Sunday, January 27, 2008

Not Too Late to Seek God for the City



It's not too late to get copies of Seek God for the City 2008. If you forgot to order or did not order enough, please call us quickly. We have a limited number of copies still available. With Seek God for the City beginning, Wednesday, February 6, there is still enough time to get copies to you before Sunday, February 3.

The WayMakers website has loads of proven ideas to help you stimulate people to pray with life-giving joy and biblical hope using Seek God For The City 2008. Please check out the links below.

1. How to mobilize people to pray for their community (without piling them with guilt).
www.waymakers.org/index.php?p=sgftc&pp=mobilizing

2. Remind people without pestering them. Use bulletin inserts and other promotional ideas. www.waymakers.org/index.php?p=sgftc&pp=signs

3. Unite your prayers with the prayers of Spanish-speaking people of your congregation or Spanish-speaking churches in your community. There is a complimentary Spanish translation of Seek God for the City 2008 available at the WayMakers website.
www.waymakers.org/index.php?p=sgftc&pp=spanish

4. Encourage families to pray together using the children's companion version.
www.waymakers.org/index.php?p=sgftc&pp=children

5. Explore some message ideas for Palm Sunday. Consider a Palm Sunday theme throughout the season.
www.waymakers.org/index.php?p=sgftc&pp=palmsunday


Call us today—it’s not too late to place an order. Shipping can be quick and not that costly. Call us at 800-264-5214.

Stephanie Tucker
WayMakers
P O Box 203131
Austin, TX 78720
512 419 7729


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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Praying Hands Story

The Praying Hands
Albrecht Durer's 'Praying Hands'
Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children. Eighteen!


In order merely to keep food on the table for this big family, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and any other paying chore he could find in the neighbourhood.


Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of Albrecht Durer the Elder's children had a dream. They both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but they knew full well that their father would never be financially able to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the Academy.


After many long discussions at night in their crowded bed, the two boys finally worked out a pact. They would toss a coin. The loser would go down into the nearby mines and, with his earnings, support his brother while he attended the academy. Then, when that brother who won the toss completed his studies, in four years, he would support the other brother at the academy, either with sales of his artwork or, if necessary, also by labouring in the mines.


They tossed a coin on a Sunday morning after church. Albrecht Durer won the toss and went off to Nuremberg.


Albert went down into the dangerous mines and, for the next four years, financed his brother, whose work at the academy was almost an immediate sensation. Albrecht's etchings, his woodcuts, and his oils were far better than those of most of his professors, and by the time he graduated, he was beginning to earn considerable fees for his commissioned works.


When the young artist returned to his village, the Durer family held a festive dinner on their lawn to celebrate Albrecht's triumphant homecoming. After a long and memorable meal, punctuated with music and laughter, Albrecht rose from his honoured position at the head of the table to drink a toast to his beloved brother for the years of sacrifice that had enabled Albrecht to fulfil his ambition. His closing words were, "And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, now it is your turn. Now you can go to Nuremberg to pursue your dream, and I will take care of you."


All heads turned in eager expectation to the far end of the table where Albert sat, tears streaming down his pale face, shaking his lowered head from side to side while he sobbed and repeated, over and over, "No ...no ...no ...no."


Finally, Albert rose and wiped the tears from his cheeks. He glanced down the long table at the faces he loved, and then, holding his hands close to his right cheek, he said softly, "No, brother. I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me. Look ... look what four years in the mines have done to my hands! The bones in every finger have been smashed at least once, and lately I have been suffering from arthritis so badly in my right hand that I cannot even hold a glass to return your toast, much less make delicate lines on parchment or canvas with a pen or a brush. No, brother ... for me it is too late."


More than 450 years have passed. By now, Albrecht Durer's hundreds of masterful portraits, pen and silver point sketches, water-colours, charcoals, woodcuts, and copper engravings hang in every great museum in the world, but the odds are great that you, like most people, are familiar with only one of Albrecht Durer's works. More than merely being familiar with it, you very well may have a reproduction hanging in your home or office.


One day, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer painstakingly drew his brother's abused hands with palms together and thin fingers stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply "Hands," but the entire world almost immediately opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed his tribute of love "The Praying Hands."


The next time you see a copy of that touching creation, take a second look. Let it be your reminder, if you still need one, that no one - no one - - ever makes it alone!


===>NPPNote: with thanks to Ravi Kapoor, an evangelist in Bangalore, India

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Small Group Discipleship Resource that includes Prayer

Discipleship Essentials

A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ

Expanded Edition includes a chapter on Prayer and Quiet Time
By Greg Ogden

book cover

===>Click headline to access publisher's information on this book . . .

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Pray The Vote

PRAY THE VOTE

Candidating marathon.
Running hard from crack of dawn.
This cross-country race is long
and the stakes are high.

TV analysts add spin
while predicting who will win
But we voters are the ones
who at last decide.

Long before election day
we must take the time to pray
if we want to hear God's heart
and discern His will.

Pray the vote. We can't do less.
Seek the Lord. Our sins confess.
Declaring our dependency,
we'll confidently choose.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(the above is taken from www.presidentialprayerteam.com)



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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Pray for our Pastor - Where to Begin?

I have finally found a man that is willing to pray about forming and coordinating a Pastors Prayer Partners for our pastor…could you send me info and/or sites that I can forward to him to get started???

Thanks!


Greetings!

A few places to begin:

John Maxwell's book:
http://www.amazon.com/Partners-Prayer-John-C-Maxwell/dp/0785274391

Peter Wagner's:
http://www.amazon.com/Intercede-Pastors-Christian-Spiritual-Frontlines/dp/0830715142/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b

Sample guides to hep church members pray for their pastor:
http://www.pastorjeff.com/PrayPastor1.html
http://www.prayershield.com/prayercard.html
http://www.allaboutprayer.org/how-to-pray-for-your-pastor-faq.htm
http://www.navpress.com/Store/Product/9781576839065.html

Please let him know I'd be glad to work with him - phil@nppn.org or 847-344-7837

Thanks,
Phil

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

"Quote; Unquote"

"I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach."
J. H. Jowett
"The man who mobilizes the church to pray
will have the greatest impact on world evangelization than anyone in history."
Andrew Murray

(with thanks to Thomas Bush, San Diego Prayer Leader)

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Stop Praying for the Harvest?

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Steve Hill, a simple church planter to Europe and Asia: "Where ever people are simply obeying Jesus they are seeing the Kingdom multiply now."

"The problem is not with God. His work is finished. The problem is with the laborers," says Hill. "Jesus commanded us to pray for the laborers. He did not ask us to pray for the harvest. He did not even ask us to pray against the demons! As a matter of record in Luke 10:18, Jesus saw 'Satan fall like lightning from heaven' AFTER the disciples went out to befriend, demonstrate and declare the Kingdom. The gospel of the Kingdom only has power as it is demonstrated and declared outside the four walls of our comfort zones! Harvest fields tend to be poor and difficult places. Harvesting is hard work where ever the field. You have to get dirty and involved. Revival is not about platforms and performances. It is about relationships, sacrifice and obedience."

"I have a prophetic word for 2008," says Hill. "It is a prophetic word which has been accurate for about 2,000 years and which always will be accurate. It comes from Paul, "Behold now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation!" (II Corinthians 6:2b)

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Prayer Stations Promote Participation




Setting up Prayer Stations at an event is a wonderful way to help attendees draw closer to the Lord!

We have utilized prayer stations at several of our conferences, and they are always greatly appreciated by attendees. Here’s all the information you’ll need to set up prayer stations at your conference or event!

Click here to download Prayer Station Descriptions and Instructions


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