Category Archives: Prayer

The lost art of listening

There is no shortage of noise today. In fact, it’s hard to get away from noise at all. And when we do, often the awkward silence makes us uncomfortable. We want to fill every moment with talking, with music, with anything. What are we trying to avoid? What are we pushing away in the cacophony? A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in … read on, my friend…

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Just for Dad: a gift of prayer

This Father’s Day I hope you will take time to pray with your children for Dad. I hope you will visit or call your own father and pray for him. I hope that if your own father has passed away–as mine has– that you will find a father to pray for today. Please also make sure to pray for a single father. They need an extra dose of TLC today and every day. What will … read on, my friend…

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Prayer grotto a la home

Christians in South Korea have the benefit of going to Prayer Mountain. There they have created small prayer rooms that one can close themselves off to concentrate and pray. You can make a special place in your home for quiet prayer. Even a small corner or under a desk can make a great prayer grotto at home. Find a place in your home that’s not busy. a back corner, closet floor or even below a … read on, my friend…

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Why pray as a family?

With  the busy pace of today’s life why should we take time to pray regularly as a family? There are many reasons. Unity. People who pray together grow closer. Teaching. It’s a great opportunity to teach your child (and learn yourself) how to hear from God. God says to. We are commanded to “pray without ceasing.” Altruism. We think of the needs of others and not our own. Peace. We know we have taken our … read on, my friend…

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Family prayer journals

A family prayer journal is a great way to chronicle your journey together. All you need is a blank book and a pen. Everyone can add to the book as needed. Keep track of prayers and answers, keep pictures and drawings of things on your heart, and things your learn about prayer. Keep it as a sort of spiritual scrapbook for your family. Since it’s all together in one journal instead of each having their … read on, my friend…

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praying for our kids

As parents we are to lift our children up in prayer daily. (Sometimes hourly!) But in the business at times I found myself struggling to focus my mind, so I kept praying the same basic things every day. Then someone gave me a new tool to make my prayer time more effective. I have had this prayer calendar for a long time and thought I’d pass it along.  It will help you pray for your … read on, my friend…

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Principles of family prayer (part 7)

Be Intercessory This one can be a challenge for children, who (hopefully unlike their parents) are pretty ego-centric. It is nice to form habits early that include prayer for others.  It is scriptural and also practical. We should always be mindful of the lost around us. We should also be quick to pray for anyone at any time, even in the store or in our neighborhood. If you encounter someone with urgent needs, I encourage … read on, my friend…

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Principles of family prayer (part 6)

Be Effective This may seem like a no-brainer to you, but there really is a strategy to effective prayer, according to God’s Word. 1) Pray God’s will. What is His will? His Word. Praying scriptures is a sure-fire way to get your prayers answered. 2) Get along. Especially live in peace as husband and wife. (1 Peter 3:7) 3) Live a forgiving lifestyle. James 5:16 mentions forgiveness and effectual prayer in the same verse. Knowing … read on, my friend…

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Principles of family prayer (part 5)

Be Authentic The Bible is full of honest prayers. See Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemane. Or Moses at the burning bush. Or Paul in prison. Or Job in his struggles. God is not bothered by honesty. I believe He is bothered when we do not bring ALL to Him in prayer. It’s okay to question but don’t get stuck there. Allow God to do what He does best—work things for your good, if you belong … read on, my friend…

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Principles of family prayer (part 4)

Be inclusive Family prayer, in its highest form, involves the whole family. Does God only speak to adults? Do children, even young ones, not need to bring adoration and supplication to their Heavenly Father? We must be careful to include even the youngest of our clan to talk to the Lord, and to hear from Him. Let everyone express the Lord in their own ways. (1 Cor. 12:4-12) We all have unique ideas and vocabulary … read on, my friend…

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