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…

Declaring Prayer

By John Maempa Because God’s Word is alive, dynamic, and powerful, (Hebrews 4:12), we can wield it boldly in warfare prayer. While our enemies, Satan and his forces, cannot read our thoughts, they can hear our declarations in prayer. And while we do not pray to our enemies, we certainly can direct prayer at them,…

The Cure for Anxiety

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) It happens regularly nowadays. A beep goes off in a room full of people.…

Prayer and a Clean Heart

By Alvin VanderGriend Sin hinders prayer. A person may pray and pray without receiving an answer, and then conclude that the problem is in God. In reality the problem may be in the person’s heart. David understood that if he cherished sin in his heart, the Lord would not hear him. One of the worst…

Are You Mentored in Prayer?

Having a Life Coach is a popular phenomenon these days. Many people—especially leaders–have someone who can look critically at a person’s effectiveness in their life work, relationships, etc., and offer tips and suggestions on how to improve in their areas of weakness. I don’t knock that practice, but I have never had such a person…

Avoiding Stinky Prayers

My favorite car of all time was a 1993 Nissan Sentra. I bought it brand new at the end of 1993, and had it until 2013. It was extremely dependable, costing me little in repairs. It had roughly 170,000 miles on it when I sold it. I loved that car. But in its later years,…