine Community Church * 3300 East Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI from 8:00am to Noon

Pebbles and Stones is an international, intergenerational, non-denominational Christian ministry focused on loving God, our neighbors and ourselves.

Our visions calls for children and adults to meet weekly to worship God, hear God's word, listen to how God may be speaking to us, and to pray.

We have many testimonies from children who share how they have experienced God during times of listening and prayer at Pebbles and Stones meetings.

Each week hundreds of adults and children on 4 continents participate in Pebbles and Stones meetings.We meet in neighborhood homes, churches and schools.

Pebbles and Stones is a cross-generational ministry focussing on loving God and each other in the communities in which we live. We meet weekly in neighborhoods, churches, and schools. We come together to worship, to hear God’s word, to listen how God might speak to us individually, or as a group and to pray. As we do, we experience together the Great command and the Great commission.

Topics Will Include:
* Unique Characteristics of Pebbles and Stones
* Living in Community
* Healing the Hearts of Children
* Developing Curriculum
* Hearing God’s Voice
* Starting Groups
* Singing New Songs

Please RSVP
Jamie Ballast: 616 878 0630
Julie Ellens: 616 356 1666

A light breakfast will be served.
A free will offering will be taken.
Books and materials will be available for purchase.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Do You Have A Theology of Prayer?

Note: This is the book many prayer leaders and praying pastors have been waiting for - A biblical study of prayer that provides a foundation for all the practical books and ideas we so quickly gravitate toward...

Knocking on Heaven's Door

David Crump begins this work by relating some specific, difficult, and yet familiar instances where prayer seems to raise more questions than it answers. From a young child who dies despite prayer to asking God for a specific sign to the fear that a lack of faith is the cause of requests left unfulfilled, Crump tackles head-on the complex and thorny topic of petitionary prayer. Through a comprehensive exploration of the relevant New Testament passages, Crump seeks to develop a normative theology of petitionary prayer. Thorough yet accessible this book successfully achieves the rare combination of substantive theology and exegesis with immense practical, pastoral, and personal applications.

Graham H. Twelftree (Regent University) says, "The church and praying people need this balanced book. David Crump faces the intensely practical problem of unanswered prayer. In this theologically informed and intellectually rigorous, as well as pastorally sensitive, treatment, Crump shows that the New Testament has laid down the boundaries for our praying: God is personal, willing to be changed, and we are changed by prayer. Also, while our praying arises in this life, its priorities and values are dictated by the next. In this deeply challenging and well-written book that has satisfying answers, all readers will find help in praying to a good God who can both be seen in our suffering and answer in the miraculous."

Bruce N. Fisk (Westmont College) says, "With an openness to mystery, an eye for the important, and a passion for detail, David Crump has written a reliable guide to the prayer world of Jesus and the earliest Christians. What does it mean to pray in faith or to address God as Father? Why would Jesus liken God to a sleepy householder or an indifferent bureaucrat? From puzzling parables to the Lord's Prayer, from Jesus's cry in Gethsemane to Paul's thorn in the flesh, Crump wends thoughtfully through every New Testament passage on prayer, telling stories and offering sage counsel as he goes. If for you praying is like breathing, don't bother with this book. For the rest of us, 'Knocking on Heaven's Door' may well be an answer to prayer."===>Click headline to access website . . .

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Top 30 List from Major Prayer Publishing House

You already know about our quality magazines: Discipleship Journal, Pray!, and PrayKids!. But are you aware that NavPress Periodicals currently has 113 other great prayer and discipleship resources available?

Here's a list of our 30 best-selling resources from the past 60 days. Check them out. You might find just the prayer and discipleship tools that you or your church have been looking for!

1. Prayer on Fire (Pray! Books)
2. The Prayer-Saturated Church (Pray! Books + CD)
3. Bookmark Prayer Card Sampler Packs
4. 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Kids (Prayer Cards)
5. Fresh Encounters (Pray! Books)
6. PrayKids! Teacher's Guide (PrayKids!)
7. The Pray! Prayer Journal (Pray! Books)
8. Discipleship Journal's Best Small-Group Ideas, Volume 1
9. Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Pray! Books/Bible Study)
10. Life-Giving Prayers for Your Church (Prayer Cards)
11. Beating Busyness (DJ Bible Study)
12. Discipleship Journal's Anthology * Issues 1-120, WORDsearch version (CD-ROM)
13. Nurturing a Passion for Prayer (DJ Bible Study)
14. Prayer Quest (Pray! Books/Bible Study)
15. 31 Ways to Praise (Prayer Cards)
16. Scripture-Based Prayers to Pray for Your Pastor (Prayer Cards)
17. Prayers for Our Military and Their Families (Prayer Cards)
18. Scriptural Blessings to Pray for Your Children (Prayer Cards)
19. Building Better Relationships (DJ Bible Study)
20. PrayKids! Basic Training Kit (PrayKids!)
21. Youth Ministry on Your Knees (Pray! Books)
22. PrayKids! Going Deeper Kit (PrayKids!)
23. My House Shall Be a House of Prayer (Pray! Books)
24. Discipleship Journal's Best Small-Group Ideas, Volume 2
25. Paths of Gold (Pray! Books/Booklet)
26. Personal Prayers\n from Colossians (Prayer Cards)
27. PrayKids! Issue #17�The Holy Spirit (PrayKids!)
28. Prayers of Hope and Wholeness for the Seriously Ill (Prayer Cards)
29. The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan
30. Discipleship Journal's Anthologyc * Issues 1-120, Logos version (CD-ROM)

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Friday, August 18, 2006

RESOURCE ~ Praying Through Cancer

Praying Through Cancer: Set Your Heart Free From Fear
A 90-Day Devotional for WomenBy Susan Sorensen and Laura Geist

Published by W Publishing, a subsidiary of Thomas Nelson Publishing

Praying Through Cancer: Set Your Heart Free From Fear is a 90-daydevotional guide written specifically for cancer patients by cancer patientswith the insight, wisdom and clarity found only through personal trial. Even with cancer, an uncertain future, and a complete lack of control,it is possible to experience the grace and provision of Christ's love.

The focus on each daily devotional is prayer - personal encounters withGod - where fears and anger are transformed into confident expectationand pure worship. Readers will feel as though they are meeting kindredspirits, old friends who will come alongside them in their journey, encouraging them and understanding what no one else can. In addition, survivors and patients alike will find practical tips for their cancer journey.

Contributors include Kay Warren, Pat Palau, Barbara Johnson, Lynn Eib, Joyce Wright and many others.

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Renovare' - A Balanced Format for Prayer Groups

God is doing fresh things among us, and RENOVARÉ is committed to following these movements of the Holy Spirit.

First, God is breaking down the old walls that separate and isolate us. We are being enabled to listen and learn and draw strength from each other in ways that have not been possible for a very long time. RENOVARÉ seeks to follow this powerful movement of the Spirit of God by bringing together the best spiritual treasures of several great Christian streams of faith and witness. This balanced vision of gospel truths gives vigor and wholeness to our lives. We believe it is the work of God.

Second, God today is calling his children to grow up. Perpetual spiritual infancy does not please God nor does it honor Christ. R
ENOVARÉ has come into being in response to this new (yet old) call of God for maturity. We seek to set forth a practical strategy for spiritual growth that is for all who follow Christ. The heart of this strategy is the Spiritual Formation Group which centers around a Covenant, Common Disciplines, and Questions of Examen. This provides, in short, a personal program of training for spiritual renewal which overcomes the twin plagues of our day: unbridled freedom and isolated effort. It is a strategy we believe God is using to bring people everywhere "to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ" (Eph. 4:15).

Will you join us? We have no one to promote but Jesus Christ, no agenda but faithfulness to him, and no cause but the doing of his will upon the face of the earth. I invite you to be a part of this nurturing fellowship by signing and committing yourself to the Renovaré Covenant, and together let us experience Jesus Christ as our everliving Savior, Teacher, Lord, and Friend.

God is inviting us to go on a journey into his heart and into the good life made available through Jesus: "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). But entering into this abundant life takes more than wishful thinking; it takes a well-thought-out, feasible plan.

A Balanced Spiritual Life

The first part of this plan is a balanced vision, which we find when incorporating into our lives practices seen in Jesus' life and the history of the Church. These practices, or spiritual disciplines, mature us in traditions of life and faith:

Contemplative: the prayer-filled lifeSocial Justice: the compassionate life
Holiness: the virtuous lifeEvangelical: the word-centered life
Charismatic: the spirit-empowered lifeIncarnational: the sacramental life

The Journey

The second part of this plan is to implement a practical strategy that will help us stay on course: participating in a Spiritual Formation Group. These fellowships of two to seven people meet regularly to encourage and hold one another accountable to the practice of spiritual disciplines and balanced growth into Christlikeness.

RENOVARÉ can help you on your journey by providing a balanced vision and a practical strategy for the formation of Christ-like character, with the ultimate goal of learning more and more to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself. If this direction for living your life sounds appealing please feel free to use the RENOVARÉ web page as a resource for ideas, inspiration, and future directions.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Breaking Through the Local Church Prayer Barrier

Breaking Through the Local Church Prayer Barrier

By Dr. Alvin VanderGriend

Question: Why is there so little prayer in the North American Church?

Answer: I think there is a lack of prayer in American churches for two reasons. First, for the past century most North American seminaries have failed to give ministerial students an adequate understanding of prayer and have failed to help them develop their prayer lives. Consequently, congregations led by these pastors have lacked the leadership required to develop their understanding and practice of prayer. Second, Christians, influenced by our materialistic and hedonistic society, are prone today to think of prayer as a way to find solutions to problems and to get the good life. When used in this way prayer turns into a monotonous system of begging God rather than a joyful love relationship. When that happens prayer becomes an activity not a joy. Begging is not something people naturally love to do.

Question: Are we making any real progress?

Answer: I see progress. Hundreds of ministries and networks are now promoting personal and corporate prayer. Many books on prayer are being published and read. Internet sites are providing helpful prayer information and teleconferencing systems are networking thousands of people in prayer. Good resources like the Church Prayer Leader Network’s website, Mission America’s Lighthouses of Prayer ministry and Harvest Prayer Ministries’ 40 Days of Prayer initiative are making a difference. I also see more and more churches providing a variety of times, places and ways for their people to pray. These churches are seeing increasing numbers involved in their prayer ministries.

Question: What needs to happen in order for us to breakthrough this prayer barrier?

Answer: I think that the greatest obstacle to the development of biblical prayer in the church today is lack of strong prayer leadership from pastors. The most frequent complaint I hear among local church prayer leaders is that their pastors are not supporting them. The level of prayer in a congregation will typically not rise higher than that of the pastoral leaders. That being true, the greatest potential for breakthrough is to provide sound biblical training in prayer for pastors and other church prayer leaders. Church Prayer Leader Network’s prayer conferences have helped many pastors and prayer leader’s breakthrough.

Question: What can you say to help prayer leaders who want to see their congregations learn to love to pray?

Answer: I’d say begin with confession. The prophet Samuel said to the people of Israel: “far be it from me that I should sin against you by failing to pray for you” (1 Sam. 12:23). Failure to pray is sin. Congregations that are not “devoted to prayer” (Col. 4:2) are sinning. Sin needs to be confessed. God will not tolerate sin; but he will forgive it—even the sin of prayerlessness. Forgiven congregations are free to move on to new levels of devotion in prayer.

Here are some essentials for becoming a prayer-devoted church:

· Get God’s guidance

· Lay a foundation of prayer

· Appoint and empower a Prayer Facilitation Team

· Involve the church’s official leaders from the start

· Do a lot of teaching and training on prayer

· Bathe ministries and ministry leaders in prayer

· Integrate prayer into all the meetings of the church

· Make corporate prayer a high priority

· Develop all kinds of prayer

· Provide a variety of opportunities for people to be involved in prayer

· Constantly communicate prayer needs, answers and opportunities to pray

· Encourage personal and family devotions

· Balance inward- and outward-directed prayer

· Balance reactive and proactive prayer

· Move forward one step at a time

Question: What are the most helpful prayer resources available today for the local church prayer leader?

Answer: I carry Cheryl Sacks book The Prayer-Saturated Church with me whenever I do a prayer seminar or consultation and always recommend it. It’s the best think currently available. I also carry and recommend Daniel Henderson’s book Fresh Encounter. Daniel’s emphasis on worship-based, pastor-led prayer is restoring freshness to church prayer meetings. The Praying Church Sourcebook, with its 33 practical strategies for praying churches, is still very useful. Doug Kamstra’s, The Praying Church Ideabook, a kind of companion volume to the Sourcebook is excellent. I am hearing reports that both pastors and their members are finding their prayer lives stimulated and deepened by Love to Pray, A 40-Day Devotional For Deepening Your Prayer Life. Harvest Prayer Ministries’ brand new 40 Days of Prayer initiative based on the Love to Pray devotional is beginning to help churches develop meaningful 40-day prayer campaigns. It has 40-day guidelines, a small group study guide, DVD presentations by national prayer leaders and sermon resources. See for these resources.


Father, we love you. We praise you as the prayer-hearing God. We thank you for giving us prayer as a way to live in loving fellowship with you. Thank you, Jesus, for modeling prayer so clearly and perfectly for us and for interceding for us before the Father’s throne. Please teach us how to pray as you taught the disciples long ago. And thank you, Holy Spirit, for living in our hearts and helping us know how to pray. Give us the spirit of grace and supplication; and help us hear the Father’s voice.

Fill us, Lord, with the knowledge of your will. We especially want to know your will regarding prayer so that we may learn to love to pray as you loved to pray. Help us to build churches that are truly “houses of prayer”. Give us a clear sense of what our church will look like as it become a praying church. Give us patience when things go slowly. Give us faith to believe that you are working even when we don’t see the results. Help us to stand against every attempt of the evil one to diminish prayer in our church.

Hear us Father as we come to you in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and by the power of the Spirit. Amen

Dr. VanderGriend is a prayer evangelism associate for Harvest Prayer Ministries.

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Writings: Love to Pray, A 40-Day Devotional For Deepening Your Prayer Life; The Praying Church Sourcebook; Discover Your Gifts and Know How To Use Them; Keys To a Praying Church.

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Monday, August 07, 2006

E-Zine for Intercessors

Below is a sample of the current issue ... The links are active in the members-only edition ...

June/July 2006 incenseRising
a magazine for intercessors

Dear Phil,
Since our last issue, my father passed away.

Although I miss him terribly, some of his last words to me have filled me with awe, inspired me in my prayer closet, and captured my imagination.

"It's like I'm standing in a long hallway," he said. "At the end of the hallway is the most beautiful Door I've ever seen." When we asked him if he could describe the Door, he started to weep. "Beautiful...beautiful" was all he could respond.

Philip Charles Harrison walked through that Door into Glory on April 24, 2006.

Although that door into heaven waits for His followers at the end of our journey, there is a door into His presence here and now that we are invited to enter.

Step in...welcome!
confessions of a closet pray-er
charismatic witchcraft: that voo-doo that we do
The power of prayer is heady stuff. Is there any intercessor out there who has not felt the “rush” produced by an extraordinary answer? When we keep things in perspective, remain humble and pray God’s will, this physical response will keep us motivated to press into the partnership of intercession. But things can get off track quickly if we don’t watch out.
Gary Bergel
a parable | a reflection
Editor's note: At the time of release of our last issue, I had to leave town quickly because of my father's imminent passing. Someone else was gracious enough to post the articles for me, but I miscommunicated instructions to them and this beautiful illustration created by Gary Bergel & William Lee did not appear with the article he wrote to accompany it.

I apologize for this oversight to our readers and to Gary and William. We are re-running the article here so that you can enjoy it as it was intended.
the ministry of contemplative prayer
Tricia McCary Rhodes
The first seeds of contemplative prayer were planted in my soul as a college freshman, when an older aunt challenged me to seek God's face as well as His hand. Getting to know Him through quiet moments of meditation brought new life to the stale traditionalism of my faith, and I fell in love with Jesus at last.
intercessor's workshop
Sandra Higley
dealing with sin issues: unforgiveness, pride & rebellion
Editor: We hope you enjoy this new department dedicated to practical help with issues you face as you intercede for others.

Frequently as intercessors, we are called upon to pray with people who have specific needs for healing/deliverance in a variety of areas. Often, personal sin issues are central to the struggles they face (Jas. 5:16). Many times, unforgiveness, rebellion and pride are the culprits. They often lurk behind the scenes without the knowledge of the person you are ministering to.

Here are some simple thoughts on the significance of these sins along with some worksheets to help you help others pray through these issues.
what the Spirit is saying to the church

our readers share what they hear in His presence
In our last issue, we asked our readers to share how God has been directing them to pray in 2006 that would apply to the body of Christ at large.

Read what intercessors from Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Ohio and Georgia shared.
praying for a holocaust?
Jonathan Graf
thoughts on our response to the current crisis
In the April 6, 2006 TIME magazine, essayist Charles Krauthammer wrote about the dangers of Iran gaining nuclear power. Basing his comments on President Ahmadinejad’s speeches, he said for the first time we have a world leader, with nuclear power, who views himself as someone who can light the fuse for the chaotic end of the world. “[Ahmadinejad] is a fervent believer in the imminent reappearance of the 12th Imam, Shi'ism's version of the Messiah,” who, said Krauthammer, will come following this time of chaos. And Ahmadinejad believes this period is only two to three years away.
the secret place

ideas, meditations and resources to help you connect with God's heart
We would love to have you share ideas, thoughts or resources that enhance your worship/prayer experience, drawing you closer to the heart of God. To contribute, click here.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force has developed a card deck of mini-teachings on prayer called Mem- Cards. Each card contains a Scripture or quote on prayer (most from E.M. Bounds) along with a mini- teaching on prayer that is suitable for meditation. I was privileged to be asked to write the teachings for NDOP. Here is a sample:

Deep Things of God

"Deep things of God are learned deep in the prayer closet." (E.M. Bounds)

The key to understanding the deep things of God is careful listening (Lk. 8:17-18). God needs to know that He can trust us with His revealed truth. Once He shares with us at that level, the secrets revealed belong to us and to generations that follow (Deut. 29:29). Only the intimacy of a fully-developed relationship of sitting at His feet is rewarded with that kind of responsibility. Mary listened at His feet and understood truths that His disciples missed (Lk. 10:38-41; Jn. 12:1-7).

Mem-Cards can be ordered at or by ordering at their toll free number, 1-800-444-8828.


Vol. 2, No. 3| June/July 2006

Jonathan Graf

Sandra Higley

Gary Bergel
Contributing Editor

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Praying Backwards: Transform your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus' Name

Praying Backwards
Transform your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus' Name
by Bryan Chapell
published by Baker Books 2005

{Phil's underlines from reading Praying Backwards. . . }

How would your prayer change if you began where you normally end?

Often we focus on asking god to ease our worries and satisfy our wants before adding"in Jesus' name" as an obligatory spiritual seasoning to make our petitions palatable to God.

But Jesus is not like a genie in a bottle whom we can command by invoking his name.

We ask for his blessing based on God's wisdom, not ours. We trust in his faithfulness, not in the adequacy of our faith.
So why wait to the end of a prayer to tag on Jesus' name?

When Jesus' priorities come first, our prayers will change. They will be less self-oriented, more Christ-directed, more blessed, and ultimately most satisfying to our hearts.

Praying entire prayers in Jesus' name profoundly alters our priorities and powerfully sends our requests to God.

Our prayers are not more powerful because we chant our Savior's name like a magic spell. If we use Jesus' name as some sort of spiritual incantation, then we fall into the error of the sorcerers in the book of Acts who thought that using Jesus' name was just another way of saying "abracadabra" or "shazam" (see Acts 19:13-16).

Praying in Jesus' name is automatically a confession our unworthiness and a proclamation of his worthiness.
...Prayer in Jesus' name is not an incantation to make us worthy of divine attention; it is a confession that we are unworthy of even approaching God apart from the mercy and merits of our Savior. We pray in the name of Jesus to profess our need of him and to proclaim our trust in the provision of righteousness he made for us.

Praying backwards helps clarify the priorities of our prayers so that we can distinguish childish from mature petitions.
...pray backwards means we back away from making ourselves, our wishes, or our wants the primary concerns of our prayer. We always put the purposes of Jesus first. We echo in heart if not in actual words the attitude of the psalmist who prayed, "Not to us, O Lord, not to us but you your name be the glory" (Ps.115:1).

Praying in Jesus' name requires seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness with the absolute trust that God will then add all that is best for us (Matt. 6:31-33). not let anyone make you feel guilty or ashamed for praying as Jesus did in the Garden Gethsemane.

Prayer is more than a conversation with God.
Praying in Jesus' name is not merely the postscript to a good prayer; it is the prelude to God's providing the best of all things for his loved ones. Putting the name of Jesus first when we pray is not really praying backwards. Such prayer is actually putting first the purposes of the One whose glory and delight it is to give us the best of earth and heaven forever. By praying backwards, we always move forward with the assurance God will use whatever life brings for the Savior's glory and our good. He can do no less than provide his best for those who offer prayer in Jesus' name. Such prayer is our great privilege, power, and peace.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Prayer Leader Interviewed On Internet Talk Radio

Eddie's On Demand Internet Talk Radio Eddie Smith

With guest, noted author and speaker Alvin VanderGriend (27 Min)

We are discussing Alvin's 40-Day Prayer Emphasis for churches, but also, his great $7 book, "Love to Pray: A 40-Day Devotional for Deepening Your Prayer Life." You must have this book.

Listen to the show at your own convenience. Share it with your friends!

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* What is the essence of prayer?
* Are you maturing in prayer?
* Do you pray from your heart or your head?
* Can you say you love to pray?
* Do you pray without ceasing?
* How can I pray desperate prayers if I'm not desperate?
* Should you pray to the Holy Spirit?
* How does God speak to us?
* What does a "house of prayer" look like?
* How does a church become a "house of prayer?"

This is more than an interview. It's a mini-seminar on prayer!

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Expand Your Team's Prayer Horizon

The World Prayer Team Update
"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the
LORD rises upon you and His glory appears over you."
--Isaiah 60:1-2
Systematic prayer for all nations
Lesotho Population:
2.5 million
72% Christian
27% Ethnic religion
Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
King Letsie III
Prime Minister:
Pakalitha Mosisili

Lesotho is one of only three countries located entirely within another country (San Marino and Vatican City, both located in Italy, being the other two). Lesotho is found in the heart of South Africa, its geographical location has plagued its government and economic situation. However their location has caused them to be more resourceful and they are becoming more and more self-sufficient. The country is almost 70% Christian with approximately 27% of the population still practicing ethnic religions.

Lesotho needs prayer for continued economic and government strength. The large Christian population also needs prayer coverage so that they would continue to be a strong body of believers and that they would be a light to the rest of the country. The AIDS epidemic is another prayer point for which Lesotho needs intercession. Please also pray for the un-reached and those that are involved with the occult.

Call for united prayer
North Korea - The situation in North Korea is intensifying as it continues to flex it's muscles at the world. Because of the hostile situation that Kim Jong II has created, North Korea may also be on the verge of another famine especially now that South Korea has also cut off aid. Please pray that peace would prevail and that doors would be opened for evangelism and food to enter into this country and to not only make it in, but that it would make it to the people who desperately need spiritual and physical food.

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Praise reports from the team
Please pray for my upcoming surgery to be successful and for a speedy recovery. Please pray that God would Anoint the doctors, nurses, and everyone who will be operating on my body.
The surgery was a success and I am on my way to a wonderful recovery! The LORD blessed the doctors, nurses, and everyone who was involved with my surgery!
-Sheila -- IL, United States of America
Pray for my friend and her family as she awaits a triple bypass surgery.
Praise God! My friend had her triple bypass and is doing fantastic!
-Cathy -- MI, United States of America
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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Pastor Phil's Sermons Online

Phil has a few sermons online . . .

What Can Four People Do? - Mark 2:1-12 (Phil Miglioratti)

Churches That Make Difference Part II (Phil Miglioratti )

Churches That Make a Difference Part I (Phil Miglioratti )

If You Want To Walk On Water - Mark 6 (Phil Miglioratti )

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