" Pray…Who Me?" - If I'd been asked anytime before this to write an article about prayer, I'm sure I would have found a way to say "no"! The truth is, for most of us prayer isn't easy, and for many of us it seems to be just plain hard work. I'm thankful that God understands our feelings and loves us anyway! Journeying back through my life I can clearly see the handprint of God covering me as I've struggled to understand the mystery of prayer. Have I arrived? ...(Read the full article.)
"The Daily Office" I have recently rediscovered an ancient path to intimacy with Jesus in the Daily Office, or the "prayer of the hours." The Latin means "divine duty" and began as a means of remembering the manifest presence of Jesus throughout the hours of the day.
The early church developed this practice to fulfill the Scriptural mandate to "pray without ceasing" (I Thess. 5:17) and in keeping with David's testimony of "Seven times a day I praise you" (Ps. 119:164).
Prayer Article Archives
"Drawing Near to the Heart of God" - The Holy Spirit calls my heart to pray. I would love to be able to say that I pray more than I do anything else. I still have a long way to go, but I have, by the grace of God, progressed in my prayer life. I realize how much prayer needs to be my lifeline not just a part of my life. Prayer is my connection to God. The more I realize my need for God, the more I yearn to be with God, the more I pray...(Read the full article.)
Developing a Prayer Team - When my husband and I attend a high school football game, I enjoy watching the cheerleaders jump around performing gymnastics, far more than the big boys bashing themselves on the field. Every sports team needs their cheerleaders, and every Christian servant needs encouragement...(Read the full article.)
We're All Part of the Team - "You have got to be kidding me." This was the thought that skidded across my mind as I sat in my very first Alliance Women's meeting. As I listened to that evening's appointed leader read word for word from the Alliance Yearbook about the work in some particular country, I wondered to myself, "Why am I here?" (Read the full article.)
Evangelism Begins With Prayer - Being intentional about evangelism begins with prayer. Paul urged Timothy, "The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray everyway you know how, for everyone you know." (1 Timothy 2:1 MSG) Armin Gesswein said, "Prayer is not the only work but it's the first work." How do we begin to pray? (Read the full article.)
PRAYER . . . - What can I say about prayer that has not already been said? What do I know about prayer that those much more insightful than I have not already discovered? Who am I to write on this subject?! These are my thoughts as I sit down to put on paper what God has been laying on my heart. (Read the full article.)
A One Hour Prayer Encounter for Women - It is our desire to provide opportunities for women to gather for one hour to pray together. The following will guide you through the process. (Read the full article.)
Focus on Prayer for the Church (Article from 2003-2004 Yearbook, Adjust Your Focus)
Pray the book of Ephesians for your church! This book describes Christ as the Lord of the Church whose plan is to complete His work through the Church. There are seven basic themes to pray. (See full article.)
- by Linda C.
Fasting (Article from 2003-2004 Yearbook, Adjust Your Focus)
God is so good. He has given each of us the incredible privilege of knowing Him intimately and partnering with Him in His work. We all know that the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, tithing, fellowship, etc. are vital to growing in this relationship with Him, but what about the discipline of fasting? Fasting seems to have been "out of vogue" for the past 150 years or so, and has just recently begun to gain acceptance again among evangelical Christians. But what is it and how do we do it? Is it even biblical, or is it one of the "laws" from which we are now set free in Christ? (See full article.)
- by Patty Mc.
Hands On Prayer Event (Article from 2004-2005 Yearbook, Hands On)
The "laying on of hands" is an ancient practice that we see in the Scriptures as far back as Genesis 48, where we see Jacob laying his hands on the heads of his grandsons to bless them. Throughout Leviticus we read of the offerings presented to God, which describe how the sacrificer laid his hand upon the head of the sacrificed animal before offering it to God. Other uses in Scriptures of the laying on of hands show that it was used when individuals were set apart for leadership or special service, in miracles of healing, and in the bestowing of gifts. We see Jesus in Matthew 19 laying his hands on the little children to bless them. Vine's Bible Dictionary, in discussing the practice of the laying on of hands, says "the principle underlying the act was that of identification on the part of him who did it with the animal or person upon whom the hands were laid". . . (See full article.)
- by Shari Mc.