The Most Important Prayer to Pray

I am a busy pastor and professor. Like many of you, I receive many calls, texts, messages, requests, and emails daily. But only a few of them take precedence over all the others—the messages from my kids. As a father, I respond to my kids readily and attentively because of our relationship. Two thousand years…

Pray for Your City

When my wife and I moved to Indiana 14 years ago, we settled in the country between Terre Haute, a fair-sized city of 70,000, and Brazil, a small town of 6,000. Our work was in Terre Haute, but our heart was in Brazil. Even though we left a major city to move here, our hearts…

9 Compelling Reasons to Pray the Word

By Kim Butts Years ago, I was taught how to pray the Word of God—and it revolutionized my prayer life. It is the ultimate prayer manual written by God Himself. The Bible always makes His will clear to us through the written Word. Anything the Holy Spirit makes known to us will always be in…

Praying for the Unsaved

Here are some Scriptures and ideas of some key prayer points to use when praying for a lost friend or family member. SALVATION—My heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved (Rom. 10:1). Join with Paul in praying for the salvation of Jewish people. Ask God if there…

Praying When You Get the Wind Knocked Out

When I was in my junior high years we lived in the small town of Sherrill, NY, on a street with nine guys within a year of each other in age. We had a lot of fun and got into some innocent trouble together. A great time in life! I recall one night hanging out…

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,…