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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In prayer Christ is revealed to us

by Nelson Roth
Like the seasons of the year, prayer seems also to have its cycles.  Each season of prayer has purpose just like the seasons of the year and each a contributing part to God unveiling answers to questions we may have about the future.  The unveiling is that incredible season when Christ pulls back the curtain revealing His plans and ways as we pray.

In prayer, Christ is revealed to us.

Our prayer experience may not always be a revelation though, and that’s why we’re encouraged to persevere in our prayers.  Luke 18:1, “always pray and not give up.”

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Praying in Response to the Promises of God

by Brad Houchin
Relevant Ministry visits families in their homes to assess needs they have and to consider how we might be able to assist them. We are privileged to be able to hear many of their life stories; and often these opportunities open the door for ministry through prayer. I have yet to be turned down by anyone, when I have asked if I could pray for the needs they have shared.
There will always be a time in which we need to stop what we are doing immediately, and just pray. These times may be from an unexpected phone call regarding a loved one being rushed to the hospital, a disaster just struck somewhere in the world or you’re running late for an important meeting and you are stuck in traffic.  The list can go on and on. Often in these times, one of our first reactions is to pray, “Heavenly Father, I need your help!”

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Prayer and relationship

    As a young pastor, my prayer life began to change in significant ways in the early 1980’s when Peter Lord, my mentor at the time, said to me, “God is not only the most high God, He is also the most nigh God!”  His statement caused an important shift for me from saying prayers to a distant Creator to having conversations with my loving Heavenly Father.

    Prayer that is relevant is relational!
    Jesus and Paul reinforce Peter Lord’s words when they say in scriptures to pray to your Father.  Jesus in Matthew 6:9 says, "This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven..."  Paul says, “I bow my knees before the Father” in Ephesians 3:14. 

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Ministry that is relevant prays

    by Jeff Hegstrom
    Prayer is a mark of spiritual health. For the Christian, prayer is like breathing. Prayer is essential for spiritual health, just like breathing is essential for our physical well being.  God’s Word instructs believers in Philippians 4:6-7 to pray “in every situation.”

    • What does prayer mean to you? 
    • How is prayer like breathing?
    Prayer is the communication of the soul with the Spirit of the living God. It’s what connects us to Him.  Matthew 18:20 says, “... For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”