Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Praying For, Then In The Community

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Praying for My Neighborhood

by Arlyn Lawrence

When God works in a community, He doesn't just use adults. He also uses the prayers of kids! Praying for My Neighborhood includes prayers that children can pray to invite God to make a difference in their neighborhoods. Sold in packs of 20 cards.

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Praying for My School

by Fern Nichols

This practical, Scripture-based prayer guide will encourage children to influence their classmates and teachers through prayer! Sold in packs of 20 cards.

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What a delight to find your "Praying for My School" prayer cards. I am the state director of a mission organization for children. We are starting Good News Bible clubs in public schools. Last year over 10,000 children in our state attended these clubs. This is a great tool to put into their hands to impact their school for Christ! Thank you! Thank you!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Uncommon Prayer ~ "Revive What?"

>>>Note: Use this outline as a template for corporate praying - Read the brief commentary as a way to focus prayers on each topic . . .

"If the Church's agenda is not The Kingdom agenda, it's the wrong agenda, no matter how good it looks or how successful it appears. Christ said He would build His Church, but He told us to seek and advance His Kingdom. We focus on the Kingdom, and He'll take care of His Church." T. Allen Robburts

Revive What?

Sunday afternoon as we drove home from church services and lunch with friends, a totally unexpected question came to mind ---- "Bob, if you're going to write again about revival, just what is it that you think needs to be revived?" Normally we assume that the church needs to be revived, or we individually needs to be revived. However, that deals with the "who", but not with the "what". I've already written about who needs to be revived, and the circumstances indicating why such a deep move of God among His people needs to take place. Is it possible that we may be longing for the wrong things to be revived?

In order for there to be a true revival and reconstruction in life, there are certain "things" that need to be revived . . . and for all practical purposes, this is "reviving" for which we are responsible. These are not God's responsibility alone, but most of them instead require our initiative. Before we can be revived, before the Church can be revived, before nations can be awakened, other things need to be revived and brought back to life and prominence. For example, . . .


+ Revive the Ways of God
One of the factors that give rise to our wanderings away from the Lord in the first place is that of forgetting His ways. God Himself made it clear that, ". . . My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways," declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isa 55:8-9). Seldom does any Christian, much less any church, choose to walk in the ways of God. Whatever else may be the works of God, surely they include confident trust in Him, faith-driven prayer, and surrendered obedience.



+ Revive the Works of God: There is something about seeing the evidence that convinces people. Jesus told His disciples that you can tell the real from the false by the fruit . . . by the results. He told them, ". . . My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work" (Jn 4:34). I believe the works of God are released when there is the presence of undeniable, unconditional, abandoned obedience to Him. He told His disciples, "If you really love me, it will be evidenced by obedience. If God has chosen to work through us, then what more logical way for His works to be manifested than through obedience? Even when He sent out the twelve, and later the seventy, they came back astounded that His supernatural power had been displayed as they obeyed Him.



+ Revive the Word of God
There is a fundamental truth we must always remember ---- God always operates within the framework of His Word, never deviating from it, never defiling it, never denying it, and never distorting it. Just as it is impossible to experience revival apart from prevailing prayer on someone's part, so it is with the plumb line of God's Word. His Word is both a plumb line, our protection, and our promise. It is first, the discerning and separating instrument ---- "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Heb 4:12). It is also our primary weapon for battle against everything that stands against revival ---- " . . . And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph 6:17).



+ Revive the Wisdom of God
In order for revival to come, and in order for the things of this world to be properly set in their place, we must allow God's wisdom to permeate us, saturate us, and motivate us " . . . in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places" (Eph 3:10).



+ Revive the Will of the Believer
Sometimes we forget that there is a driving desire . . . a craving, if you please . . . within the heart of every follower of Christ. David expressed it by declaring, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul cries out to You, O God!" Far too many believers have become so wearied and exhausted, disillusioned and deceived, that they have lost hope. When you lose hope, you lose heart; your incentive is gone, despair invades, and complacency settles down to simply endure and "do business as usual". As we look at what's going on in our world today, and especially in our own country, the will to pray for, seek, and pursue a fresh wave of God's presence and glory often die out . . . the Will is weak . . . or bruised . . . or overwhelmed . . . or even gone. Such wounded warriors must have the will to go on revived.



+ Revive the Walk of Holiness
If a believer is to ever experience a true renovation and renewing, it will begin with a change of heart that causes a renewing of mind that results in a change of direction. "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect" (Rom 12:2). You cannot have a change of action without first having a change of attitude. If you want a lifestyle of holiness, your attitude must change regarding sin, separation to the Lord, and the righteousness that has been counted to us, just as it was counted to Abraham. Holiness of life flows from an awareness of our identity in righteousness. "Behold, I long for Thy precepts; Revive me through Thy righteousness" (Ps 119:40).



+ Revive the Weapons of Victorious Warfare
We know that we are in a spiritual battle, but sometimes we fail to see the connection between warfare and revival. As Ezra recounted the bondage of their past, he reminded the people ---- "But now for a brief moment grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our bondage" (Ezra 9:8). And yet, how easy it is for us to forget that " . . . the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses" (II Cor 10:4) and that revival is almost always connected to warfare . . . either preceding, during, or following. "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph 6:12).


Written by Bob Tolliver --Copyright March, 2009, Life Unlimited Ministries
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Q ~ How do we break the routine of praying off a list of prayer requests?

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Q ~ How do we break the routine of praying off a list of prayer requests?

A ~ Corporate prayer is intended to be a spiritual experience but need-bound, down-the-list, around-the-circle praying often turns into a rote cerebral experience. Small group or congregational praying ought to be an adventure!

The letter below came as an emessage from a pastor listing the prayers expressed in their corporate meeting. My response, not meant as criticism, was intended to encourage them to pray across the list (beginning with the problem but praying toward the purpose of God) rather than merely down the list (simply retelling the problem and hoping God will act in some good way).

Dear Pastor,

While it is encouraging to see your list of prayers, it would be more enlightening to know how the Lord is directing those prayers. I call it praying forward. Taking the needs that prompt us to pray beyond the need toward the greater purposes of God. Praying forward moves us from reactive praying (need-bound) to proactive praying (need-prompted but purpose-directed).

Not criticizing; just eager to know more of the heart of God that prompts your praises and petitions.

Phil


For example, continue our prayers using the suggestions in bold ...

1. Sing unto the Lord all ye people because ...

2. Sing praises to His name for He is ...

3. Praise Him with cymbals and with harp remembering God ...

4. Let everything that has breath praise Him and we do, Lord by blessing you ...

5. Father, cause us to rejoice today in Jesus name because you have ...

6. Let every situation that is causing sorrow in my life come to end today in Jesus name so that ...

7. I command every chain that has tied me to one spot to break to pieces in Jesus name so that ...

8. Father pour your rain of blessings upon my life today in Jesus name so that I am empowered to ...

9. You are my God of salvation; deliver me from them that are too strong for me then we will be able to ...

10. Father rebuke every company of the wicked fashioned against me in Jesus name .so that you receive glory when ...

11. Today I receive power and strength to do exploits in Jesus name which will bear fruit for the kingdom of God by ...

12. Father I thank you for answered prayers they encourage me to ...


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Uncommon Prayer ~ 365 Names of Christ: Resource for Corporate Praying

Hi My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I'm sending you a document I've been working on for quite awhile. It is 365 Names of Christ, going in order from early in the Old Testament through Revelation. There is one name of Christ per each day of 2009 (I know we're already into March of this year, but let's just start using it as soon as we can), and the passage of Scripture that contains the name. In a few cases, there are a couple names. I just thought it worked well to have those names together. There may be some names which appear to be duplicates of other names (like High Priest and Great High Priest). A few names might more appropriately be attributes or descriptions of Christ, rather than names.

Please try to remember that the Names of Christ is meant as a resource or tool that (hopefully) can give us more of the knowledge of the glory of Jesus, more passion, more awe, more praise of/for Him, etc. All of that, and much more, has happened in my heart and mind as I discovered these parts of our "indescribable" Christ. And, in most cases, I've included several verses around the verse that contains the name of the day, because the Scripture teachings, accounts, promises, commands, exhortations, miracles, warfare, and much more, revolve around Christ and His name.

What I personally do each day with the name and Scripture passage is (you might want to do this too):
  • Read the name and passage in the morning
  • Meditate on the name and passage throughout the day
  • Praise Christ that He is The Branch of the Lord (for March 16)
  • Ask Him to give me "nugget" from that name and passage, then briefly share that nugget with one other person (of course I can share it with more people if God directs me to do so. God, the Father, can never get enough of us giving His beloved Son honor and glory)
  • Pray that all that is represented by the name of Christ of the day will be fulfilled in my life, in my family, in my children's schools, in my neighborhood, in the businesses, public agencies, fire and police, medical facilities....and more, so that a "Culture of Christ" will build in my community, this whole region and across the nation.
I pray that God will use this process to profoundly awaken me and you, and all possible other Christ-followers to Christ for all who He is!

There are many people I want to thank for pouring Christ into me during the past 30+ years (I am thrilled that this journey into more and more of Him has "only just begun"). I have listed a few people and their writings at the end of the Names of Christ document that have provided me with many names, especially David Bryant and Pastor Ted Corley. The Names of Christ is not mine, it's all of ours, so feel free to re-format it, use it differently than I've suggested above, send it to other people, put it on your website, etc. One thing I do ask for 2009, though, is that we leave the 365 names in the order they're currently in. I very much welcome anyone to point out areas that can be changed, but, for 2009, I think it will please Christ for His people across this country to be as united as possible (Matt. 18:19-20). I know my efforts are not perfect, but can we assume they're good enough to accomplish the Lord's purposes?===>Click headline to access the list . . .

CHRIST IS ALL,
Steve Hall

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Training for Intergenerational Prayer


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Spring Training

Saturday, April 18th; 8:30 am- 4pm

South Grandville Christian Church

Grandville, MI

A light breakfast will be served

Lunch may be carried in or purchased for $5

Please RSVP and give your lunch preference:

Holly Gort, South Grandville Church: 616-530-4843

Sue DeKoekkoek, Pebbles and Stones: 269-217-7458

E-mail: Ktrock@PebblesandStones.com

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Your browser may not support display of this image. Pebbles and Stones is a cross-generational Christian movement that intentionally seeks to bring the generations together. If you were to attend a Pebbles and Stones meeting, you would see the generations giving to and receiving from each other. In this atmosphere personal growth and intimacy with God and others is realized. The Pebbles and Stones groups meet in huts, under trees, in open fields, neighborhood homes, churches, and just about any place where the generations assemble.

The participants of Pebbles and Stones intentionally seek to live the great commandment, loving God and each other, in the communities and or neighborhoods in which they live. As they do, they begin to begin fulfill the great commission of going and making disciples of all nations.

Pebbles and Stones Invites you to:

  • Learn the key critical steps to leading a Pebbles and Stones meeting.
    • Beginning your group
    • Leading the journal pray time
    • Using preventative discipline measures.
    • Encouraging the singing of “new songs”
    • Connecting the generations together
  • Gain a full understanding of the spiritual benefits an intergenerational meeting
    • Healing of broken hearts
    • Praying for each other
    • Mentoring
    • Devotional time of hearing God’s voice
  • Walk through a sample meeting
    • Interactive hands on experience of a meeting
    • Experience the ease of developing community among the participants

A free will offering will be taken



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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Uncommon Prayer ~ Praying AND Living the Lord's Prayer

>>> Note: Click headline to access notes from each chapter. Reproduced here is the outline of the book which may be useful as a prayer format for applying the Lord's Prayer . . .

Living the Lord's Prayer

David Timms

Bethany House, 2008, 238 pp., ISBN 978-0-7642-0506-4

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David Timms chairs the Graduate Ministry Department at Hope International University in Fullerton, California. He has been a church planter, pastor and trainer of pastors for twenty-five years.

"Jesus lays out what we commonly call the Lord's Prayer, and in it He provides the greatest Christian teaching of the centuries on spiritual formation." "More than a prayer, the Lord's Prayer outlines the most fundamental features of the deeper Christian life." (20) "The Prayer has the capacity to remold our lives entirely." (21)

Chapter 1. Our - Committing to Community

Chapter 2. Father - Experiencing Love and Security

Chapter 3. In the Heavens - Developing a Cosmic Perspective

Chapter 4. Hallowed Be Your Name - Pressing Toward Holiness

Chapter 5. Your Kingdom Come - Overturning Our Kingdoms

Chapter 6. Your Will Be Done on Earth As It Is in Heaven

Chapter 7. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread - Learning Dependence and Simplicity

Chapter 8. Forgive Us Our Debts As We Also Have Forgiven Our Debtors

Chapter 9. Lead Us Not Into Testing, But Deliver Us From the Evil

Chapter 10. Yours Is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory - Abandoning Our Pursuit of Control and Fame

Chapter 11. Amen - Living With a Yes

"Truly the Prayer expresses a lifestyle, not just a vocabulary." "It motivates a pursuit of holiness and the surrender of our own kingdoms." (216-17)

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David

David Mays, The Mission Exchange (formerly EFMA)

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Can't Pray IN School? Pray For Schools!

NEW GREETING CARDS

Perfect for encouraging the moms in your group,sending a note to a friend, or writing a “thank you” note to someone special. Sold with envelopes in packs of 10. $13




NEW MITI POSTERS
Get the word out about your MITI group! Hang these posters around your church to invite the women to pray with you. This 8½ x 11, full-color glossy poster features an area to write your contact information and note which school or group you pray for. Sold in sets of five. $5

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RCA's Prayerline Resources

In This Issue:

H.O.P.E.: Houses of Prayer Equipping Team



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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

How to Pray in an Economic Crisis

Illustration of the Week from PreachingToday.comHow to Pray in an Economic Crisis

During one of the most volatile periods of the current economic crisis—a week in which global stock markets declined by $7 trillion—Philip Yancey received a call from an editor at Time magazine. The editor's question was simple: "How should a person pray during a crisis like this?" Here is a summary of what Yancey shared in response:

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