Praying as an admirer of Christ

Eternal values make a difference to prayer life. My last post put the spotlight on the Awareness of Presence value. This one highlights praying as an admirer of Christ. There’s a connecting channel between personal and corporate prayer. The tone of a prayer gathering...

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Awareness of Presence

In the previous post, I gave 4 eternal values that make a difference to prayer life. This post puts the spotlight on the first one: awareness of God’s presence. The desert travellers knew the routine. When God paused their journey, the tabernacle was set up1, the camp...

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Makes a big difference to prayer life

What has the most influence on when and how we pray? What excites growth as a pray-er? What energizes perseverance when answers are delayed? What feeds prayer enjoyment most? In short, what is it that makes a big difference to prayer life? Schedule? Scheduling prayer...

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Trouble and pure joy get together

One more thought on ‘trouble’, an add-on to the previous post: can trouble and pure joy get together? Jesus told his disciples, In this world you will have trouble, then added, But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Trouble happens, but the Lord sets...

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When help is promised but the trouble continues

It’s called by various names, has many forms and is known worldwide. It doesn’t skip a generation or select only some individuals. Trouble is a reality of life. So is God’s promise of help. However, when help is promised but the trouble continues, that’s a trust...

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15-day prayer focus for breakthrough

In Christ we have a licence to make a difference through prayer. It has enormous reach, beyond our familiar daily circle, touching people we have never met, in places we might never see. And the prayer power heightens when we consolidate our licence! When we pray in...

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God has a path that is best for us

The cross-over into a new year is a good time to pause; a time to review the old and reach for the new, reflect on the past and dream for the future, celebrate the Lord's faithfulness shown and welcome his goodness stored up for our onward journey. It will be a mixed...

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Praying ahead

The best time to pray about a crisis or problem might be before it happens; praying ahead of it. By anticipating a situation, prayer can block its arrival or influence its outcome. Our prayer licence includes an authority to preempt – prayer that anticipates...

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Informed or Transformed?

The value question Cyber-traffic never sleeps. News, gossip and content on any topic are just a click away. The information flow is strong, and it’s easy to be swept along by the current. That’s why it’s good to use the value question: what is really important to me –...

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Filtering prayer requests

 There’s never been a shortage of prayer needs, but in our digital age we're more exposed to them. It's impossible to respond to all. This is where filtering is so helpful. But it's not just about dealing with the volume; it includes how we handle a prayer request....

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