Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Kids Are Ready To Step-Up

Steppin' Out With Jesus

PrayKids! Issue 8by Steve Hawthorne

--from PK Issue 8: Prayerwalking

Prayerwalking is one of the coolest ways to pray. It isn’t just about walking around or praying outside. Prayerwalking is about getting nearer to pray clearer. When families pray for their neighbors while taking a walk together,
that’s prayerwalking. When kids say a quiet prayer for their friends while they are at school, that’s prayerwalking—even though they’re not walking around or even praying out loud.

When we go prayerwalking, we usually walk along a street on the sidewalk with friends or family members. We pray for the people in the homes, schools, and businesses we pass by. We might pray out loud, but not very loud. There’s no reason to make a big scene. It’s really just a way to be on the scene.

Prayerwalking is full of surprises. Often when we pray for people, we don’t really know what their needs or problems are. But when we’re prayerwalking, we can sometimes pray more clearly because we get closer to the people and places that we know God wants to change in wonderful ways....

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Prayer Prompt ...

Prayer in a World Gone Mad
Desmond Mpilo Tutu

How do you pray▬why do you pray▬when the world seems so determined to be godless and unjust?

When I was a student at theological college, one day Father Hugh Bishop, who was at that time superior of the Community of the Resurrection, gave a devotional address which remained indelibly impressed on me. I was very impressionable then. But he was speaking about the Society of the Precious Blood, which as we know is a contemplative order in England but also they have a house in South Africa. And he said something very striking and odd, "You know, it is this order, and people such as the ones who are educated in and practice the life of prayer who in fact hold the universe together." Their entire work, their opus, was to bring the world before God in their worship and adoration and intercessions. They are the salt of the earth, the leaven in the lump.

Fuller Theology, News and Notes, Fall 2009

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Phil Miglioratti's Message on "So That" Praying

Pastors Conference Message on "So That" Praying

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Jesus prayed for himself ... but in a radically different way than most of us do - With radically different results!

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Prayer Room @ Christmas

Preparing a Place in Our Hearts



By Kathy Bruins

Creating a spot for individuals to get away from the craziness that comes with the holiday season can be a wonderful gift. We need places of refuge and reflection to nourish our spirits to help us reconnect with the true meaning of Christmas--Jesus. In a way, we are making room for the newborn King in our hearts and pushing out the things that seem to fill our minds and schedules during the season such as parties, gifts, plays, and food.

The prayer room should look inviting. Keeping the environment simple is key to giving a feeling of ease and comfort. A room that is too busy or cluttered may make a person feel more anxious instead of relaxed. Soft light through a lamp or flameless candles can set a peaceful mood. Some people may want silence, but others may find soft instrumental Christmas music pleasant, so have music available for those who would like to use it.

Create a simple manger scene by placing hay on the floor (on plastic) with a manger resting on top of it. Place soft cloth in the manger to represent the swaddling clothes Mary used to wrap Jesus.

On a half sheet of paper, write: "Imagine how Mary felt as she laid her newborn son in the manger and covered him with the cloth. She wanted so much for him, as any mother would. She knew her baby was special. Jesus was a gift from God. He is a gift to all of us. Think about the names of Jesus displayed around the room: Prince of Peace, Immanuel, King of Kings, and more. What do these names mean to you personally?"

Provide three gift boxes, representing the gifts the Wise Men brought. These boxes should be wrapped in white or other plain colored paper that can be written on. Have markers available, and hang a sign that reads, "Pray about what gifts you would like to bring the Christ child. Write them on the gift boxes."

When people are ready to leave the prayer room, invite each one to take a candy cane from a display (either a Christmas tree or jar). Have a gift tag with the words of John 3:16 attached to each candy cane. This will serve as a reminder of the true gift of Christmas that God gave to us in Jesus.



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