I heard someone share recently that she was reading John 15 about abiding in Christ (John 15:1-8). She had become worried when she read the part of branches not producing and being cut off (verses 2 and 6). She is being called into a season of rest and recalibration right now (as many of us … Continue reading Are You Abiding?
Has anyone asked you, "Will you be an intercessor for me?" We all need intercessors praying for us. Daily. Weekly. (Sometimes hourly!) And whenever led by God. If you don't have intercessors praying for you, ask God to give you the names of people you can ask to pray. My article, "Why Every Intercessor Needs … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Be an Intercessor for Someone?
A fellow intercessor and I were just talking about how easy it is to feel schizophrenic when listening to God and praying for people. If you're an intercessor, you can probably relate to this feeling. Not just intercessors, either. Any follower of Christ can feel this way. It's that question we all have when God … Continue reading Now … Later … Yes … Not
Earlier this month, I enjoyed watching the movie, Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World. One moment that really spoke to me was how Martin Luther encouraged singing in church services. These hymns were also a great way for people to keep singing praises and scripture while working in the fields throughout the day. … Continue reading Singing Prayers
As a missionary of prayer, I believe it's important to pray locally, for my nation, and also for the world. There are many ways to pray for the world and the Holy Spirit should lead our prayers. Praying for the world can also open up many educational family prayer opportunities - learning together about different … Continue reading Praying around the World
Thanksgiving Day is a beautiful time to reflect on God's goodness in our lives. We are reminded to really focus our hearts on who God is and how much He loves us. It's an opportunity to ask God to align our hearts with His, so we can see through His eyes, and love with His … Continue reading Thanksgiving Prayers
I love object lessons that help me reflect about my prayer life. I've been reading a book about energy technology, electric power delivery, and smart homes (Seyi Fabode, Advancing Technologies & The Utility Industry, Amazon Digital Services, LLC, 2017). Three items really stood out in connection with prayer and the spiritual power of our words, … Continue reading Words and Spiritual Energy
Dear Jesus, Thank you for your love and for the amazing people you have brought into our lives. We know that today, many of the people we love are remembering painful moments. Many are suffering from the trauma of wars. Please bring them your love and comfort. Please heal the pain of trauma. Give them … Continue reading A Prayer for Veteran’s Day
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
I remember one Christmas when I was a teenager, I opened a box from my cousin who lived on the other side of the country. She had stuffed it full of goodies - "little things," she called them, but they meant so much to me. She had listened closely, through letters and visits, and knew … Continue reading A Shoebox of Hope