In 1758, Charles Wesley published his collection of 40 Intercession Hymns. These hymns are examples of intercessory prayers set to music. Music is a good way to remember words, and singing helps people have words of prayer and scripture on their hearts and tongues throughout the day. Although Wesley’s collection of Intercession Hymns represents an … Continue reading Did You Know Charles Wesley Wrote Prayers to Sing? A Prayerful Look at Intercession Hymn #1 “For All Mankind”
Many churches and ministries struggle to make ends meet. I know what it’s like for a ministry that lacks resources to pay the bills. And I’ve worked for a church as a full-time, unpaid staff member. Over the years I’ve spent time in prayer and in the Bible trying to understand how to live in … Continue reading Is Your Church Hurting for Money? 12 Ideas that Might Help
Depending on your church tradition, you may or may not be familiar with the words of the Apostle's Creed. I grew up in a church where we memorized the words in Sunday school at a very young age. Our teachers taught us what the words meant and why we stood and said these words each … Continue reading Praying the Apostle’s Creed
If you feel called to pray for your community and/or your church, one of the best ways you can pray right now is for young people who are entering college. Our community prayer group is currently praying for: Students still in high school but starting dual enrollment classes in college this semester. College freshmen returning … Continue reading Praying for Students Entering College
Currently, I am involved in a non-denominational church. Yet I grew up and at one point served in the United Methodist Church, whose prayer roots I continue to learn about. As a seminary student and prayer missionary, I am interested in learning about prayer traditions of the many branches of the Christian Church. It's fascinating … Continue reading Praying the Psalms in Communion Liturgy
Prayer is a journey. It's an amazing daily adventure with God. You never know where He will take you, but you know it will be good. He is good. Time spent with Him daily in prayer will make your whole life an amazing adventure. Prayer is largely invisible. Sometimes it helps to find symbolic ways … Continue reading Grow Your Family’s Prayer Life with Prayer Stations
I was talking yesterday with a friend who just returned from Uganda. She spent several weeks with a neighborhood ministry that had requested inner healing prayer. As she shared about the desperate situation and the hunger in the people's hearts, she also lamented that she seldom finds that kind of hunger here at home. We … Continue reading Why Aren’t We Desperate?
Prayer takes place mostly in an invisible spiritual realm. On one hand, we need to learn how to appreciate God's presence in that invisible space. We are in relationship with a Spiritual Being who is Other than we are. We need to learn how to relate in ways that cannot be seen. On the other … Continue reading Bringing Home the Lion of Judah
Prayer cloths are a wonderful way to share healing prayers with your loved ones. A prayer cloth is a tiny piece of fabric that you pray over, and then you give it to someone in need of healing. They can carry it with them in their pocket. It is a constant comfort and reminder to … Continue reading What Are Prayer Cloths?
When intercessory prayer is woven into the fabric of your church, your ministries can stand strong and do exactly what God calls them to do. Every ministry of your church, from worship to hospitality, from nursery to seniors, from Bible study to softball, has the opportunity to incorporate intercessory prayer. Not only does this help … Continue reading Season Your Church Ministries with Intercessory Prayer