Category Archives: Prayer

Praying 50 Times a Day

It seems any good prayer plan has you setting aside three or four times a day to pray. Somehow this just never works out. What I have realized is that this is like telling me that I have to set aside three or four times a day to talk with Missy. I hope I talk with her more than three or four times a day! The same is true with God. An active and vibrant prayer life is not about the challenge of praying three or four set times a day. It is about praying to God fifty times a day. It is telling Him something you are thinking or feeling. It is a confession here, a recognition of His glory there and a praise that randomly comes to mind that is expressed in a quick prayer of adoration. These prayers aren’t lengthy. They are quick…almost like micro-praying. They don’t even have to end in “in Jesus’ name amen.” Jesus didn’t mean that when he told us to ask things in His name.

All of that to say, I am trying to pray 50 times a day without trying to pray 50 times a day and it is working out better than all of those attempts to pray three of four times for extended periods of time. Turns out that this way is actually more like a relationship than an obligation!

Praying Scripture

I just posted something that will be of interest to some of you on praying scripture over at Wineskins — “Bono Gives us a Lesson on Praying the Psalms” Try out the exercise at the end of the post and see how it works for you.

The Prayer Jesus Told Us to Pray that Too Few of Us Pray

If you have a few minutes please read my post over at Wineskins today. It was a big lightbulb/aha in my thinking yesterday on prayer and evangelism. The Prayer Jesus Told Us to Pray that Too Few of Us Pray

Jesus Prayed

“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles…” – Luke 6:12-13 I am humbled by this verse. Jesus had a big decision to make andContinue Reading

Praying for the Lost is the Gateway to Evangelism

Not everyone is comfortable having a Bible study with a non-Christian. Everyone is able to pray for lost people. Start with what people can do and are willing to do and eventually they will be willing to try new things. If they are willing to write a note to a new person, ask them toContinue Reading

The Prayer I Woke Up Praying

I rarely ever wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back asleep. Missy will tell you that once I lay down in bed it is not uncommon for me to fall asleep in mid sentence. I sleep hard. But last week I woke up around 4am and just couldn’t getContinue Reading

Principles Wrapped in Practices – The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s prayer offers us several great teachings about the Christian faith. We learn everything from God being our Father to kingdom values and the importance of God’s will being done. We learn about God providing for our necessities and the importance of forgiveness. Those are all amazing teachings. What is so great about theContinue Reading

Praying Like Paul

I am touched and motivated by this prayer by Paul in Ephesians 3:14-21. We prayed this payer over our LIFE group tonight, “14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen youContinue Reading

400 Prayers for Preachers & 300 Quotations for Preachers by Elliot Ritzema

Elliot Ritzema has just come out with two new series for the Logos Bible software: 400 Prayers for Preachers and 300 Quotations for Preachers. Elliot has done a fantastic job pulling valuable resources together into two resources that are attractive, highly functional, easy to use and extremely well organized. Do you have a scripture thatContinue Reading

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18…Three Short Verses, Three Powerful Commands

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 packs three important commands into three tiny verses. Paul wrote, “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” What Paul wrote here is more than just three easy memory verses. Paul tells us three things that he expects Christians to do on a continualContinue Reading

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