Learning and Doing Prayer

The prayer effort moves forward on two legs – learning and doing. It also engages both sides of the brain. Teaching (left-brain) is not enough. Testing and experience (right-brain sensing, feeling, affect) is also necessary. The testing is in the doing. Teach (left-brain) and do (experience, which includes helping people past their fears of prayer,…

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The Prayer Training Program of Jesus

Jesus gives us a complete training program in prayer recorded by Luke. In Luke 11:1-2, he offers the experience of prayer. Prayer is first caught, only then it is taught. Second, he gives them an outline, a template for prayer. Third, he tells a story loaded with prayer principles. Fourth, he amplifies on the principles…

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Prayer is Contagious

As a young 22 year-old evangelist, Billy Graham was on a trip, when he heard Stephen Olford talk about being filled with the Spirit. The young evangelist approached the Welshman and humbly admitted that he longed for a deeper anointing of the Spirit in his life. Olford agreed to spend a couple days with Billy.…

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What is the Main Thing?

Many in ministry, place preaching, teaching, or ministry activity at the heart of their endeavors. We are an action-oriented culture. So we see prayer as the means by which we gain spiritual strength to do ministry. We pray to invite God’s blessing on our actions and to secure his favor. We have it backwards. Ministry…

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Jesus Came to the Earth to Pray

We think Jesus came to the earth to preach, to teach, to heal and minister, and to die for our sins. Actually, he came to the earth to pray. He came to die praying for all of mankind, for their reconciliation and forgiveness. It was not simply the death of Christ that saved us, but…

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The Middle Man

Ultimately, God wants to move us to the middle. He wants to bless us, but more importantly, He wants to use us as a channel of blessing. He wants us in the uncomfortable, strategic, critical middle. At times, others are called to the middle, as intercessors for us, and we are allowed to slip to…

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