Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Why So Few @ Prayer Meeting?


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Question:
Everytime we plan a prayer meeting at our church there are very few people who attend. This gets discouraging. Any suggestions?
Answer:
Unfortunately, this is something we hear from just about every church we come into contact with. First of all, it is important not to become discouraged because of the small turnouts. Be excited about the people who DO show up and continue to ask the Lord to show you how to plan prayer meetings that will engage the rest. Prayer meetings frighten most people because they are uncomfortable praying out loud and/or corporately. Prayer has largely been taught as an individual spiritual discipline, so the majority of the people in your church have little experience praying with one another. Another reason people don't attend prayer meetings is that they are often very dull (we've all been there). It seems that either prayer requests take up most of the prayer time with very little actual prayer; or, participants pray for random requests with no focus. When individuals leave a prayer meeting, they should feel confident that their prayers accomplished the plans and purposes of God. Two very good resources on how to plan the kind of prayer meetings that excite people and touch heaven are:

And the Place was Shaken (How to Lead a Powerful Prayer Meeting) by John Franklin

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Prayer Prompt ~ Prayer Brings Us To God




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09-20-07

Prayer Brings God To Us

Rick Ezell

"Come near to God and he will come near to you" (James 4:8 NIV).

Prayer reminds us that we need God more than he needs us. Prayer brings God to us. The essence of prayer is to join God, not God joining us.

St. Augustine, the early church father and theologian, described prayer as like a man in a hapless boat who throws a rope at a rock. The rock provides the needed security and stability and life for the helpless man. When the rock is lassoed it's not the man pulling the rock to the boat (though it may appear that way); it is the pulling of the boat to the rock. Jesus is the rock, and we throw the rope through prayer.

Prayer is the lifeline that saves the drowning soul. Prayer is the umbilical cord that provides nourishment to the starving spirit. Prayer is the channel by which God's life-giving presence flows to us.

Think of yourself in a boat being pulled to shore by a loving father as you pray today.

About the Author
Dr. Rick Ezell is a husband, father, author, pastor, consultant, coach, conference leader, and communicator. Rick has a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology in Preaching from Southern Baptist Seminary. He has published over 450 articles and sermons in various Christian publications. While authoring six books he has served over twenty years in pastoral ministry. Rick, Cindy, and Bailey currently reside in Greer, South Carolina.

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

RESOURCE ~ Prayer Journal for Grandparents

A Prayer Journal just for Grandparents!


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“My heart was overwhelmed at times because the words were exactly what I wanted to pray for my grandchild. What a blessing it was for me to be led in a Scriptural way in prayer for my grandchildren.”

Those are the words of Jeana, a grandma and our Office Manager here at The Presidential Prayer Team offices, on the incredible personal impact on her life of “A Grandparent’s Prayer Journal: Lifting My Grandchildren to the Throne of Grace” by Melanie Wayne -- a long-time PPT member.

Jeana went on to say how she loves the way Melanie has interwoven Scripture into each prayer, and how each prayer touches on an aspect of a child’s life so we can pray specifically for the development of the total child. If you enjoy this book half as much as Jeana has, you may never put it down. Even more, it’ll draw you closer to the Lord, and infuse your intercessions for your grandchildren with renewed power and authority!

Whether you’re a grandparent, a parent who will someday become a grandparent, or desire to get this book as a gift for your grandma or grandpa, I know you’ll love “A Grandparent’s Prayer Journal: Lifting My Grandchildren to the Throne of Grace” by Melanie Wayne.

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P.S.In honor of Grandparents and to celebrate Grandparents Day on September 9th, PPT is proud to offer this great resource. Melanie Wayne has given us special permission for PPT to make this one-time offer to you. I look forward to hearing from you! Get more details.


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Monday, September 03, 2007

Is Your Church Ready for a Congregational Prayer Summit?

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Pastor Summits vs. Congregational Summits

By Dennis Fuqua / International Renewal Ministries

Most people reading this have not facilitated a Pastors Prayer Summit. But most ... could have the opportunity to facilitate some form of a congregational Prayer Summit. I would like to offer some thoughts on comparing and contrasting the two. This is a first draft of this, so I would welcome your comments.


Topic

Pastors Summit

Congregational Summit

Vision

Same - to see a move of God initiated and sustained in a community.

Purpose

Same - to assist people to encounter and enjoy a holy God with other brothers and/or sisters. To simply spent time "with Him."

Results

Same - Broken people made whole. Proud people broken. Discouraged people encouraged. Separated people united. Lonely people set in families.

Possible Depth

Same - All saints have both the desire and the capacity to worship and encounter God deeply.

Scope

Pastors and other senior spiritual leaders in a community

Various groups in a congregation such as leaders, men, women, youth, etc.

Focus

A community/city

A congregation

Scriptural and song "reservoir"

I believe this is the key difference. Generally speaking pastors have a larger reservoir of scriptures, scriptural topics, and songs built into them.

Generally speaking people "in the pew" don't have the same level of scriptures, scriptural topics, and songs at their disposal.

Facilitation tools

Typically a searching heart and a bible will do it.

Typically it is helpful to provide assistance such as a list of songs and scriptural topics (with verses).

Facilitation style

Typically it works well to be more free-flowing with less specific suggestions and invitations.

Typically it works well to provide some "prayer tracks" or prayer invitations to assist people to enter in.

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