Praying Friends and Family to Jesus

One of the most important assignments believers have is to pray family and friends to Jesus Christ. Jesus interceded for future converts when he said to the Father, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their (disciples) message” (John 17:20). Paul interceded for the salvation of fellow Jews with heart-felt prayer:…

The Heart-Changing Power of Prayer

One of the most significant dynamics of prayer is how much it can change the heart of the one praying. We often come to God with stuff on our hearts—fix this, please do that, etc.—but as we pray, God begins to work on our hearts regarding both what we are praying about, and to shape…

A Prayer for Racial Healing

Cory Lee Father, I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which you have called me, the riches of your glorious inheritance in your holy people. Father, your intent was that now, through the church, your manifold wisdom should be made known to…

A Daily Plan to Pray for Our Nation

How can we pray effectively for the United States every day? Rather than simply praying, “God bless America” and hoping for the best, we can begin to pray God’s purposes and plans more strategically over the key influencers in our country. Many Christians are using the idea of seven centers of power as a guideline…

Praying the Lord’s Prayer

In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he revealed that the Father expects life to be filled with prayer. Notice the repetition: And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly,…

Praying for Peace

The world–and each of us–needs peace. The Bible says that as a follower of Jesus Christ we have God’s peace. We just need to “appropriate” it to experience it in our lives. Below are scriptures related to peace. If you are in the midst of a trial that is robbing you of peace, we recommend…

A Prayer of Thanksgiving and Praise

Yours Is the Kingdom, Power and Glory! O Lord, I praise You. From everlasting to everlasting, beginning to end, You alone are God! All greatness, power, glory, majesty, and splendor belong to You, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. All the kingdoms of the earth belong to You, and You are exalted as…

Praying in Jesus’ Name

At the Last Supper, Jesus said to His disciples: “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:24). By offering to let us pray in his name, Jesus is offering an amazingly great privilege. It’s as if he is giving…

Prayer and Friendship with God

By Alvin VanderGriend Human beings are created to live in fellowship with God.  We are meant to have and to enjoy life in relationship with God.  Psalm 16:11 tells us that “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your…

Praying the Ordinary

Ephesians 6:18 tells us: “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Did you notice the four “alls” in this passage—“all occasions,” “all kinds,” “always,” and “all the saints”? What a simple way to…