Prayer Hacks

Prayer Hacks is a weekly blog that offers one idea, tip, or thought on prayer designed to “make prayer easier” and enhance or grow your personal prayer life.

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7 Questions to Ask When Prayers Go Unanswered

By Elizabeth Schmus While there is no simple answer to why prayers go unanswered and no easy formula guaranteeing a yes, consider asking the Lord some of these questions:  1. Could God be taking a different or longer path to answering your prayer? I heard a story from some visiting missionaries who shared the gospel overseas with

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Praying for His Kingdom or My Comfort?

Longtime Presbyterian minister, Dr. Wilbur Chapman (early 1900s) was 26 when called to be pastor of Wanamakers Church in Philadelphia. His first Sunday, an old gentleman came up to him and said, “you’re much too young to be the pastor of such a fine church as this.” Chapman thought the guy was a kook. But

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Prayer Is a Relationship!

Human beings are created to live in fellowship with God. We are meant to have and to enjoy life in relationship with God. Without this relationship we are like branches cut off from a tree, like toasters not plugged in. Prayer is the way we get in touch with God and the way we keep

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Prayer that Brings Glory to God

By Kim Butts The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks and answers many questions about the Christian faith. The first question asks: “What is the chief end of man?” The answer? “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” The second question in the Catechism is, “What rule hath God given to direct

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Try a Simple Technique

If we want to grow in our prayer life, sometimes all it takes is a simple technique or a memory jogger to bring us to more regular prayer. Nancy Lindgren of MORE Mentoring shares a simple technique that worked for her. You may want to try it as a way to stimulate you toward regular

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Prayer and a Clean Heart

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. If I had cherished sin in my

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Emotions and Prayer

I knew my daughter was upset. She had been wounded by a friend and was trying to deal with the pain. Standing down the hall from her room, I couldn’t make out what she was saying. But I heard the emotional pitch—up and down—of her words. Anger and hurt were spewing forth. No one was

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Don’t Forget the Food!

My 9-year-old grandson, Jack, seems to have a heart for prayer. I have noticed that heart recently when he was eating at Grammy and Grampy’s and we asked him if he would pray our before-meal prayer. He gladly agreed and then took off praying. He thanked God for family, blessings he had experienced at school—like

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Pray Your Friends to Jesus

By Ebony S. Small I didn’t know I was an intercessor. But I knew I loved talking to God. After I recommitted my life as a disciple of Christ, I underwent a radical transformation. The world around me started to change because the “inner me” was changing. Jesus became the source of my strength. He

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Prayer Is More for God than for Us

By Alvin VanderGriend I received a letter the other day from a person asking me to pray about a family problem. Along with that request came additional pages with forty-four more prayer requests, all of them for various aspects of personal and family life. Most of the requests were for good and legitimate concerns. This

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Effective Prayer Starts with Repentance

One of my favorite passages I like to use when I speak or preach is James 5:13-17. Most believe the book of James was written by Jesus’ brother James, who became a primary leader of the church in Jerusalem. His nickname was “Camel Knees” because his knees were stiff from all the time he spent

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How Do I Pray?

My friend Joe seldom prays out loud in our prayer group—yet he comes faithfully. While others bounce in and out with short prayers four or more times during the forty-five minute prayer time, if he prays at all, Joe will only pray once. I have heard him pray publicly, in a church service, and he

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You Can’t Get Prayer Wrong!

If Your Heart Is True, Your Prayers Are Sure By Geoff Eckart When I was a sophomore in college, I borrowed my older brother’s guitar and took it with me to school. A friend shared five basic chords with me, and in my spare time I began to pick up the basics and play. Within

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7 Benefits of Prayer

By Alvin Vandergriend Something happens when we pray that would not have happened if we hadn’t prayed. That statement summarizes a lot of what the Bible says about prayer. It is also a reminder of how much our prayers affect God’s way of ruling in our lives and in the world. (Read longer article “What

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Find Your Prayer Style (Part 2)

By Jonathan Graf In Part 1 of Find Your Prayer Style, we learned that we all have a different prayer style. But what is our prayer style based upon, and how do we discover what ours is so we can develop as a powerful prayer warrior? PRAYER AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS We start by finding our

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Find Your Prayer Style (Part 1)

My mind kept wandering. I wasn’t going to make it through this prayer meeting. Prayer after lengthy prayer covered everything mentioned during request time. On my knees, with my head in my arms, I was fighting sleep. I only held passionate interest in two or three of the issues being prayed about. Was I just a

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How Prayer Rewires the Brain!

By Elizabeth (and Joy) Schmus Did you know that spending daily time in prayer actually causes measurable changes in our brains? I was so inspired by this research my high school daughter Joy discovered that I knew I had to share it with you my “Prayer Hack” and Church Prayer Leaders Network friends! Here is

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To Whom Should I Pray?

You don’t have to be a Christian for long before you hear people praying to different persons of the Trinity. “O God” or “Father God,” “Jesus, You have said in Your Word,” “Holy Spirit, come upon us now,” and similar phrases are common across denominational lines. But perhaps the question lingers: To whom should I

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Praying When You Get the Wind Knocked Out of You

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

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Prayer Can Be Caught

My seven-year-old grandson can drive! Oh, don’t worry, Jack doesn’t take the car out on the highway. But he can drive our tractor/mower and our all-terrain vehicle on our rural property. Again, don’t worry. He can’t do it without Grampy sitting with him. There is a safety mechanism that requires him to sit on the

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How on Earth Can I “Pray without Ceasing”?

First Thessalonians challenges us to “pray continually,” (5:17) or as another version puts it, “pray without ceasing.” Oh good grief, you think. I can barely remember to pray once a day! How in the world am I going to pray without ceasing? Without a major theology lesson, I do not think that verse means you

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